Announcing Social Media Week’s “2016 Startups to Watch” List



We’re excited to announce the 2016 recipients for our “Startups to Watch” list! The 10 companies will join us in New York for Social Media Week to celebrate their work, and present the roadmaps for how they’ll continue to change the world.

Each year, we join forces with a local, New York organization to curate our “Startups to Watch” list in conjunction with February’s annual Social Media Week New York event. This year, we’re proud to partner with Digital.NYC, an online hub for New York’s technology and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Our “Startups to Watch” (StW) list represents early-stage companies and ideas around the globe, and manifests in New York with a special in-person showcase. The goal of StW is to identify and celebrate exceptional, entrepreneurial talent within early stage innovation.

These companies and organizations tie into our global theme, which incorporates four chief elements: smart devices, networked connectivity, data, and machine learning.

We hope you’ll register your pass to join us in New York for the 2016 Startups to Watch showcase, which takes place Thursday, February 25th at 4:00pm at the SVA Theatre. Toby Daniels (Founder & Executive Director, Social Media Week) and Tim Devane (Principal, NextView Ventures) will moderate and host the event.

Here are your “2016 Startup to Watch” recipients!

1. Button

Effortless partnerships and beautiful app connections that drive commerce. Button builds “contextual commerce” technology that creates connections between mobile apps.

2. Gimlet Media

Gimlet Media is a digital media company and podcast network, focused on producing high quality narrative podcasts, founded by Alex Blumberg and Matthew Lieber, who serve as the company’s CEO and president respectively.

3. GoButler

GoButler is a free, messaging-based, on-demand service that operates as a digital personal assistant, using Human Assisted Artificial Intelligence (HAAI) to fulfill requests 24/7, 365 days a year. We take the time and inconvenience out of everyday tasks, fulfilling on-demand requests, from flower delivery and travel bookings to restaurant reservations and more — all at your fingertips.

4. HomeTeam

Home care that transforms the aging experience. Welcome to a new kind of senior care.

5. JewelBots

The world’s first programmable friendship bracelet. Spark their creativity. Get your kid coding today!

6. LiveLike

LiveLike is a VR platform company that enables broadcasters and sports teams to deliver immersive, live sports viewing experiences.

7. Newsela

Newsela provides daily news articles from top national and regional newspapers, all written at five reading levels. Initially targeting grade 3-12 classrooms, Newsela automatically gives each reader the level of an article that’s just right for his or her reading ability, while empowering them to change levels with a single click.

8. Ringly

Ringly creates smart jewelry and accessories that keep you effortlessly connected to the things that matter most. Our core belief is that technology can be more discreetly integrated into our lives.

9. Splash

Build beautiful event websites. Splash is the world’s first experience marketing software that maximizes event impact – before, during, and after.

10. (Amy) is a personal assistant who schedules meetings for you, entirely using artificial intelligence.

Congratulations to the 10 recipients, special thanks to Digital.NYC for collaborating on the list, and thank you in advance to everyone who joins us in New York to celebrate the individuals behind these incredible organizations and companies on the rise in 2016!

Image Credit: The New York Times

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