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A tool to help you build an A/B test without having to code anything.

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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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CodeIgniter, a PHP framework, is used by about 25% of all websites.

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A tool that lets software developers build and share reusable code snippets.

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A platform that allows users to easily build online courses without writing code or creating webpages or videos. The company says it has 15,000 customers, including Udemy, Coursera, and Lynda.com, and has raised $1.5M.

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A New York-based startup that sells t-shirts that have a QR code embedded on them to track where the item was shipped.

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A startup that lets you scan a barcode and get a quote for repairs on your iPhone or watch in the UK.

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A startup that helps software developers to build mobile apps with a mobile SDK without requiring native code knowledge.

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A company that wants to build an app that helps students learn to code.

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A startup that lets you take a picture of a QR code, plug it in to the service of your choice, and automatically get an email with the link to a website that explains the code.

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An online marketplace for teaching corporate employees to code

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A startup that would bring barcodes to the speed of the internet, allowing people to search for an item’s barcode and purchase it from an online retailer

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A platform for developers to build mobile apps without having to build the code

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A platform that allows designers to sell their work without having to learn code

101

A web-based SaaS that helps businesses sell products with coupon codes, through the company’s own network of retailers. The startup sells coupons via a monthly subscription program, and will offer a “freemium” model to startups and small businesses who want to use the tool without it costing them.

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A tool for coders to embed custom fonts into their apps.

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A system that allows people to request items from businesses by scanning a QR code and sharing the results on social media

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A company that uses a patented optical-recognition technology to read barcodes and replace QR codes.

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This startup is building a tool to make building custom software easier for non-coders. It's similar to tools like Kaleidoscope or CodeRunner.

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A mobile app that allows consumers to pay bills by scanning QR codes or barcodes.

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A SaaS developer platform that helps teams develop better software using tools like code reviews, design reviews, and prototyping

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The startup is building a tool that allows companies to build a website for their services or products without them having to understand how to code.

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The startup wants to build a global “decentralized, distributed version control system” where users can collaborate directly with each other to do things like improve code or collaborate on core products.

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A messaging app that allows people to chat with a coder they’re hiring, without a third party,

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A startup that aims to help people understand the underlying code of their favorite apps, and how to improve them.

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A SaaS startup that helps software engineers get their code reviewed faster and more cheaply.

93

A startup that wants to “build a better IDE” for mobile apps, with features like a live preview of changes to code.

92

A platform that uses machine learning to help companies improve their technical operations by identifying and removing technical debt and outdated code.

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A tool for software engineers to find the bugs in their code as fast as possible.

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A startup for selling “mobile code” that can help support the development of mobile apps.

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An idea that would let anyone be a coder or designer for local versions of the web. Google is interested.

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A mobile app that lets people monitor the cost of their medications by scanning their barcode or entering the pharmacy’s name.

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A way to connect hardware to software, a way for developers to access hardware components without writing code, and a way for hardware companies to easily build apps with hardware components that they need.

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A startup that would help people in the US learn how to code online for $10/hour

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This app lets users shop at top retailers with their phone camera. The app allows you to scan a barcode and then shop on the same day. The app works with 25 major retailers like Sephora, Amazon, and Bloomingdale's to manage loyalty and reward programs.

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A no-cost education platform that helps students learn how to code by watching videos online. Arist wants to help millions of people learn programming.

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A tool for visually describing code. It’s a new way to describe code and help developers figure out what they want to do with their code.

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The startup is building a suite of tools to help coders and engineers work through code faster and more efficiently.

85

A startup that provides tutoring for people who are looking to learn how to code who are looking to learn how to code

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A startup that makes a monthly subscription box for people who want to learn how to code

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This startup wants to help adults learn to code.

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A no-code app which allows users to take a photo, upload it, and have it designed with a scratch-off code. The designs can be made by users for free or paid via subscription.

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A mobile payment platform that partners with existing retailers to offer secure, easy payment solutions. Its technology is based on the QR code, and the company says its product is more secure than the current “contactless” payment methods.

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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.

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This startup is building a platform that allows students to collaborate on projects and write code across school systems, in the hopes of creating a more creative learning environment.

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A tool to help people build and manage a “smart wardrobe”, a wardrobe of clothes that is color-coded and assigned to each person to help them organize their outfits.

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Recruiting a new generation of workers for the tech industry by creating an online platform where college students can learn how to code and get jobs.

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A startup that offers online courses for people to learn how to become a professional coder

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A startup that wants to help people build websites faster, especially people with little-to-no experience in web development. It wants to help people build websites with WordPress, using AI and machine learning to analyze code and then rebuild the site.

