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An algorithm that tells you how to play games like Solitaire: FreeCell, Spider Solitaire, and Hearts

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A team on a mission to build better and more accurate algorithms to predict the future of the US presidency.

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This startup’s algorithm is designed to find and cancel fraudulent payments, automatically. It’s free for merchants to use, and they’re aiming to partner with processors and banks.

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A mobile app that pairs with a “machine-learning algorithm” to help drivers find the best routes to their destinations.

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a software platform meant to help people make better decisions about the future, by using an AI algorithm to help you forgo the status quo, and take more risks.

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This startup wants to improve the process of buying and selling homes by using algorithms, AI, and machine learning to make the process faster and more transparent.

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The startup’s unique approach to the problem of finding a G Suite admin. It employs a screener algorithm to automate the process of hiring a G Suite admin.

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Using AI to help brands reach their customers with the most relevant ad campaigns. The startup offers a “personalized” message algorithm that’s meant to deliver ads that are more likely to be clicked.

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An IoT startup that uses sensors and algorithms to predict when a vehicle is getting a flat tire, and then alerts the driver.

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Algorithms that guide humans and machines to make better decisions.

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This startup is building proprietary algorithms to help companies give their customers a deeper sense of what they’re doing for them.

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The app uses algorithms to predict the likelihood that a person will commit suicide. It then sends the person a message to remind them to seek help.

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A “web of trust” for Instagram users, with an algorithm that helps users find the right person to follow

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An algorithmic startup that is a marketplace for job board ads, allowing companies to target their job search to a specific demographic. The company’s founders say they’ve raised $1.6 million in a round led by Greycroft Partners.

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A platform that helps you find the best trades for your portfolio by building a personalized trading algorithm. The startup gets its data from a network of more than 500,000 financial analysts.

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This company uses algorithms to predict what things you like based on your online browsing history and then matches you with like-minded people for future purchases.

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Microfinancing platform that uses a machine learning algorithm to do credit checks and a risk assessment in order to make sure the capital they lend is actually utilized. Microfinance is a $2.6 trillion industry where millions of people lack access to loans, and that’s where the startup wants to come in and help.

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A platform that helps retailers figure out how to attract more customers through social media. It uses a combination of data and algorithms to predict who will sign up for their credit card, and who will visit their physical store.

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A startup that helps students decide what college to go to, by matching them with data on schools’ average SAT scores, average AP scores, average graduation rates, and more. The company uses algorithms to draw on this data to match applicants to schools.

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A new kind of company that uses algorithms and machine learning to predict how well its customers will do in the future. Possible applications include helping companies set up 401k plans that are as good for their employees as they are for the company’s bottom line.

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A startup that is building an algorithm that predicts the future of retail.

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A company that helps online retailers “persuade” a customer to buy from them instead of their competitors. It uses algorithms to determine where the customer is in the buying cycle, and tailors a message to the customer so that they’ll click through to their website.

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A startup that helps retailers figure out their pricing strategy for product SKUs. It takes their data on price points, sales, and margin and works out what to charge with an algorithm.

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A startup that helps people track their workouts and plan healthy meals. The startup is focused on helping people who are healthy and want to keep it that way, and the company says that because the company’s algorithms are based on historical exercise data, it’s able to identify trends that are more accurate than what a person might individually determine for themselves.

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A software that helps users create and manage their online portfolios. The software is powered by a sophisticated algorithm that helps users design a portfolio that is SEO-friendly and engaging.

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A medical-grade mattress that uses sensors and algorithms to track a person’s sleep cycles, and then provide feedback to help improve a person’s sleep.

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A startup that uses an AI-based algorithm to build personalized voice bots for e-commerce. The startup is currently in a closed beta and has 3 reports of revenue in 2019.

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A startup that wants to help retailers and brands find new customers by taking their email lists and feeding them into an algorithm that matches them with potential customers.

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This company wants to help people find the very best school for their kid, and hopes to use its algorithm to help parents access information about school quality.

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A startup that provides a mobile app for group bookings, with a smart algorithm that learns how guests prefer to travel together.

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 A cloud-based company that helps fund managers build portfolios based on algorithms that match the risk and return of specific types of bonds.

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A product that tracks the digital footprints of their clients (by tracking device signals) and then uses machine learning algorithms to predict what they’re going to do next. They want to use this data to build a digital reputation system for brands.

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A startup that allows users to automate their interactions with Uber. A spin on the existent “Uber for X” category, Upply pulls in Uber data and uses a predictive algorithm to help predict what a user is likely to say in an Uber interaction and then use that to automate the interaction.

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The high cost of online advertising means that marketers struggle to find the right people to reach with their ads. Yieldly wants to automate the process of finding the right people, using a system of algorithms that finds the right person to target for the right job, based on the criteria the company needs.

