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A startup on the App Store that helps users manage their apps, promote and sell them, and help users find updates and new features.

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The aim is to let consumers to pay for a 3D-printed object. One feature is that the 3D-printed object is scanned and then the user can print out an accurate digital version they can then use in their homes.

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A tool for managing and harvesting content from a website’s search and sharing features. The startup has raised $5.2 million from a number of investors, including Google Ventures, Sequoia Capital, and Mitch Kapor.

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A social network built for black professionals. It’s a version of Facebook for black professionals that’s designed for different demographics, with features like a photo gallery and a newsfeed that’s tuned for black users.

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A startup that’s building a web browser with a “no-keyboard” feature, simulating a “touchscreen” experience for people who can’t use their hands.

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A tool for business owners and employees to take meetings together, with a calendar view and comments feature.

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A tool that helps you compare credit cards and other features.

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An API that allows developers to integrate location capabilities into their apps, without having to build their own location-based features.

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A company that merges the concepts of an “Uber-for-laundry” with the features of a “Netflix-for-laundry”.

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A startup that makes it easier for hotel guests to use their credit card on property. The company’s founders came up with the idea at a conference where the hotel they were staying at had a similar feature, and thought there was a better way to do it.

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A “smart mirror” for the home that helps people track their sleep quality, with an optional “sleep coach” feature.

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An online food ordering and delivery platform that uses an in-app feature to review restaurants and take reservations.

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A startup that wants to “build a better IDE” for mobile apps, with features like a live preview of changes to code.

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A company that makes LED light bulbs that instantly turn on when they detect motion. It wants to make the bulb’s visibility an even more important feature.

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 A core feature of the app is to let you share and discuss tweets and images on Slack.

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Another startup that’s building a video conferencing tool with real-time collaboration features.

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A startup that lets independent creators on Amazon sell their own products Amazon already offers this feature to big businesses, but this startup lets individual sellers sell their own stuff

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The startup is building a platform for small businesses to manage sales, with a feature that enables customers to easily cancel orders that don’t meet their expectations.

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Muyu is a startup based in Brazil that wants to help companies automate their invoices. The startup has a feature-rich platform where users can drag and drop invoices and attachments, and renew them automatically.

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A way for people to buy and sell things online. The company also works on a feature to group items into “rooms” that users can browse by category.

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A digital wallet that’s designed to serve the needs of women in China. Currently, the platform does not offer features that are common in the US, such as peer-to-peer payments, a feature that is required in China for transactions to be legal.

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This company’s founders were previously in the gaming industry, and want to help make that industry more inclusive. The startup is building a platform to help game developers with user acquisition and retention by building in features for “people of color, women, and LGBTQ people.”

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A tool for businesses to manage customer programs, offering features like email marketing automation, loyalty programs, and more.

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A startup that makes it fun for anyone to submit a link to a site they’ve created, have it reviewed by real people, and feature on the site. They’re currently working with a few sites, like the website for an artsy bar in New York City.

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A tool to help teams effectively manage freelancers, with features like payment tracking and invoicing.

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A digital technology platform that helps companies build and manage a single, unified customer database for customer relationship management. The company combines the best features of CRM software with the functionality of a customer relationship management platform.

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A toolkit that allows developers to add in-game social features to their games and make them more accessible to players.

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This is a tool for the music industry that automatically alerts you when someone you’re following releases a new song. The B2C startup is working with music companies and artists to make the feature happen.

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Idea: This startup is building a new productivity tool that lets users scroll down a page to view content, rather than clicking from one page to another The startup currently has a prototype and has already been featured in TechCrunch

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A startup that builds apps for the blind and visually impaired who want to use the the cutting-edge features of their smartphones.

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Quickly rolls out new features and apps across all Facebook properties, including Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp.

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This company is building a more efficient way to design and build websites. The startup wants to make it easier for people to create websites with a more feature-rich platform.

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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 startup is building a platform for event hosts. The app is aimed at small to medium size events, and includes features like group chat and live streaming.

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A tool for curating photos, with a feature that lets you make collages.

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The company is building an online tool to help businesses automate payroll and human resources, with features like time tracking and flexible pay.

