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A software startup that wants to help farmers and growers more easily sell their products online, tracking inventory, managing orders, and ensuring quality control.

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A platform that lets people customize and sell their own tickets to events, with the potential to give artists more control over their work.

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A startup that wants to make the web more social and connect people. The company is building an ad-free platform to give users more control over how they use the web.

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A startup that sells a USB-connected device that allows you to remotely control your home’s lights and television, and allow users to launch and log into apps on their phones.

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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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A platform that allows people to monitor and control their home environment. Their central product is an IoT hub that collects data from things like lights, thermostat, and leak detectors, then sends it to a smartphone app.

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A startup that helps you make your house a solar-powered, internet-connected network, allowing you to control lights, appliances and other devices through an app.

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A platform that helps companies transfer money to individual employees in different locations. It’s a way for companies to have more control over the money they spend and track where it goes.

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A startup that will sell you gear that can help you monitor and control your pets remotely, with a focus on helping pet owners in developing countries.

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A startup that sells a $100 smart plug that does everything from controlling the lights in your home to allowing the owner to read text messages on their smartphone from anywhere.

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The digital version of a pest control service. The startup’s team is small but they’re growing fast. They’ve raised $1.2 million and are looking to expand into the Northeast and Midwest.

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A startup that allows users to create and control their own online profiles, with the ability to customize their LinkedIn and email using a drag-and-drop interface.

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A startup that helps people take more control over their finances by giving them more information on their activity and offering a way to earn rewards.

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A company that makes smart front door locks that can be controlled remotely. The lock can be unlocked from a smartphone app, or from a website.

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A platform for food safety and quality control, building a “food stamp for restaurants”

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A software platform that allows users to control and visualize their data. The goal is to provide a user-friendly interface that allows users to visualize, analyze and make decisions across their data, and tell what’s happening and what they can do about it. Think of it as a personal dashboard for your own data.

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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 startup that wants to give people more control over their data by letting them store it on their own USB drives

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A startup that helps people “own the data” they collect from their phone, so they can see it, control it, and share it.

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Smart locks that let you control your home from anywhere with a smartphone

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A startup for large companies to control the traffic of individual employees.

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A provider of hardware and software for smart and connected products. The startup is working on a solution that can control industrial machines remotely via a smartphone app.

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In the past year, the startup has raised $1.5 million. The company’s clients include Nestle and Samsung. The company’s platform allows companies to monitor and control their customers’ mobile data usage.

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A company that helps people manage their YouTube videos, allowing them to keep control of their content.

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A proof-of-concept startup for solving the problem of monitoring and controlling access to the internet.

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A Chinese-focused ecommerce platform that was built on the idea that China's economy is less of a free market and more of a controlled economic system. The company is working on a solution to let individuals buy goods without a bank account and without a traditional credit card.

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A startup that is developing AI-based tools for drug developers to test their drugs in a highly controlled lab setting. They can perform controlled trials on an even smaller scale, and

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The company’s first product is a suite of LED bulbs that can be controlled via a smartphone app. The bulbs are built with a Wi-Fi enabled hub and have a built-in motion sensor allowing the user to turn the light on and off, dim, or change its color.

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A startup that lets users select a theme for their home. It’s a web-based app that lets users customize their home’s look and layout via a user-controlled interface.

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A tool that allows you to build and control your own social profiles with your photo and bio.

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A startup that powers the internet of things by allowing any connected device to be programmable for voice control, whether that be a home security system or a self-driving car.

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A system for monitoring and controlling IoT devices.

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An enterprise application designed to help companies manage the spread of malware and security threats. The startup is built on a platform that provides IT teams with a single view of all of the company’s security threats, allowing them to prioritize and control those threats without wasting time.

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A home assistant that can help you control home appliances, data, and entertainment from your phone.

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An online tool for the restaurant industry that enables companies to manage inventory, control orders, and order supplies from a single dashboard.

