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

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A startup that matches millennial engineers with engineering jobs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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This startup is creating a job search engine for freelancers.

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A search engine that surfaces open source code.

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

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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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A startup for data engineering services.

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

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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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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 search engine for small business loans.

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

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

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

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

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

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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 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 group of former software engineers and developers who are building an automated dog-training platform to help pet owners train their pooches.

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

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

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

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A visual search engine for finding files on the web.

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

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

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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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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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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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A tool for recruiting startup engineers.

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

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

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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 startup that is building an engine that turns broken cars into a network that can be repurposed.

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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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Basically a “one-stop shop” for hiring engineers and data scientists.

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

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

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

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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 the professional clean up and disposal industry

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A search engine for the cannabis industry, focused on companies and events

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A restaurant search engine that uses Rotten Tomatoes to show the best of the best.

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

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A startup that will be launched by Ben Horowitz, which will be the first project of his new Horowitz Center for Entrepreneurship. The company will create a social network for network engineers to receive and give feedback on code.

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A blockchain infrastructure company focused on smart contracts and token engineering.

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A startup that helps software engineers find remote jobs that match their expertise.

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A recommendation engine that helps you find what you like and suggest similar products to you.

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A self-learning AI engine that’s aimed at predicting customer behavior and building loyalty.

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 An HR startup that helps companies hire and manage software engineers. They focus on a unique interview process of tracking answers and listening to the answers and use machine learning to sort candidates, give feedback, and determine how to move forward.

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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 decentralized search engine that allows users to search through other websites without having to link to them. The company wants to make the web a little less centralized.

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Founded in 2012 by Joshua Williams and Mark Wascura, the company develops and sells a platform that allows companies to build and manage their own travel and expense management platforms. Williams and Wascura began their careers as software engineers and spent 13 years at Oracle and HP respectively, before deciding to start the company in 2012. They raised $5 million in 2014 and $12 million in 2017.

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A group of engineers building a simple way to convert between different styles of engineering drawings.

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A startup that helps tech companies hire engineers from India, the US and elsewhere.

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A team of former Googlers building a visual search engine for the web.

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A “decision engine” that helps businesses make sense of regulatory and compliance challenges. The company aims to make legal processes easier, cheaper, and more transparent.

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A startup that is building a way to help consumers find great deals and discounts on their favorite products and services. The startup has built an AI engine that scours the web to find the best deals and sends them to users through email.

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A group of software engineers that want to build an app that allows car buyers to buy a car without a dealership.

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A computer science & engineering company that makes software for automotive and robotics innovations.

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The engineers behind this startup are using a “data-driven” approach to build a better email marketing platform. The company’s CEO says that email marketing is better than ever.

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Finds and engages new talent for software engineers.

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This startup from Stanford is building a social network for software engineers to share work references, solve problems, and collaborate.

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A “full-stack engineering company” that helps clients build their app, website, or API on their terms.

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An engineering staffing startup that partners with companies to bring in new talent. After a company does a demo, Minimum runs a search for top candidates using its proprietary algorithm. The company says they’ve so far found candidates at top engineering schools, raised $1.4 million in VC funding, and secured over a dozen jobs.

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Philadelphia has a long history of technological innovation in the medical and engineering fields.

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A group of engineers building a “scalable, secure, and private” platform that allows developers to build applications that run on a personal computer, a group of devices, or a network of devices.

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A startup that gives businesses access to engineers to build custom software for their needs.

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A project from a hardware engineering company, which wants to make a programmable, modular robot with an open source hardware ecosystem.

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A startup that’s building a platform to allow users to create their own custom-engineered blocks on a 3D printer. Those blocks can be used to construct robot arms, medical devices, and other tools.

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A restaurant search engine that uses both Yelp and Zagat.

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is a startup that uses an AI-driven search engine to find freelance gigs. is currently being built as a per-project app that pays 40% of each job’s total bill.

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A travel search engine that features a social network for finding travel deals.

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A startup which makes it easier for people to find and hire new employees. FindEngine helps companies find new employees by running a background check, then connects the job seeker with the job.

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A team of former Google engineers building an AI for helping people find the right health care provider.

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A platform to connect independent engineers with startups that need help building their products.

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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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