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2 years ago

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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1 year ago

This company sells a chatbot that answers work-related questions. The startup says there is a $22.5 billion market for this type of service.

152
2 years ago

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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2 years ago

A startup that plans to disrupt the $20 billion handbag industry with a new line of handbags by using 3D printing. The startup is teaming with luxury fashion brand Michael Kors for the launch of the first products.

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1 year ago

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.

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1 year ago

An e-commerce platform for the fashion industry. They say that their technology can help fashion brands save billions of dollars in handling admin tasks.

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2 years ago

A text-based platform for sharing your photos, videos, and location over the Internet. The company is building a social network for photography that they say will be able to support 3 billion photos by 2028.

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2 years ago

In the US, over $15 billion is spent on advertising for pet care services, but there is currently no app-based service that lets you find a good pet sitter. Pet Care Hero wants to be the first.

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2 years ago

This startup, which was founded in March, aims to make it easier to get and pay for health insurance. The startup’s goal is to save the US family health insurance market $300 billion.

120
2 years ago

A company that claims to have “saved” over $2 billion for businesses and individuals.

117
2 years ago

A blockchain-based stock market that allows anyone to invest in a company. It’s aiming for a $1.5 billion market cap.

114
2 years ago

Business software for the home that allows homeowners to manage their utilities. The company’s founders say they’re targeting the $80 billion home and building automation space.

112
2 years ago

Shopify's Indian subsidiary is helping build an "online-only" (so no offline sales) marketplace that will sell goods made by small artisans and craftsman. While a combination of Alibaba and Amazon, the market size is expected to be between $500 million to $1 billion in 2023.

111
2 years ago

According to a report by TechCrunch, the San Francisco based coworking space, WeWork, is looking to raise another round of investments at a valuation of $8 billion. WeWork has been growing rapidly, and has been a major success in the US. However, the multi-billion-dollar valuation has not been met by the pace of growth, and many question how sustainable it will be.

111
1 year ago

The company is looking to raise a round of funding that values the company at $1.3 billion. The round is expected to close in February 2019.

111
1 year ago

A startup that wants to use AI to create a more natural color palette in fashion. The company’s founder says that the color palette industry is “a $20 billion market, and it has been a very low touch market.”

111
2 years ago

"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."

110
2 years ago

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to more than 200 companies that have received a total of more than $80 billion in venture capital funding as of Q3 2017.

109
1 year ago

A platform for food and retail delivery in India. The startup wants to help the 1,100 billion rupee (US$14.8 billion) food and retail sector in India optimize its supply chain and distribution.

109
2 years ago

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.

108
2 years ago

The startup stems from the idea that a lot of people who have billions of dollars in reserve don’t invest it, and Aorta wants to be a place where anyone can start investing in a diversified portfolio of stocks seamlessly.

106
1 year ago

In 2017, the U.S. Postal Service lost $65 billion, according to the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General. The USPS lost $1.8 billion in FY 2016, and $2.8 billion in FY 2015. That is a drop of $3.4 billion from the $1.9 billion that they lost in FY 2014.

106
1 year ago

Jet.com is a startup that will sell anything from household items to clothes to groceries to a single user, with no membership fees or minimum purchase requirements. It’s been called the Amazon of online shopping that will work on the ground. The company says it has 1.1 million active buyers already, and a $3 billion run rate.

106
2 years ago

A last-mile delivery service for restaurants. The startup's founders say food deliveries are a $21 billion market and it's growing 15-20% per year.

104
2 years ago

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.

104
2 years ago

TechCrunch’s IPOs have been pretty good over the past decade. The 14 most recent IPOs have collectively brought in $2.4 billion as of April 2018, according to research from Pitchbook.

103
2 years ago

A startup for buying and selling donated furniture, which it says is worth more than $30 billion, has been in operation since 2012.

103
2 years ago

A startup that aims to solve the problem of the billion people on the internet with no credit cards.