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

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A startup that makes a universal remote that can control all the devices in your home

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A platform that allows groups to set up private social media accounts and run them as a group. The teams you’re a part of can choose their own rules and restrictions, so it’s a sort of Slack with a self-controlled community.

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Amazon Alexa has invaded every household in the US. The company wants to make the device even more useful, by adding a voice-controlled interface for apps.

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A company that lets the corporate legal department take direct control of hiring, firing, and training new employees.

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A startup that builds custom devices for businesses, such as a GPS-powered shelf for a refrigerator to keep track of stock, or a phone-controlled washing machine. It has raised $4.2 million in investments since it was founded in September.

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A full stack “platform for the modern home” that allows users to control all of their devices from one dashboard. It connects to Nest, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.

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A platform that helps the elderly maintain independence and control over their finances. The company wants to provide financial tools to help the elderly maintain independence and control over their finances.

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A startup for people to manage their sleep, including a sleep journal, lighting controls, and noise alerts.

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This is a startup that’s building a ‘smart’ lock that will let you control your home’s lighting remotely.

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A startup that provides the infrastructure “to build and scale simple, automated, and scalable apps built on top of the open source Git version control system.”

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An ad tech company that’s building a new technology that they say has the potential to significantly change the way digital advertising is purchased and sold. The company’s technology has the potential to revolutionize the digital advertising market by giving advertisers complete control of their ad campaigns, directly from their desktop and mobile devices.

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A platform for pet owners with chronic conditions to have more control over their care and more transparency into their health. The app allows owners to take phone calls from their doctors, get their medical records, and run tests for them.

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The startup creates a tool for tracking food and waste. The company wants to help people feel more in control of their food and waste.

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A platform that makes it easy to program drones, with a focus on making it easy for people to build and control drones with a mobile app.

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A software platform that empowers small business owners to manage their finances and take control of their lives.

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A company that brings internet of things-style technology to the previously non-internet-connected, like home appliances. It’s a home monitoring hub that allows you to control things like your lights and heating from your smartphone.

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A tool to make it easy for customers to control the power of their lights with their phones.

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A startup that helps companies control their own brand and messaging through a single interface

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A startup that plans to decentralize the media industry, making it more democratic and giving users more control. The company wants to allow creators to be paid by their fans.

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This startup is building a space heater with an app users can control remotely.

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Ex-Google engineers are building a new living room device they call the “Echo” that’s essentially a giant voice-controlled speaker. The device is a stripped-down, Google-made version of the Google Home, and can be controlled by voice, music, and TV apps. It’s set to launch in November.

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A startup that’s trying to build a platform to help people with disabilities regain control over their lives.

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An iOS app for smart locks that can be controlled remotely through the app or phone camera.

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A process control startup that enables companies to monitor and control processes that don’t have sensors. It’s a more accurate way of gauging process performance than the traditional approach of sending a technician to the site.

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A complete solution for data management. The idea is to let customers control where their data goes, then track and store it to eliminate errors and improve accuracy.

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“The world’s largest decentralized flight management system”, helping pilots and air traffic control systems coordinate location and navigate flights. The startup says that its technology is already replacing “50% of an airline’s total operations” with a fleet of more than 30,000 aircraft.

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A video game that lets players control a character with special abilities (think superhero powers) to dodge obstacles, solve puzzles, and defeat enemies. Players can share their progress with other players online.

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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 tool for managing a company’s fleet of self-driving cars. The startup is building a system for letting a driver take control of a car during a traffic jam, or for when a driver wants to take a longer break.

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 A platform for smart homes that puts together a bunch of different sensors into one device that can control all the lights and appliances.

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A company that wants to help underpaid fashion designers have control over their intellectual property.

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A company that turns smartphone screens into touch-enabled, virtual room controls

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A profitable startup that provides software for businesses to create and operate their own community-based group insurance plans. It also provides a platform for businesses to track and control their health care costs.

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A sensor embedded into a device that allows it to communicate with a connected phone and let the maker know if the device is being moved and where it’s being moved to. The sensor would also allow the maker some control over the device.

