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A company that sends physical boxes to your home or work after you place an order on their website. The boxes are filled with the product you’ve ordered and then shipped back to you.

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A tool that helps people create a profile on a job site, and then their resume gets pulled into the system.

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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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This is a startup that uses a mobile app and a camera to find street-level recycled products and sell them to the public. They started with old library books and DVDs, but are now selling all sorts of things.

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A new, blockchain-enabled peer-to-peer lending platform that is targeting the global student debt crisis. The company is expanding internationally and looking for investors.

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A startup that’s building an AI-enabled chatbot for legal services. The company has $1 million in seed funding.

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A platform for sharing and selling reusable office supplies to businesses. The startup focuses on 8 great office supply items that are used a lot, but don’t get recycled as often as they should. They’re currently focusing on the US, but plan to expand internationally and into business software.

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A platform that helps businesses and job seekers find and connect with remote teams. Currently, they're working with a company in Brooklyn called Crave that hires people remotely through a third-party site.

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A startup that wants to build a “machine learning tool for creating music”. The startup wants to build a tool that will allow anyone to create music from scratch, without any of the engineering knowledge required.

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A startup that helps people explore the world around them by allowing them to connect with those who live near them and share their local knowledge

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A B2B software product for companies that manage and maintain their IT and IT-enabled departments.

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A startup that helps software developers to build mobile apps with a mobile SDK without requiring native code knowledge.

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A mobile app that helps people find the best and cheapest public transportation in their city. Called "Uber for Transportation", it's already in beta in New York and San Francisco.

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Another startup accelerator program, Techstars was originally called TechStars but shortened its name in the summer of 2010.

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Slack is a chat system for teams that uses a chatbot-like interface. The startup’s bot is called “Dalai,” whose goal is to make the process of building a Slack team a smooth experience.

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A computer science startup that builds simple, cheap, and fast hardware for India’s unconnected. One product, called the Laptop Bridge, is a $35 device meant to plug into an electrical socket and convert it into a computer-like device that can run basic programs and connect to the internet, so that farmers, students, or anyone else can use it.

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A platform that allows individuals or companies to post jobs and have them filled by people looking to move, with the goal of keeping unemployment rates low.

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A social network for the deaf, modeled after its popular iPhone app. The company has expanded its offerings to include audio versions of the app for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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A wearables startup that wants to help people run more efficiently and exercise better. It says its product is worn like a wristband and tracks things like steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled, and sleep.

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A company that enables companies to build bot-enabled services and chatbots. The company already has a beta product, a chatbot for booking a server that runs on Amazon’s Alexa.

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

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Provenance is a food tracking app, that has been billed as a startup that’s trying to get food to the same level of transparency as it has in other industries like banking or ride sharing. It’s a bit like the app Just Eat, but for food.

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Matching job seekers with employers, coupled with goal-setting and coaching, could help reduce the representation of men in the American workforce.

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A company that makes LED light bulbs that instantly turn on when they detect motion. It wants to make the bulb’s visibility an even more important feature.

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A startup from a company called Popcorn Time, which allows users to stream free movies and TV shows. It's now a part of Netflix.

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An AI-powered chatbot that can respond to questions about a person’s current location, and provide more detailed answers as you learn more about their habits.

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A startup that helps caregivers create their own day-to-day schedules for their patients to ensure they’re not over- or under-scheduled.

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A company that creates AI-driven widgets for SMS. The startup’s CTO called out the company’s AI as a “turnkey solution” for businesses to send messages from a single point.

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A hardware company that builds its own Bluetooth devices with a focus on connecting medical devices to the internet. It recently raised $5 million in a Series A led by Family Offices.

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Food delivery for restaurant kitchens — the company provides a central platform for kitchens to manage orders, and payment is handled via a proprietary service that only the restaurants can use

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A startup that’s building an online marketplace for visual artists to sell their work to the world, with payment handled by Stripe.

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The startup is looking to disrupt the $2.8 trillion consumer credit industry, which it says is ripe for disruption by building a better credit scoring system for micro and small businesses using data from a company called Credit Karma.

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A company that’s building a detailed map of the world’s supply chains, put together using new satellite technologies. The startup wants to create a more efficient and transparent supply chain for all manufacturers.

