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5 months ago

A company that uses AI to make software more accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing.

459
2 years ago

Two different hardware startups that aim to help businesses set up a server farm on the cheap. Both claim their products are the lowest-cost solution for businesses looking to set up a private cloud.

364
3 years ago

A computer science startup that builds simple, cheap, and fast hardware for India’s unconnected. One product, called the Laptop Bridge, is a $35 device meant to plug into an electrical socket and convert it into a computer-like device that can run basic programs and connect to the internet, so that farmers, students, or anyone else can use it.

331
2 years ago

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

310
1 year ago

A platform that’s like a meal-kit delivery service but for restaurants with a focus on healthy food. It’s a big market that’s hard to crack.

302
2 years ago

M-KOPA is a tool allowing developers to create their own specialized hardware. The founders say the company has sold $4M worth of hardware over the last two years, though they’ve only launched on Kickstarter today.

292
3 years ago

A startup that sells ready-made food for people who live in an area where it’s hard to get good quality food

274
2 years ago

This startup will help prevent people from losing their data due to hardware failure.

256
2 years ago

A hardware startup that is building a fully autonomous delivery vehicle

248
8 months ago

A hardware startup that makes the first “connected” pair of wireless earbuds. It’s first product is a $99 set of earbuds with a charging case.

224
2 years ago

A company that helps companies sell to more budget conscious customers by creating a demand for products that are otherwise hard to sell.

211
2 years ago

The company wants to make negotiating harder than it already is by providing a simple, searchable interface for employees to search the market for best deals on everything from Amazon Prime subscriptions to a new suit.

198
3 months ago

This is a startup that wants to create a platform where developers can build apps for a company’s hardware products. It’s a hardware-agnostic platform, meaning you can build an app for a smart lock or a thermostat for a smart heating system.

193
3 months ago

A collaborative platform for dealers to find buyers for expensive, hard-to-find cars. A “car ambassador” acts as a liaison between the dealer and the buyer, and notifies the seller of any potential buyers.

189
2 years ago

A startup that lets people create VR content using their phones. The company has already raised $8.2 million to build three apps that use different VR hardware.

187
3 years ago

Idea: Make a Digital Library of Hard-to-Find Books

183
2 years ago

One of the most common complaints about shopping carts is that it’s hard to compare prices. 3D Cart hopes to help with that by showing the prices from the retailer’s site directly on the cart page.

183
3 years ago

A maker of smartphones and tablets, the startup wants to sell its own operating system and make its own hardware.

180
1 year ago

A privacy-focused cryptocurrency that uses multiple layers of encryption to make transactions hard to trace. The company’s software prevents transactions from being saved to a public ledger.

176
2 years ago

 A 3D printing service for hardware engineers and product designers.

175
2 years ago

A startup that builds hardware startups. The founder, Jibran Salfi, built his first hardware startup at age 20, and has since been working at Nest Labs. He was the first employee at Nest Labs, and was part of the team that built the original Nest thermostat.

172
2 years ago

A platform for school districts to help coordinate transportation and other services. The startup wants to help school districts, colleges, and universities navigate a complex system of transportation and other services that can be hard to keep track of.

171
2 years ago

A hardware company that wants to create smart hardware to help people manage their lives. The company wants to build smart devices that can help people find what they’re looking for, identify emotions, monitor health, and automate household tasks.

168
1 year ago

Experts are expensive and hard to find, but this startup is trying to make them more accessible to small businesses with a platform that offers social media marketing advice.

163
3 years ago

A company that helps its customers build their own hardware. Once they have the specs for the product, they can create a 3D design, and get it printed at Shapeways at a fraction of the cost of other companies that do the same thing.

160
2 years ago

The 2018 edition of the Y Combinator Demo Day featured 41 startups in three different tracks: Hardware, Software, and Networking & Events. The startups were chosen from 5,000 applicants by Y Combinator.

159
1 year ago

The startup is pitching itself as a “Google Docs for people who have a hard time in meetings”.

159
1 year ago

A group of four co-founders who launched the software for digital assistants in February, who then later launched a hardware startup.

159
3 years ago

Hardware startup building a device that uses body heat to cut down on your energy consumption.

158
3 years ago

A hardware company building a connected kitchen to help manage and measure food preparation.

158
1 year ago

A startup that makes hardware that monitors human movement.

156
3 years ago

A hardware startup that’s building a new type of computer that’s designed to be secure, power efficient, and small enough to fit on a keychain.

155
3 years ago

A health-maintenance company for the elderly, focusing on their social needs. The company’s founder and president, Alejandro Ortiz, said that for many older people, social engagement often goes missing, making it harder for them to stay healthy.

154
3 years ago

A social network for the deaf, modeled after its popular iPhone app. The company has expanded its offerings to include audio versions of the app for the deaf and hard of hearing.

149
3 years ago

A startup that has an online forum for people to talk about their problems For example, they would help people going through a divorce or would help people who are going through a hard time at work

148
3 years ago

A provider of hardware and software for smart and connected products. The startup is working on a solution that can control industrial machines remotely via a smartphone app.

148
3 years ago

A way for companies to keep track of their employees' safety and productivity data, and automatically reach out to them to provide support if they're having a hard time.

147
3 years ago

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

147
3 years ago

A hardware company that builds its own Bluetooth devices with a focus on connecting medical devices to the internet. It recently raised $5 million in a Series A led by Family Offices.

