When it comes to business, there are always new methods and innovative solutions to consumer problems. However, some businesses take it to the next level and manage to change the game for consumers and business owners alike.
This trend is most noticeable in the tech industry. It is a constantly evolving and growing field, and the availability of technology in today’s world makes it accessible to everyone. Whether it is innovating through customer service, business to business solutions, or a new product, tech startups are leading the way for innovators in nearly every industry.
The following are five tech startups changing the world in a big way:
The Driverless Car:
Google has already announced the driverless car and produced a product, the reality is a long way off. When it is made available for the general public, it is unlikely to be within most consumer’s price range. However, Kyle Vogt has put forth a better idea – a device which can be attached to a vehicle to make it driverless. So far it only works on one model of Audi, but when expanded, it could be made to fit any vehicle. Unlike other driverless car designs, Vogt’s device is meant to be an autopilot for highway driving and is able to be toggled on and off by the driver in favor of a complete system takeover.
A scanner in your pocket doesn’t sound like a very inciting device, however, it has promising applications for the general public and business owners alike. It is able to scan any document and instantly upload it to a computer. The documents PocketScan saves can be edited as well, meaning it is able to read documents in any language. This kind of universal accessibility makes PocketScan a promising product that will certainly be able to surpass and replace existing technology.
What if there was a way to transfer money without having to use your credit or debit card? That would be innovation. Fortunately, there is – Dwolla sidesteps the use of credit cards for money transfers, instead linking directly with the user’s bank accounts. Unlike PayPal and Square, this makes transactions 100% safe, since it makes it impossible for consumers to over spend. You can even use Dwolla to transfer money to people who do not have Dwolla for the low fee of just 25 cents. It may not sound profitable, but they have already moved $30-50 million per month in their time in business. There is something to be said for safety and convenience on the market.
This company is changing the hotel industry in a big way. Now, you won’t have to search for the lowest hotel price across several websites or struggle to remember which chains are in your rewards network. Instead, your hotel price will be individual to you. Your air-miles, spending habits, creditor, room availability, even the weather will determine the price of your hotel room. If you are going to Las Vegas, your gambling data will also be added to the mix.
The price of college textbooks is something every student complains about, and rightly so – the price of these books makes them inaccessible to many people, and can be a deciding factor in the decision to pursue a higher education. Boundless Learning has sought to make textbooks affordable by curating their contents from pre-existing web content. The experience of learning through the company is interactive and fun while being completely informative, and they hope to be an adequate replacement for the expensive books that colleges rely on today.