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Open-source software to help companies track the life cycle of their products.

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A startup that helps track and connect people who want to apply for jobs in a specific city, and allows them to see the job openings, apply and schedule interviews, get feedback on their applications, and communicate with recruiters. Available in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A startup that wants to help small businesses open up their books to investors and banks. The startup says it’s already raised $3 million and has a team of 12 employees.

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A startup for professionals to sell their expertise, such as fixing your computer, building your app, opening your car door, or giving you a pedicure.

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An API for companies to post job openings and filter through applicants.

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A SaaS tool for finding and booking open-ended, immersive style tours in any city. The startup also offers a booking platform for short-term travelers and an app that lets you book tours in advance.

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A company that helps open banking startups with their APIs and developer framework.

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A platform that will allow you to make adjustments to your iPhone or iPad without having to open it up. The startup is focused on making it easier for people to tweak their iOS devices.

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A startup for freelancers, providing a venue where employers and freelancers can use an “open-source” to find and hire each other.

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A free and open-source app for finding, managing and sharing files

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A dashboard that tracks the number of open jobs and hires, highlighting the best places to find work.

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An online marketplace for digital goods and services, built on the premise that a closed loop market can be established within an existing open market (e.g. Facebook)

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A technology that helps retailers track customer activity from the moment a customer opens the door to the moment they leave.

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

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An open-source platform for allowing any developer to build an on-demand movie ticketing app.

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A company that is creating an open-source platform to track employee time, and then charging employers for its usage.

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A startup that gives data on the role of the press in different countries, and what countries are most open to outside reporters.

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An open source platform that helps pharmacy owners boost sales of generics.

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

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A startup that wants to simplify the process of opening a bank account for immigrants.

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

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Changing the way companies find and hire talent. Based in London, the startup is building software meant to give companies a better idea of who’s available that can make them more open to hiring candidates. They have a large set of clients in the UK.

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The idea behind this open source tool is to allow people to get their hands on a data set and work on it without needing to license it.

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Apple’s iOS operating system lacks a centralized directory to find and open files. Filefactory has built a solution that will let you “find files and get notifications for files that are important to you—in any app”.

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A startup for finding out which restaurants are open on a given day, with 6,000 cities and 1,500,000 restaurants.

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The Startup is building out a free, open-source toolset for managing your GitHub project.

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A business-to-business open source platform for building enterprise software.

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Launched in August, this is an open-source chatbot that can handle both finance and consumer-facing business.

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A platform that helps companies create a digital open-book management system. The startup wants to help companies automate their paperwork and cut down on costs.

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Like Uber, this startup gamifies the concept of a taxi ride, with the user playing a dispatcher for a network of taxis. The app helps users find the closest taxis using data from Yelp and OpenTable.

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Decentralized social network where people can get paid to publish stories. The startup is open source and free to use, and the founder says it has a "small amount of daily active users."

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A startup that make a tool that allows you to make your home automation system available on the open web

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A startup that aims to help realtors automate their sales process, using a digital agent that keeps track of the status of a property and opens real estate listings on the internet. The startup is pitching the service as a way to drive down “the average home sales cycle” from six months to two.

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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.

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A free, open-source and community-driven email client built on the Electron framework.

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A startup that wants to make your money work for you, without having to do the work yourself. The company’s first product is a small device that makes it easier for people to open their credit card accounts, and has plans to expand to other financial products like insurance.

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This startup is building a platform to help people discover new stories and books they might like to read. The startup says it has 15,000 users who have opened the app 5,000 times.

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A food delivery startup that allows restaurants to stay open later and deliver food to people who don’t live in their neighborhood.

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A platform for helping people design and build virtual reality experiences. The startup is focusing on the gaming side, but says they’re open to partnering with other verticals as well.

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A tool for recruiters to help them find and hire candidates for their job openings. The startup has built a toolkit that helps recruiters automate their hiring process, with the help of artificial intelligence.

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A startup that is building a platform for mobile phone companies and carriers to provide their services on the open web and in mobile applications, instead of requiring people to download an app.

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The team is building a way to automatically and transparently recommend the best employees for an open position. The startup is currently only targeting startups in Silicon Valley.

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This is a company that makes a way to map the physical world of information. The startup is building a suite of open data products and services that will allow users to visualize and understand the world around them.