146
3 years ago

A translator that translates the voice of a user's phone into text. The startup, which was founded in May, says that a lot of the time people are talking to themselves, and that voice-to-text software works great but is hard to use.

146
3 years ago

A hardware wallet that allows users to store and use any cryptocurrency.

143
3 years ago

A software & hardware startup that makes a $100 credit card with a built-in fingerprint scanner

142
3 years ago

A hardware company that creates and sells motion sensors for use by startups

142
3 years ago

 Gives entrepreneurs and startups easy access to the hardware they need to build and run their business. Founded by a former Microsoft engineer, the company has raised $2.5M and is launching in beta today.

142
2 years ago

A way to connect hardware to software, a way for developers to access hardware components without writing code, and a way for hardware companies to easily build apps with hardware components that they need.

142
3 years ago

As a person’s social circle expands, it gets harder to keep track of old and new friends. Fellow is a service that helps you keep track of everyone you know, and share them with others.

141
3 years ago

A hardware startup that builds medical devices. It’s the first company to make a 3D printer for producing pacemakers.

140
1 year ago

There’s a lot of demand for this kind of help, but it’s hard to find that help. A company called Pay-Per-Request is looking to bring the help of a professional notary to the masses at a low cost. The idea is that people sign up for the service and then request notaries for various tasks, get them for a low cost, and then pay for the ones that they like.

140
3 years ago

A cloud service for companies to manage their hardware inventory from a central dashboard.

139
3 years ago

A tool that helps the deaf and hard-of-hearing understand the information they’re hearing.

137
3 years ago

A company that wants to re-create the good old days of the local neighborhood hardware store for modern consumers. They want to build a modern version of the mobile app that lets people buy and sell their stuff in a local community.

137
3 years ago

The startup says it’s a better version of the traditional “pay-once-and-get-everything” package that’s popular with consumers, which works well for a lot of products but can be hard for more high-tech products.

137
3 years ago

A startup that wants to make it easy to manage virtual attendees for events, which are usually hard to track and often not included in the database. The startup is releasing a beta version of its software in mid-November.

136
1 year ago

A new product that helps companies find the best possible options for their data center, ranging from the optimal hardware to the best locations. This is a pitch to be added to Startup Weekends.

136
3 months ago

A hardware company that creates paper-thin fingerprint sensors that can be used to unlock computers, phones, and other devices. A pilot program with the Indian government to use the sensors to improve its census program.

136
3 years ago

The startup, based in the Netherlands, has built a device that turns any Android smartphone into a camera. It promises to ease the process of sharing photos, while also allowing users to take photos that are harder to take with a traditional camera.

135
3 years ago

A system that lets companies quickly and easily build their own hardware products, with a goal of making it easier for companies to build hardware at scale.

135
3 years ago

A startup focusing on the hardware side of the IoT ecosystem, building a “smart battery” for things like refrigerators and air conditioners.

134
3 years ago

A business that brings a suite of software and hardware tools to help home cooks learn to cook from scratch.

132
2 years ago

A digital storefront for low-income people to buy used items from other people across the country, with a focus on items that are hard to find in the country.

131
3 years ago

A real estate startup that’s building software and hardware to provide renters with a customized lease agreement that’s “as easy as sending a text message”. The startup is building a suite of software to provide leases and automated service agreements.

130
2 years ago

A software/hardware company that builds AI-powered IoT devices like TVs and speakers.

130
11 months ago

A hardware startup that’s trying to create a “mini-computer” for IoT projects. The device is meant to be used in “anyplace, anytime, with any device”.

130
3 years ago

This startup is building a new kind of pay-as-you-go mobile device, which can be used for a variety of purposes, from music to glasses to medical and molecular research. The device is meant to be flexible and easy to use, with a range of options for the hardware and software, and a monthly fee that is based on usage.

129
2 years ago

A messaging service for companies to send and receive messages without requiring employees to have smartphones. The company is working on a product that will work with existing hardware, like a tablet.

129
3 years ago

This is a startup that makes hardware that makes it easier to pick up and carry your coffee without scalding yourself. The company is currently only selling to the US, but they’re looking to expand internationally, and have raised $1.3M in funding from DFJ.

128
3 years ago

Blockchain hardware for smart homes. The company wants to build a $200 smart lock that would allow owners to automate their home with blockchain tech that would allow them to unlock the door remotely.

128
3 years ago

A startup that’s building a C++ library that allows hardware designs to be shared on GitHub. The company’s CEO says that the concept is similar to the Arduino open source hardware platform.

125
3 years ago

This startup is building a mobile-first platform that allows users to share and resume their favorite YouTube videos, in lieu of uploading to their own platforms or working hard to monetize their content

123
2 years ago

A company that turns any spare bit of hardware into a secure cloud server.

123
3 years ago

In the US, there are a lot of jobs that pay the minimum wage. The startup is based in the Philippines, and its founder says it’s easy to get a job there for the minimum wage, but hard to get paid more.

121
3 years ago

This startup aims to overhaul the way employees are evaluated and compensated in the workplace. It’s designed to eliminate the “rat race” and create a better environment for those who want to work hard and see their contributions recognized.

120
3 years ago

A startup that wants to be the Amazon for home services, making it easier for customers to buy a service without having to rely on a retail retailer. The company has already signed up a number of local hardware stores.

119
3 years ago

A tool to help companies estimate the time it will take to complete software development projects. Currently only for-profit SaaS companies, the startup wants to expand into the nonprofit and hardware sectors in the future.

