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This startup aims to help people around the world donate their excess stuff to the needy. The startup helps people donate excess stuff to those in need by finding charities that accept donations.

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Idea: A platform for connecting students with mentors from the world's top universities

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A network of tutors across the world that get paid per student, with students able to take lessons from anyone.

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A startup that collects data on the world’s 4.5 billion-odd cellphones and builds a giant map of their locations with all the phone data available.

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Build a database of every tree in the world, using satellite imagery.

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“Together, dreamers and doers can do more than ever before.” It’s a “startup for humanity” that wants to provide rapid solutions that “help change the world for the better”

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A startup for finding and reserving gyms, as well as a digital membership card. The startup wants to be the world’s first digital gym, using an app to track and manage memberships.

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A startup that wants to bring personalized tutoring to the world’s most remote regions, including rural India.

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A software company delivering software to keep track of the world’s trash.

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A decentralized worldwide marketplace where members can buy, sell, and trade cryptocurrencies.

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A new startup that wants to make the world’s smallest USB hub, allowing users to plug in multiple USB devices (keyboards, monitors, etc) into a single port

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A new way to buy and sell items in the world of cryptocurrencies

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A global marketplace for local goods that requires zero inventory or storage costs. The startup says it can deliver goods from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world within 48 hours.

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This is a water purification company that wants to provide clean, safe drinking water to poor people in the developing world.

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An online platform for hiring and managing temps. The company wants to be the platform that bring together the world of temp agencies and temps to make it easier for employers and employees.

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A startup that wants to help you save money on your toilet paper, but also wants to be the company to make the best toilet paper in the world.

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A software platform that lets brands communicate with marketing departments around the world — making workflows easier and more cost-effective.

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A startup that is building a platform to help the two billion people in the world who don't have access to the Internet or smartphones.

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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 way to help teams manage their work from any location across the world.

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A tool for sharing your portfolio of creative work with the world

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An educational tool that helps students in the US get certificates from universities around the world. The startup helps students get their credits in real time, with a guarantee that their credits will transfer to the school they’re attending.

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A startup that aims to be the Wikipedia of the veterinary industry, by building a community for vets across the world.

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A startup that sells Android phones in bulk to the developing world

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A startup that is working on a location-based ad platform. Their pitch is that they are the only ones building a smart ad stack that works across all channels, including the web, apps, and the physical world.

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A company focused on the web and mobile performance, making the world’s largest distributed network for web and mobile services.

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A startup that helps people explore the world around them by allowing them to connect with those who live near them and share their local knowledge

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If you own a home in the US, you can log into an app and see what the utilities are costing you in real time. However, the founders say that households throughout the world can benefit from a similar application.

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A startup that is a search engine for the world's best creative work.

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A tool for working with data in order to understand the real world. For instance, a medical researcher can use it to investigate how much stress the human body can handle, or to understand how people interact with their surroundings.

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Big Data maps the world’s food. The startup analyzes agricultural data in real time to help farmers make more informed decisions about which crops to grow, where to plant them, and when to sell them.

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A startup that aims to bring the transparency of online voting to the world of online retail, where many retailers don’t always do their best to represent their products to their customers.

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A platform for sharing and curating the world’s best startup teardowns.

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A platform to help the world’s refugees find homes. It’s currently in beta.

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A platform to connect suppliers to restaurants with the goal of increasing food security in the developing world.

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Builds a retail website for selling products via Instagram. The startup’s founder says that the website is “the world’s first” to use the social platform to sell physical products online.

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A new company changing how people think about the world.

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A company that helps people around the world make online donations to charities

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 A SaaS platform that uses machine learning to optimize lead generation. The startup’s customers include Monster Worldwide, the world’s largest job site, and the US’s largest insurance company.

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A startup for hiring and retaining freelancers that allows businesses to find, hire and pay people from anywhere in the world.

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A digital platform for managing and monitoring medical and health records in the developing world.

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A startup that wants to make the process of bringing a new child into the world as seamless as possible.

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A physical token that can be used to unlock any door in the world

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A platform for self-hosting, on-demand virtual reality content, allowing users to access VR worlds without a headset.

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A startup that uses artificial intelligence to predict where companies will be in three years. They’re based in Philadelphia but working with clients around the world.

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This company is building technology that combines the best practices of the world’s ride-sharing companies into a single platform.

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“An online platform that provides the opportunity to discover and hire top talent from around the world. They are already generating $4 million in annual revenue with a team of 8.”

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A startup that helps people explore the world through photography and film. It wants to help people find the “right shot” for their travel photos.

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This machine learning startup is building a program to identify problems in the world’s food supply

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A mobile app that connects people to other travelers and hosts. The startup wants to use technology to make the world’s hotels and hostels more efficient and make it easier for people to find a place to stay.

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"We're a team of entrepreneurs who formed to create a company that helps the world's most powerful brands get more relevant and influential messages sent their way."

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The founders of this startup are building a device to help you identify the origin of your food. It can be used to eliminate food fraud, and help the world’s poorest populations.

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A tool to help people navigate the world of legal marijuana through a simple, easy to use interface.

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Chargeback is an online platform that helps users dispute utility bills. It’s a B2B startup catering to utility companies. The founders hope to build a worldwide network of users.

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A startup that provides merchants with a secure, spam-free e-commerce platform to sell their products and access marketplaces in the US and around the world.

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A platform that helps recruiters find and screen candidates in cities around the world.

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A startup that helps people explore the world to learn new things

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A platform for helping the developing world manage the increasingly important issue of climate change.

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

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A startup that helps people get their minds around the idea of “a world without cash”

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A startup that creates a database of all of the world’s music and helps musicians get discovered

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A startup building an app that helps companies manage their international workflows. The solution is aimed at companies that have multiple different offices around the world, be they full-time or digital nomads.

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

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A chatbot that helps you navigate the world of digital marketing.

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A startup that makes and sells a $25 hardware device that plugs into your smartphone and lets you make maps of the world.

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

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A startup that helps engineers manage the full lifecycle of their software projects. It’s a B2B SaaS platform serving developers worldwide.

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A startup that wants to connect the world’s waste to buyers.

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A startup that makes it cheap and easy to order products from around the world

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A question-and-answer startup where users can ask questions of and then be answered by people all over the world.

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Jurassic Park came out in theaters 20 years ago. Its sequel Jurassic World was released in theaters two years ago.

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A startup that builds "the world’s first decentralized, open source, student portal.” Its goal is to connect students around the world to their professors through a global network of university digital classrooms.

