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A startup that’s building a new kind of shopping cart that lets buyers seamlessly buy products at multiple sites without leaving the online store.

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A startup on the App Store that helps users manage their apps, promote and sell them, and help users find updates and new features.

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A platform that enables online retailers to offer their customers the option to create their own exclusive in-store experiences.

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A startup that aims to give businesses a tool that allows them to turn their smartphones into an in-store point of sale

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This startup is building a platform for American farmers to sell their goods to consumers worldwide. The startup aims to use a mix of digital store fronts and technology to deliver to consumers in countries like India and China, where the rural population has been growing.

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A company that uses Microsoft Azure to help businesses create and manage online store fronts

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A startup that helps retail stores find out which products their customers like best

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A digital store of recipes and ideas for cooking

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Idea: A platform for making, distributing and monetizing augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) games The company says it’s already built over a dozen AR and VR games and is currently monetizing them through app stores, advertising, premium content, and in-app purchases

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This app helps content creators sell their products on Amazon, using a digital storefront.

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A software company that uses machine learning to manage and handle re-ordering and inventory for online stores.

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A platform for brands and retailers to sell products from other stores in their network.

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They’re the modern version of a “grocery store”, with a storehouse of over 400 in-demand items that can be added to a wish list. They’re free for consumers, but can have a fee for businesses with 500 or more items in stock.

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A company that helps brands create and distribute in-store marketing content across traditional and social media, allowing for a more efficient way to reach customers.

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Share3X is a platform that lets people store, share, and manage their work and financial tools. The startup offers a “Workplace as a Service” for companies to house their employees’ tools.

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Plant-based protein startup that uses aquaponic systems to grow its products. The startup is looking to raise $750,000 to enter into a big box store like Walmart.

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A company that helps retail stores run their inventory at the right price.

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A startup that helps retailers “find the right kind of people to hire” for their stores. The startup is also building out a talent platform for retailers using job data from LinkedIn to help them find the right people to hire.

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A startup that helps people save money by helping them find discounted deals on things they buy frequently at stores like Walmart, Target, etc.

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A startup that helps customers change loyalty cards without physically going to the store.

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A hardware wallet that allows users to store and use any cryptocurrency.

94

A platform that helps companies create custom, branded t-shirts, available to buy online and in-store.

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A software that automates the process of taking high-quality photos of products for online stores and catalogs

92

A startup that makes it easy to create and manage an online store

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A $1 cloud-based platform for sharing your music, where friends can listen to it for free. The app is already on the Apple Store, and the company is looking to expand to Android and Windows.

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The startup is building a platform to record and store every single note an employee takes.

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A warehouse service that can provide a complete solution for small businesses that need to store inventory, with a focus on fulfillment and shipping.

91

A startup that is working to create a cryptocurrency that helps people stay organized by helping them store and share their photos.

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Digix wants to create a gold standard for digital currencies, with the goal of making a digital currency that can be stored and transferred digitally. The company wants to create a way for buyers, sellers, and investors to exchange digital currencies and reap the benefits of a global digital currency.

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The startup wants to show people the right stores in their area to buy virtual goods, like video games, virtual pets, and more.

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This company wants to replace the need for cashiers in grocery stores. It’s not just a vending machine that dispenses goods, but a multi-modal platform that handles payment and inventory. The company has partnered with major grocers, including Publix, Kroger, and Albertsons.

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A company that makes it easy to build out e-commerce sites for mom and pop stores

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A digital store for collectible cards that helps users build a collection by tracking and sharing their collection, and by selling cards in a marketplace.

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A platform that authenticates and stores medical records, allowing patients to share their own information with their doctors.

89

A new type of restaurant that delivers meals, but instead of ordering food online, you get to pick it up at a store. The app will be available in the next few months.

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The goal of this startup is to help consumers shop for services that match their needs, rather than relying on recommendations from friends and family. The company looks to compete with platforms like Groupon and LivingSocial by selling subscriptions that will take care of the customer. The startup is already working with a number of Wal-Mart and Kroger stores.

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A company that helps home builders like ApartmentPlace, ApartmentGuide, and Zumper create a single-page listing that embeds all of their properties into an app that they can distribute through the Apple Store and Google Play.

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Builds software for the retail industry that monitors security cameras in stores, then tags and collects data about those customers, whether they spend money, who they are, and what they’re looking at.

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A startup that provides an online toolkit for building ecommerce storefronts.

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A software-as-a-service tool for automating product support in ecommerce stores.

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A startup that sells a service where people can sell their old stuff and have someone deliver it to a store for them

87

A startup that wants to give people more control over their data by letting them store it on their own USB drives

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A platform that helps restaurants manage their supply chain and order inventory to keep the stores stocked. The startup was acquired by the parent company of Whole Foods.

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A startup that wants to create an online store that uses artificial intelligence to automatically find and purchase items that match a customer’s taste and preferences.

