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A group of four-hour-old startups that are still around from Demo Day in June. The goal is to help early stage founders get funding and grow their businesses.

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An AI chatbot which answers questions on Quora, a question and answer site. It’s still early days for Quora’s bot, which answers around 1,000 questions a day on topics like “How to study” and “How to organize your life”.

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This startup lets a lawyer write a letter for a client that looks like it was written by the client, but all the essential details are still correct.

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A platform that helps people manage their contact lists. The startup says it’s dealing with a half-billion contacts with 70% of the world still not connected.

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 A company that helps companies hire and train in-person apprentices. The company works with a network of companies to match up novices and experienced businesses, creating a system of apprenticeships that lets companies save money and still have their hands on the newest tech.

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The idea is that you could use a built-in chip that connects to your phone to allow your phone to act like a credit card. The idea is still in the early stages.

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A platform that helps restaurants provide better service while still being able to spend less on labor.

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A company that wants to make it easy for large companies to take advantage of technology and automation to save money, while still ensuring employees have access to human resources, benefits, and security.

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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 lets you order a batch of custom-made grilled cheese or pizza from 24 different restaurants, and have them delivered to your door. The startup is still in the R&D phase, but hopes to launch the service early next year.

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This startup is building a network for the more than 60 million people who don’t have bank accounts — but are still expected to receive a loan, rent payments, or pay utility bills. As a result, they often don’t have access to the basic financial services they need. Envelope lets them become a platform for next-day payment, and offers payment-by-phone for small transactions.

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This startup wants to help first-time home buyers who don’t have the money for down payments. It’s hoping to help people who have saved for years but still need a bit more cash to close on a home. It wants to take a few thousand dollars and give it to the buyer.

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Skim is a service that lets people save articles to read later, while still seeing the whole article.

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A startup that helps users book Airbnb-style rentals, which is still a very new industry in the U.S.

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A startup that lets you manage your data access and retention to make sure that you can still access your data when companies go out of business.

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A startup that makes online payments easier for small businesses in countries where digital payments are still in its nascent stages.

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

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A digital assistant that teaches you to read stocks. At the moment it’s a joke product, but the company says they’re still working on the product.

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A digital assistant for Real Estate Agents. The startup’s reasoning is that online agents are more popular than in-person agents, but the latter are still more profitable.

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People are still not taking advantage of the benefits of peer to peer lending in the US, so Peervest is trying to change that through a marketplace that compares the best rates at peer to peer lenders in the US to traditional bank rates.

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A chatbot that can be used to verify email addresses. The startup is still looking at options on how to make money with the platform, and it’s not clear how many people are using it yet.

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In addition, there are several other fast-growing startups that are also still working their way through the Crunchbase database, including:

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A chat bot that helps people find the best financial services for their needs. The startup has been around for a while, and is still selling its services via a web-based chat-based platform.

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A tool to make it easier for people to organize their documents and data. It’s currently still in a private beta, with a public launch in September.

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This startup helps employees work from home, or take meetings remotely, but still get paid for time spent working.

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A digital platform that aims to make it easier for investors to invest in start-up companies. The venture has taken in $105 million in investments so far, but it’s still looking for its first customer.

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The digital home improvement store, HomeDepot, is still trying to figure out where to go next. It launched a new website in late 2016, but it felt more like a home services site than a home improvement one.

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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 space-saving, eco-friendly, solar-powered tent that's built with bamboo and recycled plastic. It's also waterproof, and when the time comes to move, it folds up into a waterproof bag, taking up less space than a cooler while still providing a dry, protected space for outdoor camping.

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A way to make payments and transactions easier for the 2 billion people that still don’t have access to credit cards.

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 A photo app for capturing and sharing memories that includes a suite of features like either a video or still image capture, an audio track, and even a filter that lets you add music.

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An on-demand on-demand surgery service. Patients go to a hospital, get a procedure done, and go home the same day. The company is still bootstrapped, but has been working with both the UK government and the NHS.

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Some of these startups are still in Y Combinator, but most have graduated and launched.

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The founder of this startup grew up in a remote village in India and remembers a time when he was able to get a computer for the family and a year later they were able to get the internet. The founder realized the internet had brought a lot of connectivity to the country, but the next step was to bring connectivity to the millions of people who still didn’t have it. That’s what led him to start Jana, a startup that aims to give 1.5 billion people in India access to the internet.

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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 funding platform where a company can take a “drip” approach to fundraising, instead of a full-on “spray”. It allows a company to get funding without all the hassle of pitching, negotiating, and offering equity, while still getting the full equity portion.

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A way to automatically send money to a friend in need. If you can’t go to the person who needs the money, you can still give them some of what you have.

