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A startup that lets employers access their employees’ social media profiles to see what they’re doing at work.

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A tool for copying files between cloud storage providers.

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A platform that connects customers to doctors and patients in a way that doesn’t require uploading even a single file. Patients can ask any doctor questions about anything, and get a personalized response in a few minutes.

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A tool that helps people create a profile on a job site, and then their resume gets pulled into the system.

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A “self-learning” bot that changes the color of the background of your Facebook profile pic based on your mood.

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A company that allows companies to file taxes by way of an app. The startup is building a platform that automates the process of filling out tax forms.

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A daily newsletter about startups, with stories and profiles, written by a team that includes 500-hour Y Combinator alum.

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A way to help people file tax returns for free.

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A platform where people can create a profile and upload photos of themselves to be rated by other users. The site is mostly for fun at this point, but it could be a useful tool for dating.

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This startup aims to make communication between teams more efficient and fluid by allowing them to send messages, files, and other content between each other, instantly.

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A startup that allows users to create and control their own online profiles, with the ability to customize their LinkedIn and email using a drag-and-drop interface.

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The company is building a platform that will allow people to land on a page with a listing of homes for sale, to create a profile, and then receive a personalized email to show homes that match their preferences.

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A startup that helps hospitals keep medical records on file in a digital format

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A free and open-source app for finding, managing and sharing files

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A platform for internet trolls to sell and trade their hatred. It allows people to create "troll profiles" and then sell and trade posts.

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A platform for employees to communicate with each other, share files, and review client work. The company uses Slack as a communications platform, and has raised $1.5 million in funding to date.

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Building a chat interface that relays data over a secure encrypted channel, so that people can chat and share files securely, and also build a platform for developers to build their own encrypted messaging apps.

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A company that helps companies manage highly distributed teams. It provides a toolkit for companies to build chat, file sharing, and collaboration tools.

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A startup that helps employers manage the hiring process, and lets job seekers set up profiles and search for opportunities.

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A startup for backing up all your files in a single place It’s meant to be a “personal data locker”

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A startup that helps people make social media accounts that do not violate Instagram’s policies with a tool to create a fake IG profile.

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

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A digital, searchable file of your medical records to make it easier for you to access information and keep all your records up to date.

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A platform that answers the question of how to ensure that your employees can always access the files and tools that they need to be creative and productive.

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A platform that lets you manage your video and social media presence from one place, allowing you to have a single profile across a variety of social networks.

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A tool that allows you to build and control your own social profiles with your photo and bio.

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A startup for remote workers and freelancers, connecting your online profile to a database of remote work opportunities.

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A “Tinder for online dating”, allowing users to view profiles and swipe right to like what they see.

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Built on Python, Dropbox for Business is a collaboration and file sharing platform that works with Dropbox and Google Docs. The company was acquired by Dropbox in late 2018 for $100 million.

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A tool that helps you figure out which of your friends are in financial trouble. It sends you a link to their profile and asks you a few questions to figure out if they’re in financial trouble.

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A startup that’s building a way to better organize your LinkedIn profile

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A distributed file system on a blockchain.

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A company that consolidates all of the different personal injury claims you’ve filed against your employer into one easy-to-manage system.

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A startup that allows users to securely access their digital possessions from anywhere with a smartphone. It’s currently working on an encryption layer that will allow users to access their files, which can be stored in the cloud, phone, or a computer.

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A way to create a custom electronic “recipe” for how to do things, so you could, for instance, create an app to play a specific video file, or need to know how to cook a certain dish.

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A web-based tool for managing, organizing, and connecting the various tools that teams use to share files throughout the workplace.

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 A tool that builds a single, unified business profile for an employee. It allows companies to track the employee’s business performance, conduct employee reviews, and pay them for their time, without the need to manage each business individually.

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building a tool to help small businesses manage their paper files, like sales invoices, in a way that’s really convenient for everyone. The startup’s CEO says that they’ve already sold their product to three big companies.

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A tool that provides an interface to connect to third-party data sources, like credit cards, loyalty programs, and other apps, to produce a complete customer profile.

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A startup aiming to create a platform that makes it easier for people to share things like photos, videos and files.

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A platform that helps small businesses design and manage user-generated online profiles and meta data for their products.

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A self-service platform for working with real estate agents, allowing agents to provide a profile for clients, schedule appointments, and track the status of those appointments.

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An API that allows companies to create, update, and share user profiles across platforms.

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A tool for managing lengthy Google Docs doc versions, and for converting them to a Google Docs file format.

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A product that helps users organize and find their files. The startup has raised $1.6 million in seed funding from investors including Y Combinator partner Ryan Dunn, and is now seeking to raise a Series A.

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A tool for artists to build custom videos for their social media profiles.

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A white-label company that sells customer data to insurance companies, but the startup says the data it offers is less than what a company buying data from a broker would pay for. Instead of buying a person’s data from a broker, Vitality starts with a person’s data from 3rd party sources and helps them create a profile.

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In the US, 90% of people’s social media profiles use photos, but only 50% of those photos are actually being used for social purposes. A company that wants to solve the problem, BuildFace is a tool that uses facial recognition to curate a digital photo-portfolio, using contextual photos to augment a person’s personal brand.

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A platform that connects employers and job seekers, letting both sides build a profile of the other, and then matching candidates with the right employer.

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A file-syncing app that works across multiple platforms, enabling users to sync files across all of their devices.

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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 new product by the founders of a popular open-source project, allowing people to see all of their files on file servers and get them to sync with their desktop.

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A unified file system for businesses to collaborate.