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A way to quickly create barcodes for products, allowing them to be printed and scanned.

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a startup that wants to help you find an electrician or plumber from a group of local pros. All you have to do is plug in the city and zip code.

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A weather app that shows the color-coded forecast for the next 2, 3, or 4 days for your city, added to your iPhone’s weather app. This startup is in the space currently, but differs in that it recently launched as a standalone iOS app.

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A tool that helps people learn to code using IoT data and cloud computing.

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Business software that allows companies to create workflows by combining data and code.

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A digital tattoo that is meant to be a proxy for software development. The tattoo can be worn by developers and shows things like code, project statuses, and more.

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A payment app that allows users to scan QR codes with the phone’s camera and pay the bill with a single click.

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A startup that allows you to search the internet for photos of your favorite band, and allows you to “unlock” the images with a code.

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A platform for college students to learn how to code with their peers, without being in the classroom. It did not qualify for YC.

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A search engine that surfaces open source code.

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A personal assistant for programming, with a mobile app that syncs with a PC. The startup wants to help coders find resources, learn new languages, and stay on task.

70

A startup that turns the receipt from a restaurant into a QR code. The startup is looking to turn receipts into a way to promote restos and one-off experiences.

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 A collaborative platform (like GitHub or Trello) for hosting and sharing software code.

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A “sticker printer” that prints QR codes to open apps on phones.

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A new online class platform for adults. The startup wants to teach people how to code, with lessons broken up into short videos.

69

A startup that helps developers work more effectively with their code. The startup’s technology is built to help developers more effectively work with their code.

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A company that helps create automated tests for software developers. The company wants to make it easier for developers to write tests for their code without having to write the tests themselves.

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A tool that helps you visually approximate the distribution of code within a project and can even show you how much time you’ve spent on each line of code.

68

A platform for smart contracts, where developers can build, monitor, and trade code.

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A tool that allows you to create a custom, color-coded portfolio, or “stack” of articles, products, etc. to show clients and investors.

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A startup that makes a game that helps people learn how to code and write programs in custom languages. The one-time investment is $50, and it’s currently in a private beta.

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A plan to solve the problem of 3rd-party open source code, providing a way for developers to get access to source code from major open source software projects without having to pay for it.

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This startup is building a tool to help software engineers write more efficient code. The startup partners with teams to sit down with engineers and review their coding, helping them improve their efficiency and the quality of their code.

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A collaboration platform for teams to work on the same code at the same time, without worrying about affecting each other's changes.

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A company that provides automated software for product development teams to manage their internal development processes, including functionality for code reviews, bug tracking, and test automation. The company is growing and had $1.5 million in monthly recurring revenue in 2019.

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A startup that helps programmers write beautiful code, built on the fact that we’re all just doing the best we can with the tools we have and doesn’t expect its users to be professional programmers with developer-level command of the language it’s written in.

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A platform for people to learn how to code.

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A tool that helps you build mobile apps in a fraction of the time it would take you to code from scratch.

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A tool that lets software developers build mobile apps without writing code. You’ll create your app design and then the software does the rest.

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A “free, no-code” web application that allows teams to create and manage a shared document repository. It’s currently in a beta stage and costs $7 per month.

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A startup that helps clients hire talented developers with a team of coders that can help answer questions.

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A startup trying to help domestic violence victims connect with resources and foster social networks of support. They’re looking to hire a coder to help make their product.

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A way for consumers to sell their old electronics and get paid for it, using an app that makes it easy for the buyer to scan barcodes.

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A code library that makes it easier to build React Native apps, as opposed to the traditional NativeScript process that requires developers to learn a new framework.

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A startup that wants to create a universal code of conduct for employees, so that companies can be sure they’re following the same rules for everyone.

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CaseReev is a mobile checkout company that allows users to scan the barcodes of items in stores and pay with their mobile phones. The startup raised $1.1 million last year

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A startup that’s building an online training program for people who want to learn to code, but don’t want to go to school.

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Smart contracts are basically pieces of code that will execute conditions set by the maker of the contract when the contract is broken.

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A crowdfunding platform for groceries, with a twist. The startup has built a technology that allows customers to scan the barcode of a product and order it for pickup at a grocery store, then pay via the platform.

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A company that helps teams of software developers collaborate on projects by letting them review each other’s code and share the feedback.

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A system to make it easier to share and reuse code and avoid duplicating efforts.

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Builds a “design-as-code” tool for product development.

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“A ton of apps are built with code that is 20 years out of date,” according to this startup. They aim to simplify the process of building apps by using the cloud to build, test, and deploy them.

47

A company selling custom t-shirts that can be printed with QR codes that then link to other apps on select platforms.