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A startup that makes it easy to buy, sell and store cryptocurrency

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A company that wants to re-create the good old days of the local neighborhood hardware store for modern consumers. They want to build a modern version of the mobile app that lets people buy and sell their stuff in a local community.

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A startup that makes it easier for consumers to find quality products for their homes. Its app is similar to Amazon’s Dash, but for finding products in a physical store.

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A platform that powers “digital stores” in the physical world

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A company that makes an API and platform for app stores to allow developers to launch their apps on a variety of platforms.

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A product for grocery stores that helps them take the guesswork out of their product ordering process.

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A digital store for home users of medical equipment

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A startup that wants to make it easier for businesses to build their own online store. Instead of a lengthy process of building an e-commerce site themselves, the startup will make it easy for a business to buy in to a pre-built site.

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A platform that helps retailers sell offline. The startup lets retailers sell their products in physical stores, and then also sell it online for buyers. Basically it’s a way for brick and mortar retailers to sell online and to their customers.

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A tool for quickly creating an online store for physical goods.

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A startup that’s building a tool that automatically designs and builds ecommerce stores for you

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A company that develops web applications for businesses, such as e-commerce platforms or online store builders.

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A text-messaging app that allows people to pay businesses via text message. The startup wants to replace the cashier at your local store.

83

Localized and hand-curated content for small businesses, such as a website’s homepage, blog, and store.

83

A company that allows owners of small kiosks, restaurants, cafes, and retail stores to sell their wares via a mobile app.

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A tool that helps businesses track inventory for their e-commerce site, which is the dream of every store owner but impossible to do manually.

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This startup is building a cloud-based platform to help shop owners manage their stores. The company is building a platform that allows owners to manage their stores from the cloud, and lets them use the software to access their inventory and receive notifications on sales.

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A tool for stores to sell goods online, funded by an angel investor.

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This is a startup that helps businesses demo their products on the web, using pre-made widgets that look like online store pages.

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A platform that helps retailers figure out how to attract more customers through social media. It uses a combination of data and algorithms to predict who will sign up for their credit card, and who will visit their physical store.

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A startup that provides a service where you can get a house cleaned for you and then get a certificate to get a discount at a local store

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An eCommerce company that offers virtual and physical storefronts for customers to order from.

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Money does not work like it used to. It’s more like a series of cashier store charges. This company wants to make the experience of using cash for transactions more like the way we use our phones.

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The startup is building a system that lets restaurant operators do inventory management automatically, which is difficult because of the high number of variables involved in managing inventory, from the type of food to how it’s portioned and stored.

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Delivery service that promises to get an item to you after a certain interval, following a route that minimizes driving, and lets you pick up items from a store.

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A startup with a similar idea to Fancy, with stores that focus on seasonal goods.

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A company that claims to have created a system to automate the process of order fulfillment on web stores. The idea is to get a handle on a tangle of order-tracking tools and automate them into a single interface.

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A startup operating in the European market that is building a network of e-commerce sites that allow users to shop from multiple stores in one place

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A platform that helps retail companies track and manage transactions in their stores and offices.

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An iOS app that helps people schedule and manage tasks. It’s available on the App Store and also through the website.

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A tool that helps you get all sorts of things done, like a virtual grocery store, virtual or actual clothing store, or virtual or actual license plates.

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A startup that is launching a new kind of retail store It allows customers to customize the fit of

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A tool for people to create bespoke retail experiences for their customers. The startup is looking to bring a similar experience to brick and mortar stores as opposed to startups that have to build their own stores.

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A company that provides a platform for businesses to build and promote their own e-commerce stores. The company acts as a clearinghouse for inventory and shipping, taking a commission on each sale, plus a minor fee for each product.

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An AI that helps power the “emotional intelligence” of retail stores, which are expected to grow in importance.

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A startup that provides a suite of mobile-first eCommerce tools to help drive business growth. They’re building a platform to help brands create a single, seamless customer experience across all sales channels including online, mobile, social, in-store and in-app.

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

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This is an online tool that helps companies manage their physical stores by helping them track inventory, maintain data on the condition of their products, and keep up with trends in their markets.

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In the UK, an increasingly important part of the economy isn’t bricks and mortar stores but phone apps. And one startup wants to replace the app store with a custom-built version. The idea is that you buy an app once and then get the updates for free. The company is giving away its first product for free, called The App Store, in order to gain feedback.

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An “app store” for the cloud that “helps companies move their applications into the cloud, without losing their data”.

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A tiny startup with a big mission: it wants to find out what happens to coral reefs when they are threatened by climate change. The company has launched a stand up paddleboard to see how much pollution and sediment a reef can handle, and wants to combine this with data from satellites and drones.  The startup also wants to restore coral reefs and is building a drone to do this.  It plans to use this data to create predictive models of how reefs could react to climate change.

