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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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Editing text on the fly with a simple drawing tool.

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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 tool for sending money with a simple mobile app.

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

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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 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 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 simple way to visualize statistics and make them actionable.

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

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A simple tool for employees to request purchases.

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

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

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

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

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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 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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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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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 platform to make insurance more affordable and simple for independent agents

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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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Making customer data more actionable through simple, tangible interfaces.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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 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 simple, online platform for paying bills.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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