47

A set of tools to help build out a mobile app without having to know a lot about how to code. The startup’s founder, Sam Om, has been working on the startup for over a year, and says they’ve already secured $300,000 in funding.

47

A platform to help people learn to code, design and build websites, and mobile apps.

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A tool that makes it easy to create software exports from a website into the code the developer needs. It’s like a “convert code to source” tool for web developers.

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A platform that allows teams to collaborate on their code without ever needing to leave Slack. The company has already raised $3 million in funding.

46

An API for building and maintaining websites, with tools for building and managing the code.

46

A block of code that can unlock any door.

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A company that claims to make the barcode into a more useful tool, making it possible to track things like copies, subscriptions, and more.

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A not-for-profit that’s building a platform to teach girls to code.

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Codeacademy is a web-based learning platform that allows users to complete online courses. The company raised $1.4 million in Series A funding in July 2015.

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An online learning platform that uses computer vision to teach people how to code

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An AI that can teach itself to write new code.

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A startup that is working to build the world’s first augmented reality grocery store. The idea is to create a way for users to scan a barcode to get an augmented reality display of what a product looks like in a store, before they’ve even left the house, with a camera view of what a product looks like at their homes.

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A company that wants to make it easier to test code. They’re building an online IDE for developers, with an integrated test runner, and are in talks with larger companies.

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This is a tool that helps businesses in the US comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The startup helps companies perform a self-assessment on their health insurance plans to see if they comply with the rules of the law. The code is open source.

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A platform that helps small businesses create a website without having to know how to code. It’s a business-to-business tool that helps companies sell online.

33

This startup wants to build a “Netflix for Open Source”, allowing software developers to package their code up and sell it.

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 A custom cryptocurrency that’s being built by a former Coinbase employee. The startup is building a cryptocurrency for which no mining is required – a codebase that’s designed to be more decentralized.

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The founder of Code.org, a nonprofit working to make computer science education more accessible, wants to create a foundation to encourage high school students to learn software and programming.

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A universal barcode reader for all industries, including retail, healthcare, and manufacturing. The startup wants to develop a barcode reader that can read the same barcode across all industries.

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A startup that wants to use image recognition to turn any object (including food) into a barcode.

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A startup that will be launched by Ben Horowitz, which will be the first project of his new Horowitz Center for Entrepreneurship. The company will create a social network for network engineers to receive and give feedback on code.

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A startup that teaches you how to code HTML in your sleep with its platform called “Nootropics”

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A tool for small businesses that want to plan their shops’ renovation work, helping them navigate local codes and ordinances.

24

A web-based service that helps people learn how to code.

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A platform that connects freelance developers with clients. Customers are able to upload their code snippets, and designers are able to login to review code, set budgets, and see the background of the developer.

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A way to “sharpen the pencil” for developers, letting them easily visualize and measure their code. It’s currently in private beta, with around 300 users.

23

Recode is a project from Cheddar that provides video interviews with the founders of startups in the technology sector.

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This startup wants to create a solution that allows users to send payments and send security codes to each other, eliminating the need to get a physical transfer.

21

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

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A tool that will help students learn how to code, using a code-based framework to teach everything from HTML to CSS to JavaScript.

21

A group for Facebook groups of people who want to learn to code.

21

 A startup that wants to solve the problem of credit card fraud by using a smartphone to scan a QR code on a payment. The startup’s $10 app will then send a text to the cardholder, asking them to confirm the payment before it’s completed. The startup says that within the next 12 months it will have 100,000 users.

21

The startup is building a product that helps people pay for their next drink with a tap on a table or a QR code. The startup’s founder, Rajan Rajan, was the founder of the popular brunch spot, The Blind Barber.

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This idea is a tool that allows anyone to run their own private code review on Github.

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A startup that uses AI to find bugs in code and find ways to improve code quality.

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A startup that brings the best talent from the world's best schools to teach you how to be a better coder. The startup is an elite teachers program that has sold out its next batch of spots to students from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, and Israel.

18

A startup that wants to make it easier for business owners to use the same tools to run their business online as they do in the physical world. For example, users can use a smartphone camera to scan a QR code on a package and automatically get the package’s tracking info.

17

Replaces the barcode with a digital tag that contains all the necessary info in an easy-to-scan format.

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A platform to help colleges teach students how to code. The startup will teach students how to code using the Drag & Drop interface, which is more intuitive compared to using more traditional programming languages.

16

A new way to create animated GIFs using just a phone or a webcam. The startup is building a GIF creation tool that’s made entirely of HTML5 code that can be run in a phone browser.