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The creators of this startup want to bring the world a universal, open-source, and non-profit search engine.

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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 company that helps small businesses open bank accounts, and then allows them to pay employees & suppliers on the go with ease.

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Idea: A startup that makes it easier for people to find job openings in remote areas, with the goal of helping people find family members jobs in different parts of the country.

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An open source software platform that helps companies manage their customer risk data through a unified and central platform

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A startup that wants to make open-source software for 3D printers. The founders are tech veterans who have built digital fabrication tools before.

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A startup that uses a software program to crunch open data to predict land value The startup claims that it can predict land value more accurately than appraisers and cheaper than buying survey data

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A startup that provides the infrastructure “to build and scale simple, automated, and scalable apps built on top of the open source Git version control system.”

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One of the original investors in OpenTable raised a $1 million seed round to help “Bring the magic back to the restaurant industry.”

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A tool for creating quick and easy surveys on your phone. The startup is designed for survey creators, but anyone can use it. It offers a mobile-first platform that lets users create surveys and send them immediately to users, and then open the survey link in another app on their phone.

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A startup that’s making it easier for users to supercharge their mobile devices by pairing them with high-performance wireless chargers. Its 10K program is now open for sign-ups.

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A startup that sells a “customizable, open-source video doorbell”.

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An open source database for database administrators to quickly and easily populate their infrastructure with needed data.

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A tool for developers to get track of what’s happening in their app, with a series of reports that show you how many users have opened your app, how many users have closed it, where those users are coming from, and how they’re using your app.

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A startup that helps schools and universities establish open data programs to promote transparency and accountability.

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A B2B tool for financial services companies to automate the onboarding process like account opening and risk management.

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A search engine that surfaces open source code.

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A platform for artists to share their work, connect with fans and find gigs. It’s a storytelling platform, but what makes it unique is that it’s open to everyone.

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A fingerprint-based unlock system for phones. The startup is trying to make fingerprint sensors more secure by having users open their phones in a certain way and secure them. This is a startup that has been around for a while, with a version known as SnapLock, but it is now rebranding itself as Fingerprint Lock.

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A “sticker printer” that prints QR codes to open apps on phones.

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A startup that helps people find new places to work by aggregating job openings from its network of freelancers.

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This startup is building a smart door lock that learns to open itself based on who’s trying to enter.

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A Y Combinator company that builds open-source components for the enterprise.

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A startup that’s building a C++ library that allows hardware designs to be shared on GitHub. The company’s CEO says that the concept is similar to the Arduino open source hardware platform.

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This is a startup that allows employees to request products and services from nearby businesses. The company is currently in open beta.

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A new product by the founders of a popular open-source project, allowing people to see all of their files on file servers and get them to sync with their desktop.

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This startup is building a vending machine for the financial sector. It’s an open source vending machine that lets banks and credit unions buy and sell financial products in bulk.

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 The startup's goal is to help build an open platform for publishing and sharing data between developers and scientists. They want to build a new experience for scientists to learn about the data they have, so they can get it into the hands of a broader developer community.

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A startup that helps companies track the open rates of their emails and see which ones are getting the most engagement.

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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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Image-based gaming that’s “a big, open world role playing game experience” that lets you explore and interact with other players.

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Its goal is to be the next generation of open-source apps in the Apple App Store.

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A software platform for HR managers and recruiters to find the right candidates for their job openings.

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OpenPlans is a software company that helps people find a new home to buy, using data from real estate brokers and public records. They’ve raised over $5 million to date, and are now focused on building a platform for other developers to build on.

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An “open-source ‘on-demand’ service for the generation, distribution, and consumption of media”.

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An open-source platform and data storage for enterprise use

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This startup is building an open-source platform for healthcare providers to create and manage a variety of healthcare apps.

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A B2B startup that helps companies that want to open an M&A office in Asia.

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This startup is building an online marketplace for the sale of computer parts, but based on the free and open source project OpenELEC.

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Open-source data visualization tool that connects together email, web, and desktop. It also integrates into Slack and other tools.

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A company that provides software for building, managing and monetizing open source software.

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Open-source software that provides a platform for the secure exchange of sensitive information

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A startup that cuts banks out of the process of opening a checking account by building its own app. The startup has a mobile app that would allow customers to log in to their bank, make savings and investment plans, and keep track of their spending.

