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A startup that collects data on the world’s 4.5 billion-odd cellphones and builds a giant map of their locations with all the phone data available.

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A startup that lets users “check-in” to any retail location and receive a discount or free gift. The company has raised $1.5 million in seed funding.

180

An employee scheduling tool that lets companies see all their employees at once with their schedule, location, availability and more.

146

A startup that offers a highly customisable, easy-to-use platform for designing employee relocation packages

145

A startup that offers a service for designing employee relocation packages for companies who are moving employees

127

A startup that helps companies with physical retail locations find and hire better employees.

127

A company that provides a platform that connects physical retail locations and other businesses like cashiers, janitors, and other support staff.

122

A company that builds vehicle tracking devices for businesses like car washes to help them better understand their workers’ locations.

111

A way to help teams manage their work from any location across the world.

100

A startup that is working on a location-based ad platform. Their pitch is that they are the only ones building a smart ad stack that works across all channels, including the web, apps, and the physical world.

98

A way to book a ride-share with a friendly driver to your exact location.

97

An API that allows developers to integrate location capabilities into their apps, without having to build their own location-based features.

96

A location-based service for couples, with an idea that couples should be able to have a regular time to meet each other.

93

A startup that lets you monitor what the weather is doing at any time, including real-time forecasts for specific locations. They are building a tool that can give you a heads-up on what the weather will be like when you next leave the house.

89

A startup that sends a text with the location of your delivery driver to your phone

89

A text-based platform for sharing your photos, videos, and location over the Internet. The company is building a social network for photography that they say will be able to support 3 billion photos by 2028.

88

A startup that provides a service where it sends you a box of healthy food every week and you can pick it up at a convenient location

87

A way to capture all the pictures and videos you take on a daily basis and tag them with location and relevant information.

87

This is a toolkit for healthcare organizations to manage their operations, like billing, all from one location.

87

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.

86

 A tool that helps you search for and find your lost phone, on a map that shows it’s current location.

86

The startup’s service allows users to create custom-designed and branded debit cards to be used at millions of locations in the US, UK, Canada, France, and Australia. It also does global spending and cross-border payments for businesses that need it.

86

A startup that automatically bookmarks the location of where you’re going for your next Uber ride and updates it each time you call.

85

A platform for discovering and sharing events and locations, like concerts, festivals, and more.

85

A software platform that helps cities find their best locations for parking garages and lots for cars.

84

A location-based service that aims to bring the real-time chatter of restaurant reviews to the table. It’s targeting customers with $25 meals or more that don’t have a reservation.

84

A location-based messaging app that helps people connect with friends at various venues.

84

A startup that’s building a way for small business owners to track and manage their financial data in one central location.

83

“A new type of data marketplace, we are creating a marketplace where you can buy and sell your data. Everything from your browsing history to your location data, and from your health data to your social media data. We are building a data marketplace that enables you to monetize your data.”

83

 A search engine for finding people by education, gender, and location.

83

A startup that allows people to share their real-time location with their friends in a way that’s more private than sharing your location on Facebook.

82

A platform that makes it easier for online retailers to connect with consumers at physical locations.

81

Productivity tool to help doctors manage their notes and data. Ideal for doctors in a remote location.

81

A product that creates an open collaboration platform for teams and professionals to find and share jobs, regardless of location.

81

A platform that tracks traffic, parking, and sanitation data from businesses to help them make better decisions about where to open new locations.

81

A social networking app that allows people to find community, find friends, and meet people close to their geographic location

81

A platform that helps companies transfer money to individual employees in different locations. It’s a way for companies to have more control over the money they spend and track where it goes.

81

A startup that helps companies manage their inventory across multiple warehouses and retail locations The company says they have $82,000 in monthly recurring revenue with 60% gross margins

80

A location-based messaging app for the workplace

80

A solution to help clients manage all their data from one central location

80

A small business loan, based on factors like location, team, and amount of traffic. It also offers business owner coaching to help them grow their business.

80

A remote meeting solution for companies that want to meet where people are, like coffee shops or bars. The startup is currently focusing on a few dozen US and European locations, but plans to go global in 2018.

79

A startup that helps brands and retailers reach their customers based on their location.

79

Cordyceps is a startup that helps you book medical appointments based on availability and location. The app can be used to book appointments, but it can also help you find an appointment for a dentist or other medical professional based on availability and location.

