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A startup that an online marketplace for VR powered by blockchain to reduce the transaction cost

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A new, blockchain-enabled peer-to-peer lending platform that is targeting the global student debt crisis. The company is expanding internationally and looking for investors.

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A startup focusing on the supply chain and logistics for the cannabis industry

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A company that helps companies manage their supply chains. The startup currently has 12 clients.

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The founders of this startup say they are “building the first truly global, blockchain-based, decentralized and transparent peer-to-peer marketplace for advertising.”

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A game that uses blockchain technology to make it easier for users to bet on the NFL

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A platform to help companies control and manage their entire supply chain. The company wants to aggregate data on every step in the supply chain, create a comprehensive map of it and manage it all from a single dashboard.

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This company is building a platform to allow users to buy and sell their “real-estate” on the blockchain.

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A team of bitcoin and blockchain-savvy developers building a software suite for the financial services industry.

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A blockchain-based stock market that allows anyone to invest in a company. It’s aiming for a $1.5 billion market cap.

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A platform that helps big companies manage their supply chains, taking on the role of a middleman between suppliers, distributors and consumers.

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A blockchain-based protocol that allows the exchange of medical data, and allows for the creation of a "decentralized healthcare marketplace".

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A hardware startup that’s building a new type of computer that’s designed to be secure, power efficient, and small enough to fit on a keychain.

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A company that’s trying to solve the problem of how to buy and sell stocks on the blockchain.

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A platform that helps companies, including large ones, track and manage their supply chains.

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A platform for visualizing the supply chain of products, especially food.

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A solution for single-source supply chain visibility

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This startup wants to build a platform that allows companies to manage their entire supply chain from their headquarters.

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A platform that helps restaurants manage their supply chain and order inventory to keep the stores stocked. The startup was acquired by the parent company of Whole Foods.

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A platform that helps retailers, brands and other companies manage their supply chains. It has partnered with Amazon Fashion and Uniqlo.

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This startup aims to use the power of blockchain to help people find, buy, and sell their used goods.

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This startup is building a platform to help businesses manage their supply chains and track orders. It’s a SaaS platform for companies to track their inventory and manage their supply chains.

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A company that’s building a detailed map of the world’s supply chains, put together using new satellite technologies. The startup wants to create a more efficient and transparent supply chain for all manufacturers.

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A small team that wants to build a decentralized, public-blockchain-based accounting system that’s easy to use for small businesses in emerging markets.

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A web-based tool for online-retailers to manage their supply chain.

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Helping the US military optimize their supply chains by using machine learning to track the performance of their suppliers.

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A blockchain-based platform that lets people not only track their food and purchases, but also lets them tell the story of where their food came from.

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A platform for managing the supply chain for e-commerce, aimed at companies with very little time to spare.

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A startup that uses blockchain to rank and pay journalists for their work online.

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An enterprise solution for managing the logistics and inventory of your supply chain.

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A web-based P2P lending platform that uses the blockchain to ensure the cashflow of the loan, using AI to predict default rates.

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A tool to help companies manage and monitor their supply chain. The company says they’ve signed up clients like Etsy and L’Oreal.

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A tool to help companies manage their supply chains more efficiently, with an added focus on the green products that they’re able to source.

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A conference in New York City on blockchain in the energy sector.

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A company that wants to help retailers and restaurant chains build their own online storefronts from scratch. The startup helps with building the critical first step of a business, from creating a landing page to getting the store’s inventory all set up.

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A “big data” solution that helps food companies track their supply chain and predict how much food they’ll need to produce. The startup’s founders say they’ve already signed up over 500 clients, including Walmart, Nestle, and Cargill.

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A startup that wants to build a platform that lets people buy and sell debt on the blockchain.

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A startup that provides a better way for B2B companies to manage and track orders in their supply chain. The startup has partnerships with companies like Philips and Kraft.

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A distributed file system on a blockchain.

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A startup that wants to help companies build special-purpose blockchains for their use cases, eliminating the need to create an entirely new blockchain. The startup is currently focusing on the health industry, with an emphasis on micropayments.

