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A startup that provides a platform for managing and connecting third-party software for mobile devices The company says it has $10,000 in monthly recurring revenue, mainly from Android

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A recurring revenue startup that pays contractors for work they’ve performed through their software.

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A startup that provides a way to buy and sell Amazon gift cards at a discount. The company makes money through affiliate revenue.

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A healthcare platform that rewards doctors for helping patients and generating revenue for the practice.

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The startup’s starting platform is for people who are looking to rent out their house for rent and revenue sharing.

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A revenue sharing model for people who want to share their personal data with advertisers. By offering a monthly subscription, the company expects to earn revenue from those who feel most comfortable sharing their data.

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A platform that enables content creators to create and share their own branded content, with revenue split with the creator.

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A tool that helps companies convert web traffic into revenue. It’s an example of a promising tool that will help democratize data.

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A hamburger-focused delivery startup targeting the Bay Area, with a goal of having a minimum of $20 million in revenue by the end of the year.

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“An online platform that provides the opportunity to discover and hire top talent from around the world. They are already generating $4 million in annual revenue with a team of 8.”

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A platform for micro-transactions for online merchants. The startup wants to eliminate the need for credit cards. The startup has its first pilot under its belt, with $300,000 in monthly revenue.

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A startup that allows anyone to create and promote a podcast, and then earn revenue through advertising and sponsorships

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A software company that makes managing a large number of Twitter accounts easier. The startup has been able to grow its customer base at a rate of 50% per month, and has built a $2 million annual recurring revenue business.

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A SaaS startup that helps companies adjust their billing in order to get more money from their customers. The company says they have $1.2m in revenue, counting YC as their largest customer.

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A platform that aims to help businesses with their growing digital presence in fashion and retail. They currently have 1,000 merchants and $2.5 million in revenue.

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A set of tools for selling and buying on Amazon. The company also offers Amazon-specific tools for sellers to organize, manage, and promote their products. Currently has $4,000 in monthly revenue.

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“A platform for high-growth companies to grow their community,” which has a plan to bring in more than $100,000 in revenue in 2019 (as of July).

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A startup that offers a variety of revenue opportunities to creators, including merchandising, subscriptions, and merchandising.

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A tool to help people make a living using their talents. They have $2,000 in monthly revenue.

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A consumer-facing platform that enables publishers to curate content for users with the goal of increasing interaction with content and driving more revenue for publishers.

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A platform where users can create virtual islands for multiplayer gaming. It launched in 2014, with the founders saying that it’s on track to reach $1.5 million in annual revenue.

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A startup that helps people streamline their personal finances. The startup helps users organize their finances and get a budget. They currently have $6,000 in monthly revenue.

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As a company, HirePound has raised $1.4 million in capital. But as a company, it says it is on track to make $50 million in revenue in the next year. The company is a job board for the growing gig economy, connecting employers with micro-consultants and other contractors.

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A self-serve platform for saving money on auto insurance or just comparing rates, which they say is “faster, cheaper, and more comprehensive then any other website”. They currently have $2.5 million in monthly recurring revenue and are looking to launch in Miami and Atlanta.

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A digital music platform that provides musicians with a single revenue stream for fans who pay for their music

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A data visualization tool for account directors to track their customer’s key metrics, like revenue, customer service, and churn.

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This company is a mobile-first CRM (customer relationship management) for small businesses with less than $100,000 in annual revenue.

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A startup that helps small businesses create data and marketing plans that will be more effective and generate more revenue

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A platform that lets users make their own virtual reality videos and share those videos with others for a share of the revenue.

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A platform for product managers and engineers to collaborate on building software products, with a focus on helping teams at big companies get things built quickly and iterate rapidly. They charge a percentage of monthly revenue.

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A company that helps businesses get more qualified leads. They currently have $4,000 in monthly revenue.

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A mobile app that helps people make better decisions about their health. The startup’s founder says they are on track for $1 million in revenue in 2019.

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A startup that helps companies manage their inventory across multiple warehouses and retail locations The company says they have $82,000 in monthly recurring revenue with 60% gross margins

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A startup with a built-in revenue model selling an outdoor jacket with built

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Bizion is a network of companies that provide more than $1 million in annual revenue. Bizion enables companies to have a single point of contact for funding (usually a bank) for their entire business, saving a lot of time and money.

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A platform that allows teams to collaborate on their marketing and sales tasks. The platform allows teams to move through the sales cycle, from evaluating opportunities to closing. The company says it has over 1,000 customers and is on track to generate over $1.5 million in revenue in 2019.

