Companies Killing it — Startups that will Change the World in 2018

Chris Herd
8 min readJan 11, 2018

Revolut — Solving the problem of modern banking by removing the boundaries between nations through instantaneous transfer of capital, whether that is for payment for goods, conversion of currency or transfer to other individuals.. Exchange rates are at the ‘bank to bank’ exchange rate meaning negligible commission and more money for consumers. security controls on where your money can be spent according to geographic location can be set through the app and purchases show up instantaneously. Soon to have Crypto compatibility which opens up an entirely new market if they are able to remove the current fee based model for purchasing and selling.

My vision of the future of banking

Kry — Healthcare sucks. Whenever you need help doctors seem to be unavailable and by the time you get an appointment the issue has either worsened or disappeared. Kry is disrupting the existing model by enabling an on demand connection with healthcare professionals. It eradicates the wasted time between appointments as patients are routed to doctors when they are available immediately. Incredibly, the service already accounts for more than 1% of all of Sweden's GP visits.

H2ops — We are currently living in the age of peak craft beer. What do these people drink through the week? Not a traditional investment by any stretch of the imagination, but an out the box company which provides the potential for outsized returns due to the uncertainty of an industry that doesn’t exist with the possibility to create a huge market. They make craft brewed hop water which is completely alcohol and sugar free. The founder has an extensive history of product innovation in the space developing coconut water before it gained popularity and having worked as a brand manager at monster.

Mapper.ai — Impressive team currently raising money at Seed+. They focus on providing the maps that autonomous vehicles will use. This will evolve to be huge business at AV’s proliferate the market.

Vainu — Sales leads are incredibly hard. Vainu simplifies that through the use of technology for discoverability, uncovering potential customers who would never previously have been considered. By expanding the net, users are able to diversify their pursuit of sales enabling the…

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Chris Herd

CEO / Founder / Coach @FirstbaseHQ Empowering people to work in their lives not live at work ✌️✌