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Open data platform that lets people create and discover data visualizations. The startup has built a platform that allows people to create data visualizations and share them with the wider world.

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

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A startup to help people find and hire affordable child care. The founders say their model of the business, which has a token-based system, is open to regulation.

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This is an open source project to create a webOS-like platform for a variety of mobile devices.

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A startup that helps make buildings cool. In the past two years, it’s built a community of more than 60,000 people who have collectively built more than 100 buildings in more than 35 countries. The community is a nice complement to the three office buildings that are open to tenants in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

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A platform to help people understand the costs of their health insurance, very similar to the OpenHealth platform.

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Solair is building an open network for connecting local businesses and the people who shop within them. Its engine is based upon the idea of a “sharing economy”, in which people are rewarded for their contributions.

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A startup that’s building an “open-source” virtual network for computer-to-computer communication

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An API for the U.K.’s government’s Open Data platform, which is released under a Creative Commons license. It allows users to interface with the data in a variety of ways, including filtering by utility.

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A platform that aims to make it easier to design and manage digital product and content experiences. An open-source platform that allows anyone to design a product and provide the necessary feedback to friends and followers. The startup is seeking to build on the work of other Open Platforms like Brave, or Pivotal, or Path.

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A company that helps recruiters and job seekers find the best fit for job openings using a combination of personal data and a proprietary algorithm.

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An “open source command-line tool for processing Kafka messages”.

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A platform that helps companies build their own “anchor stores” — the “experiences” that people want to do in a particular city. For example, a company like Amazon might want to open up a store in San Francisco, but they’re not the first company to do so. The startup builds out a list of all the other stores in the area, and allows companies to apply to open up a new one.

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Open-source, distributed computing that allows people to build and manage their own supercomputers. The company wants to provide people with the means to build their own supercomputers, allowing them to “live in the cloud” at home.

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An open-source program that lets anyone create their own app for the Oculus Rift.

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An open source, cloud-based platform that allows companies to track and report on the performance and progress of people and teams.

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A startup that connects merchants with vendors to help grow their businesses. Merchants can request products and orders and have them delivered within a few days. They have also opened up an API for other companies to integrate into their product.

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A startup for finding and booking travel that uses a bank of 5,000 itineraries to provide personal customization. It’s in the phase of becoming a booking site, with a desktop app in development, and a plan to open it up to all users.

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A startup that lets businesses get paid in Bitcoin. The startup has over 30 customers, and is now in the process of opening a San Francisco office.

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A company that provides indoor voice commands for Amazon Echo or Echo Dot in the home, including turning on and off lights, opening doors, and playing music.

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A tool to help recruiters identify the best candidates for each job. For instance, if an ad says a certain job is in Chicago, the tool can look up the average salary and job openings to determine if this job is a good match.

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A platform that allows open-source developers to connect with potential employers and learn about paid coding opportunities.

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An open source API for medical device data

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 The startup wants to be a marketplace for people to sell their used stuff. Its focus is on new-to-market products, but founders say they’d be open to selling used products as well.

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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 startup that aims to make it easier for companies to manage the hiring process. The company’s first product allows companies to post job openings, then when a candidate applies, the company can review the application, send interview offers, and conduct interviews all in one place.

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This startup wants to build a “Netflix for Open Source”, allowing software developers to package their code up and sell it.

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An open banking platform that helps banks understand their consumers.

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The startup is working on building an open API to enable other platforms to build apps to help shoppers find the right brand by cross-referencing their online shopping history. The startup wants to build an app that lets shoppers find the right brands to buy, based on previous purchases.

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A free, open-source portfolio app for designers.

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A startup that wants to build a ‘truly open’ product stack so that any business can build apps for their customers. Using a pricing plan that forces a company to choose between building an app on their own platform or using a third party.

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A decentralized, open-source online marketplace that allows people to buy and sell digital goods and services directly from other users without the need for a centralized authority.

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A platform for freelancers that allows freelancers to bid on open roles, making it easier to find work.

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A startup that builds a point-of-sale system for all sorts of retailers, including restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. The startup aims to make the process of opening a business as simple as a phone call.

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The e-commerce startup focuses on selling and installing a secure, open source operating system for IoT devices.

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A startup that helps people who don’t want to leave their house and travel to a remote server to control their home. For instance, they can open their front door, see if their dog is barking, and see how far away it is from their neighbor’s home.

