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A company that helps users adjust the size of their online image and videography with a simple drag-and-drop tool

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A startup that allows you to make a purchase using your fingerprint. The startup wants to make payments dead simple.

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A tool that helps people find specific flights, using data from travel agent websites. It’s a fairly simple concept but it will be interesting to see how they implement it as they try to become the Yelp for flights.

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A startup that helps you learn to code by making you build a simple tool that you eventually turn into a real product. The startup’s co-founder saw a need for the same kind of bootcamps in the area, and created the site to fill it.

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A company that allows people to streamline financial transactions by providing a simple interface to pay bills.

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This is a solution to help small businesses manage their tax and financial obligations. Their platform is built on Slack, helping you bill, collect, and send payments to your customers, which can be done through a simple, intuitive interface.

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Editing text on the fly with a simple drawing tool.

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A tool for sending money with a simple mobile app.

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A startup to take the guesswork out of buying tickets to events. It helps consumers find the cheapest ticket and compares deals from around the web, thus making the experience of buying tickets simple and convenient.

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Builds a simple, secure, and anonymous way to rent out a private room in your home.

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A tool to help people navigate the world of legal marijuana through a simple, easy to use interface.

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A company that’s exploring augmented reality for the creative industries, by allowing artists to create art using a simple 3D app.

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A computer science startup that builds simple, cheap, and fast hardware for India’s unconnected. One product, called the Laptop Bridge, is a $35 device meant to plug into an electrical socket and convert it into a computer-like device that can run basic programs and connect to the internet, so that farmers, students, or anyone else can use it.

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A company that makes the process of filing taxes easier by automating it and making it as simple as possible.

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A simple way to visualize statistics and make them actionable.

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A company that helps people get their taxes done on time. The startup, which is looking to launch in January, wants to eliminate audits for clients with simple returns but complex returns, and is getting help from Y Combinator.

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A tool that allows users to send and receive payments in Bitcoin through email. The company’s goal is to make it simple to pay friends and family with cryptocurrency.

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A digital platform for group-buying, with the goal of making it simpler and cheaper for people to order directly from the group, and helping them better manage the group.

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This startup’s tagline is “the first real-time CRM.” It works similarly to any other CRM, but with one key difference: it’s real-time and works a lot like a chat. It’s also very simple.

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A simple tool for cafes and restaurants to manage and track the flow of their daily payments, with the ability to see trends and gain insights. The team came up with the idea while working at a local cafe in San Francisco.

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A simple social network where people can post things, and follow people on the network. Users can then comment on each other’s posts, or post their own.

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A payment startup with a focus on offering a simpler payment experience for consumers in emerging markets.

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This is a startup that makes the process of issuing invoices, receipts, and bills as simple as possible.

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A simple way to track and manage the money you’re making on various streaming services, like Spotify or Grooveshark. It’s currently in stealth mode and has raised $3.1M.

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A simple way to find and pay for parking in the city of Chicago

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A simple pair of sunglasses that tells you which app you’re using.

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Two founders left YC to build a $10 per month service to help food delivery services become more cost effective and more like an on-demand service. It’s available in a few cities in the US, and it’s simple: a “geofenced” area with a few delivery zones that are cheaper than a full city block.

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A startup that makes the process of creating a website super simple for newbies and professionals.

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A simple software application that helps users nail down their hourly rates.

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A tool for building virtual reality experiences. The company’s tools allow you to build any kind of VR experience, from a simple 360-degree panoramic video to a full-blown VR experience.

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This startup promises to bring a more human element to AI-based design. Their app takes the complexity of designing AI and makes it simple by using the color wheel to explain how a particular neural network works.

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A simple tool for employees to request purchases.

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A startup that lets you find and purchase reproducible office supplies with a simple, visual search for suppliers.

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A startup that wants to make the process of buying a meal much simpler, giving restaurant owners online tools to manage and track reservations and billing.

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A startup that promises to improve the reliability of your WiFi, by giving you a constant connection to the internet even when you’re in an area with weak signals. The idea is pretty simple — by bouncing a signal off of a cell tower, the startup is able to provide a stronger signal to the device. At the moment, it’s in a sort of alpha stage — the company will be launching a Kickstarter in early 2016 to help fund a smartphone app, which will then be released for the general public.

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This startup is building a platform for sharing pictures of food. It’s simple and turns the act of eating into a social activity. It’s a way to get people together around food and helps businesses promote their products in a way that’s both fun and useful.