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A B2B company that helps companies manage their supply chain operations more efficiently by streamlining it into a single network of vendors. The company helps companies manage and keep track of invoices, payments, accounts receivable, and accounts payable.

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A company building a blockchain-based trade finance platform that uses its own token to make the process more efficient. It’s currently in a pilot phase in Europe.

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A blockchain-based cryptocurrency for conference organizers and sponsors.

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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.

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A blockchain-based, peer-to-peer air travel booking platform

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A platform for enterprise scale, complex transactions on the blockchain.

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A B2B company that allows companies to build a custom supply chain network for their products

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A decentralized, blockchain-based platform for shared ownership

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A platform for sharing and learning on cryptocurrencies. The company want to educate people in “the basics” of blockchain, cryptocurrency mining, and investing.

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A SaaS platform that builds and sells business software. Their most recent product was a payroll software for restaurants, which they’ve sold to multiple chains.

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A product that helps manufacturers manage their supply chains, including knowing how much of their inventory is in stock and which retailers are in the best positions to buy it.

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A platform for managing the complex relationships between buyers and sellers in the modern supply chain.

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The startup has developed a tool that can print a custom home-pickup menu for nearby restaurants. The startup’s first customer is a chain of Mexican restaurants in the US.

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A platform that lets you upload your own smart contracts onto the Ethereum blockchain.

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A company that helps automate supply chain processes for companies in the food and beverage industry. The startup’s software allows manufacturers to build a single, dynamic, supply chain plan, and it can adjust based on changes in demand and supply.

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A platform for helping people build and sell customized products. They’re currently focused on building a platform for small businesses to access to the manufacturing supply chain.

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The company, founded by two former Facebook engineers, is building a way to take existing and upcoming blockchains and enable them to be built and used easily across different platforms.

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

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A startup that helps hospitals manage their supply chains with a similar model to the one offered by Node.

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The startup uses digital technology to help prevent fraud in the food supply chain, essentially helping to prevent food poisoning in a way that’s less intrusive than the E. coli outbreak that occurred in the fall.

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A B2B company that helps companies understand their supply chain data and make it actionable.

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A seed-stage startup that features an AI-based platform for managing and automating the operations of supply chain logistics. The platform allows companies to move more goods and save money through the use of smart devices, AI, and robotics.

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A blockchain startup that verifies the authenticity of luxury handbags

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A company that helps companies manage their supply chain. The startup helps companies manage their supply chain by providing visibility into where their goods are coming from and how they’re being shipped, and manage their logistics.

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A blockchain-based platform to power collaborative research. The startup is building a platform that allows researchers to share data and research findings and get results published so that other researchers can build on the work.

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Focuses on the logistics of retail and automates the process of moving inventory around the supply chain. The company has built a platform to allow retailers to upload their inventory, manage their orders, and manage their employees’ time.

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Blockchain hardware for smart homes. The company wants to build a $200 smart lock that would allow owners to automate their home with blockchain tech that would allow them to unlock the door remotely.

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A family-friendly AI chatbot that allows grocery shoppers to chat with the AI through voice or text to help them pick out the best deals. The company says it’s already up and running in grocery chains like Walmart.

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This company hopes to help businesses get a better sense of their operations, especially when it comes to their supply chains and logistics.

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A payment technology company that works with online retailers and e-commerce platforms. The startup uses blockchain technology to enable payments between the retailer and the customer. It has been featured on the “top 10 under-the-radar blockchain startups” from CB Insights.

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A B2B company that helps companies create a network of suppliers and vendors based in other countries to help save their clients money and prevent fraud. The company is launching in the US to manage supply chains in the US, China, and Europe.

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A blockchain-based payment platform for digital content. The startup wants to replace the current system of content being bought and sold with a new one that’s decentralized, with long-term protection for the content and payment for publishers.

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A startup that allows developers to easily develop apps for blockchain technologies and ICOs.

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This is a tool that helps companies better manage their supply chains and track the movement of their products, which can lead to a reduction in fraud and theft. It has worked with companies like Walmart and General Electric.

