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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

151

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

137

A startup that provides a directory of massage therapists

120

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.

113

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.

109

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

108

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

106

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

103

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

101

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.

100

Online business directory and community for India

99

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

98

A startup that provides a directory of mobile app developers

98

A digital advertising company that helps companies sell directly on Facebook

98

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

96

A startup that provides a directory of people who have extra time and are willing to help others with chores, errands, etc

95

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

95

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

95

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.

95

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

95

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

94

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.

94

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

94

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

94

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

93

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.

93

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

93

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.

93

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.

92

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.

91

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

91

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.

91

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

89

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”.

89

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.

89

A startup that is a directory of certified public accountants

88

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.

88

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.

88

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

87

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

87

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

87

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.

87

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.

86

A company that can assemble furniture from a factory in China, and ship it directly to a customer.

86

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

86

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.

85

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)

84

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

84

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

84

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

84

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.

84

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

84

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

84

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

82

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.

82

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.

82

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.

82

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.

82

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

82

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.

81

 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.

81

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

81

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

81

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

81

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.

80

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

80

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.

80

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

79

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

78

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

78

This year’s judges were Jason Ho, Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures; Kristi Puller, Founder, and CEO, Techstars; Bill Gaver, General Partner, 500 Startups; and Sanjay Dastoor, Founder, and CEO, InVenture Partners.

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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.

77

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)

75

A resource for finding the best yoga classes and teachers in a particular city. The company also wants to develop a global directory of yoga studios.

75

This startup is building a way to help farmers market their products without the hassle of selling via a big, impersonal store. Instead, farmers can have a more intimate and less expensive selling experience when selling directly to the consumer.

75

Directs and optimizes customer interactions with brick-and-mortar stores. The company has developed a proprietary virtual assistant software which has already been integrated into 88 retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Petco, and Whole Foods.

75

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.

75

A crowdfunding platform that aims to help entrepreneurs pitch their projects on a more intimate level. It’s a tool to help founders speak directly to the crowd without the need for a large team of people. It’s currently in private beta.

75

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.

75

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

74

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

74

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

73

A company that’s building a “smart gateway” that’s meant to connect small businesses directly with banks and financial institutions.

73

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.

73

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.

73

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.

72

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.

71

America’s digital magazine is a digital magazine that is central to its mission is to cover the changing landscape of the media industry, and how technology is affecting it. Since February 2014, it has published a new issue every other Thursday and has a print-on-demand model, so subscribers receive their copy directly.

69

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.

69

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

68

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.

68

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.

67

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

66

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.

66

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

66

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.

65

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

65

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.

64

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.

64

A startup to crowdsource direct marketing campaigns for companies.

62

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.

61

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.

61

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.

61

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

60

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.

60

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.

59

 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.

59

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

59

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.

59

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

58

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

58

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.

56

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.

55

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.

53

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

52

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.

52

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.

51

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.

51

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.

51

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.

50

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.

50

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.

49

An online directory of local hairstyling and beauty products.

49

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

49

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.

49

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

48

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.

48

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.

48

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.

47

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.

47

A directory of the world’s best remote job sites, curated by the founders of Remote Year.

47

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.

45

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.

45

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.

45

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.

44

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.

43

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.

42

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

41

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

40

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.

40

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.

39

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.

39

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.

38

A decentralized, open-source online marketplace that allows people to buy and sell digital goods and services directly from other users without the need for a centralized authority.

38

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.

37

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.

37

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

36

 A web-based company directory for the US

35

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.

34

The startup is building an enterprise-grade email platform that allows marketers to send emails directly to employees, rather than having to use an external service like MailChimp or Mandrill.

33

A platform that lets you streamline your workflow in terms of how you share assets/assets between different parties. So, for example, if you’re an artist and you’re working with a director, you can upload your artwork to a cloud-based platform that allows you to share it with the director, who can then use it in the final cut without having to work directly with you.

32

A new platform for data analysis and processing. The company’s platform is built on a decentralized network of computers that run on smart contracts, directly connecting scientists with researchers across the world.

32

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.

32

A software platform to help brands sell directly to consumers, using various channels including email, text, or social.

32

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

31

A platform that enables consumers to buy goods directly from manufacturers.

31

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

30

A tool that helps businesses lower the cost of their marketing by giving them direct access to their customers.

30

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

29

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.

28

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

28

One of the most common complaints about shopping carts is that it’s hard to compare prices. 3D Cart hopes to help with that by showing the prices from the retailer’s site directly on the cart page.

28

A startup that’s working on a new way to connect startups with investors. The startup is building a marketplace where startups will be able to connect directly with VCs without having to go through a middleman.

26

This startup is building an advertising platform for influencers that allows brands to deal directly with influencers.

26

A company that helps companies sell their products via their websites, then ship them directly to customers

26

This startup aims to make it easier for people to pay for parking tickets, by building an app for parking enforcement agencies that lets them pay directly from their phone.

