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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.

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New York City’s drone delivery startup. The startup wants to get packages from warehouses to homes in a half hour.

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For those who can’t afford to pay for a full-time financial advisor, this startup offers hourly advice via phone or video.

93

A startup that provides a service where they install cameras around a house and then people can pay to rent hours of access to the video recordings

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This app helps users manage their time, organize tasks, and set goals. Users can track their hours, hours worked, and hours remaining, and be alerted to when they need to be at work. Users can also set goals, like working more or less, or getting more tasks done everyday.

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A company that helps nonprofits and local governments hire digital marketing agencies that are more targeted to their needs. They’re currently offering 5 hours of consulting and digital marketing services for $200.

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A startup for self-employed people to connect with clients and charge per hour. The startup is launching in June.

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A human resources software company that helps companies track their employee’s work hours, track TPS reports, and calculate the number of employees they need.

84

A startup that would help people in the US learn how to code online for $10/hour

83

They want to build a self-driving, electric, solar-powered truck that can deliver goods by the hour.

81

A simple software application that helps users nail down their hourly rates.

79

One of several startups that are building alternative work schedules that let people swap out their hours for the week. They all basically pair an employer with a local worker who can come in for extra hours in exchange for a small fee or a flat rate.

79

A smart parking meter that allows drivers to pay for parking by the hour.

78

This app wants to help you find a good plumber for your house, and helps you book them before the job, so you’re not standing in the rain for three hours waiting for a plumber to show up.

78

A platform to enable a “smart pool”. The startup is building technology that allows for robotic pool maintenance so pool owners don’t have to spend hours performing maintenance tasks.

76

A startup that helps companies manage their customer service costs by managing the number of customer support hours.

76

A startup that provides a service for renting servers, using a model similar to Airbnb Users can rent a server by the hour, day, week, or month They rent out their unused servers, which helps keep them up to date, and clients get cheap hosting

75

A startup for connecting freelance designers with clients. There are around 5 million professional designers in the US, and they’re frequently hired through agencies or by the hour. The startup is building a marketplace where designers can post their work, which clients can browse and hire.

75

A community of users who are willing to pay $1 for a service in which they can stream movies and TV shows (about 1,000 movies and 2,500 hours of TV) using their mobile phones.

71

A startup that provides a service where you can purchase a gift card that is redeemable for a 1 hour tech support phone call

70

A startup helping companies that use a lot of data or have a lot of data. The startup is looking to offer 24/7/365 support, with an automated phone call within two hours of an issue being raised.

70

Builds mobile apps for small and medium-sized businesses that are typically handled by outsourced developers. It helps the client keep track of their employees and their weekly hours, track expenses, and generate invoices.

69

A company that offers a scheduling software that helps businesses schedule their employees for flexible hours.

69

A startup that’s meant to help employers manage their employee benefits and compensation. It’s currently a SaaS business with a free tier that offers access to a basic toolset including a tool that helps employers calculate a person’s hourly wage.

69

This startup is building a premium, shared-bikes-for-hire platform in Los Angeles that aims to be an Uber for urban transport. Their bikes will be electric and can be reserved online, on-call 24/7, for one hour or longer.

69

A startup that helps real estate agents with "after-hours" showings The startup wants to grow into a managed marketplace that serves as a broker for all home services, from repairs to insurance

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This is an application to help people find a doctor and get an appointment within 24 hours. The startup is seeking to partner with hospitals to help users find doctors for in-person visits.

63

A company that helps small businesses sell telecommuting services. They’ve sold over 20,000 hours of telecommuting time.

60

A delivery service that gives customers the option to order a dozen or so items from a list of popular restaurants, which will be delivered to the customer’s home or office within an hour.

59

A startup that helps its users take advantage of split-work hours that their employers or school offer

58

A startup that’s on-boarding its users to its $99 per month 1-hour coaching service.

57

A set of tools that help people raise money from friends and family to finance their businesses. The startup's founders once raised nearly $600,000 from friends and family in just 48 hours.

50

A platform that lets you rent a bike for an hour or 24/48 hours.

49

Builds on the idea of an online store for workers to make money by selling items people need — and allowing them to earn up to $15 an hour. The company says it is currently operating in the San Francisco Bay Area.

47

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.

46

A retail solution that allows customers to order groceries from a variety of retailers and have their goods delivered to their doorsteps within a few hours. In the first year of operations they had 10,000 customers and raised $1 million in seed funding.

44

This startup is building a way to keep track of employees’ work hours, salaries, and benefits. It’s building a proprietary software that allows companies to do this, and takes the place of a payrolling system.

44

Helps employers manage and track employee’s work hours and performance for per-project billing.

42

A tool to help users manage their work hours, with a built-in calendar to help users schedule their time off.

