5 Startup Tech Companies Changing the Scope of the Industry

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The world of technology is always evolving, and it seems like almost every day there’s a new tech startup getting buzz. While some of these startups seemingly disappear into the ether, others go on to be true disruptors in the field.

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Here are five buzzworthy tech startups that are already making major waves.

Last updated: March 18, 2021
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Fast Company named the reservation startup Tock as one of the most innovative companies of 2021. The company was launched in 2015 as a restaurant reservations platform and pioneered the idea of charging diners a deposit to hold a table. Amid the pandemic, Tock launched “Tock To Go” to help restaurants offer takeout and delivery meals without the high fees charged by other popular third-party platforms. Instead, Tock charges restaurants a flat monthly fee of $199 plus 2% on orders, or 3% without the monthly subscription.

“What makes Tock such a strong player is that they’re both on the reservation side and the delivery side,” R.J. Melman, president of Lettuce Entertain You, which owns and licenses more than 100 restaurants across the country, told Fast Company. “So when things open back up and take-out business becomes a lower portion of what you’re doing and your reservation business will increase, [Tock] will help you on either side.”

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Front is revolutionizing how teams collaborate by allowing multiple people to share an inbox. The platform enables emails to be assigned to individual team members and can help reduce response times, which is particularly useful in time-sensitive fields like customer support, sales and public relations.

“We wanted to make a difference in people’s professional lives, and Front was the perfect vehicle,” said Mathilde Collin, CEO and co-founder of Front. “As a software provider, we could improve things on a much bigger scale, by working on the most critical tool people use to get work done: email.”

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Virtual events platform Hopin was founded pre-pandemic, but certainly got a boost over the past year when events pretty much had to take place virtually or not at all. By November 2020, Hopin had 3.5 million users at more than 50,000 organizations, including the United Nations, NATO, The Atlantic and UCLA, Computerworld reported.

Even in a post-COVID-19 world, Hopin CEO Johnny Boufarhat believes organizations will continue to use the platform as it was originally intended — to enable hybrid events that have both an in-person and online component, he told TechCrunch.

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Cockroach Labs

Commercial database management system developer Cockroach Labs was named a hot tech startup by Computerworld and one of the top tech startups to watch out for by Full Scale. Founded by three ex-Google employees in 2015, the software firm is best known for creating CockroachDB, a cloud-native, distributed SQL database.

The company grew tremendously in 2020 thanks to the widespread cloud adoption that came as a result of the pandemic and is expected to maintain its upward trajectory through 2021.

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AirGarage was started to solve a simple problem — a lack of affordable parking spaces. The peer-to-peer platform connects individuals and businesses with unused parking spaces and underutilized parking spots with customers looking for parking. The AirGarage app acts as the manager of the parking areas, collecting visitor registration, enforcing parking policies, collecting payment and providing customer support.

The app was named one of the top 10 most successful tech startups of 2020 by TechStartups.com and one of the 10 tech startups to watch out for in 2021 by Edgy.

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