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A startup that sells ready-made food for people who live in an area where it’s hard to get good quality food

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A startup that helps people find new friends by connecting them with people who are new to the area

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A startup that helps you learn to code by making you build a simple tool that you eventually turn into a real product. The startup’s co-founder saw a need for the same kind of bootcamps in the area, and created the site to fill it.

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A startup that helps track and connect people who want to apply for jobs in a specific city, and allows them to see the job openings, apply and schedule interviews, get feedback on their applications, and communicate with recruiters. Available in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A startup that allows you to rent kayaks and other water sports equipment in your local area

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A startup that provides a service to help people in rural areas find ways to better utilize their land

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An AI-based machine learning project to help identify specific threats to the public water supply in a specific area.

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In October 2014, The Wall Street Journal ranked the Philadelphia area as the top city in America for startups.

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Starting as a maker of carbonated drinks with the tagline “For those who don’t have air,” this startup is building a new kind of Citrus Cloud, which will use the sun as a source of carbon dioxide to allow plants to grow in areas without electricity.

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A hamburger-focused delivery startup targeting the Bay Area, with a goal of having a minimum of $20 million in revenue by the end of the year.

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 A company building a weather app for iPhone that tells you what’s coming up next in your area.

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A startup building an in-home showroom for buying, selling, and renting real estate. Starting at $5,000 up to $25,000, the company is currently operating in the Washington D.C. area.

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 A productivity tool that allows anyone to create a personal dashboard of data. The startup wants to help its users track metrics across a variety of areas like energy consumption, sleep, and mood.

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A startup that sends users curated lists of events in their area. It currently has 1.3 million monthly users, and works with “hundreds of thousands” of events/parties each month.

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A software company that wants to help companies manage their risk before a crisis, helping them quickly identify areas of risk and put in place mitigation strategies.

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This is a photo sharing app that lets you send your friends a “snapshot” of whatever you’re looking at. The startup monetizes via selling advertisers the ability to target specific geographic areas or high-traffic areas.

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The startup wants to show people the right stores in their area to buy virtual goods, like video games, virtual pets, and more.

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A platform for online tutoring with a focus on helping teachers and parents out of school. Tutor-to-tutor videos are on-demand, and the startup is also working on a way to make the private video chats public and shareable.

90

Work-at-home tech support for small businesses. The startup is based in the Bay Area and recently raised $3 million to expand internationally.

89

A real estate app meant to help people find, research, and purchase houses. The startup is currently focused on the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A property management startup in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A way for companies to pay the bills of their employees in multiple currencies, with higher rates for those who live in the area.

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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.

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It is a platform that helps people find jobs in their area of interest, and also allows employers to post jobs.

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A startup that helps restaurants reduce costs by automating their point-of-sale systems, so they can focus on other areas of their business.

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A platform that helps you quickly build a team of freelancers to help you with different areas of your business.

85

A “shareable” version of Microsoft Word, with a story, an audio component, and a visualization component.

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A two-sided marketplace for recruiting, with employers and job seekers trading feedback and contact information. The company is based in the San Francisco Bay Area but also has offices in Los Angeles and Philly.

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A platform that helps users see what’s on in their area

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A startup that wants to make it easier for people to find work in their area by selling them a tool to identify the top jobs in an area.

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A clean water startup that wants to help rural areas access their own clean water. The startup currently has a beta version of their product in the Amazon rain forest and plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign for their water technology in 2021.

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Two founders left YC to build a $10 per month service to help food delivery services become more cost effective and more like an on-demand service. It’s available in a few cities in the US, and it’s simple: a “geofenced” area with a few delivery zones that are cheaper than a full city block.

81

In June 2018, the Startup Genome Project released data on the 100 most active venture-backed startups in the world. Of the top 100 startups, 12 were based in the San Francisco Bay Area. That was more than any other single city in the world.

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A startup that helps people in rural areas expand their businesses and access markets otherwise out of reach.

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The startup is launching a digital platform to improve the quality of on-demand clinics. The platform aims to offer a way for doctors to easily post their services and for consumers to find a nearby clinic that offers appointments they need. The company is currently operating in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A real estate website, with listings for apartments, houses, and condos, as well as a guide to nearby amenities and things to do in the area. The company wants to be one of the tools that helps people buy a home, and then helps them settle in.

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A logistics platform for food-delivery services. The startup’s founders are now working with a number of food and beverage companies in the Bay Area, including Temescal Brewing.

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New York - New York City is home to the largest financial district in the world, but the cost of living for interns in this area is so high that it’s difficult for companies to entice young talent to stay. This startup, known as Give, wants to make it easier for companies to hire interns.

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 A new type of meal-kit delivery service that aims to save consumers money by offering discounts when they order in bulk. The startup already has a few thousand customers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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“A platform that allows you to connect with professionals in your area,” as the pitch goes.

