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Messaging Startup Ideas



3 years ago

SITU is building a messaging app to help people connect with their local government. It’s meant to make government more approachable and transparent to the public.

4,048
1 year ago

A messaging app that helps people in the UK and Europe communicate with those in the UK, Europe, or the rest of the world.

486
3 years ago

A messaging app for urbanites in India, where the government has banned SMS and WhatsApp, and SMS is often unreliable.

393
2 years ago

A way to organize shared teams, with shared calendars, instant messaging, and more.

380
2 years ago

A private, secure messaging app that allows you to communicate with people who have already invited you.

275
2 years ago

A location-based messaging app that helps people connect with friends at various venues.

243
2 years ago

A Swiss startup that wants to help people find the best doctors online by rating them on social media and text messaging.

222
3 years ago

Speakeasy allows businesses to communicate with their customers via SMS, email, or other messaging software.

216
3 years ago

A startup for local service providers to offer their services to customers in online or offline formats through a combination of chat and text messaging

191
3 years ago

A messaging app that lets people with special needs connect with others who can help them build functional relationships.

190
2 years ago

A workplace for remote teams that includes a Slack-like messaging system and a shared knowledge base

175
3 years ago

A secure messaging platform for work email

174
2 years ago

A messaging app for groups of friends that functions like a Slack with a focus on getting a dinner invitation to a bunch of friends.

172
3 years ago

A text-based messaging platform that serves as a go-to for employees and students to communicate with their employers and schools.

168
3 years ago

A real-time, live-streamed messaging and video platform for sports fans. The company is headquartered in Chicago.

166
3 years ago

A voice-activated assistant to handle different aspects of a person’s life by connecting to their bank account, home automation, and messaging/calling services.

163
1 year ago

A messaging app that will help you find and find the lowest price for a flight.

162
3 years ago

Messenger is a messaging app that makes automated music recommendations to users based on their music library. The company claims that it’s already making millions of dollars in revenue, and that it’s not reliant on ads. It’s making money through subscriptions, which it says is a way to get around the ad-tech competition.

161
2 years ago

A collaboration platform based on Slack and messaging, but with real-time polls and tasks, and the ability to set deadlines and budgets.

159
3 years ago

A mobile first video messaging app. Launched in July and already has over 1 million users.

158
3 years ago

A decentralized protocol for messaging apps, enabling users to chat with each other without needing to install a new app.

157
1 year ago

A text messaging platform that helps consumers get a cheaper phone plan.

157
2 years ago

A company that helps managers and employees to communicate effectively. It’s a private messaging app with a long list of partners that is easy to use and lets people stay in touch with coworkers.

156
3 years ago

A startup that aims to improve the quality of documents that doctors write for patients. The startup wants to make it easier for doctors to collaborate on and share their notes, with a mobile app for sharing patient information and an instant messaging channel for doctors to communicate with each other.

155
2 years ago

A messaging app for medical professionals, allowing them to share messages with patients when they are away from their medical offices.

155
1 year ago

A messaging app that syncs with Slack, WhatsApp, and other platforms.

155
3 years ago

A location-based messaging app for the workplace

154
3 years ago

This startup has created an out of office messaging app that lets you send all of your team members an email with a message and a URL to a video recording that you’ve made. The app is all about helping small teams manage their in-person workflow and avoid technology-driven distractions.

154
3 years ago

A messaging app that allows users to set up channels for different topics of discussion, including “buddy” channels.

153
1 year ago

A messaging tool for booking service dogs, which are often booked via phone, fax or email. The company is also working on a full-service pet sitting and boarding service.

153
3 years ago

A messaging app that allows people to chat with a coder they’re hiring, without a third party,

152
3 years ago

A startup is creating a messaging platform for companies to communicate with their customers

150
3 years ago

Building a chat interface that relays data over a secure encrypted channel, so that people can chat and share files securely, and also build a platform for developers to build their own encrypted messaging apps.

150
3 years ago

This startup is building a free, secure, and encrypted messaging platform with end-to-end encryption.

148
3 years ago

A startup making data-driven, machine-learning-driven, and AI-driven messaging tools for SaaS companies. It’s unclear what they will be selling to SaaS companies.

147
1 year ago

A SaaS platform that allows anyone to create, publish and promote content in a simple and effective manner. Users can publish their content, then share it across social media, email and messaging services.

