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This startup wants to create an “Uber for trash” for apartment owners, creating an automated system of trash drops and pickups that uses GPS and back-end software to track it all.

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A company with a market cap of $30 million that claims to be the “Uber of dog-walking”.

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The startup is rolling out a network of mobile clinics and Ubers for cheaper care in lower-income parts of the US that need it.

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A platform that aims to be the Uber of errand work. The idea is that an employee can tap into the service using a smartphone, and then an app will ping them for errands that will help them get stuff done.

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A food delivery startup that wants to take on Uber Eats. The company is currently only available in Seattle and has $3 million in funding.

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A platform for managing all your medical records and scheduling appointments, proposed as the Uber of healthcare.

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A platform for food delivery that wants to compete with GrubHub and Uber Eats.

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This is an app that lets you make a just-in-time delivery order, like Uber but for groceries.

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A company that wants to be the “Uber of home security”, letting people pay for home security devices with their credit cards and then let the company handle the rest. The company has raised $10 million in a Series A.

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A mobile app that helps people find the best and cheapest public transportation in their city. Called "Uber for Transportation", it's already in beta in New York and San Francisco.

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A startup that lets users anonymously rate their Uber drivers and drivers rate them.

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A company that’s trying to build a “Uber for drones”.

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The first YC-backed startup to reach unicorn status was Airbnb, in 2009. Airbnb was followed by Dropbox, Stripe, Uber, Instacart, and Wayfair.

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Let’s call this app the “Uber for food”. This is a restaurant-on-demand service that can be triggered via a mobile app.

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A delivery app that uses Uber, GrubHub and Postmates to dispatch delivery orders from a restaurant menu. This is a B2B app for restaurants to manage their delivery operations

100

A startup for Uber drivers, offering them tools to make their job easier.

100

A startup that trains drivers for rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft.

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 A company that aims to be the Uber of freelance services by connecting service providers with customers.

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A car rental startup that says it’s “aiming to be the Uber of ride sharing”.

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A company that merges the concepts of an “Uber-for-laundry” with the features of a “Netflix-for-laundry”.

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A startup that promises to be the next Uber for the taxi industry. Instead of incentivizing drivers by paying them directly, they’ll pay the driver’s customer base.

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A fast-food delivery service that can deliver food to you in under 15 minutes. Their model is a bit like Uber Eats, but they’ve automated a lot of the process so you can order online, and the food will be delivered to you.

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A new kind of payment system that allows taxi owners to compete with Uber and Lyft. Instead of needing to call a dispatcher, riders can hail a cab in real-time and pay directly through the app.

93

This startup is building an “interactive map of the world” and wants to be the Uber of mapping.

93

A platform for pharmaceuticals that wants to be the Uber for drug distribution. Instead of having to find a distributor, the startup wants to connect patients directly with pharmacies that can provide them with medicines.

92

A social find-a-ride app that’s loosely based on Uber, but with a different business model, focusing on peer-to-peer rides that take place in a ride-sharing network.

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A startup that automatically bookmarks the location of where you’re going for your next Uber ride and updates it each time you call.

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Startup that allows users to pay for their Uber rides with their Chase credit card, resulting in credits to their card balance.

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A B2B startup that helps companies like Uber and Lyft figure out how to best use their driver fleets.

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A startup that wants to help you get to work faster by providing an easy-to-use, low-cost way to book rides through Uber.

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A startup that brings the power of an “off-the-shelf” product like Uber or Airbnb to the small business owner. It makes the process of hosting, booking, and paying for a service as easy as booking a flight or an Uber.

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This is a startup that’s building a personalized fitness plan for you based on your fitness goals, and your preferences like what music you like, which music to play, and what kind of food you like. It’s like an Uber for fitness.

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In the middle of April, Lyft announced it was making $1.25 billion in revenue per quarter, with over $1 billion in cash. In the middle of May, Uber announced that it had $7.4 billion in cash.

87

A startup that wants to be the Uber of virtual assistants, using artificial intelligence to help people book appointments, schedule meetings, and conduct other tasks.

86

A bike-sharing startup that has raised $5 million and launched in Seattle. The company bills itself as the Uber of bikes, and promises bikes that arrive within five minutes of being requested.