116
3 years ago

A hardware startup that’s building ruggedized bitcoin hardware that can be sold to businesses and consumers. The company is currently working on a $1,000 device that it says can be used for up to a year on a single battery.

114
11 months ago

A maker-y startup that sells a wide variety of custom knobs and hardware.

112
3 months ago

A maker of hardware parts and tools for 3D printing. Their 3D printers are 3 times the cost of those from competitors.

109
3 years ago

A hardware startup that’s building a way for software to run on physical products, such as a keyboard or a mouse, instead of being software-only. The startup wants to create a device that can connect to a computer and transform a physical object into a fully-functional computer.

107
2 years ago

A company that builds hardware/software for connected services.

107
3 years ago

A business plan for a startup is like a sales pitch. It’s vague. It’s hard to see its potential. And it’s hard to know if it’s worth checking out. So many founders miss out on the chance to grow their business because they don’t have this thing called a business plan that explains how they’ll do it. The goal of this startup is to make it easy for anyone to write that plan. It’s currently only available in the Bay Area.

105
2 years ago

An online hub for people who are visually-impaired and hard of hearing. The site’s founders say that they’re currently in talks with hearing suppliers to help them build a suite of apps for users.

105
2 years ago

A hardware startup that allows you to make your own Bluetooth earbuds.

105
2 years ago

Part of the problem with software is that it’s hard to measure how well an app is working. AppZilla wanted to solve that problem by building a platform for developers to track their app’s stats. The startup is focusing on mobile apps, and has already raised $1.5 million.

104
2 years ago

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.

103
3 years ago

A hardware company that makes sensors, including ones for weight and hydration, for home and for athletes. The company believes consumers will use devices such as the Nike FuelBand to track their health and exercise habits.

102
11 months ago

A startup that helps with recruitment. Founders have a hard time finding good developers to hire and have had to spend hours sifting through LinkedIn profiles, applying to jobs, and then waiting for responses.

101
3 years ago

The product is a hardware device that uses machine learning to help you take the best shot of a face. The startup uses AI to learn faces and pair them with photos of them taken by users. It’s the company's first product, which was launched in June, and was a finalist in the class of 2018.

99
3 years ago

The first public hardware offering from Spin, a company that makes a 3D printer, will be a small plastic ball that you can use to make jewelry.

99
3 years ago

A hardware startup that wants to integrate sensors and cameras into shoes. The company collects information on how people walk, which it then uses to train computer vision algorithms to detect hazards and improve safety.

98
11 months ago

A product that allows consumers to collect and share their life’s moments in the form of text, audio, video, and pictures. The company claims they’re the first company to blend AI-driven software, powerful hardware, and mobile-friendly design to create a stand-alone action camera, the Zing Camera.

97
2 years ago

A startup that wants to help women who are having a hard time finding high-quality, affordable maternity clothes.

96
3 years ago

A grocery delivery business in the UK. Postmates offers services like same-day grocery delivery, which is especially useful to people living in urban environments where it’s hard to get to grocery stores.

95
10 months ago

A company that builds hardware for manufacturers. The company is a hardware startup looking to disrupt the supply chain.

95
2 years ago

A hardware startup that makes a smart lightbulb that can be controlled via an app.

93
2 years ago

A company that wants to help small businesses manage their point-of-sale systems, including software that powers the POS and other hardware like cash registers.

89
2 years ago

A platform for advertisers to find and target the right demographics and psychographics. The startup is also working on an ad tech platform for brands that want to target “hard-to-reach” consumers.

88
2 years ago

A startup that’s working to bring mobile-first design to the web. The company’s founder says that on desktop, responsive websites are too complex and hard to work with. On mobile, the opposite is true: sites are too simple and often hard to use. Sway is working to change that with a product that uses all the same features on mobile as it does on desktop.

86
11 months ago

A startup that makes it easier to turn physical products into digital ones, turning physical products that could be easily replicated into ones that are harder to duplicate.

86
10 months ago

A hardware startup making smart lock hardware that can be used with the latest smart home platforms.

86
2 years ago

A platform that helps companies manage their IT infrastructure, from the hardware all the way to the software.

84
1 year ago

Builds hardware for products like robo-advisors.

84
3 years ago

A startup that helps contractors bid for jobs, with a focus on projects that are often hard to nail down.

83
1 year ago

A company looking to re-invent the voice-activated assistant. The company, which launched in May, has built an API that integrates with any hardware.

83
11 months ago

 The startup's goal is to make health tech more accessible by simplifying the experience for users. Instead of needing to learn about a piece of hardware, you can just enter your symptoms in the app and find the best patient-specific treatment for you.

83
2 years ago

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.

82
2 years ago

A software and hardware system that helps people to prepare and track their taxes and taxes for other people and companies.

82
1 year ago

A business that helps companies create and test new products. The startup takes the form of a virtual office that helps clients test new product ideas on everything from mobile apps to hardware.

82
11 months ago

A startup that is building hardware to help users find the best route home, even if they don’t have a GPS device.

82
7 months ago

A messaging app for the deaf and hard of hearing that makes it possible for deaf people to get phone calls, video calls, and video chats. In May 2019 the company launched a product that lets deaf people hear their friends through a device to communicate.

82
3 years ago

Idea: Build custom apps around on-premise hardware

81
2 years ago

A company that wants to build a hardware-based solution to the security problem of the internet of things. The startup wants to build a chip that can secure a device through a physical security system.

