A lot of hot new startups have already launched this year. 

Business Insider has identified some of the most promising startups that got started in 2014, that have potential to make a dent.

Some of these startups are tackling things like ecommerce, news reading, and making the internet more mainstream.

10. Yo is trying to change the way we communicate with people.

Yo, at its core, is pretty ridiculous. Sending a "Yo" to someone merely lets that person know you're thinking about them. 

But a few months after launching quietly on April Fools' Day, Yo rocketed to the top of the app store.

It has raised $1.2 million to date, though, investors have reportedly offered to give Yo more than $2.5 million.

9. Glamsquad is an on-demand beauty services startup.

Glamsquad lets you schedule on-demand hair and makeup appointments. You can kind of think of it as an Uber for beauty services. 

If you're scrapped for time, just open up the Glamsquad app or website to schedule a trained stylist to come to you. The only rule is that you need to have your hair washed and wet when the stylist arrives.

Founded this year, Glamsquad has already raised $1.5 million.

8. Knozen wants to become a personality API.

Knozen recently raised $2.25 million for its iPhone app that lets coworkers rate each other anonymously. 

Knozen pits two coworkers against each other and asks a series of questions like, "Which person is friendlier?" or, "Who is more conventional?"

Down the road, Knozen hopes to turn the product into a personality API simply so that employers can get a better idea of who someone really is.

7. Shadow wants to help you get the most out of your sleep and dreams.

Shadow is an alarm clock that helps you record and remember your dreams. It launched a $50,000 campaign on Kickstarter last September, and raised $82,577. 

Shadow, which launched in alpha earlier this month, will gently wake you up with escalating alarms and then immediately prompt you to either type or speak about your dreams.

Over time, you'll be able to know if your dream is unique or recurring, and if so, how often it happens. You can choose to share your dreams with other people, or keep them totally private.

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