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The company was a Google product that made it easy to connect with people in nearby stores.

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This “new era of vending machines” wants to help grocery stores sell beverages at a lower cost

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A company that wants to help retailers and restaurant chains build their own online storefronts from scratch. The startup helps with building the critical first step of a business, from creating a landing page to getting the store’s inventory all set up.

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A startup that helps small business owners manage and grow their business across the internet by allowing them to create a virtual storefront, and tap into the expertise of other entrepreneurs.

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A product that combines the best of Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, and West Elm into one store.

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A platform that makes it easy for authors to build their own websites from scratch, selling their content to publishers and charging them per view or per download. The startup is also working on a platform to run e-commerce stores.

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A tool for retailers to manage returns, store inventory, and track inventory and sales

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A company that provides a platform that allows companies to operate mobile-only stores.

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A platform that gives musicians the tools to create and distribute their music, as well as an online store.

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A startup that provides software to help eCommerce store owners who are trying to grow their business

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A start-up using AI to help retailers maintain their store inventory.

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This company builds apps for the Lockbox app, a lockbox service that lets people store valuables in a secure location.

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A "grocery delivery and store-of-value" app, allowing users to order groceries, have them delivered to their door, and then sell them for a profit.

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A company that connects retail stores with talented baristas. The startup offers the ability to get coffee from the comfort of one’s own home, and pay with a credit card.

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A platform that helps users find the best salon for their haircuts. The app stores salon location data in users’ phones and provides them with recommendations based on their location and needs.

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A Facebook Messenger bot to order groceries from local stores and deliver them to your home. The company launched in 2017 as a way to increase delivery speeds, with the goal being to make deliveries within 30 minutes of the order being placed.

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A startup that allows users to securely access their digital possessions from anywhere with a smartphone. It’s currently working on an encryption layer that will allow users to access their files, which can be stored in the cloud, phone, or a computer.

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A startup that provides a service where you get a $200 gift card to an online store and you get to keep 10% of the value of the gift card

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Pinlighter is an online service for drugstores that gives customers a fast, easy, and personalized way to comparison-shop for prescription drugs. The startup, which has raised $2.3M, was founded in October 2015 and now has more than 1,000 customers in the Chicago area.

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A startup that wants to bring the benefits of a big-box retailer’s store-within-a-store model to small businesses.

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A wearable that helps you find the best places to park during a trip to the grocery store.

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A mobile app that allows users to find the exact product they want at a local store, making it easier to shop for groceries by location.

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Builds and operates pet stores for online retailers.

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A startup that provides a service where a personal shopper goes to a store and picks out items they want for them

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A way of creating a digital storefront to sell products on Amazon.com with 3% of sales going to the seller.

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A startup building a platform for the healthcare industry to store and share patient information.

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This startup is selling a B2B service that helps restaurants, drug stores, and grocery stores bring back leftover food from customers.

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A tool to help creatives manage their store from anywhere using an app or website.

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A company founded by a team of Stanford and Berkeley researchers that uses AI to detect and prevent fraud. The software aims to detect when a person is trying to make a credit card purchase in a store and notify the appropriate employees, who can then stop the transaction.

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In theory, this company can help retailers build better loyalty programs for their customers. Instead of rewarding customers with discounts and other perks, this startup says it can help retailers build loyalty programs that allow customers to earn rewards and discounts based on how often they visit the store.

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A platform that helps people design and manage their own websites and apps, including social media apps, online stores, and email.

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A software platform for retail companies to “find and engage customers in the moment”, with an emphasis on in-store experiences.

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A tool that lets you create and manage your own personal e-commerce store. The startup aims to help you create a storefront, or online shop, on Shopify or WooCommerce that will be managed entirely by you.

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“A premium app store with an emphasis on quality,” aiming to have a “curated selection of apps” that are not available anywhere else.

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A digital warehouse that helps artists store and stream their work.

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The app allows you to identify and customize the songs you hear in stores.

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A startup that sets up an online store and connects it to a peer-to-peer market

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A tool meant to help store managers and their employees deal with peak seasons. The tool works in a similar way to Southwest Airlines' Rapid Rewards program, connecting the store manager to the employees who help them at the store. The idea is that with the company's software, the store manager and employees can find out what rewards are best for the store and plan accordingly.

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An “App Store for Doctors”, which uses artificial intelligence to recommend treatments and therapies for patients.

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A startup that wants to replace the need for cashiers at your local grocery store. It’s a kiosk with a full-sized grocery store inside, with plans to expand to more locations in the future. They’re currently in beta in Philadelphia.

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The company is building a platform so that retailers can create personalized in-store experiences based on what people are buying online.

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A company that helps brands co-create merchandise for sale, using a virtual store front to sell the items.

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A solution for the $4 trillion global oil market where producers don’t have reliable inventories and retailers don’t have a clear picture of demand or low prices. Oil can be stored in underground tanks and is more valuable if it’s in the right place. Oil Tracker aims to connect all the different stakeholders in the oil market.

