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A startup that sells clothes designed by students of fashion schools

1,442

A tool for employee onboarding, designed to put employees through a process to get them up and running at their new job.

783

A way to help people learn how to create and design products online

264

 Grow is building a set of tools for restaurants, enabling them to manage their menus, design their menus, and automate their ordering and delivery processes.

261

A platform designed to help people and companies save and invest together.

211

A product designed to help farmers manage all their farm data.

161

A company that helps small businesses find tech talent, with a focus on recruiting developers and designers in cities where they are based.

156

A startup that offers a highly customisable, easy-to-use platform for designing employee relocation packages

137

A startup that offers a service for designing employee relocation packages for companies who are moving employees

121

A startup that provides a service to help people design their home

118

This startup’s algorithm is designed to find and cancel fraudulent payments, automatically. It’s free for merchants to use, and they’re aiming to partner with processors and banks.

112

A company that makes it easier to create, manage, and scale sales data. The platform is designed for sales teams to collect data about their clients, and make it available to others in the company.

93

A platform designed for individuals and small businesses that helps them manage their finances.

92

A tool that automates some of the manual steps involved in running a company. It’s designed to help companies like restaurants and hotels manage expenses.

91

A personal robot designed to help people with mobility impairments, with a goal to help them live more independently and improve daily living.

89

A “native” mobile app designed with the multiscreen experience in mind.

89

A company that will help you create the perfect visual resume, with a template that’s designed to fit any job you might apply for.

88

A tool that allows people to create their own 3D models of objects and designs and have them printed on a 3D printer.

87

A design studio with a focus on the traveling millennial market

87

A job board for freelancers, or people who work on their own terms, with a focus on design and marketing work.

86

A startup that helps people learn Chinese through video content that is designed to be slower paced, allowing for a more natural experience.

85

A platform for managing and sharing your home’s interior design.

85

A startup for the sale of used cars, which is designed to be faster, cheaper, and easier than dealerships.

85

A platform that allows people to rent out spare bedrooms and/or spare bedrooms with other household members. It’s designed to help people earn additional income from their homes while also giving their families the chance to stay in their homes in times of need.

84

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

84

A company that helps businesses adopt a Salesforce-like platform designed to help them sell more efficiently.

83

A design company that will produce handwritten letters and postcards for customers, and send them to customers via mail.

83

A social network built for black professionals. It’s a version of Facebook for black professionals that’s designed for different demographics, with features like a photo gallery and a newsfeed that’s tuned for black users.

83

Software that is designed to make it easier to use the state's Department of Motor Vehicles

83

A way for the user to design and customize his or her own Lego creation.

82

Business cards for people who are too busy for a traditional design

82

On-demand laundry, dry cleaning, and dry-cleaning pickup service designed to make urban living easier.

82

A startup that connects freelance designers with companies who need branding work done

81

A social network for engineers, designed to compete with Stack Exchange and Quora.

81

A software-as-a-service platform for banks, designed to provide a consistent and comprehensive experience for users and businesses.

81

A travel concierge platform that serves travelers who want to visit the same places. It is designed to connect travelers with similar interests and save money by helping them make a booking at the same time.

81

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.

80

The startup’s service allows users to create custom-designed and branded debit cards to be used at millions of locations in the US, UK, Canada, France, and Australia. It also does global spending and cross-border payments for businesses that need it.

80

A startup that provides a service where you can hire a professional to draw up the design you’re looking for and then they

79

A company that designs a system that helps a company’s employees be more productive, allowing them to perform more tasks, get work done more quickly, and be more efficient.

79

A market research platform for fashion designers that serves as a central database for pricing, trends, and quality.

79

The idea is to redefine the way people think of and approach real estate as a place to live. The company plans to use marketing, design, and data to help people make smarter choices about their homes.

79

A New York-based startup that claims to be the first in the world to offer a virtual reality-based storytelling course designed for the music industry.

78

A company building an app to help companies manage the design process and the production of their marketing materials. It’s using the product to help customers with their design process, like deciding which typeface to use or what color palette to use, and providing it to them as a product.

78

A software platform for publishing academic papers and hosting conferences, designed for scientists, researchers, and students.

78

A company that sells modular home accessories designed to make building a home more efficient.

78

A software company designed to make college affordable by allowing students to pay for it with credit.

77

A system that helps connect people across the world who are interested in doing freelance work, such as writing, editing, and design. The startup was founded in March and is looking to raise seed funding.

77

A platform for designing and sharing potential learning paths. The startup is building a digital pedagogy tool and learning platform.