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aims to aggregate all the deals and coupons for a given region or city. Users can search, compare, and subscribe to the best deals in their area, then get updates on new deals, or even unsubscribe.

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“We pride ourselves on being one of the few VCs in the Bay Area that can actually speak the language of our portfolio companies, and we are happy to have the opportunity to learn Spanish and Portuguese.”

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A mobile app and website that allows users to find and connect with other like-minded people in their area to build a network of friends and collaborators.

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A web-based service that helps small businesses grow their sales by managing their social media, SEO, and marketing campaigns. The company currently has 1,000 clients and are now hiring in the Philadelphia area.

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A startup that wants to grow in the middle east and eventually offer a hub for those looking to find a doctor, dentist, or other healthcare professional in their area.

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A company that helps users and companies find jobs. The startup’s platform helps users apply for jobs in their area, helping them break into new industries and find careers.

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A company that maps the world’s urban areas using satellite imagery. It’s currently working with six cities: London, New York, San Francisco, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Hong Kong.

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A digital product that detects, tracks, and pays a user’s monthly rent payments. Due to rent laws, a tenant in many areas may not legally be able to sign for a check until it’s been deposited. By the time they can, the landlord has already moved on to the next tenant, which means the tenant may have to pay the holdback fee.

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A platform that lets restaurant customers rate their experience and recommend nearby businesses. The startup, which has raised $400,000 from investors in three rounds, says they currently cover the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

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A startup that promises to improve the reliability of your WiFi, by giving you a constant connection to the internet even when you’re in an area with weak signals. The idea is pretty simple — by bouncing a signal off of a cell tower, the startup is able to provide a stronger signal to the device. At the moment, it’s in a sort of alpha stage — the company will be launching a Kickstarter in early 2016 to help fund a smartphone app, which will then be released for the general public.

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This app helps people find parking spots in downtown areas and is available in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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This startup wants to make a better platform for finding local business in your area by combining location data from your phone and the location data of your contacts.

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A payment processor for small businesses that provides low-cost ATM withdrawals and cash-back payments. The company wants to partner with ATMs that have locations in underserved areas that have a high concentration of cash-carrying customers.

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Pinlighter is an online service for drugstores that gives customers a fast, easy, and personalized way to comparison-shop for prescription drugs. The startup, which has raised $2.3M, was founded in October 2015 and now has more than 1,000 customers in the Chicago area.

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A product that helps people save on bills by switching to the cheapest energy provider in their area.

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A platform that shows you the cheapest electricity rates in your area, saving you money.

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A SaaS that helps companies manage their workflows and track time, expenses, and expenses by project or area.

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"Idea" is a series of articles that provide a comprehensive overview of the startup scene in a given area. The goal is to highlight the most interesting and unique startups in a given city.

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Idea: A startup that makes it easier for people to find job openings in remote areas, with the goal of helping people find family members jobs in different parts of the country.

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An insurance company focused on the life-sciences industry. It’s currently starting a pilot in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A platform that enables fans to interact with players and teams to better understand their interests. The startup is currently in a partnership with the NBA; it’s also in a partnership with the A’s to help fans in the Bay Area get better access to the team.

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A startup that provides a directory of people in your area who are willing to do small tasks for you (IE: I pay $25 and you go get my laundry washed and cleaned at the dry cleaner)

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This startup is building a tool that allows companies to build a shareable video about their business. Users can clip the video and share it on social media, and companies can see how many views it generates.

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A platform to help people discover new entertainment content in their area.

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A startup that helps you find out exactly how much your home is worth. It’s a handy way to compare properties in your area.

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A startup that helps companies in the most remote areas of the world expand their operations, and most of all, connect with customers.

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A DC-based software company that wants to help members of Congress find more efficient ways of working. The company wants to help lawmakers streamline their day-to-day by helping them track and report their progress. It’s currently focused on the DC metro area.

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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.

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A way to connect to the internet through a satellite, without a phone. The startup is building a satellite router for use in rural areas.

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A startup that wants to be the “Yelp for small businesses”, helping them connect to customers and other local businesses in their area, and help them grow and engage with their customers. Currently has $100,000 in seed funding.

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An organization for entrepreneurs and start-ups in the New York area. The startup is building a digital community with a curated marketplace for mentors, events, and funding.

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A La Carte is a service that connects companies with independent contractors, and allows them to earn extra income via their own websites. They say that in the past few years they’ve signed up over 500 businesses in the Greater Boston area, earning over $2 million in additional revenue, and have scaled their operations to 3,800 independent contractors.

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This startup is building a tool to help people find the best doctors, dentists and other medical professionals in their area. The startup is looking to build out a health care recommendation system based on personalized data from the patient’s current doctor. Gives the patient a recommendation, which is then sent to the doctor, where they can then make a decision on how to proceed. The company is looking to launch in early 2021.

