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May Startup Ideas

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Startup founders are being more aggressive in the US, with a few companies in the last year getting VCs to fund them at seed or Series A-level, when they may have previously been too early.

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A video platform that chooses the best pieces of footage from a video to create a GIF. The startup, which was founded in May 2014, says it has been offering GIFs for free since last year.

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A startup that helps insurance companies manage their customer accounts and claims. Founded in May.

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A micro-loan startup that helps small businesses get loans to cover inventory. The company, which was founded in May, says it has already closed $1.5 million.

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The startup was founded in May with the goal of making banking more accessible in the US.

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A startup that helps you pay for things with credit cards for merchants who may not have the traditional infrastructure.

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This is a company that wants to help companies keep an eye on their employees. The company launched in late May and has already taken over $100,000 in seed funding.

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A platform intended to help companies figure out how to make their processes more efficient. NetBix is backed by some of the biggest names in venture capital: Mayfield, Ignition Partners, and others.

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A translator that translates the voice of a user's phone into text. The startup, which was founded in May, says that a lot of the time people are talking to themselves, and that voice-to-text software works great but is hard to use.

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In May, the startup launched its first version, a $300 PC that it said could run as much as 40% faster than similarly priced machines. The company’s second version is a $1,000 PC that it says is twice as fast as its first version.

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Builds high-end VR content for the fashion industry. The startup, which was founded in May, wants to rapidly iterate on a VR experience before its peers.

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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 software platform that helps small businesses, freelancers, and independent contractors obtain loans and invoice financing. They have a $50,000 seed round with a 4x growth rate since their launch in May 2019.

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A digital product that detects, tracks, and pays a user’s monthly rent payments. Due to rent laws, a tenant in many areas may not legally be able to sign for a check until it’s been deposited. By the time they can, the landlord has already moved on to the next tenant, which means the tenant may have to pay the holdback fee.

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A cloud-based telemedicine platform, which launched in May and claims to help doctors and patients bridge the gap that currently exists between in person and remote diagnosis and treatment.

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In May 2018, TechCrunch ranked the top 50 innovation in Indonesia.

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A startup to help people find a doctor with a doctor in their neighborhood. The San Francisco-based startup, which was launched in May, is a crowd-sourced network of doctors and patients that offers a list of doctors who accept Medicaid.

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A team of three has raised $1.4 million from investors including First Round Capital, HLM Ventures, and Mayfield Fund. The company is building an AI-based software platform to help businesses optimize their supply chain operations.

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A startup that helps users find and connect with events near them. Since launching in May, the startup has seen over 2,000 new users join their platform.

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This startup is building a social network for people to share their favorite places in their city, the things they like about them, and maybe even buy things from them.

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The idea: A mobile phone that can be powered by your body movement, rather than by a battery. The goal is for the device to be small enough to fit in your pocket, but powerful enough to run a full computer. The company was founded in May 2016 by two ex-Apple engineers.

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In the middle of April, Lyft announced it was making $1.25 billion in revenue per quarter, with over $1 billion in cash. In the middle of May, Uber announced that it had $7.4 billion in cash.

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A startup that launched in May, Empowered Launchpad is a marketplace for a variety of services including legal, accounting, and engineering, with the goal of making it easier for startups to get off the ground. They’re already working with 100 companies around the world.

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A startup trying to make the creation of a new app as simple as asking a friend to help you. The idea is that creative people will be more likely to give their own time free to help others who may need it, and the startup hopes to eventually help with getting new users on their apps.

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This company is building a network for artists to share their music and connect with other people who may enjoy their work.

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A platform for recruiters, meant to help them find talent. The startup, which was founded in May, already has 2 paying customers.

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City-state management software company, enabling governments to be more dynamic, efficient, and effective. The startup was founded in May, and has over 50 clients nationwide.

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A startup building a new way to manage email and marketing efforts for companies. In May, the company raised $7 million in seed funding from investors like Andreessen Horowitz and Y Combinator.

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A digital health system that connects people with health professionals in their home country. The startup just launched in Brazil in May.

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A startup that sends flowers to a person's phone. The startup, which launched in May, has partnered with over 50 retailers and plans to expand into more.

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A “crowdsourced business intelligence platform”. The startup wants to help businesses predict and manage their growth. It launched in May with 1000 customers.

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Launched in May, the startup is working with the FCC and other agencies to build a new framework for monitoring and certifying mobile devices in a more transparent and decentralized fashion. The startup is developing an app that uses AI to monitor the data and use it to provide performance and security information.

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A platform for selling and buying your car or truck, financed with a monthly payment. The startup sold its first loan in May with former GM executive, Mark St. Pierre, leading the company.

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A startup that lets companies and teams track how they spend money and how much they’re saving, for tax purposes. The startup was founded by two former PayPal employees and launched in May 2019.

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Founded in May, this startup wants to connect job-seekers to employers. In addition to helping people find jobs, the startup promises to help employers find the best candidates, and even suggests the best language and time for job interviews.

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A platform for advertisers to manage pay-per-click campaigns for digital media, including banner ads, video ads, and native ads. Its founder, Michael Poulsen, says he’s brought in $10,000 in revenue since its inception in May.

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A SaaS platform for digital advertising, which allows advertisers to manage their budgets and deliver more personalized ads by understanding the intent of the consumer. The startup says they have $5-6k in revenue since launching in May.

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The doc app is meant to work with any electronic health records system. It’s built on the idea of user-friendly dashboards, so users can see all of the data that’s relevant, in one place. HealthBlitz is currently working with the Mayo Clinic to build out a prototype. HealthBlitz says that it’s already working with nearly 3,000 healthcare providers.

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A platform for small businesses to access capital. The startup, which was founded in May, is building a supply chain for small businesses to create and manage their own investment opportunities.

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A platform that allows users to create personal profiles for their connections on LinkedIn, then use that information to suggest connections who may be a good fit for them.

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AdExchanger ranked them as the #2 ad tech company to watch in May 2018, following their acquisition of Adform in September 2017. AdExchanger ranked them as the #4 ad tech company to watch in June 2018, following their acquisition of Rapportive in July 2017. AdExchanger ranked them as the #6 ad tech company to watch in July 2018.

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A startup that helps people with travel planning For example, I need a hotel for my trip to New York, so I go to a travel planner and tell them that I want to go to New York and they find a place for me and then they also find me a flight and maybe even a rental car

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A platform that helps brands to track and optimize their calls to action. The startup was started in May 2018 and raised a $1.6 million seed round in July 2018.

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

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This is a company that is trying to connect people with their local businesses, which can be a difficult task. Local businesses may not know how to reach out to a prospective customer, and customers may not know where to begin looking for a local business. The company is working with businesses to send out personalized emails to those customers, so that the business can reach out to the local customers.

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A startup that provides a service where people can hire someone to help them get their driver’s license (maybe they’re from out of state and don’t have one, or maybe they’ve had problems with bad driving and need help getting

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Idea: A startup that sends you a box of food items from small brands you may not have heard of

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Idea: A startup that wants to help people who work from home manage the logistical and administrative side of it. The platform, which launched its beta in May, has already signed up hundreds of users.

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Idea: A startup helping businesses in emerging markets manage inventory and orders using a mobile app and a desktop dashboard. The founders say they’ve already signed more than 50 customers in the past month (and have been accepted to Y Combinator,) and that the business has been profitable since it launched at the end of May.

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