Top 25 Mobile Companies To Watch In 2015

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To identify the most promising global mobile start-ups Informilo asked some of the most active investors around the globe to nominate and evaluate companies outside their own portfolios. Some are well-known, others are below the radar but unlikely to stay that way for long. Here are our 2015 picks for the top 25.

Chat/social


Dubsmash

www.dubsmash.com
Berlin, Germany
What it does: Video lipsynch app.
Why it’s hot: Dubsmash lets users make a video of themselves lipsynching to their own sounds, or to songs or movie scenes from the app’s own clip list. The app launched in November 2014 and has been downloaded by more than 10 million people. It gained the number one spot in the Germany Apple App Store seven days after it went live there.


Hike

get.hike.in
Delhi, India
What it does: Chat app.
Why it’s hot: Hike is India’s biggest chat app; more than 35 million users (90% of whom are in India) share 10 billion messages each month. In January the company acquired U.S. start-up Zip Phone, which allows users to make Wi-Fi-enabled phone calls. Hike has raised a total of $86 million from Bharti/Softbank joint venture BSB and from Tiger Global.


Yik Yak

www.yikyakapp.com
Atlanta, GA, U.S.
What it does: Anonymous-messaging app.
Why it’s hot: Yik Yak enables users to share and post messages to a hyperlocal community anonymously. Mainly used by students at more than 1,500 colleges, it gained close to two million monthly active users in less than a year. In November Sequoia Capital led a $62 million round that values Yik Yak at $300 million-$400 million. It raised $11.5 million in two earlier rounds.

M-commerce


HotelTonight

www.hoteltonight.com
San Francisco, CA, U.S.
What it does: Same-day hotel booking app.
Why it’s hot: Hotels bid to offer lower fees than their competitors to be listed on HotelTonight. The app then offers users the lowest prices available for same-day bookings. The latest innovation: using location information to offer the best prices to users nearest the hotel. Founded in 2010, HotelTonight has raised $80.7 million in five rounds.


Poshmark

www.poshmark.com
Menlo Park, CA, U.S.
What it does: Fashion resale site.
Why it’s hot: Poshmark’s mobile app enables women to buy items from others’ closets and sell their own. It has several million users, and claims an annual revenue run rate of more than $100 million. In 2014 it introduced “Posh Concierge,” which authenticates luxury goods. The company has raised $16 million in funding from investors who include actor Ashton Kutcher and stylist Rachel Zoe.


Wish

www.wish.com
San Francisco, CA, U.S.
What it does: Mobile commerce platform.
Why it’s hot: Wish feeds users lists of discounted products which can be bought, added to wishlists or recommended to others. When users buy a product, Wish charges the merchant a 15% fee. In June Wish raised $50 million from Founders Fund and previous investors Formation 8, GGV Capital, and Jerry Yang, bringing total funding to $80 million and its valuation to $400 million.


YPlan

www.yplanapp.com
London, UK
What it does: Last-minute going-out app.
Why it’s hot: YPlan enables users in San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas and London to browse through a shortlist of events in town and book in two taps. The app has had one million downloads. In November 2014 the company raised a $24 million Series B round and pivoted — moving from curation of events to event marketplace. Total raised so far: $38 million.

Security


Skycure

www.skycure.com
Tel Aviv, Israel
What it does: Mobile security.
Why it’s hot: Skycure identifies and notifies users and IT personnel about mobile device attacks, and then applies protection based on IT policy. Skycure has also created a global security threat map to show where it believes Wi-Fi is not secure. It uses the firm’s Crowd Wisdom engine to update the map. Skycure received $3 million in seed funding from Ptango in 2012.


Lookout

www.lookout.com
San Francisco, CA, U.S.
What it does: Mobile security.
Why it’s hot: Lookout combines a real-time view of the world’s mobile data with machine intelligence to identify, analyze, predict and eliminate mobile threats. It serves more than 50 million consumer users and has strategic relationships with leading mobile operators. In August it raised the largest round in cyber-security for 2014: $150 million; investors included Bezos Expeditions.


Lacoon Mobile Security

www.lacoon.com
San Francisco, CA, U.S.
What it does: Mobile device security.
Why it’s hot: Israel-born Lacoon provides a mobile threat management platform that allows enterprises to manage the risks of BYOD and protect against mobile cyber threats. In 2013 is raised $8 million from Index Ventures and existing angel investors including Shlomo Kramer, co-founder of Check Point Software.


BioCatch

www.biocatch.com
Tel Aviv, Israel
What it does: Bio-behavioral authentication.
Why it’s hot: BioCatch gathers and reviews more than 400 bio-behavioral, cognitive, and physiological parameters to develop unique user profiles for website visitors. Banks and e-commerce sites work with BioCatch to improve employee authentication, heighten security, and protect critical company assets. In June 2014 it raised $10 million in Series A financing; the round was led by Blumberg Capital.

B2B


Base

getbase.com
Palo Alto, CA, U.S.
What it does: CRM and sales productivity platform.
Why it’s hot: Base offers a CRM and sales pipeline management service, used by more than 5,000 customers, from small firms to the likes of GE, and 3M. With R&D offices in Kraków, Poland, it has raised $23 million from RRE Ventures, Index Ventures, The Social+Capital Partnership, OCA Ventures, I2A and several angels.


