Report: Don’t Sleep On These 40 Next Generation Brands
Oh, and by the way, most of these companies are hiring right now.
Global consultancy Interbrand recently counted down the breakthrough brands of 2017 in its second annual report. The 40 companies included on this year’s list were ranked based on clarity, relevance, differentiation, presence, and audience engagement and span a range of categories from “the working future” to “from life-hacking to better living.”
Here’s a quick overview of this year’s top 40 breakthrough brands, complete with links to their jobs boards:
30SecondstoFly offers an AI-powered virtual traveling assistant that provides users with services ranging from analytics to travel policies to team or business management and more. Their mantra is that AI should feel less like a software and more like a human addition to the team.
Drivy is like Airbnb for car rentals. It allows you to rent a neighbors car, and all rentals are insured by Allianz.
HumanCharger is a device that transfers white light to the brain, promising to help people overcome low-energy levels, poor alertness, effects of jet lag or Seasonal Affective Disorder.
4. PS Dept
PS Dept is a mobile app that provides users with an on-demand personal shopping assistant that will help you find desired items and handle delivery and returns of whatever you decide to order.
Square is building the future of commerce by helping businesses manage finances more smoothly by supporting secure credit card processing, providing point of sale solutions, and more.
Babylon is a healthcare app that combines AI with video and text capability, providing users with on-demand consultations from doctors and specialists.
Face++ is a Chinese startup centered utilizing computer vision technology to provide state of the art facial and image recognition.
Instacart is a grocery-delivery service that allows users to choose items from the grocery stores of their choice and have them at their doorstep in as little as an hour.
Ripio is a Latin American startup that allows people to buy bitcoins more easily and store them more safely, with the goal of broadening financial inclusion as the cryptocurrency market surges.
TaskRabbit is an on-demand labor app that pairs people with “Taskers” who can help them tackle any day-to-day chore big or small, ranging from running an errand to moving into a new place.
Clarifai is a visual search startup aimed at using machine learning to help users develop better apps and products.
Farfetch is an e-commerce site that provides an aggregated source of boutique and designer clothing for users from over 500 brands and retailers worldwide.
Lemonade is an insurance startup that uses chat bots and AI to provide on-demand homeowners and renters insurance.
Rivigo is a logistics startup aiming to improve the process of the delivery of goods for both drivers and customers using technology such as IoT sensors and AI.
ThalmicLabs is a company focused on the development of wearable technology that, through gesture and motion control, allows users to manipulate devices like phones, computers, and more. Their mission is to seamlessly blend the digital and the physical worlds.
16. Clique Media Group
CMG is a global media, marketing, and consumer brands company that in 2016 launched its own clothing and accessories line in a partnership with Target leveraging one of CMG’s brands, Who What Wear.
Flatiron is a healthcare technology company utilizing cloud-based software to enhance cancer treatment and research.
Bushwick-based Mikmak is a social app through which users can shop through short, native videos. Partners include Chase, Birchbox and Viacom.
Robinhood is a mobile app that helps investors avoid commissions or fees when choosing stocks and ETFs to purchase.
ThriveGlobal is a lifestyle company started by Ariana Huffington that aims to help individuals reduce stress and avoid burnout.
Clue is a machine learning app targeted to women that serves as a period and ovulation tracker.
Flipkart is an e-commerce company that recently acquired eBay India due to its widespread success.
Nexar is an app that uses cloud technology to provide users with a dash cam and real-time alerts as they drive, helping them avoid potential accidents or dangerous situations on the road.
Samasource is a non-profit organization that aims to leverage the growing freelance economy to help pull people out of poverty.
25. ULTRA Testing
ULTRA Testing is a startup that began with two MIT grads aimed at promoting neurodiversity and providing clients with high quality software testing services.
27. General Assembly
General Assembly is an educational network dedicated to providing its community with the support, knowledge, and skills with respect to training, staffing and career transition across campus in 20 cities worldwide.
28. Ninja Van
Ninja Van is a logistics-focused company that uses API technology to streamline last-mile delivery.
Sea is a Singapore-based e-commerce platform dedicated to shopping and online gaming through its businesses including Garena, Shopee, and AirPay.
Unu is an electric scooter that is affordable, environmentally-friendly, and can be charged virtually anywhere with the use of a portable battery unit. The company is based in Berlin.
Didi is the world’s largest rideshare platform you probably never heard of, covering all possible transportation needs of a user through the simple tap of a smartphone.
Glovo is a one-stop shopping app through which users can order anything from dinner to a laundry pickup, all while tracking the entire process until their request has been met. Think of it as FlyCleaners for, well, anything.
Noom is a health and wellness app used by 45 million users and counting to keep track of calories, monitor blood pressure, perform weekly weigh-ins, access custom nutrition plans that will help them carry their exercises further and sustain their weight loss.
SeedInvest is an equity crowdfunding platform aimed at connecting startups with investors.
ViSenze is an AI company that developed visual search technology powered by computer vision. With its visual search capabilities, shoppers can easily find what they’re looking for by uploading images rather than guessing by keywords.
Dr.consulta provides medical assistance to those without access to basic healthcare resources, offering affordable fees and flexible payment options.
Helix provides insights into your DNA, bringing personal genomics to the masses.
Ofo is a Beijing-based bicycle sharing startup that is currently on target to expand to 200 Chinese and 10 international markets by the end of 2017.
Slack is a platform of free team collaboration tools and services including messaging, file sharing, search, video calls, organization and more driven by cloud technology.
Wealthsimple is a Toronto-based company focused on simplifying investing for millennials by ensuring access to affordable advice from advisors, through video and text message, and creating portfolios aligned to long term goals and comfort with respect to risk.
Which breakthrough brands would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments below.
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