103
1 year ago

A “socially conscious” credit card that doesn’t charge users extra for not using plastic. The startup has a $1 billion market cap.

101
2 years ago

A $1 billion startup that sells customized health insurance plans for startups and entrepreneurs.

99
2 years ago

A sustainability project that uses IoT sensors to monitor the environment. There are over 1 billion sensors in use today, but they’re not being used to their full potential.

99
2 years ago

• "Future Billionaires" (US edition), Forbes, November 30, 2013

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2 years ago

A startup that’s building an ecommerce platform for the toy industry, targeting a market that’s worth $100 billion by 2025.

98
2 years ago

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.

95
2 years ago

A chatbot that helps people eat better. The startup is targeting the $20 billion global market in the next 5 years.

95
2 years ago

A company that makes custom-designed pens that attach to a USB thumb drive. The startup looks to disrupt the $1.3 billion market for replacement pens.

95
2 years ago

This startup is building a platform that connects landlord’s with tenants in need of a place to live and gives them a credit score. The startup’s founders say that there are already over $90 billion worth of real estate assets currently sitting idle.

87
2 years ago

A new startup from Google Ventures, this is their answer to the question, “How can we build a more customer-centric experience for the customer”. They want to be the company that builds out the digital interface for the customer, and bring it to billions of customers.

83
1 year ago

A startup that helps employers hire and manage employees. The company is looking to get into the $1 billion contract staffing market. It is currently in closed beta. The company launched in 2016.

77
6 months ago

A company that sells batteries and chargers for electric cars, and is currently valued at $1.2 billion.

76
2 years ago

A startup that wants to bring digital design tools for clothing to the masses. Clothe is a service that helps customers create a unique design for a single item of clothing using a photo, or from a library of templates. Users can design items like dresses for $19, or can also sell items they’ve designed on Clothe. The startup says they’re targeting the women’s fashion industry, which is worth $500 billion in the US alone.

75
1 year ago

This company is going after the $1.5 billion USD market of people who have a ton of receipts, but can’t manage them. They’re building a toolset that uses artificial intelligence to scan receipts and automatically categorize them by month or a year to help people use them for tax filing.

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1 year ago

In 2015, a total of 9,615 seed-stage deals in the US were led by women with 108 companies, a 2% increase from 2014. A total of 1,906 companies from women-led startups raised a total of $1.1 billion in funding.

75
1 year ago

Manages over $20 billion of assets and manages this via a smartphone app. It’s also an e-commerce platform for other businesses to sell their wares on the platform.

74
1 year ago

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.

74
1 year ago

A log analytics company that wants to turn the data from the billions of rides taken every day by its customers into actionable insights for its customers.

73
11 months ago

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.

73
1 year ago

A startup that makes a mobile app to help people find the closest pharmacy, whose market is worth $68 billion.

72
1 year ago

 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.

72
1 year ago

A company that helps SMBs with business development, marketing, and sales, which it says is a $1 billion market in the US.

69
1 year ago

A mobile money platform for emerging markets, where the company says it has already made $1 billion in loans to over 20 million customers.

68
1 year ago

The founder of this startup grew up in a remote village in India and remembers a time when he was able to get a computer for the family and a year later they were able to get the internet. The founder realized the internet had brought a lot of connectivity to the country, but the next step was to bring connectivity to the millions of people who still didn’t have it. That’s what led him to start Jana, a startup that aims to give 1.5 billion people in India access to the internet.

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1 year ago

In 2017, American companies spent $32.7 billion in shipping costs, according to a report by the Air Transport Association.

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1 year ago

A marketing platform for the 3.2 billion people without access to the internet.

66
1 year ago

A way to make payments and transactions easier for the 2 billion people that still don’t have access to credit cards.

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11 months ago

A tool for talent acquisition, actively seeking to disrupt the $1.25 billion recruitment industry.

65
1 year ago

A software-as-a-service company that helps B2B companies automate and secure their supply chains, a niche the founders say is worth $50 billion.