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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.

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A software company that helps companies build biometric scanners for access control. The startup is using machine learning to build a system that can quickly identify someone by comparing their fingerprint with a database of millions of prints.

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Voice-activated light switches that don’t require a hub or hub-controlled switches.

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A technology company that creates “smart” thermostats for home and business use, allowing homeowners to control their thermostats via their smartphone. The company is led by CEO and founder Rajat Pahuja, who previously built a business in India called Shubh Loans that went “very profitable,” according to Pahuja.

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A UK-based startup that offers a social network for “sculptors and studios”. The company is focused on helping artists “have more control over their work”.

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A company that makes a service that turns any connected device into a smart home hub, enabling users to control various smart home devices with their smartphone.

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A startup that helps businesses put in place nightly automated processes. The founders say their product helps companies be more efficient and automate processes like payroll, warehouse operations and inventory control.

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A telecommuting software that helps control spending. The startup has raised $130,000 and over 1,000 users.

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A platform designed to allow small businesses to have more control over their data, allowing them to better manage their brand, and better target their customers.

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A software for creating, controlling and managing fleets of electric cars.

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A startup that builds sensor-based lights and other devices that can be controlled by a smartphone.

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

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An online tool to help employees track and control the costs of things like conference calls, or to help them split up phone bills.

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A social media calendar app, aimed at people who want to take control of their social media schedule.

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The startup helps people find out how their data is being used so they can take more control of their digital identity.

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A suite of tools that lets a user create a virtual avatar, and then control their character in a game.

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A smart lock that you control from your phone. The startup is looking to compete with smart locks like Kwikset, August, and Lockitron.

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A startup that helps people with anxiety disorders learn to control their anxiety through meditation

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A startup that gives teachers complete control over their classrooms. The company uses AI to analyze teachers’ strengths and weaknesses and then uploads the data into an online dashboard for teachers to view.

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The company’s founders speak of a future where the internet of things (IoT) and the internet of everything (IoE) converge, allowing users to control the devices in their homes directly from their phones.

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A remote control for your coffee machine, allowing you to brew the perfect cup every single time.

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A cloud-based ERP that helps shed light on a business’s financials and keep control of its cash flow.

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A startup that’s building a “mobile lab” for farmers to test new crops in a controlled environment.

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A startup for long-term rentals, allowing renters to find a home and a landlord to find the right tenant. Both sides can be verified by credit checks and the landlord can maintain control over the rental.

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A video game that teaches how to drive a car. Players control a virtual car and drive around a course, following the rules of the road, and avoiding obstacles such as other cars and pedestrians. The game is meant for the very beginning of novice drivers, teaching them to drive without the risk of crashing.

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Pint is a voice-controlled home assistant meant to help users keep track of things like what’s in the fridge and the weather. The startup aims to have a voice assistant that can understand what you mean and act on your behalf, with a smart speaker also available.

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A platform for connected, voice-controlled appliances. For instance, a homeowner could speak to the system to turn on the lights in their home.

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A hardware startup that makes a smart lightbulb that can be controlled via an app.

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This is a platform that helps companies manage their risk, allowing them to measure and control their exposure to risk, in an easy to understand way.

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A digital assistant for the home, bringing together control of lighting, audio, and security into one platform, along with a series of smart gadgets.

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A company that helps people in the US adopt its Indian-based VPN service, which is blocked in the US, to circumvent digital border control.

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A “smart” speaker that works like a smart home appliance, but which can also control your smart home appliances (like your lights and thermostat). It can work with a variety of IoT devices, and the founders say it will be in the market in the next 12 months.

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A startup that helps people who don’t want to leave their house and travel to a remote server to control their home. For instance, they can open their front door, see if their dog is barking, and see how far away it is from their neighbor’s home.

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A startup looking to create an API that helps developers build applications that can help people in need monitor and control their home appliances from a smartphone and a connected thermostat.