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A startup that offers a platform for real-time problem solving called “Teamwork”

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A social enterprise in Indonesia that sells bedsheets made of recycled plastic. The company is building a factory that can make up to 50,000 bedsheets a week.

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An algorithmic startup that is a marketplace for job board ads, allowing companies to target their job search to a specific demographic. The company’s founders say they’ve raised $1.6 million in a round led by Greycroft Partners.

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

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A platform for sharing and tracking all of your fitness activities. The company developed a stand-alone iOS app called MyFitnessPal in 2011, which has over 150 million users worldwide. In 2017, they launched the fitness tracking and calorie logging platform Fitbit.

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A startup that lets you order a batch of custom-made grilled cheese or pizza from 24 different restaurants, and have them delivered to your door. The startup is still in the R&D phase, but hopes to launch the service early next year.

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"Gizmodo" called the Startup Battlefield and Fast Company’s 2016 “Top 10 Coolest Companies”.

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A startup that makes a product called “The Wig”, a wearable device that can tell you if you have a fever or not by reading your face

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A new way to crowdsource ideas for new products, with the goal of helping fledgling startups get ideas for new products off the ground. The startup is building a platform for companies to crowdsource ideas in exchange for equity.

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A startup that provides a service where you can order a cuddling service and get cuddled by a stranger to help you with anxiety

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A startup for managing knowledge management tasks for local government, such as data governance, mission management and knowledge management.

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A startup that aims to take the power out of microgrids and put it into the hands of consumers. The startup is working on a battery pack with solar panels that can be installed on the rooftops of homes and offices and be used to supply electricity for a certain period of time, much like a powerbank.

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A startup that lets you create videos and images with text in the background in real-time to create what’s called a "Voxel" — an image with a 3D representation of a text sentence.

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This startup helps consumers identify which products are made from recycled materials.

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These guys have a chatbot called “Alexa” that helps you track down a product you may have ordered. The company has integrated with major e-commerce companies to provide the service to their customers.

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A collaboration platform for photographers and artists, built for the Chinese market. They have a service called “A.P.I.S.” where artists and photographers can upload art and photographers can upload photos to sell.

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A kitchen system called the “KitchenPod” that’s meant to let you cook, then take the result home for later. The kitchen has a base unit, and a separate pod that connects to a smartphone. The fridge is connected to the base unit via Bluetooth, so it can track things like what you’re eating and how much of it you’re eating. When the pod is connected to the base unit, it can track the fridge’s temperature, as well as how much food it’s holding.

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A Chinese-focused ecommerce platform that was built on the idea that China's economy is less of a free market and more of a controlled economic system. The company is working on a solution to let individuals buy goods without a bank account and without a traditional credit card.

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A startup that aims to bring on-demand services like Uber to the B2B travel sector with a new service called Travia that will allow travel managers to hire drivers for their clients on-demand.

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This company is building a stock market for real estate, which it says is worth $1.4 trillion. The startup says they have $100 million in seed funding from investors like Accel, Greylock, and Andreessen Horowitz, as well as a $50 million Series A round led by Sapphire Ventures.

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A company that consolidates all of the different personal injury claims you’ve filed against your employer into one easy-to-manage system.

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In the UK, an increasingly important part of the economy isn’t bricks and mortar stores but phone apps. And one startup wants to replace the app store with a custom-built version. The idea is that you buy an app once and then get the updates for free. The company is giving away its first product for free, called The App Store, in order to gain feedback.

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The company’s first product is a suite of LED bulbs that can be controlled via a smartphone app. The bulbs are built with a Wi-Fi enabled hub and have a built-in motion sensor allowing the user to turn the light on and off, dim, or change its color.

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A startup that helps small businesses with insurance. They’re working on their first product in the US, called “Bundle”.

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Jet.com is a startup that will sell anything from household items to clothes to groceries to a single user, with no membership fees or minimum purchase requirements. It’s been called the Amazon of online shopping that will work on the ground. The company says it has 1.1 million active buyers already, and a $3 billion run rate.

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A Boston-based startup that wants to take on Slack. The startup is creating a full-fledged chat platform that they say can go head to head with Slack. The company, which has raised $2.5 million and has no product yet, is based in the city’s Innovation District.

