Winners: Top 10 Companies Setup To Kill It

by / ⠀Startup Advice / February 12, 2013

Throughout the world there are entrepreneurs starting businesses, creating innovative software, and advocating for change. Sometimes it can be hard to identify the ones that stand out from the pack and are ready to thrive. It was an honor to hear about the incredible businesses that submitted applications for this month’s list. Every business entered has potential for fast growth through solid leadership, new products, and simple perseverance. After reviewing hundreds of entries and nominations, Under30CEO is proud to announce the Companies Setup to Kill it in 2013. Note: These companies are not all founded or run by Under 30s. 

Capillary Technologies


Capillary Technologies is a leading provider of cloud-based software solutions that help consumer facing businesses to intelligently engage with customers through mobile, social and in-store channels. Capillary’s Intelligent Customer EngagementTM suite powers 140 major brands across 10,000 stores bringing instant shopper gratification to over 50 million consumers globally.

Course Hero


Course Hero is an online learning platform that provides a suite of digital education resources including free, curated courses, online tutoring service, digital flashcards and crowd-sourced study materials. Course Hero was born out of the desire of its founders to democratize education and provide access to quality materials and services that will help students get more value out of their investment in higher education, obtain tangible rewards and increase opportunities for success. Course Hero, which is powered by a passionate community of thousands of experts in hundreds of subject categories, attracts more than 30 million visits/year.

Merchandize Liquidators


Merchandize Liquidators is an American wholesale liquidator and distributor in the closeouts industry. Working with manufacturers and high-end department stores, the company specializes in buying all available overstock merchandise. The company works on bringing products from Macy’s, Sears, CVS and other major US retailers, to the secondary markets. Merchandize Liquidators also sells new, overstock, surplus, used and salvaged goods. Clients include retailers, eBay sellers, Flea Market vendors, and jobbers. Merchandize Liquidators was cited by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the US in 2010 and 2011.


StuDocu is an Ed-Tech platform started by four Dutch students in Delft. The platform looks to connect students by offering a space to share notes with one another. They are devoted to modernizing the future of education. While they offer a tech solution, they are also advocates for changes to be made at the University level to support collaboration as well as aid in the mental health of students. Their  mission  is  to  empower  everyone  to  excel  at  their  studies  by providing  the  best  tools  to  study  more  efficiently.  The  platform  is translated into 34 different languages and there are materials from over 11,000 Universities around the world.

OrderGroove Inc.


OrderGroove is a fast growing company in NYC delivering subscription commerce solutions to over 60 online brands including CVS, Grainger, L’Oreal, Jockey and Lot18. Our technology platform, coupled with our team of Subscription Marketing Experts, empowers shoppers to subscribe to frequently purchased items as well as join monthly product discovery clubs. By turning new and existing customers into repeat buyers, OrderGroove enables retailers to tap the power of convenience to maximize customer lifetime value and profitability.



RareWire is software and award-winning services company that has built a new software platform for building robust native mobile apps. RareWire’s App Creation Studio is the unique combination of free form design, cross platform, true native app creation for iOS and Android, without requiring the skills of a hardcore programmer. RareWire’s XML based WIRE language now enables designers, front end web developers, and anyone familiar with HTML an easy way to learn to build native mobile apps, and simplifies the process for hard core programmers to build native apps cross platform.

Travel Vegas

travel-vegasFounded in 2008, Travel Vegas is a mobile app that displays the best deals in Las Vegas. It’s the number one most downloaded application focused solely on Las Vegas travelers. Travel Vegas is dedicated to bringing their users and followers the best of everything in Las Vegas. Within the next few months, Travel Vegas will be expanding their reach by launching a universal application that travelers in any city in the US can download to find out more about local deals, shows, and places to visit.

Varsity Tutors


Varsity Tutors is an at-home academic tutoring & test prep service with over 1,700 tutors and operations in 14 metro areas. They offer the highest caliber tutors at an affordable rate in the comfort of someone’s own home. This has lead to huge growth over the past 3 years, and they are continuing that trend as they expand from 14 to 28 total metro areas in 2013.

Vocalize Mobile


Vocalize Mobile was founded by internet marketing veterans with a combined 20+ years of experience dedicated to interactive marketing. As search and social marketing continue to evolve, the evidence pointing to how impactful a successful online marketing campaign can be to a local or small business is simply overwhelming. Vocalize Interactive was founded to answer the question asked by hundreds of small business owners, “how can I use Google, Twitter, and Facebook to drive more business?”,



Founded in 2007 with a mission of improving access to healthcare, ZocDoc is a free service that helps more than 2.5 million patients each month find a nearby doctor or dentist and instantly book an appointment online in 1,700+ cities, covering 40% of the US population. Additionally, the company’s most recent product, ZocDoc Check-In, allows patients to fill out their paperwork online in advance of their appointment. By revealing the ‘hidden supply’ of appointments, ZocDoc helps patients receive faster access to care and optimizes doctors’ schedules.

Congratulations to the businesses above and to all those who applied! We can’t wait to see the progress made by every company in 2013. If you didn’t apply in time, or didn’t make this month’s Under30CEO list, don’t worry! During the month of February, Under30CEO is looking to highlight the rookie CEOs from 2012 who kicked off their business in 2012 with a bang.

About The Author

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, a travel company for young people ages 21-35. He is the original Co-founder of Under30CEO (Acquired 2016). Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 50+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on Under30CEO.com, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives. He is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.