147
1 year ago

A real estate site that provides a messaging platform and search tools to help agents find new clients and then negotiate deals with them.

147
1 year ago

A secure, encrypted messaging platform that allows businesses to communicate and collaborate securely.

147
3 years ago

 A secure messaging platform for companies, with a focus on the enterprise market.

146
3 years ago

A startup that connects doctors with patients via text messaging It’s a telemedicine platform that provides health information and education

145
3 years ago

Ability to locate and talk to friends and family who are in the same place as you. The startup is building functionality to make phone and messaging more like texting, with the ability to send and receive emojis, stickers, and photos.

145
3 years ago

A text-messaging app that allows people to pay businesses via text message. The startup wants to replace the cashier at your local store.

144
3 years ago

A startup for people who want to stay in touch with their friends and family by having them send them text messages. The company's patent application describes the service as a “person-to-person messaging system.”

141
1 year ago

A browser extension that lets you easily connect to your favorite messaging apps in one place.

141
2 years ago

A messaging app for tenant owners to coordinate maintenance

139
1 year ago

A way to securely send data from iOS devices to the cloud. The startup claims to be the only secure messaging service that can do this.

139
3 years ago

A company building advanced text messaging technology that turns your phone into a series of touch buttons and sensors. It’s supposed to help you take advantage of the latest machine learning and sensor technology.

138
3 years ago

"We are building a new kind of Facebook for professionals. We have a modern messaging app for professionals and a modern way for professionals to manage and share their professional content.”

138
2 years ago

DesiChat is a messaging app for long-distance friends in India and Pakistan. After setting up a user account, users can message one another via a phone number, email address, or a Facebook account.

138
3 years ago

Focused on improving the user experience of people who travel internationally. The company brings together a private messaging platform for travelers with a photo-sharing feature. The company is in the testing phase and will be available in the U.S. and Europe.

137
3 years ago

A platform that helps companies organize their email, Slack, and other messaging systems. The startup’s founders say it can save companies 5% to 30% on their monthly email costs, and that it’s used by companies like MercadoLibre, Zappos, and Expedia.

137
3 years ago

A “next generation” messaging app. The company is building a platform for users to connect with each other at scale across multiple messaging platforms, starting with WhatsApp.

137
3 years ago

An encrypted messaging app, “built for the public sphere”

136
3 years ago

This is a messaging app for food delivery workers, with the startup promising to cut down on food waste.

136
3 years ago

This startup is building a new, more private-friendly messaging app for cryptocurrencies.

136
3 years ago

A mobile app that uses crowdsourced data and AI to improve real-time messaging on messaging apps. The startup has raised $6M in funding to date.

134
3 years ago

A messaging app focused on messaging and group creation.

134
2 years ago

 A startup which allows users to create their own apps for their pets. Users can add photos, videos, and GPS locations, and can set up various types of alerts, including sounds, actions, and location-based messaging.

134
3 years ago

A secure messaging app that allows users to share personal information with apps. The idea is to make it easier for users to share things like medical records and other sensitive information with third party apps.

133
3 years ago

A messaging app, with a mobile web client to allow for SMS-based communication without a smartphone. The company is working on a browser-based client for non-mobile devices and has raised $3.5M in funding from Y Combinator.

133
3 years ago

This startup is building a chatbot service for driving sales and messaging.

133
3 years ago

 A messaging app for API providers that lets developers create a messaging interface for their apps without having to write a full chat bot.

132
3 years ago

This startup is building a virtual assistant that works on Slack and other messaging platforms.

131
3 years ago

A messaging app that lets you chat with your friends using GIFs and stickers. Like Kik, the app uses a chatbot to accept your messages and then creates your messages out of existing ones in your phone.

131
3 years ago

This is a “shortcut” to provide the same results as a traditional HR process, by using phone interviews, instant messaging, and video interview feedback to automate the hiring process.

130
3 years ago

A new way to interact with your friends on Facebook. It’s a messaging app that lets you play games and compete against your friends.

130
2 years ago

A real-time messaging platform for teams that works with Slack and other services. The startup is currently focused on teams with fewer than 10 people.

130
1 year ago

“A very simple messaging app that allows you to send and receive one-to-one and group messages.”