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A platform that helps you make never-ending, premium video content for your YouTube channel. It allows creators to generate content and not worry about the ad revenue.

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An AI platform to help retailers generate more revenue by surfacing data and trends to help them drive in-store sales. The startup has a goal of helping retailers spend less time managing and more time connecting with customers.

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A monthly membership service that helps companies identify and recruit technical talent. The company boasts $1 million in recurring revenue and says it has already grown its team from 10 to 30 people.

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Simplifying the process of getting an investor on board. The company offers $2 million in funding to companies that have $20,000 in annual revenue plus have a proven track record of revenue growth.

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This startup has built a startup loan application service that offers loans to small businesses with less than $250,000 in annual revenue.

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A software company that helps insurance auto brokers become more profitable by streamlining their claims processes. They’re aiming to reach $2.5 million in revenue in the first year.

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A startup that uses an AI-based algorithm to build personalized voice bots for e-commerce. The startup is currently in a closed beta and has 3 reports of revenue in 2019.

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A company that wants to help people generate revenue from their Instagram accounts, by selling their content to advertisers. It has a built-in sales system to help clients monetize their Instagram growth.

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An AI-powered platform that allows artists to create unique video content, and also that provides a way for them to sell their videos for revenue. It is based on an idea for YouTube-based video sharing that was pitched in 2016, but has been in development since then.

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A Web/Mobile-based platform for hiring, recruiting, and finding jobs. In the last year, the company says they’ve grown from $1.5 million in annual revenue to $4.5 million, and that they’ve seen 10x growth in the last 12 months. The company has more than 50 employees and is currently hiring.

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A platform that allows anyone to create a community for people who want to develop a product and generate revenue from it.

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This startup is building a new approach to accounting where companies can be both the “source” and “destination” of revenue, for the purpose of calculating tax liabilities.

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A startup that helps online publishers generate revenue by allowing them to create targeted ads based on the content they are reading

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A startup that helps small businesses keep track of their finances. The company is an online invoice management system that helps companies manage invoices and costs more than $300 million in annual revenue.

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A free, ad-supported service that allows musicians to offer their music for free but still make money off of it through ad revenue.

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A cybersecurity startup offering enterprise-grade security for small companies. The company claims to have already brought in $1.5M in revenue. Possibly a conflation of the financial services startup and the cybersecurity startup,

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This is “a healthcare startup for the world’s largest democracy” – India. It aims to help patients get their prescriptions filled at the lowest prices possible, and is already working with several pharmaceutical companies in India for a $3 million revenue run rate.

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A fashion marketer that sells online clothing at $20 per dress. It’s already sold over 5,000 dresses and is on track to make $10 million in revenue in 2019.

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In the middle of April, Lyft announced it was making $1.25 billion in revenue per quarter, with over $1 billion in cash. In the middle of May, Uber announced that it had $7.4 billion in cash.

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A music-sharing platform that wants to take the middle man out of the music industry. The startup wants to make it easy for artists and labels to sell their music direct to fans, and also want to create a brand new revenue stream for artists in the process.

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A video-sharing site focused on sharing original content with the goal of earning revenue through ads and paid subscriptions

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A company that makes it easy for small businesses to accept payments via mobile phone. The startup says they’re working with 250+ companies in the UK, and have $3 million in revenue.

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A startup that builds software for managing technology and data for colleges. The company claims to have over $6 million in monthly recurring revenue, and counts Dow Jones as one of its customers.

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A startup that provides a service that allows people to coordinate rides to and from events. The company says they have $15,000 in monthly recurring revenue, with a potential to hit $200,000 in revenue in 12 months.

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A B2B platform to keep track of product costs, with a recurring revenue model that covers processing fees for orders, as well as profit margin.

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A tool for consulting, helping companies go from sales to revenue faster.

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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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An internal social network for employees at small businesses. They have 12 employees and a $40k monthly recurring revenue.

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A B2B platform that helps car dealerships and dealers find each other and purchase cars. They work with the manufacturer, and then sell the car through a few partner dealers, which is the core part of revenue.

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A tool that helps people track their health and wellness through data through a mobile app. The company says it has over $3,000 a month in recurring revenue.

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A La Carte is a service that connects companies with independent contractors, and allows them to earn extra income via their own websites. They say that in the past few years they’ve signed up over 500 businesses in the Greater Boston area, earning over $2 million in additional revenue, and have scaled their operations to 3,800 independent contractors.

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A startup that connects users with local businesses, so they can find services and goods to buy and use. It also generates revenue by helping consumers save money on things like groceries, dry cleaning, and layaway.