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A company that makes a Chrome extension that aggregates all the tabs you have open in various web apps

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This company wants to build a platform for sharing and trading solar power. It’s an open source alternative to solar exchange markets.

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This startup is founded by former Google employees and aims to be the “Uber of recruiting”, allowing companies to list their job openings for remote employees.

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A web-based platform that allows people to setup peer-to-peer loans. The application is open to all ages and income levels.

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Opendoor works with home and business owners and helps them sell their house, and then helps them buy a new one.

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A tool for automating the hiring process in small businesses, with a focus on matching applicants with job openings.

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An open-source platform for building, managing, and promoting interactive web experiences.

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An open source platform for enterprise software that integrates with other enterprise software. The company says it offers “the next generation of enterprise software” and wants to make developers’ lives easier.

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An open-source platform that allows employers to create and manage a social safety net for their employees, including healthcare and retirement benefits. The startup has raised $8.8 million to date and has 1,000 employers on board.

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Idea: Open-source crypto-to-crypto exchanges

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An open source digital wallet for fiat currencies.

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 A virtual reality company is building an open-source headset that is compatible with all phones with phones.

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A hiring app for small business owners that lets them easily post job openings and manage the hiring process.

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A startup that allows members to connect with others in their city and import their address book to find things to do, see what’s open and when, and share with friends and family.

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Founded in 2015, this is the company behind the popular, free, and open-source development platform app-builder App-Builder-Platform .

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A project from a hardware engineering company, which wants to make a programmable, modular robot with an open source hardware ecosystem.

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A platform for the open-source community to share best practices for building software.

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The startup is building an open-source library of all the design patterns, languages, and paradigms that make up the internet. This will serve as a foundation for the internet of things.

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An open source framework that lets people edit smartphone videos with a finger, finger or stylus.

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A platform to enable building and sharing of home automation systems using an open, open source platform.

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A well-known roboticist is building an open-source software platform to build robots.

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A company building an open toolkit for building virtual reality games.

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An open source project that offers an infrastructure for building bitcoin-based businesses.

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is a startup that’s building a system to help employers decrease the amount of time it takes to fill open positions.

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OTX is building an open source marketplace for data sources, which it says will save businesses $600 billion in data expenditures.

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Idea: A hardware startup looking to build a “developer’s dream”, a library of easy-to-use and open source hardware tools for electronics prototyping.

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A startup that sells a subscription box to help you get organized You’d open it up and realize that it contains all of the things you need to get your house organized

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Idea: An open source platform for managing the supply chain

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Idea: A series of low-cost, open-source WiFi routers

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Idea: A startup that makes it easy to integrate blockchain technology into your business They’re building an open-source platform that will allow businesses to easily create decentralized applications, and will provide consulting

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Idea: Blockchain-based open-source tool for managing car-sharing communities

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Idea: Building an open accounting ecosystem

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Idea: Open-source, decentralized app store

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Idea: An open source CSS framework for building accessible, high-performance interfaces

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Idea: A startup that helps people find a parking spot via an app that uses data from local businesses about where they think spots will open up

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Idea: An online marketplace for buying and selling 3D-printed objects. The startup aims to be a marketplace for a new generation of makers, with a platform to bring together designers, engineers, and 3D-printers. They currently have 500 open-ended jobs, and a $1k average order size.

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Idea: An education platform for coding. With an estimated 1.5 million job openings in the next 5 years, the founders say they’ve got an opportunity to help provide the next generation of developers with

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Idea: A platform for social media managers to collect data on the best performing content for their social media accounts. They have 3 paying social media managers and 20 open beta users.

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Idea: A startup that wants to be the Open Table of the cannabis industry, creating an online directory of marijuana dispensaries and delivery services.

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A software platform for helping HR departments with open jobs find the most qualified candidates. They’ve raised $2.2 million.

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Idea: A platform for booking medical appointments, similar to OpenTable or Uber. Users can book with a doctor inside or outside of the platform, and it will handle the

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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 software company that provides a platform for companies to fill open positions with contractors. The company says it has $10,000 in monthly recurring revenue, mainly from Android.

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Idea: The first 100% free, open source code collaboration platform The company has raised $47 million in venture capital and has over 1000 users

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A startup that aims to be the "Tinder for jobs" by connecting people with job openings to potential candidates

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