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A startup that allows companies to build and deploy web and mobile apps without writing code. They say their platform can also be used for other software development jobs, like managing servers and monitoring apps.

15

A blockchain-based platform for decentralized email, where it’s possible to do email transfer by scanning QR codes.

15

A way to let people buy gifts for each other with their phones. The startup is building an app that allows you to scan barcodes of items on the internet, then share them with friends to purchase for them with a few taps.

15

A startup building a book of essays on getting paid to code, "Hacking Hire."

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The app will make it easy for customers to book trips and delivery orders by selecting from a shortlist of the three most popular services, such as Uber and Postmates, and using a booking code to complete the purchase.

15

A tool to help people learn how to code and build websites. The startup wants to help people get up to speed quickly and cheaply. It already has 50,000 users and has raised $20 million in funding.

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A new approach to software development that promises to help companies deploy code faster and cut costs.

14

A company that helps manufacturers print their own labels that include QR codes.

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A tool for managing your business’s mobile strategy, whether that’s using your phone to order food, barcode scanning inventory and tracking sales, or conducting business from your phone.

14

 A company that helps consumers book hotel rooms by scanning a QR code with their smartphone, and then using a mobile app to pay for it.

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A new way of paying for groceries. Instead of swiping a credit card, shoppers use their phones to scan a QR code for payment and a receipt.

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An online platform that allows you to create and upload barcodes for products. The startup charges customers a small monthly fee for each barcode it generates for them.

12

A startup around the code name "Remix Vesta" was founded in 2014. The idea is to create a platform to bring together all the ideas created through remix videos.

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A startup that helps entrepreneurs in the US get their home-based businesses into compliance with the tax code. It’s also a service that has helped 35 lawyers in the Bay Area file taxes in just over 3 hours, typically via telephone.

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"A new platform for making your company's software more accessible to the world. Your software's code will be available for anyone to see, download, copy, and run without the need to sign up for anything."

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A tool that allows you to edit the source code of websites.

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A startup that helps mobile developers with code, as well as providing a debugging tool. One idea that is pitching is that it can create a code autocomplete tool for developers.

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Using a phone, users can scan QR codes to send money to a friend who is in need.

10

A company building a lot of tags for IoT devices, including temperature sensors, temperature probes, humidity probes, GPS tags, NFC tags, RFID tags, and barcode and QR code tags.

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Idea: A game that teaches you how to code

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A tool that helps people create a website using a single drag-and-drop interface. The tool is aimed at people who don’t know how to code — and it’s being used by companies like McDonald’s and Coca-Cola.

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A tool for customers to pay for products and services on their phones, with built-in barcode scanning. Today the company has over 400,000 users and has seen similar traction to Square, though older.

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 A “one click to buy” service for online retailers, with tools like coupon and promo codes to help them sell their products.

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A startup that sells a product where you can set your kids up with a set of flashcards, then the flash cards have a QR code on them and a camera sits in front of the flash card and when

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Idea: No-code developer tools for enterprise

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Idea: A startup that helps people learn to code in an immersive, gamified way The startup says it’s building a service for people looking to build their own personal projects and apps

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Idea: A startup that aims to help people learn to code through a combination of chatbots and online courses The company’s founders say they’re currently working on an AI-powered chatbot that can make coding exercises more interesting

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Idea: A tool that allows anyone to learn how to code from scratch without needing to pay for a class It’s pitched as a way to help people not only learn how to code, but build a portfolio of projects to show off to potential employers

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Idea: A startup that provides a tool for people to learn how to code Think of it as a kind of Dropbox for lessons: users can watch/test/correct video lessons on their own time

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Makes it easy to create and manage software libraries in multiple languages The startup wants to reduce code duplication

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Idea: An online learning platform that helps users learn to code by building and selling apps to users

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Idea: A startup that is building a cloud-based service for selling collectibles. It allows users to upload images and details about the item, and generate a barcode. It’s free for sellers, and takes a flat 3.5% of sales.

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Idea: This startup is building a low-code application development platform. It’s currently used by companies like AppDirect, eero, and Stripe.

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Idea: A startuplication that helps people learn how to code apps. The startup is focused on teaching people how to make apps for iOS and Android.

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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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Idea: Fuctional programming is one of the frontiers of software development, and this startup is building a tool to help developers better understand the functional code they’re writing.

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A new mobile payment system that makes it easy for users to pay with their phone at restaurants. Users can make purchases of up to $5 by simply showing a digital code to the cashier.

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A software company that makes it easy to write and run tests for code that lives in a variety of cloud environments.

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A startup that provides a way to track the development of software code with software developers and project managers.

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This is a platform for managing and deploying code, with a focus on making it easy for developers to share their

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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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