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A platform that connects consumers with products and services they want to buy directly from a mobile phone.

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A startup that creates a directory of local home repair experts so people can find someone to do small home repairs

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A startup that provides a directory of doctors that are high quality and charge a flat fee for specific procedures

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A startup that provides an online directory of local services (ie car mechanics, painters, etc)

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A SaaS company that offers a platform for managing employee benefits. It provides a software dashboard for insurance providers to compare health plans and find the best benefits to offer without having to communicate directly with consumers.

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A credit card for the underbanked. It eschews traditional bank systems and instead relies on direct deposit.

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A digital platform for buying and selling e-books, with services like a price guarantee for authors, and direct-to-consumer sales.

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A software company that aims to help businesses track customer information and enterprise data. The startup writes to customers directly to collect data and to think up new ideas.

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A startup that promises to be the next Uber for the taxi industry. Instead of incentivizing drivers by paying them directly, they’ll pay the driver’s customer base.

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A web-based platform for buying concert tickets, connecting artists directly with fan-clubs, and allowing fans to buy tickets for their friends.

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The app acts as a digital wallet for your car, helping you use your phone to buy gas and get directions, and to pay for parking and tolls in the city.

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A new kind of payment system that allows taxi owners to compete with Uber and Lyft. Instead of needing to call a dispatcher, riders can hail a cab in real-time and pay directly through the app.

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A directory for hospital employees to find any service they need, from doctors to nurses to food delivery, all on one page.

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A startup that sells a directory of people who will come out and do odd jobs around your house - like repairing fixtures, painting,

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A startup that wants to allow consumers to buy directly from makers, like they would from Etsy.

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A platform for pharmaceuticals that wants to be the Uber for drug distribution. Instead of having to find a distributor, the startup wants to connect patients directly with pharmacies that can provide them with medicines.

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A digital platform for group-buying, with the goal of making it simpler and cheaper for people to order directly from the group, and helping them better manage the group.

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Skip is a direct to consumer platform for retailers to create their own branded subscriptions.

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A 3D-printed eyewear company that’s looking to disrupt the eyewear industry with a direct-to-consumer approach.

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A startup that provides a directory of mobile app developers

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A startup that creates a turnkey system to help entrepreneurs get started in the right direction

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A GPS-based ride-sharing app that allows users to call a car directly from their phone.

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The six-episode series is written by the late Blaine Capatch and directed by his brother, Daniel Capatch, and is produced by Blaine Capatch's company, Significant Productions. It stars Marla Sokoloff, Kyle MacLachlan, Taye Diggs, and Kathleen Quinlan.

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A startup that creates a directory of lawyers who are willing to work on contingency

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A startup that is building a way for people to use their GPU instantly and directly for cryptocurrency mining and trading

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The startup’s mobile app is meant to help photographers plan their shoots, then let them share photos directly to social media.

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Online business directory and community for India

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This platform helps tech companies that would like to sell software as a service (SaaS) to clients. The platform allows for businesses to reach their clients directly, and also helps them understand how much money their clients are spending on software.

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An “agentless” marketplace for professional services. Clients can use the service to connect directly with these providers without the need for a human intermediary.

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Idea: A scheduling app for hair salons, meant to streamline the process of booking appointments and also to provide a better customer experience by allowing customers to book their appointments directly through the app

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

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A data visualization tool for account directors to track their customer’s key metrics, like revenue, customer service, and churn.

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A startup that helps companies “reduce the time it takes to receive a quote from an insurance company” by connecting them directly to carriers and streamlining the process in a way that’s automated and simple.

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A startup that provides a directory of contractors for people who are looking for a contractor to do work on their home

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Apple’s iOS operating system lacks a centralized directory to find and open files. Filefactory has built a solution that will let you “find files and get notifications for files that are important to you—in any app”.

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This startup wants to make it easier to sell tickets for events by allowing users to sell tickets to venues directly. Currently, the startup is only working with venues that have their own ticketing software, but in the future it hopes to work with event organizers as well.

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Builds a platform for businesses to share and compare information about their products, services, and employees. It has partnerships with companies like Linkedin, Mailchimp, and Stripe, allowing employees to upload their resumes, manage their accounts, and receive paychecks directly within the platform.

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A company that is building a platform that lets artists sell their work directly to customers, including things like stickers and greeting cards.

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A startup that creates a directory of people who are trained to do repair work on a variety of things like plumbing, electrical wiring, and AC work

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A startup for insurance products. The startup works directly with insurance companies, helping companies get quotes and make money on the deal.

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A navigation app for drivers that uses data from real-time feed from traffic cameras to give you turn-by-turn directions.

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A navigation app for the blind, which can display arrows and text to guide users in the right direction.