130
1 year ago

 A company that wants to allow people to collaborate on the Internet using their own devices and messaging apps.

130
3 years ago

This startup is building a messaging app that’s encrypted and searchable by insiders only.

129
3 years ago

An instant messaging app that helps you figure out who is online, what they’re doing, and when they’re doing it.

129
2 years ago

A messaging platform for #MeToo survivors to share stories, recommendations, and resources.

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

A messaging platform that supports human-to-human communication in machine learning. The startup is building a chatbot, but is also selling a tool that helps businesses gauge their customer service conversations.

128
3 years ago

A secure messaging service for websites, allowing companies to communicate securely over the internet without having to worry about eavesdroppers. The startup has raised $9.5M in funding so far, with a $20M valuation.

128
3 years ago

The B2B software company is a go-to provider of enterprise messaging for utilities.

127
3 years ago

A new kind of social network for content creators. The startup is building a way to help content creators share their work via messaging, voice and video, and wants to compete with platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter.

127
2 years ago

A company that helps people find a spouse through a combination of messaging, quizzes and other data.

127
1 year ago

A startup focusing on building video chat applications for social media and messaging apps.

127
1 year ago

A native iOS app that combines social messaging, payments, and messaging from within a single app.

127
3 years ago

A startup whose product is a secure private messaging app. In an environment where everyone is worried about their privacy, the startup wants to make messaging private and secure.

125
7 months ago

A “personal assistant“ that leverages AI to provide human-like responses on voice and text based messaging platforms.

125
3 years ago

A text messaging service that uses automated language translation to translate the words of a conversation between two people in real time. It was started in 2012 by a group of PhD students and has raised just under $5 million in funding.

124
2 years ago

A collaboration and messaging app for the music industry. The startup has built a service where musicians can share edits and production notes with each other.

124
1 year ago

Just launched in August 2019, this is a platform for machine learning chatbots. The company uses the messaging platform for large-scale online shopping and is backed by a group of investors including Dropbox and Salesforce.

124
3 years ago

Causes that want to communicate with people on Facebook and other social media platforms can now do so through a Facebook-style private messaging platform that will allow users to send and receive messages through a growing list of apps and services. The company says the community is growing rapidly and has over 200,000 members.

123
3 years ago

Say Hello is a video messaging app for the deaf community in the US. The company is looking to expand internationally, and has expanded to Brazil and Germany.

123
3 years ago

A startup that helps companies control their own brand and messaging through a single interface

122
2 years ago

This is a chat app that wants to be the default messaging app for WhatsApp.

122
3 years ago

A company that powers the chat experience in messaging apps. It allows users to completely customize the appearance and behavior of their chats, especially with respect to things like changing background colors and fonts.

121
2 years ago

A messaging app that was built from the ground up to be used by people who are hearing impaired.

121
11 months ago

An AI-powered alternative to SMS, which promises to be “a next-generation messaging client that’s faster, cheaper and more secure”.

121
3 years ago

A platform building bots for messaging platform Slack that can automatically detect and respond to communication needs.

120
2 years ago

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

120
2 years ago

A platform that allows users to have messaging conversations with their pets, with the company providing the service of getting their pets to say a phrase or a word through a mobile application.

120
1 year ago

A startup that wants to create a social messaging tool that integrates with Facebook. The business is built around answering questions with a dropdown menu of pre-approved answers.

120
1 year ago

A group messaging app with an Android and iPhone app. The app is free with ads, and in-app purchases of $1.99 unlock a subscription to group chat.

120
3 years ago

A startup that uses text messaging to help people who are sick or at risk of infection simply call in and connect with a nurse or other professional for a chat, instead of having to go to the doctor’s office.

118
2 years ago

A messaging app that uses AI and machine learning to automatically generate text. After generating a list of the most common questions and phrases that people send, customer support can use this tool to pre-write responses.

118
1 year ago

A private messaging app that encrypts text and video messages between users. It allows users to have end-to-end encryption and forward messages to other users through a secure chat interface.

117
2 years ago

A secure messaging app that lets individuals and businesses send secure one-time messages

116
2 years ago

Startup that allows users to send secure messages from the popular messaging app WeChat to their friends, family, co-workers and other contacts.

114
3 years ago

An AI-powered chatbot that helps people find and make reservations at restaurants with the ease of an automated messaging system.