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A startup that provides remote control boats for kids who live in apartments

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This startup is building a service for individuals to control the music they listen to and set their own personalized playlists.

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A way to remotely monitor/control smart technologies using a mobile app.

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In this world, your phone knows what song you’re listening to, when you’re at work, when you’re in bed, when you’re in a restaurant, and when you’re in a grocery store. The startup wants to turn that into a single app that can be used to control your music.

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The startup wants to help more than 50,000 SMBs get more control over their data with a customer relationship management tool that integrates with all their business data sources.

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 A CNC milling machine for 3D printing that has a heated build plate, a 3D printer kit, and a software program for designing and controlling the machine directly from your computer.

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A smart lock system that can be controlled with a smartphone or tablet

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A calendar app that helps people schedule and control independent appointments within their own calendars.

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An on-demand pest control service for homeowners that finds pests, estimates how much it will cost to remove them, and then, in a few days, sends the homeowner a text message to let them know a technician is on its way. It’s a $500 million industry in the US.

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Outsmart is building a data communication network for businesses to monitor and control their communication resources. They currently have $12,000 in monthly recurring revenue.

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The startup wants to help you track and control your expenses by allowing you to record expenses in one place and then automatically create reports that show how much you’re spending on certain items.

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This startup designs and builds a line of “smart” showerheads that the founders say lets users control the temperature and pressure of the water through a smartphone app.

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A startup for people to create and manage YouTube accounts on behalf of their colleagues. The startup lets users control YouTube channels and share the videos on their behalf.

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Autopilot is building a device for the visually impaired that lets them use their phones to control devices like lights, coffee machines, etc.

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SaaS business that aims to help the “incredibly burdensome” collection of data from online platforms. That data would be shared between the platform and the user, allowing the user to have more control over which data they’re sharing, and what they’re sharing it with.

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A cloud-based music course marketplace that takes a subscription model. The startup is also building a platform to help artists control their rights, manage their catalog, and sell their music.

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A startup that helps people organize their online life by tracking apps, websites, and other digital services. The startup wants to compete with other digital life managers by giving you more control over your digital life.

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A startup that’s developing a self-driving electric vehicle for the cost of a $1,000 taxicab. It’s a smart car that communicates via Bluetooth, offers a variety of car-related services, and can be controlled through an app.

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The startup aims to build a new kind of “smart” light bulb that’s dimmable and can be controlled by voice.

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Smart WiFi is building a platform that lets users control their home WiFi networks with an app, allowing users to adjust their devices’ bandwidth to network-appropriate levels, and to turn the network off altogether.

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A startup to help companies of all types keep track of all their employees’ health insurance coverage, from birth control to prescriptions to doctor’s appointments.

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A company that helps human resource departments manage their benefits program, with a focus on giving employees more control over their benefits. It’s currently in stealth mode, but raised $750,000.

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A wearable device that allows people to control their smart home devices with their movements without having to go hands-on.

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A startup that gives users the ability to manage and store their personal data, giving them control and transparency over their data.

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A toolkit for remotely controlling the heating and cooling of buildings. The startup is focused on the East Coast, but has no specific geography in mind for its expansion.

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A product that helps companies and individuals track and control mobile phone and tablet usage through location and mobile network data, with a focus on consumer safety using data from apps and websites.

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A business that empowers solar installers to do their own sales, giving them more control over their customers and their sales.

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A company that allows customers to control their home’s temperature, lighting, and other systems using an app. The startup plans to launch in NYC first, but they're looking to expand to other cities soon.

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A stand-alone app that allows users to control their thermostats from their cell phones

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This startup is building an app that allows users to build a homepage for their business and then upload content from their phone, giving them a little more control of their online presence.

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This startup develops a product for IT managers to manage computers in a large office by allowing them to remotely control each desk.

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Cybersecurity startup. A hacker could turn off the security controls on a machine, causing it to create a backdoor for someone else to use.

