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A startup that lists jobs for students interested in jobs during the summer

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A tool that helps people find specific flights, using data from travel agent websites. It’s a fairly simple concept but it will be interesting to see how they implement it as they try to become the Yelp for flights.

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A startup that sends personalized emails to people based on their data, and the content of those emails is based on what the person is interested in.

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A women’s networking app that connects women interested in entrepreneurship and investing to other like-minded women.

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A startup that provides a service for people who are interested in learning how to do their own home repairs

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

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A platform that helps ad agencies, marketers, and agencies reach people across multiple channels based on their interests, without having to find their personal email addresses.

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A startup that helps people find one another based on their interests. It’s a way for people to find new friends and make new connections.

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A startup for those interested in buying and selling vintage items.

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This startup is building an iOS app that helps users find and book events that fit their interests.

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A travel concierge platform that serves travelers who want to visit the same places. It is designed to connect travelers with similar interests and save money by helping them make a booking at the same time.

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A platform that lets publishers create and sell custom content based on their subscribers’ interests.

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A startup that curates the most interesting content from around the internet for a daily digest.

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A company that helps match people who have the same taste, background, and interests to make it easier to find collaborators, whether it’s for a band or a new home.

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It is a platform that helps people find jobs in their area of interest, and also allows employers to post jobs.

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A platform that helps people share and talk about their interests, helping them find new friends and meet new people.

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A micro lending platform that helps small businesses in India access credit. It doesn’t charge interest, but charges a fee for the loans.

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A social media site for bloggers, with the goal of helping people find the most interesting content and share it with their friends.

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A startup that provides a service where people who are interested in buying a home can hire someone to walk through homes that are for sale to tell them if they’re a good fit

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A social discovery app that finds and connects people based on their shared interests.

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A tool for connecting people with a shared interest in a particular topic

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A startup that sells a service that helps people who are visiting a new city find interesting things to do

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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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There are also a handful of open source startups doing interesting things:

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Currently focused on the UK, a B2B company that enables people to borrow money from their employer via a payroll deduction. It charges 1% interest for up to 12 months, and the company keeps 2% of the loan amount.

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A startup that helps people to buy and sell used cars, which helps save the environment. The entrepreneurs say that they’ve seen a lot of interest in the platform from US car dealerships.

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A startup that provides tools for people who are interested in starting their own business, but who are overwhelmed by the thought of it

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A tool that allows you to create and manage your own variety of financial instruments. Think of it as a Pinterest and Facebook for financial funds, with a focus on helping people raise money from friends and family.

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An idea that would let anyone be a coder or designer for local versions of the web. Google is interested.

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A “digital marketplace for used books and audiobooks” that allows users to find and buy books in their community of interest.

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This is a startup that lets you raise and manage funds for your startup, as well as make personal loans at 0% interest

87

A company that wants to make it easier for people to track their purchases and sales by integrating with apps like Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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A company that brings together a community of people with the same interests. Its main community is focused on cooking, but it also had an early-stage fitness community.

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A company that builds products that help people understand their finances and save money. It saves customers money in the form of lower interest rates and lower cost of credit, and it pays interest on all savings in a person’s bank account.

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A startup that offers a platform for building micro-communities online. The company wants to bring the community dynamic of crowdfunding to communities in which people have a shared interest.

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

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This startup wants to make it easy to put your favorite photos on a physical slide that can be hung on a wall. It’s like a physical version of Pinterest, but for your own photos.

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A platform for developing mobile apps that connects clients with developers. They’re not looking to compete with big agencies, but trying to fill a gap between startups and agencies. They’re currently attracting interest from small businesses with a few employees who are looking for a way to get high-level visibility and technical support to manage the complexity of building apps.

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This startup is using the goodness of Twitter to build up a public database of “interesting” places to eat, with a focus on those that are “off the beaten path”.

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A startup that helps people find events based on their interests. It currently has about 50,000 users.

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A social network for people interested in mechanical engineering, allowing people to find jobs, learn about new developments, and get connected with engineers and designers.

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The startup has developed a way to help employers manage their employee recruiting process and streamline subsequent onboarding. The platform allows organizations to put together a recruiter roster, create a template for their job description, and see who’s interested in the job.

