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A platform that allows users to create digital, social, and physical products by sending messages to a group of people in a bid to crowdsource their ideas or get feedback.

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A tool for coordinating a group’s shopping trip with a single destination by using an app to do the driving.

117

A group of four-hour-old startups that are still around from Demo Day in June. The goal is to help early stage founders get funding and grow their businesses.

116

A messaging app for groups of friends that functions like a Slack with a focus on getting a dinner invitation to a bunch of friends.

114

A platform that connects people looking to buy and sell goods and services for a commission. It’s similar to Groupon, but focused on more niche products and services.

112

A visual way to understand what your network of friends and contacts are doing, which the startup says will eventually include things like board games, sports, and other group activities.

111

A company that manages “affinity communities”, or groups of like-minded people who share a similar interest.

104

A platform for employers to send out offers in bulk, targeted towards a group of people.

104

A startup that provides group therapy sessions for women who experience domestic abuse

102

A tool to create and share group content on Slack.

101

A tool to help teachers identify students who need extra support, and groups them together so they can receive help and support.

98

A company that helps companies buy the most cost-effective insurance coverage for their employees as a group.

98

Meetup is a platform for people to meet up in person and interact with each other. It's especially useful for groups that have members spread across different cities or different countries.

97

A group of MIT engineers are building a robot that will be able to remove contaminated oil spills from beaches.

96

A startup that enables a group of people to share their carpools and public transportation with one another. It’s a bit of a meta application in that the startup is building an app to help companies integrate carpooling into their business models.

95

A group of entrepreneurs who were tasked with building out the Internet of Things for the US government. The team is building a programmable thermostat, which they say will “change the way people live and work”.

95

The goal of this startup is to help consumers shop for services that match their needs, rather than relying on recommendations from friends and family. The company looks to compete with platforms like Groupon and LivingSocial by selling subscriptions that will take care of the customer. The startup is already working with a number of Wal-Mart and Kroger stores.

95

A platform to help companies build working group meetings that promote collaboration and shared understanding.

94

A startup for students that promises discounts on textbooks, access to free online content, study groups, and more.

94

A hospitality company that provides standardized guest rooms in a hotel, either customized to the needs of a customer or a group of customers.

94

A platform for managing multiple email addresses, groups, and more.

93

A digital platform for group-buying, with the goal of making it simpler and cheaper for people to order directly from the group, and helping them better manage the group.

93

Chatty is a free service to help people make more friends via group chat.

92

A group chat app that helps groups communicate, with video capabilities

91

The annual list is compiled by a group of judges, including founders and investors such as Paul Graham, Michael Arrington, Fred Wilson, and others.

91

"The world’s first social dating app for underrepresented groups,” which is to say, people of color.

90

A group of designers who create custom UI/UX mockups for companies, turning their ideas into real product or website designs.

89

Slack is a project management and chat platform for teams and groups. Slack builds software as a service (SaaS) products, which are web-based applications that companies or organizations can use instead of having to install or maintain software on their own computer.

89

A legally binding contract between a party and a group of people that has a set of terms to comply with the contract. The company plans to build the first “legal” app in the US.

89

A company that pairs with local taxi drivers to make group rides more affordable.

88

A video chat app that also allows group video chat rooms and video conferences, with the ability to draw and annotate on your screen.

88

A tool to help get the word out about an activist group’s actions, like a call to action or a march. The startup’s slogan is: “There’s more to activism than Facebook.”

87

A startup that looks to make it easier for the elderly to get a second smartphone. They’re looking to make it easy for the elderly to get a second smartphone when they’re already paying high smartphone bills. They’re launching in a few months and have already received a $250,000 investment from an angel group in the Valley that helps solve “pioneering problems in emerging markets.”

87

A startup that helps developers build apps that can be shared, with a focus on grouping events together.

86

A $100 million startup that works with “large group of healthcare providers” to offer direct-to-consumer health insurance.

85

A messaging app focused on messaging and group creation.

85

A company building a social media service that brings the power of a highly engaged Facebook group to a brand’s Facebook page.

85

"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.

84

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.

84

 A startup that helps you find your friends in real-time on your phone, and groups them with similar interests.

84

A group of publications that allow users to create personalized editions. Previously called “my publisher”, the startup is currently focused on personalizing a magazine subscription.

83

A way to quickly create and administer private group chat messages for teams.

83

Idea: Schedule, organize, and pay for a group vacation

82

A text messaging service that uses automated language translation to translate the words of a conversation between two people in real time. It was started in 2012 by a group of PhD students and has raised just under $5 million in funding.

