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A company that uses AI to help people understand their credit score. It’s founded by a former VP of risk at FICO, and has raised $40 million.

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A software company that creates an API for a network of processors and license holders to manage payments in real-time. The startup was founded by two former executives of Adyen, a global payment processing company.

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A startup that helps people find and buy homes for $1,000, and is backed by former President Bill Clinton.

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A digital dashboard for people to keep track of their personal and professional goals. The startup is based in San Francisco, and has just closed a $2.5 million round led by former Dropbox executive Adam D’Angelo.

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A startup co-founded by a former Googler, Qwant is trying to recreate some of the magic of the Google search results page with a new, more visual UI. The startup is trying to compete with Google for the European market.

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A company that wants to fund and manage the creation of new content in the form of online videos or podcasts. It is backed by former CNN president Jonathan Klein and has raised $7 million from investors and is already active in several markets, including the UK.

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A startup for buying and selling tickets to events. The startup is focused on events in the UK and Europe. They were formerly known as Ticket Vending.

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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 provides a toolkit for self-storage facilities to manage their inventory. The startup was developed by former YC founders.

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Another company built by former Quid co-founders, this one is building a suite of tools to make it easier for women to own businesses in emerging markets.

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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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"Authentic" is the name of an app that provides a secure, private and audited chat platform for businesses. The app allows users to create a private chat room for a group of up to ten people, with a group administrator who can add new members, delete or block members and monitor chat content. The company was founded by former Googler and Google Ventures partner Misha Chellam.

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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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Founded by two former McKinsey consultants, Talent App is a startup that helps companies find the best candidates for roles using ATS technology. Talent App is a membership-based service that includes features like a powerful candidate analytics tool, a job board, and insights into candidate behavior.

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A platform for making lists and reminders. The startup is led by the former CEO of a company called Reminders, which was acquired by Google in 2010.

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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 digital health startup led by a former pharma executive that aims to help people with chronic conditions manage their health.

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A chat app for the former French colony in West Africa, the Ivory Coast. It was launched in August 2015 and has already built up a following among young people.

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A startup that offers a service to organize a team of employees. The startup’s team members are former YC founders, and they say they have over 1,000 customers.

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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 startup run by former Microsoft employee Jason Pelczer, that’s developing a system for companies to accept crypto payments for their enterprise software. The company is targeting companies in the financial services sector.

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A tool for users to get feedback on projects. The startup was founded by serial entrepreneur and former CEO of Upwork.

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A platform for connecting friends in real life with people they want to meet. The startup was founded by a former college roommate.

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A company that helps companies deal with the challenge of web sales. It was founded by the former chief executive of Gilt Groupe, an e-commerce fashion company.

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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 formed by former partners of the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.

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A new way to sell concert tickets that’s built around a social network. The startup says it’s already signed 10,000 artists and 27,000 performers to its platform.

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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 cloud-based platform that provides end-to-end accounting upgrades for small businesses. The company was founded by two former Intuit employees.

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A start-up that wants to replace the messy and outdated process of filling out tax forms with a website that will do the whole job for you. Taxcobo’s CEO says his company can save you 10 hours of work a year, or about $1,000, and its employees are former tax professionals.

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Cofounder of the company, a former commercial real estate agent, says she knew nothing about the fintech industry until she started researching it in 2017.

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The founders of this startup are former execs from major media companies including Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters. They’ve built a tool to help brands and agencies keep up with the news, and have launched in over 2,000 companies.

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A startup for hiring talent. The company’s team was made up of former recruiters for established companies.

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A group of former AOL employees are building a new kind of digital product, in a new kind of space. Their goal is to build a product that’s creative, inspiring, and that has a social component — a way for people to share their work with their friends and followers.

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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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This startup makes it easy to integrate customer data from various sources into a single platform. The company’s co-founder was formerly a product manager at Google.

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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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A company that allows you to buy and sell goods on eBay directly from within a mobile app. Founded by former Facebook exec Justin Kan, Hangers was started in 2014 and has raised $5.5 million. and has over 30,000 users.

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A SaaS that serves as a “commercial intranet” for companies, developed by a former Microsoft executive. The company says it has nearly 1,000 customers and has raised $30 million in funding.

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A toolset that helps organizations manage their business continuity and disaster recovery. The startup has raised nearly $2 million in investor money, and is run by former CIO of IBM's Digital Solutions group.

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A software stack for claims processing. The company, founded by a former legal executive, aims to reduce the cost of claims processing by 10-20%. It has raised $5.1 million in funding.

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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 platform for selling and buying your car or truck, financed with a monthly payment. The startup sold its first loan in May with former GM executive, Mark St. Pierre, leading the company.

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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 former Google executive, the company is looking to bring AI to the design business. The startup’s first product is a tool that helps designers prototype a product with a drawing tool.

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Cofounder of the company, a former financial industry analyst, began researching the fintech industry in 2017. She found a dearth of female founders in the space. In her startup’s pitch deck, she highlights several female founders as part of the company’s advisory board.

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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 platform for booking a ride-share with Uber or Lyft. It is a competitor to UberRush, a company founded by former Uber and Lyft employees that allows ridesharing users to book a ride from a driver without a credit card.

