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5 tech companies you have to watch in 2014

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2013 brought us some awesome stories from the tech industry. There were companies going public (Twitter), companies going private (Dell), and companies going under (Contour).

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2014 looks to be just as, if not more, eventful than its predecessor. Already analysts are predicting it to be one of the biggest IPO years in recent history. So, who should we keep our eyes on in 2014?

1. Clinkle
It’s getting late in the day for Clinkle. They were the valley’s little darlings when they landed their seed round of 25 million dollars. But that funding and those headlines seem to be in the distant rearview mirror. Back in December it was reported that Clinkle was laying off 25% of its workforce, in addition to the 30+ employees that had already left.

There are also rumors that Lucas Duplan, Clinkle’s CEO might not be running the tightest ship. Leaked letters describing deplorable conditions are starting to sprout up on the internet.

2014 might just be a make it or break it year for Clinkle. Stay tuned and see which way this company goes.

2. Decisions
When Microsoft opened the “express” version of Visual Studio, they saw their product take off like a rocket. Recently, Decisions has taken the same approach. They’ve opened their workflow software platform up to developers. Developers can download the free version from their website and begin building their software on this robust engine.

Will Decisions see the same meteoric rise as Visual Studio? 2014 will be a telling year to see if this IT wunderkid can join the big leagues.

3 and 4. Box and Dropbox
These two valley startups have been tied at the hip since their inception. Not only do they share almost identical names, and provide largely the same service, they are both poised to have their IPOs this year.

Box is more of an enterprise and SMB company, while Dropbox is focused on the consumer and SMB’s. Which business model will prevail and which executive team will guide their company to victory? The respective IPOs won’t put this debate to rest, but it will begin to tell the story of which of these two cloud storage companies might end up being the victor.

5. Google
It’s been over a year since Google Glass took the tech world by storm. The tech giant didn’t start the wearable device revolution, but they certainly threw in a twist that no one saw coming. But since its launch, Google Glass has been quiet. Yes, they’ve opened up the product to developers to start creating apps for the device. And the Google Explorer program has handed out a couple thousand Glasses to be tested. But what else is going on?

If Google Glass is going to revolutionize the world, then it better get started. 2014 will be a telling year for Google. Will Glass come out of beta testing? Will Google+ finally start seeming less like a wasteland? Will the driverless car program take a huge leap forward? Google might be the most interesting of all the companies on this list. They have the most plates spinning and have the chance to be the biggest news story several times over in 2014.



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