ST Lists By Sector, Area/Niche, Intl/Geo

By pjain      Published July 28, 2020, 6:23 p.m. in blog Startups   

ST Lists By Sector, Area/Niche

ST Lists to Sort

Consumer Staples and Goods, EC

Consumer Foods


ECommerce, Retail

Consumer Discretionary, Sin

Rent Fashion

Ads, Media, Entertainment, Streaming

Internet, Communication Services

Social Networking, Media and Marketing

Friends - Mobile allowed Ads serving

  • - 1.8b users - recent top features live videos

Chat, Calls, Video Conf

  • WhatsApp
  • Skype - 300m voice,video calls -
  • Viber - 250m voip paid to end drop - 30 local languages key
  • Line - 200m - Korea/Japan? - CALLS + share photos, videos, text messages and even audio messages or files
  • - 122m video group chats, SN - 100k at a time tutorial video/karaoke - virtual currency to cash
  • Telegram 100m - secure/privacy focussed messages - E2E

Business, Professional, Social Media, Job Oriented

  • LinkedIn 470m users - tried education - main BM$ recruiters connect with passive
  • Xing LI for EU professional connections, contacts, job offers, companies - Switzerland, Austria and Germany,
    • USP: enables closed group discussions between the members of a certain company or business
  • Bebee 10m/100 countries - find a job - affinity networking - same interests
  • Womenalia - prof women - to level up women
  • Viadeo is an online business-based social networking site that helps business people, mostly those in Europe

Future of Work/Offshore

  • Freelancer
  • eLance


  • Tinder -
  • Badoo 20m < 200m - 200 countries - details on people near you
  • Lovoo 20m 6 languages - find nearby
  • Meetic - spanish - fee to connect
  • Adopt a Guy - women make first move to connect to a profile
  • Grindr - gay, bi, trans and queer dating
  • Tagged 25m acq hi5'2011 - socialise with others through games, browsing profiles, common interests


* Teens, Preteens
  • kiwibox - NYC teens through fashion tips, advice and chat - skills/interests

    • Moms
    • cafemom - ad support SN - community for mothers and mothers-to-be that enables them to get support advice on various topics, such as pregnancy, fashion, health and food

    • Hobbies

    • Ravelry - fibre arts, such as spinning, knitting, weaving and crocheting - share collections recipes

    • Gaming

    • Twitch - eSports
    • Cellufun - social gaming from any mobile - socialise, create avatars, play games and purchase virtual goods
    • GaiaOnline - anime SN/Forums avatars, virtual world, games

    • Alumni

    • Classmates

Ancestry, Family, Memorials, Genetics

- Create family trees, upload and browse through family photos and manage their own family history. 
- Genealogy people to find their ancestors and get more information about them.
  • Ancestry
  • MyHeritage - genealogy 42 lang
  • 23andMe


* Major Metros - SFO, NYC - events, NEIGHBORHOODS
  • Nextdoor
    • Chinese
  • QQ Tencent 850m - IM/Chat 80 countries - could get blocked - TX/bills translator to translate your chats
  • WeChat Tencent - chat - works parallel to QQ
  • Zhihu - find answers to questions from users and share knowledge.
  • Renren 30m Fb

    • LatAm, Portugal, Spain
    • Sonico like FB - but can also play online games
    • Taringa 75m -
    • European, Russian
    • VKontakte 100m russia fb
    • Skyrock - French focus 7 lang, free and personal web space to create and post blogs, add profiles and exchange messages.
    • Russian Facebook 140m - creating your profile, you can send messages to your friends, join a group or share files
    • NK Polish 11m users, helps middle, high school and college students to share their knowledge.

