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A free library of “crowd sourced” electronics repair instructions, with a database of more than 100,000 step-by-step guides for common problems with over a million unique parts.

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A platform that will use AI to manage your data and help you solve problems.

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This startup wants to help the international diplomatic community solve some of the most pressing problems by building an online platform for them to share their expertise.

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A company that’s trying to solve the problem of how to get information from a decentralized public database like Ethereum to a centralized database.

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A tool to help the developer community find solutions for specific problems with the language.

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This machine learning startup is building a program to identify problems in the world’s food supply

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The startup’s unique approach to the problem of finding a G Suite admin. It employs a screener algorithm to automate the process of hiring a G Suite admin.

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A startup that provides a service to help people with emotional baggage cope with their problems

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A startup that provides a service where people can solve their own problems by posting their questions on your site and professionals can answer them (like a Quora)

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A company that’s trying to solve the problem of how to buy and sell stocks on the blockchain.

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A startup that uses artificial intelligence to make a website load faster, by picking up on the most common web performance problems and offering solutions.

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A platform that aims to solve the problem of small businesses having to create multiple email accounts for each new customer in order to reduce the risk of email spam.

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A startup that wants to solve the problem of allowing businesses to accept credit cards and bank accounts in one place. After launching in April, the company is now working on making the process seamless for customers.

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 A company that helps you get answers to your problems faster by scheduling a one-on-one chat with an expert.

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A startup that aims to make it easier for people to spontaneously and collaboratively crowdsource ad hoc solutions to a wide variety of problems.

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A startup that wants to solve the “capital management” problem for enterprise software startups. Instead of companies managing all of their own financial resources, they plan to provide a service that helps startups manage their capital, paying for those resources as needed.

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A startup that offers a platform for real-time problem solving called “Teamwork”

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A proof-of-concept startup for solving the problem of monitoring and controlling access to the internet.

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A data center with a 1 MW capacity for storing data and a network of 20,000 servers. It aims to help businesses and governments solve big problems with big data.

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A platform that provides data about how your phone is being used. The startup aims to tackle a problem that is increasingly important as the world becomes more connected: How exactly is my phone being used

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"An automated way to scale and manage applications that help businesses solve problems. It uses machine learning, ecommerce, and a referral program to build a community of users.”

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A startup that looks to make it easier for the elderly to get a second smartphone. They’re looking to make it easy for the elderly to get a second smartphone when they’re already paying high smartphone bills. They’re launching in a few months and have already received a $250,000 investment from an angel group in the Valley that helps solve “pioneering problems in emerging markets.”

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A startup that has an online forum for people to talk about their problems For example, they would help people going through a divorce or would help people who are going through a hard time at work

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A startup that aims to solve the problem of the billion people on the internet with no credit cards.

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A startup that provides a service where you can hire someone to help you work through your problems/issues

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This is an app for getting around the price and quality problems of a typical cup of coffee.

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A platform that enables big businesses to automate their customer service, using AI and ML to predict customer satisfaction and easy ways to solve customer problems.

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The startup aims to solve the problem of the “job-hopping” millennial who wants to be able to get a new job without having to quit and wait for the old one to be filled.

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The CEO of this startup started out as a professional taxi driver and quickly realized that there was no way for him to know how to maximize his taxi revenue. He set out to solve the problem and came up with a solution. As a result, he says, “I’m making a lot more money than the taxi drivers in Bangkok, and they’re never going to tell me how to make more money.”

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 A security/protection service for businesses, working to identify threats and mitigate them before they become a problem. The company has an AI component that’s meant to flag risky behaviors in real time, and has a proactive component that flags any unusual activity.

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A platform that helps developers get paid in cryptocurrency. The company also wants to tackle the problem of freelancers not being able to get paid in cryptocurrency. The company currently has 10 employees and has raised $500,000 in seed funding.

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A company that wants to solve a problem for small businesses: they’re struggling to get their customers to pay. Shopin makes it easier to create a loyalty scheme for their customers by helping them create a personal account and tie it to their business account. Shopin also has a small business version that can help businesses combine rewards programs from multiple platforms into one.

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A health service for people with persistent mental problems. The company wants to provide safe homes for people with mental illnesses, to help them get the services they need to lead productive lives.

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The startup helps ISPs monitor the level of network performance in their network, helping them identify problems and fix them before they can affect the quality of service for customers.

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A company that helps companies with their cash flow problems by managing their payroll and invoicing.

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In the US, 90% of people’s social media profiles use photos, but only 50% of those photos are actually being used for social purposes. A company that wants to solve the problem, BuildFace is a tool that uses facial recognition to curate a digital photo-portfolio, using contextual photos to augment a person’s personal brand.