79
2 years ago

College employment data is hard to get, and many prospective students are unaware of job-seeking opportunities in their region.

78
1 year ago

A startup that builds the infrastructure for data centers in the cloud. The company is building a portfolio of hardware and software, including a custom-built system that can handle multiple GPUs.

78
8 months ago

A company that provides a way to sell shares of your future earnings. We’ve all been there: You want to leave a job, but your current employer has stock options. You’d like to sell them, but it’s hard to find a buyer. You want to sell them but don’t know how. You could just sell them on the street, but that’s risky…

78
2 years ago

A project from a hardware engineering company, which wants to make a programmable, modular robot with an open source hardware ecosystem.

77
2 years ago

This startup is building a platform for the company to launch a hardware product that can automatically detect when a customer is about to run out of battery.

77
2 years ago

A startup looking to build a custom hardware-based software platform for the hotel industry.

76
2 years ago

A self-driving car startup that builds its own hardware, to create a platform for car manufacturers to build autonomous cars.

76
2 years ago

A physical hardware system that helps people remember what they’re supposed to be doing at work.

75
2 years ago

A startup that wants to help people check their credit score, which is sometimes hard to get because of privacy concerns. Its service offers the ability to report your financial well-being to the Federal Trade Commission in one step. The company is pitching it to companies like Capital One and Chase.

75
1 year ago

This is a hardware company that wants to build the ultimate game controller. It’s meant to be a new generation of the Xbox controller, which is a multi-purpose in-game controller with a touchpad and a gyroscope.

75
1 year ago

A custom-built security system to protect mobile devices, with a team of designers and engineers that build the actual hardware and software. The startup is staffed by former Google employees and was spun out from Google to focus on security.

75
2 years ago

This startup is working on a hardware solution for power outages.

74
1 year ago

This startup is hard at work building a new way for people to make money on their phone, with a focus on mobile-first design for apps

73
1 year ago

Open source hardware/software for providing access to the Internet, built on Amazon Web Services.

73
1 year ago

This company is partnering with universities to provide an online solution to help students stay on top of their schoolwork. It’s especially useful for students in the US, where they say it’s hard to keep track of due dates.

73
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that helps brands and agencies plan out their Instagram marketing strategies. The founder is a former head of marketing at Instagram (who worked on its mobile app) and says that brands still have a hard time figuring out how to adapt their advertising to the platform.

72
2 years ago

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.

72
2 years ago

A startup that helps people build virtual reality experiences and help create immersive experiences for brands. Notable for its location-based VR hardware for gaming and entertainment, the company is building a virtual reality platform for malls and shopping centers.

71
1 year ago

A company trying to build a hardware hub that allows companies to track their hardware inventory, monitor it, and automate the process of sending it to customers.

71
1 year ago

A startup whose goal is to integrate sensors and analytics for smart cities. The startup wants to lower the costs of providing Internet to cities by providing infrastructure, hardware and software.

71
9 months ago

A software/hardware startup that is building an industrial-grade 3D printer for deposition of materials at industrial scales.

71
3 years ago

Idea: A programmable hardware add-on for Raspberry Pi

70
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that is building a solution to address the need for early-stage investment in the medical device industry The company wants to help hardware startups run more efficient clinical trials

70
2 years ago

A set of hardware tools to improve digital security and resistance to phishing and malware.

70
1 year ago

A paid subscription service for people looking to take their homes to the next level, with plans starting at $399. They want to create a “designer” lifestyle for people that want to buy a house but don’t want to do a lot of the hard work.

70
9 months ago

A company that builds Bitcoin mining hardware and wants to make building your own custom mining equipment easier. The founders built the first Blockchain-based mining device over a year ago.

70
3 years ago

Idea: The first hardware investment platform that allows investors and inventors to reach each other

69
1 year ago

A company that wants to bring on-demand, on-premise video conferencing to the masses. It plans to use its own video hardware, and a platform owned by the company, to make it easier for people to book, manage, and pay for video conferencing.

69
11 months ago

This startup is building a flexible accelerator for hardware startups. The accelerator’s first round is due in November.

69
2 years ago

A business intelligence suite that helps companies track product change data for products like software, hardware, or services.

68
2 years ago

A B2B software company that helps hardware manufacturers and distributors sell to retail stores. The company’s founders say that in the past year it’s already signed and closed on 125 deals and has more in the pipeline.

68
1 year ago

A tool that helps you communicate with people who are deaf/hard of hearing.

68
1 year ago

A startup that’s building an app for the “smart agriculture hardware” industry.

67
1 year ago

This is a startup that makes apps to help people with autism and ADHD, with a goal of helping kids who have a hard time sitting still with distractions.

67
2 years ago

A hardware company that makes it easier for people to possess and grow their own cannabis. They’re supplying this solution to dispensaries in Colorado, where Gov. John Hickenlooper has shown support for legal weed in the past. The company is already in business in Canada, and is looking at expansions into other states.

66
8 months ago

A hardware-based hardware lab that checks hardware quality and functionality.

66
3 years ago

A startup that produces hardware and software for people who are deaf or hard of hearing

65
1 year ago

An online tool that allows you to compare the cost of your hardware, software, cloud, and services across all your use cases, enabling you to make the best business decision for your needs.

65
11 months ago

A company that builds and deploys drones, using a proprietary hardware/software platform. The company claims to be profitable, with plans to be cash-flow positive by the end of 2019.

