Soheil Yasrebi

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Startup trends now v 4 years ago

August 4, 2021

After looking at several recent funding announcements it became obvious a lot of video chat and remote work startups were getting funded. This made sense, but what I wanted to know was if they're just fads or things that will pass the test of time. To find that out I had to look up the things that were hot a few years ago that are now cooled off and see if there are any similarities. I got the funding data for all startup industries and diff'd the result. I only filtered for startups that had a seed funding of >$1M and were founded last year vs 4 years ago. If the number of startups in a certain category was too small I omitted that category. Below is the list I came up with. I think the suprising categories are Autonomous Cars and Wearables, the number of new startups founded in those categories have significantly been decreasing.

My intuition says Video Conferencing and Crypto will not stay as hot because they seem to be dependent on short term cycles. I think anything over 40% increase is an otherwise interesting area to be looking to start a new startup and work on it for 10+ years.

This table shows the number of startups founded with seed >$1M last year vs 4 years ago and their relative change:


Category% increase1 year ago4 years ago
Video Chat550121
Debit Cards450101
Grocery433152
Video Conferencing333122
Virtual Workforce300112
UX Design225123
Meeting Software175103
Document Management166155
Productivity Tools1554517
Social Impact150145
Children140114
Employee Benefits1152712
Sustainability1003517
Environmental Engineering100157
Online Games842312
Developer APIs764525
Fraud Detection71116
Developer Tools715431
Trading Platform644024
Open Source631710
GreenTech60159
Developer Platform583723
Energy Management57106
Electronic Health Record (EHR)57106
B2B569359
Waste Management55138
Elder Care55138
Wellness52155101
E-Learning517046
Air Transportation50117
Renewable Energy504429
Payments499362
Financial Services48442298
Venture Capital461812
Consumer Lending44128
Life Science426344
Cryptocurrency4110272
Construction403424
FinTech40412294
Business Development40139
Collaboration403021
Legal Tech402014
Personal Health405136
CleanTech393122
Software Engineering381712
Credit381712
Cloud Infrastructure362921
Small and Medium Businesses352216
Ride Sharing33118
Consumer Goods337153
Project Management33118
Wealth Management331511
Audio331511
Database312015
Fitness307658
E-Commerce Platforms303325
Geospatial30129
Credit Cards30129
Event Management30129
CRM302922
Financial Exchanges281713
EdTech286349
eSports272217
Real Estate Investment251411
Software251112884
E-Commerce24276221
Information Technology24613491
Product Design232016
Energy Storage22108
Health Insurance222117
Gaming216856
Marketing Automation202319
Web Development201714
Sensor202319
PC Games20119
Logistics208066
Medical Device2010688
Events202319
Electric Vehicle192420
Shopping192420
Farming183832
Image Recognition181210
Nutrition181210
Home Services181210
Music172622
Video Games163530
Banking167766
Video Streaming162824
AgTech155043
Cosmetics151412
Biopharma142320
Health Care14462404
Biotechnology14191166
Energy Efficiency131614
Beauty132522
Apps13162143
Health Diagnostics135044
Mobile Payments123430
Aerospace112825
Cannabis102119
Personalization10109
Social10109
Food and Beverage9118108
Consulting83633
Sales Automation82422
Supply Chain Management84844
Consumer74340
Therapeutics74441
Internet7304282
Subscription Service71413
Digital Marketing72826
Human Resources68075
iOS51817
Business Intelligence53937
Personal Finance42322
Compliance42221
Cyber Security48581
Women's42120
InsurTech36260
Training32827
Sales32625
SaaS1337331
Finance0124123
Accounting01616
Education0124124
Content Creators01212
Cloud Security01919
Medical0148149
Shipping01010
Last Mile Transportation01010
Smart Cities01010
Rental Property01313
Social Network-23233
Social Media-35355
Data Visualization-32425
Insurance-48084
Data Integration-42324
Retail-58085
Food Delivery-62830
Agriculture-65862
Analytics-6153164
3D Printing-71213
Information Services-792100
Ethereum-71112
Marketplace-7119129
Pet-81011
Blockchain-9140154
Nanotechnology-9910
Restaurants-102629
Energy-104045
Privacy-111517
Legal-112326
Real Estate-12106121
Sports-135260
Marketing-136575
Recruiting-134451
Hospitality-133642
Cloud Data Services-132428
Cloud Management-141113
Artificial Intelligence-14433504
Communities-143440
Freight Service-151012
Commercial Real Estate-151619
Computer Vision-154756
Rental-151619
Mobile Apps-15111132
Risk Management-162024
Home Health Care-161417
Retail Technology-174555
Market Research-171316
Neuroscience-18810
Asset Management-191620
Lifestyle-202734
Content-201924
Manufacturing-207797
Real Time-201114
Media and Entertainment-205569
Professional Services-211013
Pharmaceutical-215064
3D Technology-221621
Fashion-224558
Higher Education-221317
Transportation-225166
Machine Learning-23272356
Employment-231216
Video-243344
Property Management-242432
Management Information Systems-25811
Impact Investing-25811
Digital Entertainment-252331
Delivery-252027
Industrial Automation-251926
Lending-252027
IT Infrastructure-25811
mHealth-251723
Advertising-265170
Bitcoin-261825
Robotics-285273
Tourism-281724
Hospital-282231
Augmented Reality-302739
Industrial-301522
Natural Language Processing-302029
PaaS-301319
Web Design-30812
Enterprise Software-31102149
Solar-311015
Delivery Service-311218
Cloud Computing-323451
News-331320
Product Research-33711
Big Data-3484129
Network Security-343046
Virtual Reality-352539
Identity Management-37915
Predictive Analytics-373861
Staffing Agency-38712
Security-394677
Semiconductor-391322
Drones-401424
Clean Energy-40814
Travel-403865
Customer Service-402136
Mobile-4072122
Communications Infrastructure-41611
Location Based Services-41916
Infrastructure-41916
Food Processing-422341
Hardware-433359
Advertising Platforms-431222
Internet of Things-4469124
Messaging-441426
Service Industry-442444
Car Sharing-45510
Application Performance Management-45510
Automotive-454787
Oil and Gas-46714
Consumer Electronics-462548
Wearables-461427
Hotel-46612
Online Portals-481428
Autonomous Vehicles-481836
Telecommunications-481632
Computer-5068138
Fleet Management-50613
Genetics-50715
Electronics-522349
Smart Home-52716
Peer to Peer-53614
Loyalty Programs-54410
Snack Food-54410
Social Media Marketing-54410
Commercial-54410
Publishing-591026
Clinical Trials-59821
Sharing Economy-59821
Intelligent Systems-60514
Satellite Communication-61412
Digital Media-621952
Business Information Systems-63310
Enterprise Applications-64413
Search Engine-64516
IT Management-66311
Public Safety-66311
Brand Marketing-69622
Wireless-73625
Leisure-75419
Industrial Engineering-75211
Government-76212
Enterprise-76525
Art-86114
Mobile Devices-91011
Mobile Advertising-92012




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