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 A little like Twilio and Stripe, this API makes it easier to build new kinds of voice-controlled software.

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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.

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Amazon Alexa has invaded every household in the US. The company wants to make the device even more useful, by adding a voice-controlled interface for apps.

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A company that makes smart front door locks that can be controlled remotely. The lock can be unlocked from a smartphone app, or from a website.

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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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This is “a healthcare startup for the world’s largest democracy” – India. It aims to help patients get their prescriptions filled at the lowest prices possible, and is already working with several pharmaceutical companies in India for a $3 million revenue run rate.

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The startup, called Picaboo, speaks to you via your webcam to make it easier to get the perfect selfie by applying a filter to your face.

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This company is building an app called “MyBeds” for homeowners to create a “bespoke bedroom” for their home. The app lets you create a “dream room” from a set of customizable, curated items.

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This startup is building a way to create virtual reality experiences for brands, using a technology called “phantom display”.

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This startup wants to be a “marketplace of people” that connects people to the jobs that would otherwise be unfulfilled.

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In the summer of 2016, Y Combinator opened a office in London to focus on Europe. The office is headed by Laura Simpson, who previously worked at eBay, and has joined the Y Combinator London team. Y Combinator London is focused on advising and investing in European startups and is led by Stephen O’Grady, who previously worked at Twitter, Google, and Yahoo.

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A platform that helps colleges and universities manage and share course-related data. The company claims to have over 300 clients, and at present has over 10M enrolled students.

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A startup that is working on an injectable drug that will help heal damaged nerve fibers. They’re working on a treatment for a degenerative disorder called Charcot-Marie-Tooth, which is caused by damage to the peripheral nerves.

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

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

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A startup called “MyBoat” that helps you find guides, captains, and crews for your next adventure

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The startup aims to solve the problem of the “job-hopping” millennial who wants to be able to get a new job without having to quit and wait for the old one to be filled.

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A food delivery app that uses the same home delivery process as Uber Eats and Instacart, but for restaurants. It’s currently in the beginning of a round led by a VC firm that recently invested in Zume Pizza.

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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.

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This company, which is now a subsidiary of software giant IBM, is trying to make enterprise software simpler for smaller organizations. They have a new product called “Navigator”, which is designed to help organizations of all sizes (from a startup with 3 people to a Fortune 100 company) navigate the complex technology stack they have today.

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A company that helps people hunt for and find the right home for them. The B2B business takes a more detailed look into the details of a home’s design and location, while the B2C service takes a more granular approach to the home’s amenities and location.

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The startup offers a single, secure online platform for business to communicate with customers. It allows for quick, real-time communication to be channeled into a customer’s inbox.

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A startup that lets users select a theme for their home. It’s a web-based app that lets users customize their home’s look and layout via a user-controlled interface.

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Ride-sharing for the elderly. The startup is working on a ride-sharing service for seniors, called Seniorly. The company is also in talks with the US Department of Transportation to develop a pilot program for a level of autonomous driving.

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This startup is building a tool that helps small businesses create and manage their own marketing campaigns. It’s called “marketing automation” and helps businesses automate the creation of emails, landing pages, and other marketing materials.

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The company is centered around a new product called the “Activity Tracker”, which is actually a wristband with sensors that measure the wearer’s activity throughout the day. The wristband communicates with a phone that then records the data on the app. The data can then be synced with a HealthKit-enabled app for tracking progress.

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A company that helps its customers to “reduce the friction” between their customers and their employees by using a distributed ledger called Hyperledger.

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A La Carte is a service that connects companies with independent contractors, and allows them to earn extra income via their own websites. They say that in the past few years they’ve signed up over 500 businesses in the Greater Boston area, earning over $2 million in additional revenue, and have scaled their operations to 3,800 independent contractors.

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Simpled is a tool that helps companies manage their employee related data and conversion funnels.

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A company that makes business software for small businesses. In February 2017, Infusionsoft closed a Series B funding round led by Greylock Partners that raises the company’s valuation to $200 million.

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A startup called Shift is building an algorithmic platform to help restaurants figure out which dishes to prepare to meet the demands of busy days.

