The 5 Fastest-Growing Seed Startups of 2014

May 14, 2015

12:30 pm

To succeed today, you have to anticipate the future – and the fastest-growing seed startups of 2014 are nothing if not futuristic. A cup that detects calories, an app for 24-hour friendships, a service to loan Bitcoins – all these ideas would have been unthinkable a few years ago.

Mattermark ranked the fastest-growing seed startups of 2014 based on their Mattermark growth score, which takes into account monthly unique website visitors, weekly mobile downloads, social media metrics, number of employees, and equity funding. The results, along with a wealth of other data on the fastest-growing startups, regions, and industries, are reported in the 2014 Startup Traction Report (get it for $99).

Here are the five fastest-growing seed startups, although with Mattermark’s explanation of why they’re red-hot:

1. Elite Daily

Growth score: 2769

Mattermark says: “Elite Daily is a digital media platform for Generation Y-ers to post and read relevant content. It has grown by targeting Millennials and leveraging proprietary technology to track and analyze web trends.”

2. TheSkimm

Growth score: 1528

Mattermark says: “TheSkimm is a daily newsletter with short explanations of current events. TheSkimm has rapidly expanded its subscriber base by making news more approachable to their Millennial audience.”

3. Vessyl

Growth score: 1487

Mattermark says: “Vessyl is a smart cup that senses the nutritional content of beverages and tracks the hydration of its user – providing tailored insights to an increasingly health-conscious consumer base. Vessyl received $1 million in its first crowdfunding campaign.”

4. BTCJam

Growth score: 1471

Mattermark says: “BTCJam is a Bitcoin-based peer-to-peer lending service that bypasses restrictions on fiat currencies – making credit accessible while promoting safe returns to investors. BTCJam has funded over $5 million in loans for people in over 100 countries.”

5. Sobrr

Growth score: 1354

Mattermark says: “Sobbr enables users to create ephemeral online friendships through messaging and photo sharing. These 24-hour friendships expire unless both parties agree to continue. Sobbr has attracted more than 10,000 users.”

Mattermark’s 2014 Startup Traction Report uses data from public sources like Crunchbase, AngelList, NASDAQ, the SEC, and the White House Office of Management & Budget, as well as private relationships they have with investors and entrepreneurs. Everything was measured for the 2014 fiscal year, which covers October 2013-September 2014.

Image credit: Flickr / W_Minshull / CC BY-SA 2.0 (cropped)

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.

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