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A $100 million startup that works with “large group of healthcare providers” to offer direct-to-consumer health insurance.

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A company that helps people find the right healthcare provider when they need it, whether that's a doctor or a lab. Their product is a directory of doctors and their practices, with the ability to add doctors, review and edit information, and even schedule appointments.

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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.

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A startup that is a directory of certified public accountants

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Unbounce isn’t selling directly to customers, but instead to small agencies and marketers that want to hire them to do their advertising.

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A food delivery service that will allow its customers to order their own vegetables, rice, and protein and have it delivered directly to their door.

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A platform for direct-to-consumer health care that allows users to share health data and receive treatment recommendations from a variety of doctors and hospitals. The company says it is the only platform of its kind and has raised $1.2 million to date.

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This is a company that is teaming up with a local restaurant to help you order food from a menu directly online. The idea is that you can then order a meal to be ready in the same spot that you want to pick it up from.

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A platform that allows customers to buy a specific film or lens and have it shipped directly to their door.

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 A “frictionless” payments app that lets businesses turn debit card payments into direct deposits, enabling customers to pay without even having a card in their hands.

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A company that wants to build a SaaS platform for “convenient, direct, and secure” exchanges for consumers and businesses.

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Artsy is building a peer-to-peer platform that leverages the best art curators and artists to help connect buyers with sellers and sellers with buyers. The startup is building an artist marketplace that allows artists to connect directly to buyers on the platform.

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A management-software tool for companies that sell their own products directly to consumers.

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A mobile app that allows users to easily send and receive money. The startup was founded in July and is focused on working with local banks in the US. It aims to get users to use the app to send money directly to their local bank accounts or other people’s bank accounts.

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 This company is building a platform for ride-sharing companies to work directly with customers.

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The company is an online pharmacy, with a twist. They are creating a marketplace where doctors can sell pharmaceuticals to the public, and the public can buy these drugs directly from doctors.

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A startup that provides a directory for people to find local restaurants with vegan options

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A startup that is a directory of places to go on vacation and where you can do activities (IE A startup like TripAdvisor but for all sorts of activities)

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This startup is using mobile payments to help small businesses pay their vendors directly from their phones, reducing the need to invoice and avoid late payments.

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A startup that gives a voice to a growing number of people who are sick of the medical system, especially in the US. It aims to help people connect with their health care providers in a more direct and human way.

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

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A startup that provides a directory of people in your area who are willing to do small tasks for you (IE: I pay $25 and you go get my laundry washed and cleaned at the dry cleaner)

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

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A startup that aims to help college students get answers to their questions about their health. There are an estimated 1.5 million students with health questions and a very limited number of resources to direct them to.

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A new way for consumers to buy music and pay directly to artists. Sounding is a new way for fans to directly support artists they like with a “tip”, or a donation, that goes directly to the artist.

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A music-sharing platform that wants to take the middle man out of the music industry. The startup wants to make it easy for artists and labels to sell their music direct to fans, and also want to create a brand new revenue stream for artists in the process.

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This is an omnichannel platform to help retailers connect with their customers directly, in order to grow sales and better manage inventory.

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A digital advertising company that helps companies sell directly on Facebook

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A platform that connects employees to employers and allows them to connect directly through a chat interface.

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The app will allow people to search and buy flights at any time of day, choosing from direct flights, travel agencies, or their preferred airlines.

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A directory-based marketplace for short-term rentals of cars, bikes, and scooters.

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UrbanClap specializes in helping local businesses find customers through their mobile app. It’s building a tool that helps people book appointments at local businesses from their phones directly.

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Integrated system for tracking and managing real estate transactions for companies. The company works directly with the actual seller, so it can offer tax advice and other services.

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A tool that allows programmers to build and edit .NET Framework applications directly from their smart phones

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A tool for using the internet to create and sell video content. It functions more like a go-between for videographers and content owners, creating a more direct, streamlined process for rights and payments.

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A way to do peer review for scientific papers, allowing scientists to post their work directly as a paper on the internet and ask for feedback from the scientific community.

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 This startup wants to disrupt the insurance industry by creating a platform that connects users directly with experts and their claims.

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A company that provides a way for people to apply to jobs directly from the phone. It’s currently working in the UK, and has plans to expand to other countries.

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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.

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A new service that lets companies run their own credit card processing, giving them the ability to take cash out of the ATM and sending it directly to a bank account.

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An API that lets customers pay any merchant in the world, directly through their website, with no credit-card processing fees.

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A platform for video creators to monetize their content, using direct marketing and payments.

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A platform for small businesses to publish, organize, and send their blog posts directly to their subscribers’ inboxes.

