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The company was founded in 2013 in San Francisco, CA.

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The company was founded by Ramy El Bannaoui and Chris Curtis, who had previously founded the company in 2007 and sold it in 2011.

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The startup is a spin-off of a company called Hint, which was founded in 2015 to help people make better decisions about personal finance. The data can be used to help consumers identify opportunities for savings and investments, and Hint says one in three Americans don’t have enough money saved.

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Founded in 2014, this startup wants to help companies automate their purchasing of office supplies.

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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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This startup, which was co-founded by ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt, wants to bring machine learning to the enterprise.

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A micro-loan startup that helps small businesses get loans to cover inventory. The company, which was founded in May, says it has already closed $1.5 million.

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A video platform that chooses the best pieces of footage from a video to create a GIF. The startup, which was founded in May 2014, says it has been offering GIFs for free since last year.

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A startup that helps insurance companies manage their customer accounts and claims. Founded in May.

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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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This startup, which was founded in March, aims to make it easier to get and pay for health insurance. The startup’s goal is to save the US family health insurance market $300 billion.

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The startup was founded in May with the goal of making banking more accessible in the US.

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Founded in 2015, Flyfree is an SEO agency based in London. They provide digital marketing services and run their own SEO training academy.

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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 pitch system that allows businesses to send out videos to potential customers. The startup, which was founded in August, is looking to attract businesses with a $5 per month price point.

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A translator that translates the voice of a user's phone into text. The startup, which was founded in May, says that a lot of the time people are talking to themselves, and that voice-to-text software works great but is hard to use.

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A startup that aims to replace a broken “payroll processing system” that hurts small businesses. The company was founded in September.

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A system that helps connect people across the world who are interested in doing freelance work, such as writing, editing, and design. The startup was founded in March and is looking to raise seed funding.

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Builds high-end VR content for the fashion industry. The startup, which was founded in May, wants to rapidly iterate on a VR experience before its peers.

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Workers at companies like Google and Apple can get paid to do their job. The startup, which was founded in April, wants to make work day-to-day easier by integrating those jobs into payroll and HR, letting people switch jobs and be paid for the work they’re doing.

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Cofounder Alex Zabludowicz co-founded this fintech company with his brother, Alex. It wants to make payments faster, cheaper, and more secure, with a focus on the developing world.

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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 tool for teachers to look for suppliers of the classroom supplies they need. The startup, which was founded in July, is building a list of suppliers that are listed on Amazon.

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This startup, which was founded in 2013, is building a tool for marketers to schedule Facebook ad campaigns.

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Founded in 2015, Y Combinator is a Silicon Valley-based startup incubator and seed fund. Y Combinator has invested in several companies that have gone on to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. It has also had several companies drop out of its program.

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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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A startup that uses an IoT platform to automatically manage the delivery of goods in the same way that Amazon and Uber do. Founded in early 2019, they’re currently in talks with logistics companies in the US, Canada and Mexico.

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Founded in 2017, this startup makes a “computerized basketball training program” that’s meant to help athletes improve their shooting.

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A company founded by ex-Googlers that offers a platform for sharing and selling real-time video. The company is also working to provide tools for live video streaming.

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A company founded by a team of Stanford and Berkeley researchers that uses AI to detect and prevent fraud. The software aims to detect when a person is trying to make a credit card purchase in a store and notify the appropriate employees, who can then stop the transaction.

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A startup that helps students and parents collect donations for their college education. The startup, which was founded in September, has raised $35,000 to date.

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

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A startup that builds custom devices for businesses, such as a GPS-powered shelf for a refrigerator to keep track of stock, or a phone-controlled washing machine. It has raised $4.2 million in investments since it was founded in September.

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A mobile app that allows users to easily send and receive money. The startup was founded in July and is focused on working with local banks in the US. It aims to get users to use the app to send money directly to their local bank accounts or other people’s bank accounts.

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A new type of event registration system, which is a hybrid of Google Apps and Eventbrite. The company’s founder says that while it currently is free, it will be a subscription model in the future. The startup was founded in June.

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A company building a customer service software platform that connects businesses with their customers via chat. Founded in 2017, they have over 2,000 customers.

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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 creating and publishing video content with multiple channels. The startup, which was founded in August, is building on the video-sharing platform LIV. It lets users create and publish video content via a combination of Instagram and Facebook.

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Pinlighter is an online service for drugstores that gives customers a fast, easy, and personalized way to comparison-shop for prescription drugs. The startup, which has raised $2.3M, was founded in October 2015 and now has more than 1,000 customers in the Chicago area.

