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A startup that is building a network of solar power microgrids, allowing users to self-generate their own power.

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A new company, made possible with the launch of the new iPhone X, is developing a smartphone that looks like a watch and can be used to take selfies.

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A “self-learning” bot that changes the color of the background of your Facebook profile pic based on your mood.

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A “do-it-yourself” set of financial tools for people looking to manage their finances.

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A startup that helps small businesses take advantage of a new type of insurance: self-funded insurance.

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A startup that provides a gamified platform to help businesses understand and improve products and services to their customers. The startup sees itself as a kind of “Twilio for data”.

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This company is building an alternative to the social networks that people use to connect with others. Rather than posting updates about yourself, you can post updates about other people.

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A solar-powered $15,000 jacket that generates energy from the sun and has a built-in battery to charge itself.

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A platform for self-hosting, on-demand virtual reality content, allowing users to access VR worlds without a headset.

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A self-funded, fast-growing accelerator for retail ventures and consumer brands.

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A self-storage company that provides monthly payment structures to make customers feel like they’re paying less in rent than they actually are.

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A platform for the self-storage industry that allows customers to share photos of their storage units, enabling renters to get in touch with customers and find out about the facilities.

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 A tool for self-employed agents to track their work and expenses, helping individuals, from photographers to coaches to dog walkers, keep track of their business.

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A self-service platform for hiring and retaining employees, which works on SaaS model.

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A startup for startups looking to grow internationally. It’s a more self-serve approach than other startups, but the founders believe that they can provide the best service for a given price.

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A startup that works with restaurants to provide them with the tools they need to “self-serve” their customers. The startup wants to make it easier and more profitable for restaurants to provide meal delivery.

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A self-serve platform that connects independent contractors and clients across North America. The startup says their platform helps to reduce the overhead of managing a workforce, while providing an easy way for employers to find talent.

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A startup that lets you use your smartphone’s camera to take a selfie with your face sitting in the middle of a cloud.

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This authentication app is made for Airbnb and other service providers. It lets you use your phone to make a secure token to authenticate yourself to an app.

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A startup for self-employed people to connect with clients and charge per hour. The startup is launching in June.

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A startup that lets you take a selfie and choose where you want it to appear – like Facebook’s ‘Camera Effects’ – in an Instagram-like interface that’s meant to show you how you look, not what you look like. The company has raised $2 million in seed funding.

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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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An online platform for salespeople to self-publish content, and for buyers to find content that they are looking for.

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A peer-to-peer lending company that focuses on college students. The company says it’s in talks with a few large consumer finance companies and would like to see itself included in student loan refinancing programs. They’re based in Delaware.

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This startup is building a self-learning platform to help teach people the fundamentals of coding. The startup’s founders say that the product they have built is already powering over 20,000 students in 300 schools.

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A startup that is building a mobile app to help connect owners of both old and new cars in a seamless way, using data from the car itself and from the cloud to provide information.

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The startup is building a self-learning AI that can help brands predict customer behavior and determine what products to sell.

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A self-driving car platform for developers and auto manufacturers. The startup wants to make it easy for carmakers to integrate self-driving technology into their vehicles.

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A startup that bills itself as a “Facebook for travel”, it allows users to share travel plans with family and friends

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They want to build a self-driving, electric, solar-powered truck that can deliver goods by the hour.

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A self-employed system that helps small businesses buy and sell products and services on the internet.

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 A “quantified self” app for fitness enthusiasts to track their workouts and use the data to improve their habits

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A platform for self-driving car manufacturers to build their own maps and run their own fleets

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A startup that allows people to take a selfie and instantly find the nearest photofinisher to have it printed.

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A startup that wants to let you take a selfie of yourself, and send it to a friend who’s also taking a selfie, and then you two can see each other’s faces in real time.

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A startup that helps people take charge of their emotional health by gamifying their self-care routine.

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A do-it-yourself insurance company for self-employed people. The company, which launched a year ago, is using tech to help people underwrite their own risks.

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A tool for setting up radio stations, which is self-funded, but a side-project.

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A self-service platform for independent auto service shops.

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A company that wants to make self-driving cars into a commodity product. They want to offer the same experience to driverless cars that people use in cars today.

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A company that provides a toolkit for self-storage facilities to manage their inventory. The startup was developed by former YC founders.

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The startup, called Picaboo, speaks to you via your webcam to make it easier to get the perfect selfie by applying a filter to your face.

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This startup is building a cloud-based, self-service administration platform for accounting, tax, and payroll. Their goal is to allow companies to scale their accounting practices and save them money.

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A startup that powers the internet of things by allowing any connected device to be programmable for voice control, whether that be a home security system or a self-driving car.

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A self-service dashboard for companies using multiple accounting software.