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A set of business-focused events for women. The company wants to start with a small group of founders in the SF Bay Area.

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A fintech startup in the Philadelphia area that has a platform that lets users compare loans to see the best deal

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A company that aims to help folks in remote areas join the internet via satellite. It uses a combination of an on-the-ground antenna, GPS location and signal strength, and mobile coverage to triangulate a tower near the user and then send them a tiny satellite modem.

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An online marketplace for selling used furniture. The startup is currently focused on selling used furniture in the San Francisco area.

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A program that matches and trains mentors with students in the Bay Area.

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A health insurance startup focused on improving women of color’s health care, specifically in rural areas.

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A startup that aims to help people find the best places to eat and drink in their area with the help of a visual tool.

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B2B companies are more likely to use YC-backed startups as employees, as compared to one where the founders are located in the Bay Area.

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A startup for book lovers that lets you see what books are available to buy in your area and set a reminder to buy it when it’s cheaper.

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Gives people in the Los Angeles area a way to share their bike rides in real time.

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A startup where moms can use a mobile app to communicate with other moms in their area.

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A startup that helps people find like-minded people in their area to join them on a shared journey. The site lets you book a ride with others nearby, and lets them know when it’s ready to pick them up.

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A company that builds a platform for people to post their rent, so others can find and rent cheap housing in that area.

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A tool that helps companies hire talent in the San Francisco Bay Area, connecting them with candidates.

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This is a B2B company that helps companies manage their legal agreements, especially in the area of intellectual property.

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A company that makes it easy for anyone to get online in the Philippines. The startup partners with telecoms to provide Internet in areas where it’s not a priority, and has also partnered with the government to provide WiFi in the streets and public areas.

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A startup that intends to help people in rural areas get the same level of internet access that they would in an urban setting.

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It’s an online platform that helps people find doctors and specialists in their area.

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A business plan for a startup is like a sales pitch. It’s vague. It’s hard to see its potential. And it’s hard to know if it’s worth checking out. So many founders miss out on the chance to grow their business because they don’t have this thing called a business plan that explains how they’ll do it. The goal of this startup is to make it easy for anyone to write that plan. It’s currently only available in the Bay Area.

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A startup that lets users find and order food in the Bay Area in under five minutes.

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The startup is building a tool to help people find the best TV deals in their area. It’s a list of TV channels and websites that aggregate the best prices for TV channels. The startup is based in the UK, and is also looking to expand into Europe.

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A platform that helps people find the best energy deals, and helps them compare energy prices in their area.

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This wearable device generates a heat map of the area around the wearer’s head, allowing him to better understand his environment.

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Builds on the idea of an online store for workers to make money by selling items people need — and allowing them to earn up to $15 an hour. The company says it is currently operating in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A “real-time messaging application that enables people to communicate online in real-time”. They’re working with tech firms in the Washington DC area, and say they expect to expand beyond their current market by 2020.

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A company that designs and manufactures 3D printed medical devices. The startup wants to build a device that helps the blind navigate and helps the visually impaired to see better. It’s working with an area hospital and hopes to have a product out this year.

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A startup that wants to help people find reliable electricians in a given area.

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A digital bank account for India, with a focus on rural areas.

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A social network for people who want to buy and sell real estate. It’s currently focused on the San Francisco Bay Area, and is intended to compete with Zillow and Trulia.

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A simple tool that gives people a way to track their finances, with a focus on building a community. It’s just launched in beta and says it’s already gaining traction in the SF Bay Area.

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Home services platform that connects customers to handymen and professionals in the area, and allows them to hire online.

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A platform that helps companies build their own “anchor stores” — the “experiences” that people want to do in a particular city. For example, a company like Amazon might want to open up a store in San Francisco, but they’re not the first company to do so. The startup builds out a list of all the other stores in the area, and allows companies to apply to open up a new one.

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A simple, secure online payment tool, similar to Paypal. The app allows users to send money to friends and businesses in their area.

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A company that helps users find and connect with like-minded people in their area.

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A list-management app for restaurants. The company is focused on bringing a reasonable price to the market for customers who want to see a list of all the restaurants in their area, and offering a platform to send out reminders to the wait staff.

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Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, this startup is building an online marketplace for freelance designers to get paid for their work.

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The founders of this startup are best known for building the most popular and successful startup accelerator in the world. They’re now moving into a new area, with a new accelerator format that’s aimed at helping teams build products for specific industries.

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A tool for hiring employees. They’re based in the Bay Area and have raised $100,000 from YC in 2019.

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A company that focuses on a specific vertical, like consulting or data science. It’s a subscription service for software developers, focusing on the areas they’re most well-versed in. They’re working with other companies in that vertical.

