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3 years ago

Inventor Dr. Ramesh Kale has been working on a low-cost, disposable "smart" pacemaker for under $1,500. The device is implanted in a pocket-sized battery pack that an individual wears around their waist. The pacemaker is connected to the battery pack via a small wire. When the device senses irregular heartbeats, it sends a signal to the battery pack, which then notifies the individual's doctor. The battery pack is replaceable, and is expected to last up to a year.

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3 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.

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3 years ago

As we reported last week, Blue Capital is building a “wage engine” for the gig economy that will help people figure out how to actually pay their rent.

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1 year ago

A “smart battery” that charges faster and lasts longer.

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3 years ago

A startup that helps people manage their plastic cards, and make purchases that require plastic.

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2 years ago

A startup focused on developing new materials and technologies for the 3D printing industry. The startup is building a 3D printing machine that prints metal, glass, ceramic and plastic materials.

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3 years ago

A machine that makes custom-ordered plastic products on demand.

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3 years ago

A startup that helps users find the best deals on last-minute travel deals, with a focus on hospitality and travel.

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3 years ago

A dating app for people who want to have casual sex, focused on avoiding pressure from other users. The app is meant to be a safe place for people who want to do something that’s not going to last.

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3 years ago

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

216
2 years ago

A tool that allows you to purchase a ticket to a movie, museum, or sporting event at the last minute.

214
2 years ago

A startup focused on the development of specialty plastics. It’s got a factory in the US, and its first product is a sustainable, nontoxic version of the plastic used to make fiberglass.

208
3 years ago

A startup that helps people who need to find a last minute place to stay when they are traveling

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1 year ago

The idea here is to build a platform similar to UberPool, where users can choose to share rides with strangers instead of getting a taxi. It’s meant to be a sort of last-mile transportation.

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3 years ago

Idea: A company that helps homeowners who are selling their home make it look its best for buyers, cutting their job out of the real estate sales process. The startup has raised $150,000 in the last month.

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2 years ago

Having grown from 10 employees to 160 in the last three years, the company is the fastest-growing startup in the city and Pittsburgh's largest private technology employer.

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10 months ago

A tool for freelancers looking to manage work on the go. The company says it’s managed $6 million of projects over the last two years.

188
2 years ago

A startup that connects people looking to rent their apartment with people looking to live in it. It has built a base of 100,000 users and $1.2 million in revenue over the last year.

182
2 years ago

 A tool for managing crowdfunded products, focusing on the last mile of crowdfunding, helping scalability and distribution.

182
2 years ago

A startup that doesn't have a specific use case but wants to be a store of last resort for people seeking to borrow money.

180
3 years ago

A mobile app for finding last-minute parking spots.

178
2 years ago

A startup that wants to help people find and use better alternatives to plastic bags, by helping them make shopping lists in their phone’s email. The startup has only been live for a week, but is already seeing a 30% conversion rate.

175
3 years ago

A startup that provides a “free and sustainable” alternative to plastic bags

171
2 years ago

In the last year, we’ve seen the creation of several new VC-backed startups, many of which we expect to grow into companies worth $50 million or more in the next year. (A few are already there.) Here’s a look at some of the most promising:

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2 years ago

China’s internet giants are increasingly dominating the global digital advertising market. A recent report from Digiday says: “Chinese social media and news platforms have commanded the lion’s share of ad revenue as global digital ad spend in the country has grown at a staggering compound annual growth rate of around 40% over the last five years.” How are these companies making money They’re using the vast audience of consumers on social media for traditional advertising.

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3 years ago

Startup founders are being more aggressive in the US, with a few companies in the last year getting VCs to fund them at seed or Series A-level, when they may have previously been too early.

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3 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.

164
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service where they visit your house and help you plan meals that will last a week

162
3 years ago

A startup that is helping companies and individuals get debit cards for free when they have banked with their bank for the last 3 years.

162
3 years ago

A digital platform for temporary workers, offering access to a range of services, from transportation to housing, and last pay.

162
2 years ago

A tool that helps law firms create a customized email blast when a client files a case with the court.

159
3 years ago

A social enterprise in Indonesia that sells bedsheets made of recycled plastic. The company is building a factory that can make up to 50,000 bedsheets a week.

157
3 years ago

A video platform that chooses the best pieces of footage from a video to create a GIF. The startup, which was founded in May 2014, says it has been offering GIFs for free since last year.

156
3 years ago

This startup is building an AI that responds to big data and has the ability to make last minute changes to a home’s heating and cooling systems.