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A company that uses algorithms to direct automated phone calls to businesses to help them reach out to prospective customers who have similar interests. The startup offers a “campaign” for as low as $400 for up to two calls per day.

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A startup to crowdsource direct marketing campaigns for companies.

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A SaaS that helps artists sell their work directly to consumers in a way that’s more efficient than selling through a gallery or commercial gallery.

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A startup that is building a software-defined radio for IoT, allowing devices to connect directly to the internet. It’s a layer of software that sits between the radio chip manufacturer and the end user.

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The startup is building a service that they describe as “the Uber of air travel”. It replaces the “front-end” that users deal with when they book a flight and instead of a travel agent, will connect them directly with an itinerary.

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Tired of paying hefty overdraft fees, this startup wants to make banks obsolete and hand them over to their customers, who can then pay bills and get cash advances directly from their bank accounts.

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An “Ask-a-Vet” app that directs users to the nearest vet, and is backed by PetMed Express, a pet supply retailer.

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A commerce platform that allows small businesses to sell their wares and services directly to consumers online.

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The founders of this startup are serial entrepreneurs. They’ve raised $4.5 million to build a platform that can help brands and agencies build better ads and work with customers directly to improve their marketing efforts.

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A platform that allows users to post content, sell products, and manage their social media directly from their website.

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A platform that allows retailers to sell their products online without buying wholesale, lowering costs and maximizing margins. They’re building a marketplace that connects retailers directly with manufacturers.

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 A startup that helps companies manage their customers from a customer relations perspective. It’s a CRM for customers and employees as well as a way to manage a directory of contacts.

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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.

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A startup for direct sales of international travel, with a focus on leisure travelers. The startup provides an easy way to book and pay for the flight with a credit card and splits the commission with the travel agent.

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A tool to help nonprofits do their fundraising. By taking in donations and giving them out to their clients in a direct, transparent manner, the startup wants to help nonprofits grow their donor bases and improve their bottom line.

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A startup that lets guests book rooms and restaurants directly on Airbnb, without having to go through the service’s own reservations system.

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A platform that helps business owners directly monetize their digital content. They’re using a crowdsourced model of community management to build the best content curation platform.

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A company that connects large retailers with local farmers, allowing them to buy produce directly from them and have it delivered to their store locally.

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A way for retailers to deliver their products directly to consumers without any human interaction. The startup’s goal is to make consumer interaction with products as invisible as possible.

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An advertising platform for artists that uses blockchain technology to smooth out the payment process. ArtPro is building a DApp on Ethereum that will allow artists to sell their digital work directly to their fans.

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A platform for all digital currencies. Their goal is to provide a universal wallet that allows users to exchange between digital and fiat currency directly.

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A mobile payments company that uses a combination of SMS and M2M to allow merchants to accept payments directly from their customers.

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An online directory of local hairstyling and beauty products.

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A content management system for travel websites, allowing them to sell content to companies that they can’t sell to directly. The startup also offers a tool for managing content on the web for travel companies.

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This startup is building an app that allows users to buy and sell local goods to each other directly in person, without going through a middleman.

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The idea is to build a service that enables you to trade your Apple Watch and iPhone data with other people. The company wants to build a directory of sellers and buyers of Apple Watch and iPhone data.

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

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A tool to help people find and buy direct-to-consumer items on the web.

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A mobile app that allows customers to directly order products online from brands, with the retailer taking a cut of the sale.

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A digital directory for buying and selling used cars. The company has a deal with dealerships, allowing them to sell their vehicles on the platform.

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A company that helps independent contractors sell their services to large corporations. The startup is based in the US, but in the future wants to use artificial intelligence and relationship management to help businesses buy services directly from contractors.

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A platform for fashion brands to manage their products, with a lean startup that seeks to build a marketplace where brands can sell their products directly to consumers.

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a free front-end application for Gmail that allows users to download and share their email directly to other messaging apps. The company’s aim is to provide a simpler, more intuitive interface for users to manage their email.

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A startup for people to buy and sell products directly from their phones, and for sellers to receive payment via Venmo. The company is looking to expand into a marketplace with services like insurance and education.

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The startup wants to help companies meet the needs of their customers with a new tech platform that lets users talk directly to their bank services, like the automated teller machines of the future.

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A company that allows you to buy and sell goods on eBay directly from within a mobile app. Founded by former Facebook exec Justin Kan, Hangers was started in 2014 and has raised $5.5 million. and has over 30,000 users.

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A group of startups that wants to build a more flexible alternative to the more common SaaS model. The startups want to build tools that let people customize their solutions into “custom apps” that can be sold to customers directly.

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A startup that helps schools make more money from their online activities by directing the money that students spend on school supplies and other items to the school.

