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A startup that sells clothes designed by students of fashion schools

1,486

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

787

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

279

 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.

271

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

224

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

167

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

166

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

146

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

128

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

127

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.

125

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.

106

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

104

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

103

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

103

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

102

A design studio with a focus on the traveling millennial market

101

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.

100

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.

100

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

99

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.

97

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

97

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

97

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

94

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

93

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

93

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

92

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.

92

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

92

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

92

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.

91

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

91

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

90

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

90

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

89

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.

89

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

88

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

88

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

88

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.

88

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.

88

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

88

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

87

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

86

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

86

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.

86

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.

86

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

86

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

86

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.

86

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.

85

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

85

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

85

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

85

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

84

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

84

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

84

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

84

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

84

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

84

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

83

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

83

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

83

 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.

83

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

83

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

83

A tool for hiring contractors and interior designers

82

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.

82

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

82

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

82

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.

82

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

82

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.

82

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

81

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

81

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

81

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.

81

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.

80

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

80

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.

80

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.

80

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

80

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.

80

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.

79

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.

79

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

79

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

78

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.

78

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

77

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

77

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.

77

A collaborative digital design tool for creative entrepreneurs.

77

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.

77

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

77

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

77

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.

77

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.

76

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.

76

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.

76

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

76

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

76

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.

76

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.

76

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.

76

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

76

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

75

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

74

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.

74

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.

74

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

74

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

74

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

74

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

73

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.

73

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

73

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.

73

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.

73

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.

73

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.

72

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.

72

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.

72

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

72

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

72

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.

71

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.

71

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

71

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

71

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

71

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.

70

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

70

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

70

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.

70

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.

70

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.

70

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

70

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.

70

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

69

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

69

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.

69

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.

69

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.

69

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.

69

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.

69

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

69

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.

68

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

68

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

68

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.

67

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.

67

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.

67

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

67

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.

67

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

67

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

67

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

66

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”.

66

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

66

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.

65

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

65

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

65

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

64

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.

64

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.

63

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.

63

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

63

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.

62

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

62

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

62

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.

62

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.

62

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

61

A tool for optimizing product designs for ease of manufacturing.

61

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.

61

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.

61

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.

61

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

61

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

61

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.

60

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.

60

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.

59

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

59

A cryptocurrency wallet with a brand-new design.

59

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.

59

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

58

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.

58

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.

58

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.

58

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.

57

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.

57

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.

57

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

57

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

57

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

56

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

55

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.

54

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

54

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.

54

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.

54

A software platform that helps connect retailers with ecommerce platform designers and developers.

54

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

53

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

53

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

53

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

52

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

52

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

52

A SaaS platform designed for creating medallions for luxury cars.

50

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.

50

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

50

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.

50

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.

50

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

49

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.

49

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.

49

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.

49

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.

49

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.

49

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.

47

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

47

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

47

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

47

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.

47

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.

47

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.

47

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

47

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.

47

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

47

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

47

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

47

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

46

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.

46

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

46

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.

46

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

46

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

46

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.

45

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.

45

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.

45

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

44

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

44

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.

44

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

44

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

44

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

43

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.

43

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

43

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

43

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

43

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

43

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

42

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.

42

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.

42

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”.

42

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

41

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

41

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

41

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

41

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

41

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

41

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.

40

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.

40

 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.

40

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.

40

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

40

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.

40

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

39

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

39

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.

38

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.

38

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

38

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.

37

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

37

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.

37

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

37

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.

36

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

36

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

36

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.

35

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.

35

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.

35

 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.

34

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.

34

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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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.

33

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.

33

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

32

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

32

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

32

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.

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

32

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

31

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

31

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

31

A meeting scheduling tool designed to make it as easy as possible for meetings to be scheduled.

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

30

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.

30

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.

30

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

30

A platform for hiring freelance developers and designers.

30

A wristband that tracks sleep and activity, and is designed to help people with sleep apnea.

30

A free SaaS service to help build a brand. Independent artists can use the app to generate custom content to promote their work, and publishers can use it to sell books and merchandise. The app is designed to be simple and intuitive.

30

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.

29

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

29

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.

29

An enterprise-focused Slack alternative, with focus on teams that need to collaborate. The company has also been expanding into other areas like marketing, design, engineering, and other business functions.