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A startup that helps small businesses manage their supply chains. The app helps small businesses connect with their vendors, track orders, and automate the payment process.

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They’re a blockchain company that uses a smart contract to help companies manage collateral and loan payments.

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A startup that helps companies manage their supply chains by automatically matching products in inventory to orders. The founders have raised $1M in seed funding, with plans to expand to Europe.

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A startup that builds apps for the military to manage their supply chains. The military has developed a unique supply chain management process that needs to be made more accessible to civilians.

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A platform for small factories in Asia to manage and grow their supply chains.

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A feature of the company’s software for managing supply chains.

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The startup is looking to help independent restaurants compete with the larger chains. It’s currently in closed beta and is looking for a round of funding.

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A tool for bringing together the various employees in the supply chain of a product. The platform is meant to help manage the complexity of supply chains, which include multiple suppliers, and to keep a closer eye on the supply chain.

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A startup to help companies manage their supply chain, including tracking shipments, managing inventory, and providing real-time visibility into shipments.

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A platform for companies to manage their supply chain, with products like tracking inventory and forecasting shipping date.

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A tool for helping companies understand which parts of their supply chain are inflating costs.

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A B2B company that offers tools for wholesalers to manage their supply chain and produce manufacturer catalogs.

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A blockchain-based platform for driving and sharing autonomous vehicles, akin to Uber and Lyft but for cars.

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A startup that’s building a blockchain powered tracking system for food. The startup is building a network of sensors that allow people to track their own food and what it’s been through.

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A blockchain startup that aims to connect freelancers with employers in a way that reduces fraud.

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Cleantech startup that uses data, AI, and blockchain to make it easier to optimize energy use.

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A blockchain startup developing a “decentralized protocol for recording and verifying the provenance of natural resources”.

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A startup that helps connect the world’s food supply chain, from farmers to factories to distributors and restaurants. It will also offer apps to help track and improve inventory management.

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A software platform that helps companies manage a global supply chain on a single platform.

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A blockchain-based system for doing business in China — including a way to do digital currency conversions.

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A startup that wants to use blockchain to ensure that doctors and patients can be sure that the products they buy, from vitamins to birth control, are the real thing.

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A “digital credit card” for the blockchain-based payments market.

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A distributed blockchain that can accommodate the 100,000 transactions per second that will be needed for the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

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A startup that wants to make privacy-protected messaging apps as easy and intuitive as email. It currently has 30 monthly users, and is working on a product for blockchain users.

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A software-as-a-service that helps large companies manage and automate their entire supply chain, from procurement to inventory. It’s used by corporations like Apple, Ford, and Vodafone, as well as smaller companies like Clerys and GoDaddy.

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A business that wants to create a bank that runs on the Ethereum blockchain. It’s planning to use revenue from that bank to fund the company’s own blockchain development.

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This company is building a system to help businesses manage their supply chains. The more companies that use it, the more supply chain visibility the company will be able to offer.

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Farmers can bring their entire supply chain online using a single management platform.

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A company that helps stores manage their supply chain, keeping them from wasting money and time on inventory.

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This is a service that lets you order groceries through the phone and text. The startup is working with a chain of grocery stores and hopes to expand to other cities.

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A digital tool that helps retailers navigate the price-off-requesting supply chain of their product.

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A startup that makes it easier for restaurants to manage their supply chain through a single software tool. The startup is trying to take on the role of the general contractor, managing everything from inventory to ordering to delivery.

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A software company that helps companies stay on top of their supply chain data, with a goal of building a “one-stop shop for companies that need to manage their supply chains”.

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An advertising platform for artists that uses blockchain technology to smooth out the payment process. ArtPro is building a DApp on Ethereum that will allow artists to sell their digital work directly to their fans.

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A company that helps retail chains and radio stations travel agency and tour operators to create their own digital storefronts.

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A blockchain-based platform that helps independent software vendors monetize their software via a network of app stores.

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A digital library for art and music that’s built using blockchain technology. It’s a decentralized system, built on top of the Ethereum network, that tracks and stores art pieces, but also allows for them to be accessed via a web interface.

