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“Together, dreamers and doers can do more than ever before.” It’s a “startup for humanity” that wants to provide rapid solutions that “help change the world for the better”

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A company that provides an API that allows users to integrate and track their credit cards

233

A startup that uses artificial intelligence to help prevent fraud in payments. It’s an API for banks and merchants to check if accounts are being used fraudulently.

202

This startup is building an API that connects users to doctors via text messages and video calls.

165

An API that helps businesses and websites get an overview of how often people log in.

140

A platform that connects employees to various services via mobile apps and an API. The startup is building out a platform that lets companies grant permission to employees to use their mobile devices to access services and apps.

115

 A micro-funding platform for entrepreneurs, reducing the cost of startup capital for high growth startups by providing a mechanism for investors to match their own funds with the startups they care about. The goal is to save startups money on the front end while generating real returns on the back end.

102

 A startup that uses a “virtual bank” to allow companies to get capital without having to go through a traditional bank. It is looking to extend its service to the UK, Europe and Asia.

100

An API for companies to post job openings and filter through applicants.

93

A SaaS platform for job boards that connects job boards to job seekers, with an API for employers to use. The startup is looking to raise a maximum of $1.9 million from angel investors.

92

An API for creating 100% green power systems.

92

A tool for managing and harvesting content from a website’s search and sharing features. The startup has raised $5.2 million from a number of investors, including Google Ventures, Sequoia Capital, and Mitch Kapor.

91

The company provides a single, unified interface for customers to access their data and resources, plus a suite of APIs that allow third-party developers to integrate their services into

91

A B2B company looking to shorten the time it takes to create a new mobile app by using an API for mobile app companies to build their own app on top of.

88

A company that helps open banking startups with their APIs and developer framework.

87

This startup is building a way to make API integrations more user-friendly.

85

An API that allows buyers to purchase products on Amazon, Walmart and other e-commerce platforms all in a single place.

85

The company is building software that allows developers to use a single API to make apps for different platforms.

85

Newfund is building a platform that uses big data to make it easier for companies to raise capital from investors.

85

A startup that lets companies handle payments in a more transparent way. It’s an API that connects payments platforms and third-party data, and helps companies figure out which payments to accept and which not to.

83

An API that allows developers to integrate location capabilities into their apps, without having to build their own location-based features.

82

A company that makes an API and platform for app stores to allow developers to launch their apps on a variety of platforms.

81

A startup that’s building an API for user feedback, allowing companies to use a platform such as UserVoice to collect feedback.

81

The startup is building an API for retailers to offer their customers the ability to pay for their purchases with their smartphone.

81

A software company that creates an API for a network of processors and license holders to manage payments in real-time. The startup was founded by two former executives of Adyen, a global payment processing company.

80

A food delivery service for medical patients. Investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures, and General Catalyst.

79

A concierge service to help investors source private capital.

79

A software company that helps businesses reduce fraud by providing an API for businesses to scan and verify invoices.

79

A platform intended to help companies figure out how to make their processes more efficient. NetBix is backed by some of the biggest names in venture capital: Mayfield, Ignition Partners, and others.

78

A digital platform for the home, with an API to help developers build apps and integrate with smart home devices.

77

A startup that enables companies to capitalize on the trend of people increasingly choosing to live with roommates, and helping them find roommates with their companies' benefits.

77

The concept of the accelerator is a young one, with the first accelerator programs emerging in the late 1990s in Silicon Valley and New York. In general, accelerators help startups get off the ground, providing capital, mentorship, and networking opportunities.

76

A full mobile app, including complex Web and SMS APIs for processing payments.

76

A platform that helps companies evaluate talent by tying in all of their online and offline data via APIs.

76

Academic research: “We are in the midst of a digital revolution, where the ability to extract value from data is rapidly outpacing the ability to create it.”

75

A startup that helps employers manage their payroll, benefits, and insurance electronically, with a set of tools that include a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, an API, virtual and in-person support.

74

As a company, HirePound has raised $1.4 million in capital. But as a company, it says it is on track to make $50 million in revenue in the next year. The company is a job board for the growing gig economy, connecting employers with micro-consultants and other contractors.

74

A set of tools that gives small businesses an easy way to manage their customer relationships. Its API allows users to pull data from their Salesforce or Zendesk accounts.

74

A venture capital firm that invests only in female founders, focusing on early-stage companies that focus on women’s health.

73

A platform for product managers and engineers to collaborate on building software products, with a focus on helping teams at big companies get things built quickly and iterate rapidly. They charge a percentage of monthly revenue.

