Four businesses set to take 2012 by storm

Codeacademy

Codeacademy, the website that turned learning JavaScript into a fun game and grabbed $2.5m worth of investment in the process is set to really take hold in 2012.  The year has already got off to a flyer for the New York based start up. They enticed 97,000 people to enrol in their Code Year course after a clever marketing campaign persuaded people to learn to code as their New Year's resolution.  Even Mayor Bloomberg of New York signed up, tweeting to his 210,700 followers, "My New Year's resolution is to learn code with Codeacademy in 2012! Join me codeyear.com #codeyear." This year they're expecting to expand their range of coding languages and their database of users along with it.

Zeebox

Zeebox is a web, iPhone and iPad app that's attempting to change the way we watch TV by turning the viewing experience into a social occasion online. It combines a "live" TV guide, which indicates what your online friends are watching, with collections of tweets and status updates for each show.  The UK based company was launched last October and recently took multi-million pound investment from BSkyB giving away 10 percent equity in return. This year, we expect Zeebox to attract more users and become more integrated with BSkyB's television guides.

Netflix

The US based company has now officially launched in the UK and Ireland. It's a service that streams thousands of movies and T.V shows to PC, Mac and mobile platforms. In 2012, the service will also become available on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii consoles. The Netflix app is already available for download on PS3. Competing directly with the UK's LoveFilm, 2012 will see the two battle it out for the larger marketshare.

Eventbrite

This is another US company that's looking to conquer Britain and Europe. Eventbrite are looking to challenge the monopoly of huge ticketing companies such as Ticketmaster and See Tickets by providing ticketing services for small as well as huge events. They even let you sell tickets through your own website. 2012 will see them attract British members and push their ticketing app that lets people sell tickets on the door of events.

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