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The startup is working to create an interface for the entire world’s supply chains, creating a single, centralized map that can be used to track and manage everything from production to delivery.

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A payments company that uses the Ethereum blockchain to “build a decentralized, secure, and transparent payments network.”

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This startup wants to use blockchain technology to help companies cancel contracts as efficiently and as cheaply as possible.

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 A platform that allows for a more efficient and effective supply chain

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A tool that helps organizations create a “permissioned” blockchain.

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A startup that’s building a self-checkout system for grocery stores. The company says that they’re already working with over 20 grocery chains.

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A startup for hotels and restaurants to manage their supply chain. The business is run by ex-Googlers.

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A business that is using blockchain to help eliminate the need for third-party services.

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A next-generation web development platform built on blockchain, which allows developers to build their own decentralized apps.

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A startup that helps manufacturers source materials and organize their supply chains.

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A startup that’s using artificial intelligence and blockchain to build a better way for homeowners to manage their homeowners insurance.

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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.

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 This is a company that has done a lot of research on the best way to get a message across to people in different places. They decided that one of the best ways was to create a system that is both language and location-agnostic, and designed to be culturally sensitive. They’ve put that system to work for a variety of companies, including a hotel chain, a coffee company, and a plastic surgery center.

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A blockchain-based insurer that wants to give people a way to “secure financial services” and help them “build better credit and financial lives.”

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A company that provides support for enterprise organizations that want to adopt blockchain tech. The company has more than 2,000 enterprise customers, and recently announced a $1.1 million seed round.

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A two-sided marketplace for ads, designed specifically for blockchain and cryptocurrencies, and backed by Y Combinator. The platform will allow publishers and advertisers to sell digital advertising at an auction, then use smart contracts to facilitate payment.

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A blockchain-based platform to help hyper-local vendors make online sales.

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Utilizes a blockchain to help people buy and sell their data

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A blockchain-based startup that helps big companies move business to the blockchain, and connect with small companies willing to do business on the blockchain.

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A platform that helps advertisers and agencies connect with creators to curate the most viral content. Content Studio is hoping to use blockchain to create a market for content and allow users to earn tokens for their contributions in a way that is transparent and fair.

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A startup that wants to use blockchain technology to create an alternative to Wall Street. The company wants to connect investors with funds and manage risk.

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A small business platform and management automation suite built on blockchain.

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A software company that helps companies like restaurant chains track and improve customer loyalty, as well as use the data to segment customers into groups that can be targeted with different marketing.

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A company building on the Ethereum blockchain that wants to create a more efficient marketplace for small businesses. The startup charges a service fee for members, and will also integrate with a business’s accounting software.

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A digital platform for the entire global construction supply chain. The startup is building a software platform that allows construction companies and construction service providers to manage the entire supply chain.

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The startup is building a suite of tools for companies to manage their supply chains. The startup is partnering with a number of companies to help them better manage their supply chains.

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A platform for matching large hotel chains with small hotels that need to do some big renovations quickly. The startup offers hotel owners a choice of different financing options that they can use to pay for their renovations.

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A startup that helps companies manage and track their supply chain with a software platform that creates “an inventory of everything”.

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

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A software-as-a-service company that helps B2B companies automate and secure their supply chains, a niche the founders say is worth $50 billion.

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A tool that helps manage inventory, allowing manufacturers to track their supply chain.

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A system that allows small businesses to manage their supply chains more efficiently, changing shipments as needed to fit a customer’s needs.

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A startup that is working on a way to monitor and manage a company’s supply chain in real-time.

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Spots are a blockchain-based social network powered by artificial intelligence. The company lets users create and manage their own chat groups, with each group being able to run a mini-economy.

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A new way to think about accounting, that is setting up a company to take on simple accounting tasks and automate them. The startup’s first customer is a grocery chain looking to set up a point-of-sale system.

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A software platform to help the supply chain run more efficiently.