82

A platform that allows groups to set up private social media accounts and run them as a group. The teams you’re a part of can choose their own rules and restrictions, so it’s a sort of Slack with a self-controlled community.

81

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.

80

A local delivery service that uses the power of group buying to bring the price of a meal down to a single total cost per person.

80

A platform that lets you build an ad-hoc group of people who can buy and sell things in real-time.

80

A group of employees at a company that make up a “workcommittee” that can be used to solve internal conflicts.

80

A company that’s building a platform for group communication. It’s building a way to easily voice chat and share information with groups. It’s a product for big companies that want to communicate with internal teams, but it could also be used by small startups to communicate with teams.

79

A digital platform that helps make purchasing music more convenient. A user can choose a song and buy it in a few clicks, or use its app for group buying. The company has raised $3.2 million in funding.

79

A startup that provides a mobile app for group bookings, with a smart algorithm that learns how guests prefer to travel together.

78

A group of engineers is building a Cloud-based service that wants to help companies with internal and external security. It’s designed for companies to manage their security operations and provide a single place for customers to get in touch with their security teams.

78

a startup that wants to help you find an electrician or plumber from a group of local pros. All you have to do is plug in the city and zip code.

78

A platform that helps people find and join classes, workshops, group-mentorship sessions and more

77

A group of entrepreneurs working to redesign the dating app from the ground up.

77

Saving autonomous mapping startup HERE from bankruptcy. A consortium led by the German car maker and German insurance company has acquired the self-driving mapping software startup, with the group looking to merge HERE’s mapping data with Nokia’s mapping assets and use it to build its own self-driving car platform.

76

A platform for students to find study groups

74

A startup that helps you find people who want to buy from you, and who want to buy from you. The company is currently in closed beta testing on a small group of users.

73

A tool for coordinating group projects

73

A startup that brings together the best deals from Groupon and Yelp.

73

"We are a group of experienced marketers and developers who believe in building companies that are powered by users and not investors. We want to move from a world of transactional businesses to ones that are built on relationships. Our mission is to build a platform that allows people to create and share their own content in the same way that they share links or photos on Facebook."

72

A tool that helps team members at any level of an organization stay in touch, with tools like group video chats, a team calendar, and more.

70

A set of business-focused events for women. The company wants to start with a small group of founders in the SF Bay Area.

70

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.

69

A dating app that serves to connect people with the same interests through a private group. It is a spinoff of the successful PopSurvey, which was acquired by LinkedIn

69

A group of technology companies that are building a “novel” way for companies to track the progress of their products through the design process.

68

UnionX is a platform that can be used to organize a union or similar group for a group of employees. The startup has seen interest from unions in private companies, like Uber, and recently secured $1 million in seed funding.

68

A startup that provides a service for people in their 20s+ to find a small group of people to live with

67

The startup wants to help students study in groups and learn from each other. It’s an app that makes it easy to create a study group.

67

A group of teachers who help people learn how to invest. The startup is using a subscription model to deliver the lessons, and has a minimum of 25 students per class.

67

A company that makes it easy for small businesses to get in touch with consumers. The startup is making it easier for companies to market to a large, specific group of consumers by creating a one-stop resource for companies to find and contact consumers.

67

A startup that aims to improve the quality of communications by helping teams improve their efficiency via group chat and video.

66

This startup wants to help business owners communicate with customers in a private group in real time.

66

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.

66

A tool to help people manage large groups of employees and keep track of their expenses, payroll, and benefits.

63

A texting platform for groups of people to communicate efficiently. The startup wants to leverage its popularity in the soccer world to make the company a household name.

63

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

62

A startup for groups to build online communities, with the goal of saving money on travel and bringing people together in more meaningful ways.

61

A platform that helps companies create and manage an employee group, with tools to find new hires, measure engagement, and reward engagement and performance.

60

A platform that helps large restaurants that cater to groups share information about menu items and manage catering orders.

60

A platform that makes it easier to run a club or bar. By giving people a place to meet up, they can stay organized and avoid the headache of managing group purchasing and logistics.

60

The company chose the name “Trouble” because they’re thinking about building a community of troubleshooting groups that comes together to solve a problem.

59

A startup for sending and receiving bulk SMS messages to groups of people.

58

A company that makes software to help manage large group trips. It helps groups of people communicate itineraries and organize everything from hotel reservations to transportation to food.

57

A “SingTel Moments” app that lets groups of people share photos, videos and text and then customize the product with different filters.

57

A video chat platform that allows users to have group chats with 1,000 people.

57

A startup that analyzes data from email and group chat to create a visual map of how conversations are taking place within a company.

