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A chatbot that takes a text message and pulls up the relevant information

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This startup is building an API that connects users to doctors via text messages and video calls.

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A startup for the deaf and hard of hearing that utilizes text to speech to allow people to connect with others in real time.

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A company that wants to use AI to identify fraudulent texts, emails, and calls before they’re delivered to your phone.

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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.

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A software platform that allows producers to create, edit, and distribute videos, audio, photos, and text.

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A B2B company that provides software solutions to restaurants and bars wherein you can order ahead by text, email, and phone.

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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

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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.

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A text-based messaging platform that serves as a go-to for employees and students to communicate with their employers and schools.

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A startup that tracks your fitness, eating, and sleep habits and then sends you personalized emails, texts, and reminders.

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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.

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A "text-based social network" where people can chat with each other, send text messages, and send emoticons and stickers.

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A text message-based calendar that lets you schedule events and reminders, with a calendar interface. The app is available for iOS and Android

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An online marketplace where people can sell their old textbooks for cheap.

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An online marketplace for books and learning content, with a focus on textbooks.

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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.

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Editing text on the fly with a simple drawing tool.

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A startup that sends a text with the location of your delivery driver to your phone

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A startup that helps you pay your bills online and via text message.

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A startup that translates and transcribes recordings of interviews and meetings into text.

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A startup that connects doctors with patients via text messaging It’s a telemedicine platform that provides health information and education

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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.

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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.

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A startup for students that promises discounts on textbooks, access to free online content, study groups, and more.

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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.

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A toolbox that helps translate text from one language to another

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A startup that wants to disrupt the textbook market by offering low-cost, digital textbooks made by an average person.

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A crowdsourced translation app that lets you leave a comment to help an Italian native translate an English text into Italian.

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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.

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a mobile tool for translating text and voice notes.

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A platform that helps English language learners practice by presenting them with text in a way that will help them understand.

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A startup that helps people communicate with each other on the internet by allowing them to create and share photos, videos, and text messages.

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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.”

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 A text-message based appointment scheduling service for health and wellness companies.

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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.

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A startup that allows you to create a “move” between friends, effectively turning a video call into a video-text-chat.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A navigation app for the blind, which can display arrows and text to guide users in the right direction.

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A company that provides a platform for users to order food via text message, with a delivery fee attached.

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A “dynamic pricing platform” for calls and text messages.

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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.

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A tool to help teachers, librarians, and parents find textbooks and other supplies.

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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.

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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.

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

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A platform for online video production that allows users to add audio, video, and text to their videos.

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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.

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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.

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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

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A text-to-speech app, allowing users to call up text they record and have it spoken aloud in their voice.

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A company that creates interactive guides for business by mixing text and video.

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 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.

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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.

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A SaaS tool that created a “human editor” that helps users write emails, convert PDFs to text, and make other edits to the text

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A company building a way for people to “rent” their phone data for a monthly fee, with text messages included.

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A tool to help users learn English, enabling them to follow along on a video while a native speaker reads the text.

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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.

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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.

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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 startup that lets companies send out personalized deals to customers via text message

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This business helps manage employee schedules, and allows companies to communicate with employees by voice or text message.

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 A digital textbook and learning platform that makes it easy for teachers, students, and parents to create and share digital content.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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’s building a new and more user-friendly way to create and manage group texts, similar to GroupMe.

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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.

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A customer service platform that gives businesses a way to connect with their customers via text, voice and video.

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A “SingTel Moments” app that lets groups of people share photos, videos and text and then customize the product with different filters.

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A YC company that makes a mobile app that detects when someone is texting while driving.

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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.

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A tool for managing and engaging customers, allowing businesses to create “personalized and contextually relevant content for customers and prospects”.

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A company that sells a device that lets your phone read and translate text in over 100 languages. The startup has raised $3 million.

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This startup is building a system that would allow customers to send a text message to multiple retailers and have the purchase executed seamlessly.

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A messaging platform for retailers that allows them to advertise deals or specials to customers with a text message.

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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.

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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.

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An SMS-based texting service for users to send and receive emergency alerts.

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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.

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A company that is creating “smart doorbells” that can help you know when people are around your house and send them text messages.

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is a platform for selling used textbooks and keeping college students accountable for their books.

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An AI that can create infographics from text.

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A Swiss startup that wants to help people find the best doctors online by rating them on social media and text messaging.

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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.

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A startup that sends a text message to your wife, letting you know when you’re out of the house.

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A tool that helps you create and edit websites using a text editor. It’s like Google Docs for websites.

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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.

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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.

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A tool that allows people to create their own personalized product pages on Etsy by uploading photos and text.

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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.

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A platform that lets users receive a weekly email (or text message) that shows them how to use their phone.

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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 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

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Idea: A startup to send money like a text message

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Idea: A platform to send short audio clips with a text message The startup wants to make texting more like talking

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Idea: A text messaging-based service that helps companies keep track of their warehouse inventory

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Idea: A way to get paid for doing a bunch of small jobs via text.

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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.

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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.

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