73

A company that helps crews build and launch new apps without a lot of upfront capital. It’s launching with an app that helps small businesses with the software development process—from project definition to iteration on a prototype to launch.

73

A community that helps students of the University of California and beyond get the finance and career capital they need to start their own business.

72

A startup that wants to solve the “capital management” problem for enterprise software startups. Instead of companies managing all of their own financial resources, they plan to provide a service that helps startups manage their capital, paying for those resources as needed.

72

A way to use the public API of a company to send out notifications about its products.

71

 A little like Twilio and Stripe, this API makes it easier to build new kinds of voice-controlled software.

71

An API for professionals to find freelance gigs and manage their portfolios and payment, as a replacement for tools like Upwork and Fiverr.

70

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to more than 200 companies that have received a total of more than $80 billion in venture capital funding as of Q3 2017.

70

A subsidiary of Bowery Capital that helps companies raise capital from private investors. Bowery Capital and its parent company Bowery Labs have raised $32M across six rounds of funding.

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A tool for creating and editing charts from Python or MATLAB. Charts is a Python library for creating and editing charts, with an API for creating and editing charts in MATLAB. Charts is available on the Python Package Index and on GitHub.

69

 API developer that provides an easy way to create a custom API for a company or organization, as well as an API that can be used by other companies. The company's software is designed for startups, but could be applied to other business settings.

69

A startup that helps people find and close the deals for them. The startup is focused on the B2B segment, but it’s already working with companies like Capital One, Intuit, and Salesforce.

69

A startup for nonprofits to support their membership, fundraising, and communications via an API.

69

Twilio, a company that provides cloud-based communication and telephony APIs, is one of the most well-known startups at YC. Their newest project is a tool that helps call center agents manage multiple languages.

69

An API that can help publishers send out targeted emails to their subscribers.

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In mid-July, the startup said it has already raised $1.5 million from investors including Sequoia Capital and Union Square Ventures. It’s working on a similar product to Facebook’s Onavo.

68

An API that helps you automate the process of creating a website

68

Future of Food is building an API that will allow food manufacturers to build custom labels for their products, allowing buyers to scan a QR code along with their smartphone and get product details and pricing.

67

A startup that helps people find mentors for their startups, with the objective of helping them raise capital.

67

Zapier wants to help small businesses automate physical tasks using web tools. It’s currently in private beta with a few thousand users, and the startup is seeking to raise funding to grow it.

67

A team of three has raised $1.4 million from investors including First Round Capital, HLM Ventures, and Mayfield Fund. The company is building an AI-based software platform to help businesses optimize their supply chain operations.

67

An API for companies to manage their own payroll and benefits. The company wants to offer a better experience for companies, and says most payroll systems are “untimely, expensive, and less than customer-friendly.”

66

A templated API for third-party apps to integrate with Slack.

65

This startup is building a platform to make it easier to get access to capital via loans.

65

 A messaging app for API providers that lets developers create a messaging interface for their apps without having to write a full chat bot.

65

Builds high-end VR content for the fashion industry. The startup, which was founded in May, wants to rapidly iterate on a VR experience before its peers.

65

An API that helps companies create “live” chat functionality that is entirely private.

65

A startup that helps large companies find the best capital financing options, and helps them connect with potential investors

65

An API for the creation of short videos to be distributed across social media platforms.

65

A startup that extends the integration of the Fintech API to make it easier for developers to integrate payments into their own app or website.

64

An enterprise application integration (EAI) platform for managing complex API integrations.

64

A free chat app for developers. The company has already raised $5.5M in funding from some of the largest VCs in the world, including Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, and more.

63

A startup that helps small businesses use big data to improve their operations. The company’s software helps companies make accurate trade-off decisions between labor and capital in order to optimize their operations.

63

A startup that wants to put a common API between many banks and start to allow consumers to take debit card payments anywhere.

63

Y Combinator’s newest batch of companies has expanded the YC Network to over 200 companies, including 50 who’ve raised a combined $325 million in capital.

63

An API that makes advertising and marketing more efficient. “We’re trying to make it easier for marketers to manage campaigns,” says the company.

63

A web-based collaboration platform that helps people brainstorm and write down ideas. The company just closed $1.1M in seed funding from investors like Fidelity Investments and Bain Capital Ventures.

62

An API-driven platform for companies to send invoices, track customers, and also for small businesses to ship online.

62

Blockchain capital management for SMBs, designed to help them access capital from banks.

62

A platform that helps brands get social media engagement from their customers. The company is developing a micro-blogging platform for brands, with a focus on its “Brand Advocates”, who are Instagrammers who are paid to share and promote the brands with their followers. The company is nearing $2 million in funding after raising $800,000 in seed capital.