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A digital platform that helps companies recruit and hire employees in remote areas, powered by artificial intelligence. The company has brought on nearly 1,000 employees in remote areas, and is now focused on the US.

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A company that creates a line of high-end electric scooters for use in urban areas, no motorcycle license required.

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An enterprise-focused Slack alternative, with focus on teams that need to collaborate. The company has also been expanding into other areas like marketing, design, engineering, and other business functions.

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This startup is building an AI-powered customer service chatbot that can help companies do customer service work without a human. Right now it works for customer support, but the company is planning to expand into other areas.

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 A shopping app that helps shoppers find sales and coupons in their area, using their phone’s GPS.

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A startup that’s building a platform that connects you to freelance “artisans” in your local area, allowing you to commission custom craftsmen or other professionals. It’s based in San Francisco and New York.

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A startup focused on helping non-profits make better use of their data. It’s early days, but that’s one of the key areas where non-profits are struggling to get value from their data.

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The following are notable U.S. venture capital firms that invest in or work with startups in the areas of healthcare:

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In the last decade, the number of startups has continued to grow, making the San Jose area "the best place to start a business in the world."

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 A startup that’s building a product to help people meet and collaborate with like-minded people in their area.

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A startup for restaurants that allows them to create menus and send those menus to partners like catering companies and delivery services. The startup wants to help restaurants “monetize” the in-between area of their menu by letting them send a whole menu with price information and order details to partners.

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A startup that helps you find a doctor in your area in seconds. It’s similar to Yelp, but it’s more focused on finding primary care physicians.

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The startup is creating a simple way for people to grow their own food in urban areas

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In a bid to improve the lives of the elderly, Inmar is building a platform for home care services that focuses on four areas:

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A platform for home service workers, connecting them with customers while helping them negotiate and find work. The startup is based in the U.S. and works in urban areas.

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A startup that builds software for network managers to manage their wide area networks (WANs).

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San Francisco-based startups, the city is famous for being “the capital of startups.” However, in recent years, the city has begun to lose its startup scene to other locales in the Bay Area, particularly Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco itself.

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A startup that finds news stories in your area that are relevant to you, based on your location.

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A startup that allows people to connect with local services in their area, including handyman, repairmen, and the like.

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A meeting scheduler for small businesses. It’s designed to be easy to use for simple scheduling, and free for five people. The founders say that they’ve got customers in the Bay area, and plans to expand to the East Coast in the next year.

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This app allows you to rent a car from other drivers in your area, without having to do business with traditional car rental companies. The app operates on a peer-to-peer business model.

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Pivot is a social network for women entrepreneurs. It started in 2016 as a blog that features women in the Philadelphia area, but has since grown to include a community of over 600,000 women.

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A startup that’s helping to teach 4,000 students a month in the Bay Area how to code.

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In these polls, the respondents were asked to pick the most innovative young companies in San Francisco Bay Area.

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Has launched in the past year in the US, in areas in which cannabis has been legalized in the past year in states like Ohio, New Jersey, Texas, and California. The company’s founders say they can apply their technology to any state/state-regulated cannabis industry, and are already in business in the US.

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A startup that’s building a platform where employers can post jobs and candidates can apply for them, and also manage their profiles and cover letters. It’s currently in its beta version and growing in the SF Bay Area.

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A platform for online courses, such as Udemy and Coursera, to operate in a legal grey area. The company wants to help them get more funding and reduce risk of litigation.

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A company that helps people achieve their goals in life by helping them track their progress toward goals in various areas of their lives.

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A startup that helps you create “gorgeous, shareable video stories” with just a smartphone.

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This is a mobile app that uses facial recognition to help you find the cheapest gas in your area.

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A startup that provides a service where people who are moving into a new area can have their house cleaned, their old place cleaned and a bunch of other things done that they can’t do after they

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Idea: This is a mobile app that makes it easy to get a ride using your smartphone Riders can also use the app to manage their ride, directly with the driver, without speaking to a dispatcher It’s currently available in the Bay Area, with free rides during the trial period

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Idea: Automated, searchable, and shareable medical records

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Idea: A market for people who want to rent their vehicles to others for a few hours or the day The company has grown to 15,000 drivers in the Boston area They’re aiming to be a trusted marketplace that makes it easier to rent cars, and more profitable for their drivers

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Idea: This startup is building a way to use AI to safely clean up online hate speech, with a focus on areas where a person’s access to the internet is controlled by a local government and there’s a risk of them being punished.

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Idea: A startup building a data-driven tool for portfolio management for investors. The software mines a portfolio for things like tax losses and areas for growth in order to help investors make better decisions with their investments.

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Idea: A startup that connects coaches and athletes, giving athletes a way to contact coaches and coaches a way to get paid for their advice. They’re currently working with a number of teams in the Philadelphia area, including the Philadelphia 76ers.

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