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A digital tool for borrowing money from friends and family for small business purchases. The current model is still simple: the startup is working to launch an app that lets you borrow money in seconds from your friends and family. The company has raised a seed round, and is launching today

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A startup that helps companies “reduce the time it takes to receive a quote from an insurance company” by connecting them directly to carriers and streamlining the process in a way that’s automated and simple.

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A startup that lets you send money to your friends at scale, through a simple mobile interface. The startup wants to use data from users to build a better product, and it’s currently only available for iOS.

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A startup that helps small business owners get started in the insurance market. By creating a simple contract, it allows small startups to get a quote for insurance and get coverage within a few days.

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This is a tool for businesses to get a customer’s information, and then sell it to marketers. For example, if you want to get your name and phone number out to people, you can use their product. The company is centered around the idea of a “content spider,” a simple tool that can crawl the web and pull up information it needs.

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Caringo is a startup that is building a new category of Internet of Things (IoT) device – a SaaS platform that lets you create a device of your own with a few simple clicks, and then deploy it into the world as a service.

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A simple tool for depositing checks at a bank branch and withdrawing money from an ATM.

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A simple way to set up a company, with a clear, no-nonsense guide for the process.

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This company, which is now a subsidiary of software giant IBM, is trying to make enterprise software simpler for smaller organizations. They have a new product called “Navigator”, which is designed to help organizations of all sizes (from a startup with 3 people to a Fortune 100 company) navigate the complex technology stack they have today.

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A platform to make insurance more affordable and simple for independent agents

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A simple app that lets you order a car from a ride-sharing company without ever leaving the app.

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A digital health startup that provides apps and services for people with diabetes and other chronic conditions. The company wants to create a platform that helps people manage their condition and record their medical history in a simple way. Patients can also track their meals.

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A simple, intuitive app for buying and selling on Quora. The app’s founder says they have 1,800 active users and are planning to begin selling advertisements soon.

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We have been taught that investing is for the financially sophisticated. But SICAV’s goal is to make it simpler, more transparent and more accessible to people everywhere.

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A startup that provides the infrastructure “to build and scale simple, automated, and scalable apps built on top of the open source Git version control system.”

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A simple tool for managing your online reputation.

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A tool to give employees a simple way to talk to their bosses and coworkers at work and on the phone.

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We want to let people organize their photos and videos as easily as they organize their text messages. We’re building a photo management app that’s simple and easy to use, and we’ll be selling our own photo storage product through the app.

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A startup that wants to help you manage your finances with one more simple app. The startup’s app provides an all-in-one dashboard of your money that lets you see a breakdown of your spending, sort your expenses by category, and see when you’re getting close to hitting your budget.

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A dead simple, easy to use app that lets users track and manage their expenses. It helps users keep track of spending and stay within their allowances.

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A platform that offers a simple way to buy and sell items at the touch of a button.

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A micro-invention technology startup that lets anyone print 3D objects using simple DIY kits.

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This startup is working on a way to help users create a chat bot in minutes through a simple, drag-and-drop interface.

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This company is looking to take the “labor of love” out of home ownership, offering a simple way to save money and time on renovations by having the homeowner hire out the work.

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An AI-powered personal assistant that helps people access their organization’s knowledge base to find information on the go. The startup wants to build a simple single-app solution that’s paired with a native iOS app.

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A startup trying to make the creation of a new app as simple as asking a friend to help you. The idea is that creative people will be more likely to give their own time free to help others who may need it, and the startup hopes to eventually help with getting new users on their apps.

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Making customer data more actionable through simple, tangible interfaces.

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This startup wants to help people manage their finances through a simple, smart, and mobile-friendly interface. It has raised $1.3 million to date.

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A tool for managing and organizing a team’s workload. It’s a “simple” tool for managing tasks that can be integrated with Slack and Trello.

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A company that uses computer vision to identify objects and provide a simple way to find products that people are looking for. The company is launching on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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Simpled is a tool that helps companies manage their employee related data and conversion funnels.

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A DIY platform for home repairs, from painting to drywall installation to building a deck. The company wants to make it as simple as possible to have something built and out the door.

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A simple blogging platform for creating media in the style of Tumblr or WordPress.

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A startup that’s building a dashboard for hospital-level data. The startup wants to provide the hospital’s data and analytics in a simple and easy-to-understand format.

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A simple way to get food from your car to your fridge.

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A team of entrepreneurs is building a platform that helps people with disabilities complete simple tasks, like filling out online forms, paying bills, or making restaurant reservations. The startup has raised $500,000 in seed funding, and is targeting a launch date of mid-October.