61

A B2C online platform that helps people look up the prices of products and services without having to use a phone or computer. It uses the Apple Wallet API to pull up prices from thousands of retailers and automatically applies a coupon.

60

A subscription app that allows users to set up a recurring payment to a third party. The startup is building out a recurring payments API to serve as a base for other startups that want to create recurring payments solutions.

60

A company that is building an API to connect real-time data to multiple applications/websites.

59

An API that gives developers access to a database of all the restaurants in a given area, with frequent check-ins and comments, and the ability to customize the menu.

59

An “App Store for Doctors”, which uses artificial intelligence to recommend treatments and therapies for patients.

59

A company that provides “a complex API that enables companies to identify the right type of person for a job”, based on digital data. It currently has $1.6 million in the bank.

58

A brand new CRM product from Capital One, which boasts a product team of two people. The product is designed to help small businesses manage their customer relationship management, with a focus on helping businesses handle financial transactions and invoicing.

57

Causes that want to communicate with people on Facebook and other social media platforms can now do so through a Facebook-style private messaging platform that will allow users to send and receive messages through a growing list of apps and services. The company says the community is growing rapidly and has over 200,000 members.

57

A tool for managing retail inventory, with an API that allows developers to pull inventory data from a range of different sources. The startup says they’ve already integrated with over 250 retailers.

57

An API that allows companies to create, update, and share user profiles across platforms.

57

A tool for monitoring and forecasting the weather, with an API for developers to build apps on top of.

57

As we reported last week, Blue Capital is building a “wage engine” for the gig economy that will help people figure out how to actually pay their rent.

57

A one-stop solution for warehouse management, with an API to help schedule and track movements of goods from order to delivery.

56

An API for businesses to coordinate in-person events with scheduling software.

54

A company that helps companies and organizations raise money from new and existing investors, including Angel investors, venture capitalists, family offices and more.

53

A company that provides an API for businesses to be able to sell custom branded cryptocurrency gift cards to their customers. They say their customers include Whole Foods, Sephora, Target, and other major retailers.

52

An API for buying and selling cars, with over a million cars already sold.

52

An API for global real estate prices

51

A microservices-based API which helps developers build applications which benefit from faster and more efficient data processing, often beyond traditional limits of the cloud.

51

An API that lets customers pay any merchant in the world, directly through their website, with no credit-card processing fees.

51

A tool for businesses to create a customized API for their website. It’s like writing a custom XML feed for a site, but with an API.

49

"It’s in the works," said Guy Kawasaki, a venture capitalist who has invested in the company. "We’re thinking about a lot of things that I can’t talk about today."

49

An API platform for digital publishers to connect their content to Google, Facebook and Apple News.

48

A customer support tool that helps companies make customer calls and unlock customer data with a single API. The startup is currently aiming to partner with larger companies to develop a customer support tool that scales for multiple products.

48

A podcast that focuses on the intersection of technology and business, including interviews with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

48

An “API for the public sector,” offering a portal for payments, project management, and services.

47

This startup is building an API for onboarding third party software into different companies’ workflows. The platform is currently available to customers in four industries.

47

A tool meant to help store managers and their employees deal with peak seasons. The tool works in a similar way to Southwest Airlines' Rapid Rewards program, connecting the store manager to the employees who help them at the store. The idea is that with the company's software, the store manager and employees can find out what rewards are best for the store and plan accordingly.

47

A tool that helps cities build an API for companies to be able to monitor traffic and respond quickly to incidents.

46

An API and a mobile app for Paypal. The startup aims to let Paypal users create personal online banking accounts and hold them in one place.

46

A payment API for individuals and businesses to manage their payment types and preferences. The startup is looking to make it easier for people to get paid and make payments.

45

An API to help people track a shipment in real-time.

45

A microfinancing platform that gives small businesses access to capital they need to grow.

44

The company’s pitch is that it is building a digital platform to help entrepreneurs raise capital at a much lower cost than traditional venture capital.

44

An online platform that allows people to rent out their homes while they travel. The company’s founders say that the business is growing rapidly.

44

An API for home energy management.

43

A company with an $8 million Series A led by First Round Capital, Techstars, and Citi Ventures

43

A group of “startup veterans” that want to build a platform for startups to raise capital. It aims to help startups raise $500,000 in seed funding, as well as $1 million in Series A funding and $5 million in a Series B. The startup is in pre-launch mode, with a staff of 15 that includes YC alumni.

42

A software that helps companies raise capital without the need for a CTO.

42

This startup is building a platform for the fintech industry that aims to help banks manage their lending, investments, and risk. The platform was built to sit alongside the CapitalOne API.