113
2 years ago

A startup that combines messaging, voice, video, documents, and photos.

113
2 years ago

This is a messaging platform that works with Slack and Google Apps so you can talk about deadlines and collaboration from any device. The startup says it has already helped over 250 companies and is looking to scale.

113
2 years ago

A platform for doctors to connect with patients in an emergency, using location and messaging.

112
2 years ago

A startup that wants to make privacy-protected messaging apps as easy and intuitive as email. It currently has 30 monthly users, and is working on a product for blockchain users.

112
2 years ago

A more modern and mobile version of the popular Telegram messaging app.

112
1 year ago

A text-messaging-based business platform for leading Indian retail chains.

112
1 month ago

A messaging app that allows you to send encrypted, free text via phone, email, or text message.

111
3 years ago

A secure messaging platform for enterprises. It looks a lot like Slack, but only allows internal employees to join a company chatroom.

109
2 years ago

A new version of the popular private messaging app for Android, to be released in early 2018. It will have new features and a re-designed interface, and will allow people to purchase and download stickers and other content from the company’s partners.

109
3 years ago

A messaging app for the US government that allows users to set up a “digital safety net”. Users can set aside extra money to pay for medical bills, car payments, or other expenses. The government’s been piloting the app with its own employees.

107
2 years ago

a free front-end application for Gmail that allows users to download and share their email directly to other messaging apps. The company’s aim is to provide a simpler, more intuitive interface for users to manage their email.

107
2 years ago

A messaging platform for retailers that allows them to advertise deals or specials to customers with a text message.

106
2 years ago

A “real-time messaging application that enables people to communicate online in real-time”. They’re working with tech firms in the Washington DC area, and say they expect to expand beyond their current market by 2020.

105
2 years ago

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

105
2 years ago

 A messaging app for small businesses that allows them to grow their businesses with curated content from across the web.

104
2 years ago

This is a messaging app for nonprofit organizations. The goal is to make it easier for groups to send information and announcements, but also to build a social network for the groups.

104
2 years ago

A startup that wants to create a unified messaging platform for every device in a person’s life.

104
2 years ago

A messaging app for employers and contract workers.

103
2 years ago

A startup that’s looking to take in-app messaging platforms to the next level with real-time features and integration with other apps.

103
8 months ago

A health insurance customer service startup that combines video and text messaging to lower call volume and costs.

102
2 years ago

A startup that built an app that enables people to create custom messaging channels on WhatsApp. The startup, which has already raised funding from Y Combinator and other investors, is currently working with WhatsApp to enable its customers to sell premium products in their chat channels.

101
1 year ago

A messaging app for farmers in India to share information and coordinate with other farmers.

100
11 months ago

A free messaging app that is meant to replace Slack.

99
2 years ago

A simple way to put email and messaging in one inbox, and a way to make calls from one platform. Each app is meant to be used alongside the other, and can be combined with other services like Slack and Google Voice.

98
2 years ago

A startup that offers the ability to schedule meetings with anyone through Facebook Messenger. Social Calendar is an iOS app that aims to make scheduling meetings easier, with features like a calendar widget and a back-and-forth messaging system to make scheduling a breeze.

97
2 years ago

This startup is creating a new shopping experience for millennials, combining insights, recommendations, and messaging, with a focus on location-based shopping.

97
2 years ago

A Facebook-style messaging platform for sharing photos, videos, and live streams. The startup is only looking at the US for now, as they want to avoid the potential regulatory and legal issues in other markets.

96
2 years ago

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

96
2 years ago

A mobile messaging app that lets you keep track of the people you owe money to, pay them, and track how much you owe them.

96
2 years ago

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

96
2 years ago

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

95
2 years ago

A messaging app that eliminates the need for SMS text messages to communicate with a business in China. The startup wants to make calls and texts cheaper and faster, with a focus on reducing spam.

95
8 months ago

A messaging app that allows users to interact in real-time with voice, video and text. The company launched in 2014, but is now pivoting to private messaging, said co-founder and CEO, who has a background in robotics and robotics technology.

94
2 years ago

A messaging system for restaurants that allows hosts to manage reservations, ticket sales, and reservations.

93
2 years ago

A messaging app that is meant to make communication with people in your network easier. The app’s ability to create a personal map of people in your network helps you build relationships with the people you interact with most.