78

A new app that helps fans book flights, hotels, and other travel services from any location around the world.

77

A startup building a location-based app to help homebuyers and sellers find each other.

77

This company builds apps for the Lockbox app, a lockbox service that lets people store valuables in a secure location.

76

A startup that builds software for companies that are moving or re-opening their physical retail locations. The company is working with a dozen retailers, with plans to ultimately serve over 200 companies.

75

A platform that helps users find the best salon for their haircuts. The app stores salon location data in users’ phones and provides them with recommendations based on their location and needs.

75

A startup building a connected camera that you can wear or mount on a bike, that can track the location of your car in real-time and provide a bird’s eye view of your car in case of theft.

74

This startup wants to make a better platform for finding local business in your area by combining location data from your phone and the location data of your contacts.

74

A platform for programmatic advertising, helping buyers target ads at businesses based on their size, location, and other criteria.

74

 A startup which allows users to create their own apps for their pets. Users can add photos, videos, and GPS locations, and can set up various types of alerts, including sounds, actions, and location-based messaging.

74

A payment processor for small businesses that provides low-cost ATM withdrawals and cash-back payments. The company wants to partner with ATMs that have locations in underserved areas that have a high concentration of cash-carrying customers.

73

A location-based service for turning people into mobile baristas

73

A mobile app that allows users to find the exact product they want at a local store, making it easier to shop for groceries by location.

73

A platform that helps small businesses find pet-friendly locations and protect against data breaches.

72

A tool for managing and tracking location data. The company is planning expansion into other countries.

72

Helps users find the best deals on flights, hotels and car rentals. The startup allows you to search for flights, hotels, car rentals and more, and then allows you to filter the results by price, location, amount, and whether you’d like to pay with cash or credit card.

72

A startup that’s building a location-based search engine for restaurants, highlighting the cuisine of a city via an interactive map.

71

This company is building a way to sell tickets to events. The startup works with event producers to book locations and pull together tickets.

71

A mobile app that helps people plan their trip to see the world’s best art. The app comes with a network of over 1,000 locations of art museums and galleries from around the world. The startup is profitable.

71

A platform to recruit and hire remote developers and designers from any location in the world.

71

A platform that makes it easy for companies to host virtual teams that work from different locations. The startup is working with Y Combinator-backed startup Galvanize.

71

A system that helps people connect the dots between their physical and digital lives, that helps them understand the world around them. People can use the app to find out if someone has talked about them on social media, see if they’ve visited a particular location, and snap a photo of an item they want to buy and see if they can find it elsewhere.

70

A “location-based intelligence” and “mobile-first” marketing platform.

69

A way to help users create, host, and share videos in collaboration with other users. Users can choose the location and theme of the video, and add their own music and video.

69

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.

67

A startup that wants to replace the need for cashiers at your local grocery store. It’s a kiosk with a full-sized grocery store inside, with plans to expand to more locations in the future. They’re currently in beta in Philadelphia.

66

A mobile app that scouts new locations and suggests nearby restaurants.

66

This startup wants to bring more transparency to online rental listings by creating a search engine that sorts and ranks homes based on their location, amenities, and price, as well as the number of reviews they have.

65

Launched in July, this startup is building a network of fitness centers that work with local gyms, and can charge you less at each location.

65

A payment platform that allows users to make payments without constantly having to pull out their phones. It’s meant to allow payments to happen in the background and utilize location data to make sure the person paying the bill can’t pay it twice.

64

A payment system for small businesses with physical locations, like a barbershop or a dry cleaner.

63

A hub for sharing the locations of all the world’s bike-share bikes

63

A tool that can be used to create “mini apps” that can be used to run tiny tasks on a business’s phone, like taking a picture with a tablet, or looking up a restaurant’s location.

63

The company operates in a similar fashion to Uber, but instead of driving people around, it takes shoppers to retailers. Shoppers use the app to locate stores and their location, then use the app to walk into shops and purchase items.

62

A startup that’s building a “person search engine” for all the people in a particular location, including registered business, registered residents, and registered vehicles

61

A startup that helps you to connect with friends and family by sharing messages, photos, locations, and locations.

61

This is an app for sharing and buying coupons that are relevant to your location.

61

A company that helps geospatial companies like Uber and Lyft better understand the best routes and pricing to reach customers by using data from their phone to track their location.