41

A platform which provides cost-efficient and secure cloud-based maintenance operations for IT infrastructure through a single API.

40

First Round Capital is one of the earliest and most successful seed stage investors, having backed over 100 companies in the past 15 years.

40

The startup is simplifying the process of encrypting files by bringing high-end encryption to small businesses, with an API that lets developers create their own encryption tools.

39

A mobile application that uses a custom demo version of Facebook’s Graph API to allow users to create and share an interactive digital business card that includes information about their company, including their team.

39

A mobile platform that helps users find nearby parking via mobile device. The startup is building the technology from ground up, with a new API that can be used by parking lot owners and app developers to get parking data.

38

A new startup that creates “micro-apps” for Web sites and apps, which are small pieces of software that can be embedded into a site or app to do powerful things like pull data from an external API and present it in a way that’s easy to use. For instance, one startup called Jingo lets small-business owners track employee schedules by giving them a “checklist” embedded in their website.

37

Jumbler is a mobile-first media company that helps brands share content in rapid-fire video format, like Vine.

37

An API for the U.K.’s government’s Open Data platform, which is released under a Creative Commons license. It allows users to interface with the data in a variety of ways, including filtering by utility.

37

A developer API that lets developers create chatbots with specific features. The startup is targeting enterprise businesses.

37

A startup that wants to help banks scale payments using the cloud by letting them use APIs to let others tap into their systems.

36

Online platform for building decentralized applications, allowing teams to build their own apps and run them with a simple API.

36

An API that provides access to public transportation data in real time.

35

A blockchain-based invoice financing platform. The company wants to lower the cost of capital for the global invoice financing market. It’s using the blockchain to replace the middleman and make the process more transparent.

34

A set of APIs to connect point-of-sale systems to Amazon. The startup wants to give merchants a way to track their inventory on Amazon.

34

This startup is building a tool that helps you connect with lenders who can provide you with capital for your business. Notable for being a woman-founded startup (two of the three founders are women).

34

A startup that helps startups and small businesses create their own API for managing their own APIs.

33

A company that provides an API that lets other companies and developers integrate their tools with the start-up’s platform.

33

A startup that wants to build a streamlined enterprise mobile application. Its platform lets businesses choose from pre-built mobile apps or customize them from scratch. It’s built on the Salesforce Chatter API and is targeting the C-Suite.

32

An API for managing a video distribution, with plans to integrate with the YouTube publishing platform and other video-sharing sites.

32

An on-demand, on-the-go learning platform for executives that helps them quickly learn anything from marketing to HR to finance to sales. The company recently raised $1.5 million in venture capital.

32

An API for connecting different devices to the same remote control.

32

A platform for raising capital for early-stage startups, with a $300,000 monthly fee.

32

A startup that wants to help people build a retirement plan that can be adjusted and updated as the needs of their life change. The startup’s platform is built on top of a series of APIs and a software development kit.

31

Seed funding was provided by First Round Capital and AngelList.

31

An API for crowdsourced product reviews, allowing brands to run their own polls and aggregate the data.

30

A platform to help patients with diabetes manage their condition and track the progress of their condition. The startup has raised $2 million in seed funding from venture capitalists from Union Square Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz.

30

A B2B SaaS company that helps employees communicate with one another and receive pay, benefits and bonuses. It’s built for larger companies with at least 1,000 employees and requires a proprietary API for payment and payroll integration.

30

A web-based platform that allows users to create and manage custom-made credit cards to make online payments. They also offer an API for customers to build their own solutions on top of.

29

A startup that connects merchants with vendors to help grow their businesses. Merchants can request products and orders and have them delivered within a few days. They have also opened up an API for other companies to integrate into their product.

29

A startup that helps companies with a single API to connect to their existing CRMs, Salesforce, and Marketo, letting them complete their sales pipeline from one place.

28

A software platform for providing pre-paid credit cards. The startup is building an API for businesses to buy virtual credit cards branded with their brand, which they can then offer to their customers.

28

A startup that helps businesses manage all their customer data and automate tasks across the customer lifecycle. The company says revenue will be generated through the use of its software, which runs on the company’s API.

27

An API that helps companies that are not Amazon Prime members see how much they spend on Prime every month.

27

A platform that helps emerging market companies and individuals get capital via blockchain.

26

This company is building an API that allows any company to create a private marketplace for their products, goods, or services. They have a $4,000 budget.

26

An API for e-commerce websites to easily integrate their shopping carts with a payment gateway.

25

A SaaS tool that makes it easy for businesses to manage their customer data, with an API and SDK that can be integrated into other apps.