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 A startup called eCredentials is building a connected ring that stores and connects to your medical records, and lets you keep track of changes and see a history of everything you’ve ever had done.

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A tool that helps people manage their rent payments, creating a digital ledger of when payments are made, and of any late fees or collection calls.

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A startup that helps small businesses market to homebuyers. Their product is a “premier content marketing platform” that utilizes detailed data about a dozen variables, including income, credit score, and the type of property they’re looking for.

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This is an ongoing list of startups that have raised funding. This list is compiled from Crunchbase and other news sources.

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Zach wants to help people who don't want to use a traditional bank — they don't want to install an app, or they want to use a specific app for different financial needs. Zach is a mobile application that lets you do this, with a free service called Zach Wallet.

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A private market place for the sale of artificial intelligence-enabled services.

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The startup is building a system that will allow companies to use the power of artificial intelligence to detect fraud. The company is currently in private beta and just closed a $1.2 million seed round, led by Nautilus Ventures.

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A wearable company that makes a product called a ‘halo’ that is a jacket and a hat for your dog and monitor its health

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A platform for sharing and monetizing content, modeled on LinkedIn’s professional network but focused on sharing and distributing content.

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This is a tool that helps small business with their tax returns. The startup is called TurboTax because it claims to be a more comprehensive and efficient way to get your taxes done.

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A startup for people to sell stuff, and a way to help the buyers and sellers find each other. A similar marketplace exists today called eCohort, which launched in March of 2019.

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An iOS app for smart locks that can be controlled remotely through the app or phone camera.

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Ex-Google engineers are building a new living room device they call the “Echo” that’s essentially a giant voice-controlled speaker. The device is a stripped-down, Google-made version of the Google Home, and can be controlled by voice, music, and TV apps. It’s set to launch in November.

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A text-to-speech service for the blind that uses the Amazon Echo to convert written words to audio. WordBlind uses a technology called "on-the-fly" speech synthesis to convert text to audio that sounds like the original.

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A platform that allows drivers to earn money by sharing their knowledge of different cities.

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A free, open-source platform for building and managing distributed applications. Uses a programming language called Akka.

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A platform that allows for GPS-enabled payments where customers can pay for parking at over 3,000 locations in the U.S. via their smartphone.

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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 with an $8 million Series A led by First Round Capital, Techstars, and Citi Ventures

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A company that helps employees get paid even if their company is out of money. A startup called Yieldbot essentially acts as a middle man between companies and their employees.

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The startup wants to make your web browser a full-fledged programming language that you can write programs in.

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A workplace for remote teams that includes a Slack-like messaging system and a shared knowledge base

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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 data science tool that automatically turns data into “actionable, knowledge-rich insights” about any given user, looking for insights like “which users are most likely to convert to customers, or which users spend the most money”.

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A mobile app that allows users to report and receive ride-hailing pickups in real time, and to track the progress of drivers as they carry out both scheduled and unscheduled pickups.

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 A company that aims to bring remote tech support to the UK. It’s currently in the midst of an $8.5M seed round led by Union Square Ventures.

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A business plan for a startup is like a sales pitch. It’s vague. It’s hard to see its potential. And it’s hard to know if it’s worth checking out. So many founders miss out on the chance to grow their business because they don’t have this thing called a business plan that explains how they’ll do it. The goal of this startup is to make it easy for anyone to write that plan. It’s currently only available in the Bay Area.

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A venture backed brand that makes nut-milk-based drinks and skincare products. The company has three products in the market already, and recently introduced a new product that uses a nutty brown rice protein called “brown rice protein powder.”

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A B2B company that helps companies oversee employees who are abroad, allowing them to keep tabs on how employees are using their tools, and providing them with detailed and localized customer service.

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A smartphone app that helps people take better notes and organize their knowledge about their favorite movies, TV shows, books, and more.

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A company that turns smartphone screens into touch-enabled, virtual room controls

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A company that designs and produces tech-enabled wearables that allow users to connect with their body and health data

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A technology company that creates “smart” thermostats for home and business use, allowing homeowners to control their thermostats via their smartphone. The company is led by CEO and founder Rajat Pahuja, who previously built a business in India called Shubh Loans that went “very profitable,” according to Pahuja.

