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Idea: A startup that helps companies hire entry-level engineers by arming them with a set of pre-screening questions that help them identify potential candidates

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This startup is building a system to help engineers understand the best ways to program to particular chips.

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A search engine for fashion companies to find clothes and accessories that go well together, cut for a specific body type, or are made with sustainable materials.

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A company that helps companies recruit software engineers in Asia.

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A new search engine that’s faster and cheaper than Google.

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A software engineering firm that helps companies connect their software systems to other software systems.

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A startup that wants to build a “machine learning tool for creating music”. The startup wants to build a tool that will allow anyone to create music from scratch, without any of the engineering knowledge required.

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A startup that matches millennial engineers with engineering jobs

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Merkle is an AI-driven search engine that helps you find the best way to spend your money based on the things you’ve bought in the past. They’re based on a “Netflix for shopping” approach.

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A startup that is a search engine for the world's best creative work.

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A company that’s building search engine tools for search engine optimization for restaurants.

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When you have a startup, you can’t just find some random engineer to join you — it takes a certain amount of money to build out your team.

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A way to quickly build a search engine for your website.

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

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A search engine that aims to create a Wikipedia for the internet of things

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 A search engine for finding people by education, gender, and location.

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A search engine for small businesses with “no ads, no tracking, and no fake news.”

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A group of MIT engineers are building a robot that will be able to remove contaminated oil spills from beaches.

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A search engine for rental properties in blue-chip suburban regions.

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A networking tool for engineers that streamlines the process of deploying and managing distributed systems.

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A search engine for content about programming. It’s built to help people find programming tutorials, ebooks, and other resources.

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CEO of the startup is a former Google engineer that says they are “building a better way to do recruiting”

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A startup that is building a data engine to help workers manage their health insurance.

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A new kind of search engine that lets users input questions in natural language.

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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.

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A tool for software engineers to find the bugs in their code as fast as possible.

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This search engine is trying to build the next generation of search results, with a focus on both social media and deep links.

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A search engine for esports. The startup is meant to help fans find events, follow players and teams, and share content.

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A platform for product managers and engineers to collaborate on building software products, with a focus on helping teams at big companies get things built quickly and iterate rapidly. They charge a percentage of monthly revenue.

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 A platform for companies to manage their supply and demand for software engineers.

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This SaaS company is building a pricing engine for businesses to build price tiers for their services, and then allow customers and partners to subscribe to different tiers.

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 Gives entrepreneurs and startups easy access to the hardware they need to build and run their business. Founded by a former Microsoft engineer, the company has raised $2.5M and is launching in beta today.

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A mobile game startup that’s building a “gameplay engine” that is meant to help game developers build games with better artificial intelligence.

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The startup is building a suite of tools to help coders and engineers work through code faster and more efficiently.

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The company was founded by former Google engineers, with the goal of creating a “Google for humans” where people can find information about products and services without having to search through a million different sites.

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A company that helps software engineers gather data from the Internet of Things and bring it in a common format, allowing them to better understand what their end-users are doing.

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A startup that wants to bring true visual search to the web. The startup uses AI to detect the objects in a picture or video, and then uses that data to power a search engine that can be used from anywhere.

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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.

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A company that wants to use search engine optimization to help restaurants pay less in sales tax. Currently the startup is trying to go through the tax process to prove that it can save restaurants money.

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A startup that is building a search engine for businesses, intended to let them find the right vendors and suppliers.

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A SaaS startup that helps software engineers get their code reviewed faster and more cheaply.

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A search engine for crime and safety alerts in the US. The startup is looking to use machine learning to tell which alerts are legitimate and which are not.

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The idea: A mobile phone that can be powered by your body movement, rather than by a battery. The goal is for the device to be small enough to fit in your pocket, but powerful enough to run a full computer. The company was founded in May 2016 by two ex-Apple engineers.

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A startup that’s building a location-based search engine for restaurants, highlighting the cuisine of a city via an interactive map.

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A tool that helps teams manage project workflows, and which the startup is building for sales, support, marketing, and engineering teams.

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A CTO partner to help engineers manage and scale their businesses.

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A “crowdsourced recommendation engine” that uses a model built on Yelp and other reviews to help people find apps and services that they might not necessarily know about.

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A startup that launched in May, Empowered Launchpad is a marketplace for a variety of services including legal, accounting, and engineering, with the goal of making it easier for startups to get off the ground. They’re already working with 100 companies around the world.

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A search engine focused on finding the most relevant articles about a particular topic. The startup is building the search around data from more than 190 million sources across the web. It was recently featured on the HBO show Silicon Valley.

