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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 platform for volunteer-powered projects that allows citizens to crowdsource solutions to local problems. It helps cities and nonprofits connect with volunteers to solve challenges like pollution, hunger, homelessness.

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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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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 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 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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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 B2B company that helps data scientists “analyse complex data and help data scientists solve difficult problems”.

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We live in the age of the multi-tasking app. But it turns out that multi-tasking is a bummer, and it definitely leads to a stack of unfinished work items. SoluMe solves the problem by allowing you to save all of your tasks in one place, and then prioritize them in one place.

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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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A simple mobile money transfer service for the African market. The startup is based in Kenya and is trying to solve a problem that’s been around for decades, but hasn’t gotten a lot of attention.

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A plan to solve the problem of 3rd-party open source code, providing a way for developers to get access to source code from major open source software projects without having to pay for it.

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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 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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The company chose the name “Trouble” because they’re thinking about building a community of troubleshooting groups that comes together to solve a problem.

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

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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 semiconductor startup called 3ic is building a new type of chip that combines digital and analog components that work together to solve problems in alternate dimensions. For instance, 3ic’s analog-digital chip can channel data through certain dimensions to solve problems in medical imaging, like detecting tumours.

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A company to help online retailers in China tackle the country’s ever-present counterfeit goods problem. The startup offers services such as in-store analytics, product testing, and education.

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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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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 startup that provides a service to help people with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory loss problems

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

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

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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 startup that’s solving the problem of connecting a company’s virtual assistants to its voice and chat platforms. (Hey, Alexa, can you call the pizza place)

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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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A startup tackling the problems with credit cards.

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

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

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This is a platform for finding and hiring virtual assistants with a focus on solving problems for small businesses and freelancers.

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

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A company that wants to solve the problem of bad credit loans and bad credit loans of all kinds.

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A startup trying to solve the logistics problem of selling and transporting used electronics. The company wants to eliminate the hassle of storing, moving, and recycling the product.

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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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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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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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A company with a single focus: climbing, running, and hiking. It’s a big problem in the US, with only 1 in 10 people living in cities with easy access to mountains. The company makes foot and hand grip strength and body weight training equipment and sells them in a subscription model in-app.

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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 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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A startup that wants to use the blockchain to solve problems in logistics and supply chains.

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The startup is building an automated “tech support bot” that helps you get your problems resolved.

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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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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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The idea behind this startup is that there are 100s of millions of people who don’t use their car’s navigation system, but do know how to use their cellphones. The startup wants to solve the problem by building a service for people to use their phone’s GPS to give them directions.

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

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A startup that identifies problems in the supply chain and helps businesses reduce waste.

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

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Ransomware is a growing problem for businesses today. ReProtect is a kind of ransomware that helps companies fight back by creating a fake version of their own software. It looks to the user like a legitimate version of the app, and will only encrypt the data on the company’s servers if the user pays a fee.

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 A startup that wants to solve the problem of credit card fraud by using a smartphone to scan a QR code on a payment. The startup’s $10 app will then send a text to the cardholder, asking them to confirm the payment before it’s completed. The startup says that within the next 12 months it will have 100,000 users.

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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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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 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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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 company that connects people in small cities with jobs in big cities. It’s trying to solve what it sees as a low-density problem around the world.

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A startup that’s helping companies monitor and track their warehouse operations. The startup helps companies with its automated warehouse management software, which helps companies track shipments, identify problems, and cycle shipments more quickly.

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A new-age startup that’s attempting to solve the problem of how to build a social network that isn’t based on people’s phone numbers or email addresses.

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White Rabbit is a tech startup that provides an on-demand app for those with relationship 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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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 publisher of educational videos on topics like “how to become a leader”, “how to solve common problems”, and “how to be confident”. The startup is building a video library that can be rented for $50 or subscribed to per month.

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

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A startup that allows users to “apply to be on a team of people who solve enterprise problems and drive innovation and product development.”

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The problem with a lot of online shopping apps is that they are difficult to find, with users sometimes having to search for it. They want to change that by building a one-stop shopping app for finding anything from a local store to a nearby restaurant.

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A company that wants to build a hardware-based solution to the security problem of the internet of things. The startup wants to build a chip that can secure a device through a physical security system.

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A solution to the problem of safety in a dormitory setting

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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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This startup provides a way for educators to set up a private Facebook group for their students to discuss problems and solutions in their field, with the private group being able to take part in online discussions.

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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 startup that provides a platform for design thinking workshops. The company wants to help teams come up with creative solutions to problems.

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A platform for people to raise capital from the public with the goal of solving problems. The company is working on a survey-artifact interface, which they’re using to get feedback about the products they’re building.

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This startup is building a software platform for companies to manage customer support in their apps, helping them to answer incoming support requests, negotiate with agents to resolve problems in real-time, and chat with customers.

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A startup that aims to solve the problem of “reputation” for people, who will be able to manage all of their information on one platform, as opposed to multiple.

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

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Filmmakers want to keep track of their own costs while they’re making a movie. They wanted a way to track what they’re spending on equipment and how long things take. They also wanted to be able to follow their work in real time. They’re both very common problems, and the startup helps solve them.

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Current recruiters have to rely on job boards to find candidates. The startup wants to fix that problem by building an AI that can find the best candidates in seconds.

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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 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 “self-driving” AI-based assistant that helps companies identify and solve problems within their manufacturing processes.

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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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