56

Not just a one-click solution for saving and transferring contacts, but a true platform for managing them. It allows users to create branded groups of contacts, and then schedule calls among them. It’s ad-free, secure and can be used on both iOS and Android.

56

A way for people to crowdsource their legal advice, getting online help from a group of attorneys.

56

This startup is building a service that helps you find and schedule your home doctor appointments online. It’s currently in the pilot stage, but has raised seed funding from a group of investors.

55

A profitable startup that provides software for businesses to create and operate their own community-based group insurance plans. It also provides a platform for businesses to track and control their health care costs.

55

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.

54

A group of “startup veterans” that want to build a platform for startups to raise capital. It aims to help startups raise $500,000 in seed funding, as well as $1 million in Series A funding and $5 million in a Series B. The startup is in pre-launch mode, with a staff of 15 that includes YC alumni.

54

A platform for sharing content with a group of friends to create a group conversation

54

A video-sharing platform that allows groups to create their own short-form video content

53

A platform that helps companies manage their voice and video calls and lets them share those calls with other people and groups.

51

A tool that lets someone create a Facebook Ad with a group of friends in it for a specific cause or purpose.

51

A tool that enables you to create custom groups of contacts on your smartphone and send targeted messages to them.

51

A group of startups and investors that want to build a new, more inclusive type of urban campus

50

 A startup that’s building a new and more user-friendly way to create and manage group texts, similar to GroupMe.

50

A virtual assistant that can help you manage your finances, track your investments and get you the best rates. The SaaS platform is currently in private beta with a soft launch for a small group of users.

49

The Startup Grind Philly Meetup is a group of local entrepreneurs, investors, and other startup enthusiasts who regularly gather to talk about entrepreneurship, funding, and startups in Philadelphia. The event is organized by a variety of organizations including the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, The Foundry and the Philadelphia Technology Alliance.

49

A video chat product that allows you to call up a video, group chat, or voice call with friends from your phone whenever you want.

49

A group of friends who are building a kind of alternative to LinkedIn, with more emphasis on connections and less emphasis on the algorithm.

49

This is a mobile app for group shopping.

48

A group of young filmmakers with a collective vision to build a film studio from the ground up, and will use the Y Combinator seed money to hire a chief operating officer and other staff to help them do it.

48

A startup that connects shoppers with crowdsourced personal shoppers. It has been acquired by Groupon.

48

A group of startups that wants to build a more flexible alternative to the more common SaaS model. The startups want to build tools that let people customize their solutions into “custom apps” that can be sold to customers directly.

47

A platform that helps users find great deals from local businesses, but don’t have to go to the store. The startup sees itself competing with Groupon, although it hopes to target smaller businesses and compete with Groupon’s recent move to focus on higher-margin, bigger deals.

47

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.

47

This is a messaging app for nonprofit organizations. The goal is to make it easier for groups to send information and announcements, but also to build a social network for the groups.

46

A group of startups that help companies manage enterprise technology including support and maintenance.

45

A tool for people to create their own version of Slack where they can host a chat group at their own location.

45

A startup that creates a secure and private messaging platform for Slack, providing a secure channel for groups that need to share sensitive information. It’s a Slack competitor.

44

A startup that enables companies to easily manage their AWS accounts, with a managed dashboard that automates a ton of tasks including groups, billing, and monitoring. The company is starting to roll out to larger customers.

43

A startup for crowd-sourcing, developed by the founders of Yelp, to help providers compete for customers. It’s currently a beta app, but the founders say it will be available for businesses to use in the coming weeks. If it catches on, it could disrupt the way users find and book services by grouping a person’s needs in front of a provider that has been vetted by the community.

43

A way for groups to keep track of ideas and projects that are in progress.

43

Spots are a blockchain-based social network powered by artificial intelligence. The company lets users create and manage their own chat groups, with each group being able to run a mini-economy.

42

A group of companies that provides software for physical therapists and other healthcare professionals to more easily provide patient care. It’s a software as a service that works on laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

41

A software company that helps companies like restaurant chains track and improve customer loyalty, as well as use the data to segment customers into groups that can be targeted with different marketing.

41

Another way to track your health and wellness. The startup is currently working with a major health care group in NYC.

41

A tool for building interactive maps, allowing users to organize things like sports teams, book clubs, and other social groups.

40

A tool that lets neighborhoods around the world participate in a mobile barter system, where a group of neighbors can trade items like furniture they no longer use or tools they no longer use. The startup has raised $8 million in funding to date.

40

A tool that makes it easy for businesses to manage customer on-boarding and user experience. The product has been used by more than 300 companies, including Mozilla, Airbnb, and Groupon.