86

"Idea 2.0 is a tool for entrepreneurs to help them learn about new technologies in the market and network together. It’s the Uber of technology conferences. The conference is in its second year and has had over 1,000 attendees and 300+ speakers from 45 countries. The conference’s format is based on the model of Airbnb, where the host gets to pick the guests. The guest list is highly curated and the speakers are handpicked by the company’s CEO. The conference has been very well received by attendees and has been named a Top 10 conference in the US in 2018.

85

An Uber-like app that helps people find reliable childcare. The startup is based in San Francisco and already has hundreds of parents on its waitlist.

85

A remote-work solution for business partners and freelancers, letting them work from anywhere. It’s a sort of “Uber for freelancers”, and is based on the idea that most clients don’t want to hire someone for a long-term gig, but instead need someone to tackle a project for a few days or a week at a time.

84

A startup that aims to bring on-demand services like Uber to the B2B travel sector with a new service called Travia that will allow travel managers to hire drivers for their clients on-demand.

84

A mobile app for finding parking and other services near your destination, with a built-in contact list to save you time. It’s inspired by Uber’s surge pricing and lets you set your own price and availability as well.

84

A startup that offers a mobile app that helps people schedule a ride with a licensed driver through the Uber app.

84

A startup that uses an IoT platform to automatically manage the delivery of goods in the same way that Amazon and Uber do. Founded in early 2019, they’re currently in talks with logistics companies in the US, Canada and Mexico.

83

A startup that wants to compete with the likes of Yelp and Uber with a streamlined, all-in-one platform for restaurants and small businesses. It’s a one-stop shop for everything from customer scheduling, to sales and marketing, to communication between staff and owners.

82

A start-up that allows you to pay for your Lyft or Uber ride using the credit you get back from your credit card company’s rewards program.

82

This startup wants to be the “Uber for life insurance”, connecting people with insurance companies and giving them a single place to manage all their insurance needs.

82

Like Uber, this startup gamifies the concept of a taxi ride, with the user playing a dispatcher for a network of taxis. The app helps users find the closest taxis using data from Yelp and OpenTable.

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 The startup aims to be a single source of research on all of the different ride-sharing apps from Uber to Lyft.

80

A tool that allows companies to engage with customers via Facebook Messenger and SMS. The company has built out a few integrations with vendors like PayPal, Uber, and Shyp.

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A digital “wallet” for rideshare drivers (that’s UberX, Lyft, etc.) to pay expenses like deductibles, gas and maintenance. The digital wallet eventually will allow drivers to take rides anywhere and pay their expenses without having to have cash on hand.

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This startup wants to be the Uber of medical waste, connecting different waste disposal companies for pickup and billing.

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A startup that provides software that helps with the setup and configuration of Kubernetes clusters

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A startup that allows users to automate their interactions with Uber. A spin on the existent “Uber for X” category, Upply pulls in Uber data and uses a predictive algorithm to help predict what a user is likely to say in an Uber interaction and then use that to automate the interaction.

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This startup is building a premium, shared-bikes-for-hire platform in Los Angeles that aims to be an Uber for urban transport. Their bikes will be electric and can be reserved online, on-call 24/7, for one hour or longer.

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A startup that uses machine learning to help brands find the right person for the job. They claim to have found just the right person for 1,900 positions, including jobs at Uber and Goldman Sachs.

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A ride-hailing app that combines peer-to-peer carpooling with the convenience of Uber. The startup wants to build a system that lets people get around for less money while reducing traffic and pollution.

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A tool for automating and monitoring Kubernetes resources.

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A food delivery app that uses the same home delivery process as Uber Eats and Instacart, but for restaurants. It’s currently in the beginning of a round led by a VC firm that recently invested in Zume Pizza.

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A startup that helps people create and sell custom clothing through a web browser without having to design the entire garment from scratch. Loom wants to help consumers sell their clothing as a service — it’s essentially an Uber for fashion.

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A startup for on-demand car services in Singapore. The startup’s founder says he’s been offering the service with Uber for the past year and says it’s a $1 billion market in Singapore.

73

A startup that helps small businesses track repairs, maintenance, and replacements rather than having to rely on spreadsheets and stops receiving Ubers and other ride-share services.

73

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.