153
1 year ago

A startup that is building a portable robot that can help lift heavy objects. The robot is made with a mix of plastic and metal and can lift up to 40 pounds.

153
3 years ago

A business platform for Indian SMBs to better manage their finances. Over the last 12 months, the number of SMBs on the platform has grown 50%, with an average monthly transaction size of $3,500.

151
1 year ago

A startup that wants to help online merchants and other businesses grow their audience through video. The company claims that it’s been able to acquire 1,000 new customers for its customers every month for the last four years.

148
1 year ago

The startup makes furniture out of plastic waste and is looking to make it to market by the end of the year.

148
3 years ago

A way to make your phone’s battery last longer. The startup uses a sensor that tells the phone when it is being charged and when the battery is running low. It then adjusts the phone’s power management settings.

145
3 years ago

A startup that wants to make last-mile delivery more efficient by using GPS on your phone to find the nearest delivery vans. It currently has $10 million in funding and has raised $20 million in total funding.

142
3 years ago

A Web/Mobile-based platform for hiring, recruiting, and finding jobs. In the last year, the company says they’ve grown from $1.5 million in annual revenue to $4.5 million, and that they’ve seen 10x growth in the last 12 months. The company has more than 50 employees and is currently hiring.

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3 years ago

A renewable energy startup that helps entrepreneurs build solar projects. The company says it installed over 2 megawatts last year and has plans to install more this year.

140
3 years ago

A company that distributes plastic bags to shoppers in developing countries so they can buy groceries on credit.

137
3 years ago

A mobile payment app for the Philippines. The startup, which launched its app last month, is targeting the country’s growing middle class.

133
3 years ago

One of the key differences between this year’s class and last year’s was the level of public interest in highlighting the work of the companies that were accepted. This year that level was very high, with over 10,000 people visiting the project page. That interest was a major factor in the growth of the class.

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3 years ago

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

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1 year ago

One of the first building tools to be powered by code and designed to last a lifetime. The company builds furniture from wood, metal, and concrete using woodworking robots.

133
3 years ago

a startup that uses robots to cut and assemble plastics and other materials

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1 year ago

The New England Aquarium has just added a new exhibit called the “Eco-Dome”, which is a way to turn the existing aquarium into a living representation of the ocean. The exhibit will be a hands-on experience that allows visitors to see the conditions of plastic, microbeads, and other ocean waste in the wild.

130
3 years ago

A startup that wants to take the pain out of international travel booking by creating a marketplace where travelers can find last-minute deals from local vendors.

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1 year ago

A startup that enables people to schedule errand runs in advance, so they don’t run around frantically at the last minute.

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2 years ago

A consumer card that can be used at many places where plastic credit cards are accepted. It’s meant for the Indian market to replace a plethora of different forms of payment.

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2 years ago

Fostr is a marketplace where people sell their unused clothes. The company has raised $1.5 million in seed funding and says they’ve sold over 30,000 items in the last two years.

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3 years ago

Helps IoT developers of all sizes build and deploy IoT-connected projects. The company says it has built over 10,000 devices in the last two years.

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3 years ago

This startup is building a last-mile delivery platform that puts the onus on the customer to order their own food.

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3 years ago

A space-saving, eco-friendly, solar-powered tent that's built with bamboo and recycled plastic. It's also waterproof, and when the time comes to move, it folds up into a waterproof bag, taking up less space than a cooler while still providing a dry, protected space for outdoor camping.

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1 year ago

A startup that helps businesses track their employees’ move-in dates and other critical dates. The company is pitching it as a way to better plan out staff’s schedules, and keep them from being blindsided by last-minute changes.

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3 years ago

“The last mile” of ride-hailing apps is the last mile to a person’s home. The startup wants to build an app that helps people find a driver to take them home.

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3 years ago

A startup that wants to help people book last-minute flights and hotels by bringing together factors like price, travel time, and flight delays.

107
3 years ago

CaseReev is a mobile checkout company that allows users to scan the barcodes of items in stores and pay with their mobile phones. The startup raised $1.1 million last year

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3 years ago

A startup developing a new type of LED lamp that uses less power, lasts longer and has a smaller carbon footprint.

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3 years ago

A platform that documents the human factors that go into the design of things, like adding a button for “Delete’ and a “Save” button to a plastic toothbrush. The startup is currently working with startups and designers to build out its product.

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2 years ago

There are many more we could list, but these are some of the bigger startups that have launched in the last few months.

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2 years ago

A group of companies that want to make it easier for companies to construct custom products from metal and plastic.