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A New York-based startup that claims to be the first in the world to offer a virtual reality-based storytelling course designed for the music industry.

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A system that helps connect people across the world who are interested in doing freelance work, such as writing, editing, and design. The startup was founded in March and is looking to raise seed funding.

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A startup that wants to “make the world a better place” by helping small farmers sell their crops for fair prices.

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"The world’s first social dating app for underrepresented groups,” which is to say, people of color.

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A startup that wants to bring a similar UI to the world of online banking, except that instead of generic banks, the startup offers a wide array of financial products.

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A market for the world’s farmers, specifically those who want to start selling their excess produce in bulk.

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This startup is building a digital banking platform for the developing world, enabling mobile banking across all of Africa.

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In June 2018, the Startup Genome Project released data on the 100 most active venture-backed startups in the world. Of the top 100 startups, 12 were based in the San Francisco Bay Area. That was more than any other single city in the world.

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A crowd-funded project to bring the benefits of underfloor heating and cooling to the underdeveloped world. The startup’s founders came up with the concept for a client-focused project as a way to combine the technology with other humanitarian efforts.

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A startup that’s building an online marketplace for visual artists to sell their work to the world, with payment handled by Stripe.

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A “Kiva for the world”, allowing investors to crowdfund for loans to entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

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A company that sells “the world’s first wearable data science platform”.

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 A “Global Credit Network” where you can borrow money from anyone in the world — no credit checks and no collateral. The startup is building the infrastructure to make international microlending easy.

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This startup is building a browser for the startup world. Its goal is to create a simplified version of the startup experience with tools for research, fundraising, and community engagement.

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A startup that helps companies find and pay contractors and service providers across the world. The company will use the P2Pool tech popularized by bitcoin to help larger companies find and pay out thousands of contractors more efficiently.

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"We believe that the world’s 2.5 billion farmers deserve access to information they can trust. We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to improve their lives. We believe that, in the long run, this is good for the planet."

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A company that’s building a detailed map of the world’s supply chains, put together using new satellite technologies. The startup wants to create a more efficient and transparent supply chain for all manufacturers.

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A platform for sharing and tracking all of your fitness activities. The company developed a stand-alone iOS app called MyFitnessPal in 2011, which has over 150 million users worldwide. In 2017, they launched the fitness tracking and calorie logging platform Fitbit.

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A platform for families to connect and communicate with other families around the world.

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Cofounder Alex Zabludowicz co-founded this fintech company with his brother, Alex. It wants to make payments faster, cheaper, and more secure, with a focus on the developing world.

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A startup that helps small-business owners around the world get paid for the work they do — and then get paid again for the work they do on the side.

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a social network for people who want to learn about the world. The startup has over 100,000 users, and now has clients in the US, Europe, China, and India.

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A startup that makes learning about the world more accessible to people around the world

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A new app that helps fans book flights, hotels, and other travel services from any location around the world.

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A platform for the design and manufacture of solar cells. The startup wants to make solar cells more accessible for people in the developing world, with a focus on the Middle East.

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A startup that helps people build their own websites so that they can share their content with the world

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A company that’s moving the power of the “internet of things” from the world of large manufacturing plants and factories to the world of small-scale manufacturing and manufacturing at home. The company is working with over 50 manufacturers to make it easier to connect their products to the Internet.

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A company that provides a platform for the ability to manage, track and process all of the data generated by the billions of sensors that are embedded in the world’s devices.

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A company that helps companies access the best people in the world to fill their IT needs

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6,000 employees worldwide use this company’s service to connect with, and manage, their boss’s calendars.

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A platform that provides data about how your phone is being used. The startup aims to tackle a problem that is increasingly important as the world becomes more connected: How exactly is my phone being used

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Caringo is a startup that is building a new category of Internet of Things (IoT) device – a SaaS platform that lets you create a device of your own with a few simple clicks, and then deploy it into the world as a service.

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This startup is building a new way to access and use the world’s most popular programming languages. The company is now working with Google on its Material Design language team.

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A company that pays people in the developing world to write content for a fee. They’ve already signed up one client (Watsi, a non-profit that helps poor people in medical emergencies) and expect to sign up another soon.

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New York - New York City is home to the largest financial district in the world, but the cost of living for interns in this area is so high that it’s difficult for companies to entice young talent to stay. This startup, known as Give, wants to make it easier for companies to hire interns.

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This startup wants to create a new digital currency that’s backed by a bank, and that can be used to pay for transactions in the physical world.

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A startup that lets you compete in a virtual world against other players to become the best trader

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A company that maps the world’s urban areas using satellite imagery. It’s currently working with six cities: London, New York, San Francisco, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Hong Kong.

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Collaborating with organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank, Geotime provides demographic, economic, and climate data in a user-friendly way that’s useful for businesses.

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Building a decentralized model to connect businesses across the world, with a focus on the $3 trillion international business-to-business market.

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The idea of this startup is to fill the void that the daily news leaves out. By aggregating and creating content from the hundreds of sources they partner with, they aim to provide a complete picture of the news events happening around the world.

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A tool that lets you explore the world of retirement savings without having to read financial statements or do any complex math. As a nudge to get you started, it’s free.

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As of 2016, accelerator programs are across the world, from Silicon Valley to London, with India, China, Singapore and Israel also hosting their own.

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A virtual assistant that predicts the weather for cities around the world, including New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo, and Mumbai.

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A system that helps people connect the dots between their physical and digital lives, that helps them understand the world around them. People can use the app to find out if someone has talked about them on social media, see if they’ve visited a particular location, and snap a photo of an item they want to buy and see if they can find it elsewhere.

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This is “a healthcare startup for the world’s largest democracy” – India. It aims to help patients get their prescriptions filled at the lowest prices possible, and is already working with several pharmaceutical companies in India for a $3 million revenue run rate.

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This startup is building a platform for all of the contract recruiters in the world, connecting them to employers and customers.

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A startup that brings in a freelance marketer from anywhere in the world, and pays them a commission for their work.

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The creators of this startup want to bring the world a universal, open-source, and non-profit search engine.

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A startup that helps you learn the dates of birth of the world’s most famous people.

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A free chat app for developers. The company has already raised $5.5M in funding from some of the largest VCs in the world, including Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, and more.

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A platform for creating social connections around events, which is currently a popular form of entertainment. The startup wants to help users curate real-world events and build a community around them.

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A platform to recruit and hire remote developers and designers from any location in the world.

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A startup that wants to process the world’s raw materials into finished products. The startup currently has $8.5M in funding.

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A startup to allow people to send money from their smartphones to a family member, no matter where they are in the world.