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A consumer-facing app that allows users to make online purchases of items from their local grocery store, like milk and bread.

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A platform that enables customers to rate and review their favorite stores. The startup uses a crowdsourced model to encourage customer feedback and use it to guide the company’s product development.

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A fitness tracking device that’s been downloaded over 3 million times, has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on the App Store, and was sold to Apple. It’s been used by over 60 million people and is now the best-selling fitness tracker on the market. It’s profitable and has a $300 million valuation.

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The company operates in a similar fashion to Uber, but instead of driving people around, it takes shoppers to retailers. Shoppers use the app to locate stores and their location, then use the app to walk into shops and purchase items.

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 A startup called eCredentials is building a connected ring that stores and connects to your medical records, and lets you keep track of changes and see a history of everything you’ve ever had done.

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A startup that provides professional services for marketing, design, and technology to brands that want to set up their own online storefronts.

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A company that helps charities and nonprofits raise money through online platforms. The company’s current product allows organizations to create an online presence, convert and store donations, and use the data to build and optimize their online marketing campaigns.

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An effort to build a more efficient and humane way to process and store food for the future. It starts with a food-loss tracking app and is working on a connected fridge.

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BizCloud is building an app that allows companies to turn any website into a digital storefront. This would allow them to create an “app store” and sell digital products and services.

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The idea here is to make it easy for people to find, store and share their photos and videos.

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The app helps people track the health of their food, from when it was planted to how it was stored to how long it was kept and how it was cooked.

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Help large companies save money on marketing campaigns by letting them create their own micro-websites on the Shopify platform, with custom-designed pages and a store location.

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This startup has a software-as-a-service that helps homeowners build custom products online, which they sell to their local brick-and-mortar stores through an e-commerce platform.

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This startup is building a “smart” card that runs on a local RFID (radio frequency identification) chip. The card is intended for use in vending machines and retail stores where sales occur, but the company is also looking to use it in other contexts like credit/debit cards and membership cards.

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A platform for travel agencies to manage their inventory, even when they’re not physically in the store.

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A startup that helps companies manage their travel expenses via a new system that stores all of the travel data they have across systems in one place.

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A cloud-based platform for e-commerce that allows sellers to create their own storefronts.

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A digital time machine, building on the seed money of $20 million in funding from investors. The company wants to get to the year 2045, “one hundred years from now” with every product, every service, and every interaction being digitally recorded and stored for posterity.

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A startup that lets companies build online stores with very little overhead.

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This startup is developing a new way to handle and store real-time data, with a focus on sharing across industries.

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The startup is looking to help people who have a lot of different data sources gather information about themselves, and then store it in the cloud.

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A platform that allows users to store and manage their tiny home remotely. It’s like Airbnb for tiny homes.

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A startup that aims to build a “smart” shopping bag for consumers that can be tracked as it’s being moved from store to store.

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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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Its goal is to be the next generation of open-source apps in the Apple App Store.

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A startup for vintage clothes, with a focus on selling vintage clothes to customers who can’t find what they want in stores.

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This is a service that lets you order groceries through the phone and text. The startup is working with a chain of grocery stores and hopes to expand to other cities.

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A startup that helps small business owners sell more from their store by allowing them to display sale items from retailers that they don’t normally sell from.

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A startup that used machine learning to automatically identify the best apps for people based on their demographics, to help navigate the app store.

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A startup that helps companies and students organize their schoolwork, store it, and share it

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A complete solution for data management. The idea is to let customers control where their data goes, then track and store it to eliminate errors and improve accuracy.

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A utility-scale solar plant in the US that stores excess power and sells it into the grid.

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This startup is building an “app store for white-label content marketing” for companies. It’s called “branded content” and has a lot of the same features as Pinterest’s official app store.

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A digital groceries store that integrates with other apps and allows users to view their purchases from their phones.

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A startup that wants to be the Amazon for home services, making it easier for customers to buy a service without having to rely on a retail retailer. The company has already signed up a number of local hardware stores.

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Notion is a platform that aims to simplify the purchase process for small businesses. Rather than buying products online, you can link their local brick-and-mortar store to the website and have the products delivered to you.

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A company that helps stores manage their supply chain, keeping them from wasting money and time on inventory.

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A new way to store and manage your digital media. The team at Briefly is building a platform that enables users to “train” their computer to automatically organize and discover their files, and then creates a “smart folder” that’s a digital representation of the physical one.

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The company wants to make it easier for people to sell their old games online with a digital storefront, and also make it easier for people to get paid when they find bugs in games.

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A digital storefront for selling and marketing your art. The company is currently focused on artists whose work is sold by galleries, but it wants to expand into more verticals.

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A startup that wants to bring affordable, secure storage to small and medium sized businesses. The company is focused on providing remote access to business owners who would otherwise have to pay high prices to store things in their own homes.