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A platform for building art, where anyone can create a piece of art in minutes. The app uses a unique algorithm to make it easier and more accessible for people to make art, and it’s often seen as the most unique aspect of the platform.

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A startup focused on helping users filter content in their feeds. The startup has built a product that uses algorithms to recommend the most relevant content for you based on a variety of criteria.

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Helps companies track and manage their product inventory, using algorithms to track inventory levels.

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 A platform for online job listings that helps users find the right job for them. It’s also trying to fight discrimination by allowing users to see what the company’s algorithms predict they’ll be paid before submitting a resume.

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A tool for high-frequency traders to help them build algorithmic strategies. The startup also wants to make the process of building algorithms easier for researchers to understand.

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This startup is building a super fast service for running machine learning algorithms on a cluster of computers, hosted by Amazon EC2 and using the company’s Machine Learning Service.

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A computer vision startup that wants to be the “Google of facial recognition”. The company uses algorithms to analyze people’s faces, generates “a list of face-matching identities”.

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This startup is building a credit scoring system that combines traditional FICO scores with an algorithm it’s using to predict the likelihood that a person will default on a credit card.

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A platform for identifying “problems” with your photos. The company has built an algorithm that identifies things like “your face looks too small” or “your background looks weird in this photo”.

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Online discovery service focused on solving the problem of finding the right home for your next vacation. The startup uses data and algorithms to help vacationers find the right home for their next trip.

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A company that aims to help marketers adjust their Facebook ads in real time based on the user’s interests. The startup is working with various marketing teams all over the world to build out a proprietary algorithm.

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A startup called Shift is building an algorithmic platform to help restaurants figure out which dishes to prepare to meet the demands of busy days.

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A speed-reading app that uses a “simulated reading algorithm” to help you read faster.

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A startup that helps you create customized “sampler packs” of music. The startup wants to build an algorithm that lets users produce personalized mixes, or albums, without the need to upload music. Instead, users create a “profile” of songs and artists they like, and the system then chooses other songs the user likes and creates an album, including tracklists. The service is currently free, with plans starting at $5 per month for premium features.

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A Tinder for the runway, using an algorithm to find the looks that are most likely to be the next big thing.

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A company that uses algorithms to direct automated phone calls to businesses to help them reach out to prospective customers who have similar interests. The startup offers a “campaign” for as low as $400 for up to two calls per day.

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Using a cloud-based database and machine learning algorithms, Hoptoken helps businesses make the most of their data.

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A loan application platform that uses machine learning algorithms to identify fraudulent loan applications and offers discounted rates to borrowers.

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A company for people who want to earn money from their data. The startup is building a marketplace for data that matches people with companies that would like to use their data for things like predictive algorithms and marketing.

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An AI backed startup that uses algorithms to help internet users discover new books, movies, and music.

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Using a combination of sensors and algorithms, their product can detect the amount of weight you’re carrying and adjust your clothes accordingly.

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A hardware startup that wants to integrate sensors and cameras into shoes. The company collects information on how people walk, which it then uses to train computer vision algorithms to detect hazards and improve safety.

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A health app that helps people track their food intake from the point of purchase to the point of consumption, using a unique algorithm to allow users to get a sense of how much of their food they’re actually eating.

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A group of friends who are building a kind of alternative to LinkedIn, with more emphasis on connections and less emphasis on the algorithm.

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A company that helps recruiters and job seekers find the best fit for job openings using a combination of personal data and a proprietary algorithm.

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An AI-driven investing app that uses algorithms to invest across stocks, bonds, and cryptocurrencies.

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A platform that helps you track down the best C-suite candidates among your employees. It’s a recruiting platform that uses a combination of algorithms and social media for finding top candidates for specific roles. It’s currently being used by YC and other startups including FundingPost and Foodspotting.

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Connecting LGBT people to the right health care professionals. The startup uses an algorithm to find the right care provider and hospital.

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A software platform that helps determine the most efficient way to train employees. It’s a web-based platform that lets employees log in and choose their training options, which are then ranked by an algorithm to find the most efficient way to train employees.

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A way to track your spending with algorithms and AI.

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A startup looking to make it easier for companies to hire and fire employees. The system’s algorithms help companies find the best people, and eliminate the high-conflict humans in the process. The company also offers a “health score” for each job candidate. The company says they’ve operated in New York and LA and are now expanding to other parts of the country.

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A startup that wants to help workers find jobs using automation. It uses an algorithm to create a database of companies looking to hire and will then use that to match workers with jobs.

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Amply is looking to help customers streamline the paper-heavy process of hiring contractors. The company is building an “automated, algorithmic method” for matching contractors with customers.