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A seed-stage startup that features an AI-based platform for managing and automating the operations of supply chain logistics. The platform allows companies to move more goods and save money through the use of smart devices, AI, and robotics.

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A startup that helps customers book restaurant tables, with a check-in and payment feature. It’s the first startup in India working on a restaurant booking app.

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

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A feature of the company’s software for managing supply chains.

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A payment technology company that works with online retailers and e-commerce platforms. The startup uses blockchain technology to enable payments between the retailer and the customer. It has been featured on the “top 10 under-the-radar blockchain startups” from CB Insights.

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A “social network built for the modern millennial”, with features like a group chat, a profile page, a newsfeed, and social networking features to connect with nearby people.

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A platform that allows for distributed teams to negotiate, ensure a project is on time and on budget, and track progress. They’re working on a cloud-based solution with a feature set that includes project management, time and labor tracking, and collaboration.

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A startup that takes on the issues facing small and medium sized companies in the industry with a cloud-based platform they say is “built for the employee experience”. The platform hopes to give employees more time and flexibility to be productive, with features like the ability to manage and access workers from any device, a “private” chat room, and an inbox for all communication.

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This startup is building a new way to work that allows you to quickly create a virtual meeting room for your team (with audio, video, and other features) and then broadcast it to whoever is interested.

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The following companies were featured in the Inc. 5000 in the “Healthcare” category:

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A seed-stage medical tech startup focused on helping patients undergoing surgery and managing their pain through a smartphone app. The founders say they’ve been featured on 60 Minutes, and have raised a $1 million seed round

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Canvas is a new type of digital canvas for creating digital objects. Users can create a design or pattern using images and use it as a template for an object. It has four different types of canvas with different features, and the startup says it will be releasing another in the future.

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A C2C marketplace for buying and selling used furniture. There’s a big market for people looking to buy used furniture but no good way to find them. The startup’s website shows a few beautiful tables and chairs, but the bulk of the site features the items for sale.

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A computer vision startup that wants to use machine learning and image recognition to make product photos more complete. The startup says their technology can improve the accuracy of product photos 40% with claims to be able to identify colors, shapes and other features of products.

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A karaoke app, with the company pitching a feature that lets users record a video of their karaoke performance and share it on social media.

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A startup that helps people find the right freelance service for them, and has a platform with a “live chat” feature that helps people who don’t know how to get started.

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The Startup Grind is a podcast produced by TechCrunch and Rolling Stone. It features interviews with top entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders in the startup community.

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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 tool for creating a “beautiful and fully-featured” website in just 15 minutes.

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A startup that adds social features to a business's website.

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In the 2017 Philadelphia Startup Week, 10 companies were featured.

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This startup is building an “app store for white-label content marketing” for companies. It’s called “branded content” and has a lot of the same features as Pinterest’s official app store.

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A tool for helping to make sure your website is secure, with features like a blacklist of bad sites and features for checking a website’s SSL certificate.

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A company that lets people create their own online social network, complete with games and community features.

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The following startups are featured in Inc.’s 2019 Inc. 5000 list, a ranking of the 5,000 largest privately held companies in the United States.

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A utility that allows you to control your home appliances remotely and with an app. The company wants to use the same tech to let you control your car like you do your computer, so you can remotely lock and unlock your car (like BMW’s ConnectedDrive feature) or even get notifications when it’s being driven.

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A startup that’s building technology that can detect when to deploy new products or features based on data and customer feedback.

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The BLS blog provides a daily newsletter, typically written by an economist, that summarizes recent changes in labor market conditions locally and nationally, and features summaries of research findings.

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A startup that’s looking to take in-app messaging platforms to the next level with real-time features and integration with other apps.

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A video platform for sales teams to capture a video demo of a product or feature. The startup is currently working with a few Fortune 500 companies.

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 A photo app for capturing and sharing memories that includes a suite of features like either a video or still image capture, an audio track, and even a filter that lets you add music.

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A “tame” version of the Snapchat app, focused on bringing its features to one’s phone.

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Ideas is organized by YC staff and features the companies that have been accepted into the program. Past speakers include the founders of Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit.