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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 founded by Apple alum, which aims to make it easier for people to clean their devices. In exchange for every $10 the company makes, it donates $1 to environmental causes.

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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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The accelerator is based in New York's Brooklyn neighborhood, and was founded in February 2015. It is sponsored by MasterCard, and has attracted companies from around the world, including Colombia, Kazakhstan, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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A chatbot-based service that helps businesses sell to those in their target markets. Founded by two Interactive Advertising Bureau employees, the company wants to build “your friend in advertising” — a tool that helps you buy a product or service with a personalized conversation.

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A company that helps athletes and other team members make sense of their training data. The startup was founded in November and is currently available in San Francisco, New York City, and Boston.

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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 personal assistant for the last mile: an AI-powered tool that serves the last mile of travel needs of both humans and machines.” The startup, which was founded in May, seeks to take on the likes of Uber and Lyft with a new platform designed for last-mile travel.

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 Founded by a 16-year-old, this startup is a tool to help people use their insurance money to pay for health care.

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A company that creates software for individuals and small businesses that allows users to digitize and store paper documents in the cloud. The company was founded in 2014.

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A platform for recruiters, meant to help them find talent. The startup, which was founded in May, already has 2 paying customers.

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A tool for managing campaign budgets, tracking spending, and analyzing success. The startup was founded in March and raised $2.5 million from Y Combinator.

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The Berkeley-headquartered organization was founded in 2011 to encourage entrepreneurship among middle-class Americans. It has a $50 million budget and has invested in more than 200 startups.

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A platform for customers to customize the fit and feel of their clothing, the startup was founded in October of 2018 and has an iOS app that launched in November of 2018

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City-state management software company, enabling governments to be more dynamic, efficient, and effective. The startup was founded in May, and has over 50 clients nationwide.

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As Seen On TV is a YouTube channel that reviews and shares videos from the shows that air on TLC, the Discovery Channel, and History Channel. It was founded in January 2015.

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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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This is a mobile application that helps people find the nearest bus stop for their commute. It’s more than just a tool to find routes, the app also provides real-time alerts to riders who are nearby, letting them know when the next bus is arriving. Founded in June, the startup has plans to expand to other cities and has run tests in San Francisco and Minneapolis.

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A company that helps companies aggregate and visualize their suppliers’ product data. The startup is based in the UK and was founded in August.

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The startup, which was founded in June, wants to help manufacturers scale up their production of custom items quickly and easily.

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A company that provides a “wearable” device for monitoring blood sugar. It was founded in Boston by a team of MIT graduates.

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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 project of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is the largest global network of entrepreneurs, young professionals, and innovators. The network’s purpose is to connect the global network of young professionals with the global community of entrepreneurs. The network was founded by the World Economic Forum and Swiss Re in January 2016, with the first annual Global Shaper Summit taking place in Davos, Switzerland. Over the summer of 2016, the World Economic Forum announced that it would be partnering with the Global Shapers Community to create the World Economic Forum Young Entrepreneur Council, which completed its first meeting in October 2016.

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A tool for patient-doctor communication. The startup was founded by a Harvard MD who saw a need to improve communication between patients and physicians. The company is already collecting patient data in some markets, and will be bringing the product to the US in the next couple of months.

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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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The startup, founded in April, is building an AI that can help people monitor and engage with their health. People can use the AI to keep track of their weight and health, and the AI will send them recommendations on how they can improve it.

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 Founded in 2013, QuizUp is a trivia game where you compete against others for high scores. The startup has raised $1.5 million and is now making its way into Asia.

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A company that helps companies with bookkeeping, and aims to do it all online. They pitch themselves as something like a “full-service accounting platform,” complete with invoicing, payments, and accounting integrations. The company was founded in 2015, and has been profitable in its first year.

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 A global P2P insurance marketplace that aims to disrupt the traditional insurance market. Founded in July, the startup is currently in beta.

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A B2B data analytics platform for financial services companies, most importantly banks. The company was founded in 2016 and has raised $3.7M.

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A software company that tracks and analyzes water usage in the United States. The startup is led by a guy who also founded a company called Aquatech that tracked water usage in the US in the 1990s.

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and Founded in 2011, it’s a cloud-based platform for managing enterprise data; a startup that’s building a data warehouse for the government

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This startup is building a tool that helps you connect with lenders who can provide you with capital for your business. Notable for being a woman-founded startup (two of the three founders are women).

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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 digital platform for training and mentorship, founded by user-experience designers. A platform to foster a community of designers, technical writers, and marketers who share their expertise.

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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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 A startup that aims to be the Uber of online tutoring and tests.  It’s a relatively new startup, founded in April.