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The A16Z crypto hedge fund has a startup incubator called Alight Labs, which is building a machine learning platform to detect fraud in the industry.

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Rather than outsourcing maintenance of on-premises equipment, a startup called LifeSpan develops and sells cloud-based tools that help companies manage their equipment. It’s based in Austin, Texas.

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A platform for selling LED lights to businesses. The product is currently only in the prototype phase, but the team is working on creating an online store in the next 60 days.

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A new startup that wants to create a platform for the sharing of knowledge, data, and expertise in the global marketplace. The startup is also planning a crowdfunding campaign to help build out their platform.

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An online lending platform that provides loans to local businesses. The startup says they have “tripled their revenue as we scale to help more businesses grow.”

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The company is looking to help service providers know which jobs are the most important to perform, and which jobs can be outsourced, to reduce costs and increase efficiency. Its software, called

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This company allows companies to build their own private-labeled credit cards.

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Voice-activated light switches that don’t require a hub or hub-controlled switches.

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A platform that provides a way for designers to build HTML5 websites with no coding knowledge.

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A line of 4-foot tall furniture made of wood that uses a patented process to create a wooden frame that is filled with foam and then wrapped in fabric. The product is meant to be customizable and customizable.

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A platform for building out a SaaS-enabled multi-channel marketing campaign. The startup is now focused on developing its own SaaS product.

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A startup that builds sensor-based lights and other devices that can be controlled by a smartphone.

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 A cloud-based review platform for dating apps, with a funding round that was reportedly led by Facebook

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Creates software for small businesses to create and manage their own online store. The company is offering a cloud-based platform that gives businesses a set of tools to create an e-commerce store without any coding knowledge.

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The founder of this startup grew up in a remote village in India and remembers a time when he was able to get a computer for the family and a year later they were able to get the internet. The founder realized the internet had brought a lot of connectivity to the country, but the next step was to bring connectivity to the millions of people who still didn’t have it. That’s what led him to start Jana, a startup that aims to give 1.5 billion people in India access to the internet.

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A startup that helps people find jobs online, with the help of a system called "In The Loop"

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A social network for college students with over 20k students currently enrolled. Its founders are looking to build a student-focused influencer platform that’s optimized for mobile, with a focus on gaming and video content.

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A women-led startup making a tool that helps telecommuters to work and spend time with their families.

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A new startup that creates “micro-apps” for Web sites and apps, which are small pieces of software that can be embedded into a site or app to do powerful things like pull data from an external API and present it in a way that’s easy to use. For instance, one startup called Jingo lets small-business owners track employee schedules by giving them a “checklist” embedded in their website.

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An AI-enabled accounting platform for the travel and hospitality industries. This startup is taking a hybrid approach, using AI to make the process more efficient, and also manually coding the interface so it’s more intuitive.

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A product for displaying and uploading digital artwork called “the Art App”.

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This startup is building an all-in-one, modular smart home that can be installed in minutes and connected to the internet.

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A startup that lets customers book appointments online. It has served 800,000 users since launching in August 2018. It will have a team of 10 by the end of the year, with a $2.5 million seed round led by Grishin Robotics.

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A social network for dog walkers. Doggy is currently on its way to being a full-fledged startup, with a product release in September and a $200k seed round led by Seedcamp.

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A startup that helps people find the closest taxi service on demand. A company called Taxi Magic will match you up with a cab in under 5 minutes, and if there's not one nearby, you can request a car to come pick you up.

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Celery is a social networking tool for startups and entrepreneurs, created in 2014. It was originally called “Hootsuite for startups” but changed its name in 2016. Celery allows users to plan, track and share information with their community, or network. It also includes a suite of tools for scheduling events and offers a marketplace for connected service providers.

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A startup developing a new type of LED lamp that uses less power, lasts longer and has a smaller carbon footprint.

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A platform for sharing knowledge, with a particular focus on the medical profession. The startup wants to cut the time doctors spend on paperwork, allowing them to have more time for patient care.

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A web-based, cloud-based app that helps organized people, called “Mavens”, manage their life, including shopping, to-do lists, etc.