65
2 years ago

A startup that has built a hardware-based IoT sensor that is able to wirelessly and privately track and share your health and fitness data. The team has built a prototype and hopes to bring it to market in the next few months.

64
1 year ago

This security startup is building a unified facial recognition system that works across multiple cameras and can be built into software, hardware, or even the cloud.

64
3 years ago

Idea: A hardware startup looking to build a “developer’s dream”, a library of easy-to-use and open source hardware tools for electronics prototyping.

63
2 years ago

A small hardware startup that wants to be a platform partner for IoT that helps companies deploy their own autonomous devices.

63
1 year ago

A company that provides a software and hardware platform for people who want to monitor air quality and track air quality changes.

63
1 year ago

A hardware company that’s selling a $199 device that connects to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS to track eyewear, supposedly more accurately than existing solutions.

63
1 year ago

This startup is building a device to help hard of hearing people navigate public spaces.

63
2 years ago

A startup that works with brands to raise awareness about products that are out of stock, or from niche brands that are hard to find.

62
1 year ago

A new hardware platform for the Internet of Things that lets hardware be built with a common set of APIs. The hardware itself is open source, and the company will work with developers to make the hardware work with other software.

62
1 year ago

A startup that provides a hardware solution for IoT devices, which is connected to the cloud through your phone.

61
1 year ago

A product design company that builds products for companies like Kickstarter, Yahoo and Walmart. They’re a hardware startup, and focus on the products they build.

61
1 year ago

A startup that designs hardware and software for building autonomous vehicles

61
9 months ago

“Things you can’t sell online anymore”. The startup is building a website for people who have a lot of physical things that are hard to sell online. It’s currently focused on antiques and collectibles.

61
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that is building an end-to-end solution for businesses making hardware to help them get funded and bring their product to market. They want to automate a lot of the backend work needed to launch hardware like creating a company and getting funding.

60
1 year ago

A hardware wallet for bitcoin. A recent redesign has brought in some features that were previously only available for the Ledger.

60
1 year ago

The startup is building an open source custom-built hardware for internet of things devices.

60
1 year ago

A startup that builds hardware for self-driving vehicles, with an app that helps teach other people how to code for self-driving vehicles.

60
8 months ago

A startup that is building an IoT-based smart home system, with an inbuilt app that you can use to control your home. The idea is that the startup itself is a hardware hub, connecting hardware from different vendors with a single app. The company is backed by Y Combinator.

60
2 years ago

Micro-loans for the unbanked, with a minimum term of 9 months, a maximum term of 20 years, and a minimum interest rate of 2%. The goal is to offer a lifeline for the unbanked, who often have a hard time obtaining a traditional bank account.

59
2 years ago

A new type of hardware, the “fiducial marker,” which is meant to replace the fiducials in your product data, making it more accurate and useful.

59
1 year ago

People who have trouble remembering passwords have a hard time finding them, either because they’re buried in a cluttered desktop or because they’ve been changed by a hacker. Passwords is a new service that aims to make passwords easier to find by condensing and organizing them into one account.

59
1 year ago

A platform for third-party developers to build apps and games for the hardware.

59
9 months ago

Military veterans are often in search of employment when they leave the service, and are often left with a gap in their resume that’s hard to fill. This startup is working to help them get back into the workforce by building a platform to help them find jobs and apply for positions, and connect employers with talent.

59
1 year ago

A startup for “proxies” that lets you run your own hardware without having to purchase, store and maintain your own servers. The service lets you rent a virtual server that runs the same software and is located in the same data center as your own.

58
1 year ago

A startup that provides subscriptions for a “smart” kitchen in which everything on the market is connected to a central system. It’s working with a hardware manufacturer on a modular smart refrigerator that works with an app.

58
1 year ago

A bitcoin miner that makes extra money by selling spare hardware to miners that don’t have the time to mine.

58
10 months ago

A platform that connects people with spare hard drives to those with extra bandwidth to donate them. The company uses these spare hard drives to build out storage services for institutions and companies.

58
10 months ago

A hardware startup looking to build a camera to be worn on a dog’s collar, which can detect its owner’s mood and alert them if it gets too dark.

58
3 years ago

Idea: A hardware product that seamlessly integrates with your existing credit card reader so that you can accept credit card payments in person.

57
1 year ago

A social network for people who have a hard time connecting with other people offline

57
1 year ago

A messaging platform for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, with text-to-speech translation and closed captioning.

57
10 months ago

 After selling their hardware startup Linear, the founders of the company started SaaS software startup Level which is building out an integrated package to help people manage their finances. Level’s goal is to be a one-stop-shop for checking your credit scores and loans, and paying bills.

57
9 months ago

A startup that helps users find and organize their contacts in a single database, a task it claims is harder than finding a partner to a friend on Facebook. The startup is looking to build an app that brings together all of your personal contacts into a single place.

57
2 years ago

In 2015, when asked about the app, founder and CEO of Asana, Dustin Moskovitz, said, "...it's not like you would have to go through and check every single piece of content on Facebook. It's not that hard to check if it's a link to a website. ... But we can't be 100% sure that the link is safe. And you want a social network that's not going to take you down."

56
1 year ago

A hardware startup that wants to make your home a smart one, with smart products like lights and door locks that could detect when you’re at home and turn on.

56
1 year ago

A “computer vision platform” that combines software, hardware, and algorithms to help companies better track their assets.