26

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

25

A tool for producers and directors to create marketing videos, with a focus on how to use a camera and lighting to tell a story.

25

A startup that allows people to send a video directly to a friend, with a minimum of fuss.

25

The first NFC app to let users order food directly on their phones, in advance, and pay using just a tap. It’s currently being used in Paris to order ahead at restaurants, hotels, and cafes.

25

A payment platform that allows stores to take credit card payments directly from customers. The startup provides technology to stores to collect credit cards and data on customers. It also operates a cashier-less store with integrated technology.

24

A startup connecting people who need rentals with homeowners who want to rent out their homes. The company wants to allow renters to search for homes within a specific price range and go directly to the homeowner.

24

The idea behind this startup is that there are 100s of millions of people who don’t use their car’s navigation system, but do know how to use their cellphones. The startup wants to solve the problem by building a service for people to use their phone’s GPS to give them directions.

24

A platform that allows real estate agents to list properties for sale and rent via a mobile app. The startup is trying to connect home sellers and renters directly, rather than using a broker.

24

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.

23

A startup that wants to build a decentralized app store, like Google Play. The startup wants to connect developers with users directly.

23

This startup is building a system for making food trucks more sustainable by allowing them to buy in bulk directly from suppliers.

23

 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.

22

A startup that takes a more direct approach to protecting users from phishing and fraud. It’s a standalone app that can be installed on any website or app for a few dollars a month.

22

A startup that helps businesses give their customers the ability to order products directly through the company’s website, rather than having to go through an intermediary.

22

Tastebuds helps restaurants and home cooks save money by paying suppliers directly and automating day to day operations.

22

A direct-to-consumer subscription service that focuses on providing tools for health and self-improvement. Offers access to workout plans, meal plans, and other content.

22

A digital concierge service that connects users directly to local service providers for personalized service.

21

This startup wants to help small businesses create, manage, and share Google Docs spreadsheets directly from their phone.

20

A tool for corporate recruiters to pitch job candidates to companies directly, cutting down on the time spent managing the process.

20

An e-commerce app for small operations (typically unlicensed) that allows them to get orders and ship products directly to customers, as well as manage inventory and customer accounts.

19

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.

19

A tool for creators of videos, photographers, musicians, etc. to upload their work to various platforms, like YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc. and sell it directly without having to deal with intermediaries like Facebook or Google.

19

A startup that wants to take a person’s health, from a doctor’s perspective, and put it in a dashboard. It’s a “free radical”, a company in San Francisco, California, that wants to change the way the world thinks about health. It has a commercial in production with a director who’s won a couple of Oscars, and a book in development.

19

A digital platform for the organic food industry to sell directly to customers, with its current focus on e-commerce fulfillment. The founders envision a future where they can send one of the world’s most trusted brands of food directly to your doorstep.

19

A company that helps users get more out of their apps by incorporating notifications, reminders, and other features directly into their apps.

19

This startup is building a banking app for small businesses. The app allows small companies to open bank accounts and use the tools of the bank directly.

19

A company that provides an in-app way to pay your bills directly from a credit card.

18

A startup that raised $2.7 million in funding in July to develop a point-of-sale system that would allow businesses to directly access credit card information.

18

A mobile payment system for freelancers, with clients set up to receive invoices directly on their phones. It’s currently in private beta.

18

An online platform for shoppers to find and buy merchandise directly from other consumers.

18

A platform that connects local businesses with customers, and helps them deliver packages directly to the customer’s door.

18

This startup is building a new kind of store for farmers around the world, where farmers can sell directly to consumers at a discount.

18

A global network of local markets, with local farmers who are able to sell their produce directly to consumers. The company’s customers are typically top-tier restaurants and grocery stores.

18

A company that helps urban farmers sell fresh produce directly to local consumers via a network of farmers.

17

This company is building the world’s first platform for people to support their favorite artists. The startup is uniting artists with fans, fans with artists, and artists with fans, to create direct connections that allow fans to directly support their favorite artists.

16

A platform to help merchants sell direct to consumers through Facebook.

16

This company wants to power the next generation of music distribution, allowing artists to sell directly to fans through a customizable iOS app.

16

A startup that has built an app for companies to manage remote workers. It works as a virtual call center. The client can choose to pay the workers via a direct deposit or via their bank account. The startup says that their product is like a landline, meaning that a worker can use it even if their employer doesn’t pay for the service.

15

A company that helps chefs easily sell directly to customers via a mobile app that brings together a range of products from a variety of restaurants.

15

A startup that uses artificial intelligence to direct users to the cheapest and most reliable oil prices offered at the pump.

15

A platform for independent retailers and restaurants to sell and deliver items directly to customers

14

A web app that allows you to pay a delivery person with a credit card or a mobile app that lets you tap a picture of a receipt and pay the driver directly.

