What are the hottest startups in 2014

survival or destruction, this is a problem!

1 human resource cloud services: Zenefits

Zenefits was founded in June 2013, 12 members of the team, set up after 5 months will get the seed round of financing, raised $2 million 100 thousand, the main investment for the Venrock and Maverick Capital, Horowitz, Andreessen with the cast party is Milner Yuri.

the company is mainly for the enterprise market, to help SMEs in the cloud management staff, including staff entry procedures, payroll, insurance and other matters. Basic services for businesses free of charge, through the insurance company to sell the insurance business to earn commission.

its business in late 2013 to early 2014, the rapid growth of the monthly growth rate of more than 30%, more than 2000 customers. In 2013, 9 of the company’s customers came from technology companies, and by the year of 2014, more than half of them came from outside Silicon Valley. A round of financing in January 2014, the amount of financing $15 million, in the end of the B round of financing in June, the financing amount of $66 million 500 thousand, the total valuation of more than $500 million.

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enterprise cloud market continues to heat up, Zenefits raised $500 million in May 2015, $4 billion 500 million valuation, but by the end of 2015, the annual income did not reach the expected $one hundred million, only $45 million valuation fell to $2 billion 300 million. Nevertheless, compared to the 500 million valuation in 2014, the company is still regarded as a huge success.

2 professional skills service: Thumbtack

Thumbtack was founded in 2010, in 2012 the successful A round, the amount of financing of $4 million 500 thousand, the 2013 B round of $12 million 500 thousand, raised $30 million in May 2014, the same year in August, Google capital to invest $100 million in the company. In September 2015 it was $125 million.

Thumbtack’s main business for outsourcing services. For example, you can in the website to find experts in all walks of life, as well as engineers, such as to help you develop the website design, Logo, to help you deal with the financial investment and tax issues, and teach you to draw, teach you how to take pictures, teach you how to sing.

the company acquired HeartThis in 2015, the price is unknown, there is no big action at the company, the company has been in steady growth

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