Four businesses to watch in 2017

It was love at first click.

Check out the four businesses we’re swooning over this February. 

1. Monzo

At Deep Blue Sky we’ve been Monzo-mad since it first entered beta. Our team just can’t get enough of those coral cards.

What’s so good about Monzo? It’s a new, smarter kind of bank built for your smartphone. It gives you live balance updates, intelligent notifications, and a simple way to track your spending and budgets in a single app. There’s also no setup or usage fees, and zero charges for spending abroad. But that's not why we love Monzo.

We love Monzo for its quick response times and unparalleled in-app customer support. And their fresh, customer-centric approach to reimagining banking with real people in mind. It’s great to see them taking everything from mental health to financial security into serious consideration as the business and app develops. 

Check out their blog for recent updates.

2. Slack

Our team, and over four million people like us, use Slack everyday.

For us, Slack makes communicating at work simple. In a world of working from home and flexible working hours, it allows us to keep in touch and get quick answers to simple questions without clogging up our inboxes. Slack combines the best features of WhatsApp, Skype and email into one easy-to-use platform. Check out the video below if you need more convincing. 

Oh, and the gifs - absolutely nothing better. 

3. Tesla

In late 2016, Elon Musk announced that all new Tesla cars will have Level 5 autonomy. If that doesn’t get you excited we don’t know what will. 

This means that by the end of 2017, Tesla cars will be fully capable of driving themselves with zero interaction from a human driver.

“We are excited to announce that, as of today, all Tesla vehicles produced in our factory — including Model 3 — will have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver,” according to Tesla’s website.

4. Magic Leap

The world’s most mysterious startup is developing a mixed reality wearable.

In 2016, Magic Leap completed what may be the largest C-round of financing in history: $793.5 million. To date, investors have funnelled $1.4 billion into it. This huge sum is even more gobsmacking when you take into account that Magic Leap is yet to release a beta version of the product. 

Magic Leap isn’t the only company creating mixed reality technology, but it’s rumoured that the visual quality exceeds that of Google Glass and HoloLens. We cannot wait to see what Magic Leap has in store for us in 2017. 

Apparently Beyonce isn’t keen but we think it will blow your mind, check out their latest YouTube post.

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