ICLab-ers are always looking for the next big thing—whether that be an app, service, industry or company. It’s no surprise that we love all things tech, but what are we keeping tabs on in 2013? The team weighed in on which industry, service and/or company will cause the biggest disruption.
The Share Economy
- Morgan will be watching Lyft because it’s not only a practical service but a necessary service for big cities like San Francisco.
- Audrey picks Uber because their recently reduced rates provide more of an incentive for city-dwellers to use the shared transportation service.
- Julie Crabill, ICLabs’ resident mom-to-be, is keeping an eye on virtual children’s consignment shop thredUP, which allows users to purchase gently used clothing discounted up to 80 percent.
- Adrienne is interested in the overall shared economy because of its potential for longevity and success.
- Meredith is keeping tabs on apps like Tinder and sites like Grouper. Tinder allows users to discover new web content while Grouper helps locals discover other locals – perfect for those who are new to a city.
- Brittany is confident in the power of online social discovery and believes Grouper takes the stigma out of online dating.
- Jessica also thinks location-based neighborhood discovery is the most up-and-coming industry this year.
- Maclay considers the intersection of fashion, technology and social commerce to be a hot 2013 topic due to the recent focus on online consumers.
- Melissa thinks shopping-related apps and services are on the rise in 2013—she doesn’t even remember the last time she purchased something on her laptop!
What Else Is On Our Radar?
- JZapp (a.k.a. Julie Zappelli) is keeping an eye on the productivity space (think Easilydo) because people are always looking for tips and tools to simplify.
- Jonathan is closely watching financial service startups, such as Wallaby, as there is a big opportunity to make things more efficient in the space.
- Paige is interested in the future of Snapchat and other video clip sharing services.
Do you agree with our predictions? Drop us a line—or Tweet us @ICLabs—about which industries and services you think will make the biggest splash this year.