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SITU is building a messaging app to help people connect with their local government. It’s meant to make government more approachable and transparent to the public.

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A private, secure messaging app that allows you to communicate with people who have already invited you.

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A way to organize shared teams, with shared calendars, instant messaging, and more.

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Speakeasy allows businesses to communicate with their customers via SMS, email, or other messaging software.

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A messaging app that lets people with special needs connect with others who can help them build functional relationships.

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A messaging app for groups of friends that functions like a Slack with a focus on getting a dinner invitation to a bunch of friends.

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A startup for local service providers to offer their services to customers in online or offline formats through a combination of chat and text messaging

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A text-based messaging platform that serves as a go-to for employees and students to communicate with their employers and schools.

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A secure messaging platform for work email

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A decentralized protocol for messaging apps, enabling users to chat with each other without needing to install a new app.

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A mobile first video messaging app. Launched in July and already has over 1 million users.

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Building a chat interface that relays data over a secure encrypted channel, so that people can chat and share files securely, and also build a platform for developers to build their own encrypted messaging apps.

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 A secure messaging platform for companies, with a focus on the enterprise market.

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A startup that connects doctors with patients via text messaging It’s a telemedicine platform that provides health information and education

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This startup is building a free, secure, and encrypted messaging platform with end-to-end encryption.

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A messaging app that allows people to chat with a coder they’re hiring, without a third party,

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A mobile app that uses crowdsourced data and AI to improve real-time messaging on messaging apps. The startup has raised $6M in funding to date.

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

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A startup making data-driven, machine-learning-driven, and AI-driven messaging tools for SaaS companies. It’s unclear what they will be selling to SaaS companies.

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This startup has created an out of office messaging app that lets you send all of your team members an email with a message and a URL to a video recording that you’ve made. The app is all about helping small teams manage their in-person workflow and avoid technology-driven distractions.

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A real-time, live-streamed messaging and video platform for sports fans. The company is headquartered in Chicago.

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A messaging app focused on messaging and group creation.

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A messaging app that allows users to set up channels for different topics of discussion, including “buddy” channels.

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A location-based messaging app for the workplace

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A text-messaging app that allows people to pay businesses via text message. The startup wants to replace the cashier at your local store.

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Ability to locate and talk to friends and family who are in the same place as you. The startup is building functionality to make phone and messaging more like texting, with the ability to send and receive emojis, stickers, and photos.

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A startup for people who want to stay in touch with their friends and family by having them send them text messages. The company's patent application describes the service as a “person-to-person messaging system.”

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"We are building a new kind of Facebook for professionals. We have a modern messaging app for professionals and a modern way for professionals to manage and share their professional content.”

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A messaging app for urbanites in India, where the government has banned SMS and WhatsApp, and SMS is often unreliable.

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This is a “shortcut” to provide the same results as a traditional HR process, by using phone interviews, instant messaging, and video interview feedback to automate the hiring process.

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A messaging app, with a mobile web client to allow for SMS-based communication without a smartphone. The company is working on a browser-based client for non-mobile devices and has raised $3.5M in funding from Y Combinator.

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An encrypted messaging app, “built for the public sphere”

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A platform that helps companies organize their email, Slack, and other messaging systems. The startup’s founders say it can save companies 5% to 30% on their monthly email costs, and that it’s used by companies like MercadoLibre, Zappos, and Expedia.

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This startup is building a chatbot service for driving sales and messaging.

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A secure messaging app that allows users to share personal information with apps. The idea is to make it easier for users to share things like medical records and other sensitive information with third party apps.

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This startup is building a messaging app that’s encrypted and searchable by insiders only.

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A text messaging service that uses automated language translation to translate the words of a conversation between two people in real time. It was started in 2012 by a group of PhD students and has raised just under $5 million in funding.

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A new way to interact with your friends on Facebook. It’s a messaging app that lets you play games and compete against your friends.

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A “next generation” messaging app. The company is building a platform for users to connect with each other at scale across multiple messaging platforms, starting with WhatsApp.

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A secure messaging service for websites, allowing companies to communicate securely over the internet without having to worry about eavesdroppers. The startup has raised $9.5M in funding so far, with a $20M valuation.

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 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.

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A messaging platform for #MeToo survivors to share stories, recommendations, and resources.

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 A messaging app for API providers that lets developers create a messaging interface for their apps without having to write a full chat bot.

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A startup whose product is a secure private messaging app. In an environment where everyone is worried about their privacy, the startup wants to make messaging private and secure.

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An instant messaging app that helps you figure out who is online, what they’re doing, and when they’re doing it.

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This is a messaging app for food delivery workers, with the startup promising to cut down on food waste.

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The B2B software company is a go-to provider of enterprise messaging for utilities.