37

A subscription-free, open-source messaging platform for teams. The startup’s founders say they want to transform how groups collaborate.

36

 A group of women who teach other women how to be more confident in being sick. The founders say that their videos have over 1 million views.

35

The startup is building its own 2-way messaging service for local groups in the U.S., which it says will help groups organize their events and events organizers get in touch with people.

35

A way to organize Facebook groups, particularly those that take after the real-world meetup and community model

35

A Skype-like video calling app for group chats, designed for small teams.

35

A startup that makes it easier for remote workers to work together. The company lets companies create Slack groups for their employees.

32

This startup services a small group of clients in the UK who are looking to invest in more than one property. They help investors plan out their portfolio and don’t charge any fees.

30

A startup in the fitness-tracking space that’s giving people an app that provides them with on-demand workouts. The startup is selling workouts that are already designed by a group of experts, for $12 a piece.

30

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.

30

A platform that helps groups of people share information about the same thing, like an event, like a protest, like a job opportunity.

28

A group of investors who want to help new companies find funding.

28

“A very simple messaging app that allows you to send and receive one-to-one and group messages.”

28

A collaboration platform that encourages group work.

26

The company wants to do the same thing that Groupon did for local deals, except for flights.

26

A content platform that curates and helps marketers reach their target groups. A team from Google Ventures is behind the startup.

26

A startup that wants to make it easier for people to offer paid vacation time to their employees. It has funding from an angel group including Y Combinator alum Jonah Peretti.

25

Idea: Building a digital platform for real estate brokers to close business deals. The startup is currently working with a group of Indian business-to-business startups to make their onboarding easier.

24

A way to set up a group that gives support to people who are experiencing life-threatening illnesses, helping them access basic medical care.

24

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

24

A startup that enables organizations to get their peer groups to review each other’s work. Currently supporting nearly 2,000 groups of over 25,000 members.

24

A startup to help meet-up groups connect online

24

A startup that helps you create an online community for your business by letting you manage groups of people, send and receive messages, and set up polls, surveys, and other interactive content.

23

Popular with millennials, GroupMe is a messaging app geared towards sharing content. It’s also popular with influencers, with some celebrities using it to share content with their fans.

23

A group of 3 engineers and a graphic designer, Capital’s goal is to disrupt the legal sector of the marketplace by providing a full service

23

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

22

A group of freelance writers who have agreed to work unpaid on a monthly basis to write content for a startup.

22

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

22

This startup is building an app to help people find the best prices on healthcare. It’s similar to Groupon, but it’s geared for hospitals and insurance companies to use to provide discounts to their clients.

22

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

21

A group for Facebook groups of people who want to learn to code.

21

A group of companies that want to make it easier for companies to construct custom products from metal and plastic.

20

A startup that allows users to pay bills and data plans by sending SMS messages. The founder used to work at Groupon and is raising $1.4 million in seed funding.

20

Builds a platform for connecting patient care groups to healthcare providers.

20

Is a way for people to wirelessly charge their Apple Watch. The startup has been shipping Apple Watch chargers to customers around the world, and recently received a $1.2 million investment from a group of angel investors.

19

A group messaging platform for professionals, which uses a native iOS and Android app and a web site to enable messaging, file sharing, and a unified inbox.

19

A group of students at Carnegie Mellon University are building a wearable that tracks the human heart rate, breathing, and activity. The technology is meant to be used for home wellness, but also to help with medical research.

18

A SaaS platform that helps user groups grow by empowering them to manage all of their conference or event logistics.

18

Project management software for groups of people who don’t work together frequently.

17

A company that helps startup companies find funding through a network of investor groups.

17

A group of professional marketers and designers with a background in creative agencies and marketing startups.

17

An online service that helps non-profit foundations and research groups compete with for-profit companies by matching them with expert volunteers.

17

The startup is building an app for helping meet-up groups book and pay for events.

17

A group of entrepreneurs in San Francisco who are building a tool for managing the logistics of selling a house. The app, called Apprise, is meant to help sellers manage their home and prepare it to list on the market.

16

DesiRad is a college group for Indian students in the US that makes it easier to find events and connect with others in the local community.

16

A startup that helps people manage their mental illness, hosting support groups and offering free support.

16

A platform that aims to help people connect with a small group of local businesses to find the best deals and lowest prices on local goods and services.

16

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.

15

A group of engineers and designers developing a scanner and mobile app to make it easier for people to find parking and ticket free spots.

15

A platform for managing and tracking the public records of a large group of users. It helps a school, a city hall, or a large organization keep track of its records.

14

This company is building a platform for people to message, chat, and share content with each other in a private, secure, and encrypted group chat.