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A platform for identifying “problems” with your photos. The company has built an algorithm that identifies things like “your face looks too small” or “your background looks weird in this photo”.

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A startup that solves the problem of lost internet data connectivity, with a paid subscription service that sends data to the cloud when internet connectivity is lost.

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Online discovery service focused on solving the problem of finding the right home for your next vacation. The startup uses data and algorithms to help vacationers find the right home for their next trip.

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A startup that makes a mobile app that helps you understand the legal troubles of your friends. The company hopes to teach people how to manage their legal problems via a mobile app.

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A customer support system that helps companies minimize the time it takes to fix their customers’ problems.

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A platform for the self-employed that automates their payroll process, so they can spend more time doing what they love. It’s a great story about how an app is designed to solve an employee’s problem, but can also be built with their customers in mind.

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A B2B startup that aims to solve the problem of processing and logging of data for companies looking to start up a new retail bank. The company says it’s already working with a few banks on prototypes.

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The startup’s founders say they want to be the company that “solves the ‘I can’t find my team’ problem.” It wants to be the new way of tracking employees, replacing spreadsheets and HR systems with a single, secure system.

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This startup aims to be a place where you can get childcare information, and then book that childcare at any time. The company wants to solve the problem of childcare shortage, and says it has already helped people book childcare for the first time, and is now helping people find care for the first time.

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A company that helps companies close the loop with their customers, by using a combination of AI and data science to better predict and solve customer problems.

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A tool for automating the process of diagnosing and fixing problems in cars.

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A startup that helps governments with the problem of how to enforce and monitor their immigration laws. Their goal is to let immigration enforcement agencies be more efficient and humane.

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A startup that wants to solve the problem of finding and maintaining backup storage for businesses.

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iaidigital is building a digital tool that helps cities better manage their streets and sidewalks. The startup’s software can take a photo of a pothole and instantly notify the city of the problem.

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A platform that helps you manage your online credit cards and create a spending plan. The goal of the startup is to create a solution to the following problem: “When you spend money, you don’t know what you spent it on.”

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Interactive Q&A that helps users identify the problem at hand and find the right solution.

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A software company trying to solve the problems with digital payments in developing markets, where mobile banking is still a novelty. The startup wants to provide a solution that’s simple, easy, and secure.

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A startup that aims to solve the problem of re-marketing in higher education recruiting by building a way to help schools replace the need for multiple applications.

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This startup is building a system to monitor traffic at work sites and automatically send alerts to employees if a problem is detected.

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As the problem of health data for consumers becomes more complex, the company is building a tool that can help people view and manipulate their own health data.

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A company that’s building a next-generation email list for software startups, based on the idea that most startups have similar problems in the user experience of their product.

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A startup tackling the problems with credit cards.

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A digital marketing agency that wants to solve the problem of customer retention.

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The startup is trying to solve the problem of the lack of consumer choice in the longtail economy by introducing a service to help consumers find the best products at the best price.

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A company that conducts “design-thinking” workshops to help people with design-based problems and challenges.

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Local delivery of food, groceries, and other perishables to residences and offices. They aim to solve the problem of not being able to get food on time because of busy schedules.

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Companies that have benefited from Y Combinator are focusing on the problems of the modern worker not because they’re trying to build the next Klout or IMVU, but because they think these problems will be solved by technology.

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Part of the problem with software is that it’s hard to measure how well an app is working. AppZilla wanted to solve that problem by building a platform for developers to track their app’s stats. The startup is focusing on mobile apps, and has already raised $1.5 million.

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The answer is not entirely clear. Startups that are working to solve a business problem have the least success of any type of startup.

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A self-funded startup that’s looking to solve the problem of acquiring large amounts of data without having to pay a lot for it: they sell data as a service.

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A startup that seeks to solve the problem of employees jumping from company to company, working with different managers in different departments. The company lets employees create profiles, giving the main manager a chance to see who they’ve worked with and what they’ve done in their previous jobs.

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Blackbox is trying to tackle the problem of consumer credit scores, which are used to help determine creditworthiness, but are not very accurate. The startup is building a credit scoring tool that uses data from places like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to determine creditworthiness.

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A startup called Ava is the first to offer a solution to the “last mile problem” in ride-sharing. It’s a payment system that allows riders to send money to driver partners via Venmo.

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This startup wants to solve the problem of keeping track of customers’ payments for businesses and helps them with a phone app and a digital solution that they claim are more accurate and cheaper.

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A toolkit for managers to help them understand and talk about the problems that their employees are having. The toolkit is designed to help managers understand their employees better and fix problems faster.