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A startup that launched in May, Empowered Launchpad is a marketplace for a variety of services including legal, accounting, and engineering, with the goal of making it easier for startups to get off the ground. They’re already working with 100 companies around the world.

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In an effort to identify people who are interested in starting a business, the Y Combinator Summer School offers select entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from Y Combinator fellows while also receiving mentorship from Y Combinator partners. Since the school’s launch in 2011, over 400 students from around the world have participated.

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This is a company that makes a way to map the physical world of information. The startup is building a suite of open data products and services that will allow users to visualize and understand the world around them.

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A mobile app that helps people plan their trip to see the world’s best art. The app comes with a network of over 1,000 locations of art museums and galleries from around the world. The startup is profitable.

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This startup wants to make it easier to get a headshot taken in an interior studio — anywhere in the world.

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A company that’s looking to disrupt the insurance market by providing a platform for users to buy and sell insurance plans across the web, essentially creating the world’s largest market for insurance on the internet.

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A startup that helps companies in the most remote areas of the world expand their operations, and most of all, connect with customers.

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A startup that lets you buy, organize, and sell artwork from artists around the world, with the option of searching for art by artist or subject. ArtGen is based in New York City.

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A startup that’s building a personal assistant for people across the world, and has conducted interviews with over 100 individuals for the role. The company wants to build a team that’s available 24/7 in every part of the world.

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A startup looking to make the world’s best desktop security software, and taking advantage of the increasing need for it as the world becomes more connected.

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A startup that builds apps based on data from the real world. For example, the startup has a tool for data scientists to visualize the conversation of a crowd and see what words and concepts are trending, and a tool for the government to monitor traffic.

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A platform for connecting with an expert on the other side of the world, contracting workers from global markets.

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A “collaboration platform for freelance workers,” allowing them to find one another and take advantage of their “world of expertise”

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A startup that wants to enable connectivity to the Internet in the remotest parts of the world. The company wants to bring affordable Internet to the world’s most remote places.

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A tool used to connect small businesses with customers and suppliers, allowing the businesses to manage their finances from anywhere in the world.

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A decentralized platform for supply chains. The platform builds on a blockchain technology, which is a way of managing digital assets which is mainly popular in the crypto world. The platform is meant to help companies automate their supply chains and manage their inventory better.

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A startup that offers a tool for consumers to use to shop for and compare real-world products. The startup says it is the only shopping service that allows users to buy online-only products, while also allowing customers to see products in person and try them for free.

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The accelerator is based in New York's Brooklyn neighborhood, and was founded in February 2015. It is sponsored by MasterCard, and has attracted companies from around the world, including Colombia, Kazakhstan, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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"We are a group of experienced marketers and developers who believe in building companies that are powered by users and not investors. We want to move from a world of transactional businesses to ones that are built on relationships. Our mission is to build a platform that allows people to create and share their own content in the same way that they share links or photos on Facebook."

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This startup is building a platform for doctors to take care of their patients in the digital world. The company wants to create a better patient experience, and help patients get the right information faster.

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A free app that helps people keep track of coming up with ideas, with the goal of helping them get their ideas out of their heads and into the world.

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A “worker-owned cooperative” that will put a new spin on the working world, pairing freelancers and clients with each other to help them co-create a working space, and to help members through a “micro-retirement” plan.

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A startup that helps people find and book flights around the world. "We're not trying to be a travel booking site but more a package." The platform lets users see prices and deals from a variety of airlines, which is useful for travelers.

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A platform for people to connect, share and discover the hidden world of hiking, backpacking, and camping.

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A hub for sharing the locations of all the world’s bike-share bikes

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The e-commerce company wants to be the Amazon of the professional world.

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This startup wants to make the world’s most durable tablet, one that can withstand a drop from a boat in the ocean, or a puddle of coffee.

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A software platform that allows small businesses to “pay anyone in the world in less than a second”.

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This startup started in the Y Combinator summer 2017 batch and has a goal of “empowering people around the world to express their identities, express their gender, and be accepted for who they are.”

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A startup that aims to create the Google search for the physical world. The company is building a search engine for the physical world, and is currently in the process of building a prototype.

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A company that aims to help marketers adjust their Facebook ads in real time based on the user’s interests. The startup is working with various marketing teams all over the world to build out a proprietary algorithm.

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A project management tool built for teams that want to organize their projects. It’s already been used by a lot of the world’s biggest brands.

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A product that helps businesses scale their operations across the country and around the world.

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Sphere is a new approach to online education based on the idea that online education is too expensive for many students and doesn’t provide high enough quality instruction. Sphere offers a free, high-quality education to anyone in the world.

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A bridge between the two worlds of professional and amateur soccer.

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A digital service that let’s you connect your job in the digital world to your real world job. The startup helps HR departments better manage the digital talent they’re hiring, and helps companies that are hiring use the digital world to recruit better. The startup has raised $110,000.

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A startup that builds a new kind of chair, with the goal of being the first chair in the world to help with back pain and to be completely customizable.

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A startup that offers entrepreneurs support and advice on their business idea in the form of a “venture coach”. They’re working on a way that their coaches can help entrepreneurs with their projects from anywhere in the world.

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A startup that helps connect the world’s food supply chain, from farmers to factories to distributors and restaurants. It will also offer apps to help track and improve inventory management.

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Produces maps of the world’s street address systems, using data from the U.S. Census, U.K. Post Office, and Google’s Street View.

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A startup building an online platform for people to sell their used electronics. The idea is to be a free marketplace where sellers can sell and buyers can buy used electronics from people all over the world.

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An API that lets customers pay any merchant in the world, directly through their website, with no credit-card processing fees.

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A platform for planning and executing projects, often in the developing world, that are too expensive or too risky for governments or charities to take on.

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A startup that wants to teach young people in the developing world about money management and financial literacy. It hopes to do this through written workbooks, games, and a messaging platform that supports peer-to-peer learning.

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A startup in the heart of one of the biggest tech hubs in the world that wants to help startups find genius.

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A company that wants to move the world from centralized to decentralized data storage.

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A digital assistant that helps people find their way in the world, using location-based search and mapping.

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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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 There’s a huge amount of open software in the world, but there’s also a huge amount of open source software. The company has built a platform that curates open source projects, allowing others to easily see what’s out there. The team is currently working on a browser extension, and says they’ve had “hundreds” of companies use the platform to create software.

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“The most comprehensive digital personal assistant in the world”

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A company that wants to build a “blockchain for the real world”, allowing users to build things on Ethereum based on real-world things like physical spaces.