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This startup is building a new, more private-friendly messaging app for cryptocurrencies.

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A startup is creating a messaging platform for companies to communicate with their customers

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A messaging platform that supports human-to-human communication in machine learning. The startup is building a chatbot, but is also selling a tool that helps businesses gauge their customer service conversations.

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A platform building bots for messaging platform Slack that can automatically detect and respond to communication needs.

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A messaging app for the US government that allows users to set up a “digital safety net”. Users can set aside extra money to pay for medical bills, car payments, or other expenses. The government’s been piloting the app with its own employees.

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A company that helps people find a spouse through a combination of messaging, quizzes and other data.

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A messaging app that lets you chat with your friends using GIFs and stickers. Like Kik, the app uses a chatbot to accept your messages and then creates your messages out of existing ones in your phone.

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Causes that want to communicate with people on Facebook and other social media platforms can now do so through a Facebook-style private messaging platform that will allow users to send and receive messages through a growing list of apps and services. The company says the community is growing rapidly and has over 200,000 members.

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A Swiss startup that wants to help people find the best doctors online by rating them on social media and text messaging.

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A new kind of social network for content creators. The startup is building a way to help content creators share their work via messaging, voice and video, and wants to compete with platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter.

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A startup that uses text messaging to help people who are sick or at risk of infection simply call in and connect with a nurse or other professional for a chat, instead of having to go to the doctor’s office.

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An AI-powered chatbot that helps people find and make reservations at restaurants with the ease of an automated messaging system.

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A messaging app that was built from the ground up to be used by people who are hearing impaired.

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A messaging service for companies to send and receive messages without requiring employees to have smartphones. The company is working on a product that will work with existing hardware, like a tablet.

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A startup that helps companies control their own brand and messaging through a single interface

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A startup that wants to make privacy-protected messaging apps as easy and intuitive as email. It currently has 30 monthly users, and is working on a product for blockchain users.

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A startup that wants to teach young people in the developing world about money management and financial literacy. It hopes to do this through written workbooks, games, and a messaging platform that supports peer-to-peer learning.

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

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This is a messaging platform that works with Slack and Google Apps so you can talk about deadlines and collaboration from any device. The startup says it has already helped over 250 companies and is looking to scale.

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A collaboration and messaging app for the music industry. The startup has built a service where musicians can share edits and production notes with each other.

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A messaging app for tenant owners to coordinate maintenance

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A company that powers the chat experience in messaging apps. It allows users to completely customize the appearance and behavior of their chats, especially with respect to things like changing background colors and fonts.

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A secure messaging platform for enterprises. It looks a lot like Slack, but only allows internal employees to join a company chatroom.

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A real-time messaging platform for teams that works with Slack and other services. The startup is currently focused on teams with fewer than 10 people.

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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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A messaging app that uses AI and machine learning to automatically generate text. After generating a list of the most common questions and phrases that people send, customer support can use this tool to pre-write responses.

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A secure messaging app that lets individuals and businesses send secure one-time messages

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A more modern and mobile version of the popular Telegram messaging app.

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A startup that’s looking to take in-app messaging platforms to the next level with real-time features and integration with other apps.

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This is a chat app that wants to be the default messaging app for WhatsApp.

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 A messaging app for small businesses that allows them to grow their businesses with curated content from across the web.

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Startup that allows users to send secure messages from the popular messaging app WeChat to their friends, family, co-workers and other contacts.

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A company that helps managers and employees to communicate effectively. It’s a private messaging app with a long list of partners that is easy to use and lets people stay in touch with coworkers.

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A “real-time messaging application that enables people to communicate online in real-time”. They’re working with tech firms in the Washington DC area, and say they expect to expand beyond their current market by 2020.

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A startup that built an app that enables people to create custom messaging channels on WhatsApp. The startup, which has already raised funding from Y Combinator and other investors, is currently working with WhatsApp to enable its customers to sell premium products in their chat channels.

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A startup that offers the ability to schedule meetings with anyone through Facebook Messenger. Social Calendar is an iOS app that aims to make scheduling meetings easier, with features like a calendar widget and a back-and-forth messaging system to make scheduling a breeze.

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A startup that wants to create a unified messaging platform for every device in a person’s life.

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A startup focused on, of all things, helping travelers navigate the world. The company wants to help you book hotels, flights, rental cars, and other travel arrangements using an app, a website, and a mobile messaging platform. (1)

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A messaging platform for retailers that allows them to advertise deals or specials to customers with a text message.

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A messaging app for employers and contract workers.

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This is a messaging app for nonprofit organizations. The goal is to make it easier for groups to send information and announcements, but also to build a social network for the groups.

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A Facebook-style messaging platform for sharing photos, videos, and live streams. The startup is only looking at the US for now, as they want to avoid the potential regulatory and legal issues in other markets.