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A tool with a very simple interface that can help designers create landing pages, sales pages, or purchase pages. The company says they’ve already seen 40,000 clicks on their landing pages.

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The company wants to make negotiating harder than it already is by providing a simple, searchable interface for employees to search the market for best deals on everything from Amazon Prime subscriptions to a new suit.

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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 simple way to get a bunch of small tasks done all at once, using a single app.

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A billing service for B2B companies that’s designed to be simple, easy to use, and inexpensive.

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A simple solution that allows people to track and pay for their electricity, gas, and water bills. The company wants to make paying bills easier than it is today and aims to cut costs for customers as a result.

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A tool to help people create easily sharable images, using a simple drag-and-drop interface. Because of the way the attention economy works, every one of your images is worth more to someone else than to you.

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A simple online platform to measure and compare ratings, recommendations and reviews for restaurants, bars, spas, salons and more.

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A tool to help teams collaborate and create visual prototypes using a simple drag-and-drop interface.

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A software platform that allows businesses to create sales pipelines with a simple drag-and-drop interface.

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A “uniquely-designed” home security system that’s supposed to be “very simple to install and use”. Its price is low, and it’s meant for smaller homes.

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A ready-to-mix drink company that makes simple, high-end cocktails at the push of a button. The company is currently in the process of raising seed capital.

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A small team of developers and designers are building a simple, yet comprehensive, social network for everyone.

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A way for team leaders to keep track of the progress of their team with simple checklists. The app is a free to share checklist and the team can customize the checklist with be customizable.

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How do you do something as simple as creating an online resume

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A platform to shop for and share used cars, trucks, and SUVs by searching for and comparing available inventory via a mobile app, and then making an offer on a car with a simple swipe.

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A company that allows for a simple way to build and sell personal apps on the web

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A simple tool that gives people a way to track their finances, with a focus on building a community. It’s just launched in beta and says it’s already gaining traction in the SF Bay Area.

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A tool for selling and managing your business’ insurance, pitched as an “all inclusive, seamless, and simple insurance brokerage.”

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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 company that helps major brands like Target and Chipotle via a “three-second check-in” that lets customers add a fast, simple rating to a product to build a sentiment score for it.

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Online platform for building decentralized applications, allowing teams to build their own apps and run them with a simple API.

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The world’s first interactive robot taxidermist. It combines 3D scanning technology and a robotic arm to automatically fuse together a stuffed creature out of real animal parts. The startup says the process is simple for consumers to use, and can be done from their homes.

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A startup that provides a simple way for people to pay for their kids’ extracurricular activities

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A SaaS company that helps employers manage their employee benefits in a simple, easy-to-use platform.

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A browser extension that lets users embed a Google Analytics account into their blog or website, with the added bonus that it will also track the page views. It’s a simple idea, but one that could be very useful to small businesses.

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This startup aims to help companies build custom-designed tools for internal use with a simple, visual UI.

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A simple tool that helps people create professional headshots and sell themselves on LinkedIn.

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A startup that gives you a way to help manage your finances without having to go to a full-service bank. The startup wants to serve as a more simple way for consumers to manage their finances and wants to be a part of the conversation around empowering consumers.

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A startup that wants to make live video marketing as simple as possible for brands. The company’s founders say they’ve already helped over 1,000 brands, and are having success with brands like Best Buy.

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A simple, secure online payment tool, similar to Paypal. The app allows users to send money to friends and businesses in their area.

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A platform that connects innovators with consumers and businesses. Their app allows people to rate items they’ve purchased with a star system and makes it simple to find more suppliers and products.

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A tool for paying contractors on a monthly basis, designed to be simple and easy to use for small businesses.

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A simple way to put email and messaging in one inbox, and a way to make calls from one platform. Each app is meant to be used alongside the other, and can be combined with other services like Slack and Google Voice.

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A company that aims to build a simple digital video recorder that can be used to stream video from any compatible device, with a cloud-based backend that allows owners to edit, share, and even sell videos.

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a free front-end application for Gmail that allows users to download and share their email directly to other messaging apps. The company’s aim is to provide a simpler, more intuitive interface for users to manage their email.

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The idea is a really simple one — it’s like a smart pen to help you remember the answers to your phone-based quizzes and tests. The pen has a button that acts as a button to the app, and the app has a button that acts as a button to the pen. The pen vibrates when the app thinks you have answered the question wrong, and the app vibrates when you get the question right.