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A solution for female entrepreneurs to generate revenue online without having to deal with the day-to-day work of running a business.

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A machine learning system that helps marketing teams to segment customers and grow revenue

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A paid content platform for YouTube channels that enables content creators to generate revenue from their efforts.

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Building a platform that allows businesses to promote their brand and retain data about their customers. Right now, it’s only used by one business, but they’re building a paid platform as a revenue opportunity.

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A platform for independent content creators, allowing them to monetize videos and generate revenue through affiliate marketing, sponsorships, and selling ads.

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A tool to help businesses manage both the financial, and human aspects of their businesses. Businesses can use the tool to manage their customer relationships, manage their revenue, and create and communicate with their teams.

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A tool for finding out how many people have downloaded your app, and how many have used it in the past week. The founders say that it’s been integrated into 75 different apps, and that they’ve seen a 20% increase in user retention and engagement once they started using it, with a 50% increase in revenue.

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This is a company that helps landlords manage their rental properties. They have over 100,000 properties and expect to see revenue of $10 million in 2021.

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A way for people who need to move into a new apartment to take a photo of their living room or kitchen and quickly see a comprehensive price list of what it would cost to remodel it. The startup says it’s profitable and has a $150,000 monthly revenue run rate.

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 A new revenue sharing model for content creators/identifiers. It’s like YouTube, but for video.

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A business that wants to create a bank that runs on the Ethereum blockchain. It’s planning to use revenue from that bank to fund the company’s own blockchain development.

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The team behind the app GrowthBot is building out a toolset that helps companies examine where they’re losing money in their sales process. GrowthBot wants to help companies figure out where they’re losing money, and what they can do to optimize their sales processes to increase revenue.

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A startup that’s building a tool to help companies manage their social media presence from a single dashboard. It currently has $12,000 in monthly recurring revenue, and charges a flat $5 monthly fee.

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An online lending platform that provides loans to local businesses. The startup says they have “tripled their revenue as we scale to help more businesses grow.”

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A B2B startup that helps freelancers with accounting to make sure they’re keeping track of their revenues and expenses.

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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 new startup helping small businesses like grocers, restaurants, and events get new customers. They say they’ve already generated over $1,000 in revenue from 5 customers.

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A location-based mobile gaming platform that partners with cities to hold gaming tournaments and earn revenue from in-app purchases.

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A company that wants to build a meal kit delivery service. It currently has 6,000 users, with a $17,000 monthly recurring revenue run rate, and plans to launch in the first half of 2020.

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This startup is building a cloud-based service that allows small businesses to send invoices and manage their accounting in one place. It’s in beta and doesn’t have any revenue yet.

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This startup is building a platform for small businesses to create pricing structures and track their revenue, giving them a tool that will allow them to understand their revenue streams, cut costs, and increase revenues.

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"FastCo" lists the top startups in the world every year. The list is based on revenue, but also factors in the startup's presence on other "fast-growing" lists, including those published by "Forbes", "Inc." and "Forbes Europe".

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A platform for consumers and brands to build out ads for their own sites and the company will do the rest. The company claims to have a six-figure monthly run rate, with $100 million in monthly ad revenue. The company says they have 1,000 brands running campaigns on their platform.

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A CRM that helps small businesses set up recurring revenue with tools for customer management, marketing, and sales. The startup wants to make it easy for small businesses to set up recurring revenue models, and charge customers monthly.

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An online marketplace for used items, which they claim has a $10-million monthly revenue stream via their website.

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A cloud-based recruiting and staffing software company. The company has over $1,000,000 in revenue in 2019.

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A company that helps businesses focus on the customers that matter most to them to drive more revenue.

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A startup that helps businesses manage all their customer data and automate tasks across the customer lifecycle. The company says revenue will be generated through the use of its software, which runs on the company’s API.

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A cloud-native, multi-tenant application platform that focuses on making it easier to manage a company’s backend infrastructure. It’s the company’s first product, and the company is targeting $100 million in revenue as it adds new features.

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A company that offers to help companies with their digital marketing. The company says they have $10 million in monthly recurring revenue.

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Companies can use Made.io to upload and store their files in the cloud, so that they can easily be accessed when needed. The company then provides its own hosting and security, and then takes a small cut of the revenue.

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A platform for managing and tracking intellectual property. The startup’s founders say they have “tripled their revenue as we scale to help more inventors create and protect their inventions.”

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Of course, that’s just a sampling. And some of these companies are still in the idea stage, so they might not turn into actual businesses. But this list shows that there’s a lot of revenue to be made building new tools for the online world. Now it’s up to entrepreneurs to decide what sorts of products to build.