77

A tool designed to bring transparency to the loan origination process, helping to prevent fraud, identify the best loan products, and save lenders money.

77

A collaborative digital design tool for creative entrepreneurs.

75

This startup promises to bring a more human element to AI-based design. Their app takes the complexity of designing AI and makes it simple by using the color wheel to explain how a particular neural network works.

75

A startup that pairs freelance designers with clients to create logos, websites, and more

74

A content management system built on a social media platform, designed for agencies, PR professionals and creative entrepreneurs

74

A new way of doing customer service that’s designed to be more personal and efficient than the call center model.

74

An AI-driven platform that comes with a team of data scientists, software engineers, and designers, and which wants to help companies find talent in India.

74

A wireless charger that’s designed to make it easier for people who have to hold their phone to their ear.

74

A platform that allows businesses to streamline the design, procurement, and delivery of their supplies.

74

A design company building a more sustainable way to build better building

74

A group of designers who create custom UI/UX mockups for companies, turning their ideas into real product or website designs.

73

This startup is building a platform that allows users to book tattoos online. The platform will allow clients to view their tattoos in 3D and choose designs, colors and sizes.

73

Real Democracy is a platform for elections, designed to make voting more accessible while improving the quality of elections.

73

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

73

The startup’s goal is to help users achieve a more “authentic” online presence. They’re building software that allows users to design their own avatars, choosing from a variety of “personas”, which can be used on other platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks.

73

A tool for hiring contractors and interior designers

73

A startup that is building a tool to help apparel designers find the right factories.

73

A company that helps designers create custom-made leather goods for clients.

73

A company that’s a Slack alternative, designed to be more intuitive and user friendly.

73

A startup that’s building a tool that automatically designs and builds ecommerce stores for you

72

A company that helps its customers build their own hardware. Once they have the specs for the product, they can create a 3D design, and get it printed at Shapeways at a fraction of the cost of other companies that do the same thing.

72

A startup for a variety of creative professionals, including photographers, graphic designers, videographers, animators, and other creative types.

72

 API developer that provides an easy way to create a custom API for a company or organization, as well as an API that can be used by other companies. The company's software is designed for startups, but could be applied to other business settings.

72

A tool designed to help small- and medium-sized businesses get their online through a series of video interviews.

71

A platform designed to help car dealers make the most of their inventory, and lower inventory turnover.

71

The platform is building a toolkit for designers to build custom user interfaces for their mobile apps.

71

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.

71

This startup aims to make it easier for artists to design, print, and ship their own physical, limited edition pieces.

71

A collaboration platform for interior designers to access other designers’ portfolios.

71

The startup is working on a new type of mobile banking that’s mobile-first, and designed to provide easy access to traditional banking services like check deposits, bill pay, and direct deposit.

70

A product management, design, and development studio that builds products people want.

70

A set of design patterns and functions that helps teams organize their product.

70

A digital wallet that’s designed to serve the needs of women in China. Currently, the platform does not offer features that are common in the US, such as peer-to-peer payments, a feature that is required in China for transactions to be legal.

70

In January 2018, Instagram launched IGTV, an app designed to let people watch longer videos.

70

The startup helps B2B companies sell their wares to retailers in the US. The service works for companies that design, manufacture or market goods for retail.

69

A startup for freelance designers and developers to find jobs and request work. According to the company, they have a response rate of 90%.

69

This startup is building a website that allows anyone to instantly and securely order a custom-made suit from a fabric designer.

69

A social network for people interested in mechanical engineering, allowing people to find jobs, learn about new developments, and get connected with engineers and designers.

69

A startup that wants to make it easy to find, hire, and work with freelance designers and developers.

69

An AI-powered chatbot that will guide buyers through the home buying process, with an interface that is designed to make the experience very similar to that of a real agent. The startup believes that this will lead to a significant increase in home sales.

69

A tool for companies to execute marketing campaigns in an automated fashion, with the ability to tell the marketing department what to do and what to ignore when it comes to email program design. Idea is also originally a software company, but now a marketing software company.

68

A podcast network with a focus on “unscripted” storytelling, by people who are not professional journalists. It’s designed to free creative people from the pressure of telling stories they’ve been told to tell.

68

A platform for the design and manufacture of solar cells. The startup wants to make solar cells more accessible for people in the developing world, with a focus on the Middle East.

68

A company that helps people make their own clothes, using a design platform that puts together collections of patterns, fabrics, and accessories.

68

A tool for software designers to create new apps in minutes instead of days.