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Image-based gaming that’s “a big, open world role playing game experience” that lets you explore and interact with other players.

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“The world’s largest decentralized flight management system”, helping pilots and air traffic control systems coordinate location and navigate flights. The startup says that its technology is already replacing “50% of an airline’s total operations” with a fleet of more than 30,000 aircraft.

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A company that tries to make the world's best artificial intelligence-powered chatbot.

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A company that makes a comprehensive, searchable database of the world’s universities.

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A platform that aims to build a “bespoke” container for goods between any two ports in the world. They’re working on building a tool to help ship companies quickly and cheaply move stuff across the ocean.

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A tool that helps anyone in the world track their spending in real-time. The startup is building an app for users to report their spending and personal finance habits.

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A startup that lets you track your mileage on a car, bike, or moped. It’s like a mileage tracker but for the world’s most commonly owned modes of transportation.

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SaaS business that provides a platform for companies to manage their payments and invoices from anywhere in the world.

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This startup is building a closed social network for people who are physically or emotionally unable to socialize with others in the same way as most of the world. The idea is that they’ll want to be part of a social network, but they can’t be fully active because of a physical or emotional impairment.

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It’s a brand new concept in the world of advertising, using the “perks” of a travel-based credit card to show you ads you’d be interested in on a flight.

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A startup that wants to help farmers in the developing world sell their produce, and thus increase their income.

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A company that gives businesses a way to buy and receive custom work from people around the world. It’s selling the ability to have a new logo, website, or app design delivered in 15 minutes.

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A startup that helps users create digital assets and manage them. It's a sort of self-hosted Dropbox for the digital world.

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A startup that wants to build a system to help people in the developing world manage and track their food using a mobile phone. It’s building a platform that allows customers to buy and sell food using a mobile phone and a credit card.

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The startup is looking to help people who are disabled take advantage of the online world to improve their lives, whether it’s a wheelchair-bound person who needs more information on how to use YouTube or a blind person who needs better search tools for the web.

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A platform that allows people to find and buy products throughout the world. The startup is developing a global marketplace for goods and services.

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A product that allows people to share their ideas with the world, giving the idea a vote of confidence and possibly even funding.

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A fix for the “gig economy”, offering a comprehensive insurance package for independent workers. Their product is designed for the future and will work for any independent worker, anywhere in the world.

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A digital currency for the global market. It’s first product is a stablecoin for local currency payments in the US and across the world.

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A platform for companies to send and receive money from customers and suppliers very cheaply. It aims to be the PayPal of the developing world.

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A company that makes the world’s first smart fabric for outdoor clothes.

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The company behind the $500,000 World Cup prize pool, FanDuel is building a baseball-based fantasy game. FanDuel has a head start in the US and UK, but will need to grow in other countries to have an impact.

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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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This startup wants to build a marketplace for the world’s most trusted brands.

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This startup is building a toolset for HR managers that lets them manage their company’s “Human Resources” from anywhere in the world.

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A way for students to learn about the world’s best universities while earning college credits.

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The startup wants to bring the cloud to the world of physical data. It claims it can build a data warehouse out of any physical machine in the world — even from a broken down machine.

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A startup that has built a visual, crowd-sourced map of the world’s nuclear weapons.

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Open data platform that lets people create and discover data visualizations. The startup has built a platform that allows people to create data visualizations and share them with the wider world.

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A platform that makes it easier to sell and ship products online. CEO Jairaj Habbal has raised $100,000 in seed funding and says he wants the company to be the eBay of the e-commerce world.

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Record your thoughts, and then share them with anyone in the world without ever leaving your couch.

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A tool that lets you make an image that looks like you’re looking at a phone, but in fact you’re looking at the real world through a video camera.

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A startup that helps guide companies through the often confusing world of employee equity.

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A startup focused on, of all things, helping travelers navigate the world. The company wants to help you book hotels, flights, rental cars, and other travel arrangements using an app, a website, and a mobile messaging platform. (1)

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Loft, a startup that collects and compiles a range of industry data about startups, has named YC as one of the top three organizations in the world that are "helping to produce the next generation of startups."

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A platform that allows users to sign in to various apps, and then track and monitor their health and fitness through their device. The startup, which launched in 2017, is now in over 30 countries across the world and has over 100,000 members.

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A company that plans to create a new kind of payments system that is more secure, transparent, and consistent across the globe. It aims to be a way for the entire world to transact in cash.

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A project of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is the largest global network of entrepreneurs, young professionals, and innovators. The network’s purpose is to connect the global network of young professionals with the global community of entrepreneurs. The network was founded by the World Economic Forum and Swiss Re in January 2016, with the first annual Global Shaper Summit taking place in Davos, Switzerland. Over the summer of 2016, the World Economic Forum announced that it would be partnering with the Global Shapers Community to create the World Economic Forum Young Entrepreneur Council, which completed its first meeting in October 2016.

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A company that wants to help people create their own virtual reality worlds.

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Building a tool to help women navigate the world of work and start their own businesses, with a focus on Africa.

50

A book about the startup world, due out in October 2019.

50

A startup that provides a SaaS platform for SaaS companies to build high quality content. The startup is backed by some of the largest tech companies in the world, including Google, Microsoft and Twitter.

49

 A startup that brings together the digital and physical worlds to make sure you’re prepared for any situation. Exos is a communications platform that will help you be ready before an earthquake hits, a hurricane hits, or a tsunami strikes.

49

A company that wants to make the world’s largest database of solar data. The company says it has built a platform that helps companies like Google and Amazon make billions of dollars in sales from solar power.

49

A startup that’s building a way for people to explore and explore a world of their own around their city. It lets you drop in for a day, look around, and get a sense of the neighborhood without having to physically travel to it.

49

The world’s first interactive robot taxidermist. It combines 3D scanning technology and a robotic arm to automatically fuse together a stuffed creature out of real animal parts. The startup says the process is simple for consumers to use, and can be done from their homes.

49

A new OTT video platform that wants to merge the video world of YouTube with the viral nature of Snapchat.

48

The startup is working to create an interface for the entire world’s supply chains, creating a single, centralized map that can be used to track and manage everything from production to delivery.

47

A company that uses computer vision to detect objects in the real world and allows the user to zoom into them to see a live-updated model of the object.

47

This startup is building a digital revolution in the world of trash. Trash2Use converts waste into useful products, and gives you the opportunity to pay for the items you use.

