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Physical Startup Ideas

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

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A platform that allows users to create digital, social, and physical products by sending messages to a group of people in a bid to crowdsource their ideas or get feedback.

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

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

108

A tool that allows users to manage their calorie intake and physical activity.

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A startup that sells a consulting service for people who want to start a physical fitness related business

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A startup that takes care of the back-end payment, management, and delivery for physical concerts.

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Eliminating the need for a physical address

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A startup that helps customers change loyalty cards without physically going to the store.

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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.

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A startup that sells physical books and online courses to help people with public speaking

85

A way to keep track of what’s being sent between two strangers, without someone having to physically keep an eye on it.

83

A physical token that can be used to unlock any door in the world

82

Builds a retail website for selling products via Instagram. The startup’s founder says that the website is “the world’s first” to use the social platform to sell physical products online.

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

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A startup for digital/physical goods and services.

80

A tool for modeling and simulating the physical behavior of interaction with a product, with a focus on wearables. The startups aims to allow customers to model wearables in a way that’s more intuitive than the current alternatives

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A software platform that allows customers to find out where they can buy products and then subscribe to them in advance. The startup is building an e-commerce platform for physical products, with an emphasis on beauty. The company is based in San Francisco.

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A startup that makes it easier for consumers to find quality products for their homes. Its app is similar to Amazon’s Dash, but for finding products in a physical store.

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A platform that powers “digital stores” in the physical world

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This startup wants to make it easy to put your favorite photos on a physical slide that can be hung on a wall. It’s like a physical version of Pinterest, but for your own photos.

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A platform that helps retailers sell offline. The startup lets retailers sell their products in physical stores, and then also sell it online for buyers. Basically it’s a way for brick and mortar retailers to sell online and to their customers.

75

A tool that allows you to create and sell virtualized physical objects, like a virtual home, or a virtual gym.

75

A startup that sells a physical card that lets you pay for things with your phone.

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The company’s goal is to create a digital platform that could support all the physical and virtual delivery process for a company, so that the company can focus on its core business.

72

A platform that helps retailers figure out how to attract more customers through social media. It uses a combination of data and algorithms to predict who will sign up for their credit card, and who will visit their physical store.

72

This is an online tool that helps companies manage their physical stores by helping them track inventory, maintain data on the condition of their products, and keep up with trends in their markets.

71

A physical card that can be used to charge software as a service, like SaaS, subscriptions and free trials.

71

This startup aims to make it easier for artists to design, print, and ship their own physical, limited edition pieces.

71

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.

70

A platform that turns any physical object into a digital token, like a phone case or a piece of clothing. The idea is that these tokens are collectible, to help people get the most out of their physical possessions.

70

An eCommerce company that offers virtual and physical storefronts for customers to order from.

69

A physical card that tracks how much you’ve walked, and further tracks you on an app.

68

Zapier wants to help small businesses automate physical tasks using web tools. It’s currently in private beta with a few thousand users, and the startup is seeking to raise funding to grow it.

68

A tool for quickly creating an online store for physical goods.

67

A mobile device management company, whose software allows businesses to track and manage both physical and electronic devices.

67

An online marketplace that facilitates trades of digital goods and services for physical goods, between buyers and sellers.

66

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.

66

This startup wants to create a new digital currency that’s backed by a bank, and that can be used to pay for transactions in the physical world.

65

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.

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The company is pairing the digital technology used by banks to process payments to the physical elements of a cash machine, such as a keypad and a printer, to create an end-to-end solution.

62

A startup that makes a physical device that allows you to connect to any wireless network by plugging it into an electrical outlet

58

An “invisible” credit card. The startup aims to use biometrics, like facial recognition, to replace physical credit cards. It’s first product is a “perpetual” card that can be used in lieu of a regular card.

58

A startup that sells a tool for people to track their physical activity so they can learn what their body needs to be healthy

56

A technology that helps to monitor the health of workers, including health risk factors and physical activity levels. The startup believes that the technology will be important for companies who want to make sure their employees are healthy.

56

A startup that aims to create the Google search for the physical world. The company is building a search engine for the physical world, and is currently in the process of building a prototype.

56

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

54

A physical marketplace for selling and renting used cars in New York City. The startup wants to build a “supermarket for second-hand cars” and focus on luxury cars.

54

A hardware startup that’s building a way for software to run on physical products, such as a keyboard or a mouse, instead of being software-only. The startup wants to create a device that can connect to a computer and transform a physical object into a fully-functional computer.

52

A startup that wants to build a platform for physical goods merchants to sell online and receive payment in real time.

52

A startup that builds software that helps automate physical inventory tracking at warehouses, helping companies lower costs and increase efficiency.

49

A startup trying to bring payments made through a physical credit card to cash-only establishments. The startup is pitching its service as a way to bring cash-only businesses into the digital age.

49

A tool to help connect people with annual physicals and prevent illness

48

A platform for travel agencies to manage their inventory, even when they’re not physically in the store.

48

A platform for artists and creatives to sell their products, using a very similar model to Etsy. Artist can make money by selling physical or digital products of their original artwork.

46

This startup is building a closed social network for people who are physically or emotionally unable to socialize with others in the same way as most of the world. The idea is that they’ll want to be part of a social network, but they can’t be fully active because of a physical or emotional impairment.

45

A startup that sends users a box of physical books for every month they sign up for.

45

A new way to store and manage your digital media. The team at Briefly is building a platform that enables users to “train” their computer to automatically organize and discover their files, and then creates a “smart folder” that’s a digital representation of the physical one.

42

A startup that helps companies that make physical products of any kind manage their manufacturing with a single platform.

