The first half of 2017 was remarkably good to a lot of U.S.-based startups – especially Q4. Some of the most active venture capital firms even doubled their investment activity over the course of six months. As a result, the American VC-backed companies have managed to raise almost $100 billion in total for further development. As usual, a large amount of money went straight to the most promising NYC startups. Which ones of them have come up as the top scorers?
Peleton provides a whole new meaning to the concept of indoor cycling by delivering instructor-led classes twelve times a day – live from the company’s NYC studio to subscribers from around the world. They offer not only mobile apps but also technologically advanced indoor bikes equipped with multi-touch consoles.
Letgo is an online marketplace that allows users to buy and sell used goods locally. It includes both a desktop and a mobile app based on geolocation, ready to use instantly, with no need to log in. So far, they reach about 20 million active users per month.
Recent funding round: $175,000,000
Lead investors: 14W, Eight Roads Ventures, FJ Labs, Naspers, Mangrove Capital Partners, Accel Partners, Insight Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates
Zeta Global is a data-driven marketing tech company which offers innovative multi-channel solutions to help leading brands (like UPS, American Airlines, IKEA, PayPal, and so on) get new customers, and keep them active for longer.
Recent funding round: $115,000,000
Lead investors: GSO Capital Partners, GPI Capital, Blackstone, Franklin Square Capital Partners
It’s an application that helps both insured and uninsured people save their money on prescription drugs by allowing them to search and pay for prescribed medications online, and then pick them up from any pharmacy in the U.S. With Blink Health every user gets a significant discount (up to 95%).
Freshly focuses on delivering healthy, tasty, and ready-to-make (in under 3 minutes) meals. Each customer gets one delivery of all previously chosen dishes for every weekday. They are fully-prepared and require only some heating up in a microwave or a stove before eating.
Recent funding round: $77,000,000
Lead investors: Nestle, Insight Venture Partners, Highland Capital Partners, White Star Capital