56
1 year ago

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

56
1 year ago

This startup is working to create a new version of the Raspberry Pi, which will be smaller and better suited to control things like smart home appliances and lighting and other IoT devices. Right now, companies like Amazon and Google are building their own mini PC and smart home-computing devices, but RightBit hopes to make it cheaper and easier for other hardware makers to produce their own.

55
1 year ago

A hardware startup that sells a low-cost, low-energy, laser-based 3D printer that can print out objects from a 3D file. The team at PRINT.AI is led by a serial entrepreneur who has participated in Y Combinator, including projects such as Exakte and Foundry.

55
1 year ago

A startup for open hardware, allowing businesses to use pre-existing hardware in their own products.

55
9 months ago

This startup is building a hardware hub that can turn any old computer into a hotspot, allowing users to connect to faster Wi-Fi and mobile networks.

55
3 years ago

Idea: TrackR aims to help keep track of your things, be it keys, pets, or anything else that you might lose The hardware is a small device that can connect via bluetooth to your phone

54
1 year ago

A startup that builds hardware for emergency responders to manage their “mobile command center”

54
1 year ago

A platform for hardware startups to manage hardware production, shipping, and sales.

54
1 year ago

A platform that helps bring open source and open hardware together. They’re focused on the hacker community and makers more broadly.

54
1 year ago

A startup that’s building hardware that enables and tracks connected objects to collect statistics automatically. The company wants to make the world more “smart”.

53
1 year ago

An e-commerce platform that features custom-built construction hardware stores, and an iOS app to help contractors and designers manage their projects.

53
11 months ago

A hardware startup that aims to bring security cameras online without needing to be plugged into a computer.

53
10 months ago

You know how it’s hard to get those 15 minutes of exercise you’ve been promising yourself Your phone’s always in your pocket, and you’re always distracted. The app uses a combination of motion-activated sensors and beautiful audio prompts to keep you working toward your goals.

53
1 year ago

A startup that wants to make it easier to use the Amazon Echo and Alexa. They’re building a hub that allows users to control their lights, thermostat, pool pump and more with voice commands, without needing to install separate hardware.

52
1 year ago

A startup that helps more users finish their workouts by offering a more personalized approach to telling you how hard to work out.

52
1 year ago

A platform for startups that want to bring their products to life through hardware. It’s meant to be a cheaper alternative to other prototyping and hardware startups, by linking to their own manufacturing partners.

52
1 year ago

A tool to help developers build their own hardware. The startup’s CEO is an ex-Apple exec who says he’s building hardware for “everyman.”

52
1 year ago

The startup aims to sell a $2,500 piece of hardware accessory to install in a car, which allows users to remotely control the vehicle while they’re not in it.

51
8 months ago

A cloud-based cybersecurity platform that tries to help companies build their own hardware-less cyberdefenses.

51
1 year ago

A startup that helps access control systems integrate with your smartphone. The startup, which was founded in June, is based in the DC area, and has already built a marketplace for hardware, and is working on an API to integrate the system into your phone.

50
1 year ago

A company that sells a $50,000 security system made up of a garage door opener, a smart lock and a $49 video camera. The startup’s hardware is intended to let people live in their homes with their pets, and it has a product roadmap that includes a pet-friendly version of its camera

50
1 year ago

A company that’s building a platform to make it easier for people to manage their home security, with a hub that’s meant to support additional hardware over time.

49
1 year ago

Instead of having to buy an expensive hardware device to measure your blood pressure, they’re going to come out with a $10 smartphone app that works off of a few sensors. The startup aims to reduce the cost of healthcare by getting more people to use the device.

49
1 year ago

A company that makes modules to help developers build out their own hardware.

49
1 year ago

"Philadelphia is a hotbed of tech startups, with more than its fair share of innovators. But with so many talented people hitting the streets, it can be hard to distinguish the real innovators from the pretenders." -  Philadelphia Magazine

49
7 months ago

A startup that helps marketplaces list and sell their items, with a focus on selling high-margin items that are hard to find.

49
1 year ago

A niche product for having a hard time sleeping due to snoring or other sleep issues, Sleepio is a smartphone app which uses an algorithm to give real-time feedback on how well you sleep, and then sends you targeted advice to help you improve your sleep.

48
1 year ago

A hardware startup that aims to enable more automation and less manual labor in the home.

48
1 year ago

A textual language translation app for the deaf and hard of hearing.

48
1 year ago

Building a custom hardware wallet for bitcoin users

48
1 year ago

A company building an R&D lab for hardware startups to work out of.

47
3 months ago

A platform that allows businesses to build their own credit card reader for accepting credit cards and bitcoin. It will be a combination of hardware and software.

47
1 year ago

A hardware startup that takes a radically different approach to computer security. Rather than trying to block malware, the company says it can help protect against it by learning to predict what types of attacks are likely. It’s meant to work with mobile devices, and has a deal with Facebook to “secure” the social network’s billion users.

46
1 year ago

A platform that digitizes video and makes it available on YouTube. The company is also working on a way to monetize the videos (which they say is not hard to do.)

44
1 year ago

A hardware company that wants to build a hardware-based receipt printer that can produce receipts on demand. The company wants to use the same materials as the paper industry, which is more sustainable than inkjet.

44
3 years ago

Idea: A soft-keyboard for mobile devices. The startup says their product is meant to make it easier to type on touch screens, leveraging a 3D-touch feature that allows users to press in harder on their mobile phones.

43
11 months ago

A credit card for students, who often have a hard time getting approved for a credit card. It includes a special student-friendly credit card account, with a lower interest rate.