68

A startup that sells a tool for creating videos that are designed to be shown on screens in public

67

A digital drawer that provides a digital photo frame, calendar, diary, and address book. It’s designed for the elderly and visually impaired.

67

A way to hook up with a freelance designer for in-house design, build a site, and then manage it all from one app. The company says it has $6 million in funding and has been profitable since 2014.

67

A visual design platform for brands & agencies that allows designers to see the visual impact of their designs before they hit production.

67

A software that helps users create and manage their online portfolios. The software is powered by a sophisticated algorithm that helps users design a portfolio that is SEO-friendly and engaging.

67

This company is building a more efficient way to design and build websites. The startup wants to make it easier for people to create websites with a more feature-rich platform.

67

A tool to help people quit smoking. The startup’s product, Patch, is designed to help people quit smoking through animations and imagery that help them break their habit. It’s designed to be used alongside other cessation products.

67

This startup is building a new way to access and use the world’s most popular programming languages. The company is now working with Google on its Material Design language team.

66

The company's app is designed to help consumers monitor the health of their finances, including credit scores, debt and income. The application, which is in beta, is available for Android and Apple iOS smartphones.

66

A SaaS-based email marketing tool with an emphasis on design. The startup’s founders have raised nearly $500,000 in seed funding, including from Y Combinator, and have been named as YC’s top-ranked summer 2019 company.

66

A product designed to make it easier for employees to take short vacations

66

This is a chatbot that’s designed to help you work remotely. It’s currently working with one client in the US, but the company plans to expand to Europe in the coming months.

66

A design studio that helps companies create engaging, unique, and user-friendly websites. They have a portfolio of clients, including Liberty Mutual, and are looking to expand their market.

66

A platform for helping people design and build virtual reality experiences. The startup is focusing on the gaming side, but says they’re open to partnering with other verticals as well.

65

A design agency that connects design talent with brands, allowing it to bring out the best in each other.

65

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.

65

This app is designed to help users learn to drive new vehicles and learn in a way that’s more visual and less boring.

65

A group of entrepreneurs working to redesign the dating app from the ground up.

65

A web design consultancy focused on helping companies get their websites and business up to speed.

65

A social-media platform for contractors, designed for organizations with a small project or need.

64

A platform that helps people design and manage their own websites and apps, including social media apps, online stores, and email.

64

An internal startup within Forte to create a series of products for the company. They wanted a brand that was fun and modern, but not too distracting for customers. The new app was designed to be a reward for people who were servicing Forte’s customers.

64

This startup is building an app that helps people design their own personalized delivery drones. The drones will be powered by the startup’s own solar-powered drone charging technology.

63

The idea is to give companies a better way to communicate and collaborate with customers. The app is designed to make it easy for businesses to send sales-related messages to their entire customer base, employees, and partners.

63

A startup that wants to build a “green” power plant designed to burn trash. They want to build sustainable power plants, using waste as fuel, and keeping energy costs low.

63

A platform that helps small businesses design and manage user-generated online profiles and meta data for their products.

62

A startup that helps people create and sell custom clothing through a web browser without having to design the entire garment from scratch. Loom wants to help consumers sell their clothing as a service — it’s essentially an Uber for fashion.

62

This startup aims to overhaul the way employees are evaluated and compensated in the workplace. It’s designed to eliminate the “rat race” and create a better environment for those who want to work hard and see their contributions recognized.

62

A Chrome extension that turns any website into a mobile app shop. Employs a “re-imagined” version of Google’s well-known design language.

62

A startup for connecting freelance designers with clients. There are around 5 million professional designers in the US, and they’re frequently hired through agencies or by the hour. The startup is building a marketplace where designers can post their work, which clients can browse and hire.

62

A digital platform that allows users to build and share images and designs with other users. The company is working with a number of brands, including Walmart and Target, to boost their presence on social media.

62

A startup that helps teams design and build apps to bring a business idea to life.

62

This app for restaurant managers lets them manage their restaurant’s food costs. The app is designed for restaurants with a large number of employees and several kitchens, and helps them track costs and improve efficiency.

62

A company that wants to help you use the power of the cloud to create and design things.

62

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

62

A startup that uses a “digital designer” to help small businesses build websites. The startup’s model is to wake up early in the morning and design a website for a small business owner and have it ready to go by that evening.

62

An AI tool that helps teams design their next product. The startup’s first product is the “customer journey” creation tool. It aims to speed up the product design process by automating the creation of user journeys.

61

A platform to recruit and hire remote developers and designers from any location in the world.

