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Inventor Dr. Ramesh Kale has been working on a low-cost, disposable "smart" pacemaker for under $1,500. The device is implanted in a pocket-sized battery pack that an individual wears around their waist. The pacemaker is connected to the battery pack via a small wire. When the device senses irregular heartbeats, it sends a signal to the battery pack, which then notifies the individual's doctor. The battery pack is replaceable, and is expected to last up to a year.

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This company wants to replace the need for cashiers in grocery stores. It’s not just a vending machine that dispenses goods, but a multi-modal platform that handles payment and inventory. The company has partnered with major grocers, including Publix, Kroger, and Albertsons.

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A platform that connects car dealers and automakers to help them sell, advertise, and service new cars and repairs and replace existing ones.

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A replacement for traditional backpacks that allows people to carry their belongings along with them when they move.

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A payments company that offers a way for small businesses to pay for their own invoices. The founders say they’re aiming to replace “payroll” software.

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A company that uses a patented optical-recognition technology to read barcodes and replace QR codes.

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A startup that aims to replace the human factor with machine learning to make sales and customer service easier.

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This startup is building a digital library of sorts for the music industry. It hopes to replace the print-only distribution models with a digital distribution platform that allows users to sell music with minimal friction and low overhead.

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A startup that aims to replace a broken “payroll processing system” that hurts small businesses. The company was founded in September.

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A startup that helps quickly build custom web pages for brands, selling them to clients at a fixed price. The startup wants to replace the very expensive full-page print ad with a mobile-friendly digital display ad. Their potential clients include agencies, brands and ad tech companies.

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A platform that allows businesses to send out automated emails from a customer service representative. The company is building the technology to replace the phone call.

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

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A startup that provides an in-app chat function for websites, intended to replace contact forms

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A way to give consumers a decentralized payment system that they can use on all their favorite mobile apps. The startup wants to replace the existing centralized payment system for mobile payments with a more decentralized system.

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The startup is building a service that replaces the traditional sales funnel with a series of interactions that make the process more intuitive for customers. The company’s platform is meant to help small businesses “tap into the power of the digital,” with a product that helps businesses pitch, pitch, pitch, and finally close.

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A startup that wants to replace the likes of Care.com and Thumbtack by empowering someone to hire and manage their own personal assistant.

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A startup that aims to replace on-demand laundry services with in-home washing and cleaning.

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In the UK, an increasingly important part of the economy isn’t bricks and mortar stores but phone apps. And one startup wants to replace the app store with a custom-built version. The idea is that you buy an app once and then get the updates for free. The company is giving away its first product for free, called The App Store, in order to gain feedback.

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A company that’s building a “novel” construction management system for construction projects that use “smart data” to predict how expensive a project will be down to the square foot of a building. It’s meant to replace the current method where a project management team manually calculates the costs.

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B2B software company that’s looking to replace the phone-based process of booking appointments with a website that makes it easier and faster to set up appointments.

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A startup that helps companies replace traditional human customer service with a chat bot. The startup has been in beta since February.

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A startup that hopes to replace the need for human financial advisors with an AI-powered automated wealth manager.

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The startup replaces the traditional “explainer video” with “explainer video docs” in which the video is just a version of the product itself.

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A startup that wants to build a smartphone-based payment system, with support for cryptocriteria like Bitcoin and Litecoin, to replace the credit cards people use to pay each other.

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This app is a replacement for spreadsheets. The app helps users manage every aspect of their finances, including contracts, invoices, and approvals. The startup offers a monthly subscription fee for the software and gives users a free trial period.

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A payments company that is building a platform to replace your bank account with a mobile app.

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An API for professionals to find freelance gigs and manage their portfolios and payment, as a replacement for tools like Upwork and Fiverr.

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A blockchain-based payment platform for digital content. The startup wants to replace the current system of content being bought and sold with a new one that’s decentralized, with long-term protection for the content and payment for publishers.

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A startup that helps small businesses track repairs, maintenance, and replacements rather than having to rely on spreadsheets and stops receiving Ubers and other ride-share services.

