Here are some cool start-ups I’ve been reading about lately:
- HubSpot is an inbound marketing system that helps SMEs become more visible to their target customers on the web. I think it’s a pretty cool concept especially in this economy when no one is spending money on anything! Check out their blog to get their latest thoughts on Internet marketing. This company seems to be well financed, having received $12 million back in May from Matrix Partners in addition to the $5 million it received from General Catalyst last year.
- Tripit is a startup that allows its users to create open travel itineraries and link up with friends, family, and business contacts. Tripit lets you know who may be traveling to the same city as you are.
- Tripit would go well with Worktopia.com, which is like hotels.com for business meeting venues. For example, through Tripit, you find out that the person you wanted to set up a meeting with is passing through the city that you happen to be in. Why not use worktopia to find a meeting place and have the meeting right then and there instead of flying all the way across country to meet that person?
- Spring Pad offers free online notebooks to help its user become more organized (e.g. track notes, photos, maps, to-dos, contacts, etc). It sounds almost too simple- and it is- but that’s what I like about it. It’s super intuitive and easy to use. What’s really neat about Spring Pad is that you can share your content with others and integrate webs services to your pad for added convenience. See a demo here and a blog with a detailed description here.