29

A team management app for the engineering and design teams at a SaaS company.

29

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.

28

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.

27

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

27

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.

25

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

25

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

25

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.

25

A content marketing service for fashion brands; it helps designers and retailers create custom content to promote their brands and products.

25

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.

24

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

24

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.

23

A startup for freelance designers and developers

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A free, open-source portfolio app for designers.

22

A Skype-like video calling app for group chats, designed for small teams.

22

A visual programming language designed for chip design, intended to allow engineers to quickly prototype and visualize their designs.

22

A platform that helps hospitals and labs design and manage patient schedules. They’re looking to bring together patients, doctors, and other healthcare professionals to improve care.

21

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.

20

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

20

The startup founded by a former General Electric executive, wants to use AI and a custom-designed nanotechnology solution to make drinking water taste better.

20

A digital platform designed to help low-income families gain access to credit.

20

This company wants to help companies get more involved in the design and development of their products. They’ve built a platform that helps customers build and build their product.

20

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

19

An online marketplace for freelancers to buy and sell services (web design, photo editing, etc.)

19

A digital platform for designers to sell their work to customers, with most of the revenue coming from a subscription model.

18

This API lets designers create and embed online maps and maps inside their apps.

18

This startup is building an online marketplace for building and selling custom-designed 3D printed products. The company has raised over $1m so far, and has its own 3D printer.

17

New startup that generates and sells 3D models of buildings for architects and designers to use.

17

 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.

16

A smartphone that’s meant to be an all-in-one computer, with an operating system that’s focused on productivity and responsive design.

16

The California-based company, which previously had raised $16 million, is selling custom-designed power banks, which are basically portable chargers for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices. The company is selling them through its website but is also looking to partner with retailers to sell them in their brick-and-mortar stores.

16

A web-based service for buying and selling designer clothes and accessories on the web. The company’s CEO says the site has grown to 2.5 million monthly users and $20 million in annual revenue.

16

A startup that helps manufacturers of air fresheners, air purifiers, and air purifying devices scale their operations. The startup creates software that automates the design of these products for overseas manufacturers, allowing them to keep costs down.

16

A wireless charger, designed to work on any flat surface, for any phone.

16

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

15

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

15

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

15

A meeting scheduler for small businesses. It’s designed to be easy to use for simple scheduling, and free for five people. The founders say that they’ve got customers in the Bay area, and plans to expand to the East Coast in the next year.

15

A mobile app designed to allow teachers to pair student collaboration tools with social media.

15

3D printers designed specifically to work with medical devices.

15

A freelance freelance marketplace for designers and developers.

15

A student loan management app, designed to make the process of paying off student loans simpler.

14

A platform that allows anyone to build a website, designed to save cost and time for startups.

14

“Echo” is a new retail platform that allows customers to buy goods from a selection of over 1,000 brands, with a selection of goods from 70,000 product designers. In addition to a platform for customers to search for things to buy, Echo also offers a sales channel for retailers.

14

A startup for meeting new people and finding friends. The app is designed to make it easier for people to make new friends, and to find people with similar interests.

12

A startup that wants to make it easy to make furniture with 3D printing. A woodworker or designer can go to their website and select a model, upload their CAD files, and in just a few hours they’ll get a 3D-printed version of their design.

12

LendingClub is a peer-to-peer (P2P) lending company that aims to cut out the middleman lending market by allowing borrowers to connect with each other directly. The company’s P2P model is based on an algorithm designed to match borrowers with lenders. P2P loans were responsible for $2.7 billion in loans in 2017.

12

A platform that connects you to a network of freelance designers and developers to create a product for you. The company also works with your team to provide you with a product roadmap and a recommended development timeline.

12

A startup for designers and developers to buy and sell development services in bulk.

12

The startup is building an open-source library of all the design patterns, languages, and paradigms that make up the internet. This will serve as a foundation for the internet of things.

12

An online marketplace for digital products and services, and a social platform for artists and designers to sell their work.

12

A DIY office design platform for architects, builders, and designers.

12

The idea is that a user builds a profile of pre-made designs for their logo that they can then sell or share with other users who can purchase them. The startup is focused on the design industry, and allows you to buy and sell your own designs.