62
10 months ago

A company that is looking to re-imagine the way people send money to each other. The company is processing over $5 billion in transactions a year, and says it has a monthly user base of over 3.2 million.

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5 months ago

A company that buys and sells cars. They’re on their second year and want to build a $5 billion car buying and selling business.

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1 year ago

 A maker of waterproof backpacks for the outdoors, a market that’s worth $1.2 billion and growing.

59
1 year ago

A startup that offers an app of more than $20 billion in ticket sales on the secondary market.

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8 months ago

The company is building a platform for managing citizen dialog on local issues. The cofounders say that more than $6 billion is spent on lobbying each year, and the platform would make it easier for citizens to have their voices heard in government.

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9 months ago

A payment company that provides software to retailers to accept payments from customers using their phones. Currently, the company has over $2.6 billion in annual volume.

57
1 year ago

A startup that helps small businesses with their marketing and sales. The company’s software analyzes data and gives recommendations on how to best market and sell a company’s products. The startup says it has trained more than 150,000 salespeople and made more than $1 billion in revenue for clients.

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1 year ago

A financial services company that offers loans to entrepreneurs. It’s a portion of a $1 billion personal loan portfolio.

56
1 year ago

A startup that wants to bring the conversation around current events to the next three billion online users.

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1 year ago

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.

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1 year ago

A company that’s building a “personal assistant” for the United States government. The product is built for the US intelligence community with a $1.5 billion contract.

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1 year ago

To help the fresh produce industry, which is worth $100 billion in the US, Farmako hopes to build a “smart warehouse” that uses artificial intelligence to track when and where fruit and vegetables are grown, to help ensure they’re grown locally.

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1 year ago

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.

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1 year ago

A company that hopes to win the $2 billion global insurance market by reaching underserved populations and saving billions on claims.

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8 months ago

A startup that helps people buy and sell their cars, a problem the company says is worth $17 billion in the US in a given year.

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1 year ago

A chatbot that taps into the Facebook Graph API to build a more human-like conversational interface. The startup can tap into the billions of data points the Graph API has on you to provide more personal insights to its customers.

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1 year ago

LendingClub is a peer-to-peer (P2P) lending company that aims to cut out the middleman lending market by allowing borrowers to connect with each other directly. The company’s P2P model is based on an algorithm designed to match borrowers with lenders. P2P loans were responsible for $2.7 billion in loans in 2017.

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10 months ago

A $10 billion company that helps companies streamline their digital marketing and ads.

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8 months ago

A business that wants to connect with the 1.2 billion people without bank accounts and offer them the ability to get an account and receive loans.

39
1 year ago

A platform that allows advertisers to track and measure their Facebook ad campaigns, which is estimated to be $16 billion in ad spend.

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11 months ago

A company that wants to disrupt the $100 billion legal industry, by helping lawyers and law firms bring their services to the web and compete on quality and cost.

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9 months ago

A startup that aims to help companies make sense of the billions of dollars they spend on marketing to find the best ways to use their money.

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9 months ago

We’re used to hearing about billion dollar startups, but none are aiming to create a unique operating system to process data like this one. A startup that wants to entirely re-invent industry standards and create a new “standard” for data-driven industries like the medical industry.

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1 year ago

A startup for organic, fair trade or locally-sourced coffee beans. The startup is targeting the $1 billion coffee market in the US, and has raised a total of $1.1 million in funding.

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11 months ago

OTX is building an open source marketplace for data sources, which it says will save businesses $600 billion in data expenditures.

32
6 months ago

A company that helps companies manage the design and production of their videos. Video creation is a $200 billion global industry and the startup wants to help companies in getting more creative and efficient.

32
5 months ago

The following companies have received funding from 500 Startups, a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley with over $1 billion in funded companies:

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1 year ago

A startup that wants to help companies track their suppliers and employees as they travel to places like China, which they say is a $350 billion market.