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A startup that wants to help designers build out physical prototypes for their apps, giving them a way to interact with features and functionality of their designs with a few clicks

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The batch featured Y Combinator alumni and exits.

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A task management app built for startups. Some of the features include social sharing, time tracking, and a calendar that can push notifications to the phone.

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A developer API that lets developers create chatbots with specific features. The startup is targeting enterprise businesses.

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 A startup that improves the user experience on Twitter by adding a “feed” feature. 

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

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A startup that offers the ability to schedule meetings with anyone through Facebook Messenger. Social Calendar is an iOS app that aims to make scheduling meetings easier, with features like a calendar widget and a back-and-forth messaging system to make scheduling a breeze.

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The Y Combinator Summer 2019 batch had 56 companies, down 8 from the previous batch. This batch was the first to feature more only-female teams than male teams.

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This startup is building an app that helps you browse and buy clothes in a world where it’s hard to find a style you like. At launch, the app will feature over 1,000 brands from across the world, but the plan is to expand to everything.

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A new version of the popular private messaging app for Android, to be released in early 2018. It will have new features and a re-designed interface, and will allow people to purchase and download stickers and other content from the company’s partners.

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 A free 3D printer for students and educators. The company is also launching a subscription service to provide access to more advanced models and features.

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 This is a company that brings the star rating feature used by restaurant critics to hotel reviews.

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A travel booking app for the US market that’s focused on building long-term relationships, rather than creating new reservations every time. It features a single price which is then split between their members.

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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 platform for online video game tournaments, which offers tournaments, community features, and a virtual currency system.

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Startups with a focus on the small business market are a regular feature of Y Combinator, and this one is a real game-changer. EnviroFinder collects data from multiple sources and makes it easy for businesses to see how they rank in their local market, then take that information and “re-market” it to their customers on websites they’ve built. The idea is to help entrepreneurs win at the local level in a way that doesn’t rely on expensive and time-consuming in-person events.

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A white-labeled tool for restaurants to manage their online ordering. The startup wants to help restaurants build an online ordering feature that integrates with their existing website. The product is built for restaurants, but the company imagines that it will be able to be used by other companies as well.

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A cloud-native, multi-tenant application platform that focuses on making it easier to manage a company’s backend infrastructure. It’s the company’s first product, and the company is targeting $100 million in revenue as it adds new features.

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A startup that’s working to bring mobile-first design to the web. The company’s founder says that on desktop, responsive websites are too complex and hard to work with. On mobile, the opposite is true: sites are too simple and often hard to use. Sway is working to change that with a product that uses all the same features on mobile as it does on desktop.

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Helping small businesses balance their books with simple, intuitive accounting software. It’s like Quickbooks, but with less complex features.

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A startup for scheduling social events, with an “invite only” feature that makes it more exclusive than a public event.

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

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A software-as-a-service platform that helps B2B companies build mobile apps, customizing the experience for different market segments. It offers a variety of features from telemetry to payment processing to social media support.

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A platform that allows businesses to manage their outbound calls from one place, with a feature to help them avoid mistakes and save money. The startup offers a solution for businesses that don’t have their own call center.

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A startup platform for students to find tutors, teachers, and other school professionals. It has already been featured on the Showcase Stage of Startup Battlefield.

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 A platform that allows users to create a “superuser” account for each app or service on their phone, granting them access to core features.

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A company that helps medical professionals and their patients stay in contact by integrating messaging and digital health features.

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A startup that lets you easily manage your personal and professional finances, with features like built-in savings and spending guidelines. It’s currently free for personal use, but charges $5 per month for companies.

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A startup that pairs a user’s phone number with a set of features that are only available during a certain time of day. It’s meant to help users fill out surveys faster by making the process more convenient.

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Ink is a platform for live events, with a focus on music. Users are able to create and manage their events within one platform and then broadcast these events to the world. Ink also offers a community feature, where users can share content with each other. The company raised $12.5 million, with 23,000 users in 50 countries, and is backed by Lightspeed and Greycroft.

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A tool to help event organizers attract more attendees and better manage their finances, with features like real-time ticket sales, revenue data, and expense reports.

