Don’t call it a comeback: Five Web Summit startups exhibiting at START again

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Our START programme has been showcasing the world’s most promising young startups since 2013. This year will be no different.

Some are joining START for the first time, while others have joined us in Vegas for Collision, Hong Kong for RISE, or Dublin for Web Summit.

Here are five START startups who’ll know just what to expect in Dublin – five of our regulars.

Branch Metrics


Branch Metrics were one of the standout START exhibitors at RISE in Hong Kong and at Collision in Vegas – they were rated as one of the ten fastest-growing startups at the latter.

The Palo Alto-based company specialise in deep linking – highly personalised links within mobile apps – and are integrated by thousands of amazing partners like Ebay, Tripadvisor, Microsoft, and Instacart.

Branch are travelling to Dublin now valued at $75 million, and are backed by NEA, Greylock Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Pejman Mar Ventures, and Ben Narasin.



AirDog flew their drones through Vegas at Collision and are going to repeat the feat in Dublin.

Working with GoPros, AirDog drones automatically follow users on the ground, capturing aerial footage once reserved for those with access to helicopters and blockbuster film crews.

Having initially raised $1.3 million through a Kickstarter campaign, the startup this year announced a $2 million round led by Seraph Group.

 Distil Networks

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Distil Networks are one of 40 Web Summit 2014 startups to have combined for over $1 billion in funding since last November.

Since last exhibiting at START, the cybersecurity firm has raised $21 million in funding, and CEO Rami Essaid will also speak at Web Summit 2015.


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Localytics are another graduate from the Web Summit class of 2014, and have raised $35 million since their last trip to Dublin.

They’ll be back in town to show us how they use big data to market and improve mobile apps.

Localytics specialise in both data analysis and marketing, and count 6,000 companies worldwide among their customers.


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We welcomed Indian startup Chargebee to Hong Kong for RISE this year, and we’re delighted they’ve taken us up on our invitation to START in Dublin.

They manage companies’ subscription billings, and founders say they were inspired to establish the four-year-old startup after similar service Chargify increased their rates.

While they’ve been working on making online billing one less thing to worry about, they’ve raised $6.2 million in funding.

These are just five of the startups returning to START. Take a look at who’ll join them.

Don’t call it a comeback.







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