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A new way to think about accounting, that is setting up a company to take on simple accounting tasks and automate them. The startup’s first customer is a grocery chain looking to set up a point-of-sale system.

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A startup that helps businesses manage their data and get to market quicker. The company says it’s already landing a lot of customers in the early days as it’s able to deliver a relatively simple product.

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A free SaaS service to help build a brand. Independent artists can use the app to generate custom content to promote their work, and publishers can use it to sell books and merchandise. The app is designed to be simple and intuitive.

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A startup that converts your expense reports into a simple, accurate, and painless monthly report that your boss will actually read.

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Fledgling startup that wants to let you design your own custom robotics projects through a simple drag-and-drop interface. The company is hoping to make it so that a person can build a robot with just a few minutes of work.

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A platform for the sharing economy. The startup’s idea is to “unlock” the sharing economy by making the legal process simple for drivers and allowing them to charge hourly for their services.

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The company is focused on building a simple tool that helps users manage their personal finances, and has pivoted from an expense and bill tracker to a retirement planning tool.

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A startup that’s working to bring mobile-first design to the web. The company’s founder says that on desktop, responsive websites are too complex and hard to work with. On mobile, the opposite is true: sites are too simple and often hard to use. Sway is working to change that with a product that uses all the same features on mobile as it does on desktop.

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A web and mobile platform for quick, simple content management. The platform is built on the company’s main product, Stream. The startup says they have 13,000 publishers signed up.

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Helping small businesses balance their books with simple, intuitive accounting software. It’s like Quickbooks, but with less complex features.

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A startup that aims to make the act of sending and receiving money as simple and friction-free as possible. Cred is a fully digital, mobile, and online solution that is as easy to use as an ATM.

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A student loan refinancing company that helps borrowers get out of student debt by consolidating all their loans into one. It aims to make this process as simple as possible by allowing borrowers to make payments via their credit cards.

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A tool with a simple design that helps organizations and software developers build and manage their websites. It’s focused on small-to-medium businesses.

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A tool that allows a team of people to quickly design a simple website from a master template.

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A simple, online platform for paying bills.

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A startup that helps companies manage retail contracts in a simple, easy-to-use interface. The startup says it’s already working with over 300 clients.

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A system that allows users to earn tokens for doing simple tasks (like shopping on Amazon)

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“A very simple messaging app that allows you to send and receive one-to-one and group messages.”

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A startup that builds a point-of-sale system for all sorts of retailers, including restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. The startup aims to make the process of opening a business as simple as a phone call.

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A startup that wants to put chatbots in the hands of real estate agents, to make the process simpler and faster.

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The startup is creating a simple way for people to grow their own food in urban areas

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A simple-to-use tool that helps restaurants with online marketing automate the process of setting up social media accounts and managing them.

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This startup is building a digital bank account in India. The founders say it’s a simpler, cheaper alternative to the physical ATM cards found in most cities.

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A student loan management app, designed to make the process of paying off student loans simpler.

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A group of engineers building a simple way to convert between different styles of engineering drawings.

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A tool that helps schools schedule their special events. The idea is simple: it’s a calendar for schools, which students can access to find out about upcoming events.

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A startup building a shared bike network in San Francisco. The company is looking to build a system that’s simple to use and ties back to the city’s existing Circulator bus system.

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The company’s vision is to make the process of creating a video game “as simple as making a PowerPoint presentation”. It wants to make video game creation accessible to non-programmers, and today’s software for that is too difficult to use.

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Builds a tool that helps restaurants and bartenders implement a simple order-ahead system.

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A chatbot that allows bank tellers to handle customer issues with a simple chat interface.

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A meeting scheduler for small businesses. It’s designed to be easy to use for simple scheduling, and free for five people. The founders say that they’ve got customers in the Bay area, and plans to expand to the East Coast in the next year.

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A simple web-based tool that helps restaurant owners track their expenses.

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This startup’s founders say that the federal government’s tax-reporting process is too complex and that it’s difficult for people to pay their taxes. They’re building a simple, modern, easy-to-use tool that they hope will be used by millions of people.

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This startup helps companies by helping them automate the tedious processes in their call center. The company helps companies “automate the pain” by making it easier for workers to handle certain tasks in the call center, such as making customer greetings, answering simple questions, and transferring a call to another agent.

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A tool that makes it easy to make videos with simple software. The startup is built on the Huddle video hosting platform.