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Pinterest’s India team is looking to pivot from a product team into a data science team. They’ve hired two data scientists, who are looking for more.

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A startup for digital games, where players can earn money for playing games. Currently in beta. What’s interesting is that they’re trying to make it legal to use virtual currencies, which is a relatively new idea.

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This startup is building a new way to work that allows you to quickly create a virtual meeting room for your team (with audio, video, and other features) and then broadcast it to whoever is interested.

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The company is interested in building a new type of crowdfunding platform for businesses and non-profits.

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A platform that enables fans to interact with players and teams to better understand their interests. The startup is currently in a partnership with the NBA; it’s also in a partnership with the A’s to help fans in the Bay Area get better access to the team.

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A tool that helps you find the best interest rates for your credit card. The startup says they have more than 1,000 users and are growing by 100 users a month. The founders say they’ve raised $1.3 million in funding from angel investors.

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Personalized medicine is a massive area of interest in the healthcare industry. With the help of AI, the startup is trying to create a way for pharmacies to recommend the most effective medications to patients.

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Very interested to see what comes of this product - the idea is to give you a way to create a smart contract with a shipping company that automatically tracks your package from the time it is picked up to the time it is delivered.

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A startup that sells a subscription service that sends someone to clean your house once a month. The startup is advertising the service on Facebook, reaching a lot of potential customers that have seen its ads and are interested in it.

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An online platform that helps people find and connect with others with similar interests (i.e. a Google search for people who like to ride bikes in San Francisco).

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"Idea" is a series of articles that provide a comprehensive overview of the startup scene in a given area. The goal is to highlight the most interesting and unique startups in a given city.

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A startup that aims to make online payments seamless for millennials and other young people who are not interested in traditional banking It is now part of PayPal

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A startup focused on getting more people onto their “right-sized” compact cars, with a focus on the East Coast. The startup is focused on targeting Millennials who are interested in driving small cars but don’t want to spend a lot of money.

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A way for companies to increase their B2B sales, the startup wants to use a combination of machine learning to identify inbound leads and then text them to see if they’re interested in a demo.

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In an effort to identify people who are interested in starting a business, the Y Combinator Summer School offers select entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from Y Combinator fellows while also receiving mentorship from Y Combinator partners. Since the school’s launch in 2011, over 400 students from around the world have participated.

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A startup that helps people fill out job applications and offers more accurate insights about what they’re truly interested in.

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A startup that provides a service for people who are interested in buying a franchise but want to test out the franchise before buying it

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A complete package for in-person recruiting events. When you schedule an event, you can mark candidates’ interests on a map, create a class schedule with break times, and then send that info to candidates in a text message.

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Uncover is a program that helps smart, talented people make a living from their interests.

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A browser-based tool that helps users easily create “quizzes” to test their knowledge of a topic they’re interested in.

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This startup is building a photo-sharing app that helps users organize and share photos. It’s like Pinterest but for local events and places.

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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

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A company that aims to help marketers adjust their Facebook ads in real time based on the user’s interests. The startup is working with various marketing teams all over the world to build out a proprietary algorithm.

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This startup is building a way to automatically build and promote e-newsletters to customers based on their interests.

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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.

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The startup is a service that connects brands with people who are interested in working with them. The startup wants to create a digital marketplace for brands to find the talent to help them.

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Ideabook is a blog that highlights the interesting startups, interesting ideas, and interesting people at Y Combinator.

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If interested, please send us an updated resume to [email protected]

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A tool that delivers content based on the interests of users. The startup has built a platform where users are able to express their interests, and then receive content that is tailored to their tastes.

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Company is building a platform to help people find and get along with friends, and help people find people with similar interests.

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A digital platform that allows you to explore and research topics of your interest by browsing and sharing user-created content.

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The company helps companies automate their social media marketing efforts by providing analysis of their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest accounts. A company can then run these analytics across all their accounts and get a report which shows which content is performing best and which posts are most engaging.

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A startup that aims to create a “digital neighborhood” for those interested in digital security

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A platform that lets people make their own videos using their voice, and works with a library of stock images and sound effects. The app is for anyone interested in making their own video clips without knowing how to edit video.

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This startup is building an “app store for white-label content marketing” for companies. It’s called “branded content” and has a lot of the same features as Pinterest’s official app store.

