5 New York startups to watch

Examiner Apr 28, 2012 Back to press

The startup scene in New York is a busy world that's hard at work solving everyday problems big and small. And the number of those startups that exist today is growing by leaps and bounds. 

Here are some of the newest up-and-coming New York startups: 

Yoke: Instead of building standalone platforms, most developers choose to build on top of others these days. That's because it's a lot easier to leverage the user based of Facebook that try to lure new users to an external site. In this case, Yoke is a Facebook app that makes your Facebook profile a dating profile. Like Branchout for job hunting on Facebook, Yoke connects the information in your profile for a targeted purpose: dating. 

Wander: This service is still in beta, but its launch is highly anticipated; it's the first TechStars New York 2012 company to announce a big round of funding. And they secured $1 million. Although the founders have been vague as to the actual concept of Wander, as reported by Business Insider, the service is supposedly offering a platform for users to share photos and thoughts about places. As Business Insider wrote, Wander is assumed to be, "A photo and quote-heavy Tumblr for places you wish you could go, or your friends have already been to."

The startup scene in New York is a busy world that's hard at work solving everyday problems big and small. And the number of those startups that exist today is growing by leaps and bounds. 

Here are some of the newest up-and-coming New York startups: 

Yoke: Instead of building standalone platforms, most developers choose to build on top of others these days. That's because it's a lot easier to leverage the user based of Facebook that try to lure new users to an external site. In this case, Yoke is a Facebook app that makes your Facebook profile a dating profile. Like Branchout for job hunting on Facebook, Yoke connects the information in your profile for a targeted purpose: dating. 

Wander: This service is still in beta, but its launch is highly anticipated; it's the first TechStars New York 2012 company to announce a big round of funding. And they secured $1 million. Although the founders have been vague as to the actual concept of Wander, as reported by Business Insider, the service is supposedly offering a platform for users to share photos and thoughts about places. As Business Insider wrote, Wander is assumed to be, "A photo and quote-heavy Tumblr for places you wish you could go, or your friends have already been to." 

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Percolate: Although this service isn't for consumers, it's an interesting take on the Content is King idea. Stemming from the increasing need for brands to be publishers, Percolate is a scalable platform for brand publishing. Percolate takes a brand's goals, collects content from around the web that's relevant to that brand, then provides a platform for brands to comment and publish that content on social media channels and blogs. 

Fancy Hands: Fancy Hands is like having a personal assistant, or assistants, around you wherever you go. Sign up for an account and choose from one of the subscription plans - basic starts at $25/month - and you can text or email to get answers to any of your questions or help with a task. ReadWriteWeb likened the service to Mechanical Turk, but on an individual scale with more intelligence. No request is too small, whether you need to schedule a cab ride or you're looking for a list of NFL players for your fantasy league. 

Makerbot: Makerbot is an amazing tool that builds plastic 3D replicas of anything. Although industrial 3D printers exist, the benefit of a Makerbot is its price (less than $2,000 for a build-your-own kit). You can get your own Makerbot from their website and start building 3D shapes of anything, even a plastic bunny. 

It's an exciting time to be in New York observing the boom of the Internet startup scene. It seems that everyday there's news of the expanding industry, whether it's a new initiative from Mayor Bloomberg or a TechStars company getting another round of funding.

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