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A blockchain-based platform that helps independent software vendors monetize their software via a network of app stores.

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A digital storefront for low-income people to buy used items from other people across the country, with a focus on items that are hard to find in the country.

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CaseReev is a mobile checkout company that allows users to scan the barcodes of items in stores and pay with their mobile phones. The startup raised $1.1 million last year

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A company that helps retail chains and radio stations travel agency and tour operators to create their own digital storefronts.

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Builds on the idea of an online store for workers to make money by selling items people need — and allowing them to earn up to $15 an hour. The company says it is currently operating in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A startup that builds the tools for any retailer to build a store in the cloud and manage it from a single platform.

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A company that connects stores’ cashiers with our grocery delivery apps. Express Grocer lets customers order groceries from a local store and have them delivered to their door step.

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A startup for flowers that lets customers customize bouquets. The company is trying to eliminate the need for in-store shopping.

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A startup trying to help iPhone users make in-store purchases without waiting in line

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A company building a tool for e-commerce companies to find the best possible locations to open new stores.

48

Professional and semi-professional athletes and influencers are seeing their profiles get hacked. This startup wants to build a way to securely store influencer data so that it’s not lost in an ex-boyfriend’s phone.

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The startup is initially focused on the US, but plans to expand into Europe in the future. It’s a “one-stop shop” for local food, covering restaurants, grocery stores, and specialty shops.

47

A lot of companies are selling mobile phone cases with custom designs, but Nines offers custom design and production of phone cases, which will be sold in retail stores.

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A platform for selling LED lights to businesses. The product is currently only in the prototype phase, but the team is working on creating an online store in the next 60 days.

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A social grocery store that allows users to order groceries through a single platform to have them delivered.

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A digital library for art and music that’s built using blockchain technology. It’s a decentralized system, built on top of the Ethereum network, that tracks and stores art pieces, but also allows for them to be accessed via a web interface.

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A company that wants to help people store medical records. Medtronic shares the same vision, but has been unable to land deals with hospitals and doctors. Medtronic has raised $1.7 million in funding from investors including GE Ventures and the National Academy of Medicine.

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A smartphone case that stores a business card, works as a stylus, and can charge your phone. The case is developed by a local craftsman in Taiwan.

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A startup which helps producers of consumer goods in India get their products from a supplier to a store.

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A startup that creates a mobile app that can track inventory at retail stores.

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A company that connects large retailers with local farmers, allowing them to buy produce directly from them and have it delivered to their store locally.

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The online version of a brick-and-mortar store that sells new and different products. The startup currently operates out of 9 stores in 4 countries.

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 A platform for recording and sharing video, including the ability to store, search and share clips.

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A startup that wants to help companies around the world use robots to move goods from warehouses to retail stores.

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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 startup that provides all-in-one software for shoppers who want to compare prices on goods. It’s an Amazon-style price-comparison engine, but with a focus on regional stores and local prices.

45

A Web-based service that helps retailers find the right people to sell their products to. It’s currently only available to retailers with a large network of stores.

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A new way to store clinical and research data that’s fast, safe, and secure.

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The startup delivers everything you need to get started with your brick-and-mortar store on Amazon.

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A crowdfunding platform for groceries, with a twist. The startup has built a technology that allows customers to scan the barcode of a product and order it for pickup at a grocery store, then pay via the platform.

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A B2B company that aims to help retailers manage all of their account receivables (credit cards, store cards, and payment cards) from a single platform. The company is selling to retailers and merchants in the US and Latin America.

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A platform that allows small businesses to create and manage their own online store. The startup, which is based in New York, is looking to help small business owners avoid the pitfalls of other e-commerce platforms while scaling their business.

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A startup that helps doctors create their own patient portals, with patient data stored in a secure environment.

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A tool that helps businesses make and manage their own digital storefronts, which they plug into their website.

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This startup is building a tool that allows small businesses to sell items on their own websites, without worrying about offline inventory or storefronts.

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A platform that can enable businesses to scale their sales in a way that’s closer to conventional brick-and-mortar stores.

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Creates software for small businesses to create and manage their own online store. The company is offering a cloud-based platform that gives businesses a set of tools to create an e-commerce store without any coding knowledge.

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Shoppers are no longer satisfied with the bulky, slow, and expensive payment options available today. Shift wants to provide the option of paying with cash at local stores.

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A startup that offers a tool for store owners to visualize their inventory on a single platform.

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A platform that helps automate the day-to-day operations of retail stores, including customer service.

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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 startup that’s designing a better way to consume, share, and store video.

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 The startup wants to store and share original fashion and beauty imagery from photographers and brands.

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A startup that wants to build a one-stop-shop for home improvement. It builds at-home stores with a variety of products, and sales tools that make it easier for customers to make decisions about products and services.

