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TopRocketsThe RocketCompanies reports series continues with the top 10 fastest US Startups of this month. We have chosen the ones with at least 1,000,000 monthly estimated unique visitors, and founded after January 1st 2009. These are “young” companies that have managed to make a name for them, by providing quality services and dedication to their goal: delivering the best! Here they are!

Top 10 Fastest US Startups

No. Crt.

Brand

M/M Growth (%)

Monthly Estimated Unique Visitors

City

1

Bustle

41%

1,569,038

Brooklyn

2

Udacity

34%

1,035,923

Palo Alto

3

Vevo

33%

1,213,628

New York

4

Adbuddy

28% 3,407,425

Raleigh

5

Square

25% 1,235,858

San Francisco

6

Coinbase

25% 1,078,346

San Francisco

7

Uber

23% 1,966,871

San Francisco

8

Gravity

22% 1,035,923

Santa Monica

9

Chatwork

20% 2,447,483

Sunnyvale

10

Udemy

18% 4,083,176

San Francisco

Bustle – News Tailored for Women

As they declare, Bustle is a news, lifestyle, entertainment and fashion website with a goal to redefine what women look for in the media domain. However, Bustle is founded by a man, Bryan Goldberg, in 2013, meaning the Startup is only almost 2 years old.

It has seen a great deal of success and exposure, and is on a stable rising growth slope, registering 41% on an M/M basis. At the current point, they number only 1,569,038 monthly estimated unique visitors, but if they keep up the good work and their growth rate remains constant, these numbers will soon grow.

Investors have not been indifferent to the idea behind Bustle, pouring up to this moment, no less than $11.5M:

2013-08-13 – Series A – $6.5M from: Rothenberg Ventures, 500 Startups, Google Ventures, Time Warner Investments, The Social+Capital Partnership;

2014-07-14 – Series B – $5M from: The Social+Capital Partnership and Time Warner Investments.

Hoping they will keep up the good job, we are proud to welcome them as the no.1 in our top 10 most growing USA Startups!

Udacity – International Education

June 2011 is the date when this young Startup was born. Its founding members were 3 roboticists who believed that high-standard University education could be provided at a fraction of the cost. So, Udacity was born. The founding team: Sebastian Thrun (current CEO, as well), David Stavens and Mike Sokolsky. The name stands for the desire, as they state, to be “audacious for you, the student”.

Success has not been far from them, as they have had more than 150,000 students enrolled in only a few weeks after its launch, coming from more than 190 countries. The first course listed that brought this tremendous audience: “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence”

Investors have brought their contribution to Udacity in 2012, pouring in $20M:

2012-01-01 – Series A – $5M from: CRV

2012-10-25 – Series B – $15M from: Steve Blank (founder of the Lean Startup Movement), CRV and Andreessen Horowitz.

The goal that Udacity has to bring quality education to people worldwide is backed by their advisory board as well, who counts professionals in various domains that are able to bring a great contribution by mentoring the young Startup:

Carl Bass – Autodesk, Inc.

William Bennett – former US Secretary of Education from 1985 to 1988

Steve Blank – SV Entrepreneur with 8 Valley Startups, contributor to the “How to Build a Startup” course offered by Udacity

Cathy Davidson – English Professor at Duke University since 1996; Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University from 1998 to 2006.

The path that Udacity has chosen is a challenging one, because education is an ongoing process no matter the place and time. Adaptability will have to be one of their biggest assets, but we are definitely glad to see them in the top 10 most growing USA Startups.

Vevo

Even though information about Vevo funding is undisclosed, this Startup launched on December 8, 2009 is doing extremely well, especially considering that its founding father is Doug Morris, the Chief Executive of Sony Music Entertainment.

We consider Vevo a Startup, even if it is owned and operated by a joint venture formed by Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Google and Abu Dhabi Media.

Currently, Vevo videos are syndicated across the web, the main purpose being to attract advertisers for video ads. And they are successful, the ad sharing revenue being split between Vevo and Google.

Other members of the founding team we have found across the WWW are Evan Moore, founder of DoorDash and Julie Lee, co-founder and CEO of Edtwist.

 

 






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