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The 72 Coolest Startups in America

The 72 startups profiled in Doreen Bloch's book "The Coolest Startups in America". Vote up your favorite. Entry names, one line descriptions, and categories are from the book. Doreen made selections based on the following 7 characteristics:
(1) solve real problems
(2) do it in a unique way
(3) have reach
(4) are ambitious
(5) execute quickly and efficiently
(6) focus on the consumer
(7) have cool brands

Source: http://www.cooleststartups.in/

Feb 23, 2012 - 23andme.com - 1525
23andMe

A personal genetics company.

Feb 24, 2012 - asksunday.com - 1729
AskSunday

Connects people with virtual personal assistants.

Feb 25, 2012 - asthmapolis.com - 1805
Asthmapolis

Equips asthma inhalers with GPS-enabled devices to help monitor asthma attacks, eventually collecting enough data to learn about asthma and help prevent attacks.

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Aviary

Feb 25, 2012 - aviary.com - 1425
Aviary

Online image editor that eliminates the cost of Adobe Photoshop. Being web-based, the program and your files are accessible from anywhere, anytime.

Feb 23, 2012 - axialmarket.com - 1808
AxialMarket

An online network of buyers and sellers of private companies.

Feb 25, 2012 - bespokeinnovations.com - 1348
Bespoke Innovations

Creates custom 3D devices with purpose. Their first products are beautifully designed prosthetic limbs for amputees.

Feb 23, 2012 - betterplace.com - 1427
Better Place

A radical system for car ownership that dead ends our use of fossil fuels.

Feb 24, 2012 - blueseed.co - 1347
Blueseed

An incubator that will float off the shore of Silicon Valley, so foreign founders can legally participate in the entrepreneurship ecosystem just a boat-ride away.

Feb 24, 2012 - boomeranggmail.com - 1384
Boomerang

Brings your email back to you (email delivery scheduling).

Feb 25, 2012 - branchout.com - 1842
BranchOut

Turn your social network into a professional one.

Feb 25, 2012 - brandaffinity.net - 1806
Brand Affinity Technologies

A platform for celebrities - no matter how small - to connect to brands and product endorsements, even at the local level.

12

Brode

Feb 24, 2012 - getbrode.com - 1653
Brode

A dietary supplement that people take when they go out drinking to help naturally detoxify the body and keep it hydrated.

Feb 24, 2012 - catchafire.org - 1746
Catchafire

Connects non-profit organizations to people who can volunteer their skills to benefit charities.

Feb 24, 2012 - codecademy.com - 1370
Codecademy

Coding is a skill that everyone should begin to know, and Code Academy makes it hands-on easy to learn.

Feb 25, 2012 - colourlovers.com - 1329
COLOURlovers

Lets people create and share color palettes.

Feb 24, 2012 - coursehorse.com - 1539
CourseHorse

An online database of courses, searchable by age group, price, location, and topic.

17

Dekko

Feb 23, 2012 - dekko.co - 1880
Dekko

Merges technology with reality. (Very stealth mode!)

Feb 25, 2012 - demandbase.com - 1422
Demandbase

Checks website visits against its database of companies and contacts.

19

Disqus

Feb 25, 2012 - disqus.com - 1556
Disqus

An easy-to-implement comment system for websites.

20

Dwolla

Feb 23, 2012 - dwolla.com - 1538
Dwolla

Dwolla believes consumers should have the option to pay with "cash" online, not just credit.

21

evoJets

Feb 24, 2012 - evojets.com - 1498
evoJets

Specializes in brokering private jet travel.

22

FamZoo

Feb 23, 2012 - famzoo.com - 1442
FamZoo

FamZoo is family-friendly finance.

Feb 24, 2012 - fashionplaytes.com - 1365
Fashion Playtes

Clothes designed for kids, by kids.

24

Fitbit

Feb 25, 2012 - fitbit.com - 1517
Fitbit

An all-in-one tracker.

Feb 24, 2012 - foursquare.com - 1650
foursquare

A mobile phone game application that lets you "check in" to local spots and get points for your loyalty.