Haptik

www.haptik.co
San Francisco, CA, U.S. & Mumbai, India
What it does: Text customer support.
Why it’s hot: Sometimes called “Whatsapp for customer support,” Haptik’s enables users to request support via text. The company has a team of experts who provide information on 200+ companies, although it plans to enable brands to use its platform to engage directly with customers. Launched in April 2014 and focused on India, in September it raised $1 million from Kalari Capital.


PipeDrive

www.pipedrive.com
Menlo Park, CA, U.S. & Tallinn, Estonia
What it does: Sales CRM.
Why it’s hot: Founded in 2010 in Estonia, PipeDrive provides a sales-pipeline-focused CRM service for small to mid-sized businesses. The company has more than 10,000 paying customers in over 100 countries. In 2013 it raised $2.4 million from Rembrandt Venture Partners, Storm Ventures, TMT Investment and a group of angel investors, bring the total raised to $3.4 million.


Slack

www.slack.com
San Francisco, CA, U.S.
What it does: Enterprise-collaboration tool.
Why it’s hot: Slack launched its collaboration tool — which enhances internal company communication by integrating external services like Google Docs with a chat app — in February 2014; in October a $120 million investment valued the company at $1.1 billion. As of January, 365,000 daily active users from 45,000 teams were using Slack’s paid services.


Touch Surgery

www.touchsurgery.com
London, UK
What it does: Surgery simulation app.
Why it’s hot: Touch Surgery’s free mobile and tablet app was designed to give trainee surgeons instructions on how to perform different surgeries and then test their knowledge. (Although 40% of its 180,000 users are patients learning about their own procedures.) Touch Surgery has raised a total of $2.5 million in two rounds; investors include Balderton Capital; Blueprint Health; and Episode 1.

Gaming


MarcoPolo

gomarcopolo.com
New York, NY, U.S.
What it does: Learning app.
Why it’s hot: MarcoPolo Learning aims to spark curiosity in young children about the natural world. It’s currently building an innovative “experiential encyclopedia” for children ages 3-7. Since the launch of the first volume in January 2014 the app has reached #1 in 76 countries in both Kids and Education categories. The company has raised $1 million in seed funding from angel investors.


Seriously

www.seriously.com
Helsinki, Finland
What it does: Mobile entertainment.
Why it’s hot: Seriously launched its first game, Best Fiends, in October 2014, and brought it to the Apple App Store in January 2015. It now has one million daily active players. Founders are veterans of Rovio, Remedy Entertainment and 20th Century Fox. Seriously has received $5 million from Denmark’s Sunstone Capital, the U.S.’s Upfront Ventures and Beirut-based Daher Ventures.


Social Point

www.socialpoint.es
Barcelona, Spain
What it does: Social gaming.
Why it’s hot: Social Point is a leading mobile developer, with more than 50 million monthly active players and 150 million downloads of its Dragon City, Social Empires, and Social Wars games. In July 2014 it raised $30 million from Highland Capital Partners Europe and existing investor Idinvest, bringing total funding to $48.5 million. Revenues for 2014 were approximately $100 million.

Devices/Connectivity


Cityzen Sciences

www.cityzensciences.fr
Lyon, France
What it does: Smart fabric.
Why it’s hot: Cityzen Sciences’ Smart Sensing fabric uses embedded micro-sensors to monitor the wearer’s temperature, heart rate, speed, location, and acceleration. In November it signed a deal with Asics to commercialize its “D-Shirt” for jogging; it should go on sale this year. The company is seeking €100 million in funding.


Sigfox

www.sigfox.com
Labege, France
What it does: IoT networks.
Why it’s hot: Sigfox builds low-energy, low-cost wireless networks that could be the backbone of the Internet of Things. In February the company raised $115 million from investors including Telefonica, NTT DoCoMo, SK Telecom, Air Liquide, GDF Suez, Eutelsat and Elliott Management. Existing investors Elaia Partners, iXO PE, Partech Ventures and Idinvest also participated.


Kymeta

www.kymetacorp.com
Redmond, WA, U.S.
What it does: Satellite antennas.
Why it’s hot: Kymeta has developed a range of software-enabled metamaterials antennas; its aim is and simplify access to cost-effective satellite solutions. Products include a portable satellite receiver that can deliver signals to moving vehicles or remote locations. In December 2014 it raised $20 million from Bill Gates and Lux Capital, bringing the total raised to $82 million.


DJI

www.dji.com
Shenzhen, China
What it does: Drone maker.
Why it’s hot: Founded in 2006 by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology student Frank Wang, DJI has become one of the leading providers of commercial drones (many of which carry cameras), with an estimated 70% of the market and tens of thousands of units shipped each month. Revenue in 2013 was reported to be $131 million, growing 300%-500% each year.

Urban Transport


Uber

www.uber.com
San Francisco, CA, U.S.
What it does: Car-hailing service.
Why it’s hot: After raising $1.2 billion at a $17 billion valuation last summer, in December Uber raised another $1.2 billion, bringing its valuation to $41 billion. It now operates in more than 250 cities in 50 countries. Its annual revenue run rate is expected to reach $2 billion this year; sales are growing at more than 40% a quarter. Its current priority is expansion in Asia.


Citymapper

www.citymapper.com
London, UK
What it does: Transport and mapping app.
Why it’s hot: The Citymapper app provides real-time routing using multiple methods of transport in 17 cities. It claims the app is installed “on half the smartphones in London.” In April 2014 it raised $10 million in a round led by Balderton Capital. Existing investors Connect Ventures, Index Ventures and Greylock Partners participated in the round.

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