With 2015 drawing to a close, we feel equally nostalgic and excited. Nostalgic for the tech inventions that made 2015 so-awesomely-good and excited for what’s to come in 2016. On that note, we decided to do a roundup of things which took the industry by storm during the year that was. We came across a handful of them. Right from Uber for everything, unicorn, crow-funding, and blockchain, to the valuation of startups. Let’s see which of these withdrew the tech industry’s attention the most and why.
This word has enjoyed its share of hype in 2015. Uber’s business idea has been cloned and used by many startups, and the trends seems to not go anywhere at least in the year to come. You can see Uber for almost everything, from dog walking to freelancers. Uber is international transportation network Company of America and its mobile app helps riders connect with drivers within their vicinity.
Blockchain drew the most attention from new tech startups in the year 2015. Being the public ledger for all bitcoin transactions, and with the ease it offered in terms of making and recording transactions, it won’t be wrong to say that blockchain will prove revolution of sorts just like digital democracy and insurance democracy.
The concept of crowdfunding changed many lives in 2015. It is one campaign that proved to be a great help for young entrepreneurs in achieving their funding goals through the campaign controller. Though crowdfunding ain’t a new concept, 2015 saw the rise of equity crowdfunding – where investors fund a company and accept stakes in return instead of products or rewards. Crowdcube, an equity-based crowdfunding platform raised £100m in capital in 2015. It was indeed a breakthrough year.
Unicorn took over the minds of techies during 2015, and led to invention of several new terminologies like Decacorn ($10 billion), Megacorn, Soonicorn etc. A term favorably used in the U.S. investment and venture capital circles, Unicorn initially represented only software focused startup companies but now includes other sectors as well, whose valuation is equal to $1 billion. As of August 2015, there were 138 reported unicorns.
There are a several startups that focused on music; they developed apps through which users could send songs to fellow users via social apps like Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and Snapchat. Some apps that really caught our attention include Audioshot, Fusic, neoScores, Sound Better, The Best Song, and VOX by Coppertino.
Technology has gone through some major shifts in 2015. If there has been some development which caught your fancy, do let us know in the comments section below.