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The startup is looking to build a platform that will allow organizations to “build, launch and track a new app within minutes”. The startup built a demo app, called “the app builder”, that allows users to build and launch an app within minutes. The startup has raised $2.7M in seed funding as of September 2019.

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A new service called WeWork Connect, for real estate developers and investors.

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The accelerator program, which uses the Y Combinator model, has graduated from YC more than 50 companies and has been called “the most successful startup incubator”.

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The company’s founders have been called "the Bill Gates and Steve Jobs of the Indian startup scene" by a reporter in Quartz.

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This startup is working on a new type of door handle, called a “keg handle,” that turns any door handle into a beer tap.

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An online marketplace for buying and selling used items and goods. The company is using a technology called RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) to allow consumers to scan an item and find out what they’re worth on the platform, which they say is a cheaper way to buy used goods, and helps sellers by cutting out the middleman.

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A white-labeled tool for restaurants to manage their online ordering. The startup wants to help restaurants build an online ordering feature that integrates with their existing website. The product is built for restaurants, but the company imagines that it will be able to be used by other companies as well.

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A startup that wants to be the go-to service for creating branded video and digital publishing for enterprises. The company recently raised a Series A led by Collaborative Fund.

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A hardware startup that makes a smart lightbulb that can be controlled via an app.

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A company called SmartPay that claims to be building a service that allows merchants to accept digital currency payments without having to install a terminal.

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A Wi-Fi-enabled fitness tracker that allows the user to measure their body fat percentage. When paired with Omron’s blood pressure monitor, it can also provide access to one’s general health history.

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A meeting scheduling tool designed to make it as easy as possible for meetings to be scheduled.

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A startup that allows Web-based forms to be filled out and emailed to multiple parties, animated for each person to see who has responded.

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A platform for connected, voice-controlled appliances. For instance, a homeowner could speak to the system to turn on the lights in their home.

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A platform for managing and tracking intellectual property. The startup’s founders say they have “tripled their revenue as we scale to help more inventors create and protect their inventions.”

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A platform for building interactive, multiplayer games that can be played without the need for a screen. Prototyped with a game called “Truck Stop.”

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A startup building a tool to help customers track and gain knowledge from all the different machines they use for food processing.

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Using a mobile app called “Digital Health Profile”, which is currently in beta, they want to help improve the health of the elderly by tracking their health, eating habits, and exercise.

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A meat delivery service for restaurants. The startup, which has raised a $500,000 seed round led by Khosla Ventures, is working with restaurants and chains to deliver lunch and dinner to customers in San Francisco, New York City, and Boulder, Colorado.

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A startup called Ava is the first to offer a solution to the “last mile problem” in ride-sharing. It’s a payment system that allows riders to send money to driver partners via Venmo.

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A tech-enabled market for finding and hiring high-quality freelancers. The company’s aim is to help small businesses expand their reach and have access to a more comprehensive pool of talent.

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In 2015, a total of 9,615 seed-stage deals in the US were led by women with 108 companies, a 2% increase from 2014. A total of 1,906 companies from women-led startups raised a total of $1.1 billion in funding.

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A startup that helps companies get energy-efficient lightbulbs into their warehouses. They’ve already sold over 1,000 LED bulbs in a few months.

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The company’s founders say they’ve developed a product called The Future of Productivity, which is a way for people to map their processes to a set of rules, and to share their achievements with a community of peers.

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A startup that connects insurance companies to underwriters in the event of a claim, allowing everyone to focus on customer service while the underwriting process is handled.

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A startup that lets you add multiple PayPal transactions into one. Called “one-click-pay”

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A new company called Aranner is building a technology platform that helps digital marketers provide better customer-experience-based marketing solutions to clients.

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A startup that lets users pay for their own ads on websites and social media. The startup is also announcing its first acquisition, a company called ad optimization engine Storefront that has developed a technology to show ads to people based on their demographic profile.

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A company that sells a system for autonomous vehicles to detect traffic and road hazards. The company is also building a self-driving car platform called Drive.AI

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It’s a credit card and a debit card rolled into one, and it’s meant for frequent travellers who want to pay for travel expenses with a single click.

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A mobile application that helps companies create new products. The app helps companies create new products without any coding knowledge.