93
2 years ago

A startup that creates a secure and private messaging platform for Slack, providing a secure channel for groups that need to share sensitive information. It’s a Slack competitor.

92
2 years ago

A text-based messaging platform for small businesses and freelancers, with a focus on helping people access, manage, and share documents and files.

92
2 years ago

A tool for managing your business with a built-in calendar, task manager, and messaging app.

92
6 months ago

A text-only chat and messaging app that is free and ad-free on all devices.

92
2 years ago

A messaging tool for organizations that tracks which people are on what team and needs to be notified in an emergency, with a mobile app that allows employees to be alerted.

91
2 years ago

A messenger for businesses that allows them to communicate with customers, employees, and partners through integrated messaging tools.

91
8 months ago

A company that is building a messaging platform for global development work, aiming to make managing projects easier.

91
2 years ago

The founders say their startup is building a more useful version of the Skype-like messaging platform Slack. Businesses use the platform to send documents or share information.

90
2 years ago

The startup is introducing a new mobile messaging platform that can track the location of your phone to let you know when you’ve left the perimeter of a business, so you don’t leave your phone unattended.

89
2 years ago

A subscription-free, open-source messaging platform for teams. The startup’s founders say they want to transform how groups collaborate.

89
2 years ago

A mobile messaging platform for workers in the oil and gas industry.

89
2 years ago

A workplace collaboration tool that seems to be built to compete with Slack, while building on the instant-messaging functionality of Riot.

88
1 year ago

A messaging app that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to communicate with your phone, and your phone communicate with your car, home, and office.

88
7 months ago

A tool that allows VoIP and messaging apps to support group messaging over a mobile network.

87
2 years ago

The startup is building its own 2-way messaging service for local groups in the U.S., which it says will help groups organize their events and events organizers get in touch with people.

84
2 years ago

Popular with millennials, GroupMe is a messaging app geared towards sharing content. It’s also popular with influencers, with some celebrities using it to share content with their fans.

84
1 year ago

A mobile ecosystem that connects people to each other through a messaging app.

84
1 year ago

A messaging app that’s meant to help groups of people collaborate and share documents.

84
1 year ago

Competing with other messaging apps, Tello wants to deliver SMS and MMS messages through the WhatsApp app instead of via a phone carrier.

83
2 years ago

A company building a unified communications automation tool for companies to help streamline messaging and reduce paper. The product aims to make messaging easier and more effective.

82
8 months ago

A messaging app that lets you communicate with AI powered assistants.

82
2 years ago

The startup is looking to build a “messaging platform for restaurants” designed to simplify restaurant communication. The platform would allow customers to share photos of their meals with each other, and track the progress of those meals through their restaurants.

81
8 months ago

General purpose cloud-based email app that provides a messaging interface for users’ existing email accounts. It’s targeted at small businesses and is free for up to 10 users.

81
2 years ago

A combination of a private messaging app and a dating app, allowing users to send and receive text messages from both their phones and an app.

80
1 year ago

A startup that is creating a free, encrypted messaging app for journalists and human rights workers who need to communicate while under threat.

80
8 months ago

A messaging app for commuters, including a daily commuter pass which lets commuters share the cost of the expenses they incur.

80
1 year ago

A chat application that is more like a messaging app than a social network. It is more like Slack, Kakao Talk, WeChat, Telegram and Facebook Messenger all rolled into one.

79
11 months ago

This startup is building a messaging app for drivers. It allows drivers to rate their drivers, look for companies that are hiring, and even find new carpools.

79
8 months ago

A messaging app for young people, trying to eliminate the need for a smartphone in order to communicate.

79
1 year ago

A startup that helps people stay in contact with their family and friends, with messaging, calling, and video calling.

78
2 years ago

A tool that helps make sharing a central focus of a workplace environment. It’s essentially an internal messaging system for companies that use Slack.

77
1 year ago

A secure messaging app that competes with Apple’s iMessage.

77
8 months ago

This startup is building a text messaging platform that’s more secure, faster, and more reliable than other messaging apps.

77
4 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.

77
2 years ago

A startup that works in the messaging space, providing an open API that allows users to send and receive messages via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Slack.