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A platform that brings medical students and doctors together for consultations via video calls. The company says it has more than a thousand doctors signed on, and that in its first six months it had $300,000 in revenue.

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A digital platform for companies to develop and manage their social media accounts. The company has more than 1,000 clients, earning a revenue of $1 million in the first year of launch.

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A tool that helps fuel station cashiers and shopkeepers make accurate purchases from in-store kiosks, and creates new revenue opportunities for both.

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SaaS service that helps anyone in the US get access to a local attorney. The startup currently has $5,000 monthly recurring revenue for a plan that includes a regular subscription, support and a network of attorneys.

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A platform for advertisers to manage pay-per-click campaigns for digital media, including banner ads, video ads, and native ads. Its founder, Michael Poulsen, says he’s brought in $10,000 in revenue since its inception in May.

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This startup wants to create a marketplace for freelance content creators and help them turn their content into direct revenue.

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A SaaS company that helps brands build a digital commerce strategy with a focus on maximizing efficiency, revenue, and ROI.

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A SaaS platform for digital advertising, which allows advertisers to manage their budgets and deliver more personalized ads by understanding the intent of the consumer. The startup says they have $5-6k in revenue since launching in May.

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A tool to help event organizers attract more attendees and better manage their finances, with features like real-time ticket sales, revenue data, and expense reports.

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A digital platform for designers to sell their work to customers, with most of the revenue coming from a subscription model.

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A web-based service for buying and selling designer clothes and accessories on the web. The company’s CEO says the site has grown to 2.5 million monthly users and $20 million in annual revenue.

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A platform for hiring people to speak at events. The startup uses its own software, which allows companies to advertise their events, and then lets people apply to speak. The startup says it has already reached $1 million in recurring revenue.

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A startup that provides a platform for companies to manage their workforce by tracking their hours, productivity, and revenue.

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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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Outsmart is building a data communication network for businesses to monitor and control their communication resources. They currently have $12,000 in monthly recurring revenue.

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A startup that helps companies provide food delivery to their employees. The startup is working with companies such as California Pizza Kitchen, Denny's, and Pei Wei to bring in revenue. The startup screens customers for a monthly membership fee of around $10 and works on a monthly basis. The startup says they have over 5,000 active customers, with over $2 million in monthly revenue.

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A company that pairs “futurists” with the startups and brands they write about. The startup charges a small fee to write a piece and shares some of that revenue with the futurist. The company pays writers $50 to $100 per piece, with a minimum payout of $200.

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A company that wants to be the Uber of travel agents. It wants to build a marketplace for travel agents, allowing them to travel more by helping them manage their time and increase their revenue.

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A company that helps small businesses save more of their revenue by selling services like insurance, maintenance, and customer support through a white label platform.

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A SaaS-based platform aimed at simplifying the process for creating and managing an automated recurring revenue (ARC) program.

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A platform for small businesses (under $100k in annual revenue) to manage their online presence, including website building, SEO, email marketing, etc.

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A company that provides an online profile management tool. The startup is also working on a beta version of a layer of security around user data. The company's founder originally pitched the idea at Y Combinator in 2014, but the founders decided to pivot to a more stable revenue stream.

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A “pay as you go” media model, allowing content creators to provide a service they provide a portion of the revenue from, allowing them to build a sustainable business

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A platform for selling products on Facebook, with revenue split between the user and the company.

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A technology that allows companies to drive better pricing for their customers, and thus increase their revenue.

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A startup that helps businesses track and manage their marketing budgets. They sell to business and then pay out a percentage of their revenue to their customers.

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A startup that helps travel insurance companies manage policy data. They sell their software to clients and use the revenue to pay their team.

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A platform that helps small businesses manage their expenses. The startup has built a cloud-based software system that allows small businesses to run reports and track their cash flow, and handle expenses such as rent, utilities, and business contributions. It offers free plans for nonprofits and businesses with fewer than $1 million in revenue.

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A multi-location physical store that sells items like bicycles, fitness equipment, and outdoor gear. The company has $2 million in revenue and 20 employees, and is based in New York and LA.