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This startup is building a platform that helps brands to create a distinctive voice in the digital landscape, bringing a familiar brand experience to a digital platform. It’s basically a quiz app that allows brands to build their own personality profiles to bring to the web.

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A digital product for doctors to simplify the process of recording and sharing their medical files and to make it easier for patients to request copies of their medical records.

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A startup that wants to replace the traditional annual tax prep software with one that can be used to help employees and independent contractors file their taxes with ease.

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Cloud storage and file sharing for independent artists.

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A decentralized email, file sharing, and storage company. The company currently has over 10,000 subscribed users, with the hopes of launching a free version in Q4 of this year.

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A mobile app that helps people manage their social media profiles. The startup is currently focused on identifying influencers and helping brands manage their social media presence.

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 The startup is building a mobile network for remote employees that can use the network to send and receive files, make calls, and respond to email.

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A tool that helps people add a photo to their LinkedIn profile with a single click.

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A social network for artists who work with their fans to manage their online profiles and get paid for the work they produce.

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A new way to store and manage your digital media. The team at Briefly is building a platform that enables users to “train” their computer to automatically organize and discover their files, and then creates a “smart folder” that’s a digital representation of the physical one.

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A tool for teams to file and manage their patent applications

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A company that makes it easy to manage your own online dating profile and have it reviewed by online professionals.

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A file sharing and collaboration tool for veterinarians, with a focus on recording and sharing patient data. They’ve already secured $3.2 million in funding.

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A startup that helps Facebook pages and Instagram profiles monetize with advertising.

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The startup is simplifying the process of encrypting files by bringing high-end encryption to small businesses, with an API that lets developers create their own encryption tools.

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A startup developing a platform for employees to be notified of their schedule, get a link to the correct file, and set up auto-expiring files. The startup is mainly focused on the logistics of building out their system and should have a better idea of when they’ll launch by the end of the year.

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A tool that allows employers to set up a pay stub, and then automatically file it with the IRS for you. The startup is working with the IRS to use the tool to help create a better federal tax system.

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A tool for the hospitality industry to manage attendee profiles. One of the founders previously worked at Airbnb.

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Professional and semi-professional athletes and influencers are seeing their profiles get hacked. This startup wants to build a way to securely store influencer data so that it’s not lost in an ex-boyfriend’s phone.

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A startup that produces custom, personalized, video profiles of students for online universities to use in marketing and recruiting.

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A visual search engine for finding files on the web.

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A startup that aims to make it easier for independent contractors to build and manage their own online profiles, bringing a more personal, social and trusted experience to a traditionally impersonal service.

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A tool for creating and sharing custom image files for social media. The startup is looking to make it easier than ever for brands to create and share the right promotional images.

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A tool that lets users convert any type of PDF into a markdown file for use with Notability, an iPad note-taking app.

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A startup that wants to create a “digital safe deposit box” for the cloud. The company has raised $3.1 million to allow users to store files in the cloud with a secure encryption key.

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A system for hosting, sharing and storing videos, photos, and other files.

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A startup that lets you find your lost laptop, computer, or smartphone, and gives you a place to file a claim

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A digital tool that generates a power point slide deck from a PowerPoint file

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A file storage service for people who need to store large amounts of data, including for human rights activists, journalists and whistleblowers.

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Profile’s founders say it’s like Pinterest, but for the fashion industry.

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LogMeIn is an online business continuity and disaster recovery tool used by businesses and organizations of all sizes. Users can access their computers and data in times of trouble, and moreover, take advantage of its free iPhone/Android apps for remote access and file sharing.

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A workplace chat solution that syncs your calendar and files from your desktop or mobile devices to your corporate network.

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A startup that seeks to solve the problem of employees jumping from company to company, working with different managers in different departments. The company lets employees create profiles, giving the main manager a chance to see who they’ve worked with and what they’ve done in their previous jobs.

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A solution for managing and storing information in the physical world, from paper records to files to folders.

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A startup that helps businesses monitor and manage their social media profiles, which they say is a $2B market today.

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A "social media platform for people who already have social media accounts", with the goal of helping people create better profiles on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. In 2015, the startup raised a seed round from YC.

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A startup that enables users to create a ‘vision profile’ and share it with friends. Created by a couple in their twenties who wanted to know how other people were making it in the world.

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A secure, encrypted platform for file sharing in the workplace and outside of it.

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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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This startup is building a file sharing platform for companies and organizations to share files safely.

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A group of founders from NYC, San Francisco and Mumbai came together to solve the challenge of securing data in the cloud. The startup provides a way to encrypt and decrypt files and data in the cloud that’s compliant with HIPAA and GDPR standards.

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A startup that provides a service where people can rent a profile on their site to a company who is looking for a new employee

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A startup that helps people who are looking to buy or sell a house create a dating profile to find a match that will help them through the process

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A startup where people can create a online profile, and other people can message them

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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: Resumable file uploads for web apps

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Idea: A program that allows users to build a digital profile based on their social media posts, with the goal of helping them build a portfolio to get a job.

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Idea: A startup designed to help people in India pay their taxes online. The company charges one-time fees for setting up a company in India, and then charges users $1 per month to file their taxes.

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Idea: A startup that helps businesses easily connect to and onboard employees from social media profiles (like Facebook and LinkedIn)

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Idea: A “swipe file” for real estate agents, which allows them to capture and organize leads by collecting their user’s information via a mobile app.

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Idea: A startup that has built an interface for lawyers in the US to file patents. The software has been in beta for a few months and has 20 paying customers.

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A startup that provides targeted advertising opportunities for businesses through a large database of local businesses and customers’ social media profiles. The startup aims to reduce advertising costs and increase ROI for businesses.

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