42

A food delivery app in the US that is working with a handful of restaurants to get deliveries in under an hour. It has already raised $6M.

41

A software company that sells software that allows companies to manage their workforce data, including payroll, benefits, and hours.

40

A 24-hour customer service bot that's capable of making appointments, booking hotels, and purchasing airline tickets.

40

This startup wants to be the Airbnb of after-hours travel for dentists. Dentists can use the service to help students and interns for practice trips, and offer their own services to travelers looking for a dentist while on vacation.

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A food delivery service for restaurants. The startup offers customers a subscription model, giving them access to a $20-30 menu of food available between the hours of 8am and 2am.

37

Nota is building a tool that helps companies calculate their cost of goods sold on on each unit of product they sell. The startup built a tool that can predict and measure the cost of goods sold within an hour.

36

 This startup is building an app that will help people find cheap flights for a flight that’s longer than three hours.

32

A startup that helps you determine how much energy you’re using in an hour or a day. The app is free, and in the US will soon be free for all users.

32

A car sharing startup that lets people rent cars by the hour or by the day. In July, the company had 13,000 people on the waitlist for their limited-time $500,000 raise.

31

A toolset for companies to set up a custom, easy-to-use digital product. Rely on a team of consultants who are literate in your industry and can build a custom product within 48 hours.

28

A platform for businesses to help their employees track hours and pay for independent contractors. The startup has already been used by companies like Hewlett Packard, CVS, and DMCI.

27

A platform for the sharing economy. The startup’s idea is to “unlock” the sharing economy by making the legal process simple for drivers and allowing them to charge hourly for their services.

27

A startup that is building a tool that helps companies map out employees' preferred work hours and locations so they can more easily schedule work from home.

26

An enterprise-grade mobile app that makes it easier to hire freelance contractors. The startup’s software tracks hours, overtime, time cards and more, and automates the process.

26

A full-stack SMS API for India. The startup says it can process 10 million messages per hour.

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The venture is looking to build out a platform for companies to use to monitor their employees’ working hours.

24

A company that wants to help companies and their employees work together after hours, whether that’s an early morning meeting or a weeknight hack.

22

A platform that allows users to rent out their cars by the hour for between $5 and $12.

21

A food delivery startup that only delivers food and drink that’s been on the premises for a couple hours. It’s already expanded into DC and NYC.

20

This startup makes software for a company that makes custom parts for cars. CNC Solutions creates parts for specific cars, like a wheel hub for an Audi R8. The startup claims that if a company has a client they can't make a part for, they'll be able to turn around an order in six hours.

19

A business management tool for logistics companies, geared towards help desk in particular. The startup wants to help logistics companies be more flexible with their hours and be better at managing the flow of information from customers.

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A startup that provides a platform for companies to manage their workforce by tracking their hours, productivity, and revenue.

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On 2 June 2015, an app called "YouNow" was released by a team of developers from the University of Southern California. The app allows users to broadcast live videos to their friends, and allows viewers to tip the broadcasters. The video is only viewable for 24 hours, but viewers can re-watch them at any time.

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The startup wants to build a tool to help employers manage their workforces, using algorithms to calculate and monetize various work hours.

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A catered meal delivery service for those who work odd hours or don’t like cooking. You can order ahead and even set up a schedule to be meal-ready as soon as you arrive at work.

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A startup that wants to make it easy to make furniture with 3D printing. A woodworker or designer can go to their website and select a model, upload their CAD files, and in just a few hours they’ll get a 3D-printed version of their design.

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This company lets you rent an office or conference room for a few hours or days

10

This startup is building a mobile app that will let you buy just about any product — from a couch to a chandelier — and have it delivered to your home in less than an hour.

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A micro-job platform where people can earn a few dollars an hour doing a task for a company that already has a full-time employee doing that same task. The idea is that someone can have a few hours of work on Mechanical Turk each day already, and that’s the entirety of their work week.

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A self-driving electric bike that can be rented by the hour that launches in Q4 2019.

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A startup that makes it easier to setup an online store for a new product The startup says it can make a new store online in less than one hour

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Idea: Startups only get 24 hours to raise investment

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Idea: A market for people who want to rent their vehicles to others for a few hours or the day The company has grown to 15,000 drivers in the Boston area They’re aiming to be a trusted marketplace that makes it easier to rent cars, and more profitable for their drivers

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Idea: This startup wants to make it easier for people to get matched up with local experts like doctors or lawyers. It currently has 2,200 experts signed up, and is charging $45/hr for up to five hours of work.

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Idea: A startup that makes a $500 software-as-a-service platform for managing storefronts. These give pop-up shops a chance to set up shop in a new city in a matter of hours.

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