40 years since the first instalment of Star Wars hit theatres, the franchise has snowballed into a cult classic. And like any self-respecting Star Wars geek, May the Fourth is not just a clever pun for us at Tracxn – we take it pretty seriously. That’s why we’ve done a blow-by-blow analysis of the saga and come up with this list of startups that could’ve helped the rebels. Now, we’re not the kind to go poking holes in the plot (everyone hates those guys), but we do think some things could’ve been slightly easier had these startups been around. Could they have given the Rebel alliance the edge they needed? See the infographic, you must.
Here’s a more detailed look at these startups:
- LifeSite (2015, Mountain View, $5M): LifeSite provides a cloud-based secure file share (like certain Death Star Blueprints, maybe?) and sync solution for businesses and individual users, with access and sync from mobile and tablets, users can edit, create, encrypt and decrypt data, on the fly (on the fly, get it?).
- 8i (2014, Wellington, $41.5M): 8i creates 3D content to view on a virtual reality head-mounted display.Their video format is based on light field technology and the video is created by capturing images using multiple arrays to capture the information on depth – a longer and clearer message from Leia to Obi-Wan could’ve gone a long way.
- UBTECH Robotics (2012, Shenzhen, $123M): UB Tech develops programmable intelligent humanoid robots – from family robots to help out in domestic tasks, to personal assistants. Threepio and Artoo could’ve chosen from Alpha, the companion robot for the family, Jimu and Delta, the children’s droids or Darwin, the patrolling robot. Three’s company, right?
- SpaceX (2002, Hawthorne, $1.21B): SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecrafts and successfully brought the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth for a soft landing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida — a soft landing on Tatooine could’ve saved the droids some trouble.
- Proxibid (2001, Omaha): Proxibid is an online platform that provides an auction marketplace for consumer products. Products auctioned range from fine art products to heavy equipment (did you say droids on Tatooine?).
- Blade (2014, New York City, $6M): Blade provides on-demand six-seater helicopters, private jets and seaplanes, offering exclusive terminals and lounges. Pretty convenient for interplanetary travel, perhaps?
- Sherpa (2012, Erandio, $8.2M): Sherpa is a speech and text-enabled, intelligent personal assistant platform that allows anyone to interact with digital services using a completely natural interface. Voice-control and damage assessment of the Millennium Falcon would’ve made Solo’s life so much easier.
- Duolingo (2011, Pittsburgh, $83.3M): Duolingo is a language learning and crowd-sourced translation platform. Do you know of a certain Wookie who needs this?
- Podo (2003, San Mateo, $288.21M): Podo is a stick-and-shoot camera that features an 8MP camera, 720p 30fps video recording and an accelerometer. Sticks to space smugglers and a great to figure out who exactly shot first in quickfire scenarios.
- Zipline (2014, San Francisco, $43M): Zipline is a drone delivery company that focuses on delivering medical supplies to remote areas via a path that may be modified at all times via a tablet application. Zipline uses its proprietary fixed-wing drone – called Zip – for delivering payloads up to 3 lbs attached to a paper parachute. How much does a Proton Torpedo weigh, again?
- Protosthetics (2015, Fargo, $410K): Protosthetics develops and manufactures additively manufactured (3D printed) prosthetics. The team has developed the first prosthetic device available for purchase, the Printed Artificial Limb (PAL), designed with articulating fingers, rotational wrist, and retractable elbow. The joints of the PAL are controlled by the residual limb – Luke could’ve used a hand.
- Oneteam (2015, Tokyo, $2.2M): Oneteam provides a collaborative platform for enterprises to work on projects and document mutually. Products include Profilebook which provides a collaborative platform. Would work especially well in coordinating intergalactic remote rebel teams.
- Jiobit (2015, San Francisco, $4.2M): Jio is building discreet and modular wearable consumer products providing remote monitoring and communication using sensor and communications electronics. Can reunite separated rebel friends on the ice planet of Hoth.
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