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A software for helping businesses monitor and control their energy use. The startup uses IoT technology to reduce energy use in businesses and ensure that every watt is used effectively.

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A SaaS platform that helps companies in the taxi industry gain greater control over their own operations.

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A digital currency exchange for emerging markets. The startup, founded in 2017, is building a digital currency exchange for countries where currency controls are still in place.

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An API that provides a service for monitoring and controlling the temperature of a building. The startup is building a control system for the industrial sector, with the goal of building a platform that can be integrated into GPS and IoT devices.

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A startup that wants to move from the “iPhone to the iPhone”. Instead of building apps for the iPhone itself, they’re building specialized apps for all of the things you can do with an iPhone. For example, they recently launched an app that lets you control your Nest thermostat with your iPhone and use it as a webcam.

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The startup wants to make self-controlled health management a reality by bringing patients to doctors once they’ve self-monitored and measured their health regularly.

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A startup that’s building a way to control connected devices from one app.

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A tool that allows users to create and share thoughts and photos without posting to social media. It’s a tool for maintaining privacy and control over one’s life and day-to-day activities.

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A company that offers a closed-loop technology for managing real-time customer service representatives. Unbounce’s system enables companies to manage customer interactions in real-time, and give back control of the customer’s experience to the organization.

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A company that equips people to take control of their financial lives by providing tools for building personal budgets, credit, savings, and investments.

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A student loan software that helps students budget, plan, and control their loans.

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For better or worse, a startup that sells “smart furniture”. The startup is building furniture that works alongside existing home automation technology and also lets you control it with your smart phone.

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The company believes in a privacy-preserving model for storing and sharing user data to add value to their users, and is building a platform to let users control how their data is used.

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The startup wants to build a device that can be used as a wrist computer that can control other devices wirelessly.

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This is a hardware company that wants to build the ultimate game controller. It’s meant to be a new generation of the Xbox controller, which is a multi-purpose in-game controller with a touchpad and a gyroscope.

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An iOS app for controlling a single Nest thermostat. It looks a lot like the Nest app, but it lets you set schedules and get notifications.

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A platform that lets users control their own social media behavior, alerting them when they’ve been “spammed”.

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A tool for compliance at a healthcare company to help them understand, control, and report on their compliance.

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This is a system that’s meant to help retailers have better control of their inventory. The startup is working on simplifying the process of selling items on eBay. They’re planning to launch in November 2020.

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The startup aims to sell a $2,500 piece of hardware accessory to install in a car, which allows users to remotely control the vehicle while they’re not in it.

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A home automation widget that allows users to control the devices in their home with a single app.

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This startup is building a next-generation credit bureau that will give consumers more control over their credit files. They want to replace the current system with a more personalised model.

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A smart home lighting and thermostat system that connects to Wi-Fi, so users can control the system from anywhere.

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A flexible wand that lets you control your phone, your TV, and your lights using different motions

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A startup that turns your home into a smart home, lets you monitor and control everything from your phone

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A startup that sells Smart Homes so people can control their home with their phone or other devices

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Idea: Give customers control over their data

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Idea: A voice-controlled app for music, shopping, and ordering rides

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Idea: Managed Version Control for Docker

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Idea: A Google for the developing world — a voice-controlled search tool that provides all the same functionality as Google, but in a way that works for people who

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Idea: A smart thermostat that’s more efficient, and makes it easier to control heating in office buildings

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Idea: A programmable, micro-controller chip for industrial automation.

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A team of engineers have built a product that lets homeowners control their home’s lights, AC, and thermostat via a smartphone — without the need for smart locks. They’re pitching the product as a way to bring smart home technology to more people, and without the need for a significant investment.

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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: The startup has developed a way for people to share live video with each other while also seeing what others are seeing in real-time. It’s an app where viewers can see what’s happening, but the creator of the video is in control of what they see. It’s modeled a bit like Instagram Stories, but the app wants to become a hub for live video streaming.

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A smart thermostat that syncs with your phone and can be controlled from anywhere.

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