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Working to develop a new personal finance platform that helps users manage their money by providing ‘simple tools and features that save time and money.’ Beyond personal finance, the startup is also interested in the wellness and fitness markets, and wants to provide a platform for people to track their health and nutrition.

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A startup that lets anyone—including home-based workers—get paid for their time doing simple tasks.

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A platform for simple, instant mobile phone payments for businesses. The company is hoping to serve as a payment gateway for developers hoping to make their apps easier to use.

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A company that helps make a person’s phone more secure through a simple chat or phone call

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A B2B startup that wants to make a “common operating system” for workflows. It wants to make tasks like HR administration and invoicing simple and easy.

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A startup that aims to make it easier for small business owners to have a storefront presence on the internet. Instead of opening a website the company works with businesses to have a simple storefront integrated into their existing business.

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An image editing app for mobile that’s meant to be simple to use, but still offer advanced features.

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An in-app mobile payments solution in India. The company is in talks with mobile carriers to make mobile payments simple in India.

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A simple way to manage all of your income and spending transactions, with reports for balance, spending, and savings.

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This San Francisco-based startup wants to create a simple platform for clients to open a bank account and get a loan. It’s a B2B business.

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 A  company that  builds  a  personal  and  professional  portable  credit  score  for  people  who  have  an  unsecured  credit  card  (UCC)  and  don’t  have  the  equipment  to  install  a  credit  card  reader.  For  the  most  unsecured  credit  card  holders,  commonly  known  as  under-banked,  the  company  will  build  a  simple  and  secure  online  credit  application.

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A company that helps all types of companies improve their mobility, building cloud-based solutions that are simple, intuitive to use, and affordable.

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This startup is building a simple service for sending and receiving payments that are cheaper and faster than the traditional option. The startup is focused on being a cheaper and faster alternative for peer-to-peer payments in developing markets.

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A healthcare subscription service for people wanting to track and keep tabs on their prescriptions. The company is building out a very simple and user friendly platform that saves users time and money by managing their prescriptions.

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A simple way for companies to get timely news about their key metrics, possibly available through push notifications.

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An AI-powered platform for visualizing data that allows users to visualize and interact with data using simple drag-and-drop.

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A payroll company that wants to “make payroll simple”.

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A visual data visualization tool that makes it simple to create interactive stories and marketing campaigns.

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The Zon is an app that helps you monitor your home’s energy usage. It’s a simple app that can be linked with any Nest or Honeywell thermostat to track temperature, humidity, lighting, and air quality.

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Empowering developers to build custom mobile apps. The company wants to make mobile apps simple, like the mobile websites that everyone else is building.

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A simple way to keep track of your bills, from groceries to utilities, or to calculate monthly payments by combining several bills.

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As part of the BizCloud startups program, this company’s idea is a simple spreadsheet that makes it easy for people to organize their business ideas in a way that benefits everyone.

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A company that helps people pay their bills, offering a more simple and affordable alternative to the existing systems that charge users too much money for complex and unneeded features.

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A simple solution for localizing your website. Localize is an easy way to translate content into multiple languages without needing a developer.

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A SaaS platform that allows anyone to create, publish and promote content in a simple and effective manner. Users can publish their content, then share it across social media, email and messaging services.

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Idea: A simple way for SMBs to manage their business finances online

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Idea: A simple, powerful, and intuitive tool for creating smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain

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Idea: Instant audio recording via simple push-to-talk app

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Idea: A simple way to share and view your CV

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Idea: Free, Simple and Easy-to-Use P2P Web Hosting

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Idea: A simple way for people to pre-order food online from local restaurants, picking up their food without waiting in a line or ordering into a kitchen. Customers place an order on the website, and then the startup calls the restaurant to confirm. The startup says it’s grown 10% week-over-week for the last year.

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Idea: This startup simplifies the process of creating certificates of deposit for retail customers by creating a very simple web-based platform. The service is currently free, and the founders say they’re working on pricing.

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Idea: A startup that helps companies who sell to other companies (B2B) to create proposals, with a very simple interface that reminds you of Salesforce’s.

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Idea: A tool that lets you generate legal documents like NDAs out of a simple web form. The company says it makes generating and maintaining legal docs easier, cheaper, and more transparent.

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Idea: Wolfram Alpha for your business. It’s a simple tool that lets you see how your company is doing compared to competitors.

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Idea: A startup that wants to play matchmaker between people and moving companies. The founders say moving is a massive pain point, and there’s a huge demand for a simpler solution.

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