1. Blue Apron - Subscription Meal Service
Capital raised: $58,000,000
This service ships ingredients with thorough recipes for exciting meals to your very doorstep, and providing just enough for dinner, reducing food waste. They currently send out over $2,000,000 boxes each month in the US.
2. Grand Rounds - Contact between Patients and Medical Professionals
Capital raised: $51,000,000
Having access to an over 30,000 doctor database, Grand Rounds provides services to connect people who seek medical assistance with specialists that have good references and ratings.
3. Kreditech - Online Digital Banking
Capital raised: $274,000,000
This startup allows those with credit history unacceptable for most traditional banks to take out loans by checking their online footprint and ranking them accordingly.
4. Raise - Selling Unused Gift Cards
Capital raised: $87,000,000
Raise serves as a marketplace where people put up unused gift cards for sale, which capitalizes on a very important issue in the US, since out of $400 billion gift card industry almost 20% of them never get used or even re-gifted. The service itself takes 15% cut from the seller, so it's sort of no wonder why it's growing in value so quickly.
5. Wish - Mobile Marketplace
Capital raised: $78,000,000
Created by the former Google software engineer, this website and app allow users to purchase cheap goods, and in the same fashion that Aliexpress does, puts up a huge database of suppliers, usually from China. Its user base has exceeded $100,000,000.
Hopefully, this will convince you - all that is needed for success is an innovative approach and dedication, as we've seen from the startups mentioned above.