5 Businesses You Should Know About
There are lots of big names in the business world that have offered innovative products that we have a hard time imagining ourselves having to do without. However, there are many more businesses, both up and coming and well-established, that have created great products and had a lot of success without garnering the attention they deserve. Hereâ€™s a look at five such companies that you may not have heard of but probably should.
Another burger joint may hardly seem worth mentioning, but Smashburgerâ€™s growing success shows there is still room for additional competition in this industry. The company now has hundreds of locations across the United States and is working on expanding internationally to Middle Eastern countries. What is it that sets this growing company apart? It offers higher quality fast food and great service for a reasonable price difference. The menu goes beyond burgers, offering salads, chicken sandwiches and even beer and wine. Employees are trained to be friendly, and guests can even get their drinks refilled and plates removed like a regular sit-down restaurant.
The home automation giant, Vivint, is also transforming the solar industry. As the second-largest solar installer in the U.S., Vivintâ€™s game-changing plans offer the benefits of solar energy to homeowners with no upfront costs. The company does this by offering solar power as a service, basically maintaining ownership of the equipment, so the customer doesnâ€™t have to buy it, and instead, charging the consumer for the energy produced at a lower price than a typical electric bill. So far the company has raised half a billion dollars to fund its venture into green energy and hopes to power 10,000 homes by the end of the year.
Popchips set out to be the next Vitaminwater of the health food industry, and so far has raised millions of dollars and gained several celebrity endorsements including Katy Perry, Heidi Klum and Jillian Michaels. While the chips are supposed to taste like regular potato chips they also claim to have zero trans or saturated fats. Popchips founders got their name out there by giving away free samples in influential areas, such as Googleâ€™s campus and Facebookâ€™s Menlo Park offices. Where is the company headed? TSG, one of the companyâ€™s major investors, sold its stake in the company a while back for what investors are sure was a large profit, and itâ€™s expected the companyâ€™s worth will continue to grow.
4. Dover Corp.
Dover Corp. has been around for 50 years, and you use its products all of the time, but most of us are completely unaware the company even exists. Dover Corp. is a major player in the industry that creates elevators and escalators as well as creating all of those laser printed numbers on canned goods. While you may have stopped playing on the escalator like you did as a kid, just think about what life would be like if you had to take the stairs up to the 10th floor, and youâ€™ll realize just how important Dover Corp.â€™s work is to you. And with stock valued at just under $80 per share, the company plans on continuing to grow and invest in energy and drilling.
5. NCR Corp.
Ever wondered who created that ATM machine you just withdrew some cash from? Actually, you probably havenâ€™t, but NCR Corp. first founded in 1884, is one of the major producers of the ATM machine. Itâ€™s also behind the rise of self-checkout machines you find in many grocery stores. NCR Corp.â€™s latest creation is an Interactive Teller machine. Released in the Middle East, the machine connects users with a bank representative via video conferencing and completes additional transactions other than a typical deposit or withdrawal.