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A product for helping people create a daily habit of exercising. The startup helps people work through a workout routine on their phone, with the goal of helping them build a habit. It’s meant to be a replacement for people who have used apps like ChoreMonster or other similar products before.

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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.

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A startup that wants to replace the need for cashiers at your local grocery store. It’s a kiosk with a full-sized grocery store inside, with plans to expand to more locations in the future. They’re currently in beta in Philadelphia.

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The goal of the company is to replace the lack of dedicated parking spots for delivery people by creating a “park and pay” system.

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 This startup wants to replace the traditional broker model with a commission-free, network-based system that brings together buyers and sellers. The startup says it already has several dozen clients.

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A startup that’s building a marketplace where companies can offer to do tasks on demand. The startup wants to replace the process of asking people to perform menial tasks with tasks that can be automated.

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A company that makes custom-designed pens that attach to a USB thumb drive. The startup looks to disrupt the $1.3 billion market for replacement pens.

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A startup that builds AI-powered chatbots to help businesses automate customer service and other support tasks. Their aim is to replace human customer service agents with chatbots.

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A startup that’s trying to build a new kind of HR software that can help replace the old-school HR role. It is hiring in the US

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A company that wants to provide a library of standard web pages for organizations to replace their custom websites with.

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The startup is building a service that they describe as “the Uber of air travel”. It replaces the “front-end” that users deal with when they book a flight and instead of a travel agent, will connect them directly with an itinerary.

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A company that says it is building an “ideal testing environment”, something that could replace the traditional lab environment.

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“A low-cost, durable, and scalable solution for the enterprise that replaces the expense of traditional PDAs and cellphones.”

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 A startup that wants to replace the standard “credit score” with a better, more holistic one.

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A startup that wants to replace the traditional annual tax prep software with one that can be used to help employees and independent contractors file their taxes with ease.

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A system for companies to track and manage their repair/replace parts inventory

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A start-up that wants to replace the messy and outdated process of filling out tax forms with a website that will do the whole job for you. Taxcobo’s CEO says his company can save you 10 hours of work a year, or about $1,000, and its employees are former tax professionals.

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A startup that helps poor people earn money through their smartphones. The startup wants to replace the urban poor with a new type of labor force that’s more productive and less susceptible to exploitation.

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This startup wants to replace the inefficient and often criminally-run trucking industry with a new way to move freight that’s better for consumers, the environment, and the economy as a whole, by using autonomous vehicles.

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 A Berlin-based startup that aims to replace corporate travel with virtual reality

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This startup is looking to replace the whole process of writing a paper from a researcher to publishing it in peer reviewed journals, using artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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A startup that wants to make it easy to replace your old and inefficient microwaves with a new model that uses less energy

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This company wants to replace the often-painful experience of filling out a tax return with a more automated process. The startup is working on a software program that will work with H&R Block’s online software to take the pain out of filing a tax return and streamline the process. The company says it has $1.5 million in monthly revenue.

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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 blockchain-based invoice financing platform. The company wants to lower the cost of capital for the global invoice financing market. It’s using the blockchain to replace the middleman and make the process more transparent.

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This startup is looking to replace the insurance model with a “personalized protection plan” that will cover an individual’s insurance needs over time. The startup will help consumers assess their risks and choose the best coverage.

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A digital payments application for small businesses that replaces a bank account, credit card, and direct debit. The B2B business uses the same technology that allows a company to charge purchases to a credit card.

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A company that provides a central point of contact for parents to reach out to teachers. It’s not a replacement for the school but rather helps parents stay in touch with the teacher.

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 A startup that wants to “make it easy to replace the old-school process of making a reservation with a web app”.

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A startup for companies to replace their in-house call centers with AI, saving them money and time.

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An auto-replacement tool for software developers.

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A startup that helps nonprofits replace donation solicitation with a call-to-action to register to vote.

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A platform that aims to replace the traditional credit card with a prepaid card that allows you to load funds to it at stores, without having to register it.

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 A startup that wants to replace the block of text displayed in a status update with a GIF

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A B2B company that integrates with other tools for businesses. It wants to replace the need to use different tools for digital marketing, CRM, and other functions. It’s also a B2B company.