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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.

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A platform that allows users to have messaging conversations with their pets, with the company providing the service of getting their pets to say a phrase or a word through a mobile application.

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A messaging system for restaurants that allows hosts to manage reservations, ticket sales, and reservations.

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A messaging app that eliminates the need for SMS text messages to communicate with a business in China. The startup wants to make calls and texts cheaper and faster, with a focus on reducing spam.

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 A decentralized encrypted messaging platform for the world’s 2.4 billion unconnected citizens. Decent has built a messaging app that uses its own cryptocurrency, BitShare, as the medium.

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A new version of the popular private messaging app for Android, to be released in early 2018. It will have new features and a re-designed interface, and will allow people to purchase and download stickers and other content from the company’s partners.

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

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A messaging app that is meant to make communication with people in your network easier. The app’s ability to create a personal map of people in your network helps you build relationships with the people you interact with most.

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A simple way to put email and messaging in one inbox, and a way to make calls from one platform. Each app is meant to be used alongside the other, and can be combined with other services like Slack and Google Voice.

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a free front-end application for Gmail that allows users to download and share their email directly to other messaging apps. The company’s aim is to provide a simpler, more intuitive interface for users to manage their email.

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A mobile messaging app that lets you keep track of the people you owe money to, pay them, and track how much you owe them.

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A tool for managing your business with a built-in calendar, task manager, and messaging app.

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A company building a unified communications automation tool for companies to help streamline messaging and reduce paper. The product aims to make messaging easier and more effective.

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 The company with the combined vision of Google, Facebook, and Uber: A new kind of messaging platform that allows you to send and receive a message with a set of actions. An example: You can send a message to a friend and then order them a pizza, with the message automatically being routed through the app and then to the pizza chain.

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The startup is looking to build a “messaging platform for restaurants” designed to simplify restaurant communication. The platform would allow customers to share photos of their meals with each other, and track the progress of those meals through their restaurants.

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A workplace collaboration tool that seems to be built to compete with Slack, while building on the instant-messaging functionality of Riot.

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A subscription-free, open-source messaging platform for teams. The startup’s founders say they want to transform how groups collaborate.

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A messaging tool for organizations that tracks which people are on what team and needs to be notified in an emergency, with a mobile app that allows employees to be alerted.

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The startup is building its own 2-way messaging service for local groups in the U.S., which it says will help groups organize their events and events organizers get in touch with people.

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A company that helps medical professionals and their patients stay in contact by integrating messaging and digital health features.

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A messenger for businesses that allows them to communicate with customers, employees, and partners through integrated messaging tools.

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A collaboration platform based on Slack and messaging, but with real-time polls and tasks, and the ability to set deadlines and budgets.

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A combination of a private messaging app and a dating app, allowing users to send and receive text messages from both their phones and an app.

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A messaging app that will help you find and find the lowest price for a flight.

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A mobile messaging platform for workers in the oil and gas industry.

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A startup that’s building a more private messaging service based on the popular Signal protocol for secure messaging.

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You can get alerts for new tickets on the app, and the app alerts you when you get a ticket. It’s built on the messaging platform Twilio and currently has about 1,000 users.

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Popular with millennials, GroupMe is a messaging app geared towards sharing content. It’s also popular with influencers, with some celebrities using it to share content with their fans.

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A startup that is creating a free, encrypted messaging app for journalists and human rights workers who need to communicate while under threat.

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A tool that helps make sharing a central focus of a workplace environment. It’s essentially an internal messaging system for companies that use Slack.

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A messaging service for freelancers to make their pricing clearer to clients

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A messaging app for medical professionals, allowing them to share messages with patients when they are away from their medical offices.

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A messaging app that aggregates all your texts, calls and social media interactions into one place, combining the messages into a single stream for you to keep track of.

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A messaging app where users can choose the color of their notifications.

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A mobile chat platform that lets you video chat with your friends. It actually built a mobile chat platform the same way it built the messaging platform, with no outside funding. It’s now in private beta after launching in December.

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A messaging and referral app designed for healthcare and medical professionals. It’s a sort of Yelp for the healthcare industry, helping patients find nearby doctors and other medical services.

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Idea: This is a one-on-one video messaging app that allows users to video chat with someone who speaks a different language

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Idea: A platform for freelancers to build custom chatbots and integrate them into messaging apps

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Idea: A text messaging-based service that helps companies keep track of their warehouse inventory

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Idea: A tool for building instant messaging applications with chatbots for corporations

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Idea: A team messaging platform for remote teams. The startup wants to help remote companies and teams coordinate and communicate more easily.

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Idea: Fake doesn’t want to be your go-to messaging app. The app is meant to make it more difficult for people to read your messages and for companies to

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