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A mobility platform that connects businesses with the right tools to make it easier for drivers to earn income by delivering packages and other items. The startup’s co-founder, Alex Boussard, says they’ve already seen interest from a number of major companies and has even managed to raise a few million dollars in funding.

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The summer school is for students interested in learning programming and fundamental knowledge in computer science, with the intent of helping them be successful in college.

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A company that uses algorithms to direct automated phone calls to businesses to help them reach out to prospective customers who have similar interests. The startup offers a “campaign” for as low as $400 for up to two calls per day.

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One of the key differences between this year’s class and last year’s was the level of public interest in highlighting the work of the companies that were accepted. This year that level was very high, with over 10,000 people visiting the project page. That interest was a major factor in the growth of the class.

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Predictive modeling technology that can help marketers understand where consumers are and what they’re interested in at any given time.

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The startup wants to make it easier for investors to invest in early stage companies. It wants to make it easier for angel investors to back startups and give them information about startups they’re interested in. The startup wants to put money into startups in a way that’s similar to how a hedge fund would, but also make it possible for retail investors to put money into startups like they would an IPO.

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It’s a brand new concept in the world of advertising, using the “perks” of a travel-based credit card to show you ads you’d be interested in on a flight.

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A competitor to Amazon Echo that brings the Google Assistant to your home. The company is raising $50 million from investors and has drawn interest from Google and Apple.

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 A community of and for people who don’t like to login to the internet. A social networking site for users who are interested in meeting up offline.

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A platform for managing the career of a single individual. The company’s goal is to give a platform to employers to manage the career of a single individual. The platform is particularly interesting because it would allow a company to manage the career of a single individual.

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A startup that helps consumers track their bills, get alerts when bills are coming due, and pay off them early with interest.

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A tool to help artists find people who would be interested in commissioning work on their own creative projects.

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A visual search engine that curates images for people, similar to Pinterest

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A tool that uses AI to help you find interesting stories by looking for keywords and phrases.

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A company that wants to help you build a website that’s just like Pinterest, but for your business.

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A platform that helps people with small car loans get lower interest rates

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This company is looking to connect home buyers with people looking to rent out their basements, garages, and spare rooms. The startup has raised $1.6 million, and is interested in getting users to share their spaces with strangers.

43

A mission-based social platform for millennials to discover events based on their interests, follow the ones nearby, and make connections with people in their social networks.

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A platform for homeowners looking to sell their homes, allowing them to easily list their properties for sale and hire a virtual agent to show the property to interested buyers.

43

A company that helps brands communicate with their customers in a more personal way. The startup wants to make a “human social media network” that works in a more organic way, where you can reach people with specific interests without the need for any kind of targeting.

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A tool that helps brands and agencies create social media content that’s “faster, better, and more interesting”.

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

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A health insurance app which allows users to submit their medical claims and payment information with a couple of taps on their phone. The startup is a bit of an interesting case study for the healthcare sector. They launched in March and have over 1,000 customers already. They're profitable for the first time.

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A dating platform that lets people find love by matching them based on their interests.

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An underground “mixing” app that uses the concept of the blind date to pair people up based on shared interests and provide a means for them to meet.

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A maker of subscription boxes to help customers discover, purchase, and ship products from retailers across the country. Each month, the service helps subscribers pick each month’s “box” based on their interests, which is hand-curated by the company’s team.

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A credit card that doesn’t charge interest and is cheaper than a credit card with a small monthly fee.

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This startup aims to be a “Pinterest for the home”.

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A credit card for people who don’t want a traditional card. The startup gets merchants to opt-in to their service, and since they don’t have a traditional credit history, they don’t have to pay as high interest rates.

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 A company that’s building a new type of social media experience. People can send videos to their friends and have friends vote on which ones they like or dislike, for AI to curate more interesting content.

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A platform for advertisers to creatively display ads to users based on their interests.

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A digital insurance startup that wants to help people find doctors and medicines. The startup is taking on the large insurance companies that they say don’t always have the best interests of their customers in mind.

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A payments app that allows you to lend or borrow money in minutes, for under 1% interest. The app is in the process of getting Fintech licenses in the UK, France, and Germany.

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A new kind of social network for people who are interested in sharing their cat videos or pictures on Instagram.