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A startup that teaches you how to code HTML in your sleep with its platform called “Nootropics”

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A startup that takes a more direct approach to protecting users from phishing and fraud. It’s a standalone app that can be installed on any website or app for a few dollars a month.

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A decentralized exchange which trades tokens on a decentralized order-book using a hybrid of centralized and decentralized orders. It will handle the majority of trades on the decentralized exchange, with the rest handled by an off-chain arbitrator.

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 A company that uses big data to help companies identify employees who are at risk for being insubordinate or having other behavioral issues. Their app  is combining behavioral science with AI to identify troubled employees.

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A company that helps recruiters, called “instaCandidate,” compete with LinkedIn by posting candidates in a more fun and unique way. InstaCandidate has a branch in India, and is looking to expand to the United States.

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A platform for sharing knowledge and expertise. The founders say they have a database of 500,000 consultants in 1,000 categories.

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A platform to help people manage their finances on their phones. The startup has raised $7.2 million to date and has a series A led by Accel.

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A platform for sharing knowledge and experience in a small company.

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A startup for insurers to upload their accounts and their clients’ accounts and ensure that premiums and benefits are reconciled.

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A company that makes a product called “Flex”, a flexible structural material that can be used to build buildings instead of using steel beams.

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This startup is building a vision-enabled augmented reality tracking tool for wearables. The product, which launches this year, will be able to track eye movements, and allows users to see through the lens of another person’s smartphone.

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A tool for managing the best time to post on Twitter for promotion strategies called "Tweet Beat."

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A tool for managing content marketing called "MightyBuzz."

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Making payments easier for the unbanked, this startup says it is building a crypto-enabled, off-the-grid payment system that will let users send and receive money to their phones.

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The startup aims to build a new kind of “smart” light bulb that’s dimmable and can be controlled by voice.

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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.

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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 help employers get more out of their employees by making the job experience more personalized. They have a service that tracks the details of a worker’s life and turns it into a personalized, detailed online resume.

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A company that combines data and knowledge to give people a better understanding of their personal data and what they do with it. The startup helps consumers better understand the data collection and usage involved with services like Amazon and Facebook.

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A startup called Inbox, which helps you manage your inbox.

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Idea: This startup is helping to launch a product called “Tinder for travel” where users can pick and choose flights, hotels, transport, etc. and then a concierge arranges the trip for them.

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Idea: A remote work and freelancing platform for knowledge workers. The company says it’s growing at a rate of more than 3,000 new teams joining monthly, with over 5,000 new companies joining quarterly.

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A startup where people can create and share their own videos to be used as a free marketing tool. The startup is working on a video series called Inside the Box, which follows a different startup every month as they grow.

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In October 2015, an app called "SparkPeople" was released by a team of developers from the University of Cincinnati. The app allows users to track their daily health and fitness goals, as well as providing personal and social health tips.

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The startup wants to make self-controlled health management a reality by bringing patients to doctors once they’ve self-monitored and measured their health regularly.

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Co-founders said they were inspired by the success of Airbnb but found themselves frustrated by the startup’s inability to deliver on its promises. Rival hotel booking site Hotels.com filed for an IPO in April 2016.

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 A smartphone app that tracks how fast people are walking, running, or riding their bikes. The app tracks speed and distance traveled with GPS, then uses that data to report on how people are getting around.

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A Web3-enabled P2P marketplace to buy and sell electricity. The company has a white paper in development and a prototype.

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A facial recognition service that the founders say is “unparalleled”, and that has raised over $1 million in funding. The company is currently hiring, but declined to disclose numbers.

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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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The startup wants to help you take better pictures and videos and save them in a single place. It’s called SoundSnap and it’s basically a mobile app that turns any camera into a video recorder.

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A productivity tool that helps you organize the ever-growing amount of content you create. The startup builds a “knowledge base” of all your content in an easy-to-use interface.

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A network of startups working together to build a new ecosystem around distributed ledger technology. The goal is to build a platform that spurs the creation of startups that can power an ecosystem built around blockchain.

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The concept is a “dynamic price guide” that helps consumers decide on the best price for a product. It’s a knowledge base of price comparison numbers and historical data to help users decide which store has the best price.

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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.

