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A chatbot that takes a text message and pulls up the relevant information
A 3-way chat system, allowing users to video chat, text, and call each other all at once.
This startup is building an API that connects users to doctors via text messages and video calls.
A startup for the deaf and hard of hearing that utilizes text to speech to allow people to connect with others in real time.
A platform for employers to track employee schedules and timesheets, and pay employees on time and as agreed. It’s currently a text-message-based scheduling system.
A company that wants to use AI to identify fraudulent texts, emails, and calls before they’re delivered to your phone.
A B2B company that provides software solutions to restaurants and bars wherein you can order ahead by text, email, and phone.
A startup for local service providers to offer their services to customers in online or offline formats through a combination of chat and text messaging
A software platform that allows producers to create, edit, and distribute videos, audio, photos, and text.
A "text-based social network" where people can chat with each other, send text messages, and send emoticons and stickers.
A text-based messaging platform that serves as a go-to for employees and students to communicate with their employers and schools.
A startup that translates and transcribes recordings of interviews and meetings into text.
A text-based chat service for healthcare providers, with the aim of making it easier for patients to get a doctor’s appointment and communicate with their care teams.
A startup that tracks your fitness, eating, and sleep habits and then sends you personalized emails, texts, and reminders.
A startup that sells a $100 smart plug that does everything from controlling the lights in your home to allowing the owner to read text messages on their smartphone from anywhere.
Editing text on the fly with a simple drawing tool.
A startup that helps you pay your bills online and via text message.
A tool for helping people collaborate and communicate via text, email, and phone. The startup’s product is a Slack chatbot that helps users talk about topics, track conversations, set reminders, and so forth.
An online marketplace where people can sell their old textbooks for cheap.
A text message-based calendar that lets you schedule events and reminders, with a calendar interface. The app is available for iOS and Android
An online marketplace for books and learning content, with a focus on textbooks.
A startup that sends a text with the location of your delivery driver to your phone
A text-based platform for sharing your photos, videos, and location over the Internet. The company is building a social network for photography that they say will be able to support 3 billion photos by 2028.
A startup that connects doctors with patients via text messaging It’s a telemedicine platform that provides health information and education
A startup for students that promises discounts on textbooks, access to free online content, study groups, and more.
A startup that wants to disrupt the textbook market by offering low-cost, digital textbooks made by an average person.
A startup for students to buy and sell textbooks through an online marketplace. The startup wants to simplify the process of buying textbooks for students and help them sell back their books when they’re done with them.
a mobile tool for translating text and voice notes.
A text-message based appointment scheduling service for health and wellness companies.
A company that provides a platform for users to order food via text message, with a delivery fee attached.
A company that’s built a software platform to translate a user’s text into a computer-readable language. It’s already in use by several Fortune 500 companies.
A platform that helps English language learners practice by presenting them with text in a way that will help them understand.
A startup that offers a text-based platform for live chat conversations with the aid of AI. The company is developing a chatbot that can provide personalized answers to questions.
A toolbox that helps translate text from one language to another
A translator that translates the voice of a user's phone into text. The startup, which was founded in May, says that a lot of the time people are talking to themselves, and that voice-to-text software works great but is hard to use.
A text-messaging app that allows people to pay businesses via text message. The startup wants to replace the cashier at your local store.
Ability to locate and talk to friends and family who are in the same place as you. The startup is building functionality to make phone and messaging more like texting, with the ability to send and receive emojis, stickers, and photos.
A crowdsourced translation app that lets you leave a comment to help an Italian native translate an English text into Italian.
A startup that allows you to create a “move” between friends, effectively turning a video call into a video-text-chat.
A startup for people who want to stay in touch with their friends and family by having them send them text messages. The company's patent application describes the service as a “person-to-person messaging system.”
A startup that lets you create videos and images with text in the background in real-time to create what’s called a "Voxel" — an image with a 3D representation of a text sentence.
A startup that helps people communicate with each other on the internet by allowing them to create and share photos, videos, and text messages.
A navigation app for the blind, which can display arrows and text to guide users in the right direction.
A “dynamic pricing platform” for calls and text messages.
A mobile platform that connects customers with local businesses via SMS, via text message. The texting platform is free for customers, and businesses pay a monthly fee ($6.95/month) to use the service.
A platform for online video production that allows users to add audio, video, and text to their videos.
A tool for companies which allows them to set up a phone line to text customers. The idea is that companies can have a central number where they can text customers and the app can notify customers of late payments.
A tool to help teachers, librarians, and parents find textbooks and other supplies.
A text messaging service that uses automated language translation to translate the words of a conversation between two people in real time. It was started in 2012 by a group of PhD students and has raised just under $5 million in funding.
A way for companies to increase their B2B sales, the startup wants to use a combination of machine learning to identify inbound leads and then text them to see if they’re interested in a demo.
A text-to-speech app, allowing users to call up text they record and have it spoken aloud in their voice.
This startup is building a tool that allows teachers to share school content with parents at home. Teachers can use it to video and text share, saving time and money.