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A startup working to democratize credit in the developing world, creating a new financial product that would give people access to credit in a way they haven’t had before. The company, which was founded in India, wants to make it more affordable for people in the developing world to use and maintain credit.

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An agency that was founded in 2016 and has raised $4.7M. The company has raised $500k in seed funding. It was selected as a Gartner Cool Vendors in Healthcare CSP in 2017.

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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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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 platform for small businesses to manage their bookkeeping, invoicing, accounting and payroll. The startup, which was founded in 2017, has a mobile app that lets users pay their bills, check their accounts and get invoices.

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The story of how the founder of a company that makes protective filters for mobile devices moved to China, raised funding, and founded a rival company.

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A company that provides on-demand delivery of grocery items to homes in the US. The startup, which was founded in July, is focused on expanding its brand to other cities.

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A developer’s toolkit that lets you build apps that work across all the major operating systems. The startup was founded by ex-Google employees.

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In India, startups are still mostly in the B2B space, with a few exceptions. India’s largest startup is Flipkart, which is the world’s largest online retailer. It was founded in 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal.

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This August, TechCrunch reported that Instagram was in talks with Facebook to acquire the company for as much as $1 billion. Instagram, which was founded in 2010, is based in San Francisco, and is a popular photography app that has more than 300 million users around the world. It was acquired by Facebook in 2012, and Facebook has since used Instagram to promote its other products, including Instagram Stories, and advertisements. Instagram has been a big investment for Facebook, and many think it has been one of the company's most successful acquisitions. However, Instagram's popularity has led to a lot of negative press coverage about the user data that Facebook has access to.

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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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VentureBeat is an American technology news and media company based in New York City. It was founded in 2009 as a print publication, and has since expanded to include a website and mobile apps, and became a venture-backed startup.

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A B2B company that helps companies manage their ticket inventory. After being founded in March, the startup is already has raised $4.6 million in Series A funding.

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The startup, which was founded in 2010, builds software that helps companies manage their supply chains. The idea is to build software that automates all the tedious work of managing different vendors, suppliers, and shipping.

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WellDoc is a medical record company that was founded by two doctors. It provides a service to all physicians to use patient information in electronic medical records to reduce costs and improve patient care.

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A product designed for students and young professionals, where one can send a request for a meeting, and the other can respond with a time and place. The company was founded in March, and is working on a handful of deals in Silicon Valley for the product.

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Founded in May, this startup wants to connect job-seekers to employers. In addition to helping people find jobs, the startup promises to help employers find the best candidates, and even suggests the best language and time for job interviews.

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A startup that wants to build a marketplace for more environmentally-friendly products. With a business that was founded in the UK, they now have an office in the US.

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A network for mobile phone users that connects them to legal services and legal professionals. The startup was founded in 2015 and is based in the UK.

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A company that helps companies create video campaigns, including the production and editing of videos. Founded in December 2017, the company has raised $1.1 million from a number of investors.

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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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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 is a new way to sell your stuff on an app. Founded in January, Papago helps people sell their items on its marketplace. The marketplace has four categories: stuff, collectables, household items, and vehicles. Members can post their items on the site for 24 hours, and if no one buys it, the item goes back to the seller’s inventory. If someone buys it, the seller gets paid in bitcoin.

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Fintech startup for facilitating money transfers between countries. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Myanmar, its beta version allows users to send and receive money online via mobile phones.

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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 new company that solves the problem of building and managing data pipelines and data warehouses. Founded in 2014, the company is still based in San Francisco and raising its Series A.

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The startup has built a software platform that lets its customers create, manage, and publish road-side signs in multiple languages. The company, which was founded in 2012, has raised $4.5 million in funding, including a $1.5 million investment from Digital Garage in August 2017.

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“The Motley Fool” is a U.S. financial and investing blog and website, founded in 1996.

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A platform for small businesses to access capital. The startup, which was founded in May, is building a supply chain for small businesses to create and manage their own investment opportunities.

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A company founded to help people save money on their electric bills by investing in solar panels.

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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 fixer-upper app, with a focus on home renovations. Founded by a pair of ex-Googlers, it allows users to record their repairs on a map to see how they match up with others.

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This list is not a comprehensive list of every startup in the region. We have excluded startups focused on a single vertical in a city, startups founded in a certain part of the world, and startups that are only based in one city.

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A company that helps businesses track employees and their movements. Founded in 2009, the startup claims to have raised $9.1 million in venture capital and made it to the finals of Y Combinator's winter 2017 batch.

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Founded in 2015, this is the company behind the popular, free, and open-source development platform app-builder App-Builder-Platform .