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A search engine for things that have been read. The company’s co-founder was a former search engine developer who was frustrated with the state of the industry.

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A former McKinsey consultant is building a visual search engine that allows users to search for and visualize data. The startup has raised $20MM since August.

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A company that is building a new kind of search engine that helps you find the best vendors in a given local market. It’s part of the idea that government services should be made more efficient and easy to use.

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Building a product to help journalists stay safe from fake news and social engineering.

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A search engine for sales opportunities that pulls in data from the likes of LinkedIn and Eventbrite

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The company, founded by two former Facebook engineers, is building a way to take existing and upcoming blockchains and enable them to be built and used easily across different platforms.

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The creators of this startup want to bring the world a universal, open-source, and non-profit search engine.

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An AI-powered onboarding platform for IT professionals. The company is hiring additional engineers to build out a team of over 100 currently.

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This startup is creating a job search engine for freelancers.

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Scrubly is a search engine that automatically detects plagiarism in text. The startup’s first product is a plagiarism tool that monitors students’ texts and flags any that could be misappropriated.

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As we reported last week, Blue Capital is building a “wage engine” for the gig economy that will help people figure out how to actually pay their rent.

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A startup that uses machine learning to help companies hire software engineers It’s free for companies with fewer than 500 employees

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A new company that builds a unique device for kick-starting engines in cars.

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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.

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A search engine that surfaces open source code.

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A startup that aims to create the Google search for the physical world. The company is building a search engine for the physical world, and is currently in the process of building a prototype.

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A software company building a “search engine for financial markets” that enables investors to find the best stocks to buy and sell.

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A startup that helps you optimize your search engine results pages (SERPs) and has just raised $125 million

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This company, which was co-founded by a former engineer at Google, is building a platform that uses artificial intelligence to help companies manage employee perks, like free software, free lunches, and more.

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An AI engine that predicts where customers will shop and when they will shop, then puts the right products in the right place at the right time.

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A search engine that ranks content by relevance rather than popularity.

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A startup that’s building a “person search engine” for all the people in a particular location, including registered business, registered residents, and registered vehicles

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This startup is building a tool to help software engineers write more efficient code. The startup partners with teams to sit down with engineers and review their coding, helping them improve their efficiency and the quality of their code.

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A startup for data engineering services.

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A startup building a search engine for products and services. The idea is to make it easy for them to find the products they want, while giving them information about the products they are buying.

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VaynerMedia is an advertising agency that has pivoted its business into a platform for influencer marketing, with the goal of creating “a financial engine” for influencers, allowing them to monetize their content.

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An engineering service for companies that wants to build a feature with a low barrier to entry, but is expensive.

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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.

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A company that generates 3D models of structures, which it sells to architects and engineers.

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An online recruiting service for companies that want to hire software engineers.

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

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This startup is building a set of software tools for recruiting, training, and onboarding software engineers.

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A new kind of search engine that uses AI to give answers to questions. It also works with an app on your phone to let you get answers without having to search for them.

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

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This startup wants to bring more transparency to online rental listings by creating a search engine that sorts and ranks homes based on their location, amenities, and price, as well as the number of reviews they have.

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An artificial intelligence engine for the U.S. Air Force. The startup uses machine learning to predict the behavior of drones in a given environment.

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A search engine for ideas and ideas. The startup’s premise is to make sure you find the best ideas, and do it all for free.

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A company that makes a device that lets you “reverse engineer” your phone to see what’s on the other side.

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A system that provides investors with a pipeline of startups being developed by a team of engineers in a private community. Investors can then get news about new startups, early access to the resulting product, and they can build their portfolio of seed-stage companies.

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A resource for QA Engineers to find quality software engineering jobs in the US and Canada.

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This company is building an artificial intelligence engine that can build 3D models of anything in real time.

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A platform for engineers to build products, with a lean startup that changes the way engineers engage with customers.

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A startup that wants to turn the internet of things into a powerful business tool. The company, founded by former GE engineers, wants to build a platform that combines everyday objects into a platform that can help with manufacturing, distribution, and inventory management.

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A search engine for small business loans.

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A digital accounting tool, built by a team of accountants and software engineers, for small businesses.

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A startup that provides all-in-one software for shoppers who want to compare prices on goods. It’s an Amazon-style price-comparison engine, but with a focus on regional stores and local prices.

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Founded by two former Googlers in 2012, Giphy is a video search engine that helps users find content to animate GIFs from online videos.

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Solair is building an open network for connecting local businesses and the people who shop within them. Its engine is based upon the idea of a “sharing economy”, in which people are rewarded for their contributions.

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A visual search engine for finding files on the web.