14

A startup that wants to give small businesses a platform for hosting and selling their products directly to their customers.

14

A startup that wants to help you streamline your payroll process by connecting your team directly to your HR team.

14

This startup allows companies to send out invoices and payments directly from the website.

14

This startup is building a better way to buy clothes, with a simplified and more secure checkout process, and direct access to a virtual stylist.

14

A startup that helps customers sell insurance directly to their customers, removing the need for the customer to go through their agent.

13

The startup aims to help brokers and sellers of used vehicles and vehicles for sale deal directly with each other.

13

A product for business owners, in which you can sell your products directly in your Shopify store. The company’s founder says there are over 25,000 people in the US using his app.

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A way to create a directory of Middle Eastern food for travelers, along with ratings and reviews.

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A startup working to take a big chunk of the market for private-label products – a market worth about $3 billion a year – and offer it to brands. The startup has a direct-to-consumer arm that’s been offering private-label products from the likes of Verizon to Target.

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A startup that allows anyone to live stream to YouTube. It’s a free service that lets people live stream directly to YouTube, and also costs viewers a small fee.

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A startup that wants to help people buy, sell and ship items without having to worry about inventory. The startup is building a platform where you can list items for sale, then have them packaged and shipped directly to someone else.

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A search engine that aims to provide a direct answer to the question “What is the best restaurant in this city”

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A “health arm” for companies. The company has the potential to help employers pool information about their employees and their health in the same way that LinkedIn does for companies and their employees. The startup’s medical director has been working with insurance companies to build out a platform that would work similarly to the one for employers.

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A directory of independent developers, with a marketplace to match them with a client. The startup has a team of former Google employees and has raised $1.5 million from Y Combinator.

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A startup that offers workers the ability to work remotely, get paid via their employer, get paid via an app, get paid via direct deposit, get paid via Venmo, get paid via PayPal, get paid via Square, get paid via an Amazon gift card, get paid via cryptocurrency, or get paid via a bank account.

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This startup wants to remove complexity from the process of booking flights by connecting airlines directly to hotels. The startup currently has a pilot with 10 hotels in Philadelphia, and plans for expansion to the whole of the US by the end of 2019.

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A new way to do direct-to-consumer retail, using a modern e-commerce system to create a virtual store on a company’s website.

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An online platform that helps small-scale farmers sell their excess produce. It allows farmers to post prices and where to buy the produce, and consumers to buy directly from farmers.

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A platform for ordering food from your favorite restaurants. The startup offers a platform that connects restaurants with their customers, allowing users to order food directly from the restaurant’s website by speaking to a live agent.

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A platform for retailers and brands to sell directly to customers from their website, with the goal of cutting out the middle man.

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E-commerce startup that allows shoppers to buy groceries and other products directly from brands and merchants.

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This startup wants to help students pay for college by cutting out the middleman. With EnrollMe, students can set up online accounts at their schools, then buy the school's textbooks, pay for the school's dorms and student meal plans, and then transfer those funds directly to their school.

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A platform to help artists and artisans sell their goods directly to customers, via a website that helps them manage inventory and track sales.

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A “sales platform for developers,” allowing them to sell directly to customers. It’s available on the web and on iOS/Android apps.

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A free web-based platform for musicians to share their music with fans. The app lets musicians upload their music to the platform, and users can listen to it, vote on it, and make requests. Fans can also buy music directly from the app.

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A new-generation online video platform that aims to compete directly with YouTube. The company’s co-founders say they’re already seeing traffic and engagement numbers that rival the video platform.

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Allows you to track your time spent on phone calls, direct message conversations, or meetings. The startup wants to help you know how much time you’re spending on tasks that are more important and track how you’re using the time you’re not using.

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This startup makes direct-to-consumer vitamins that are delivered to your home, by mail.

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A startup that helps farmers save money and time by delivering produce directly to their door.

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A startup that’s building a platform to help middlemen brokers buy direct from manufacturers, helping to reduce costs, increase supply, and make sure all the right products are in the right places at the right time.

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This is what happens when the team behind Meetup, the platform for organizing local events, turns their attention towards the more consumer-focused side of the world. It’s a platform that helps merchants sell directly to their customers and serves as a hub for sales, marketing, and support.

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Helping businesses connect their physical products directly to consumers via the internet with their app, which acts as a “smart shelf” that helps customers scan items and find products they can purchase.

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This startup is building a platform for brands to “sell directly to influencers”, by tracking influencer conversations about a brand and connecting them with that brand’s social media team.

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A directory for finding the nearest dry cleaner, restaurant, and other types of businesses. The company launched in Boston with the goal of landing in New York and Los Angeles by December.

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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 doctors who specialize in alternative medicine

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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 provides a directory of small businesses to help them find business solutions like a virtual assistant

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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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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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