61

A toolset for managing the design process of a single website, allowing multiple designers to work on a single site together

61

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

61

Bringing the consumer’s head into the product design process by using 3D printing.

61

A startup for freelance designers and developers, helping them find the right job for them, and helping clients find the right freelancer.

60

A startup that pairs up its product design expertise with a developer to build a custom mobile app. It takes a few days and the startup will provide a working prototype.

60

This enterprise software company is designing a SaaS app for running a large manufacturing facility. The company is currently in a pilot with a large manufacturer in the US.

60

The App Factory is building a platform to build, distribute, and manage applications from a team of developers and designers. It’s a mix of Slack, Trello, and Jira.

60

This company, which is now a subsidiary of software giant IBM, is trying to make enterprise software simpler for smaller organizations. They have a new product called “Navigator”, which is designed to help organizations of all sizes (from a startup with 3 people to a Fortune 100 company) navigate the complex technology stack they have today.

60

A product design studio that helps brands create more appealing products. They’re currently focused on a few brands, but plan to branch out.

60

A software company that helps creative teams work faster by way of music and sound design.

60

An AI system for decision-making, designed to work hand-in-hand with human decision-makers.

59

A tool for creating quick and easy surveys on your phone. The startup is designed for survey creators, but anyone can use it. It offers a mobile-first platform that lets users create surveys and send them immediately to users, and then open the survey link in another app on their phone.

59

A startup that provides a set of tools for designers to create their own custom-designed clothes. The company uses a 3D printer to produce knit fabrics.

59

This is an in-house survey tool for customer feedback. It’s designed to help companies gather feedback from their own employees to help them improve their products.

59

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.

59

A brand new CRM product from Capital One, which boasts a product team of two people. The product is designed to help small businesses manage their customer relationship management, with a focus on helping businesses handle financial transactions and invoicing.

58

Designing new, custom-made furniture for the home. The startup is working with builders and architects to create bespoke furnishings for the home.

58

A new kind of recruiting site that’s much more personalized. It’s designed to be a social recruiting platform, but with a focus on “the right person for the right job”.

58

A tool for optimizing product designs for ease of manufacturing.

58

A company that helps small businesses create marketing collateral without using their own design team

58

A digital credit card designed to help people pay for things by charging a small amount each time they use it.

58

A game a la “Whack-a-mole” that’s designed to help people get out of their own way. It’s designed to help people get past their own limitations to help them focus on the things that matter most in their lives.

57

A group of engineers is building a Cloud-based service that wants to help companies with internal and external security. It’s designed for companies to manage their security operations and provide a single place for customers to get in touch with their security teams.

57

A company that makes custom-designed pens that attach to a USB thumb drive. The startup looks to disrupt the $1.3 billion market for replacement pens.

57

A company that helps people hunt for and find the right home for them. The B2B business takes a more detailed look into the details of a home’s design and location, while the B2C service takes a more granular approach to the home’s amenities and location.

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

The company is developing an AI platform that uses machine learning to provide on-demand video content for brands. The platform is designed to help marketers better understand their customers and find opportunities to engage them.

56

A Toronto-based startup that wants to unify and improve the sales process with a sales platform that’s designed to help salespeople find sales opportunities, identify opportunities, and close deals.

55

A tool designed to help remove the complexity of planning and managing your next vacation

55

A product management platform for agencies, developers, and designers that helps companies plan, identify, prioritize, and integrate features for their software applications.

55

A micro-app that helps teachers (and students) create and share lessons online. Zoono is currently in private beta, and is designed to help you teach, review, and grade lessons more efficiently by providing a single platform.

54

A group of technology companies that are building a “novel” way for companies to track the progress of their products through the design process.

54

A chatbot that integrates with your email and helps you manage your inbox. The chatbot is designed to be able to answer questions about email and work.

54

A healthcare company that has designed a device to use a smartphone’s camera to detect tumors

54

A $100 credit card designed for students who want to pay down debt.

53

A startup that offers ad-free and censored content, designed for countries with strict internet censorship regimes.

53

A platform for the self-employed that automates their payroll process, so they can spend more time doing what they love. It’s a great story about how an app is designed to solve an employee’s problem, but can also be built with their customers in mind.

52

A tool for designers and developers to build games from scratch.

52

A software startup that aims to make it easier for companies to create surveys online. The startup is building a survey tool that’s designed to work with software like SurveyMonkey and SurveyGizmo, and is already running its own free online survey service.

52

A startup for freelance designers, meant to help them find work, keep track of their clients and spend less time doing administrative tasks.