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 The company with the combined vision of Google, Facebook, and Uber: A new kind of messaging platform that allows you to send and receive a message with a set of actions. An example: You can send a message to a friend and then order them a pizza, with the message automatically being routed through the app and then to the pizza chain.

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A cloud-based inventory management system for restaurants. The company wants to help restaurants track inventory across the supply chain, and integrate with other systems like POS and bar management software. They’ve already raised $2.5M.

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The startup, which was founded in 2010, builds software that helps companies manage their supply chains. The idea is to build software that automates all the tedious work of managing different vendors, suppliers, and shipping.

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Everyone is doing it: Amazon, eBay, Walmart, then you have Home Depot and Lowe’s. But Meijer, a Midwest-based retailer that operates grocery stores and a number of other retail chains. Meijer is looking to use the e-commerce trend to stay ahead of its rivals and has begun selling products that haven’t been available in stores in the past, like wine and cheese.

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Non-profits in the U.S. and abroad rely on donors and volunteers to get their work done. Unfortunately, they aren’t always able to rely on these people to do what they promise. BitGive is a platform for non-profits that operates on the Ethereum blockchain. The platform lets non-profits raise money through cryptocurrency and use those funds to make donations to the causes they care about.

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A meat delivery service for restaurants. The startup, which has raised a $500,000 seed round led by Khosla Ventures, is working with restaurants and chains to deliver lunch and dinner to customers in San Francisco, New York City, and Boulder, Colorado.

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A blockchain startup that aims to bring “fraud” detection to the supply chain, preventing “shady retailers” from selling counterfeit goods.

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A digital agency that helps brands like Lyft, fast-food chains, and other companies scale their marketing software and services.

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Idea: A cashback service for blockchain payments (eg paying with bitcoin for a meal at a restaurant)

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A company that is developing a technology that uses blockchain to track and trace a product’s journey from the farm to the home, to protect farmers and consumers from pests and contaminants.

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A startup that provides a blockchain-based solution for cross-border payments.

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A startup that helps hoteliers and restaurants manage their supply chain. It lets them build their own supply chain management platform for managing their vendors.

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A startup that sells physical gifts that you can print out on a 3D printer (IE: A keychain, a tissue box, a phone case)

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Idea: An open source platform for managing the supply chain

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Idea: A startup that makes it easy to integrate blockchain technology into your business They’re building an open-source platform that will allow businesses to easily create decentralized applications, and will provide consulting

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Idea: A new way to execute smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain that’s meant to be more secure and less expensive

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Idea: A blockchain-based means of storing data about art

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Idea: Blockchain-based open-source tool for managing car-sharing communities

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Idea: People who need to put a house on the market can now do so on the blockchain

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Idea: Building a blockchain-based twitter alternative

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Idea: A blockchain-based protocol for developing, operating, and governing decentralized applications and organizations

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Idea: A simple, powerful, and intuitive tool for creating smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain

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Idea: A Slack bot that creates a notification chain

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Idea: Polymath lets you create and sell your own securities on the blockchain It’s a securities token platform that lets people create their own tokens without the need for a lawyer

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Idea: A B2B startup that helps companies manage their supply chain, using a SaaS platform that manages and monitors the flow of goods, including their temperature

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Idea: Another B2B startup that helps manufacturers manage their supply chains in Asia The startup wants to help people in the US find more specialized manufacturers in China, and claims to have a signed contract with a Fortune 500 company

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Idea: A keychain-sized wind turbine for charging phones

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Idea: A startup that makes it easy for US consumers to buy Mexican avocados. The company is doing this by helping consumers order avocados online, then providing a service that ships the avocados to them from Mexico, taking care of taxes and other details. It’s already working with several large grocery chains, including Costco.

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Idea: A B2B startup that provides a tool for logistics companies to sync their backend systems like their ERP and supply chain management, and make their shipments more readable (for example, by adding barcodes)

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A solution for optimizing the supply chain of a manufacturer

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A startup that uses blockchain to help the US government save money and reduce fraud on government contracts

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A startup that provides a way for companies to use data from their supply chain to make better decisions.

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