60

Help large companies save money on marketing campaigns by letting them create their own micro-websites on the Shopify platform, with custom-designed pages and a store location.

59

A platform for doctors to connect with patients in an emergency, using location and messaging.

57

A way to measure and report on a person’s location and movements in real-time, without requiring a wearable device.

57

“The world’s largest decentralized flight management system”, helping pilots and air traffic control systems coordinate location and navigate flights. The startup says that its technology is already replacing “50% of an airline’s total operations” with a fleet of more than 30,000 aircraft.

57

A company that aims to help folks in remote areas join the internet via satellite. It uses a combination of an on-the-ground antenna, GPS location and signal strength, and mobile coverage to triangulate a tower near the user and then send them a tiny satellite modem.

56

A way to allow a location-sharing app to build maps or other geospatial data into its service.

56

A system that gathers cannabis-related data and allows users to search it in a single location. The startup is focused on helping people find strains that will help them with specific ailments, and aims to build out a robust strain database.

55

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.

54

This startup is building a platform for location-based mobile advertising aimed at driving in-app purchases and attracting shoppers. The startup is currently focused on shopping malls in the US, but they have plans to expand to other verticals.

54

A communication and collaboration tool that compiles everything from your calendar into a single location. It’s meant to help an employee manage all their communication and project management needs.

53

A system that tracks a person’s location and data for the purpose of health management. The startup wants to make it easy for people to have a better understanding of how their data is used.

52

A start-up that builds small devices for the home to measure temperature, humidity, and other factors. The company is also developing an indoor location service.

51

A “location intelligence platform” that provides insight into the performance of restaurants (sales, etc) across the country.

50

A tool for finding the highest-rated local restaurants, bars, or retail locations.

49

A company that helps restaurants, bars and coffee shops optimize their ordering process. The startup’s platform lets customers search for locations, get delivery options from there, and track orders.

48

This startup is looking to bring the power of location, social, and commerce to micro-businesses like restaurants and flower shops.

47

A mobile app providing users with recommendations on where to eat in their city based on their location. The company says it processes over 20 million restaurant reviews every month.

47

A startup that helps merchants expand their brick-and-mortar locations. It provides a software platform that allows them to easily manage their inventory, pricing, and employees.

47

A company building a tool for e-commerce companies to find the best possible locations to open new stores.

45

A location-based mobile gaming platform that partners with cities to hold gaming tournaments and earn revenue from in-app purchases.

43

A cloud-based platform that helps businesses better understand how they can use their locations to improve sales.

43

A payment system for small businesses in the Philippines, with a focus on remittance, based on a user’s location. The startup wants to target merchants with a high volume of transactions but low capacity, such as small shops and restaurants.

43

A piece of software that helps brands and publishers buy ads that will be shown to people who are at the same exact location as the person watching the ad.

41

The startup is introducing a new mobile messaging platform that can track the location of your phone to let you know when you’ve left the perimeter of a business, so you don’t leave your phone unattended.

41

A company that helps companies connect people who want to move to a new location with people who want to live there.

40

 Expat startups that sell local products and services to expats in their new location.

40

A startup that partners with local retailers to curate a handful of in-store activities for users to enjoy. These “experiences” are curated by the user’s location and can be anything from a free cup of coffee to a free library book.

39

 This is a company that has done a lot of research on the best way to get a message across to people in different places. They decided that one of the best ways was to create a system that is both language and location-agnostic, and designed to be culturally sensitive. They’ve put that system to work for a variety of companies, including a hotel chain, a coffee company, and a plastic surgery center.

39

This is an app that allows users to create lists of their favorite things and have it automatically update to their current location.

39

A product that helps people get paid on their phone for sharing their car’s location with friends.

38

This startup is creating a new shopping experience for millennials, combining insights, recommendations, and messaging, with a focus on location-based shopping.

37

A tool for people to share their connections to people, events, and locations, with a focus on travel.

37

This startup is building a social-based platform where people can share, rate and review restaurant dishes and locations

37

A startup that uses your location to show you the cheapest gas stations near where you are.

37

A map of New York that acts as a digital billboard, providing advertising and location-based services. It was one of the winners of the NYC Tech Challenge.

36

A credit card payment platform that lets merchants accept credit cards on a physical retail location, without the risk of that location failing to pay the merchant.

