Part 3 - Top 15 Sites Built with Ruby on Rails
29 Jan 2015
7 minute read
Urban Dictionary is a crowd sourced online dictionary where users can look up slang words and phrases and get user submitted definitions. Urban Dictionary averages 72 million impressions and 18 million unique readers per month, and is unique in the fact that it has only had one employee, founder Aaron Peckham, since the site was created in 1999.
Flipkart is an online shopping destination for electronics, books, music and movies. Flipkart's technology has enabled them to deliver 5 million shipments per month. Even more impressive is the $2.5bn received in funding, plus the 3 acquisitions it has made to further grow the site.
Scribd is a digital library that offers a subscription service for ebooks, audiobooks and documents. Scribd has over 80 million monthly subscribers and has received $48m in venture capital funding to date.
Medhelp is an online health community that allows users to ask questions from actual doctors via Q&A forums on the site. MedHelp's suite of 50 online health tools, award-winning mobile apps, and seamless integration with health devices create a unique platform to engage consumers and for consumers to track their health.
5. Seeking Alpha
Seeking Alpha is a crowd sourced content service for financial markets. It has 4 million registered users around the globe, and according to the ‘About Us’ section of the site, 18.5% of their audience are finance industry professionals. The site has raised over $7m in funding from investors to grow the site.
6. Funny or Die
Funny Or Die is a comedy video website that combines user-generated content with original, exclusive content, from celebrities and comedians such as Will Ferrell. The site only keeps videos with high ratings, with the poorly rated videos removed. The comedy site raised $15m in 2007 from prominent VC fund Sequoia Capital, plus another $3m in 2008 from other investors.
Ask.fm is the world's largest Q&A social network where more than 180 million members in more than 150 countries connect and engage by asking each other questions. The site is controversial yet popular, and was acquired by Ask.com in 2014 for an undisclosed amount.
Geni is a genealogy and social networking site. It has an online community of genealogists collaborating to help individuals build their own family trees. It has received $16.5m in funding so far from investors.
Spun out of Geni, Yammer is a private social networking service for businesses. It allows for private communication within organisations, or even departments or teams. More than 200,000 companies are using the service worldwide, with Yammer being acquired by Microsoft in 2012 for $1.2bn cash. Yammer is growing fast and looking through the careers section of the Yammer website, there is obviously plenty of demand for Ruby on Rails developers.
10. Get Satisfaction
Get Satisfaction is a software platform for community-driven technical support. Companies such as Twitter and Nike use the platform so that customers can post their own questions or ideas about a product, which can be answered by other customers or moderators. The site has raised $8.3m in funding to date.
ASOS operates an e-commerce platform engaged in the retail of fashion and beauty products across the UK, US, Australia, China and more. Investors in ASOS have been well rewarded, with its stock gaining 22,153% since it listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2001.
Justin.TV is a huge online community for users to freely create, share, and broadcast live videos. It’s live video platform scales to support massive audiences by measuring demand in real-time and cleverly replicating streams to additional servers to meet that demand. It has received $8m in funding from VC firms, plus seed funding from prominent seed accelerator Y Combinator. The Company however, has shut down after the foudners of Justin Tv, including Justin Kan, to focus on Twitch.
Fanpop is a network of fan clubs for fans of television, movies and music to discuss and share photos, videos, news and opinions with fellow fans.
14. Penny Arcade
Penny Arcade is a hugely popular website that provides users with comic strips, podcasts and TV programs related to several cartoon characters and stories. It also provides an online store that enables its users to purchase products related to the comic strips and its characters. In addition, it also provides a forum and archive for its users.
Jobster is a metasearch engine (a search engine that uses other search engines’ data) with personalised search criteria that matches individuals with suitable job listings. It received $52.5m in funding since its launch in 2005 before being acquired by Zapoint for an undisclosed amount.
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