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A startup that partners with local retailers to curate a handful of in-store activities for users to enjoy. These “experiences” are curated by the user’s location and can be anything from a free cup of coffee to a free library book.

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A platform that helps companies build their own “anchor stores” — the “experiences” that people want to do in a particular city. For example, a company like Amazon might want to open up a store in San Francisco, but they’re not the first company to do so. The startup builds out a list of all the other stores in the area, and allows companies to apply to open up a new one.

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A startup that wants to create a “digital safe deposit box” for the cloud. The company has raised $3.1 million to allow users to store files in the cloud with a secure encryption key.

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A startup to help companies manage the data they collect in their stores, for example, that can be used to help them find new products or make marketing plans.

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A file storage service for people who need to store large amounts of data, including for human rights activists, journalists and whistleblowers.

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This is a Shopify-like app for online clothing stores. It’s available in the US and Canada for now.

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A grocery delivery business in the UK. Postmates offers services like same-day grocery delivery, which is especially useful to people living in urban environments where it’s hard to get to grocery stores.

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This startup wants to be the all-in-one platform for managing mobile repair and maintenance. It serves companies like Best Buy, which have over 1,100 stores, and wants to help them easily manage and pay for repairs.

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A software platform that stores and shares your memories in a private, secure and public-facing format.

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This is a marketplace for buyers and sellers of vintage clothing, with the goal of helping both sides find more efficient ways to do business. The startup is working with a brick and mortar store in Amsterdam.

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A startup that builds robots that deliver groceries. The first robot is going into a store in Berlin in early October, and wants to expand to other countries.

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A startup that helps people get the most out of the 1.5 million items they have stored in their kitchen and pantry with a web-based software that allows them to create shopping lists, organize items, and track purchases. They’re also developing a separate mobile app.

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A startup that makes it easy to pay for goods at brick-and-mortar stores via mobile phone

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Founded by a pair of former Stripe engineers, this startup helps companies store and deliver their data in a way that is accessible to developers.

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A platform that provides an online store for small retailers or artisans, selling products they created themselves. The startup is based in India and is looking to expand to other South Asian countries.

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A Y Combinator alum, this startup wants to help online retail stores sell physical products.

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A startup that’s bringing Bitcoin into the physical world, with a prepaid debit card and a physical debit card. The founders want to make Bitcoin universally usable, and are building a physical card to use at stores, ATMs, and anywhere else.

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A mobile app that allows users to schedule grocery stores for pickup and delivery

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A startup that is working to build the world’s first augmented reality grocery store. The idea is to create a way for users to scan a barcode to get an augmented reality display of what a product looks like in a store, before they’ve even left the house, with a camera view of what a product looks like at their homes.

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 A mobile app that lets you pay for groceries at the cash register using an Android phone, without having to leave the store or wait in line.

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Aaa is a network of Aaa-branded stores which use the platform to sell used textbooks, backpacks, luggage, etc.

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A company that helps retailers in India make money on data they collect on customer behaviors. Currently, they’re using the company’s software to manage their cash desks in stores.

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A product design platform for retailers in the MENA region. The company wants to build a tool that helps offline retailers to design and launch their own online stores.

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A blockchain startup that’s building a way to store and share intellectual property using smart contracts

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

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A startup that wants to make it easier to get fresh produce from a local farm. The startup wants to use data from the farm to help shoppers pick out the best varieties of produce in the store.

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A software company that helps small businesses run their inventory, from stocking to payment processing. The startup wants to make the process of running a retail store “easier, faster, and cheaper”.

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A tool that helps brick-and-mortar stores stay on top of inventory and customer data, helping them reduce labor costs and increase profits.

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A decentralized social network for users to exchange personal data, but which does not store any personal data.

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A company that enables online stores to have a “dashboard” for viewing deals and keeping track of their inventory.

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A company that helps apps get verified in the Apple App Store

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A way to earn loyalty points for things like retail shopping, with top-up functionality to spend them at any store.

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

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A tool that helps small businesses, often in the food industry, track inventory and track store sales.

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A company that sells a mobile app that lets you store and access your medical records.

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Everyone is doing it: Amazon, eBay, Walmart, then you have Home Depot and Lowe’s. But Meijer, a Midwest-based retailer that operates grocery stores and a number of other retail chains. Meijer is looking to use the e-commerce trend to stay ahead of its rivals and has begun selling products that haven’t been available in stores in the past, like wine and cheese.

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A platform for small businesses to rent or lease their storefronts, with a backend API that developers can use to build apps for managing rental inventory and payments.

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This software platform for music creators helps them manage their royalties, stores music and downloads, and monitors sales.

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allows companies to create online shopfronts for their products, eliminating the need for physical storefronts. It’s growing quickly, and recently closed a $3.8 million series A round.

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A startup that provides a way to store and manage patient records, with a focus on the overworked physician.