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2 months ago

In-home health care is a $100 billion industry in the US and $5 trillion worldwide. Startups like Health2Go and TeleCare are trying to make it easier for health care workers to provide medical services at home.

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8 months ago

A way for people to make money by sharing the things they already own. The founders say that with the average American household owning over 70% more items than they actually use, this is a $130 billion market that enables people to make money from the stuff they already own by selling it to others.

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7 months ago

A B2B company that allows companies to manage their international payroll taxes and receive payment from their overseas subsidiaries, all from one integrated platform. The company is currently working with $1 billion in clients.

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6 months ago

A $2.5 billion a year market for the healthcare industry to move from paper to digital, but the current player, a paper based system, is not scalable. This startup is building a digital system that promises to get patients faster, cheaper, and more secure information for everything from appointments to lab results.

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4 months ago

This startup is building a 3-D printing service for dentists, targeting the $2.5 billion that dentists spend on dental materials.

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7 months ago

 “Payments for the next billion people” by providing an easier way for companies to send micro-payments to people.

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1 month ago

A company that helps organizations, including governments, organizations, and public sector clients, with software development and services. The company has more than $1.5 billion in annual revenue, with more than 8,000 customers in more than 50 countries.

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8 months ago

The term "unicorn" is used to refer to a startup that reaches a valuation of $1 billion or more.

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7 months ago

This startup aims to bring access to credit to the estimated 2 billion people without it. In countries that have traditionally had difficulty accessing credit, the startup has been able to build a credit scoring model, and is now looking to bring that model to places with more need.

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7 months ago

An automatic way to send money out of India using a credit or debit card. The startup wants to scale their business to get the equivalent of $1 billion out of India each year.

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5 months ago

Lending platform for micro-lending for people in areas of the world where banks don’t work. Empowering people with capital where it is needed most. The company wants to lend $1 billion in the first year.

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3 months ago

A mobile-first investment firm with $1 billion under management.

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11 months ago

A startup working to take a big chunk of the market for private-label products – a market worth about $3 billion a year – and offer it to brands. The startup has a direct-to-consumer arm that’s been offering private-label products from the likes of Verizon to Target.

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10 months ago

"Tiny Bot" is a service that allows chatbots on any messaging service to speak to one another, with the goal of allowing businesses to create global chatbots. The company says it can scale up to chat with 1 billion users.

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5 months ago

A platform that helps small businesses hire and manage service professionals (such as painters or electricians) at a fraction of the cost of traditional contractors. The company plans to take on the $3 billion market of service professionals.

25
3 months ago

A startup in the process of launching a $1 billion new venture fund called the FinTech Fund that will invest in the future of money, especially in the FinTech sector. They’re looking for “unicorns” (startups valued at over $1 billion) in the financial technology sector.

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3 months ago

A startup that’s building a decentralized system for digital advertising, which they say is able to reach nearly a billion users without paying any fees.

23
2 months ago

A software company that helps identify fraud in the financial services industry by using machine learning to scan billions of financial transactions and identify patterns that exist because of fraud.

22
7 months ago

A startup that lets people manage the lunch menus in their office buildings. The company, which was founded in June, is eyeing a $5 billion market.

21
7 months ago

A tool designed to help companies manage their debt, with the service claiming to have helped customers save $12 billion since 2011.

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3 months ago

A stealthy startup getting big funding to break into the crowded advertising space and disrupt the $41 billion in annual ad sales

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7 months ago

As of 2017, China’s biggest internet companies are Tencent, WeChat, Weibo, and Baidu. These companies have all been spending heavily on Facebook and Instagram ads, which have grown rapidly in the region. For example, WeChat spent $6.5 billion on ads in 2018 and Baidu spent $3.6 billion. Top global brands are also spending heavily on Chinese social media. For example, Coca-Cola has spent $2.2 billion on WeChat ads since February 2018.

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7 months ago

A startup that wants to bring in-home grocery shopping to a billion people.