52

A tool for designers that helps them quickly create mockups of their work, and allows them to embed other relevant apps, like their website’s login screen, directly into the mockup.

52

A platform to help users and businesses build and share digital products with a team of developers, designers, and marketers.

51

A platform for creative people to collaborate, post, and publish designs, images, and video.

51

Designed to help clients define and measure their social impact, Consequence is a software company helping nonprofits and for-profits better track their impact. It helps clients measure the effectiveness of their programs and measure employees’ impact, too. The company has a $10 million Series A, with $1 million raised in its first round of VC funding.

50

A startup that lets people order a custom-designed paper or canvas print of their daily life.

50

A cloud-based service designed to help teams manage their data and ensure compliance.

50

The company is building a tool for veterans, designed to make the process of applying for benefits easier.

49

A tool with a very simple interface that can help designers create landing pages, sales pages, or purchase pages. The company says they’ve already seen 40,000 clicks on their landing pages.

49

A startup that’s building a C++ library that allows hardware designs to be shared on GitHub. The company’s CEO says that the concept is similar to the Arduino open source hardware platform.

49

Koku is a tool for people to build their own subscription-based service. Koku is meant to be a one-stop shop for all of a person’s subscription needs, with a toolset designed for ease of use. The startup is a Y Combinator company, and has over 200,000 users and is profitable.

48

A cryptocurrency wallet with a brand-new design.

48

A team of designers and engineers building a digital prototype for a custom-built laser cutter. The team is building the product as a way to fund the research of a laser cutter they hope to build themselves.

48

A company that offers product-design services to local businesses.

48

Clink is a marketplace app designed to help people find a ride from destination to destination in a more efficient, inexpensive manner.

48

A platform that allows brands to design packages for retailers to sell. The company wants to be a one-stop shop for e-commerce fulfillment.

47

Canvas is a new type of digital canvas for creating digital objects. Users can create a design or pattern using images and use it as a template for an object. It has four different types of canvas with different features, and the startup says it will be releasing another in the future.

47

A tool for designers to get more out of their creative process, by letting them “mix, match, and remix” colors and patterns in their Photoshop library in order to create new looks.

47

This company is working on a game that is played with a custom-designed physics engine.

47

A startup that provides professional services for marketing, design, and technology to brands that want to set up their own online storefronts.

47

Help large companies save money on marketing campaigns by letting them create their own micro-websites on the Shopify platform, with custom-designed pages and a store location.

46

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.

46

This startup is building a mobile platform for remote workers. The platform is designed to make it easy for remote workers to manage their work process and be more productive.

46

This startup is building a professional marketplace for graphic designers and other creative professionals

46

A company that helps startups access tools and templates for Design Thinking.

45

An automated way for companies to build their own mobile applications. The startup’s founders say that it allows companies to create applications without having to hire developers or design them from scratch.

45

A platform that connects freelancers and enterprises with digital labor, including web designers and content producers.

44

A “uniquely-designed” home security system that’s supposed to be “very simple to install and use”. Its price is low, and it’s meant for smaller homes.

44

A tool for creating virtual reality experiences that lets VR creators focus on the design rather than the implementation.

43

A startup that provides a “digital home” where someone can design and build a custom home online, and then have it shipped to them. The startup creates a 3D model of the house, and then puts it into a CAD program, which allows them to directly see the design, and put in every detail.

43

A visual product design tool that helps users create their own Web/mobile apps in minutes.

43

This startup is building a way for teams to share and vote on designs and UI elements before a company puts money into getting it into production.

42

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

42

A company that designs, manufactures, and sells wireless sensors that can be used to detect motion, temperature, and moisture in homes and offices.

42

A company that gives businesses a way to buy and receive custom work from people around the world. It’s selling the ability to have a new logo, website, or app design delivered in 15 minutes.

42

Shopping cart software designed for retailers who don’t have a large inventory. It’s targeted at mom-and-pop shops. The startup is in the early stages of building out its business.

41

A platform that connects software developers, designers and marketers with companies who want to release a product or service.

41

An online marketplace for making and selling custom-made products using 3D printing. The startup is building a one-stop shop for all 3D design, 3D printing, and 3D scanning needs.

40

A SaaS platform designed for creating medallions for luxury cars.

40

A startup that’s developing a software platform that lets retailers design and sell customized products, like clothes and accessories, and then sell them via social media marketing.

40

This company is designing a tool for healthcare professionals to make it easier to manage and track patients’ health information.

40

Blackbox is building a user dashboard for the design and operations of data centers, taking a “security first” approach to the process.