47

The world of finance is changing dramatically, and there’s a lot of confusion around how new technologies like fintech will impact financial services. Fintech can take the form of apps, startups, and platforms, or it can be composed of a mix of all three. Fintech is a catch-all term that can include everything from cryptocurrencies, to artificial intelligence, to machine learning, and more. Fintech startup solutions help companies navigate these changes.

47

The company wants to become the Amazon of US foreign aid. It wants to help US citizens save money on international travel and give non-profits and governments more money to spend in the developing world.

47

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.

47

A company that wants to build software that helps footballers around the world look at the footage of their matches and understand how they could be better.

47

A directory of the world’s best remote job sites, curated by the founders of Remote Year.

47

A plan to build a messaging app that’ll be a hybrid of Slack and WhatsApp. The founders say that messaging apps are the fastest growing apps in the world, and that they want to create something that’s better than both.

46

 A company that gathers data from 10 million office spaces around the world and uses AI to predict how offices will be used in the future. The startup, which launched in May, will use this data to help companies with building out spaces in the future, by using it to determine which workspaces are most needed.

46

This startup is building an app that helps you browse and buy clothes in a world where it’s hard to find a style you like. At launch, the app will feature over 1,000 brands from across the world, but the plan is to expand to everything.

46

A “social network for the professional dog groomers in the world”, allowing them to connect with customers and each other.

46

 A decentralized encrypted messaging platform for the world’s 2.4 billion unconnected citizens. Decent has built a messaging app that uses its own cryptocurrency, BitShare, as the medium.

45

Startup looking to make it easier to receive medical care in the developing world.

45

A startup that connects women to special events and activities around the world, such as virtual tours, culinary classes, and pop-up shops. Women can choose from a list of events and activities and be notified when they’re ready for them.

44

This is an online platform that tracks the top-grossing films worldwide

44

"FastCo" lists the top startups in the world every year. The list is based on revenue, but also factors in the startup's presence on other "fast-growing" lists, including those published by "Forbes", "Inc." and "Forbes Europe".

44

This is a software platform for building customized software. The startup claims to have more than 1,000 clients worldwide, including HP, AT&T, Nest, and Dreamworks.

44

The company plans to be the first in the world to bring 5G mobile to the masses. Its founders want to offer the first 5G mobile internet service in the world, with the first cities getting service in early 2019.

43

A platform that lets users book vacation rentals around the world.

43

A platform that helps small teams get paid for sharing their research and results with the world.

43

The Brooklyn-based coworking space is a community of startups and entrepreneurs working to change the world. It’s located at 625 Kent Avenue, and has a membership program that ranges from $50 to $250 per month.

42

A wearable device meant to help people with visual impairments navigate the world. The startup is looking to deploy its product in the US and UK, and has raised $2.5 million in seed funding so far.

42

The founders of this startup are best known for building the most popular and successful startup accelerator in the world. They’re now moving into a new area, with a new accelerator format that’s aimed at helping teams build products for specific industries.

42

A platform to make it easier for farmers to sell their crops. It helps them organize themselves and sell their produce, and also connects them with buyers all over the world.

42

As of 2018, YC has graduated over 2,000 companies, including some of the most well-known startups in the world, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, Reddit, and Lyft.

42

A startup that aims to connect the world through the Internet of Things at a global scale. It aims to use the Internet of Things to enable the connected devices in homes and businesses to communicate with each other and the world while offering new services for consumers.

41

A tool that lets neighborhoods around the world participate in a mobile barter system, where a group of neighbors can trade items like furniture they no longer use or tools they no longer use. The startup has raised $8 million in funding to date.

40

A web and mobile app for restaurants, allowing them to manage their kitchen operations from anywhere in the world. The startup also works with the restaurant delivery companies Postmates and DoorDash.

40

In the world of artificial intelligence, there’s always one who’s ahead of the curve.

40

Startup seeking to make the world’s first computer small enough to fit into your pocket.

39

A startup working to democratize credit in the developing world, creating a new financial product that would give people access to credit in a way they haven’t had before. The company, which was founded in India, wants to make it more affordable for people in the developing world to use and maintain credit.

39

A startup that wants to build a decentralized banking system. The founders say that banks are creating systems that are too expensive and too clunky to be used, and that the market is underserved — especially by credit cards, which are used by everyone in the world, but for which there’s no good way to transfer money across borders.

38

A tool to help people find out what’s going on in the world, or what’s happening around them.

38

This startup is building a storage system for virtual reality developers that allows them to create large-scale worlds that interact with each other and with users.

37

A startup that helps companies find and recruit talent anywhere in the world. The company says they have over 1,000 clients ranging from top Fortune 500 companies to startups to large AIs.

37

A startup that lets you move money between your bank accounts anywhere in the world, including in real time

37

 A blockchain-based solution for streaming Chinese TV to the world

37

A startup that’s building a “self-serve” payment system for restaurants. It’s a product of the food-tech world, with the goal of streamlining the process of paying for orders.

36

This startup wants to bring the vision of autonomous cars to the world of batteries and energy.

36

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

35

A news product built to help people better understand the world they live in.

35

 Tapping into a $30bn market, the startup wants to create “e-commerce for the developing world.”

35

A solution for managing and storing information in the physical world, from paper records to files to folders.

35

A startup that helps small businesses around the world hire employees and find talent.

35

A software company that powers the world’s largest video sharing platform. The startup helps users watch videos on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and others. It has over 2 billion daily active users.

35

Transports data around the world in under a second and converts it into a visual format for users.

34

A card that can be used to withdraw cash from ATMs in over 200 countries in the world, with no fees and no limits on how much a person can withdraw. The startup is currently testing in the UK, and wants to go worldwide. It’s a competitor to non-native cards like the Delta SkyMiles card.

34

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.

34

A wearable for the visually impaired, which uses machine learning to convert a video of the world, like a restaurant or a landscape, into an audio guide.

34

A startup with a camera that allows you to snap a photo into a virtual world. This lets you snap a photo of your friend’s room, for instance, and then walk into that room in VR and be able to explore it.

34

A credit card processing tool for people in developing countries. The credit card can be used to buy goods online from retailers all over the world.

33

A way to organize Facebook groups, particularly those that take after the real-world meetup and community model

33

A new platform for data analysis and processing. The company’s platform is built on a decentralized network of computers that run on smart contracts, directly connecting scientists with researchers across the world.

32

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

32

This August, TechCrunch reported that Instagram was in talks with Facebook to acquire the company for as much as $1 billion. Instagram, which was founded in 2010, is based in San Francisco, and is a popular photography app that has more than 300 million users around the world. It was acquired by Facebook in 2012, and Facebook has since used Instagram to promote its other products, including Instagram Stories, and advertisements. Instagram has been a big investment for Facebook, and many think it has been one of the company's most successful acquisitions. However, Instagram's popularity has led to a lot of negative press coverage about the user data that Facebook has access to.