12

The product of the Design Accelerator, this startup is building a tool to help people visualize their finances.

12

A platform that connects employers with web designers and developers who can help them build websites and mobile apps.

11

A studio based in Australia that wants to use its expertise in motion design to help brands create new products, both physical and digital.

11

A platform for meal-kit delivery designed to eliminate the “kitchen limbo” where people lose track of how much is left in the fridge and need to go buy more. It streamlines the process of sending the meal components to the client, then doing the cooking for the client and keeping track of when it needs to be delivered.

11

A software platform that helps you collect all of the information on your apps, and design a software solution that works best for your business.

11

A tool for designers to create interactive visualizations in a fraction of the time it would take with traditional software.

11

A company that helps artists and designers build and manage their online presences and businesses.

11

A personalized credit card design. The startup helps users pick a card design, receive it in the mail, and start using it.

11

A company that aims to help people and companies plan sales and sales presentations online. They're currently working on a product for sales managers who want to be more strategic about sales by designing sales presentations ahead of time.

11

This startup is building a tool that designates specific parts of an app as “core”, “intermediate”, or “non-core”, which helps developers prioritize work and makes it easier to switch to a different language.

10

A platform designed to help businesses manage employees via integrations with other popular workplace tools like Slack, Asana, and Confluence. It also offers 30+ support agents to help businesses with problems.

10

A startup that allows businesses to hire freelance graphic designers from their Slack channels, who can pull from a pool of designers on demand.

10

A startup that builds printers that are designed to look like plants, with wood grain and other organic details.

10

A business-to-business marketplace connecting companies with professional designers for work on copy, imagery, logos, websites, and branding.

9

A company that helps companies track and manage health and safety in the workplace. The startup is designed to be cheap, cheap, cheap.

9

A group of professional marketers and designers with a background in creative agencies and marketing startups.

9

A startup that allows people with intellectual property rights to more easily sell their designs to manufacturers.

8

A platform that helps designers collaborate with multiple people on one project

8

A web-based service designed to make it easier for nonprofits to raise money. It charges a nominal annual fee for the service.

8

A startup that helps you design your home by giving you access to 3D models, walkthroughs, and virtual tours of homes on the market.

8

A startup that makes accurate, high-resolution 3D models of the things in the world. The company charges designers and architects in-person visits in which they can see prototypes in person and get one-on-one feedback.

8

A community of “bouts”, designed to help people get in shape.

8

This startup is building a chatbot that can help you map out your home renovation or design project. It's available in English and Spanish.

7

A decentralized network of health and medical devices that can connect to each other to streamline health data gathering and data sharing. The network is designed to be a completely decentralized, non-profit network, and is currently in talks with the NHS.

7

The startup has developed an app that helps people find independent contractors for tasks like writing, editing, or graphic design.

7

A startup for multi-family buildings that aims to optimize energy usage through a more intelligent management of energy usage. The startup started in 2018 and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fast Company Design.

7

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

6

A messaging and referral app designed for healthcare and medical professionals. It’s a sort of Yelp for the healthcare industry, helping patients find nearby doctors and other medical services.

6

The startup, which launched in December, is building an API that allows companies to design their own “gunmetal” color palettes for their apps. The startup wants to deliver a service that allows designers to create color palettes through a set of “gunmetal” swatches.

4

A group of 3 engineers and a graphic designer, Capital’s goal is to disrupt the legal sector of the marketplace by providing a full service

4

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.

2

A startup for creative workers, including photographers, videographers, and designers. It’s a bit like Upwork but without the middle man — and is looking to expand nationally.

2

A team of three full stack engineers, two graphics designers, and a marketing lead, Capital’s goal is to disrupt the legal sector of the marketplace by providing a full service legal shop. Capital is a firm that represents individuals and small businesses in a variety of legal matters. The team is currently focusing on the representation of individuals, but also does work for small businesses.

2

A company that makes a product called a “pill stop” which is a pill dispenser for people with bad backs, designed to make it easier to take pills by placing them in a container instead of a cup.

1

A graphic design startup that makes it easy for brands to design and share branded content across multiple platforms.

1

A digital communications company based in New York City. Their software is designed to help companies interact with their employees via phone, email, or chat.

1

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

-1

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: 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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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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