A startup that lets users order flowers on the go, then have them delivered from a local florist, all made possible via a phone number the user can text. The app is currently free, but a paid version is in the works.
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.
A company that creates interactive guides for business by mixing text and video.
A startup that sells a service where they send you a text message every day with a new quote or thought to get you thinking
Scrubly is a search engine that automatically detects plagiarism in text. The startup’s first product is a plagiarism tool that monitors students’ texts and flags any that could be misappropriated.
A startup that wants to use artificial intelligence to help improve the lives of aging parents. The company's first product is a watch that listens to the wearer's heartbeat and detects a change in heart rate caused by a number of possible issues. It then sends help via text message.
A family-friendly AI chatbot that allows grocery shoppers to chat with the AI through voice or text to help them pick out the best deals. The company says it’s already up and running in grocery chains like Walmart.
A SaaS tool that created a “human editor” that helps users write emails, convert PDFs to text, and make other edits to the text
Using computer vision and machine learning, this startup is building a tool that can automatically identify and deliver relevant customer service via text or email.
A Swiss startup that wants to help people find the best doctors online by rating them on social media and text messaging.
In the US, 90% of people’s social media profiles use photos, but only 50% of those photos are actually being used for social purposes. A company that wants to solve the problem, BuildFace is a tool that uses facial recognition to curate a digital photo-portfolio, using contextual photos to augment a person’s personal brand.
A startup that uses text messaging to help people who are sick or at risk of infection simply call in and connect with a nurse or other professional for a chat, instead of having to go to the doctor’s office.
A startup that wants to make fitness apps as accessible as possible. It’s developing a service that can do things like send texts to your phone with workout time reminders and sets reminders on your phone for you to work out.
A company building a way for people to “rent” their phone data for a monthly fee, with text messages included.
A real estate startup that’s building software and hardware to provide renters with a customized lease agreement that’s “as easy as sending a text message”. The startup is building a suite of software to provide leases and automated service agreements.
A texting platform for groups of people to communicate efficiently. The startup wants to leverage its popularity in the soccer world to make the company a household name.
A tool to help users learn English, enabling them to follow along on a video while a native speaker reads the text.
A startup that lets companies send out personalized deals to customers via text message
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.
A text-to-speech service for the blind that uses the Amazon Echo to convert written words to audio. WordBlind uses a technology called "on-the-fly" speech synthesis to convert text to audio that sounds like the original.
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.
This business helps manage employee schedules, and allows companies to communicate with employees by voice or text message.
A company that makes notifications for mobile workers, helping them to stay in touch with clients and customers via text, email, and phone, and communicating with them in real time.
A messaging app that uses AI and machine learning to automatically generate text. After generating a list of the most common questions and phrases that people send, customer support can use this tool to pre-write responses.
A digital textbook and learning platform that makes it easy for teachers, students, and parents to create and share digital content.
is a platform for selling used textbooks and keeping college students accountable for their books.
This real estate startup helps buyers and Sellers negotiate properties with a series of automated videos and text messages. It also takes a commission for each sale.
A “SingTel Moments” app that lets groups of people share photos, videos and text and then customize the product with different filters.
An AI that can create infographics from text.
A customer service platform that gives businesses a way to connect with their customers via text, voice and video.
This app is built to make it easy for business leaders to stay in touch with the people who make their businesses work, allowing executives to communicate with their teams via text.
A tool for managing and engaging customers, allowing businesses to create “personalized and contextually relevant content for customers and prospects”.
This startup is building a system that would allow customers to send a text message to multiple retailers and have the purchase executed seamlessly.
A phone app for sending automated text messages to people who are at an event. Great when a speaker gives an update to a crowd and they are lost for a moment, and also great for sending reminders about things like a doctor’s appointment.
A startup that’s building a new and more user-friendly way to create and manage group texts, similar to GroupMe.
A messaging platform for retailers that allows them to advertise deals or specials to customers with a text message.
A YC company that makes a mobile app that detects when someone is texting while driving.
This is a startup that wants to make it easier for people to make products in multiple languages. It currently offers a single language editor, aimed at creating text-based localizations for a single language, and plans to launch a tool for generating voiceover scripts.
This startup helps agencies like the Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement track people in their databases by sending them a text message.
A company that is creating “smart doorbells” that can help you know when people are around your house and send them text messages.
A company that sells a device that lets your phone read and translate text in over 100 languages. The startup has raised $3 million.
A program that helps people trade in their old textbooks for credits to buy new ones. The startup is working with publishers to get its new textbooks a little cheaper than new ones.
An SMS-based texting service for users to send and receive emergency alerts.
A tool that lets teams and companies develop and manage a smarter mobile app. The app can pick up on text messages that contain keywords related to the app’s sales and communicate with customers to upsell them and offer promotions.
A messaging app that eliminates the need for SMS text messages to communicate with a business in China. The startup wants to make calls and texts cheaper and faster, with a focus on reducing spam.