32

A social network that allows users to chat and play games with their friends who are currently hanging out in the physical world. Users can also play games against friends at home, meanwhile.

31

A startup that wants to make “banking for the world’s poor” easier by providing access to financial services.

31

This startup is building a platform that allows anyone to post a video of their favorite place anywhere in the world, then share the link with their followers.

30

This startup helps people connect and collaborate with others across the world, so they can get better at their job.

29

A startup that wants to use the blockchain to help create a system that collects and tracks all your data to build a “trusted record of the world’s food supply.”

29

A mapping tool that helps users find their way around the world.

29

A startup that uses the blockchain to help the World Bank manage the crises in the developing world.

29

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.

28

A company working to connect “smart cities” around the world, hoping to connect smart devices and smart city infrastructure.

28

A finance startup with a focus on microloans. It wants to connect the world to tiny credit that they can use to make small purchases like groceries or pay small bills.

28

This company is building a platform for global NGOs to better track and respond to the needs of vulnerable people around the world.

28

This startup is building a “cloud” of data centers around the world, so that the data center closest to the user is the most reliable. It’s similar to Amazon Web Services, but more localized.

28

A tool that helps teams work together in real time, across the world.

27

This startup wants to make it easier for people to create their own videos, with the goal of helping them share their stories with the world. The platform can be integrated into other services or used standalone, and has a number of corporate customers including the likes of Airbnb.

27

A solution for companies to provide real-time expense tracking and invoicing from anywhere in the world. The company is currently charging for the early access of its beta, but plans to launch publicly in early 2019.

26

A platform for sending money to people who don’t have bank accounts, allowing users to send money to anyone in the world.

26

One of the two startups in the Finalist batch to make the Demo Day pitch, Haptik is another VR system that allows you to create VR-based simulations of the real world. Haptik is targeting the market for VR training simulations, which is an idea that’s already working for real estate agents and other companies.

26

Idea: Put a camera in the kitchen and tell the world about what you make

25

A way to bring the B2B world back together in the form of a platform for companies to manage the sales process. Proposer uses a local sales rep to act as a “gatekeeper” who can then go out and talk to customers on behalf of the company.

25

Innovation in the US has become a flashpoint for the rest of the world. From its inception in 2010, the French government has invested in French Tech. In France, startups have received €4.5 billion in funding in recent years, according to INSEAD.

25

A company that provides software for companies to track the performance of their employees. The company’s software is currently serving more than 30,000 organizations around the world.

25

A software company that makes “tools that help the world’s leading brands and agencies build and run their multi-channel customer engagement programs.”

25

A startup that enables users to create a ‘vision profile’ and share it with friends. Created by a couple in their twenties who wanted to know how other people were making it in the world.

24

Another product for running virtual meetings, this time focused on the enterprise. The startup helps companies organize large-scale conference calls even though they could be anywhere in the world.

24

In the last decade, the number of startups has continued to grow, making the San Jose area "the best place to start a business in the world."

24

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.

24

This company is constructing a virtual reality gaming platform for users to play games together in a virtual world.

24

Ink is a platform for live events, with a focus on music. Users are able to create and manage their events within one platform and then broadcast these events to the world. Ink also offers a community feature, where users can share content with each other. The company raised $12.5 million, with 23,000 users in 50 countries, and is backed by Lightspeed and Greycroft.

23

 “The world's most powerful way to compare health care plans.” The startup wants to be the Google of health insurance with their free platform, which covers most people under the Affordable Care Act.

23

The founders have a vision of a world where everyone can pay rent or a mortgage, and have a constant stream of income without having to get a job.

23

A bike sharing app for bike rentals in cities around the world.

23

An API for funding startups from the world’s largest banks.

23

Idea: Bringing the first new generation cryptocurrency to the real world

22

A startup that launched in January that aims to add augmented reality to the world of dating. The startup plans to take things further than just showing potential dates using AR to hang out, and give users the ability to see what the one other person is seeing in the real world.

22

An online platform for buying and selling tech products. The startup says it’s the only tech company in the physical world, allowing people to buy tech products from other tech people.

22

A startup that is offering a graphical way to explore the world’s most epic landscapes in 3D, including the Alps, Everest, and Kilimanjaro. It’s an easy-to-use 3D modeling platform that lets users build their own worlds, or explore places like Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China, or the Falkland Islands.

22

An online tool that helps employers with their recruitment process. Employees can apply and receive feedback on their online profiles, but can also be asked to complete real-world interviews with employers.

21

A startup that aims to help people make more money with less effort. It wants to build a tool for the “social selling” world that helps salespeople find companies to work with and then helps them find the products and clients they need.

21

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

21

QuickBooks for the cryptocurrency world

21

A startup that wants to take a person’s health, from a doctor’s perspective, and put it in a dashboard. It’s a “free radical”, a company in San Francisco, California, that wants to change the way the world thinks about health. It has a commercial in production with a director who’s won a couple of Oscars, and a book in development.

20

A company that tracks the health of the world’s forests

20

A company that provides the top digital marketing agency in the world with a digital presence outside of their clients’ websites.

20

A startup that aims to “make it easier for everyone in the world to have a home internet connection” with a hardware product that plugs into an electrical outlet.

20

A company that’s building a “worldwide”, “unified” payments system for the oil and gas industry.

20

The startup wants to make it easy to zone out of the world around you, tucking into a zone on your phone where you can focus on the tasks at hand. It also wants to make it easy to track your progress.

20

This list is not a comprehensive list of every startup in the region. We have excluded startups focused on a single vertical in a city, startups founded in a certain part of the world, and startups that are only based in one city.

20

A startup that allows users to create and edit high-definition 3D models of real-world objects

19

A startup that allows you to type out a tweet, then share it with the world, letting it be picked up by any message platform, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram.

19

A platform for building virtual reality content with human-scale interactions. The company wants to build virtual reality content where people can walk around, sit down or interact with their virtual world.

19

A digital platform for the organic food industry to sell directly to customers, with its current focus on e-commerce fulfillment. The founders envision a future where they can send one of the world’s most trusted brands of food directly to your doorstep.

19

A company that wants to bring AI into the world of translation and translation AI.

19

A startup that will allow you to “track your position in the world of work” by allowing you to track how you’re doing in your job search.