72

The “Uber for Taxi” ridesharing service has a million drivers in India. UberGo gives them a way to turn their cars into cabs.

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An AI that helps people find a good Uber or Lyft driver.

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A platform for companies to build their own custom versions of Uber, Lyft, or GrubHub.

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A startup that makes it possible to buy, sell, and collectively organize ridesharing services, much like Uber or Lyft but for cars

70

A startup that aims to be the Uber of short-term rentals, allowing people to rent out their spare rooms or entire homes. Ethos currently has a pilot in place with over 10,000 users.

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Just like Uber, which allows you to summon a car at any time, this startup wants to allow anyone to get a ride at any time. Currently focused on bringing services to the campus.

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An online platform for hiring remote workers. The Atlanta-based startups aims to be the “Uber of remote work”, allowing companies to find and hire remote workers quickly.

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A self-driving Uber for trucking companies.

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A new kind of “under-the-radar” startup that creates and maintains “micro-cities” for renters, like Uber for apartment complexes.

69

A legal analytics startup that wants to help companies like Airbnb and Uber navigate regulations. The startup wants to provide data that would be required for an uber-like app to operate in a country.

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 “A personal assistant for the last mile: an AI-powered tool that serves the last mile of travel needs of both humans and machines.” The startup, which was founded in May, seeks to take on the likes of Uber and Lyft with a new platform designed for last-mile travel.

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UnionX is a platform that can be used to organize a union or similar group for a group of employees. The startup has seen interest from unions in private companies, like Uber, and recently secured $1 million in seed funding.

68

A startup that bills itself as the “Uber for teachers”.

67

A blockchain-based platform for driving and sharing autonomous vehicles, akin to Uber and Lyft but for cars.

66

The startup is building a service that they describe as “the Uber of air travel”. It replaces the “front-end” that users deal with when they book a flight and instead of a travel agent, will connect them directly with an itinerary.

66

A company that helps geospatial companies like Uber and Lyft better understand the best routes and pricing to reach customers by using data from their phone to track their location.

66

A company that wants to build a service that lets you call up an Uber-like app whenever you need a ride anywhere. The service would give you options for the type of car to be used and then would let you track the car’s progress.

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This startup is building an Uber-like app that it says will be cheaper and more accessible for those who can’t afford a car. It will also have a carpooling component, so you can share a ride to work and your car with others.

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A company that helps freelance and on-call workers find jobs. It’s currently working with 10,000 companies including Uber, GoDaddy, and Microsoft.

60

A startup that helps connect people with doctors to help them get medical care quickly. The startup wants to build an "Uber for healthcare".

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This Israeli startup is building a self-driving vehicle that, unlike Uber's autonomous cars, is purely electric and doesn’t need a human driver at the wheel. The company is planning to launch a service in Tel Aviv in July.

59

A startup for scheduling Uber and Lyft rides

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This is an on-demand dog walker business, with an app that allows users to request a walker with an ease of use similar to Uber.

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A small business-to-business startup that aims to be Uber for local services.

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A “customer care” app that integrates with Uber and Lyft.

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The company wants to be the “Uber of the day game”.

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A home cleaning service that aims to be the Uber of its industry, connecting customers to local cleaners

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A platform that helps customers pay for services from companies like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash through a single checkout page.

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Combining the ease with which inter-city carpooling apps like UberPool and Lyft Line can be found with a new approach to making the rides more affordable, by adding a personal concierge to the ride to help with navigation, scheduling and other tasks.

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 A platform like Uber, but for the gig economy. The startup is a background screening and background check service for employees.

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A startup that wants to take on the role of the concierge, with a live human who can help you book a ride on Uber, book a hotel, or find an event.

49

A company that says it’s “the Uber of community management” for social media teams.

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The company takes an “Uber for Home” approach. The startup’s app helps homeowners find and book handyman, electrician, and handywoman services.

48

A startup that provides on-demand access to a local barista. The concept is similar to Uber Eats, except these “district kitchens” are meant to be in neighborhoods that don’t have their own cafes. The service is currently only available in one city, but plans to expand to others in the near future.

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Some people like to own a car, which is usually a pretty big financial investment. Zendrive aims to be the Uber of cars, providing a way for people to get around without having to deal with insurance or renting or buying a car.

