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Computer Startup Ideas

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A startup for selling and buying used computers from other people. Users can sell their old computers in exchange for cash or trade them in for newer ones. The company provides a platform to help people sell their old computers and also offers a buy credit option.

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A startup that allows users to draw straight lines and then automatically create a 3D model of the object with a computer vision model.

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A startup where you can buy used tablet computers from big retailers like Best Buy and Staples.

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A tool to help users upload, edit, and share their computer or phone screens. It’s currently in private beta.

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This startup is building an AI that can automate the process of composing music (in the vein of the “brain-computer” interface).

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A company that makes personal computers that require no software and no installation. Their first product is a $2,500 computer that can be plugged into a wall.

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A computer vision startup that wants to make it possible for medical devices to “see”.

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A computer science startup that builds simple, cheap, and fast hardware for India’s unconnected. One product, called the Laptop Bridge, is a $35 device meant to plug into an electrical socket and convert it into a computer-like device that can run basic programs and connect to the internet, so that farmers, students, or anyone else can use it.

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A startup for professionals to sell their expertise, such as fixing your computer, building your app, opening your car door, or giving you a pedicure.

82

A tool that helps users log in to computers via a voice command

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A company that’s built a software platform to translate a user’s text into a computer-readable language. It’s already in use by several Fortune 500 companies.

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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.

78

A team from Stanford University’s Computer Science Department is building an app to help college students study and stay on track. The app is meant to help students learn by learning with others, while also helping the company recruit more students.

77

A startup that’s building a computer vision platform to help people scan products for defects at the factory level.

77

A computer vision startup that’s building AI to help monitor and improve plant health. The startup wants to take the burden of plant health monitoring off of the farmers and onto an AI platform.

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Slack is a project management and chat platform for teams and groups. Slack builds software as a service (SaaS) products, which are web-based applications that companies or organizations can use instead of having to install or maintain software on their own computer.

74

A company that will allow you to stream your favorite TV show to any TV device in your house. The company is building a platform to stream video from any streaming platform to any device, including TVs, computers, game consoles, mobile phones, tablets, and anything else that can play video.

74

A startup that helps companies pull reports from their company's distributed computer system and then distribute them to their employees.

74

This startup wants to bring robotics to the home, allowing you to connect your computer to a robot arm that can grab things like food and medicine, and do the things you don’t want to do.

72

A startup that wants to help people automate their infrastructure, powering their servers and computers with apps.

72

A tool that helps users create videos without a smartphone, using a $1 webcam and computer

71

A product that allows you to draw on your smartphone so you can communicate with your friends in the same format as you do on the computer.

69

A tool for visualizing 3D objects within a computer’s memory.

69

Smartphones, tablets, and laptops have all become computers. This startup wants to make the home a computer. The company is based in San Francisco. The company’s name comes from the idea that a home computer is the center of the home.

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The idea: A mobile phone that can be powered by your body movement, rather than by a battery. The goal is for the device to be small enough to fit in your pocket, but powerful enough to run a full computer. The company was founded in May 2016 by two ex-Apple engineers.

67

A startup that looks to put your data back on your computer—“so you can get back to work”. It’s the opposite of a USB stick.

67

A startup that allows users to securely access their digital possessions from anywhere with a smartphone. It’s currently working on an encryption layer that will allow users to access their files, which can be stored in the cloud, phone, or a computer.

65

 Using computer vision and machine learning, this startup is building a tool that can automatically identify and deliver relevant customer service via text or email.

61

A startup that wants to let you check your bank account online without leaving your computer — and even pay bills — without going to the bank. It’s a bit like Google Wallet, but with banks.

60

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

60

A company that lets you buy a plane ticket without leaving your computer. The company is based in Spain and is launching its iOS app in 2019.

59

A startup that builds a software platform that lets users track public transit and payment transactions from their computer.

58

A cloud-based phone system for companies. It’s designed to be a suite of tools that works with the other tools the company already has in place, including a phone, PBX and computer system.

58

A startup for buying and selling used office equipment, including desks, chairs, and computers.

58

A company that uses computer vision to identify objects and provide a simple way to find products that people are looking for. The company is launching on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

57

A tool for data wrangling for the human sciences. It’s designed for students and professors (and not just for those in computer science,) and is looking to build a community around the product.

56

A startup that sells an “HDMI board” that sits on top of a television (or other display) and allows you to plug in a USB drive and use it to show content from a computer.

53

 This is a website for buying and selling used computers. The website automatically searches for computers that are listed by sellers.

53

A project management app for small teams and distributed teams of people that don't want to be tied to a computer screen.

53

A company that takes digital photos off your computer and prints them on demand

52

A computer science startup building a platform for cyber security.

52

A hardware startup that’s building a way for software to run on physical products, such as a keyboard or a mouse, instead of being software-only. The startup wants to create a device that can connect to a computer and transform a physical object into a fully-functional computer.

51

A computer vision startup that wants to use machine learning and image recognition to make product photos more complete. The startup says their technology can improve the accuracy of product photos 40% with claims to be able to identify colors, shapes and other features of products.