40

This app is designed for people with mobility issues to schedule and manage their indoor activities. The startup wants to bring technology to a new market of people with mobility issues.

39

A startup that helps people focus on the most important part of a project: the design.

39

A fix for the “gig economy”, offering a comprehensive insurance package for independent workers. Their product is designed for the future and will work for any independent worker, anywhere in the world.

39

The company is creating a new model for live-streaming video, designed for companies and clients to create live broadcasts at their own pace.

39

A company developing a wireless, easy-to-install smart lock for houses. The product is designed to work with both traditional deadbolts and smart locks.

39

A dashboard for enterprise organizations to better understand the impact of their products, and how to make them better. It’s a tool designed to help people understand how to build stronger products, and how to change their products to help them make more money.

39

A community of freelance designers with an emphasis on high-end products like furniture, ready-to-wear, and toys.

39

A startup designed for real estate agents to help customers find the right home, with real estate agents in the background.

38

A B2B company that designs and builds prototypes for production companies.

38

A lot of companies are selling mobile phone cases with custom designs, but Nines offers custom design and production of phone cases, which will be sold in retail stores.

38

This is an app that aims to help people understand their credit score and how it can affect their future. “The app provides a user-friendly credit score calculator that is designed to give you a quick and easy understanding of your score. The calculator gives you a score based on your credit history and helps you understand how your credit score is calculated, how it will change, and what it means to you,” the company says.

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A platform that aims to make it easier to design and manage digital product and content experiences. An open-source platform that allows anyone to design a product and provide the necessary feedback to friends and followers. The startup is seeking to build on the work of other Open Platforms like Brave, or Pivotal, or Path.

38

A startup that wants to help designers build out physical prototypes for their apps, giving them a way to interact with features and functionality of their designs with a few clicks

38

A social network designed to help people make friends with those from different cultures, which works as a matchmaking service for travelers.

38

A platform that connects freelance graphic designers with businesses who want to create logos and other graphics.

38

A shop where you can buy custom-designed fashion. It comes from a team that worked on the biggest startups in the fashion industry, including Rachel Zoe, Rag & Bone, and Tory Burch.

37

A tool for making mockups of websites, to make it easier for designers and developers to collaborate.

37

A company that sells custom-made T-shirts for its customers, and has partnered with a number of companies like Coca-Cola, McDonald's, and Tapatalk to offer exclusive designs.

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A startup that will make it easier for companies to take their vacation time. Founders say it’s designed to be a more affordable alternative to the likes of Voyageur, which charges $50 for the service and $99 per person.

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

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

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A startup focused on virtual reality and augmented reality wants to make it easier to create and share 3D models on the web, allowing designers to upload their 3D models into its platform for sharing and collaboration.

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A company that designs and produces tech-enabled wearables that allow users to connect with their body and health data

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A “a mobile app for anyone who wants to become an artist”, designed for “artists who have previously been turned down by art schools” to help them learn to draw.

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A startup for freelance designers that takes sticker prices and eliminates the middleman.

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A SaaS that helps merchants personalize their customer experience in the checkout process. The startup wants to design a checkout experience that's “like using a personal stylist”.

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"Mashape’s mission is to help small businesses grow and scale. Mashape has developed a suite of tools that allow small businesses to manage their businesses from a central platform. This can be anything from scheduling a meeting to processing invoices. Using Mashape, small businesses can focus on running their business and not their IT. Mashape’s platform is designed to be easy to use and free for small businesses."

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A platform designed to help startups with the process of finding and hiring talent.

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Build a platform for web designers to work with designers and engineers to build websites that are responsive to mobile devices.

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A video conferencing platform that’s powered by the cloud and designed to work on all devices. It’s already integrated with Slack, allowing customers to schedule meetings from anywhere and get notifications when they’re available.

35

A web-based product-design platform that helps companies design their products directly from their product teams.

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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 tool for paying contractors on a monthly basis, designed to be simple and easy to use for small businesses.

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A startup that’s designing a better way to consume, share, and store video.

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A startup that helps designers and developers build custom plugins for their sites.

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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 platform designed to help small businesses with specialized needs, such as farming, travel, or restaurants.

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A digital platform for training and mentorship, founded by user-experience designers. A platform to foster a community of designers, technical writers, and marketers who share their expertise.

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This startup is building an app that helps creative professionals manage their network, including connecting them with designers and engineers.

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

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A team of digital marketing and design professionals to help companies create video content for social media, website, email, and any other product-related content.