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A startup that wants to make your money work for you, without having to do the work yourself. The company’s first product is a small device that makes it easier for people to open their credit card accounts, and has plans to expand to other financial products like insurance.

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A bike-sharing startup that has raised $5 million and launched in Seattle. The company bills itself as the Uber of bikes, and promises bikes that arrive within five minutes of being requested.

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The company has a fleet of self-driving delivery vans that can deliver anything from groceries to dry cleaning to furniture. The startup has 100 drivers in its first city of Los Angeles and plans to expand to other cities in the US and abroad.

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A “one-stop shop for all-in-one accounting and tax management”, with a web app and mobile app for self-employed individuals and small businesses.

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A self-service platform that makes it easy for people to create and vet and review video ads.

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This is a startup that makes hardware that makes it easier to pick up and carry your coffee without scalding yourself. The company is currently only selling to the US, but they’re looking to expand internationally, and have raised $1.3M in funding from DFJ.

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Notebook, an online service for learning and notes, has a self-serve platform, through which users can send handwritten notes to their favorite teachers for grading.

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This is a project management platform with two components. The first is the product, a team collaboration tool that connects members to the other tools they use for project management. The second is the company itself, which focuses on building software to help teams achieve their goals.

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Young startup that’s building a self-driving, electric semi-truck. Traveling 80 miles on one charge, the truck is meant to be used for local deliveries.

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CEO and co-founder, Josh, is a self-proclaimed "Serial Entrepreneur." He's built startups in the past five years, including a few that were acquired by larger tech companies.

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This startup pitches itself as a “social network for developers”, with an emphasis on the “social” part.

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A platform that allows groups to set up private social media accounts and run them as a group. The teams you’re a part of can choose their own rules and restrictions, so it’s a sort of Slack with a self-controlled community.

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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 tool for help with self-promotion and capturing content content on social sites.

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A self-service platform for working with real estate agents, allowing agents to provide a profile for clients, schedule appointments, and track the status of those appointments.

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A mobile app for small businesses to find the best deals for their products. The goal is to get people to comparison shop within the app itself, rather than using Yelp, CVS, or the Amazon Alexa hub.

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Pitching itself as “YELP for your personal life”, this startup attempts to make home-sharing a lot easier.

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A self-driving car startup that’s raised a $5.5 million Series A.

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An enterprise-grade dashboard for managing customer service. It’s for in-person contact with a customer. It will be a hybrid of a self-service solution and a dedicated service.

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A fingerprint-based unlock system for phones. The startup is trying to make fingerprint sensors more secure by having users open their phones in a certain way and secure them. This is a startup that has been around for a while, with a version known as SnapLock, but it is now rebranding itself as Fingerprint Lock.

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a mobile payments system for India. The startup is pitching itself as a cheaper alternative to the likes of Google Wallet and Paytm.

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A 3D facial recognition tool that allows users to take selfies and instantly identify who they are and where they are. The idea is that it can help businesses reduce the risk of theft.

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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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This startup is building a smart door lock that learns to open itself based on who’s trying to enter.

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A “tech startup” which, in their words, “builds and operates a network of high-speed automated parking garages for self-driving vehicles.”

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A tool that helps people find the best travel deals, picking up on the long tail of unadvertised fares. The startup is pitching itself as a sort of early booking agent, where customers can search for flights and then call in to a travel agent.

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This startup helps small businesses build websites from scratch using HTML5, CSS, and Google Fonts. The startup takes care of things like a logo, social media, fancy blog posts, and of course, the website itself. The startup is based in New York.

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A self-driving Uber for trucking companies.

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This startup’s goal is to help hotels and other hospitality businesses save money by using the same technology that powers self-driving cars to know where their employees are, and be able to send them on a break.

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A startup that helps people who are self-employed or in small businesses understand their taxes. It’s building a better tax calculator and tax software for small businesses, with some initial funding from Accel Partners.

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A startup that bills itself as the “Uber for teachers”.

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Digital training for self-driving cars, with courses that teach people how to become better drivers.

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A self-service multi-channel marketing platform that works across social, email, and traditional channels.

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A self-driven car service for people who want to be driven around

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A tool for managing a company’s fleet of self-driving cars. The startup is building a system for letting a driver take control of a car during a traffic jam, or for when a driver wants to take a longer break.

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This is a tool meant to help employees get better at their jobs with an emphasis on self-improvement. They have a free trial and have raised $4.6m in a seed round.

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A device for the elderly that monitors what’s going on with their blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen levels. The company also wants to build a “elderly safe” home that automatically adjusts itself to the needs of the elderly.

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Self-storage startup that’s growing at 20% month-over-month.

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A platform of the future for self-driving cars, with a marketplace that lets companies sell their services to automakers.

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While the idea of a self-driving car might look like far-fetched science fiction, the reality is that the technology is already at work on the roads of the United States and Europe. However, it is still too expensive for consumers to access. The startup, which is still in stealth, is working to make the technology accessible at a consumer level.