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Last year, I wrote about how some of the most successful Y Combinator companies are focused on solving the problems of the modern worker, like home care, transportation, and education. The most successful YC companies are built on the idea that technology should be helping workers, not fighting them.

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A startup that’s working to solve a problem in the credit card industry is using a partnership with PNC Bank to bring a check deposit service to 100,000 customers.

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A new company that solves the problem of building and managing data pipelines and data warehouses. Founded in 2014, the company is still based in San Francisco and raising its Series A.

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An artificial intelligence startup that wants to tackle the problem of inefficiency on the supply chain, using AI to identify problems and then using those insights to improve efficiency.

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This startup helps companies build software that automatically detects and fixes computer security problems.

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The startup holds a patent on a new type of printing process that uses a liquid to transfer the ink to the paper, eliminating many of the problems with traditional printing. The startup now wants to take that technology and apply it to the production of everything from paper to fabric.

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As part of the Make Tech Easier project, the team is building a tool to help non-tech folks make tech purchases. They have a custom loyalty card that helps users identify the problem they want to solve, then build a purchase workflow. The startup now has $6,000 in monthly recurring revenue after just a year in business.

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A DIY kit that lets users measure and diagnose DIY electrical problems.

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A mobile app that helps make better coffee. It’s a big problem, which is why the startup has already raised $5 million to date from investors including Andreessen Horowitz.

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Solve a consumer problem by using the power of the internet to make the shopping experience faster and cheaper.

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This startup from Stanford is building a social network for software engineers to share work references, solve problems, and collaborate.

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A company that allows data scientists to work on big data problems without needing to learn programming

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A platform designed to help businesses manage employees via integrations with other popular workplace tools like Slack, Asana, and Confluence. It also offers 30+ support agents to help businesses with problems.

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The startup has a novel approach to tackling the problem of a lack of transparency in the oil industry. It’s a tool that allows users to track the source of their oil, and take it from there.

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A startup that aims to solve the problem of long-distance relationships between people who are both working in the tech industry. The app takes advantage of voice and video chat to help people remain connected to one another.

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A way to report fraud, which is a huge problem for both the customer and the store — especially when it happens over the phone.

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A data science startup that helps small groups of people get together to solve specific problems.

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A financial management tool for small businesses, pitched as a solution to the “$1 trillion dollar problem” of managing small business finances.

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A company that helps other companies create and use “smart contracts”, essentially creating decentralized software that runs on the blockchain and helps solve business problems.

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A tool to help developers manage their apps’ security settings, a problem that experienced IT professionals have been dealing with for years.

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Tired of waiting for your toothpaste to dry PictureTec wants to eliminate that problem with a device that heats your toothpaste up to allow you to brush it out completely. The device has a small fan that heats up to just under boiling, which they say keeps the toothpaste from drying out too quickly.

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A startup that measures and reports on the ethics and practices of companies and organizations. The startup shared a solution to a problem in which consumers and companies aren’t aware of the impact of their purchasing decisions.

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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: This startup is building a way to automatically detect and diagnose problems in large fleets of industrial equipment

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Idea: A startup that is trying to fix the problem of counterfeit drugs in China

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Idea: Append-only log that helps developers debug problems

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Idea: A startup that wants to use machine learning to solve the problem of sifting through job applications to find the candidates who are likely to be a good fit for your company

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Idea: A mobile app trying to solve the ‘rejection’ problem that young students face when applying for jobs and internships A person can apply for jobs via the app and be notified if they’re not qualified, but it’s aimed at helping young people get over the shame of being rejected

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Idea: A B2B startup that sells a tool that helps other businesses solve key management problems. The startup helps other businesses track their inventory and manage payments.

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Idea: A company that helps brands manage their “influencers”, a new media channel that has emerged alongside more traditional ones like print, TV, and radio. There aren’t many tools for brands to use to manage this new channel, and the team wants to solve that problem.

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Idea: A digital market for general contractors in the Philippines. The founders say they’re solving a problem of trust, where contractors have to be trusted to show up on time and do the work. They’re currently processing $40,000 in monthly revenue.

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Idea: A social network for engineers that brings them together to discuss engineering problems and solutions.

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Idea: A startup that wants to build the next generation of video calling services, tackling the problem of making video calls pleasant and frictionless.

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

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A software company that provides a tool for creating a knowledge base for customer service, with an AI chatbot that helps you solve customer problems.

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A startup that creates a new type of credit card that solves a common problem

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A startup that helps people find the right kind of therapy to help them overcome their problems A startup that helps people find the right kind of therapy to help them overcome their problems

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