Each year, thousands of talented entrepreneurs come pouring out of the woodwork (or from startups-turned-behemoths), launching their own startups, disrupting industries we've all grown too comfortable with, and of course seeking funding, customers, and major recognition.

These startups, whose eventual success (or failure) often goes on to define an entire year in time, are as diverse as they came. We're talking the new social media networks, cryptocurrency exchanges, dog-walking apps, and more.

While it’s impossible to recognize every promising new startup set to explode throughout the rest of 2018, we've compiled a short list of 10 of hottest startups set to make major moves over the next few months.

Without further ado, here are our 10 startups set to explode in summer 2018: 



Founders: Michael Mignano and Nir Zicherman

Headquarters: New York, NY

Latest Round of Funding: $10,000,000 Series A

Anchor claims to be "the easiest way to start a podcast" but that seems a bit modest. What Anchor really stands to become is the audio version of Instagram—allowing users to upload streams of audio to their own profile, as well as follow, listen to and engage with other's profiles streams of audio.

With the podcasting world taking off, a widespread readiness for a new social media network and audio becoming a more trusted channel for millennials that are always on the move, Anchor could very well be in the next big thing if they play their cards right these next few months.

Social Report

Social Report

Founder: Vitaly Veksler

Headquarters: New York, NY

Latest Round of Funding: Undisclosed

Social Report is taking on the fast-rising world of social media management. While name-brand social media management platforms like Hootsuite and Sprout Social race to acquire big business' social media, Social Report has focused on providing the everyday agency, small business and social media manager with every feature they need—and at a remarkably affordable price.

With the help of a recently landed Facebook Marketing Partnership and the launch of Instagram direct scheduling, the lean and steady-growing startup is in a prime position to accelerate and take over a significantly large portion of the social media management market in the coming months.



Founders: Bastian Knutzen and Chris Maslowski

Headquarters: Berlin, Germany

Latest Round of Funding: €22,000,000 Series D

Movinga is the first Europe-based startup on this list but there's rumor they're looking to move into the U.S. soon. Their platform uses software and smart organization to make one of life's most unbearable activities—moving—an absolute piece of cake.

After acquiring one of their largest competitors and raising over €22,000,000, Movinga is set to expand well beyond the current locations they serve in Germany and France. Be on the lookout for Movinga to announce an expansion plan into the U.S. market in as soon as the next 2-4 months.



Founders: Brian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

Latest Round of Funding: $108,000,000 Series D

Coinbase is the easiest and most trusted place to buy, sell and trade cryptocurrency. While they enjoyed a rocket-propelled level of growth during the first major Bitcoin craze, the crypto platform is now settling into becoming the #1 exchange for digital currency.

With the majority of digital currencies beginning to find their true footing, Coinbase will look to also find their footing and grow out as a legitimate business capable of leading and supporting the next frontier of paying for goods and services. With a current hiring list for over 50 employees and their largest round of funding to date, they seem very well capable.



Founders: Carisa Miklusak, Luke Vigent, Sam Pillersdorf, Stephen Shefsky and Summer Crenshaw

Headquarters: Cincinnati, OH

Latest Round of Funding: Undisclosed

You'll likely find tilr on a lot of this year's "Hottest Startup" lists—and for good reason. The Cincinnati-based startup is using an algorithmic approach to match job seekers and companies in a way that leaves out the usual job title bias and instead focuses on skills and job requirements.

Jumping into 2018, tilr has announced that they'll be actively expanding in 12+ markets throughout the year, as well as pursuing major partnerships in areas like health insurance for gig-economy workers.



Founders: Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky

Headquarters: Chicago, IL

Latest Round of Funding: $117,000,000 Series D

Uptake is taking on an industry ripe for disruption and massively overlooked for its un-sexiness—the industrial world. As an SaaS, Uptake uses machine learning and predictive analytics to monitor, repair and fix issues with industrial equipment and machinery—long before anyone has noticed.

Uptake has announced that they're already cash-flow positive and working across six different continents with dozens of industrial businesses—including majors like Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Catepillar and Panduit. While that might be enough for most startups, Uptake’s VP of communications, Abigail Hunt, reinforced that the company staying “on the offense” and looking to strike while the iron is hot.



Founders: Jason Meltzer, Jonathan Viner and Joshua Viner

Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA

Latest Round of Funding: $300,000,000 Series Unknown

Wag! is what we would call man's best friend's favorite app. The LA-based startup allows dog owners that are too busy or in a pinch to easily find dog walkers and dog sitters and ensure their best friend gets the attention and exercise he/she needs.

Ken Bennett, notable VC and fan of the app, recently weighed in on why it's set to take off: "On first blush it may seem silly, but the ~40 million US households with lovable canines also have a twice daily problem that if not addressed leads to a very smelly situation. Owners can't always get home for a walk and that's where Wag comes in." Dog owners everywhere know the feeling.



Founders: Shan-Lyn Ma, Felix Lung, Kevin Ryan and Nobu Nakaguchi

Headquarters: New York, NY

Latest Round of Funding: $100,000,000 Series D

Zola is the online wedding registry of the future. The startup holds zero inventory, instead leaves the risk to its 500+ vendors, which includes big names like KitchenAid and Dyson.

With Zola, grooms and brides-to-be can pick when they'd like to receive their gifts via shipment and even digitally return them in-advance if it's not a good fit. As millennials seek to modernize once-traditional weddings, Zola provides an awesome and easy way to take care of the gift-giving process this season.



Founders: Carolyn Yashari Becher, Janelle McGlothlin and Joanna McFarland

Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA

Latest Round of Funding: $7,400,000 Series A

Sure, peer-to-peer ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have made it easier to get around town, but as we all know, the service isn't necessarily a viable option for the youth. If you're under the age of 18, the aforementioned services forbid you from placing an order for a car.

So how are children supposed to get from school to soccer practice or a friend's house when their parents are busy? HopSkipDrive, an LA-based ridesharing startup is looking to lend a hand by providing drivers that also work as nannies and caretakers.

While the service has been around for a hot minute in "busy-parent" cities throughout California, they'll look to expand in the next few months into a much larger market across the U.S.



Founders: Cal Henderson, Eric Costello, Serguei Mourachov and Stewart Butterfield

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

Latest Round of Funding: $250,000,000 Series G

By now, almost anyone that works in startup/tech has heard of, if is not currently using and loving Slack. Mostly because  the internal messaging startup has taken the tech world by storm over the last few years.

Now, with one of the largest rounds of funding in 2018, Slack will look to grow their paying user numbers with the help of aggressive marketing and what we imagine might be a series of major partnerships. At the very least (and we mean very least), you can expect a handful of the startups mentioned on this list above Slack to be using the platform to further accomplish their goals through summer 2018 and beyond.