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A startup that’s building a platform to help retailers better understand their customers. The idea is that retailers can use the platform to track customer behavior, and then use that information to better understand what’s going on inside stores and why customers are making the decisions they do.

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A startup that lets users pay for their own ads on websites and social media. The startup is also announcing its first acquisition, a company called ad optimization engine Storefront that has developed a technology to show ads to people based on their demographic profile.

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A payment platform that allows stores to take credit card payments directly from customers. The startup provides technology to stores to collect credit cards and data on customers. It also operates a cashier-less store with integrated technology.

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A digital representation of a physical card game for the internet, replacing the physical card deck with a virtual one. The startup’s founder says they’re close to the top 500 in the iPhone app store. They have a few hundred users.

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A platform that lets users manage their e-commerce stores from within Shopify. It allows users to add products, create and manage inventory, and commission a team of retail employees to help manage the store.

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A startup that provides a point of sale (POS) system for retailers, allowing them to manage inventory and run their store without a lot of the overhead of a traditional store.

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A startup that wants to bring an inventory-based mobile commerce platform to the store of the future. It wants to track inventory in real-time, without the need of a physical store.

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This startup aims to help users of the cryptocurrency Ethereum create and manage DApps on their own platform. The DApp Store will let users deploy and manage their apps, and will be powered by a decentralized transaction system that allows users to send and receive payments for their work.

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The California-based company, which previously had raised $16 million, is selling custom-designed power banks, which are basically portable chargers for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices. The company is selling them through its website but is also looking to partner with retailers to sell them in their brick-and-mortar stores.

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A new kind of grocery store that takes advantage of the fact that many people can’t shop alone. The concept is that it’s one person browsing the store while the other is cooking.

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In this world, your phone knows what song you’re listening to, when you’re at work, when you’re in bed, when you’re in a restaurant, and when you’re in a grocery store. The startup wants to turn that into a single app that can be used to control your music.

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A startup that wants to build a decentralized app store, like Google Play. The startup wants to connect developers with users directly.

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A local grocery store that lets you order and pay for groceries remotely. The startup has raised $1.6 million.

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This startup is building a platform for companies to create and manage their online stores. The company’s software and tools help companies manage and create and update their online store and sell products online.

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A platform that aims to replace the traditional credit card with a prepaid card that allows you to load funds to it at stores, without having to register it.

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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 people store and manage content on Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Microsoft OneDrive.

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This is a platform for securing private data. The startup aims to make it easier to manage, store and share sensitive data.

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This product enables grocery stores to take in-store photos of their products, which are then uploaded onto a centralized platform. The startup takes a small percentage of each transaction.

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A set of connected apps that create a digital diary of a person’s life. The app stores a person’s life in a personal database, and can be used to create a digital version of a person’s life.

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A productivity tool for artists, allowing them to manage their portfolio, manage their commissions, manage their social media, manage their online stores, and more.

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A platform that aims to make it easier for developers to create great online stores that are engaging and easy to use.

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This startup lets retailers build a custom app for their business. The idea is to let retailers build a store-specific app that gives them the tools to keep track of inventory, take reservations, and handle loyalty programs. It’s like a storefront made for the store.

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Building a platform that lets users to buy and sell home goods via a marketplace. The startup has already secured a partnership with the Indigo chain of bookstores, and is looking to launch in New York City soon.

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A smart wallet that syncs with your phone to pay for purchases at NFC terminals in stores.

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An online clothing warehouse delivering to local boutiques and independent stores in the U.S. A recent move into the UK has brought in $100,000 in sales in their first month, while they say they’ve already received interest from other retailers.

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A company that helps developers build and launch mobile and web apps, and monetize them by selling them to advertisers and other app stores.

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A platform for online shoppers to compare prices from different stores. The company’s CEO says they have a large database of IP addresses from all over the world. The startup helps people find the lowest prices on products they’re looking for.

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This company helps consumers compare credit cards, and also helps retailers understand the costs of credit cards on their in-store cards. The company charges an annual fee, but it’s so far been able to build a strong network of merchants and credit card issuers.

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A platform that helps retailers to manage their in-store inventory. It’s a mobile app that allows the retailer to upload an image of the item, pop it in the system, and then have the system order the item for them.

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Software that helps auto dealers negotiate with manufacturers and stores

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A startup that wants to build the next generation of bookstores for the digital age. Using technology like artificial intelligence, sensors, and 3D printing, Bookuality is building the next generation of bookstores.

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A way to report fraud, which is a huge problem for both the customer and the store — especially when it happens over the phone.

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One of the most popular products on Slack is the “Giphy Bot.” The bot allows users to search for GIFs, which are the popular Internet meme, and add them to their Slack conversations. Giphy is working on turning the bot into an actual application and is launching it in Slack users’ Slack-ified app stores.

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 A startup that lets people create online resumes, store them online, and export them to other formats like Craigslist.