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1 year ago

This is a platform for people to sell and buy tickets for physical events. The company is building an API that allows anyone to sell their tickets through the app, and has sold $2.5 million worth of tickets in the last year.

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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.

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3 years ago

Y Combinator is not a startup accelerator in the traditional sense, as it does not provide capital, mentorship, or other startup-specific services. Instead, Y Combinator provides seed funding and office space for startups that have already been bootstrapped for over a year and a half. Y Combinator has five cohorts a year, each of which lasts for 14 weeks. Participants are required to pay for their own flights and housing, which are taken care of by Y Combinator.

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1 year ago

A tool for tracking who’s on the phone with you, and how long the call lasts.

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3 years ago

 This is a company that has done a lot of research on the best way to get a message across to people in different places. They decided that one of the best ways was to create a system that is both language and location-agnostic, and designed to be culturally sensitive. They’ve put that system to work for a variety of companies, including a hotel chain, a coffee company, and a plastic surgery center.

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1 year ago

A company that helps connect the “last mile” between the customer and the product. The startup is working with a large carrier for a single pilot.

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1 year ago

A DIY air pollution sensor that fits in a plastic bag and has a long battery life. This is an attempt to build a sensor that’s cheap enough for urban air monitoring without having the expense of a $500+ industrial sensor.

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2 years ago

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."

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2 years ago

A startup to help users know when the last time they texted was, and how much it cost.

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2 years ago

Last year, I wrote about how some of the most successful Y Combinator companies are focused on solving the problems of the modern worker, like home care, transportation, and education. The most successful YC companies are built on the idea that technology should be helping workers, not fighting them.

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2 years ago

A startup that helps people find free or discounted parking. The startup says it’s been profitable in the last year.

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2 years ago

A startup called Ava is the first to offer a solution to the “last mile problem” in ride-sharing. It’s a payment system that allows riders to send money to driver partners via Venmo.

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2 years ago

This startup is building a new type of monitor that can be worn while exercising or working out to help you see the world in 3D. The company says the technology is like a Google Glass or Oculus Rift, but is made out of plastic and has a lightweight frame. It also comes with a built-in Bluetooth speaker.

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1 year ago

This startup, which was founded in December, has been fun for the last year.

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2 years ago

A consumer-facing ecommerce site meant to help travelers find and book last-minute flights.

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2 years ago

A web-based service that helps small businesses manage their people and payroll. The company has $1 million in funding and has been serving 35,000 employers in the US and Canada for the last three years.

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2 years ago

A startup that helps retailers manage the “last-mile” of their business, selling anything from everyday items to large appliances.

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2 years ago

A system that allows consumers to save money by re-cycling plastic bags, keeping them out of landfills and out of the environment.

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2 years ago

Startups that made the list last year but haven't expanded to the US yet

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2 years ago

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.

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2 years ago

A B2B startup focused on bringing global payments to the last mile. The startup wants to enable the last mile payments for businesses with a focus on developing markets.

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2 years ago

Helping consultants manage projects, get invoices and manage expenses on behalf of their clients. As of last month, the startup has helped over 12,000 consultants.

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2 years ago

A startup that uses a little bit of science to track how long a laptop battery lasts between charges.

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3 years ago

Idea: A drone startup that's been working with Amazon for the last two years, and is now moving into a larger market It’s currently piloting its service in Peru

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2 years ago

In addition to the last column, each company’s founders would be listed in the “people” category. In the case where a company has multiple founders, alphabetical order is used.

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2 years ago

A company that wants to help with the clean-up of plastic waste. The startup has amassed a team of scientists from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is bringing the science to a product that can be used by anyone.

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1 year ago

This startup is building a way to “remove the friction between your physical and online lives” through a product that is a “smartwatch with a battery that lasts for an entire year.”

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2 years ago

A machine learning tool that helps designers hire faster. The startup has been built over the last year and is still in beta. They say they have hundreds of customers, including the Washington Post and Major League Soccer.

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2 years ago

A platform company that specializes in predictive maintenance and predictive servicing. They’ll tell you how long your car will last, based on the data and condition of your car.

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1 year ago

A startup that wants to make it easier for people to manage their money. The startup currently has 60,000 customers, who have saved $10 million in the last two years.

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2 years ago

A platform for retailers to advertise their products to consumers. The startup is currently only in beta, but has grown to 35,000 users in the last 12 days.

