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Best startups you need to watch out for in 2021 by Cloudways
By Tsani Gramatikova access_time 4 min read


Cloudways is a managed hosting provider that emphasizes performance and simplicity. In their startup blog section, Cloudways deliver interesting relevant industry-related content by offering useful tips, practical advice, and insights. Тhey have curated a list of most promising startups based on their success stories, and venture-backed funding they have raised so far. The startups are grouped into 12 categories from AI to Transport and Fashion.

First let’s look at some great examples of successful startups with brandable domain names that are unique, catchy, and memorable.

Name picks


Starting as a taxi-hailing app in 2012 under the name MyTeksi, Grab has rebranded and extended its product platform to include taxis (GrabTaxi), private car services (GrabCar), motorcycle taxis (GrabBike), social carpooling (GrabHitch) and last-mile delivery (GrabExpress) under one umbrella brand. It provides everyday services like Deliveries, Mobility, Financial Services, and More. The company has managed to raise an impressive and highest in the list $12.1B funding in 33 rounds. 

We’ve grown over the years — and we’re now much more than a taxi app. This new brand is an important evolution that represents our goal to out-serve our customers.

Anthony Tan, CEO of Grab


Kitopi is the world’s leading managed cloud kitchen platform. Kitopi (pronounced: “Kee-Toh-Pee”) stands for Kitchen Utopia and is a great example of a short, catchy, derivative, and descriptive brand name. Started in 2018, Kitopi operates a network of over 60 cloud kitchens across five countries including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Poland. It partners with F&B brands to help them expand their reach through its cloud kitchens. The latest Crunchbase data shows that the company has raised $504M funding in just 4 rounds.


Observe.AI is a Contact Center AI solution that analyzes 100 percent of voice and chat interactions, extracts actionable sentiment insights, and automates evaluation workflows. Observe.AI brings the power of agent assistance, automatic speech recognition, and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to modern contact centers and their frontline teams. According to Crunchbase, the company has raised $88.1M in 5 rounds.


Hastee is a mobile application that allows workers to receive a portion of their earned pay immediately. The company’s platform integrates with the existing payroll, time and attendance systems and provides solutions for salaried workers, shift workers and contract workers, enabling businesses to empower their staff to boost and promote their own financial wellbeing. According to Crunchbase, Hastee has raised a total of $275.7M in funding over 5 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Dec 2, 2019 from a Series A round.


Infraspeak is a global tech company transforming the world of facilities management with a pioneer intelligent maintenance management platform since 2015. It connects assets, teams, software and IoT devices and combines the data generated into real actions with immediate impact to operations. Infraspeak allows users to choose from a comprehensive set of native apps and dozens of available integrations, that can be enabled or disabled as required, to build a solution that fits the unique challenges of any operation. As of August, 2019, Infraspeak has raised a total of 4.6M EUR.


Looking at the rest of the brands on the list, more than half of the companies (46 out of 63) have chosen the .com extension for their web presence.

38 companies operate on a .com domain name exactly matching their brand. This is a proven way to avoid traffic and email leaks and communicate to your audience that you are a global brand that’s here to stay.

31 of the brands on the list have chosen one word or derivative for a brand name. Dashes and numbers seem to be not among the choices for a domain name, with only one company using a dash in its domain, and 0 with numbers.

Here is the full list for you to review.

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