19

Is a way for people to wirelessly charge their Apple Watch. The startup has been shipping Apple Watch chargers to customers around the world, and recently received a $1.2 million investment from a group of angel investors.

19

A startup that is building a website that allows users to look at the world like an architect.

18

A product-focused company that helps companies in the developing world get products manufactured locally.

18

A startup that wants to bring machine learning to the world of financial trading, using advanced computer vision and AI to help traders make better investment decisions. It's raised $3.4 million to date from investors like GV and Flatiron.

18

A startup that aims to create an app that lets people create, share, and curate content, with the goal of making the creative world more accessible.

18

A platform that helps the 500,000 companies around the world with their live events. It helps them find, book and pay for speaking engagements, build an event calendar, and create a speaker’s profile for their attendees.

18

A platform for people to explore and share the best restaurants in the world

18

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

18

A micro-loan company that converts energy into cash for the poorest people in the world.

18

An artificial intelligence that can understand your mood, amplify your happiness, and then re-share it with the world. The AI is used to make positive social media posts, rather than negative ones.

18

A company that connects people in small cities with jobs in big cities. It’s trying to solve what it sees as a low-density problem around the world.

18

A startup that brings the best talent from the world's best schools to teach you how to be a better coder. The startup is an elite teachers program that has sold out its next batch of spots to students from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, and Israel.

18

A startup that allows photographers to share their work easily and collaborate, with a focus on the travel photography world.

18

A company that helps teachers all over the world teach students about animals in the natural world outside of school.

17

A live-streaming community for teachers to share lessons and questions with the world.

17

A consumer mobile banking mobile app for the developing world. It’s meant to bring mobile banking to consumers in places where banking infrastructure isn’t robust, and where there are often mobile networks that are poor quality or nonexistent.

17

A platform to help people find and rent quality private and shared apartments around the world. It helps renters and owners find and rent apartments, and connect with other renters and owners in real time.

17

The idea is that this is a kind of online “buddy system” that helps people get out of the house and out into the real world. The startup has an event calendar and a forum for users to share what they’re up to.

17

This startup makes the “world’s first build-it-yourself” device that connects to a mobile app to consume, record, and transmit data from various medical devices to a mobile phone.

17

A startup that wants to make it easier for business owners to use the same tools to run their business online as they do in the physical world. For example, users can use a smartphone camera to scan a QR code on a package and automatically get the package’s tracking info.

17

A platform that aggregates the content and deals of all of these deals to help investors get a comprehensive picture of deals happening across the world.

17

This startup is building a “connector” for B2B companies to get their voice and image out to the world and get their products and services in front of the right people.

17

A platform that helps small businesses manage their bank accounts. The company is based in New York, but serves companies in other states and countries around the world.

16

A platform for sharing and discovering new perspectives on the world, the tuneup is a collaborative platform for journalists, storytellers, and artists to share their work.

16

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.

16

This company is building the world’s first platform for people to support their favorite artists. The startup is uniting artists with fans, fans with artists, and artists with fans, to create direct connections that allow fans to directly support their favorite artists.

16

Idea: A startup that lets you buy, hold, and sell Bitcoin, without having to deal with the complexities of the cryptocurrency world

15

TechCrunch’s startup of the day, which aims to be a tool for people to share their discoveries of what’s next in the world of tech and business.

15

An agreement among the world’s largest banks to offer payments to businesses in developing countries via SMS.

15

A startup that is building an augmented reality platform to allow people to place virtual objects on top of real-world objects.

15

A startup developing a “mobile-first” platform that allows people to search through publicly available data about the world. One example is a tool that uses machine learning to find your address by looking at where you are based on Google Maps.

15

A platform to help employees and startups navigate the legal complexities of the corporate world.

15

 A platform that allows users to stream live video on their site, making it easy for customers to see what’s happening in the physical world.

14

A tool for building a list of people to invite to a job interview. The startup had a good response from the hiring world after it was featured in the New York Times.

14

A tool that allows anyone in the world to spend time in the United States in the same way they do in their home country. This startup wants to make it easy for people to live in the US temporarily, which they say would create about 15 million jobs.

14

A world map for VR/AR, which is made up of 3D scans of cities and landmarks.

14

A platform for companies to “scale across the world”.

14

A live-action game that lets users watch their characters interact with the real world and interact with others through the game

13

A non-profit that is building a strategic communications and social media campaign to help bring clean water to the world’s poorest people.

13

A company that claims to have the world’s smallest solar power system. It’s for homes, but can be used anywhere.

13

A mobile app that uses machine learning to help people learn Spanish, French, English, Italian, German, and Spanish. The company says that “Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world after Mandarin, and it’s the second most spoken language in America.”

13

The company’s site claims that it is “one of the world’s largest network of independent, self-employed freelance professionals”, and that they’ve built a platform to “connect professionals to customers via a global marketplace”.

13

A company that offers financial training to people around the world.

13

The company’s goal is to “put the attention economy to work for people, not for advertising.” Or, as they put it: “Imagine a world where the people who you want to be connected to are the ones who know you best – your friends – not the people who pay the most.”

13

A “truly decentralized Internet”, where all of the data is stored on computers that are spread across the world, and none of the data is stored on any single computer.

13

A video game that helps users learn about the world’s major religions

13

A mobile app for graffiti artists. Currently in beta, the app lets people find and connect with local artists all over the world, see what they’re working on, and reach out with requests.

13

A financial technology company that helps comprehensive research in the world of growth investing.

13

A hardware startup that’s building a ground-based sensor network to monitor air pollution, with an eye towards monitoring air quality in the developing world.

13

A startup that wants to connect the world’s supply chains digitally, with the aim of increasing transparency and efficiency.

13

A software development company that wants to fix the “diversity gap” in Silicon Valley. The company’s co-founder says that men make up around 80% of the tech workforce, and women only 4% (and that the industry is even worse in other parts of the world).

12

A social network that lets users share their content with the world, which they can then rate, comment upon, or share.

12

An online database of marine retailers. "Yachters" can find other yachties from all over the world by rating their experiences. The startup launched last month.

12

A payroll startup in the UK focused on the in-person world. The company is looking to change the way employers pay their employees.

12

 An online database of the world’s natural resources, sourced from over 2,000 experts, that lets users search, compare, and learn about the world’s natural resources.

12

A tool that allows users to generate, edit, and share Minecraft worlds (sort of like the world of Terraria except on the web). Users can create worlds with custom dimensions and dimensions on a per-world basis.

12

A new way to organize and share knowledge across the world, connecting people who have similar interests and experiences.