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2 years ago

A new take on the smartphone app, this startup is eliminating the smartphone app and replacing it with a digital card. The company wants to build a card that looks like a plastic card but is actually a virtual payment card. Customers would buy the card and then use that to pay for things. They’re called “seamless payments.”

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1 year ago

 An online platform that allows businesses to order and receive last-minute packages.

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2 years ago

A travel booking service that’s focused on cheaper, last-minute deals.

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2 years ago

A system that pays US adults for collecting plastic bags, getting more than a million people to sign up for the program in its first year.

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1 year ago

Plastic Flooring Everywhere, a startup that is building a modular plastic flooring platform.

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1 year ago

A three-dimensional printing startup, printing out plastic and metal objects and selling those physical objects. The company wants to make it so people can print out their own custom-fit parts.

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2 years ago

A company that makes reusable plastic shopping bags that are 100% compostable.

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2 years ago

The best ideas are usually the simplest. And in the startup world, simplicity and finding a way to solve a problem is not easy to execute. We’ve selected the best ideas from the last two months to help you jumpstart your next idea. We’ve grouped them by market.

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1 year ago

This startup is building a new generation of battery-operated LED that’s brighter and lasts longer than traditional LED lights.

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1 year ago

A plastic surgeon’s dashboard that enables him or her to schedule and manage appointments, track financials, and view patient progress throughout the procedure.

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1 year ago

A startup that helps people coordinate “Last-Mile” carpooling from point A to point B.

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1 year ago

A collaboration platform for teams used at companies like Facebook, Uber, and Airbnb. The company’s founder left his last job at Uber to work on the startup full-time.

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2 years ago

A SaaS platform that helps multinational companies grow in emerging markets. The startup’s founders say they’ve had over 50% growth in the last six months.

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1 year ago

A startup that helps high-end fashion brands and retailers manage their last mile supply chain.

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3 years ago

Idea: A startup that aims to replace the ancient, insecure, and expensive fax machine with a paper-less, secure, and cheaper system. The startup is working with large corporations to do this, and has sold $100,000 in the last month, with a 2.5% take rate.

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2 years ago

A digital ledger for e-commerce transactions. The team works on the idea that all of the blockchain apps that have emerged in the last few years will eventually intertwine.

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3 years ago

Idea: A remote digital marketing agency for high-growth tech companies The startup has worked with a few dozen clients since launching last year, and is currently available to startups that are a $1 million in revenue or less

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1 year ago

“A platform for the sharing economy,” allowing people to share their cars, homes, and other items with those who need them. The company’s average trip is $10, with the average rental lasting two hours.

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1 year ago

This startup wants to make it easier for customers to find the best deals on last-minute gift cards. The startup is launching a new website where customers can search for a specific retailer and quickly see the best deals.

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1 year ago

A social network designed for people on a budget, who know they’re unlikely to find another apartment at the last minute.

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1 year ago

A startup that wants to turn old pallets into high-quality, sustainable, and inexpensive shipping cases using an innovative plastic injection process.

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9 months ago

A fashion company that sells “traditional” pieces that aren’t made of plastic. Instead, the products are made of natural materials like cotton, silk and raffia.

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1 year ago

This startup is building a smartphone app that aims to help people reduce their use of disposable plastic. The startup has been operating in the UK since 2013 and is now operating in the US.

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1 year ago

A startup for freelancers, connecting companies with people who can complete projects. The startup is building a marketplace for the people who do the “last mile” of the project, who can do the tasks that companies themselves can’t do.

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2 years ago

A startup for freelance designers who want to find clients. The startup currently has over 1,000 designers registered and has brought on $520 in revenue in the last month.

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1 year ago

A startup that wants to take the best features of Siri and Alexa, and make them available to your car. The startup says that it has over 100,000 users on its platform and has added over 4,000 new users in the last month.

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1 year ago

This mobile application helps restaurant owners make better decisions about what to order when. The app makes it easier for them to order based on factors like the last time a dish was ordered, a chef’s recommendation, and what ingredients are available in the kitchen.

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1 year ago

A mobile payment platform that allows businesses to accept payments in one of over 200 currencies and in local currencies. The startup is focused on working with small businesses around the world, but has signed up thousands of merchants in the last year.

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1 year ago

Food delivery for Miami. The startup, which began last year, partners with restaurants that want to deliver food, has signed over 100 so far.

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1 year 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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10 months ago

A machine that makes plastic bottles from coconut shells. The startup wants to make coconut shell a new raw material in the plastics industry.

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1 year ago

A company that generates software for making customized, branded plastic food containers for restaurants, fast food chains and other food-service businesses.