76
2 years ago

You can get alerts for new tickets on the app, and the app alerts you when you get a ticket. It’s built on the messaging platform Twilio and currently has about 1,000 users.

76
1 year ago

A text messaging app for LGBTQ+ people, meant to provide a venue for the community to share content and advocate for themselves.

76
1 year ago

A video messaging platform for young people, with the goal of connecting users to one another for relationships, friendship, and dating.

76
10 months ago

A video content platform that gives advertisers a way to test their messaging on real people. Users share short videos from their lives, and brands can see how their ad performs in that context.

75
9 months ago

This startup is building a platform for the SME (small and medium businesses) market in India, aiming to help them grow through a messaging platform.

75
2 years ago

A messaging app where users can choose the color of their notifications.

74
1 year ago

A messaging app for the Philippines. The startup is the brainchild of former Facebook engineers.

74
1 year ago

A private messaging app for entrepreneurs in Latin America.

74
7 months ago

A tool for using voice and text messaging to make payments and transfers.

74
2 years ago

A company that helps medical professionals and their patients stay in contact by integrating messaging and digital health features.

73
1 year ago

A digital platform that helps brands manage their branding, social media, and messaging across all channels.

73
1 year ago

A group messaging platform for professionals, which uses a native iOS and Android app and a web site to enable messaging, file sharing, and a unified inbox.

73
1 year ago

A software platform that drives collaboration across multiple teams in the same way that Gchat does for messaging.

73
1 year ago

 A group messaging app that gives users of all ages the ability to text and call their friends, including the elderly and the disabled.

73
6 months ago

A messaging app that helps people overcome their fear of public speaking by helping them practice their speaking in groups.

73
1 year ago

A startup that helps employers make employees more productive with messaging and digital pop-ups.

72
2 years ago

A messaging service for freelancers to make their pricing clearer to clients

71
1 year ago

A text messaging platform that lets people talk to their family and friends in a language they understand.

71
1 year ago

This startup is creating “predictive messaging” tools that allow people to get notifications, like when they have a doctor’s appointment, before they actually do.

71
1 year ago

A customer service app that looks to provide a way for companies to connect with customers over messaging platforms. It currently has over $10,000 in monthly recurring revenue.

71
8 months ago

A company that wants to make it easier for people to navigate their social networks, providing a platform for discovering content and communicating with others. The startup also wants to better understand how people see and use social networks. They’re working on a platform that’ll combine all your social media, messaging, and location data.

71
8 months ago

Location-based messaging app that allows people to navigate their cities using AI-powered directions

71
8 months ago

A platform that allows users to create their own private messaging apps for different groups of people

71
6 months ago

A startup that provides a way to make video messaging more efficient. It’s a platform that enables anyone to create a live video stream and let people who receive it see what the sender is doing.

71
1 year ago

A startup that wants to create a secure messaging app that’s based on blockchain. The app works in a similar manner to Telegram and iMessage, but with a twist: users can easily send encrypted messages to anyone without having to download the app.

70
1 year ago

A mobile app that helps you save money on your phone bill by getting you deals on mobile data and text messaging.

68
1 year ago

A subscription-based marketplace for daily deals, with features like messaging and an app that gives deals and discounts to users.

68
1 year ago

A messaging platform for small teams working on complex projects.

68
6 months ago

This startup is building an enterprise-grade Slack competitor. The company’s founders say that they’re building a “complete messaging solution”, including bots and integrations.

68
2 years ago

A messaging app that aggregates all your texts, calls and social media interactions into one place, combining the messages into a single stream for you to keep track of.

67
1 year ago

A messaging platform to facilitate in-person meetings between people who never actually met before. It’s designed to streamline the matchmaking process by connecting people with similar interests, and to make it more efficient for those who like meeting in-person.

67
1 year ago

A secure, anonymous messaging app for consumers, privacy advocates, and journalists.

67
1 year ago

A text-messaging service that allows people to get in contact with their doctors via text or call, with the company serving as an operator to help make the doctor-patient relationship more efficient.

67
9 months ago

A Snapchat competitor that uses messaging apps to send money.

67
1 year ago

An online check-in and messaging system for travelers, like Airbnb.

66
1 year ago

Cloud-native messaging platform, aiming to provide a unified architecture across different platforms and messaging apps, as well as unified encryption.