14

A group messaging app that uses artificial intelligence to make group calls more efficient, offering suggestions on topics to discuss. It’s currently available in beta.

14

A data science startup that helps small groups of people get together to solve specific problems.

13

This startup is building a new generation of web browsers, called “containers”, that work like operating systems. Containers are like virtual machines (VM) in that they run programs inside them, but they’re a lot more flexible. You can build a container that can run a Ruby or a Python, for example, and you can run a container that runs a ton of different kinds of programs. Containers can also be used to run a group of VMs, and VMs can run each other, too. The tech is still in its early days, but it’s a promising tech that’s been used to run the Linux operating system.

13

This startup provides a way for educators to set up a private Facebook group for their students to discuss problems and solutions in their field, with the private group being able to take part in online discussions.

13

Mentioned on Forbes as an example of “a group of entrepreneurs who are making some smart decisions for the future of transportation.” They’re making an electric scooter that’s more than just a toy and aims to build a fleet of them for riders in places where people deal with traffic and don’t have a car — and to not just be a toy for rich people.

11

A platform that helps groups of people find the right mentors, streamline team management, and create a single unified team.

11

A platform for organizing and tracking group rides. The company is also working on its own app, but it’s working on turning volunteers into drivers to spur growth.

11

A network of local groups that help immigrants learn English and find jobs in the US.

10

A platform that helps small business owners book affordable group reservations, cutting their cost from 25% to 10%.

10

Bot Camp is a platform for building bots for Slack or Facebook Messenger. The company, which launched in May, is backed by Abraaj Group, a global investment firm whose portfolio includes e-commerce startup Shopify.

9

A platform for breaking down supply chain data to help companies find labor, physical labor. The company is looking to target manufacturers, who it says are the only group that is currently prevented from putting labor into their own supply chain data.

8

A startup that wants to help you stay organized with a tool that helps you create, group, and manage to-do lists.

8

A group of investors in Turkey who are looking to provide a central platform for venture capital investment. They want to help connect investors with startups and help investors feel more comfortable with the market and process.

8

In this business, the CEO says, “we are working with a small group of partners and we are finding that it is almost impossible to get a loan from a bank.” The startup uses its own software to help companies quickly verify their ability to repay a loan.

8

A tool for planning events with a group of people in mind, similar to a calendar but for smaller groups. The startup is looking to partner with Indian companies that organize team events.

8

A social app that lets you set up groups of friends and family to help you out with tasks at times you’re not able to do them yourself.

7

A group of four college friends who decided to start a company to help create a more efficient way to source and manufacture electronics. The company wants to be the first company to completely eliminate the middlemen of electronics manufacturing and create more manufacturing in the U.S.

7

A group of designers and developers building a basic platform to help people create and share drawings and designs, similar to how Shapes is used to share images. It is currently in private beta, with a public launch scheduled in Q1 2015.

7

A tool for businesses to manage their group fitness memberships, allowing businesses to offer group plans in a much more flexible way than the big vendors.

5

A new feature for Slack (which is a messaging/chat application), allowing users to create a group of people who could potentially be interested in a product or service. The startup says it’s already working with a small team of companies and that it plans to roll out to the 1.1 million Slack users.

5

A SaaS business that supports small businesses with a “hub and spoke” model, where a local business acts as a coordinator for a group of smaller businesses.

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A startup that provides an app for finding people who are interested in being a part of a mastermind group

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A startup that gets people to pay for access to a private training group with a professional

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Idea: App store for university social groups

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Idea: A Slack group to help you shop for and buy local produce

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Idea: A mobile app for small businesses and local community groups

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Idea: A group chat app for communities and groups that want to have a private conversation with a single person

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Idea: This travel startup helps travelers book group trips, like tours and cruises The startup is focused on building a marketplace that helps small businesses find customers

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Idea: A platform that helps people discover, share and find a mentor or a group of people with common interests, which helps people find jobs.

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Idea: A social media app that uses a multi-level, multi-person game mechanic to help people try to figure out who in their friend group are the most popular.

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Idea: A tool for connecting people with a “community partner” like a co-working space or business incubator. It’s a way for people to find and join groups to collaborate on projects, host events, and share resources.

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Wekan is a calendar with a twist: it’s a shared calendar that can be used by teams or groups.

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A startup for meeting planners and event services. A software company that helps companies manage their capital, cash, and expense budgets. A SaaS company that provides companies with an easy way to predict how much inventory they will need to order. An online marketplace that connects hotel merchants, small businesses, and other groups with the company’s hotel partners. A solution for real-estate brokers to manage and share MLS data securely.

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