43
1 year ago

A platform for managing hardware and software settings, and making it easier to manage settings using a simple interface.

42
1 year ago

It’s hard to focus on one thing when you’re in college and have a million responsibilities. Middleman helps you organize your life by letting you create a “bucket list” of things you want to accomplish, and then organizing those around your schedule.

42
1 year ago

A startup that aims to create a universal app store for third-party hardware hardware modules. The idea is to cut down on the hardware fragmentation that plagues the tech industry.

42
6 months ago

A platform for building custom and connected devices. It provides a hardware development kit for manufacturers to build IoT devices.

42
1 year ago

A hardware startup that makes hardware for use with smartphone apps, such as a Bluetooth keyboard for your phone.

41
11 months ago

A company that builds open source hardware, selling sensors and actuators to control different systems.

41
1 year ago

A startup that helps organizations like Ace Hardware and Lowe’s keep track of how much inventory they have on hand and how much they sell each month.

40
7 months ago

A company that wants to use unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver medicine to hard-to-reach places.

40
1 year ago

A startup that wants to create a version of Amazon, where consumers can buy products directly from brands. The startup says they’re building a storefront that’s all about discovery and discovery is the hard part.

39
6 months ago

A tool for connecting individual pieces of hardware in a network, with a focus on the internet of things.

39
7 months ago

A tool to help IT professionals and engineers build IoT hardware and software applications, building on the hardware expertise of their engineering team.

38
7 months ago

Genesys is a startup that wants to use artificial intelligence to help doctors run tests that are often too time-consuming or hard to replicate. The startup is currently working with a few healthcare providers to try and make their diagnostic tests more accurate.

37
6 months ago

A hardware and software startup that is aiming to help manufacturers of the world’s most expensive cars develop and test their vehicles. The startup is working with Audi and Ferrari to make their cars more reliable.

37
6 months ago

A startup that acts as a marketplace for used video game hardware.

35
5 months ago

The company is building a tool that makes it easy for companies to manage, track, and automate software and hardware assets.

35
1 year ago

Closed-door meetings are a big part of how businesses communicate, but they can be inefficient, or even make communication harder. Fusic is an app which allows teams to use a shared whiteboard to brainstorm ideas and plan, with the idea that faster ideas can arrive at the right times, and lead to better decisions.

34
1 year ago

The company wants to build virtual reality software to help people with PTSD, who often have trouble leaving their house. The startup’s VR software allows users to explore a virtual environment, and, with the help of VR hardware, experience a different setting from inside a virtual environment, allowing them to feel less anxious.

34
11 months ago

This startup is looking to “help businesses and developers get early access to the latest IoT tools and SDKs”. The company is a one-stop shop for IoT-related technologies, including hardware, software, and security.

33
7 months ago

 One of the first companies to launch a custom hardware product for the internet of things, Bix is building a set of hardware that helps businesses monitor the health of their equipment and devices, using a combination of sensors and machine-learning algorithms.

33
4 months ago

A company that makes door hardware, like locks and deadbolts, with an app that helps people find the nearest store carrying their products.

33
7 months ago

A startup that helps people figure out if they can afford a home in a city. The company says that in cities where a lot of people are renting, it’s hard to find out which ones you can afford because the data isn’t readily available. So it’s building a tool that will show you what neighborhoods are affordable in a new city and help you figure out if you can afford to live there.

32
7 months ago

A device designed to help monitor and manage air quality in hospitals. The startup built an open source design and is currently selling the hardware.

31
6 months ago

A personal assistant meant for the visually impaired. The startup is currently building a prototype of its app and is also working on a piece of hardware called the Eyeblink.

31
6 months ago

A software company that helps companies with the “hard” stuff, like payroll and insurance, with its software and services. Their pitch is that they’re the “Uber for HR”.

31
7 months ago

A designer and developer of hardware and software for the automotive industry.

29
7 months ago

A hardware startup that sells a credit card sized device that connects to a smartphone’s camera, ostensibly allowing users to be paid in real time. It’s still in its early days, but the company has a pilot program in place with a few customers.

29
6 months ago

A company that provides embedded security products for high-value infrastructure, the company is working on hardware that can detect when a cyber attack is taking place.

29
5 months ago

This is an engineering-focused startup that wants to build a software solution that lets people design their own hardware. The idea is that you can create a design, get a quote for the cost of the materials, and then purchase the parts online. The computer chip and board are then assembled at a local store to create the finished product.

29
5 months ago

A platform for building and sharing DIY tools, kits, and parts. The startup is building hardware and software from scratch, and has already built tools for companies like Lego.

29
3 months ago

An online marketplace for selling new and used clothes and accessories. It’s a marketplace for finding unique and hard-to-find items.

29
2 months ago

A hardware company focused on making a better motion sensor.

29
5 months ago

This company is working to teach hard skills to the next generation of software engineers, and is finding success in college campuses. It’s a bootcamp model that teaches students how to build software for startups and tech companies, taking the idea to a whole new level.

27
4 months ago

A hardware startup that makes smart plugs, which can be used to automate lights, fans, and other appliances.

27
1 month ago

The startup helps companies manage their hardware inventory, and in August launched a new version of their product, now called “MegaStore”, that can manage up to 4,000 individual items.

27
4 months ago

An online platform that allows people to sell their old stuff online, with a focus on finding unique and hard-to-find items.