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This startup aims to help companies build custom-designed tools for internal use with a simple, visual UI.

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This startup is building an online platform for freelance designers to find clients and charge clients for their services.

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A recruiting platform for tech-related positions, which they say is “designed for professionals with a track record of building technology-driven products”.

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A tool to help people make and sell their own physical products online, particularly since they’ve already gone through the work of designing them.

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a global digital health company. The company’s platform is designed to convert health data into insights that can be used to improve health outcomes.

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A platform that provides a sophisticated, scalable, and easy-to-use business intelligence platform designed for businesses of all types.

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A tool helps auto manufacturers create highly efficient car designs. It can review thousands of designs, pick out ones that are more efficient, and make suggestions to manufacturers to try.

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A company that makes a tool that helps small businesses hire full-time help, with help in categories like marketing, communications, sales, and design.

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A social network for mobile app developers. The startup wants to make it easy for developers to create and design their apps.

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A platform that provides a way for designers to build HTML5 websites with no coding knowledge.

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A new version of the popular private messaging app for Android, to be released in early 2018. It will have new features and a re-designed interface, and will allow people to purchase and download stickers and other content from the company’s partners.

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A tool designed for insurance adjusters to manage claims and automate the process of getting a home inspection.

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A company that conducts “design-thinking” workshops to help people with design-based problems and challenges.

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A platform designed for the non-technical employee to communicate with their managers.

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

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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 online marketplace for graphic designers and freelancers offering creative services and access to a community of experts.

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A software-as-a-service platform that allows companies to send automated payments to contractors, freelancers and consultants. Work Hub is designed to help B2B companies with the complexity of payment processing.

28

A tool to make it easier for freelance designers to create more consistent work.

28

A company that builds an app to help companies manage the design and build of their websites, including features like site-wide updates.

28

A software platform that allows IT to design and develop, then automate the whole process.

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This is a system for delivering healthcare services to remote regions. The mobile app helps healthcare providers manage their clinics, and the system is designed to help them hire and retain staff.

28

Founded by a former Google executive, the company is looking to bring AI to the design business. The startup’s first product is a tool that helps designers prototype a product with a drawing tool.

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A product designed to make it easier for small businesses to buy products online. It’s currently a free product, with plans starting at $10 per month.

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A platform to let consumers connect with the right people and businesses for their needs, and then to take advantage of the discounts and services that are available. The startup is building a "social commerce" platform, designed to make “bid-for-deals” a thing that users want and businesses want.

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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”.

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This startup is building a tool that lets a user take photos, add lines, and then a designer can come in and polish the design.

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A product design platform for retailers in the MENA region. The company wants to build a tool that helps offline retailers to design and launch their own online stores.

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A company that’s building a tool for hiring freelance web designers across the U.S.

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A Google-designed browser that makes everything on the web searchable.

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The startup is building a library for designers and developers to share designs, and is looking to sell the designs for businesses to use.

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A tool that helps designers build widgets and apps for e-commerce platforms.

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This startup is trying to make web design a “safer” profession by lowering the drop out rate.

25

 A new kind of e-banking system for Latin America, which is designed to improve the experience of active bank customers. The company plans to launch in Brazil in the next few months and expand thereafter.

24

A platform for curating and distributing mobile games. The startup is focused on games that are designed for touchscreens, though they reference other platforms, such as Facebook’s Messenger and Apple’s iMessage.

24

A platform for hiring remote engineers and designers, with a focus on software engineers and designers.

24

A company that hopes to bring a new type of wireless router to market with a design that makes it easy to keep up with mobile devices and handle more traffic.

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A one-stop shop for designer brands to offer their products through a subscription box service. It costs $35 monthly, with a commitment of 3 months.

23

A small team of developers and designers are building a simple, yet comprehensive, social network for everyone.

23

A platform for storing and sharing user-generated content, designed for use with Twitch and YouTube.

22

The startup is looking to build a “messaging platform for restaurants” designed to simplify restaurant communication. The platform would allow customers to share photos of their meals with each other, and track the progress of those meals through their restaurants.

22

A design and data platform for the modern retail market. The startup has raised $11 million to date and has signed up 1,200 customers.

22

A way to build a crowd-sourced marketplace of the best designers.

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A crowdsourced design tool that uses user feedback to iterate on the design of a product.

21

A startup that’s working to bring mobile-first design to the web. The company’s founder says that on desktop, responsive websites are too complex and hard to work with. On mobile, the opposite is true: sites are too simple and often hard to use. Sway is working to change that with a product that uses all the same features on mobile as it does on desktop.