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A tool to help companies manage their IT infrastructure from a single dashboard. The startup was founded by two former Cisco employees.

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Written by a former Google employee, it’s a platform that helps you create and share digital notes.

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A digital assistant that helps recruiters and hiring managers find and manage top talent. The startup is backed by Sound Ventures, the venture capital arm of Pandora, and is led by former Googler and Facebook executive David Fischer.

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A startup that lets companies and teams track how they spend money and how much they’re saving, for tax purposes. The startup was founded by two former PayPal employees and launched in May 2019.

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 A custom cryptocurrency that’s being built by a former Coinbase employee. The startup is building a cryptocurrency for which no mining is required – a codebase that’s designed to be more decentralized.

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

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The startup founded by a former General Electric executive, wants to use AI and a custom-designed nanotechnology solution to make drinking water taste better.

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 A connected device that connects a person’s body to their social network via a bracelet, allowing them to monitor their fitness and coaching needs, connect with friends, and be more active. The device, which is being developed by a team of former Google employees, raised $1.5 million in seed funding.

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This startup’s product lets small businesses manage their employees’ paperwork. It was founded in 2014 by two former BBVA executives.

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This startup is founded by former Google employees and aims to be the “Uber of recruiting”, allowing companies to list their job openings for remote employees.

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A platform for selling and buying fixed-rate loans. The company is developed by former Citi, UBS, KKR and S&P executives.

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Catch a Yacht is building a service that acts as a virtual concierge for wealthy travelers — it helps them book travel and manage their money. The company’s founders are former Facebook employees.

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A group of app makers, including a former YC batch, started a startup to enable broadcasters to promote their content through Snapchat.

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A data science platform that helps businesses discover correlations and patterns in huge amounts of data. The startup was founded by a former Facebook data scientist and has raised $1.5 million so far.

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A startup that wants to help an enterprise customer hire more people by giving them access to a network of former employees for free.

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 A dating platform for men seeking women, with a heavy emphasis on education. The company has already raised $1.4M after announcing the startup in December, with investors including former CEO of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman.

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A startup for performers, producers and fans to book shows, buy tickets and track transactions. Users can buy tickets from a personal dashboard, and can also receive emails from artists about upcoming gigs.

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A Tinder-like app for finding local businesses. Founded by two former Coinbase employees, it has a basic but growing user base.

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A messaging app for the Philippines. The startup is the brainchild of former Facebook engineers.

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An on-demand cleaning service that advertises on a mobile app. The startup is made up of a team of former Uber and DoorDash employees.

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One of the founders is a former Google employee and the company is trying to make it easier to manage your VPS. They have a landing page that includes a free trial and a free account.

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The company was founded in 2012 by Joshua Granick, a former entrepreneur and executive at a number of startups including Twitter and Uber.

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A startup founded by former Uber employees to help Uber drivers connect with riders through a network of private messaging

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The idea is to build an app to sell tickets to former members of the military who are looking to reconnect with their old unit.

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Founded by a former product manager at Google, OnSwipe is building a platform that helps major brands and retailers drive sales. OnSwipe is working with a number of major brands, including Neiman Marcus, Neiman Marcus, and Target, as well as a number of retailers, including Build-A-Bear, Lowe’s, and Home Depot.

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An API for healthcare providers to manage patient data. The startup, founded by a former Amazon executive, is building a new API for healthcare providers to manage patient data.

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A startup that connects consumers and brands to help them buy products online. The founder is a former Google engineer who was a co-founder of Instacart, a grocery delivery service, before launching this startup.

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Smile is a startup based in Tel Aviv that has built a tool that can help people get trained in coding in only six hours. The company is run by a former CTO of Israeli company SapientNitro.

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

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

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This tech startup is building tech for tech companies to help employees manage tech risks. The tech team at this startup is comprised of former tech execs at tech companies like Google. They’re working with tech companies in the US, Israel, UK, and France.

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Co-founded by former CEO of Appjo, a startup that made a product to help people write and manage their to-do’s online.

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A startup that uses facial recognition to help customers find, review, and purchase products online. Founded by the former CEO of UBER.

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A platform that brings together 500 current and former investors to build a new breed of venture fund.

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A custom-built security system to protect mobile devices, with a team of designers and engineers that build the actual hardware and software. The startup is staffed by former Google employees and was spun out from Google to focus on security.

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A team of former HubSpot and Google employees have created a new startup called Binder that makes it easy for sales and marketing teams to collaborate with one another.

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Idea: A business that provides an experience platform for making and organizing all kinds of lifestyle plans Co-founder Dan is the former head of product at Maker’s Market, the private label division at Walmart

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Idea: A podcast for entrepreneurs and small business owners. It’s called “Sales & Marketing” and it’s hosted by two former startup founders.

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Idea: A holiday-specific grocery delivery service started by two former Amazon employees.

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Idea: A startup that helps brands and agencies plan out their Instagram marketing strategies. The founder is a former head of marketing at Instagram (who worked on its mobile app) and says that brands still have a hard time figuring out how to adapt their advertising to the platform.

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