26
6 months ago

A startup that makes it easier for small businesses to collect payments and manage receipts, letting them organize their finances, track expenses, and save time. They started a kickstarter campaign in July to fund the company’s first hardware product, a connected tablet.

25
4 months ago

A company that wants to make sure your data is being used for the right reasons. They’re building software and hardware that lets you know if your data is being sold or used.

25
3 months ago

A startup aiming to make it easy for people to find and book transportation. The idea is that it’s harder to pay for rides than it should be, and the startup wants to make it easier to connect riders with drivers.

25
4 months ago

A hardware company that makes a series of IoT products for monitoring sensor data, connecting to the cloud, and turning that data into analytics.

24
2 months ago

A “flexible” hardware management platform for enterprise IT.

24
2 months ago

A company that builds the physical hardware for digital payments.

24
2 months ago

This hardware startup has a hardware product for banks to automatically make ATM withdrawals from their ATMs.

23
2 months ago

A platform that helps companies save on insurance premiums by doing the hard work of reviewing insurance plans for them.

22
26 days ago

A company that creates online quizzes and tests to help students study smarter, not harder.

22
2 months ago

The MAKE Awards are an annual event that celebrates the best of the makers community. This awards ceremony is a celebration of makers’ achievements in hardware, design, software,

21
2 months ago

 A hardware company that wants to build an integrated hardware hub that can turn any piece of hardware into a smart device.

21
2 months ago

A user-friendly health care insurance and billing platform that eliminates the hard work of billing and insurance, so you can focus on doing what you love.

21
14 days ago

This is a hardware company that makes “smart” doors and windows that let you control them via an app.

21
4 months ago

A startup that is building a 3D printer designed to be used by disabled people. It’s also trying to solve the “other” market problem that 3D printers are expensive and hard for non-disabled people to use.

20
16 days ago

A tool for engineers to build their own custom hardware and software.

20
5 months ago

A startup that generates a projection of how much money the person has in an emergency fund (in terms of amount and interest rate.) The startup says that, although it can be hard to have an emergency fund, it’s the best thing you can do to ensure you save for retirement.

19
1 month ago

A new type of smart contract platform that allows developers to build blockchain apps that can be used both on the Ethereum network and on Ethereum Classic, a hard fork of Ethereum.

19
2 months ago

A hardware company that creates an app that allows you to control your TV, lights, and thermostat from your Android phone.

18
2 months ago

A messaging app for women. It’s hard for women to find messaging apps that are segregated by gender and don’t make them feel unsafe. The startup plans to be the first of its kind.

17
2 months ago

A hardware accelerator that helps startups produce low-cost, open source hardware.

16
3 months ago

This startup is working on a hardware hub that allows home builders to easily build custom home theater setups in less than three days.

15
1 month ago

There’s a lot of work being done by third-party developers to analyze and extract insights from customer data, but the challenge is that the data is often messy and inconsistent. Because of this, it can be hard to know how to use the data for good. Uniq is designing and building a data platform that will make it easier for brands to extract value from customer data and truly understand it.

15
7 days ago

A software platform that helps hardware startups build their product.

15
1 month ago

Another startup that involves a hardware-enabled experience. The company has a partnership with the Ritz Carlton, and offers an immersive experience of the hotel’s rooms.

14
1 month ago

This is an “innovation platform” for people to design and build hardware products. So far, they’ve shipped over 300 products.

14
29 days ago

Wyldtech is a hardware engineering company with a focus on developing products for the home. The company is based in Oakland, California.

13
3 days ago

A system for connecting hardware devices to the web.

11
3 months ago

A small internet of things (IoT) startup that is working to build a generic platform for IoT product development, from hardware to software to IoT communications.

10
1 month ago

A Y Combinator alum, this startup uses GPUs and other computing hardware to speed up deep learning for machine learning.

10
21 days ago

A company that makes the first-ever hardware-embedded video game controller for the Nintendo Switch.

10
1 month ago

A seed-to-sale software and hardware platform that enables seed-to-sale tracking and compliance for cannabis growers and sellers.

9
29 days ago

This is an app that helps those looking to get a mortgage start the process earlier. It’s a way to bridge the gap between the types of mortgage you can get with a personal banker and the ones you can get in the cold, hard world of banks.

9
29 days ago

A piece of software that allows companies to “work smarter, not harder” by tracking their time and expenses across their different departments.

9
21 days ago

A startup that helps companies buy and manage their data center hardware. The startup works with companies that have a data center and wants to make it easy for them to purchase and manage their hardware.

8
11 days ago

A control unit for building and testing projects. It’s meant for engineers to test and debug hardware.

8
14 days ago

Appels is a DNA-powered food platform, and its founders say that with the current cost of food and the low-quality of the data it’s often hard to figure out what’s in your food.

7
19 hours ago

This is an open-source framework for creating custom hardware startups with the help of industry mentors and a state-of-the-art prototyping lab.

0
3 years ago

A startup that provides a directory of professionals who can provide hard-to-find services like making a denture

-1
3 years ago

A startup that helps people with their resume if they are having a hard time getting one above a certain number

-1
3 years ago

Idea: A company that will clean up your old hard drives

-1
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that is building a platform for shared office space. The company’s founders say that it’s already profitable and has $2.8 million in revenue, with $10 million in annual recurring revenue. The company is installing $10 million in hardware in the next two years. It’s currently profitable.

-1
3 years ago

Idea: We all have a hard time picking a restaurant to eat at in busy cities like New York. The startup is coming up with solutions to make that experience easier.

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