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A startup founded in 2014 in Tel Aviv, which has since raised $4 million in funding.

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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 tech startup that was founded in 2017 and already has a working product, which they say is a “way for people to find, follow, and communicate with the brands they love”

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Ever the entrepreneur, Aaron Hinkley (of 25% Happier fame) co-founded a new startup, Arana, with his wife. It’s an online platform focused on promoting and discussing the benefits of meditation in a way that’s accessible to everyone.

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A company that sells carbon credits to investors and helps them invest in clean energy and facilities. The startup was founded in 2016 and has raised $1.3M.

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A B2B service that’s been in beta for over a year that helps restaurants manage their finances. The service helps restaurants manage their business from a single location and get a better sense of how they’re doing and where their money's going. The company was founded in 2013 and is profitable and growing.

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A startup co-founded by Y Combinator alum Sam Altman, this is a social network where you can make friends with the people you meet through the app. Users pay for memberships and can then message and chat with others on the platform.

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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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The Specialized Technology Fund (STF) is a $25 million venture fund hosted by the University of California, Berkeley, where it was founded in 2011. The fund is meant to facilitate the creation of new technologies that can improve the lives of people in developing countries. It is the first university-backed venture fund focused on developing technologies for developing countries. The fund is run by the university's Haas School of Business.

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A micro-purchase tool for students to pay a particular school a specific amount, and also a tool for teachers to track the progress of a group of students. The startup was founded in July.

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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 founded by several ex-Adobe employees to develop a creative suite for mobile and tablet devices. It has raised $26 million in funding.

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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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A way for companies to store and sell their data. The company was founded with the idea of “solving the data supply chain”, and is building a platform that helps companies sell and collect their data.

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A new way to get ahold of a new hire. The company offers a service to get your new hires onboarded and trained, and was founded in August

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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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A payment processing platform for small businesses. The startup, which was founded in April, has already earned $200,000 in revenue, with plans to expand internationally in the next 12 months.

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A digital currency exchange for emerging markets. The startup, founded in 2017, is building a digital currency exchange for countries where currency controls are still in place.

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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 cryptocurrency exchange based in Georgia. It was founded by an ex-Blackberry employee, who saw the need for a more professional cryptocurrency exchange.

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A 3D printing service for businesses, which promises to bundle all the 3D printing services together so customers can find everything they might need under one roof. The 3D printing startup, which was founded in September 2018, is based in Silicon Valley.

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Little Bean is a digital marketing agency that works with companies to sell their products on social media. The startup, which was founded in April, has built a platform that allows customers to create custom campaigns on social media to advertise their products or services, which are then tracked by Little Bean, who will help the client optimize the campaign to improve ROI.

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Founded in 2017, the company plans to use machine learning to allow retailers to better predict the needs of their customers and make changes in real time.

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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 wants to allow companies to target marketing programs to specific visits on websites. The startup, which was founded in December, has already signed up over 200 customers including Pinterest, Dailymotion, and Instagram.

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“Business Insider” is a U.S. business and technology news website, founded in 2009.

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A software company that helps small businesses with their accounting. The startup was founded in May, and wants to help small businesses with their accounting, helping them save money and simplify their workflows.

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A startup around the code name "Remix Vesta" was founded in 2014. The idea is to create a platform to bring together all the ideas created through remix videos.

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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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An on-demand concierge service for real estate. The startup, which was founded in May, is building a platform that will help buyers and sellers in the US negotiate or manage their real estate transactions online.

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A tool for small businesses to manage and secure their data. Founded in 2015, QuickBooks.com is a subscription-based solution and is available online and through a mobile app.

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This is a startup that wants to build a platform for conditional access to digital content. The startup, which was founded in January, is looking to use the blockchain to allow content providers to set rules for access to their content, similar to how a content creator can set rules for podcast subscriptions.

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The startup, which was founded in March, is building a platform that helps users translate their spoken language into text.

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Idea: A software company that’s building a tool that helps lawyers and other legal professionals manage their case load It does this by building predictive models that help lawyers understand how they’re spending time, who they should be billing, and how to allocate their time more efficiently It also helps process payments The startup has $0 in funding and was founded in 2017

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Idea: A platform for custom-welded bicycles The startup was founded in September and has $15M in pre-orders for its debut bike: the Pista Track

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Idea: A startup that’s trying to make it easier for large companies to do product placement in film and TV by providing a single platform for all their deals The startup was founded by three Hollywood veterans

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Idea: A startup that helps agencies and consultants close deals with more confidence. The startup was founded in India, and is already seeing traction in that country.

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