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Idea: A platform to bring great coffee to everyone, everywhere The startup is building a barista-grade coffee brewing system using the Nespresso capsule format The company says it has $8,500 in monthly recurring revenue

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Idea: A remote digital marketing agency for high-growth tech companies The startup has worked with a few dozen clients since launching last year, and is currently available to startups that are a $1 million in revenue or less

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Idea: An online marketplace for work-at-home jobs, like editing, transcription, and customer service The startup has raised $125 million in funding from angel investors and is currently paying out $1,000 per week in revenue

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Idea: This is an app that makes it easier to start a conversation with a stranger A user creates an account, and the app matches them with another user, providing an icebreaker The team says they have 3,000 users and $4,000 in monthly recurring revenue

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Idea: A B2B company that helps banks and insurance companies clean up their data The startup launched in March 2019 and has already made $2,500 in recurring revenue

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Idea: An online marketplace for flights that helps sellers maximize revenue and buyers get the best price

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Idea: This is a marketplace for landlords and tenants to find each other The startup says they’re doing $1 million in monthly revenue, and have over 250,000 users so far

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Idea: A startup for small, local businesses to sell directly to consumers The startup says they already have earned $10,000 in revenue after only 5 months

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Idea: A SaaS CRM for the hospitality industry The company started with $20k in the bank, and by the end of 2015 had $33,000 in recurring revenue

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Idea: A startup that is building a SaaS product that enables self-storage facilities to access their data in a centralized dashboard to improve operations and increase revenue

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Idea: A C2C marketplace for high-end travel, renting out hotel rooms, yachts, and other high-end travel experiences The startup has already managed to produce $20k in revenue per month after launching in June

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Idea: A B2B startup that allows companies to build and sell software to other companies, with a revenue share model

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Idea: A startup that offers a way for people to receive payments via SMS, with a $3 million in monthly recurring revenue

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Idea: A startup that helps companies hire remote employees in an age where “anyone can work from anywhere” The startup claims that it’s already raised $120,000 in revenue, charging $20,000 per month for its services

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Idea: A “personalized” bot that helps customers order and track shipping from stores The team says they’ve already generated $50,000 in revenue so far

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Idea: A SaaS product that helps create recurring donations, a recurring revenue model usually only done by nonprofits The startup wants to serve for-profit businesses looking to encourage repeat purchases

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Idea: A startup for “last-mile delivery” to help customers get packages from warehouses to their door The startup has been live for a few months and has $6,000 in revenue per month

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Idea: A startup that is building a SaaS/cloud solution for call center automation The company says it already has $200k in monthly recurring revenue and over 100 customers

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Idea: A startup that helps small businesses pay for employees’ healthcare. The startup says it’s made $100,000 in profit in the first 5 months, and has $200,000 in monthly recurring revenue.

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Idea: A SaaS service for companies to manage their digital onboarding without having to make their own software. Currently has $30,000 in recurring revenue, and has raised $45,000 from YC.

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A Slack bot that helps businesses run more effective meetings, using a combination of machine learning and human curation to help keep meetings on track. The company says they have $12,000 in recurring revenue.

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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 offering a suite of tools for mobile app developers to help them build and operate mobile apps for companies with large enterprise clients. The company has $5,000 in monthly recurring revenue and is currently working with 25 customers.

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Idea: A startup that helps companies build software that can be used across different apps and platforms. The team says they’re working with a few large companies in the UK and have $15,000 in monthly recurring revenue.

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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 company that uses artificial intelligence to help businesses communicate with their customers. It is currently working with a large client that has over $2 billion in revenue, and plans to launch its first product in the next few months.

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Idea: A startup that helps retail businesses create personalized images and videos for their products. The company’s CEO says that the startup’s technology has already been used to create over 3,000 videos, and the startup has generated $50,000 in revenue so far.

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Idea: A platform for doctors to track patients’ vitals and symptoms, share information, and make recommendations. The startup is currently working with four hospitals, and has $1.5m in revenue.

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Idea: A startup for custom mobile applications for companies and non-profits. It’s a well-known model that has been around for a few years. The founder says his company has $30k in monthly recurring revenue, working with 500 companies.

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xtractor is a platform for helping publishers convert their subscriptions into recurring revenue, which is often more profitable. xtractor’s pitch is hyperfocused on their customers’ business needs, like improving reader retention and increasing subscription and recurring revenue.

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Idea: An online marketplace of products made by independent designers. Designers can keep 90% of sales, or have the option to partner with the startup for a 40% revenue share. The startup also aims to make the discovery process easier by curating the top items from each designer.

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Idea: A customizable webmail service, which aims to be a ‘safer’ alternative to Gmail. The startup has seen over $25,000 in monthly recurring revenue since launching in April 2019.

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A startup that helps companies manage their books and finances, including keeping track of revenue, expenses, cash flow, and company financials.

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

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An online marketplace for education. The company says it has $3m in annual recurring revenue.

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