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Food delivery service that has ambitions to be the Uber of urban food delivery.

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This startup offers a gamified service for calling Uber or Lyft, which works through the app.

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A company that delivers services on-demand, like Uber Eats, and uses a model of individual freelancers to help out on projects. Currently focused on the $75 million food delivery market.

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A startup that offers a way for people to book rides from their homes to the airport. UberX rides are typically cheaper than cab rides, but even after the startup’s recent troubles, it has a market share of over 30%.

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A program for giving tips to Uber drivers. It’s a mobile phone app that facilitates the sharing of tips and information with drivers.

41

In the US, one of the biggest areas for startups is in the commercial space, with companies such as Uber, Google, and Amazon, to name a few.

40

A platform that pairs clients with freelancers to get the job done. It’s not quite an Uber, but it’s the next iteration of a task-based model.

40

 A startup that aims to be the Uber of online tutoring and tests.  It’s a relatively new startup, founded in April.

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A startup that lets people ask Uber to have their drivers arrive at all kinds of remote locations, including airports, stadiums, and parks.

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A platform for booking a ride-share with Uber or Lyft. It is a competitor to UberRush, a company founded by former Uber and Lyft employees that allows ridesharing users to book a ride from a driver without a credit card.

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A company that lets companies test new products on real users. It aims to be a “Uber for product trials”, allowing companies to have an in-house lab and focus on product design rather than testing. It currently has over 50 customers, and has raised a $3.1 million seed round.

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 The company with the combined vision of Google, Facebook, and Uber: A new kind of messaging platform that allows you to send and receive a message with a set of actions. An example: You can send a message to a friend and then order them a pizza, with the message automatically being routed through the app and then to the pizza chain.

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A startup that allows users to access their Uber-like Uber account from their iOS and Android phone.

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An on-demand software development shop meant to help companies build, maintain, and grow their apps. The company has worked with companies like Uber, Warby Parker, and GoFundMe.

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A startup that aims to be the "Uber of dog walks." The company plans to use the same GPS technology that powers Uber rides for a service that will be more convenient for pet owners.

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Postmates is a food-delivery service similar to UberEats. But Postmates focuses on delivering food from local restaurants rather than order-in restaurants.

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A way to find and book your Uber driver faster than ever.

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A product that allows you to request a ride on Uber without having to download an app. Users just have to link their phone number to their account.

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This startup is founded by former Google employees and aims to be the “Uber of recruiting”, allowing companies to list their job openings for remote employees.

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A San Francisco-based startup that hopes to be the Uber of finance, where anyone can get a line of credit and borrow money from friends and family.

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 A smartphone app that allows you to leave a tip for your Uber driver at the end of a ride.

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A company that helps companies like Uber and Lyft to gain access to a large number of drivers for

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A mobile app that uses the same technology as Uber to get you a taxi.

23

A startup that connects medical workers in a way similar to Uber, allowing them to find patients and make deliveries. The company wants to use the data it records to help make hospitals and doctors more efficient.

21

A startup that helps content creators like YouTubers and Instagrammers manage their brand, and offer guidance to consumers on how to use their content.

21

A SaaS platform that helps companies raise capital more easily. It’s like the Uber of the fundraising world.

21

A startup that wants to create an Uber for the enterprise, connecting businesses with drivers who want to make extra income on their own time.

20

A company that wants to be the Uber of travel agents. It wants to build a marketplace for travel agents, allowing them to travel more by helping them manage their time and increase their revenue.

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A company that aims to be the Uber of Airbnbs by connecting people with shared interest and letting them share their dwelling with others who want to stay or need a place to stay.

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A startup that wants to be the Uber for bike rentals: a service where you can pick up a bike and drop it off at a central hub and then pay a flat fee to use it.

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A startup that’s building an “Uber for teeth”, recommending dentists for dental procedures according to the user’s needs. The company says it's already working with over 30 dentists across the country.

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An on-demand cleaning service that advertises on a mobile app. The startup is made up of a team of former Uber and DoorDash employees.

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A new Uber-like platform for on-demand delivery. The company plans to use the same technology that powers the on-demand delivery app to streamline the process of getting food delivered to your home.