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In a blog post, the company announced a new product called “Individual Plans”, which allow you to customize your coverage and how much risk you’re willing to take.

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Idea: This startup is building machine learning software that helps people create smoother panning and zooming in videos. The startup previously sold a product called Flycam that helps camera operators smoothly move from one part of the scene to another.

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Idea: Track your child’s development with a sensor-filled vest

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Idea: An e-commerce site that sells recycled products, such as old books, smartphones, and art

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Idea: Previously, the company was raising money under the name Tender, which would have been a food delivery service that employed the same “crowd delivery” model as Munchery or Peach Now, the company is simply called Tender, and will be an online marketplace for farmers

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Idea: A smart-home security system, combining video monitoring with an interactive voice-activated interface The startup raised $150,000 in a seed round led by Innovation Endeavors in September 2018

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Idea: The founders of Recruiterbox have started a new company called Proxee, which is a “CRM for recruiters” The app promises to help recruiters source and manage candidates

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Idea: A software-enabled workforce, where employees can be their own bosses

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Idea: A voice-controlled app for music, shopping, and ordering rides

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Idea: A Google for the developing world — a voice-controlled search tool that provides all the same functionality as Google, but in a way that works for people who

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Idea: A company building zero-knowledge privacy VPN/proxy for web browsing Everyone from individuals to companies can use it to access the Internet privately and securely

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Idea: A startup for corporate knowledge. The startup wants to help companies brand and market their internal expertise.

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Idea: This startup is building a way to use AI to safely clean up online hate speech, with a focus on areas where a person’s access to the internet is controlled by a local government and there’s a risk of them being punished.

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Idea: A startup that helps companies discover the talent they need. It’s the middleman that does the work of finding jobs that need to be filled.

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Idea: The startup has developed a way for people to share live video with each other while also seeing what others are seeing in real-time. It’s an app where viewers can see what’s happening, but the creator of the video is in control of what they see. It’s modeled a bit like Instagram Stories, but the app wants to become a hub for live video streaming.

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Idea: In the US, a startup that brings data from a person’s Fitbit or other fitness tracker into their doctor’s office. The system, called Bionode, is already used at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. They’re looking to branch out to other health providers as well.

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

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Idea: A small team of workers in the UK is building a new browser called Rethink… which is meant to be the only browser you need. The startup is building out a single browser with an artificial intelligence-powered search function as the core of the browser.

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Idea: A startup to help people stop smoking cigarettes by using a device called PACT, which is a patch that helps people stop smoking by delivering a drug through the skin.

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Idea: This is a startup that is building small robots. The startup’s first product is a robot called

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Idea: A startup that makes smart home devices. One of its products, a WiFi-connected laser for the kitchen called Clipi, automatically adds a plant-based seasoning to food as it cooks.

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Idea: A German-based startup that offers a browser-based solution for online retailers to run a full-fledged e-commerce business.

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Idea: This startup is a marketplace for food trucks to find parking in major US cities. It’s led by a team of engineers who previously

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A smart thermostat that syncs with your phone and can be controlled from anywhere.

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Idea: A startup that lets you gift someone the ability to see the world, rather than a specific destination. The startup has 2 mentors and 7 founders, all of whom have traveled the world and are building an online community of people who are making the world a better place.

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Idea: Music creators can now use a new app called Soundmine to create songs using a variety of beats in a range of genres. Users can switch up the instruments and change the tempo or pitch, and add vocals, lyrics, and a melody.

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Idea: A white-labeled version of the video scheduling tools used by companies like Google and Facebook. It also helps companies manage their video ads — and is profitable now by helping companies make native videos.

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A startup that’s built an open-source, artificial intelligence-powered bot that helps you schedule meetings on Slack. The bot is called Lino and was built by a team of ex-Google and ex-Yahoo engineers.

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

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A software company that provides a tool for creating a knowledge base for customer service, with an AI chatbot that helps you solve customer problems.

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Idea: A startup for local home services (eg plumbing, electrical, landscaping) The company is also building out a mobile platform called On-the-Job that it says will allow customers to book services directly from their phone and schedule appointments

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A startup that sells toilet paper made out of recycled paper

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These 10 startups were profiled by "Fast Company" in May.

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