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A tool for notaries that would let them document the signatures of people signing documents in a way that’s easy to verify while still being completely verifiable.

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A startup that has built an automated rail system focused on the trucking industry. The rail system is connected to the trucking fleet, allowing drivers to scale back to a more leisurely pace and still maintain a safe route.

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

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In India, startups are still mostly in the B2B space, with a few exceptions. India’s largest startup is Flipkart, which is the world’s largest online retailer. It was founded in 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal.

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 A social media platform focused on art. The startup wants to create a community around artistic endeavors and sales. The company’s current campaign has a goal of $100,000, but is still running with a month left.

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This startup is building an AI tool that helps in-home care providers monitor and log their work while still being able to be hands-free. Caregiversoft currently has a small contract with a big company for $50k.

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One of the startup’s cofounders, Sumeet Singh, was born in India, raised in New Jersey, and still regularly wears a turban. Harsh and Singh met as PhD students at MIT.

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A digital locker that lets users give personal keys to their valuables to family, friends, and other trusted people, and have them get access to the item in their personal account. The service is still in beta testing and has yet to be released.

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This startup is building a platform to help people who have given up their phones or are reluctant to give them up, to still communicate with loved ones, friends and coworkers. They’ve built a chatbot that allows people to send text messages and make calls to their friends without the phone.

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A software platform that allows businesses to build apps for employees to track their time and get paid for it automatically. They have 12 customers and are still growing.

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This startup, which is still in stealth, is building a smart alarm that wakes you up with a reminder or message that you’ve chosen to receive.

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A software platform that helps insurance companies manage claims. Currently 3 people are working on the startup, which is still in the idea stage.

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A new company that solves the problem of building and managing data pipelines and data warehouses. Founded in 2014, the company is still based in San Francisco and raising its Series A.

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A startup that allows people to manage their own data while still using the cloud. It aims to help individuals manage their own data, while still using the cloud to store it.

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A company that helps businesses buy back unused inventory from itself, then resell those that are still in good condition.

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Campus Labs’s goal is to help students find low-cost and free apartment rentals while still providing professional service and quality amenities

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A startup that makes a shared, portable USB charger that’s small enough to fit in a wallet, but can still power smartphones and tablets.

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A company that helps allow companies to share data internally, while still going through a third party. It’s a bit like a P2P version of a company that helps share information between employees internally, but without the need for a third party.

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This startup is building an e-commerce platform that allows customers to buy products from their favorite artists. Users can purchase items that are currently available for pre-order, or items that are available for sale but are still in production.

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Booking.com has 50 million customers, but they still have to manually approve bookings. The startup wants to build a system that automatically approves bookings for hotels, without human intervention.

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A credit card company built on the Ethereum network that allows people to create their own credit cards and charge it to a credit card. They’re still working on their product for the moment.

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A real estate startup in Spain and Mexico that provides a sign up and lease management platform for sharing vacation homes. The startup launched in January with 100 properties in Mexico and 100 in Spain, and is still in beta mode.

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A platform to help small businesses with their digital presence and marketing. The startup is still in development, and only recently launched its website.

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A series of tools that help companies manage their customer data, from a marketing team to a sales team. The startup is still in stealth mode, but is looking to provide a suite of tools for companies to use, from getting customer’s credit card information to sending out marketing emails.

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It’s 2015, and you’re still using an Excel spreadsheet to track your expenses. Monefy helps you do that, but also keeps your financial records organized.

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A professional recruitment platform for people who want to work from home. The startup is currently in YC, but is still raising funds.

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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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A digital currency exchange for emerging markets. The startup, founded in 2017, is building a digital currency exchange for countries where currency controls are still in place.

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An e-commerce platform for small businesses to sell products on Amazon. The company is still in stealth mode but is focused on helping small businesses get their products to market faster.

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This startup is building a new generation of web browsers, called “containers”, that work like operating systems. Containers are like virtual machines (VM) in that they run programs inside them, but they’re a lot more flexible. You can build a container that can run a Ruby or a Python, for example, and you can run a container that runs a ton of different kinds of programs. Containers can also be used to run a group of VMs, and VMs can run each other, too. The tech is still in its early days, but it’s a promising tech that’s been used to run the Linux operating system.

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Y Combinator alum. Placed first at TechCrunch Disrupt New York. It’s an online education platform for people who don’t have time to study, but still want to learn.

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A platform that allows employees to sync their personal calendars so they can be more productive and still be reminded of meetings and important deadlines.

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

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Idea: A startup that helps brands and agencies plan out their Instagram marketing strategies. The founder is a former head of marketing at Instagram (who worked on its mobile app) and says that brands still have a hard time figuring out how to adapt their advertising to the platform.

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