51

A company that makes it easier for businesses to adopt and use technology. They’re currently working with 10 customers, including two large enterprise customers, and offer solutions in computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing, and machine learning.

50

The summer school is for students interested in learning programming and fundamental knowledge in computer science, with the intent of helping them be successful in college.

49

A company that develops a computer vision system for manufacturing equipment to reduce downtime to 15%.

43

A new way to store and manage your digital media. The team at Briefly is building a platform that enables users to “train” their computer to automatically organize and discover their files, and then creates a “smart folder” that’s a digital representation of the physical one.

42

A software development company that tries to reduce the number of bugs in a product by having customers pretend to be nonspeaking computers.

42

A utility that allows you to control your home appliances remotely and with an app. The company wants to use the same tech to let you control your car like you do your computer, so you can remotely lock and unlock your car (like BMW’s ConnectedDrive feature) or even get notifications when it’s being driven.

41

A startup that helps its users automatically take better screenshots, including those of mobile devices. It’s like a smartphone’s automatic screenshot function but for computers.

41

The startup helps users manage the time they spend on different computer tasks.

41

A startup that’s building an “open-source” virtual network for computer-to-computer communication

39

This startup is building an online marketplace for the sale of computer parts, but based on the free and open source project OpenELEC.

37

A startup that combines genomics, synthetic biology and computer science to develop new pharmaceuticals. The startup recently took in $100,000 from investors like Charles River Ventures and Simon Kucher.

37

The Y Combinator summer school is a four-week program that teaches computer science fundamentals to top-tier high school students. The program was launched in 2010 by Paul Graham, the founder of Y Combinator.

37

The founder of this startup grew up in a remote village in India and remembers a time when he was able to get a computer for the family and a year later they were able to get the internet. The founder realized the internet had brought a lot of connectivity to the country, but the next step was to bring connectivity to the millions of people who still didn’t have it. That’s what led him to start Jana, a startup that aims to give 1.5 billion people in India access to the internet.

36

A company that used to provide computer science education in English before shifting to the Indian market and focusing on autodidactic AI education.

35

This startup helps businesses sell their spare computer parts to repair shops for cash.

34

A company that plans to bring the benefits of cloud computing to the workforce by letting companies hire freelancers who are computers.

33

A company that uses computer vision to detect objects in the real world and allows the user to zoom into them to see a live-updated model of the object.

33

A startup that helps users buy and sell spare gadgets to each other, with a platform that allows people to buy and sell second-hand computers, phones, and other devices.

33

Open-source, distributed computing that allows people to build and manage their own supercomputers. The company wants to provide people with the means to build their own supercomputers, allowing them to “live in the cloud” at home.

32

A company that creates digital prints from the images of people, who upload their own images and the company’s prints are then rendered by using a computer vision. The prints can be sold as prints, clothing, or art.

32

A startup that lets you find your lost laptop, computer, or smartphone, and gives you a place to file a claim

31

A personal computer for managing back pain. It’s essentially a smartphone that sits on a medical table and provides a diagnosis, treatment recommendations, and a system for collecting patient data.

30

A startup that helps employees find, manage, and repair their own company-provided computers.

29

Startup seeking to make the world’s first computer small enough to fit into your pocket.

29

The Startup wants to create a tool that helps you learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian, in real life (not via an app or computer), by quizzing you on the language.

27

A computer-aided design app with an emphasis on the “2D” side of things. The startup is looking to do two things: first, it’s trying to “democratize” design, a notoriously expensive and time-intensive process, by helping people do their own designs. Secondly, it takes some of the things people do on their own and turns them into a “compelling product”.

27

A computer science student who wanted to help his parents, so he built a website for them to search for and buy used cars, and a mobile app to help them make appointments.

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A San Francisco-based startup that operates a marketplace for people to rent their unused devices like computers, cameras, and drones.

22

A startup that makes it easy for businesses to give employees access to their work computers while they’re on the road.

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LogMeIn is an online business continuity and disaster recovery tool used by businesses and organizations of all sizes. Users can access their computers and data in times of trouble, and moreover, take advantage of its free iPhone/Android apps for remote access and file sharing.

19

A startup that wants to build a marketplace where people can trade used computers. It’s already started in Brazil but wants to expand into other countries.

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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.

16

A startup that provides a directory of people who are willing to exchange services (IE I will clean your house, you fix my computer)

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Idea: A way to turn your computer into a server

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Idea: This startup is building a service that uses computer vision to verify that a politician is actually at an event.

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Idea: A software company that helps the Philippine government’s DoTCo build out their management trainee program. The startup sets up the trainees with a computer-based learning curriculum and helps the government manage their data.

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Idea: A startup that turns your cell phone or computer into a walkie-talkie. The receiver is a physical device you can carry around. The startup is selling the device for $99, with a month of service starting at $5.

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A startup that supplies a webcam that displays your desk for you so you can keep an eye on your work while you work on your computer

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Idea: This startup is building an app that allows you to wirelessly sync your phone’s contacts with your computer.

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