News, Politics, Search, Bookmarks

Interest-based social networking platform enables you to stay in touch with people by sharing messages, photos, videos, useful links to sites and so on. It also extends support for video conferencing through Hangouts and allows businesses to promote their brands and products through Google+ business pages. Twitter 375m microblogging, news Sina Weibo - 222m - mix of Fb/Twitter Reddit 100m - content/upvote - areas of interest - subreddit 300m SN FORUM <== from top keyword searches on Baidu search - StumbleUpon 25m discovers content and recommends - like digg,delicious in past Google+ leveraged off GMail, Google shit scared of privacy/billions in fees so killed, interests, my circles

Location, Maps, SME, Travel SNs

  • TripAdvisor - location/PoI reviews, upload photos - BM$ book (hotels, movie theaters, restaurants…)
  • Yelp - mainly restaurants is prime use - tried eat24/offers then sold off
  • Foursquare - digital maps/GPS, game of "Ive been there" - not engaging, but ECommerce/Eatout offers BM$, Maps, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Wayn - travel- and lifestyle - where to go, what to do and how to meet like-minded people

Photos, Celebrity, Camera

  • upload photos, create and organize albums and edit photos, group by subject
  • Instagram - 700m - post them to other SN tw/fb - Narcisstic/photo "CAMERA is the app",
  • Snapchat - 1:1 fun to share with specific friends - buddy - built on trick 10" to see or lose, FILTERs to make low-end cameraphones ok
  • Flickr - closed down - acquired Smughub?
  • Pinterest - 100m EC images is the theory drive traffic for sales - mastered google images search but being pushed down
  • 500px - prof photographers - high quality DSLR

SN, Photos, Marketplaces, Rating, Reviews, Helper Services

Media, Video

  • Youtube - short form entertaining videos = BM$ Prime/Channels/media, Youtube Go to download
  •, Vimeo, FunnyOrDie, ..
  • TikTok

Website, portfolio, Blogging, Forums

  • Tumblr - 500m? verizon acq'18, from yahoo'13 - mostly HUGE photos/sex was original, now teens multimedia, to a short-form blog
  • QZone - website/custom, share photos, watch videos, listen to songs, write blogs, maintain diaries
  • Xanga weblogs, photo blogs and social networking profiles for its users
  • LiveJournal enables users to maintain a diary, blog or journal, along with privacy controls - - Russia, as Zhivoy Zhurnal or Zhe Zhe.

Music, Events, Tickets

  • Spotify - listen to all the music you want, create your own playlist of your favorite songs
  • Pandora
  • SoundCloud - podcasts, international, community focussed
  • ReverbNation artist SNs - contact festivals, brands, managers, MUSIC discover all the music by artist and share music.
  • MySpace 20m - pivot to bands, amatueur/files - connect with the artists, send messages to them and share their music


  • Quora
  • Stackoverflow, Stackexchange, etc.
  • LinkedIn answers, experts - closed down



Digital Health, AI

Lifesciences, Pharma, CRO

Real Estate

Energy, Materials, Industrials

Idea: Box Solar, Off Grid

Industrials, Materials, Cleantech


Transport Gig-economy and Ridesharing

Urban Mobility

Safety factors, Ideas

Disrupting Transports - Autonomous

  • Autonomous Cars
  • Truck Transportation Disruption
  • Shipping an Cargo Transportation Disruption



L&D private portal for companies == UDEMY++

  • Companies create "generic" l&D - gets branded
  • They can get then share (open license)
  • Core remedial courses

  • Carnival global L&D

Services and Infrastructure Companies


Fintech and Insuretech

Online Banking, Lending, P2P

Payments, Credit Card

Merchant Banking

Payments Processors, Gateways and Networks


Semi,Electronics, Networking, Systems - Old Tech

AI, Robotics, HAN, IOT Companies

AI Startups

Robotics Companies

AV, Mobility

Home Automation, HAN Companies

Industrial Monitoring, IOT Companies

Cloud, Thin Tech, Mobile, SaaS


SFA, CRM, MFA Software, SaaS

  • Marketo - acquired by Adobe?
  • Quip - acquired by salesforce
  • SurveyMonkey unicorn

Cloud, SaaS Companies

Security, Cyber-Security

Privacy, Data, Cyber-Security

Future of Work


--- INTL ST Lists by Geo

India Startups Lists and Key Factors

India ST by Sector

European ST

China ST

East Asia, SE Asia, Pacific Rim ST

Next11 - Emerging ST

Africa, Mideast ST

Israeli ST


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