2015 promises to be an exciting year in business and technology. Start-up businesses will no doubt continue to impact and redefine commerce throughout the year. While it’s difficult to predict the future, three hot start-ups to watch out for in 2015 are Product Hunt, Bloc and Yo.
Product Hunt in an online business which specializes in informing readers about new technology products. Anyone can let the Product Hunt team know about a new product, and from there the start-up puts a review of whatever the product is online. Apps, websites and new technologies of all sorts end up being discussed and analyzed, and Product Hunt is a great place to learn about products that are brand new.
Bloc is a new coding boot camp, but what makes it different from other programs is that instruction is offered online. Coding boot camps are becoming increasingly popular. Basically, these are schools that teach students to write practical computer code very quickly. Most boot camps last between nine and twelve weeks. A number of coding boot camps have sprung up in big cities like San Francisco, New York and Chicago. They generally have very good job replacement rates and students are very satisfied with the experience. However, one major drawback of these programs is that they require a full time commitment on the part of the student. Another is that students must physically be present to attend.
Bloc offers the benefits of more traditional coding boot camps – one on one instruction, customized projects, help finding a job, etc. – with all instruction available remotely. Since Bloc allows students to hold down a 40 hours a week brick and mortar job anywhere and attend coding boot camp at the same time, it is likely to attract many students in 2015.
MallforAfrica is a start-up which sells an app that allows shoppers in Africa to purchase items online from stores in Europe, the United States and Africa itself. Essentially, Africans who use the app have access to more shopping opportunities. The app is a great way for western companies to reach African consumers. This is an untapped market with tremendous growth potential.
The two CEO’s of MallforAfrica both are products of American universities and have extensive experience in both online business and marketing. The company is currently focused on selling its app to Nigerian customers with plans to expand to other countries in Africa.
As I’ve stated, 2015 is set to be a big year for up and coming start-ups. Are there any of them on your radar that you have your eye on?
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