35

This startup makes the most of the fact that employers like to have their employees on the same location. It connects employees with other employees in a private chat room, where they can discuss work and ask questions. It’s a more efficient use of time for employers who don’t want their employees talking to each other.

35

A tool that allows people to find out the cheapest way to drive to a particular location.

33

A platform that allows users to host their own events online, using a mix of location-based technology to lure attendees and social media to attract attendees.

33

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

32

A startup that lets you find a job by location, offering an extensive database of job listings, in addition to job postings from companies and government agencies.

32

A startup that aggregates and delivers news and information to users on the iPhone and iPod Touch. The company is also building a “beacon” for iOS users to receive notification of deals at nearby retailers, using a combination of GPS and Wi-Fi to track users’ location and then send notifications for deals on nearby merchants. The startup is also in the process of building a deal site for Android users.

28

A tool that helps companies monitor their employees’ smartphone usage, with the ability to monitor their location, time spent on their device, and screen time for each employee.

27

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

26

A startup that lets you easily communicate with other people. It allows users to easily share their location or message other people on the same journey, and lets them easily save that data for future use.

24

A startup that lets people ask Uber to have their drivers arrive at all kinds of remote locations, including airports, stadiums, and parks.

22

A data-driven platform that helps brands find new customers on Instagram. Each week, it finds tens of thousands of new customers that are likely to buy based on data such as recent activity and location.

20

An online marketplace for rentals of limited-use items like lasers, which are used for short periods of time and limited locations.

20

A startup that aims to make it easier for companies to manage their travel spending and expenses. The startup uses geolocation to build travel itineraries and then connects them to an existing travel management system.

19

A startup that finds news stories in your area that are relevant to you, based on your location.

16

A startup that brings location-based social networking to farmers via SMS, allowing farmers to manage their crops regardless of if they have a smart phone.

16

A location-based entertainment platform that allows for 100% pay-as-you-go consumption of music, video, and TV. The startup says it has over one million users and has raised $20 million in funding.

15

A startup that helps bring startup culture to India. They want to help India’s startups grow by providing a hub for community and events. They’re planning to have a physical location in India.

15

A startup that helps companies bring in new talent, by matching them with employees in similar roles and locations. The company has been operating since 2017, and claims to have hired over 1,000 people to date.

15

A hot air balloon tour company that uses an app on your phone to track time, location, and food intake on the ride.

15

A tool to help people navigate an unfamiliar city in real time by overlaying maps to show their relative location on the map.

13

A startup for identifying the cause of “silent theft”, using the smartphone’s GPS to track the location of the device.

13

This startup is building a product that allows users to quickly take a picture of their physical location and then instantly create a Google map of that location, allowing for quick and easy sharing of that location with others.

13

A platform that allows users to manage their digital life in one location, allowing them to remotely access and manage all of their accounts.

11

A startup that lets location-based businesses — like car wash and coffee shops — personalize their promotions. The startup has raised $1.5M in funding.

11

A dating app for millennials that uses location as a major factor in the matchmaking process

11

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

10

A startup that wants to make it easy for your phone to pay with your location, so you don’t have to wait for your card’s PIN to be entered.

9

A startup that helps companies hire remote workers and pay them based on their location. The company uses a “geo-based” algorithm to calculate the worker’s location and estimate their time zone.

9

A startup that will help you find events for a specific date, location, or time period. It helps you find events for a specific date, location, or time period.

8

An AI that helps you find the best route from your current location to your destination, with a built-in navigation tool, and a live-map view of the traffic.

8

A solution for the challenges of growing a business in a remote location

8

An all-in-one platform that allows users to communicate through video and text and share their location and other information.

7

A social media app that uses the phone’s geolocation to help users plan their day.

6

A product that helps companies and individuals track and control mobile phone and tablet usage through location and mobile network data, with a focus on consumer safety using data from apps and websites.

5

A startup that provides a service where people can go to a special location and a professional photographer will take a photo of them and their family and then print it out

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A startup that makes a mobile app that lets you know what is going on in the world based on your location

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Idea: A startup for online food delivery aimed at solving the “last mile” problem, where it’s too expensive to deliver to some locations.

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A mobile app for meeting, scheduling and location-sharing. Webrat doesn't sell its software, but it does charge for its services.

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A startup that provides a way for users to alert emergency services of their location This is meant to be used as an alternative to calling 911, which is often the default option for users in emergency

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