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Silicon Valley is home to some of the hottest startups in the world — but a lot of them never get off the ground without the proper leadership.We spoke to a bunch of CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors and industry analysts to find out who are some of the top leaders in Silicon Valley.
Getaround just moved into a swanky new office and is one of the startups everyone is talking about in Silicon Valley.
Unlike adding more cars to the road to initiate a car-sharing program, Getaround uses cars that are already on the road that owners are willing to share.
Exec is Justin Kan's third company after he founded Justin.tv -- which has been on fire.
He left things in the hands of Justin.tv CEO Emmett Shear to go through Y Combinator once again and start Exec, a task-completion startup.
You hire a specially-selected Exec, picked by the company, to complete your task for $25 per hour.
Since launching at TechCrunch Disrupt last year, courier network Postmates has branched out into a number of new areas.
The latest is 'get it now,' in which Postmates couriers will buy anything within San Francisco and deliver it to you in an hour.
Skout, a location-based dating app, was at death's door at one point with Foursquare taking over the location-based check-in space.
Then CEO Christian Wiklund decided to focus the app entirely on flirting with nearby users, and it turned around and raised $22 million.
Cake Health made a lot of noise at TechCrunch Disrupt late last year because it attacks a big pain point with a lot of consumers: health care.
You can consolidate all your insurance and health care expenses into a single place and track just how much you're paying for health care.
Cake Health makes suggestions where possible to bring the cost of your health care down.
Card.io is another startup that is attracting a lot of attention in Silicon Valley because it's hitting another pain point: payments.
You can take a picture of a credit card and use that to make a payment with Card.io, instead of having to attach a card-reader to your phone and swipe the card.
If Steve Felter has his way, programming will be a thing of the past.
His startup GameSalad specialises in creating games for any platform -- like the iPhone or Android devices -- by using flow charts and visual objects instead of coding.
Eventually it'll move toward app development, but GameSalad started with games because that's the most complicated problem.
Some of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley are actually enterprise startups.
Zendesk, a customer help ticket management system, is one of them. After moving into a brand new office in San Francisco, Zendesk is looking to up its headcount to 300 employees from around 220 this year.
Box is another red-hot enterprise startup that's already worth more than $500 million.
It's like Dropbox and Google Drive -- an online storage service. But it focuses on service that storage to large businesses instead of consumers.
Stripe was founded in 2010. Earlier this year, Stripe was said to be valued at around $100 million.
Stripe lets web developers conduct transactions online without having to set up their own commercial bank accounts or store credit card numbers.
It's another startup attacking the payments space, which is another huge pain point for both developers and consumers.
Like a lot of the other startups that are growing quickly today, Waze is going after a big problem consumers have -- avoiding traffic.
Waze is a real-time crowdsourced traffic tracking app that will help you pick the fastest route on the road to your destination.
Socialcam spun out of Justin.tv, another popular startup in Silicon Valley, under the lead of Michael Seibel.
Now it just raised an angel round from a list of investors that reads kind of like the Avengers equivalent of venture capitalists in Silicon Valley.
Love it or hate it, every Silicon Valley resident checks his or her Klout score on a daily basis.
It just finished off a big fundraising round and it has a brand new mobile app to go with it. As infuriating as the score can be some time, many consider it a decent barometer of your influence online.
Highlight was one of the most-talked about apps heading into the South by Southwest conference this year.
There were definitely some problems, but it's because Highlight had to scrape together an app for South by Southwest quickly.
Now its traffic has leveled off, but the potential is still the roof.
Whenever you read a document online, the widget powering it is probably run by Scribd.
Trip Adler is a favourite among other startup founders and CEOs in Silicon Valley. Ask most of them what they think and you'll get a lot of positive feedback.
Daniel Gross is Y Combinator's first Israeli entrepreneur, who joined the incubator when he was 18. Right out of high school he flew out to start a company.
The first run didn't go too well, but since starting Greplin, he's become one of the hottest CEOs in the valley.
Path is the one app that keeps Facebook awake at night. It has a beautiful interface that's far more intuitive than Facebook's mobile app.
It's also completely different from how the app used to look and behave before a complete redesign in November last year. After betting the company on a new design, Path is taking off like a rocket.
It's pretty much impossible to get a cab in San Francisco, much less any city in the southern San Francisco Bay Area.
Thanks to Travis Kalanick, that's not an issue any more. Uber has completely changed the transportation landscape in the valley and become one of the most popular startups out there.
BandPage is one of the most popular music applications on Facebook. It gives artists a way to quickly build a landing page for their fans on Facebook.
And he's been working with Facebook extra closely after the introduction of Timeline, which has changed the game for many startups building apps on Facebook. Credit Sider for keeping the company alive and growing during that massive turnaround.
Pinterest is one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley. It's captured the hearts and minds of entrepreneurs everywhere with its close attention to design and rapid growth.
A lot of that comes down to Silbermann, who was the product visionary from the start of the company.
Bitcasa basically turns your hard drive into a much, much bigger hard drive using cloud storage. Instead of a hard drive that has 500 gigabytes of space, you have terabytes of space.
It's a pretty elegant solution to limited space and has a lot of additional security features. And Tony Gauda put on quite a show at TechCrunch Disrupt last year -- so much so that he was able to secure a bid as a finalist at the event.
If there's one company in the running to be the next Zynga, it's Kixeye. The company has secured a large contingent of hardcore players that are more likely to pay to play otherwise free games to gain an advantage.
A lot of that is thanks to Will Harbin, who had the execution to outmaneuver a lot of other social gaming companies -- especially those in the hardcore gaming space. He's also responsible for Kixeye's in-your-face and sometimes outrageous demeanor.
Along with Socialcam, Viddy comes up in a lot of conversations as the next 'Instagram for Video.' It's already valued at nearly $350 million.
Viddy has 10 million registered users and adds around 500,000 new users each. It's also averaging more than 100 million views per month.
Though details are scarce, it's hard to ignore the star-studded team Shawn Fanning has assembled for Airtime, described as Chatroulette for Facebook.
The team includes former Facebook president Sean Parker and former Googler Joey Liaw.
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