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1 year ago

A company that is building an enterprise-class, global accounting platform that was built from the beginning with mobile in mind. The company says it’s spent the last six years building a platform that can be deployed anywhere in the world.

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1 year ago

A product that simplifies the purchase of premium seats to major events and concerts. The company is working with the UK’s biggest music festivals, including Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight.

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11 months ago

A project management app that promotes team collaboration. The startup got its first round of funding last year, and is now working on its second product.

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1 year ago

For the last 40 years, a startup without a clear exit strategy has been a rare breed. But today, one in five startups are bootstrapped, and it’s become a viable strategy for founders, who argue that if you find a product that people love, you can always charge for it and if it works, you won’t need to raise funding. Spredfast wants to make this the norm.

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11 months ago

A digital wallet for companies with no access to plastic cards.

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9 months ago

A company that makes flexible plastic “honeycomb” solar panels that are durable, rigid, and cheap.

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1 year ago

A business that helps people sell their unused airtime. The startup has sold over $1,000 worth of unused minutes in the last 30 days, and is used by over 1,000 customers.

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1 year ago

A company that helps consultants manage user data, and the relationships between clients and consultants (can’t figure out how to get your client to respond to your last email)

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3 years ago

Idea: A platform for plastic surgeons and other medical professionals to build apps on top of, that make the process of ordering products and scheduling appointments easier for doctors and patients.

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1 year ago

A startup that helps employers with hiring, training, and onboarding. It’s similar to a software as a service provider, but it’s focused on the last mile of onboarding.

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3 years ago

Idea: A startup that is making a new type of surface that feels a bit like paper but is actually a plastic material This material can then be molded to make all types of different things, like a fridge that can be rolled up The surface is also programmable, so it can be made to change color or texture when a button is pressed

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1 year ago

A market for airplane tickets that has been around for a while, but this is the first company to be able to offer a product that takes into account the last few days of weather in a city to predict how bad it's going to be.

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10 months ago

A smart home system that can answer questions about your home, like “What was my last meal” or “Where was I last night”. It can connect to your calendar, and show what appointments you have that day

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3 years ago

Idea: A startup for “last-mile delivery” to help customers get packages from warehouses to their door The startup has been live for a few months and has $6,000 in revenue per month

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11 months ago

A startup that makes household cleaning supplies like scouring pads and sponges. The founders realized that they could cut down on the amount of plastic waste they were producing by making their own cleaning supplies.

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8 months ago

This startup aims to help people keep track of all of their assets in a simple way. For example, you can use the software to track when your car was purchased, when you financed the car, and when it was last inspected.

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1 year ago

A digital asset management app for artists. The startup says it has brought in over $200,000 last year in revenue for its artists and has plans to continue growing.

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3 years ago

Idea: A startup for online food delivery aimed at solving the “last mile” problem, where it’s too expensive to deliver to some locations.

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1 year ago

A virtual assistant that helps you set up an email alias that redirects your last email address to a new one, like a company email.

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10 months ago

Having trouble getting your website optimized for search Need to send an e-mail blast to 300,000 people at once Tello can help you manage all that.

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7 months ago

The company’s co-founder, who has been running a successful events business for the last two years, says he wants to create a platform that helps small businesses like his make their events a little more profitable.

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3 years ago

Idea: A startup that helps companies reach out to job candidates with targeted content based on how they perform during an interview. The business model is similar to that of HireVue, which was acquired for $200 million by Glassdoor last year.

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9 months ago

Dock.io is building a dock for your phone that you can dock your phone to and it will charge while you are away. It also includes a camera, so you can take pictures while your phone is juiced up. The company launched last week with a crowdfunding campaign

21
6 months ago

A startup that wants to build a 3D printer that can print with bio-based plastics.

21
8 months ago

This startup is trying to fix the fact that it’s usually easier to remember the last name of someone than their first name. With people’s names being uniquely complicated, it’s often easier to remember the last name.

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7 months ago

A crowdfunding campaign service, targeted at companies that have had problems with their last campaign.

15
5 months ago

A team of MIT students is building a system that predicts the likelihood that someone will commit a crime or make an error based on their behavior over the last several years.

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3 years ago

Idea: A simple way for people to pre-order food online from local restaurants, picking up their food without waiting in a line or ordering into a kitchen. Customers place an order on the website, and then the startup calls the restaurant to confirm. The startup says it’s grown 10% week-over-week for the last year.

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3 years ago

Idea: A business that sells plastic tubes with powder that you can use to print your own 3D objects.

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