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5 months ago

A startup that helps small businesses send invoices and get paid on time, while saving them money in the process. The startup says it’s a $5 billion market.

18
2 months ago

A software platform that helps brands understand their audience, by making use of CRM, sentiment analysis, and other data and insights. They have over 50 customers with a combined annual recurring revenue of $10 billion.

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1 month ago

A startup for brands to sell their unused ad space, which the startup says is worth $6 billion.

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1 month ago

A startup prepping to launch in the fall of 2020 that aims to help identify the biggest expenses for a business before it signs a lease, helping with the process of choosing a location for your company. They heard about this need from top executives at the “billion dollar startups”.

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4 months ago

A system to automate the process of managing contracts and workers for construction, manufacturing, and other companies. The startup says it’s working with $15 billion in annual contracts.

15
4 months ago

A company that specializes in helping businesses take advantage of the billions of dollars being spent on advertising every year.

15
3 months ago

A payment processing platform for the cannabis industry that brings in more than $3 billion per year. It’s able to process the massive volume of payments without slowing the checkout process.

15
3 months ago

A startup that helps people create, distribute, and sell music online. According to its founders, there’s a $30 billion music industry in the US, but it’s almost entirely untapped in the digital space.

15
3 months ago

A platform that helps home-based businesses hire virtual assistants and manage the logistics of their work. The startup says the business of hiring virtual assistants is worth $25 billion.

15
27 days ago

In the last two years, the cost of building a nuclear plant in the US has increased seven times, while the cost of building a solar plant has dropped. Upstart Energy is building a solar plant in the desert of California to compete with utility companies that have built nuclear plants. The startup aims to use an asset-light model and build a plant for around $1.5 billion.

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4 months ago

A library for the 3 billion people in the global market who can’t read.

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3 months ago

A platform to help connect the world’s 1.5 billion people who use mobile to send money to each other, currently in the pilot phase.

14
2 months ago

BillionGraves is an online resource where you can look up the names of people in all sorts of records, and either view the images of their tombstones or read their obituaries.

14
22 days ago

A fast-growing startup that’s taken apart a $50 billion company and is building a new one.

14
2 years ago

Idea: With over a billion people in China, the potential for a successful B2C company is there, but most of them are making money on the internet and not offline.

13
7 months ago

A $3.5 billion market, Hopper aims to make it easier and more affordable for consumers to buy products on a digital platform, with a service that helps retailers track inventory and a system that lets consumers buy online and pay in-store.

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4 months ago

A Bitcoin-based micro-loan startup, which aims to change the way the global $300 billion micro-lending market works by focusing on unbankable borrowers.

12
15 days ago

a startup that wants to tap into the “tens of billions of images available across all devices” to build a platform that helps people find and create high-quality photos.

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29 days ago

A platform that allows users to interact with, schedule and book appointments with veterinarians, seeking to disrupt the $3 billion in annual appointment bookings

9
2 days ago

A startup that wants to create a hardware wallet for the billions of people who don’t currently have one.

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2 years ago

Idea: A startup that’s building a marketplace for trucking companies to buy and sell empty cargo space. They’re targeting a market that they say is $25 billion a year.

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2 years ago

Idea: A toolkit for creating custom voice apps for companies and brands. The company says it’s already working with $20 billion worth of companies and it’s now trying to add more enterprise customers.

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2 years ago

Idea: A company that uses artificial intelligence to help businesses communicate with their customers. It is currently working with a large client that has over $2 billion in revenue, and plans to launch its first product in the next few months.

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2 years ago

Idea: A startup helping to clean and disinfect homes for Chinese seniors. The company plans to tackle the $12 billion market for cleaning and disinfecting homes for seniors in China.

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2 years ago

Idea: A startup that aims to replace the handwritten signature with a digital one. The startup makes a “signature” stamp that works with its app to digitally sign documents. The startup claims it’s a $30 billion market.

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