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A software-as-a-service platform that allows merchants to have a fully functional self-service checkout lane via a webpage.

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A social media tool that allows users to upload selfies and then tag them with certain details. The startup wants to make it easier for people to tag a photo with information, whether it be the date or a description.

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A startup that’s building a “self-service digital environment” for legal firms and law students with a heavy focus on helping them find the right law firm for them.

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The company aims to build a digital platform for self-driving vehicles that will allow users to manage their vehicles through a mobile app using a dashboard-like interface.

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This Israeli startup is building a self-driving vehicle that, unlike Uber's autonomous cars, is purely electric and doesn’t need a human driver at the wheel. The company is planning to launch a service in Tel Aviv in July.

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A startup that’s building a self-checkout system for grocery stores. The company says that they’re already working with over 20 grocery chains.

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A smart mirror that can tell you when you’re looking tired and how you can improve your self-care habits.

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The startup is developing a new product in the self-serve kiosk market and is looking for seed funding

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A self-driving, electric semi truck. The company says they’re trying to “make it a safer, cleaner way to transport goods”.

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An online marketplace that helps self-storage facilities offer their customers more than just storage. It also helps them manage their books, marketing, and operations.

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A “machine-learning” startup that builds self-driving cars that can navigate in most environments and drive itself.

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A platform that helps users find great deals from local businesses, but don’t have to go to the store. The startup sees itself competing with Groupon, although it hopes to target smaller businesses and compete with Groupon’s recent move to focus on higher-margin, bigger deals.

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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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The "Y Combinator Blog" is a blog that provides updates about YC companies along with news about YC itself and the startup community.

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An AI that can teach itself to write new code.

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GoPayroll is a payroll software platform that allows small businesses to self-fund their payroll. The company is also building a freelance marketplace.

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A digital tool that helps people manage their finances. The startup is pitching itself as a tool to help people manage their cash flow and manage debt.

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A platform that lets you create and manage bids for your project's bids for a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself.

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A startup that advertises itself as “the Airbnb of villages.” The company is building a marketplace for rural villages in India, where villagers can rent out their rooms for short-term stays.

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A program for graduating students to match them with jobs and internships, pitching itself as an alternative to unpaid internships.

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The startup is pitching itself as a “social ATM” that will let you make payments in person and online through a single app

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A startup that’s building a “self-serve” payment system for restaurants. It’s a product of the food-tech world, with the goal of streamlining the process of paying for orders.

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San Francisco-based startups, the city is famous for being “the capital of startups.” However, in recent years, the city has begun to lose its startup scene to other locales in the Bay Area, particularly Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco itself.

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A new business centered on the self-employed. The startup is working on a way for freelancers to provide services to clients in advance, and then be paid after the work is complete.

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A company that sells a system for autonomous vehicles to detect traffic and road hazards. The company is also building a self-driving car platform called Drive.AI

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A startup that helps people learn how to self-identify birds in their backyard

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A startup that provides a service where you can buy a non-perishable dinner, put it in your freezer and it will cook itself

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Idea: A startup that is meant to help businesses manage their data storage costs by using self-serve products and software

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Idea: A monthly subscription box for women that gives them the tools they need to be more confident and less afraid The company started off by selling a box of self-defense products (think pepper spray, tasers, whistles, and more

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Idea: A company that makes high-tech socks that help athletes recover from foot injuries The startup has $10,000 in monthly sales, counting Y Combinator itself as one of its customers

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Idea: The world’s first self-hosted JavaScript IDE

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Idea: A self-driving car company that aims to give its vehicles to auto manufacturers for use in fleet operations and shuttle services

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Idea: An In-Car Companion App for Self-Driving Cars

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Idea: A self-learning, natural language processing platform for chatbots that can connect with any API

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Idea: A self-service platform for brands to help them manage

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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 self-service toolkit that helps companies organize their internal product development process so they can more efficiently build new features and fix bugs

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Idea: A startup that is helping self-employed professionals like doctors and dentists manage their finances.

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Idea: This startup is building a way to automate the process of filling out web forms. It’s also pitching itself as a way to collect data on form completion rates, and build a more familiar conversational experience with the site.

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Idea: A software company that sells a free version of its software for up to 10 team members. The software helps teams track their time and sell their products or services. The startup is self-funded and

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Idea: This is the company behind the Bodega app, which calls itself a “Bodega box that comes with a free human.” The startup is building an app for small convenience stores in order to make shopping for milk, eggs, and other items more convenient. Its founders are betting that by bringing in a human to help customers, they’ll be able to differentiate from other convenience stores.

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Idea: A startup building a mobile app that helps people make year-long commitments to a goal. It’s a self-hosted tool that’s currently free, but looks to monetize with premium features.

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

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