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A startup that’s building a dating app for people over 50. The app lets users browse by interests, post photos, and build their own profiles. Money is kept separate from the app, so the founders don’t have to have people have to delete their profiles if they don’t want to date.

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A platform that automates the process of doing social media advertising. It uses AI to match ads to consumers based on their interests on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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A startup that posts interesting things to read in a certain category, or a tough topic like “How to be a good parent” with articles like “How to get your kid to go to bed.”

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A student loan refinancing startup that promises to reduce interest rates. It just closed a $10 million round, and its founders said they’re targeting 15% of student loan holders.

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The idea is to use an app to automatically coordinate payroll across different companies. Employees get notifications when their salaries are ready, and the company takes a cut of their paycheck. It’s an interesting model that could help companies restructure their payroll.

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This startup makes a credit card without annual fees or a credit limit. Customers can pay as much or as little as they want each month and never be charged interest or fees.

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A social network for people interested in a subscription box subscription service. Currently focused on a subscription box for wine, with plans to expand to other categories.

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This startup is building a web/mobile platform that delivers personalized news about a person’s interests.

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A network of women who are interested in trading services/products online for fun, personal, or professional use.

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A company that aims to be the Uber of Airbnbs by connecting people with shared interest and letting them share their dwelling with others who want to stay or need a place to stay.

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A startup for meeting new people and finding friends. The app is designed to make it easier for people to make new friends, and to find people with similar interests.

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The startup aims to be a peer-to-peer marketplace for student loans, to help students avoid high interest rates by borrowing from other students.

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While this is a new company, the founders’ past experience and work on other startups and products and their location in São Paulo, Brazil, makes it an interesting choice.

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A video platform for TV and film that wants to help people find and learn new and interesting content and build a community around the content.

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An online clothing warehouse delivering to local boutiques and independent stores in the U.S. A recent move into the UK has brought in $100,000 in sales in their first month, while they say they’ve already received interest from other retailers.

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A company that helps companies manage their email marketing campaigns through a tool that allows them to create and send personalized emails to customers who have expressed an interest in a brand.

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Idea : A tool for managing relationships between people with similar interests. The company is building a platform to help people share interests with others, and it’s using data science to help people actually find each other.

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A social network that connects people based on an interest in getting involved in local community events. For instance, if you’re interested in helping to organize a neighborhood watch program, you can connect with people in your neighborhood who are interested in getting involved.

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A startup that texts college students details about upcoming events, based on their interests.

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A startup that lets you buy a lifetime membership to a community of people who share your interests. It’s a subscription based site so you pay a set amount over time, but there’s a free version for non-members.

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Idea: This is a social media app that helps users monetize their personal stories and connect with brands interested in learning more about their experiences

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Working to develop a new personal finance platform that helps users manage their money by providing ‘simple tools and features that save time and money.’ Beyond personal finance, the startup is also interested in the wellness and fitness markets, and wants to provide a platform for people to track their health and nutrition.

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Micro-loans for the unbanked, with a minimum term of 9 months, a maximum term of 20 years, and a minimum interest rate of 2%. The goal is to offer a lifeline for the unbanked, who often have a hard time obtaining a traditional bank account.

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A company that offers loan products to small businesses at a lower interest rate than banks

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The startup wants to make it easier for small businesses to receive financing. It’s a mobile lending platform, using the same algorithms as big banks, but with lower interest rates and higher standards for creditworthiness.

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A mobile application which provides the user with information about the location of points of interest and allows the user to consult them by turn.

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 A startup that connects people who have mutual interests, allowing them to connect online or in person.

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A startup that makes it easier for people to discover and share interesting content by bringing together all of the different sources of content in one place.

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A platform for people to connect with others who share their hobby/interests.

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A design and development studio that says it’s “a team of designers, engineers and startups” that helps “build and manage large scale web apps”. It’s interesting to see a startup that’s taking on the very same tasks that larger companies have historically outsourced to larger consulting firms like Accenture or PwC.

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The business of helping people find interesting things to buy online.

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A startup that pays people to do research on topics they are interested in which is then written up into a paper and sold to students

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A company that wants to build a platform for local businesses to get their products in front of people who are interested, by connecting them to other local businesses.

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A platform for lenders to buy home loans and for homeowners to refinance at lower interest rates.

