4 Unusual Startups to Watch in 2017

The massive success of companies such as Whatsapp, Facebook, and Twitter, which some few years back were young startups, has inspired the growth of many new and unusual startups. With 2017 just a few days away, it will be interesting to see which startups will follow in the footsteps of the aforementioned companies. Below are four unusual startups that have the potential of becoming global players come 2017.


Established in 2013, Massroots can best be described as Facebook for lovers of marijuana. This social networking platform is a Denver, Colorado-based company. The widespread calls for the legalization of marijuana and the subsequent legalization of the drug in Colorado inspired the creation of this company.

As a social networking platform, the company helps marijuana smokers stay abreast with trends in the marijuana industry. Additionally, using these platform marijuana smokers are able to follow the cannabis dispensary of their choice. The company is the first marijuana company to apply to be listed on the Nasdaq capital market.


NextBit is a company that is likely to cause some ripples in the smartphone industry with is revolutionary line of smartphones. Though the company is yet to launch its line of smartphones, the company has taken quite an unusual approach to smartphone manufacturing. Unlike conventional smartphones that offer limited storage, Nextbit has created a smartphone that gives users access to unlimited cloud storage. In essence, the company seeks to ensure its clients carry their data to wherever they go. The company is accepting preorders for its first smartphone. Codenamed Robin, the new smartphone will run on a Snapdragon 808 processor and will boast of 3GB of RAM.


Another unusual yet innovative startup to watch out for in 2017 is Burner. Through its innovative and revolutionary platform, the company aims to give mobile phone users disposable phone numbers. With this platform, users can send texts and make calls without having to disclose their numbers to third parties. In 2015, the company introduced a new feature that allows developers to build their own integrations. In essence, the company seeks to make the ubiquitous phone number a conduit for data.


3Scan is a startup that aims to make it easy for doctors, researchers and bio tech companies to examine body tissues in 2D and 3D. The company offers a 3D rendering of body tissues for examination. The company uses its revolutionary Knife Edge Scanning Microscope. In the last four years, the company has raised over $7 million from different sources. 3Scan’s innovative microscope will help doctors transition from analog analyzing of tissues to digital analysis of tissues.


While not all startups make it past the fifth year, those that do go on to become trendsetters. Given the above-listed are among the most innovative and unusual startups they are bound to become huge successes. Thus, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for these startups. In conclusion, the above-listed startups are not the only innovative startups to watch out for in 2017. Thus, there are many others to watch out for. The above-listed companies have been selected based on their unusual approach or unusual innovation.

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

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