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This company is building a software platform that connects manufacturers with small and medium-sized businesses that need digital printing solutions, including direct mail, invitations, catalogs, posters, and more.

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This startup is building a service that turns your iPhone into a platform for helping you find a doctor or emergency room. You’ll be able to call any medical professional or hospital directly from your iPhone, and they’ll provide you with directions and a diagnosis.

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A SaaS company that helps companies sell more easily online. The company’s main product, Bizboss, helps companies build marketing campaigns across social media, email, search, and direct mail.

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A platform that lets businesses sell directly to their customers – similar to services like Shopify or Stripe.

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A company that allows people to create customized “banking services” for themselves, from getting their paychecks directly deposited to arranging overdraft protection or making payments online.

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A B2B company that provides customers with a toner printer that prints directly onto their paper

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

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A startup that wants to make a way for brands to quickly and cheaply build an Instagram-like social media account directly on Facebook. Great for influencers who don’t want to deal with complicated Instagram accounts.

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A digital payments application for small businesses that replaces a bank account, credit card, and direct debit. The B2B business uses the same technology that allows a company to charge purchases to a credit card.

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A team of former Google engineers are building a “SEO suite” for e-commerce platforms that includes keyword research, sitemaps, and other tools. It helps brands rank better on search engines and direct more traffic to the site.

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A digital platform for automated room service ordering in hotels. Users can order from a menu of the hotel’s dishes, and the order is sent to the kitchen directly. The startup is working with a dozen hotels in India.

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A startup that allows business owners to share their expense reports directly within their business app.

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A startup that’s building a platform that helps retailers and manufacturers ship products directly to consumers. The company wants to offer a new model for connecting consumers with businesses that will bring down costs, and potentially lower shipping costs, and increase convenience.

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A startup that wants to connect you directly to the data you need for your research, building your own databases in a decentralized manner.

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A millennial-focused startup that wants to create a locally-sourced and craft beer-friendly alternative to “traditional” craft beers. LocalBev will work directly with a brewer to create a unique beer style, with each batch brewed on an on-site system.

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A financial app for students that helps colleges accept payments directly from a student’s bank account, instead of charging fees or taking checks.

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A SaaS tool for sales reps to manage direct sales teams and customers more effectively.

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This startup wants to create a marketplace for freelance content creators and help them turn their content into direct revenue.

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A startup that helps business development teams build and maintain their relationships with customers by offering a direct line of communication that is always available.

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A startup that helps connect nurses and patients primarily in emerging markets. The app aims to help doctors and nurses access it directly from their smartphones.

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A startup that helps users find and share the best places to go within their city, then make reservations directly with the restaurant.

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A tool that allows people to receive a monthly stipend via direct deposit.

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A startup that provides a directory of local contractors and home improvement professionals

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A startup that provides a directory of all of the local restaurants and dishes they serve so that you can learn about the local cuisine

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A startup that creates a directory of people who are willing to provide a place to stay for people who are traveling abroad

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A startup that provides people with a directory of all the furniture stores in their city so they can go out and buy furniture for their new place

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A startup that provides a directory of professionals who can provide hard-to-find services like making a denture

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A startup that provides a directory of people who are willing to do odd jobs for people (IE I’ll come to your house and do yard work for you)

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

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A startup that creates a directory of people who do odd jobs like fixing lawn mowers, cars, etc

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Idea: This is a mobile app that makes it easy to get a ride using your smartphone Riders can also use the app to manage their ride, directly with the driver, without speaking to a dispatcher It’s currently available in the Bay Area, with free rides during the trial period

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Idea: To provide a central platform for people to sell and trade used goods, and for brands to directly connect with consumers

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Idea: A startup for small, local businesses to sell directly to consumers The startup says they already have earned $10,000 in revenue after only 5 months

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Idea: A directory of jobs in the gig economy, from Uber and Lyft to dog walkers and freelance writers

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

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Idea: A startup that wants to be the Open Table of the cannabis industry, creating an online directory of marijuana dispensaries and delivery services.

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Idea: A mobile application for security guards to handle walk-in queries, like from shoppers who need directions or from workers who want to know if they’re allowed to take a box home.

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Idea: A micro-financing company that provides small loans directly to merchants in Kenya. It aims to bring a better online experience to the underbanked.

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Idea: A marketing platform for beauty brands to sell directly to their customers. The startup is built on a freemium model and has made $2,820 in sales.

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Idea: A community directory for short-term housing aimed at tourists and newcomers to a city. The startup is planning to expand to other cities in the future.

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A startup that provides a directory of doctors who specialize in alternative medicine

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Idea: A startup for local home services (eg plumbing, electrical, landscaping) The company is also building out a mobile platform called On-the-Job that it says will allow customers to book services directly from their phone and schedule appointments

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