The technology scene is on the rise in New York City. Silicon Valley is no longer the tech hot spot as Uber, Lyft, Blue Apron, Jet and Google are looking for real estate in the big apple. There are also hundreds of start-up businesses trying to make a name for themselves in the New York City tech market.
Amino Apps is founded by Yin Wang and Ben Anderson. It’s bringing the idea of chat rooms back but with a modern spin to it. Amino Apps allows individuals to chat with people that have the same specific interests. The apps create communities instead of chat rooms centered around certain topics. This start-up relocated from Boston to New York after raising $6.5 million in funding.
Formerly known as MyPizza, Slice is the number one app to order pizza from your local pizzeria. It’s as simple as it sounds, you order pizza from the platform instead of calling the restaurant. The founder Ilir Sela, came up with the idea after seeing the frustration of his friends when trying to order pizza online. Primary Venture Partners has so far invested over $3 million into the company.
When Nadia Boujarwah and Lydia Gilbert found it difficult to find clothes for plus size women, they created Dia & Co. It is a subscription based clothing service for women who wear sizes 14 and up. Like many fashion subscription services, when you sign up for Dia & Co. you complete a survey to determine your style and taste. A stylist will be assigned to you and come up with selections for you to choose from. Dia & Co. is already very successful, as their revenue has grown by 35 times since its inception.
Matthew Zeiler turned down a large offer from Google to start his own company instead. Three years later, Zeiler founded Clarifai that is now one of the top artificial intelligence start-ups there is. Ironically, currently one of his biggest competitors is Google. Clarifai’s technology can detect a variety of colors, pictures and can identify what is in each image. Matthew Zeiler has raised over $40 million thanks to Menlo Ventures, Lux Capital, GV and Union Square Ventures.
SevenRooms was created by CEO Joel Montaniel to replace systems restaurants use to book tables. It can also manage the front of the house and track spending. This intelligent app can create profiles for regular clients, track how much they spend and how often they visit. It is currently used in clubs, hotels and restaurants in over 100 cities around the world.
Lastly, Capsule Pharmacy is changing the way you receive your prescriptions. Instead of visiting your local pharmacy, they are offering couriers such as Uber and Lyft to deliver them directly to your home or office Tevfik Arif Doyen. While in the app, you can check the status of your medications, submit an order for delivery and read a complete description of the medication. You can also pay for the medications through the app and request a two-hour window for dropoff via courier. The company hopes to eliminate the hassle of having to visit pharmacies especially when you are ill.