5 Hot Startups to Watch

by InvestorPlace Staff | April 20, 2012 10:36 am

Who will be the next hot tech company? As seen with recent IPOs — such as from Splunk[1] (NASDAQ:SPLK[2]), Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA[3]) and Yelp (NYSE:YELP[4]) — investors are getting excited about technology again. No doubt, the Facebook IPO will be a huge boost. Just look at the media attention with the company’s $1 billion purchase of Instagram[5].

So, lots of startups want to get a piece of the action. In fact, 81 companies came to pitch their deals at the Demo conference this week[6].

According to VentureBeat, here are the standouts:

TourWrist: This provides 3D tours on your Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL[7]) iPhone. And yes, you can link these to your Facebook profile.

ZBoard: This is an electric, weight-sensing skateboard (with Bluetooth-enabled speakers so you can listen to your smartphone).

Voxeet: A mobile app to deliver better conference calling.

VisApp: An app to virtually renovate or landscape your home.

Jumala: This allows people to create their own 3D games, without having to be a software engineer.

  1. such as from Splunk: https://investorplace.com/ipo-playbook/splunks-ipo-goes-stratospheric/
  2. SPLK: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SPLK
  3. ZNGA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ZNGA
  4. YELP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=YELP
  5. $1 billion purchase of Instagram: https://investorplace.com/ipo-playbook/facebook-shells-out-1-billion-for-instagram/
  6. Demo conference this week: http://venturebeat.com/2012/04/19/demo-gods-winners/
  7. AAPL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAPL

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