Over 500,000 new startups are registered every year – in the UK alone. So it’s not surprising that it can be hard to keep track of the latest cool new apps, services and gadgets on offer – particularly if a lot of your time is taken up keeping track of the charts, trading events and new strategies.
That’s why we regularly update you on the new startups we think are cool – from new apps aimed at saving time in your busy trading day to crazy gadgets and tech you can incorporate into your everyday life and your trading schedule. Read on to find out all about the latest startups that will change your life…
The scoop: Tapster is basically a PA in your smartphone – an on-demand app that will enable you to order food, grab a cab, get your suits dry cleaned, book a haircut, order groceries, send flowers, book tickets and get your home cleaned – all with a single tap.
Background: Tapster CEO Apurv Mishra was tired of jumping between 5-6 apps to find what he wanted, so he decided to weave all his favourite services together. Proof that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.
Why we think they’re cool: If you’re anything like us, you probably have about 3274594 apps on your phone all of which would probably save you a heap of time and effort – if only you had the time and effort to use them. Tapster combines all your on-demand apps into one, remembers your details, likes and preferences, and keeps you organised by suggesting reminders. And their logo has a panda in it. We like pandas.
Sign up for Tapster here and you’ll be among the first to get access – and you could win VIP access worth $100.
The scoop: One for the travelling traders among you, Smigin is a language app that’s like having a native speaker in your pocket. But not as heavy or space-consuming. You build a phrase, hear a native speaker pronounce it correctly and then read it back… and voila!
Background: Smigin is the brainchild of CEO Susan O’Brien, who came up with the idea after realising most foreign language tools aren’t actually very helpful in everyday life. Hands up who can reel off a rainbow of colours in Spanish, but not ask for a cup of coffee or where the train station is?
Why we think they’re cool: Because locals always appreciate travellers who make an effort to speak their language… and they’ll like you even better if you nail the pronunciation.
The scoop: Vyne is a flexible, mouldable and secure tablet stand that’s secure, available in five colours and easy to take with you anywhere – just unfold it when you need to prop up your device.
Background: The idea for Vyne came about when one of the founders was watching one of his friends watch a video on his portable device. What was nice was that he was able to consume media on-the-go. What wasn’t was that he looked terribly uncomfortable. There had to be a better way…
Why we think they’re cool: You know what’s coming here… a propped-up tablet makes a perfect portable extra trading screen. So we’re definitely game – although we still think Sam’s upturned plug idea is genius.
The scoop: Eero is a WiFi system for your home that’ll blanket every room in fast, reliable WiFi. No more crazy passwords to remember, no more resetting your modem every five minutes and no more having to be in a particular spot to watch our latest Forex video tutorial.
Background: Eero believe the core utility of the 21st century is broken – so they’re fixing it. Their aim is for no room in your house to be a ‘dead zone’ when it comes to WiFi.
Why we think its cool: Because a reliable internet connection is a necessity for any trader – losing signal just as we’re about to hit an entry point? No thanks. Plus, boosted WiFi all over your home means you can trade from anywhere you like – the sofa, your garden, even bed. We won’t tell.
Eero isn’t available to buy just yet, but you can find out more and pre-order yours here.
The scoop: Beam Labs are the folks behind Beam, a smart projector and LED light that turns any normal socket into a projector. Create a home cinema in seconds, project content from smartphone onto the wall in meetings or even supersize your trading charts anywhere you’ve got a spare flat surface.
Background: Beam was funded via a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $750,000 and is part of Beam Labs’ grand plan of smoothly integrating smart devices into the home.
Why we think they’re cool: If you’ve always loved the idea of a home cinema but your other half isn’t so thrilled about the idea of a bulky projector or screen, this might be just the compromise you’ve been looking for. Win-win.
The scoop: Nymi are getting on the wearable tech trend – but with a difference. Their Nymi band uses your unique electric cardiac signature (that’s your heartbeat, basically) to provide a security solution to unlock devices without you compromising security or having to remember a string of complicated passwords.
Background: The CEO and founder of Nymi, Karl Martin, says he likes to create things and his ultimate goal is to build something that people never thought possible.
Why we think they’re cool: Because we’re not very good at remembering passwords. And its a bit like something out of a sci-fi film, in a good way.
You can’t get your hands on a Nymi band just yet, but you can check the story so far and become a developer here.