A startup that sends a text message to your wife, letting you know when you’re out of the house.
Remind is building a service that sends SMS reminders to users’ phone, like a phone call or text message, which they can set on a schedule.
A platform that lets users receive a weekly email (or text message) that shows them how to use their phone.
Aaa is a network of Aaa-branded stores which use the platform to sell used textbooks, backpacks, luggage, etc.
A tool that helps you create and edit websites using a text editor. It’s like Google Docs for websites.
A chatbot that allows companies to respond to service requests with text messages.
A tool that allows people to create their own personalized product pages on Etsy by uploading photos and text.
An AI-powered text to speech solution, that releases a text-to-speech solution for iOS and Android.
A digital notebook app that lets you create and edit text, images, video, and sketches. It uses AI to help you produce better content.
A startup that’s building a text-based payments platform for the people of the developing world. The company offers an alternative to Venmo for users in countries like Kenya, Nigeria, and India.
A startup that helps you be a better listener. A podcast-focused app that allows users to listen to a podcast or podcast episode on their phone, and then scroll over text to see what was said, or share the audio with someone else.
A software platform to help brands sell directly to consumers, using various channels including email, text, or social.
A social network for elderly people to check in and view pictures of their friends and family. The startup has already helped its first customer, a family member, locate her father and communicate with him (via text) over the phone.
A startup that lets people buy tickets to events with a text or a web interface.
A startup that wants to make it easy for anyone to publish content, whether it be text, photos, or video.
A text-based banking app that helps users make secure payments, like transferring money into a friend’s bank account.
A software as a service to help people who are blind or visually impaired to read text from screen to screen.
A startup to help users know when the last time they texted was, and how much it cost.
A voice-to-text app that automatically provides a transcription of what a user is saying while they speak, and then uses machine learning to improve the transcription.
An on-demand pest control service for homeowners that finds pests, estimates how much it will cost to remove them, and then, in a few days, sends the homeowner a text message to let them know a technician is on its way. It’s a $500 million industry in the US.
This is a platform for texting in Spanish, targeting the Latin America market. They’ve built an SMS-based platform where you can “send and receive SMS using the language of your choice”.
FinTech startup that allows people to send payments via text message.
A combination of a private messaging app and a dating app, allowing users to send and receive text messages from both their phones and an app.
A startup that wants to replace the block of text displayed in a status update with a GIF
An AI-powered text editor that helps you write more consistently
The company wants to make it easier for consumers to pay bills. The startup, which launched in June, has partnered with about 200 companies, including ADT, Best Buy, and Etsy, to offer bill payments via text message.
A startup that encourages people to share their stories through a combination of text, photos, and videos
A notification app for your phone that gives you a couple of seconds to not answer calls and texts while it pulls up the phone's number details.
A tool to help create video magic effects like fire effects and text on images. The startup wants to enable content creators to create better results with more limited tools.
A tool for recording audio conversations with text transcripts.
A plugin for Slack that lets users share files as text messages.
An all-in-one platform that allows users to communicate through video and text and share their location and other information.
A startup that wants to give people a way to share photos and videos via text message, and earn cash for it. It has a mobile app and a web-app.
A platform for sending text messages to employees from their smartphones, without the need to call. The app lets businesses communicate with their employees and strictly enforce company rules.
This company is building an AI bot for executives to give daily guidance to employees via anonymous text messages.
A messaging app that aggregates all your texts, calls and social media interactions into one place, combining the messages into a single stream for you to keep track of.
An AI that helps companies discover and understand meaning in text and voice. The product is used by companies like Duolingo, and the startup says it’s profitable and growing.
A patient-facing app that lets doctors and nurses communicate by text or video with a patient, and then view a summary of the conversation.
A startup that helps users share photos, video, and text to social media, all in real time. The beta was released in July 2019, and the company wants to scale to tens of millions of users.
A startup that tracks the value of your car, and sends you a text message anytime the value of your car has depreciated by a certain amount
Idea: A startup to send money like a text message
Idea: A platform to send short audio clips with a text message The startup wants to make texting more like talking
Idea: A text messaging-based service that helps companies keep track of their warehouse inventory
Idea: A tool for financial advisors to help them build stronger relationships with clients. The startup helps advisors keep track of how they’re spending time with clients and helps with communication like text messages and phone calls.
Idea: A platform for insurers to call and text patients regularly about their health and to encourage them to get physicals. The startup aims to be a replacement for the “wellness programs” that many insurers have offered in the past.
Idea: A startup that allows you to send a text message to someone, and it’ll automatically be posted as a review to Google, Yelp, Facebook, and other places on the internet.
Idea: A way to get paid for doing a bunch of small jobs via text.
Idea: A voice-to-text app for Android that uses the microphone to take notes. The startup claims that voice is 20x faster than typing on a physical keyboard.
Idea: A text-based social network in the style of Twitter. Currently in private alpha, it lets users post text-based statuses that can be seen by other users who follow you.
A platform that allows restaurants to send out real-time texts, emails, and social media messages to their menu items.
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