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A “predictive maintenance” engine that maps out the wear and tear on your car to give you estimates on what parts need to be replaced.

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A startup that wants to make HR more human. They are a HR startup that tries to replace the impersonal nature of HR with a more human approach.

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A company that will replace existing safety tools for self-driving cars, including collision avoidance systems, with a dashboard that overlays cameras, radar, lidar, and other sensors.

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A startup that makes a 3D-printed prosthetic hand to replace a lost or damaged hand.

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A startup that wants to replace the ad-tech industry by building a self-serve platform for advertisers to create and manage their own ads and campaigns.

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Idea: A credit card company that’s specifically built for musicians. It replaces the usual tools musicians use to get paid.

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A consumer card that can be used at many places where plastic credit cards are accepted. It’s meant for the Indian market to replace a plethora of different forms of payment.

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A computer for your car. The startup is in the process of prototyping a car computer that replaces the car’s in-dash screen. It’s compatible with most vehicles and smart home systems already on the road. The startup has raised $1.5 million to date.

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Replaces the barcode with a digital tag that contains all the necessary info in an easy-to-scan format.

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A startup that helps you find and replace a specific piece of music in your Spotify library.

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This is a mobile app that helps companies manage employees. It’s looking to replace tools like Slack or HipChat.

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A new type of hardware, the “fiducial marker,” which is meant to replace the fiducials in your product data, making it more accurate and useful.

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Idea: A platform for companies to manage their remote, international teams The startup’s main pitch is that its software serves as a better replacement for tools like Slack

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A startup that wants to replace the tedious process of filling out financial aid forms in the US. US students and colleges can apply for aid with a form that automatically pulls in their data.

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This is a software company that is building a tool to monitor and track the health of a fleet of electric vehicles. It wants to reduce the cost of maintenance and replace the need for a mechanic to come to the owner’s home.

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This startup wants to replace the fees charged by traditional banks by building a platform that allows people to store money in a secure, open, and transparent manner

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A startup that wants to replace the static, static-y nature of HTML with a dynamic, collaborative interface that allows you to write web pages with a visual dynamic editor that also enables you to work collaboratively with others. The startup is using the same tech they’re using to build the editor to create a mobile app that’s also dynamic and collaborative.

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This startup is building a next-generation credit bureau that will give consumers more control over their credit files. They want to replace the current system with a more personalised model.

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A business-to-business loan platform that aims to replace banks by offering smaller loans to businesses in countries where there aren’t enough banks. The startup has been in the works for over a year and has already signed up 5,000 businesses in India.

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A startup that uses artificial intelligence to replace the need for a call center by predicting customer needs and creating automatic replies.

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Idea: Demand-based video player to replace video ads

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Idea: A new consumer-focused mobile payments app to replace credit cards The company aims to reduce friction by letting users buy things with their phone instead of having to pull out their wallet They want to replace everyone’s credit card information The startup has processed over $1MM in payments

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Idea: A startup that provides a better way for companies to manage their sales team’s calendars The startup hopes to replace the traditional calendar with something that is more flexible

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Idea: A new way to consume the web as a company It’s a homepage replacement that lets you run custom searches, integrate with tools like Slack, and create spaces to chat

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Idea: A startup that wants to replace your wallet with a digital payments card, with one card that works everywhere. They charge a fee for the card, and also receive a cut of the fees merchants pay for the transaction.

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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: The startup is building a tool that automatically writes a person’s will and will updates, letting you track wills from multiple users in the same account. It’s built on top of a free service that lets you write a will once and store it with them. They’re aiming to replace legal representatives with their software, while still giving users the option to use a lawyer.

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Idea: A startup that aims to replace the handwritten signature with a digital one. The startup makes a “signature” stamp that works with its app to digitally sign documents. The startup claims it’s a $30 billion market.

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Idea: A startup that aims to replace the ancient, insecure, and expensive fax machine with a paper-less, secure, and cheaper system. The startup is working with large corporations to do this, and has sold $100,000 in the last month, with a 2.5% take rate.

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Idea: A tool for salespeople to track and report on any company-related content they are publishing. The startup is trying to replace spreadsheets and other tools salespeople have been using to track their content.

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