41

An e-commerce company that simplifies the process of buying and selling physical products between individual users.

40

A platform that converts digital media into physical objects, like posters or t-shirts, to increase sales.

40

A startup that helps with biometric authentication for physical access to the property.

39

A startup that wants to help designers build out physical prototypes for their apps, giving them a way to interact with features and functionality of their designs with a few clicks

38

The startup wants to bring the cloud to the world of physical data. It claims it can build a data warehouse out of any physical machine in the world — even from a broken down machine.

38

A credit card for young people, targeted at millennials for whom traditional credit cards don’t suit their habits. The company has a physical card with a magnetic stripe that customers put on one side of their phones to pay their bills.

37

As startups have left their desks behind, founders have become increasingly worried about their physical whereabouts, and have invented apps to help. In the new book, “Fearless: How to Be Unafraid and Do Anything,” entrepreneurs and founders like Dave McClure, David Karp, and Adam D’Angelo share their stories of building their companies in secret, and how they’ve gained confidence and fearlessness.

35

A platform for people to sell their personal belongings with an eye toward a future that involves not owning any physical possessions.

33

A company that helps companies setup a single cloud-based site, on the site a mixture of physical and digital products can be sold through an e-commerce platform.

33

 A startup that brings together the digital and physical worlds to make sure you’re prepared for any situation. Exos is a communications platform that will help you be ready before an earthquake hits, a hurricane hits, or a tsunami strikes.

32

A tool to help people make and sell their own physical products online, particularly since they’ve already gone through the work of designing them.

32

While many startups have been building virtual reality products to help improve cognitive or physical therapy, this startup is specifically built to help people with mental illness. The app works as a video support system to help people with anxiety and mood disorders.

32

A digital alternative for physical notes and calendars. The startup says it’s a better way to organize and share calendars with family and friends. They charge $5 per month for a calendar with unlimited notes.

31

A startup helping developers build apps that integrate with physical devices via a new way of connecting to IoT sensors via a smartphone.

31

A platform for photographers to create and sell downloadable photo books. Delivery is currently only via PDF, but the startup is looking to add other forms, including photo books with physical pages.

30

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.

29

A startup that’s building a way for people to explore and explore a world of their own around their city. It lets you drop in for a day, look around, and get a sense of the neighborhood without having to physically travel to it.

29

A startup that’s bringing Bitcoin into the physical world, with a prepaid debit card and a physical debit card. The founders want to make Bitcoin universally usable, and are building a physical card to use at stores, ATMs, and anywhere else.

28

A startup that makes physical badges that let people sign in to apps.

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A Y Combinator alum, this startup wants to help online retail stores sell physical products.

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A solution for managing and storing information in the physical world, from paper records to files to folders.

18

A social network that allows users to chat and play games with their friends who are currently hanging out in the physical world. Users can also play games against friends at home, meanwhile.

15

A digital representation of a physical card game for the internet, replacing the physical card deck with a virtual one. The startup’s founder says they’re close to the top 500 in the iPhone app store. They have a few hundred users.

13

This startup wants to make it easy for people to set up and manage their business in the cloud, but with the security of a physical office. They currently have over $100,000 in seed funding.

11

A platform to help people sell their physical stuff to companies that buy it and ship it to their customers.

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A startup that wants to bring an inventory-based mobile commerce platform to the store of the future. It wants to track inventory in real-time, without the need of a physical store.

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A startup that offers one-stop shopping for physical therapy and PT

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A startup that sells a tool that helps people with the physical side of making a change in their life

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A startup that sells physical gifts that you can print out on a 3D printer (IE: A keychain, a tissue box, a phone case)

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A startup that sells a subscription service where you can rent a video game, but also buy a physical copy of the video game

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Idea: A platform that allows you to build, ship, and sell physical products

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Idea: Digitize and distribute membership cards and other physical cards

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Idea: A startup for helping people get a physical exercise plan from a personal trainer

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Idea: Software for physical therapy practices

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Idea: A platform that allows users to bring their own phone to a carrier to get their service set up The startup wants to eliminate the need for people to go into a physical store to set up their phone plan

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Idea: A mobile app that will help truck drivers save money on gas, with a companion physical device that trucks can plug into and get gas price recommendations

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Idea: A voice-activated “interface for the real world”, like a “JARVIS for the physical world”. The founders say it currently “works with every major cloud provider”, and that they’re looking to partner with companies that need the technology to build in-house platforms.

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Idea: A platform for insurers to call and text patients regularly about their health and to encourage them to get physicals. The startup aims to be a replacement for the “wellness programs” that many insurers have offered in the past.

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Idea: A digital platform for physical businesses that enables them to manage their inventory, pricing and promotions in one place and across multiple channels. The company has $1.3M in revenue.

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Idea: A voice-to-text app for Android that uses the microphone to take notes. The startup claims that voice is 20x faster than typing on a physical keyboard.

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Idea: A startup that turns your cell phone or computer into a walkie-talkie. The receiver is a physical device you can carry around. The startup is selling the device for $99, with a month of service starting at $5.

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Idea: A new kind of ecommerce platform for physical goods, where every product page has a video embedded. The company calls itself “a new kind of ecommerce platform for physical goods, where every product page has a video embedded.” Users can watch videos to hear the story behind the product, or if they want, can touch the screen and hear the video narrated by a voiceover.

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A startup that allows you to transfer funds from a card (like a credit card or bank card) to a bank account using an API (application programming interface) instead of a physical card

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A startuplication for helping the visually impaired navigate the physical world.

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A network of physical offices for startup founders.

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