20

A mobile app that helps people understand their personal relationships with debt. The app is designed to help people understand their relationship with debt and make decisions about how to manage it.

20

A startup that wants to give people the same ability to browse and shop for food that they have in the US. It’s designed specifically for Indian consumers who don’t have a bank account.

20

A platform that allows a designer to prototype digital products for brands before the actual design is done

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A company that takes your design, draws it on a screen, and then 3D prints it.

18

A platform for crowd-sourcing ideas and designs, where users can create mockups of their idea and give it to others to vote on.

17

A tool with a simple design that helps organizations and software developers build and manage their websites. It’s focused on small-to-medium businesses.

16

A tool that helps users create their own custom-built fonts with the company’s custom font editor. The startup aims to remove the need to have a designer build fonts for an application or website by allowing users to build their own instead.

16

A toolkit for managers to help them understand and talk about the problems that their employees are having. The toolkit is designed to help managers understand their employees better and fix problems faster.

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An online marketplace for creative professionals. The company focuses on product photography, videography, and design.

14

A product designed for students and young professionals, where one can send a request for a meeting, and the other can respond with a time and place. The company was founded in March, and is working on a handful of deals in Silicon Valley for the product.

14

A web-based tool that connects customers with freelance professionals for a variety of tasks, ranging from website development to graphic design to transcription.

12

This startup is building an app that sends a smart message to your employer when you leave your desk. It’s designed to remind companies of their hiring rules, but it could also be useful for workers to avoid calling out sick.

12

A billing service for B2B companies that’s designed to be simple, easy to use, and inexpensive.

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A medical transcription app designed to help doctors communicate more effectively with patients.

9

A startup that helps companies provide “full-stack” support for their products, from product design and development through sales and support.

8

A platform for hiring freelance developers and designers.

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A startup that lets you make custom designs for e-commerce products, with automation and inventory management tools.

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A startup that sells clothes designed by students of fashion schools and helps them get exposure and eventually graduate from design school

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A startup that is a marketplace for furniture that is designed by students of architecture school

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A startup that is a service for businesses to hire young people from poor countries to do web design and website maintenance

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Idea: A place for people to share their work and receive feedback from other designers

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Idea: A way to see the world through the eyes of a designer

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Idea: Design-first API for non-developers

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Idea: A tool for building serverless applications, but with a twist: it’s designed to make it easier to write serverless applications that are also APIs

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Idea: A startup that provides feedback on your website’s design

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Idea: A startup for the creative community to buy and sell design content from the world’s best designers

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Idea: this is a design tool to help businesses automate and streamline their customer support processes

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Idea: An online marketplace for buying and selling 3D-printed objects. The startup aims to be a marketplace for a new generation of makers, with a platform to bring together designers, engineers, and 3D-printers. They currently have 500 open-ended jobs, and a $1k average order size.

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Idea: A startup designed to help businesses with their strategy, marketing, and organization. It’s currently free to use.

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Idea: A ‘gig economy’ labor marketplace for graphic designers. The startup says it’s growing 1,000% month-over-month, and has already sold $3,000 a week in design work.

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Idea: A startup that’s built a quick-and-dirty tool for people who are creating a business plan, designed to help them connect the dots and make sure their numbers are solid.

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Idea: A startup designed to help people in India pay their taxes online. The company charges one-time fees for setting up a company in India, and then charges users $1 per month to file their taxes.

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A business designed to help musicians market their music and manage it across the web. It’s a unique approach, but the founders say that they’re already working with over 150 artists.

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Idea: A desktop software platform that helps companies design and build enterprise apps. The startup’s first customer is a large construction company, and it’s currently building a SaaS product that helps developers quickly build enterprise apps.

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Idea: A platform that allows people to create digital portfolios for their work. The startup wants to help designers and artists build personal brands.

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Idea: An online marketplace of products made by independent designers. Designers can keep 90% of sales, or have the option to partner with the startup for a 40% revenue share. The startup also aims to make the discovery process easier by curating the top items from each designer.

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A startup for freelance designers. The startup has plans to expand to include a wider variety of creative services including programming, video and audio production and web design.

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A platform to help people and businesses spend less time managing their money and more time on things they enjoy. The startup provides money management tools that are designed to be easy to use and interpret.

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A startup that’s built a suite of tools to help companies design their own products. The startup says it’s received $2.5 million

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A startup that provides a service that helps people find a plumber or an electrician or a mason or a painter or an interior designer

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 A startup that makes a custom-designed and usable 3D printer

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