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A software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for managing customer service. The startup will be using an algorithm to monitor customer service conversations, and help internal teams prioritize which issues require follow up.

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A ride-sharing service that uses algorithms to match drivers with customers, as an alternative to the taxi companies that dominate the market. The drivers are paid when they’re matched with customers with a ride, and the startup is profitable.

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The startup wants to build a tool to help employers manage their workforces, using algorithms to calculate and monetize various work hours.

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A startup that uses an algorithm to predict the likelihood that an ad will be clicked on.

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This is an app that helps people track their expenses with algorithms and help them create budgets.

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A shopping app that helps users figure out what to buy, but with some help from an algorithm.

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The startup has a patent-pending algorithm to help people find the best performing stocks in a given market.

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A visual communication app for professionals in real estate. Clique uses an algorithm to guess what type of room a person is looking for and suggests people they might want to work with.

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A Cleveland-based startup that has developed an algorithm that claims to predict the weather seven days in advance.

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An algorithm that helps you track your meditation progress

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LendingClub is a peer-to-peer (P2P) lending company that aims to cut out the middleman lending market by allowing borrowers to connect with each other directly. The company’s P2P model is based on an algorithm designed to match borrowers with lenders. P2P loans were responsible for $2.7 billion in loans in 2017.

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A mobile app for real estate agents to help them give listings to homes quickly and easily. It employs an algorithm to understand the data the agent has on the listing and create the exact right message to sell to the agent’s client.

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A finance startup that helps businesses manage their money in a better way, using their own data and algorithms to optimize spending and savings.

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A company that uses an algorithm to identify the most popular pieces of content on Instagram, YouTube and Reddit, and connects advertisers to those users.

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A startup that helps companies hire remote workers and pay them based on their location. The company uses a “geo-based” algorithm to calculate the worker’s location and estimate their time zone.

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An engineering staffing startup that partners with companies to bring in new talent. After a company does a demo, Minimum runs a search for top candidates using its proprietary algorithm. The company says they’ve so far found candidates at top engineering schools, raised $1.4 million in VC funding, and secured over a dozen jobs.

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The company wants to help marketers predict which city will see the most growth in mobile app usage. They’ve built a machine-learning algorithm that generates possible markets based on a number of factors, including population density and the amount of money spent on mobile devices.

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The startup wants to make it easier for small businesses to receive financing. It’s a mobile lending platform, using the same algorithms as big banks, but with lower interest rates and higher standards for creditworthiness.

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A chatbot that helps people find the right job. It uses a “listening algorithm” to match job seekers with companies with the right fit. Currently focused on the UK.

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A startup that uses a proprietary algorithm to determine a person’s “emotional intelligence”, and then helps them better navigate a job interview.

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A company that wants to help companies match their employees with the right jobs, using a combination of algorithms and social connections.

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The company is building a platform that uses algorithms to make it easier for people to syndicate their content across the web, connecting creators to publishers.

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This company is helping people to give their money to the right charity. It uses an algorithm to evaluate charities to identify the best options, and has already donated over $1,000,000.

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A startup that helps people make smart purchases based on their personal style. The app uses a proprietary algorithm to recommend items based on presented trends, using a “personality profile” to make purchases.

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A software system for prescribing drugs based on historic data. A predictive algorithm can calculate patient response to drugs and select the best one based on that data.

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 A company that wants to create a more collaborative and efficient process for hiring a new employee. It’s an employer-side HR platform aimed at recruiting managers who use a proprietary algorithm, using data from their own workforce, to help them reach out to candidates the best way possible.

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A SaaS platform for meeting planners to manage their calendars and find new clients. The company includes a scheduling algorithm that uses algorithms to help organizers find attendees who want to meet with them. The company aims to be used in large firms and events.

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This “alternative” investing platform is working to give investors a way to use algorithms to help them determine which stocks will go up and which will go down, and their currency of choice.

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The goal of this startup is to use AI algorithms to combine a person’s genetic information with their lifestyle and health data to predict their risk of diseases. The company is currently in stealth mode.

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Idea: Every week, the startup sends people a bag of clothes that they’ve selected based on an algorithm that takes into account their preferences and the weather

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Idea: A startup that wants to help people find a better fit for their jobs. Using an algorithm, the startup wants to improve the hiring process for companies, while helping people find their ideal jobs.

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Idea: A startup that creates a marketplace for intellectual property. The startup’s pitch is that there’s a whole market for IP like patents and algorithms that’s currently untapped.

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Idea: SaaS startup that helps hotels manage their rooms and guests, with a little bit of Netflix’s recommendation algorithms baked in. The idea is that hotels can use it as a booking engine to get more out of their rooms, and the company’s founders say they have a 75% conversion rate.

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