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A startup for secondhand goods to help you get the best deal on that old furniture you’re using to store your old cat’s remains.

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A startup that helps store managers coordinate store store maintenance tasks for larger chains.

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A B2B software company that helps hardware manufacturers and distributors sell to retail stores. The company’s founders say that in the past year it’s already signed and closed on 125 deals and has more in the pipeline.

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A “cash back” app that lets users earn cash back on purchases made in-store.

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A startup that makes it easy for companies to build apps for their customers, by building an app store for developers to build apps for their customers. The startup’s founder tells us that he’s gotten 10,000 signups in 2 weeks.

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A company that helps auto dealers build a better online store on top of a standard eCommerce platform.

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A way for companies to create and store data about their customers, so they can be targeted with personalized advertising.

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A digital storefront for physical objects, similar to Etsy but focused on travel and experiences.

7

A tool for handling the note-taking process in meetings. The note-taking app helps teams organize meetings, store meeting notes, and store the notes in a database.

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An on-demand movie streaming service that aims to make using video on demand (VOD) more like using a VHS tape store. The startup wants to lay the groundwork for a business model that rewards users for sharing their own videos.

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Idea: A software company that helps restaurants, grocery stores, and other food businesses manage waste data and track what gets thrown away.

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The concept is a “dynamic price guide” that helps consumers decide on the best price for a product. It’s a knowledge base of price comparison numbers and historical data to help users decide which store has the best price.

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A new way to do direct-to-consumer retail, using a modern e-commerce system to create a virtual store on a company’s website.

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A tool for small businesses to create a “digital storefront” for their products, which then appears on their website.

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A startup that promises to “make it easy to integrate your store with your store”. The startup provides a “store-to-store” feature that allows a company to allow a customer to buy a product without a store. The startup tries to optimize a company’s supply chain for this use case, and talks about the idea of a “virtual store”.

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

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This startup is building a new kind of store for farmers around the world, where farmers can sell directly to consumers at a discount.

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A web app to help users find low-cost or free items to buy at retail outlets. The company says it has over 100,000 users and 2,500 stores.

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A startup that aims to build a “digital bank vault” for mobile consumers in India. The startup plans to allow mobile users to store funds in their phones in the form of mobile wallets, with secure storage in escrow.

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A product for business owners, in which you can sell your products directly in your Shopify store. The company’s founder says there are over 25,000 people in the US using his app.

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This startup has a cryptocurrency that stores value, making it a valuable digital currency

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A startup that sells boxes that can be shipped to customers who have purchased from your store

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A startup that provides a service where you can hire someone to go shopping for you (you provide a shopping list and the startup will send someone to the store for you)

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A startup that provides people with a directory of all the furniture stores in their city so they can go out and buy furniture for their new place

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A startup that sells a service where they ship you furniture you buy from online stores that don’t ship to your address

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A startup that makes it easier to setup an online store for a new product The startup says it can make a new store online in less than one hour

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Idea: App store for university social groups

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Idea: We’re building a gift card marketplace that will allow small businesses and brick & mortar stores to sell gift cards and let you buy them in seconds

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Idea: A platform that allows users to bring their own phone to a carrier to get their service set up The startup wants to eliminate the need for people to go into a physical store to set up their phone plan

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Idea: Open-source, decentralized app store

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Idea: A startup that enables people to create an online store for their products with a custom domain, and have the startup built a custom mobile app for it

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

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Idea: A startup for building apps for in-store devices to streamline purchasing and inventory management

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Idea: A startup for private label goods. The founder wants to make it easy for people to create their own private label brands, and is pitching it as a marketplace for startups to create their own version of a “Brands You Love But Can’t Find In Stores” store.

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Idea: A startup that sells and ships cereal to customers. The startup wants to tap into an underserved niche of customers who want cereal that’s not available in stores.

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Idea: A software service that helps retailers manage their in-store vendors. The company wants to help merchants get the most out of their in-store vendors.

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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 wants to make shopping more convenient for consumers by personally taking pictures and videos of items on a store’s shelves, and allowing shoppers to buy the items immediately.

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Idea: A home goods store that sells products that are made in the US. Their goal is to make it easier for users to find and buy products made in the US.

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Idea: A new brand of premium, non-GMO, gluten-free chips for people who want to avoid the chemicals and additives found in most store-bought chips.

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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 that makes a $500 software-as-a-service platform for managing storefronts. These give pop-up shops a chance to set up shop in a new city in a matter of hours.

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Software that helps people set up their online store with Shopify.

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A startup that provides a platform for people who wish to monetize their data with the goal of creating a personal data store that is theirs and theirs alone

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Online home store for India where customers can buy and sell in a peer-to-peer format.

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A startup that gives people a platform to post everything from their trip to the grocery store and how they spent their money

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A startup that gives people the ability to store their personal photos and videos online and find friends who share similar interests

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