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A mobile app to help healthcare providers with their work, with features like a “patient care dashboard” and the ability to “create custom reports”.

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The following startups were featured on the show as a part of the Airtime segment, but did not have a pitch session:

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A way for teams to create private Slack channels, with premium features like call-in and call-out.

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A company that makes a “smart” computer that can be programmed to watch for health alerts in real time. The startup wants to use the “watch” feature to alert doctors to any health issues, and then streamline the diagnostic process.

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A travel startup that has a mobile booking feature. The company also provides a mobile app that shows you flight prices before you book.

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A Y Combinator company that wants to use AI to help deaf people communicate. It has built an app that relies on a smartphone’s built-in camera to help users correctly place and identify objects and facial features.

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A startup for enterprise to make it easier to manage and coordinate their work. It’s a Slack-like app with features like job and team management, user management, and a chat-like platform.

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Idea: This startup is building a content-creation platform for podcasts Users can record a podcast right from their web browser, and the startup’s AI will do the rest The company is currently working on a feature that will let users easily subscribe to podcasts by just typing in their email address — much like the way that users can subscribe to YouTube channels by just entering their email address

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Pivot is a social network for women entrepreneurs. It started in 2016 as a blog that features women in the Philadelphia area, but has since grown to include a community of over 600,000 women.

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Other tech startups that have been featured or profiled in this section include:

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Security for Android phones that could include that much-coveted fingerprint recognition feature.

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A startup for finding and sharing vacation rentals — especially those with unique features — and connecting renters with renters.

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A tool for building a list of people to invite to a job interview. The startup had a good response from the hiring world after it was featured in the New York Times.

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A CRM focused on helping companies find and hire the right people. Jigsaw, which was founded in 2017, has been featured in TechCrunch, Forbes, and Business Insider.

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A startup that is building a way for users to create and share animated GIFs within their social media networks. The company offers a free plan with premium features.

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Working to develop a new personal finance platform that helps users manage their money by providing ‘simple tools and features that save time and money.’ Beyond personal finance, the startup is also interested in the wellness and fitness markets, and wants to provide a platform for people to track their health and nutrition.

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

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 A collaborative online photo library with a curated search and social features.

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

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Idea: This company is building a personal finance management tool for women that includes a feature to help them plan for their next vacation The startup says it has 5,000 weekly users who have created more than 10,000 budgets

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Idea: A self-service toolkit that helps companies organize their internal product development process so they can more efficiently build new features and fix bugs

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Idea: A software platform that helps retailers serve their customers better, with many of the features of a CRM but specifically for retailer use

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Idea: A startup for turning your apartment into a hotel. It allows hosts to rent out rooms via a smartphone app, and comes with features like cleaning, check-in, and flexible cancellations. It’s currently free for hosts, and makes money through a 7% cut from bookings.

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Idea: This company is building software that helps marketers create better visual content, including more complex templates and more advanced photo editing features.

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Idea: A web-based hotel booking platform for vacationers in Asia, built natively for mobile. Their models includes a monthly subscription service for hotels, allowing them to focus on customer service and other features.

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Idea: A startup that’s building tools to help companies with the often complicated process of shipping products to their customers. Besides providing a platform for inventory management, the startup is building in features that will help companies manage and track their inventory and shipments.

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The event featured the first TechCrunch XR (extended reality) Hackathon in which teams built VR and AR experiences using HTC Vive and Facebook’s Oculus Rift VR headset. The event also featured a Startup Alley in which the most promising startups from the 2019 program showcased themselves to investors, mentors and press.

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Idea: A live-streaming service for Facebook and Instagram. The startup wants to make it easier for people to livestream events and add social features like polls and Q&As.

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Idea: A startup building a mobile app that helps people make year-long commitments to a goal. It’s a self-hosted tool that’s currently free, but looks to monetize with premium features.

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Idea: A soft-keyboard for mobile devices. The startup says their product is meant to make it easier to type on touch screens, leveraging a 3D-touch feature that allows users to press in harder on their mobile phones.

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A software company that provides a “home security” solution for homeowners that also includes automation features.

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