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 A startup aiming to compete with Uber drivers by letting the public order rides the same way they order food.

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This startup wants to take the rigmarole out of paying bills. The company aims to be the “Uber for payments”, the startup says it processes over $200 million in payments per month. It hopes to take a 15% cut of each transaction.

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The company was founded in 2012 by Joshua Granick, a former entrepreneur and executive at a number of startups including Twitter and Uber.

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A company that wants to be the Uber of the cannabis industry by decreasing the time between delivery and consumption.

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An “Uber for electric scooters”.

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A platform that allows people to book Uber-like cars by requesting them through SMS.

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A chatbot for booking rides on Uber and Lyft

15

A platform that aims to capitalize on the power of the “frictionless” commerce that comes from services like Uber and Airbnb. The platform will allow consumers to use apps to order groceries, ride-sharing, or take-out, and the company will cover the cost of delivery.

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The app will make it easy for customers to book trips and delivery orders by selecting from a shortlist of the three most popular services, such as Uber and Postmates, and using a booking code to complete the purchase.

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A startup founded by former Uber employees to help Uber drivers connect with riders through a network of private messaging

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This company wants to be the “Uber of labor”, so it lets small businesses find and hire contractors quickly and easily.

14

A “hyperlocal food delivery service” that wants to be a “Uber for food” – a company that gives you a list of local restaurants and gives you a choice of what you want to eat, with a pickup time and a location.

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This company wants to be “the Uber of gig work”, enabling freelancers to get work done on-demand.

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A company that helps you find a ride on Uber, Lyft, and other ride sharing services.

13

In the spirit of the “Uber for X” model, a startup that aims to “turn every car into a self-driving vehicle” for ridesharing services.

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A web-based platform for managing a fleet of self-driving vehicles, integrating with all the major systems including Waymo, Uber, and Tesla. The startup’s platform is built on the open source OBD2 standard and uses the same kinds of sensors as Tesla's Autopilot.

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This is an on-demand concierge service for cleaners, basically an Uber for household staff.

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The startup is building a platform for the gig economy, letting people earn money through online activities, like cleaning homes, or driving Uber. It’s currently focusing on Indonesia.

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 The startup aims to disrupt the Ubers and Lyfts of the world by creating an app that allows rideshare drivers to make money by making their own deliveries.

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A startup that uses facial recognition to help customers find, review, and purchase products online. Founded by the former CEO of UBER.

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A system that helps employees find and book Uber rides after a shift ends.

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A visual dashboard for Uber's drivers, letting them see how many hours they've driven, what they've driven, and what they were paid.

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A Milwaukee startup that’s building a platform to help firms like Lyft and Uber make sense of the data they’re collecting on their customers. It’s a tool for taking real-time information and turning it into data models and visualizations.

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This is a carpooling service for drivers looking to save money on gas and time. It’s also a way for drivers to find fares for ride-share services like Uber and Lyft, as long as they’re willing to take a longer drive.

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Idea: The "Uber" of food delivery for meds

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Idea: A tool for managing Kubernetes workloads

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Idea: An online platform that helps companies post jobs in Africa and screen for the right candidates It was created by two brothers, one who had worked at Google, the other who had worked at Uber in Nigeria, where they were inspired to make it easier for companies to hire in Africa

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Idea: A directory of jobs in the gig economy, from Uber and Lyft to dog walkers and freelance writers

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Idea: A startup that helps Midwestern farmers sell their produce more easily on the West Coast. The company is building a series of farms in the Midwest that will grow produce for big companies in the West, and use an Uber-like system to deliver it.

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Idea: Kubernetes for databases. The startup wants to help companies manage data across different databases on a single server, and move data between them.

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Idea: A startup that aims to be “the Uber for trucking”, claiming that the transportation industry is a $7 trillion sector ripe for disruption. It has a similar pitch to Uber Freight, which focuses on helping smaller trucking companies compete with big shippers.

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Idea: A platform for booking medical appointments, similar to OpenTable or Uber. Users can book with a doctor inside or outside of the platform, and it will handle the

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Idea: A startup that makes an Uber-like service where you can pay someone to

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A platform that allows users to purchase and sell data. For instance, a third-party could use the API to compare the cost of an Uber ride in different cities.

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