11

A startup that aggregates all of the world’s data on climate change and presents it in an easy-to-digest format.

11

Citymapper is a map app that helps people navigate cities around the world.

11

This startup is building a way to see and explore the world’s natural wonders and landmarks through data and visualization, and is partnering with the National Geographic Society to curate and track the most iconic and historic places in the world.

11

A company that wants to make a bank card that can be used across the world

11

A content platform that helps keep people in the loop about social movements across the world.

11

A company that wants to help people, businesses and governments coordinate emergency response, evacuation and shelter operations around the world.

11

A company that helps companies manage the wide range of sales taxes and tariffs in their portfolio of products. The company does it by “cross-referencing” products with tax and customs regulations across the world.

11

A startup that wants to connect the world of freelance services with the growing number of companies that need to build, manage and pay freelance workers on the fly.

11

A SaaS company that provides software to allow brands to send targeted text messages to customers with an opt-in, in order to acquire new customers. The startup is currently working with a number of marketing programs around the world.

10

"A new platform for making your company's software more accessible to the world. Your software's code will be available for anyone to see, download, copy, and run without the need to sign up for anything."

10

 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.

10

 A startup that aims to bring the world of cryptocurrency to the mainstream. The company has already built a mobile wallet and the company is now working on an exchange platform that will make it easy for people to buy and sell their digital currencies.

10

A company that wants to add more social and emotional intelligence to the world’s financial system

10

The startup is building a tool for companies to track employee travel. The goal, according to the team, is to level the playing field for organizations who can’t afford to fly their employees all over the world.

10

A startup that makes accurate, high-resolution 3D models of the things in the world. The company charges designers and architects in-person visits in which they can see prototypes in person and get one-on-one feedback.

9

A “Starter’s Guide to Getting Into the Tech Startup World”

9

A marketing platform to help companies measure their impact on the world by tracking their impact on the environment.

9

In 2018, the United States has the largest number of startup founders in the world, and has been for the past few years.

9

A database of all the world’s public companies, which includes their stock market valuation and most recent transactions.

9

A way to make it easy for people to send money from their bank account to their friends and family across the world. The startup is only in the US currently, but aims to expand internationally.

8

A new way to help consumers buy environmentally-friendly products. The startup is a small team that’s looking to build a better way for consumers to get their hands on environmentally-friendly products from all over the world. While it’s not quite a marketplace, it does offer a centralized marketplace that connects the consumer to one online store for all their environmentally-friendly products.

7

This is what happens when the team behind Meetup, the platform for organizing local events, turns their attention towards the more consumer-focused side of the world. It’s a platform that helps merchants sell directly to their customers and serves as a hub for sales, marketing, and support.

7

Our team is trying to disrupt the world of product development by creating a platform that allows startups to focus on great product ideas instead of building the product itself.

7

This startup is building a platform to bring better, more efficient financial services to the world’s unbanked. They’re currently in talks with a major bank to launch their service in the fall.

7

Motion is a startup that aims to bring “a world of motion” to the world of digital art. It wants to make it easy for video creators to create video art and animations from the comfort of their home.

6

A company that helps clients manage the relationship between their brand and the people who use its products. The startup was originally built to help the non-profit World Vision, but they found they weren’t a good fit and pivoted.

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Idea: A startup that lets you gift someone the ability to see the world, rather than a specific destination. The startup has 2 mentors and 7 founders, all of whom have traveled the world and are building an online community of people who are making the world a better place.

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A health insurance platform that uses blockchain to provide worldwide health insurance, allowing consumers to cover themselves with a single app.

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A digital escrow service for Bitcoin that built upon a similar service for fiat currencies. The startup says they’ve already signed up 15,000 customers and are working on launching around the world.

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The list of 30 companies below is generally regarded as the best of the best in the world at the time of the nomination, but they have since been acquired or sold, or have left the market.

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A startup that makes a mobile app that lets you know what is going on in the world based on your location

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Idea: A mobile ad network for the developing world

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Idea: Course builder for the World Economic Forum

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Idea: A way to see the world through the eyes of a designer

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Idea: A community platform for the world’s freel

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Idea: World's first marketplace for insurance companies

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Idea: The world’s easiest way to build and ship mobile apps

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Idea: A WebVR world generator written in Haskell

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Idea: The world’s first self-hosted JavaScript IDE

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Idea: Aims to make it easier to do business in the developing world by removing the human element from contract management The company takes care of the legwork and legal formalities so that companies can do business with foreign suppliers without having to learn the ins and outs of local business processes

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Idea: A startup that helps online businesses understand how their product is interacting with the real world It’s like an interactive version of Google Analytics The startup’s software is built on top of a distributed programmable database called BigTable and is currently selling to a handful of enterprise clients

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Idea: A startup for the creative community to buy and sell design content from the world’s best designers

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Idea: A platform for realtors to outsource some of their tasks to virtual assistants from around the world

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Idea: A platform that makes it easy to rent out office spaces around the world The founders say they’re already making a profit

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Idea: A Google for the developing world — a voice-controlled search tool that provides all the same functionality as Google, but in a way that works for people who

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Idea: A software company that’s building a consumer-facing interface for the up-and-coming world of automated vehicles The company is meant to help people understand how to interact with driverless cars

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Idea: This startup wants to be a “home away from home” for entrepreneurs who are looking to build their startups around the world The startup is building a platform for digital nomads, with features like work pods, coworking spaces and events They currently have 10 employees, and have raised $15M from an undisclosed VC

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Idea: A startup that enables people to track and record their eating habits It is currently used by thousands of people around the world

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Idea: A startup that wants to bring data-driven insights to the human resources world.

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Idea: A voice-activated “interface for the real world”, like a “JARVIS for the physical world”. The founders say it currently “works with every major cloud provider”, and that they’re looking to partner with companies that need the technology to build in-house platforms.

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Idea: A startup that helps people with mobility issues navigate the world. It’s a website that aggregates all the information you might need to find a public restroom or get to a destination nearby

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Idea: This corporate wellness startup is building a platform that lets companies and their employees take their fitness out of the gym and into the world. Their first product, a smart wearable that tracks your steps and other activities, is currently being beta tested in the Bay Area.

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A crypto exchange that’s meant to serve people in the developing world. The startup’s founders say they only charge a small fee of 0.6% per transaction, compared to their competitors that charge 10% or more.

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Idea: A software company that wants to build a platform for creating digital products that feels like you’re building in the real world.

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A startup that allows people to browse a map of the world to help them choose where to go on their next vacation

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A startuplication for helping the visually impaired navigate the physical world.

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