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A tool that allows users to create custom animations on video to make their videos more interesting and engaging.

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A social network for drivers. It’s meant to help drivers find new and interesting drivers to carpool with.

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A new way to organize and share knowledge across the world, connecting people who have similar interests and experiences.

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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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The startup wants to connect influencers to brands, by way of influencer marketing. The startup combines data about their followers with the user’s interests to provide a ranking of influencers for brands.

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A Pinterest-like social network for artisans, with a focus on artisans in developing countries. The platform uses a marketplace to help artisans sell their goods and connect with customers, and features "artists in residence" to help guide new sellers.

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A credit card for students to get the best interest rate possible

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Parchment is building a personalized education platform for students, parents, and teachers. Parchment uses artificial intelligence to identify the people in your life who share your interests, then helps match them with relevant educational content.

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A startup that connects businesses to consumers to help them engage with each other. It helps brands engage with potential shoppers by helping them create a customized experience based on profile or interest.

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A “human-powered” platform that connects users with other people in their niche-of-interest. The idea is that each user has an “agent” who will help them find other people in the same area or have similar interests.

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A matchmaking website that matches people up based on their shared interest in the same topics

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A messaging platform to facilitate in-person meetings between people who never actually met before. It’s designed to streamline the matchmaking process by connecting people with similar interests, and to make it more efficient for those who like meeting in-person.

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This startup is building a tool that makes it easier for people to track and save their money. They’re looking to consolidate debt and save money on interest.

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A startup that’s building a platform for people with shared interests in specific things to meet with each other in person and share information with one another in a “safe and secure” way.

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A way to streamline the process of getting a home loan and financial information, as well as a way to compare interest rates.

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A startup that helps connect dating service members with those interested in meeting them.

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 a Pinterest-like social network for interior designers, with users being able to share photos of their work and sell it within the app

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A startup that tries to get people to take more time off from work to pursue personal interests, such as by creating a way to track a user’s vacation days.

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A platform that aims to “help advertisers better target specific people based on their behavior, location, interests and demographics.”

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A startup for people to connect for shared interests. People can suggest what movies and music are being talked about and vote on a list of suggestions.

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A startup that provides investors with information about companies they’re interested in, including their financials, their social media activity, and their networks.

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This personal finance app is meant to help you save money and get into the best financial products. It’s currently only available in the U.K. The app also claims to have access to the UK’s highest interest savings accounts, so it may not be available in the U.S.

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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.

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A platform that allows investors to invest in other investors. The platform pairs investors with other investors to provide capital to investors who are interested in backing other startups.

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A company that helps small businesses (both online and in-person) and entrepreneurs borrow money at a lower interest rate.

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A tool for small-business owners interested in selling their products on Amazon’s Fulfillment by Amazon, which allows companies to outsource product fulfillment and marketing to Amazon.

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A startup that sells a toolbox for people who are interested in learning more about business planning

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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 provides a service where people can find a real estate agent who is interested in the buying/selling of a home in a certain price range

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A startup that provides a service where you can post your resume and will be contacted by recruiters who are interested in you

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A startup that will help people who are applying to college find the best fit by using a questionnaire, test scores, and personality assessments to evaluate colleges based on their interests

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Idea: A peer-to-peer lending marketplace The startup offers an alternative to traditional banks, which the founders say offer high interest rates, but often have hidden fees

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Idea: A startup for insurance companies to sell risk to interested buyers, like hedge funds The startup offers a way for insurers to get better at evaluating risk, and a way for hedge funds to get better at buying risk

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Idea: A startup that aims to help people learn to code through a combination of chatbots and online courses The company’s founders say they’re currently working on an AI-powered chatbot that can make coding exercises more interesting

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Idea: A business that helps companies build and manage lists of users who are interested in a particular product The company has a subscription model, and its largest customer is in the pharmaceutical industry

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Idea: A new twist on insurance for freelancers. The startup is a high-deductible plan with a really low premium — that also includes a loan component. The startup says it’s looking to compete with a 1500% APR loan and offer a 1% interest loan.

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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: Idea: A social network that allows people to network with others who have similar interests

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A startup that connects people interested in buying or selling a home with people who want to buy or sell a home

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A startup that gives people the ability to store their personal photos and videos online and find friends who share similar interests

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