25

An API for automation of data entry on websites, with a focus on the travel sector.

25

An API for credit unions to help them get up and running at lower cost.

24

The startup is building a “social tool” that helps millennials find and connect with one another to “help them grow their social capital”. The social platform has already built a $1.2 million round of funding and has raised another $3 million in a seed round.

24

An open source API for medical device data

21

A startup that allows companies to verify the data they receive is real and valid. The startup has already built an API that allows for verification and has a company that offers verification services.

21

A SaaS app that helps anyone create a custom cable channel for Slack, built on top of the existing Slack API.

19

A video platform for customers to create and promote their own videos and businesses to find new customers. Currently gaining traction, raised $1.5 million in seed capital in June of 2019.

19

A full-stack SMS API for India. The startup says it can process 10 million messages per hour.

18

A platform for small businesses to rent or lease their storefronts, with a backend API that developers can use to build apps for managing rental inventory and payments.

9

A startup that helps companies and organizations manage their resumés and job applications, providing a service that’s currently being used by companies like UPS, IBM, and Capital One.

9

A tool that lets you manage your favorite video games via their Steam API, allowing you to edit, create, and share with friends.

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In the same vein, this company is building an API that will help developers integrate their platforms with other financial services.

6

A startup that allows for a visual representation of any API, to help developers quickly see what information they have access to.

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Idea: Unofficial API for ticketing systems

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Idea: Design-first API for non-developers

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Idea: A single platform that allows developers to monitor apps, see the impact they have on the web, and see the performance of any single API endpoint

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Idea: This startup is building an API for “on-demand” news writing Companies can pay to have their message delivered as a news story on sites like Business Insider, The Next Web, and CNBC

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Idea: An API for domain name registration

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Idea: A tool for building serverless applications, but with a twist: it’s designed to make it easier to write serverless applications that are also APIs

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Idea: Smack is an API for the rest of us

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Idea: A web app that predicts the next card in a Magic: The Gathering game The startup raised $35 million in venture capital and says they have 120,000 active users

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Idea: A self-learning, natural language processing platform for chatbots that can connect with any API

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Idea: A platform for authenticating users via the Slack application programming interface (API)

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Idea: A startup that makes a “free” portfolio builder tool for small businesses, which it says can help them raise capital

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Idea: A B2B company that builds an API for tracking orders and shipments

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Idea: A startup that is building a “daily deal for venture capital”. Users pay $10 per month to get access to a curated list of venture capital funds, startups and VCs.

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Idea: A B2B company that sells an API for acquiring and managing merchant accounts, and another API for accepting credit cards. The company says it’s processed $2 million in transactions.

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A SaaS company that helps small businesses manage their capital flow. They help companies figure out when to take partners on, and how to best fund their businesses.

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Idea: Software that offers a plug-and-play API for streamlining e-commerce in South America.

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Idea: A company that offers an API for receiving payments through SMS. The company’s pitch: “We make money moves.”

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Idea: A startup that provides a payments API for developers building offline commerce apps.

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Idea: A technology company that’s building an API to automatically match parts of a building’s structure with subcontractors. The idea is to help construction businesses better manage manpower.

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Idea: This startup wants to help India’s 600 million smartphone users take advantage of the country’s rapidly growing e-commerce market.

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A software company that provides APIs for businesses to make more informed hiring decisions.

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A startup for meeting planners and event services. A software company that helps companies manage their capital, cash, and expense budgets. A SaaS company that provides companies with an easy way to predict how much inventory they will need to order. An online marketplace that connects hotel merchants, small businesses, and other groups with the company’s hotel partners. A solution for real-estate brokers to manage and share MLS data securely.

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A startup that allows you to transfer funds from a card (like a credit card or bank card) to a bank account using an API (application programming interface) instead of a physical card

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A startup that wants to provide access to early stage equity for founders who don’t have access to the traditional venture capital market

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Idea: A startup for local home services (eg plumbing, electrical, landscaping) The company is also building out a mobile platform called On-the-Job that it says will allow customers to book services directly from their phone and schedule appointments

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Idea: The first 100% free, open source code collaboration platform The company has raised $47 million in venture capital and has over 1000 users

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Idea: A data-driven advisory service for venture capitalists

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A platform that allows users to purchase and sell data. For instance, a third-party could use the API to compare the cost of an Uber ride in different cities.

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A startup that wants to make it easier for companies to build and manage their own apps. It is offering a set of tools and APIs that can be used to help connect apps together.

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A startup that helps people move to a more expensive apartment in a city that is rapidly gentrifying

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A startup that helps entrepreneurs and investors with their search for the right venture capital firm

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