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

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A platform to connect business development teams with software engineers, with the goal of improving software quality by letting teams work more closely together with a smoother onboarding process.

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A software development and engineering company that builds mobile apps for enterprise customers.

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Building a mortgage application and loan application that takes traditional paperwork out of the equation and runs it through an AI engine.

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

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A visual search engine that curates images for people, similar to Pinterest

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Expense sharing for travel is a growing trend, but Expense Buddy aims to do it better than others by creating a “predictive expense engine” that creates a bill for your trip before you leave, and serves it to you via email or SMS.

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A way to track every action you take on your phone — from every app, to every game, to every message you send — and turn it into a data-driven game engine that lets you play games without the need for a giant library of content.

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A startup that builds a prediction engine for how different financial instruments will perform. It’s first application is a prediction for bitcoin.

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This startup aims to make the process of hiring software engineers easier for smaller teams, and to do so by merging multiple applicant tracking tools. The startup offers a single dashboard for recruiting, applicant tracking and talent management.

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A tool for recruiting startup engineers.

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This startup is building a platform for companies to recruit engineers with backgrounds in data science, machine learning, and deep learning.

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This is a company that is trying to bring back the concept of the “sales engineer” into startups.

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A music streaming service that focuses on music discovery. Co-founded by former Rdio and Spotify engineers, the startup will offer a curated “radio” experience, as well as a social experience where users can follow artists and share what they’re listening to.

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Founded by a pair of former Stripe engineers, this startup helps companies store and deliver their data in a way that is accessible to developers.

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A startup that’s helping cities create parking tickets that can be paid online, saving money and time. The startup is looking to hire a few engineers to build out its backend.

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Building a company focused on making modeling, simulation and optimization more accessible to researchers, engineers and scientists.

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One of the winners of the YC Engineer Day, providing a service to help companies automate their user onboarding process, making it easier for them to onboard users without needing to manually create a signup flow.

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

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A platform to help you streamline and optimize the way you use your phone and its apps. It provides features like a dashboard to track your battery life, and a recommendation engine to help you get the most out of your phone’s capabilities.

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A team of engineers are developing a product platform for software development and automation. Their first product is a small team of bots that let you instantly communicate with anyone on Slack, and they are also developing conversational AI tools to automate tasks.

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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 “hiring engine” for freelance jobs, which bridges the distance between freelancers and businesses.

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A search engine for mobile phone numbers with features like call forwarding.

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A startup that lets users pay for their own ads on websites and social media. The startup is also announcing its first acquisition, a company called ad optimization engine Storefront that has developed a technology to show ads to people based on their demographic profile.

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A startup that helps companies figure out the best way to get products to market. They do this via a combination of software and software engineers.

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Idea: A startup that helps people go into business together Say you have a friend that's a lawyer and another that's an engineer A collaboration tool could help them communicate, share files and bill clients more smoothly The company is currently bootstrapped, and has a 10-person team

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Idea: A toolkit to help machine learning engineers build their own ML models

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Idea: A coaching platform that helps software engineers achieve their long-term career goals

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Idea: Hire Engineers at Enterprise Scale

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Idea: An AI-driven tool for filtering resumes for tech and engineering jobs

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Idea: A customizable, machine learning-driven planning engine for autonomous vehicles

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Idea: A startup that helps engineering managers coordinate software development teams

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Idea: A startup that is a marketplace for wearable companies to hire the same freelance engineers to build apps for their products

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

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Idea: A startup that matches freelance developers with smaller startups looking for engineers.

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Idea: A social network for engineers that brings them together to discuss engineering problems and solutions.

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Idea: A startup that aims to help companies in the Middle East and India use technology to hire engineers and maintain online reputations.

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Idea: This startup is a marketplace for food trucks to find parking in major US cities. It’s led by a team of engineers who previously

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Idea: A startup that is building a tool that makes it easier for users to edit 3D models in VR. It’s a combination of a 3D modeling tool and a 3D rendering engine, currently available for Oculus and HTC Vive.

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Idea: A platform that uses AI to help small business owners scale by building an engine that automatically figures out the most profitable steps to scale a business.

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Idea: SaaS startup that helps hotels manage their rooms and guests, with a little bit of Netflix’s recommendation algorithms baked in. The idea is that hotels can use it as a booking engine to get more out of their rooms, and the company’s founders say they have a 75% conversion rate.

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A startup that’s built an open-source, artificial intelligence-powered bot that helps you schedule meetings on Slack. The bot is called Lino and was built by a team of ex-Google and ex-Yahoo engineers.

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A startup that connects companies that need engineers with engineers who want to work for them

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