66
1 year ago

A messaging platform for payments, developed for businesses for things like setting up a merchant account or transferring funds. The startup is also building a way to convert gift cards into cash.

66
2 years ago

A mobile chat platform that lets you video chat with your friends. It actually built a mobile chat platform the same way it built the messaging platform, with no outside funding. It’s now in private beta after launching in December.

65
1 year ago

A group messaging app that uses artificial intelligence to make group calls more efficient, offering suggestions on topics to discuss. It’s currently available in beta.

65
1 year ago

A messaging app for the enterprise, aimed at the “creative” market. The company wants to use the app for project management, chat, and productivity.

65
1 year ago

A real-time, location-based messaging platform for restaurants, bars, and other businesses.

65
1 year ago

A subscription-based service for email, with a messaging-based UI that’s like SMS, but with unlimited messaging and not tied to a carrier.

65
1 year ago

An economic, privacy-centric decentralized messaging platform that uses a “protocol layer,” or messaging layer, based on IPFS. A messaging protocol could be used in a variety of ways, but the company’s focus is to create a decentralized, secure messaging protocol that can be used by internet users.

65
11 months ago

A company that connects employers with their employees through a unified messaging platform.

65
6 months ago

A video messaging platform that makes it easy for people to send videos to each other quickly and easily, by sharing a short code with a partner.

65
1 year ago

A tool for companies to build more efficient internal communication, involving messaging, spreadsheet automation, and scheduling. It’s the first product from the team more commonly known for their work on the cloud-based calendar startup, Meeting.ly.

64
1 year ago

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

64
1 year ago

This startup is building a messaging app that won’t let you send a group text message, but will instead send you a notification on your phone and let you respond via an in-app message. It’s an attempt to develop more effective messaging and improve how people deal with notifications.

64
1 year ago

An “instant messaging app for contractors”.

64
11 months ago

A messaging app that allows users to send cash with no fees.

64
9 months ago

This startup wants to bring a messaging system the size of a phone to the smart home to help you manage your devices.

64
2 years ago

A startup that’s building a more private messaging service based on the popular Signal protocol for secure messaging.

63
1 year ago

A startup that has already built a number of different services for messaging, as well as a platform for advertisers to create their own branded messaging campaigns.

63
1 year ago

A messaging app that compresses video to send over text and images, meaning users can send longer videos over shorter messages.

63
1 year ago

A project-management tool for small businesses. Users receive messaging and updates when tasks are completed.

63
1 year ago

This is a startup that uses text messaging to help people in the US who are seriously ill or have cancer manage their treatment and reach out to their loved ones.

63
1 year ago

A startup that wants to “break the tyranny of email”. It’s a group messaging tool that allows you to create groups, memberships, and events tied to a single email address.

63
1 year ago

A new feature for Slack (which is a messaging/chat application), allowing users to create a group of people who could potentially be interested in a product or service. The startup says it’s already working with a small team of companies and that it plans to roll out to the 1.1 million Slack users.

62
1 year ago

The startup is building a platform that behaves like a combination of a group messaging app, a social network and a social graph. The app is designed to help groups of friends or co-workers communicate and share information, and is targeted for business use.

62
1 year ago

Using artificial intelligence to create a “digital assistant” for any app, including social, messaging, e-commerce, and virtual assistants.

62
6 months ago

A marketing startup that helps brands reach their customers on their terms. The company provides messaging and other marketing tools, as well as a platform called Rx2 that helps brands leverage data, chat bots and more to communicate with their customers.

62
4 months ago

A blockchain company that’s building a product that’s a hyper-secure, encrypted messaging app.

62
1 year ago

Pitch: Drawing from its roots as a real estate company, Urban Green is building a platform that allows real estate agents to use AI and services like text messaging to manage listings and customers. The company is also building a marketplace for agents to use to find and book listing agents.

61
1 year ago

A messaging app that uses blockchain to verify messages and attachments.

61
1 year ago

A way to easily create a video chat app with voice and video calls, text messaging and file sharing.

61
1 year ago

A platform that lets you order and interact with a smart home, like a smart toaster or smart coffee maker, over a secure messaging interface.

61
1 year ago

An in-app messaging app for professionals that allows them to communicate in private with clients in real time.

60
1 year ago

A “global, secure, and private” messaging and voice calling system, which is built on blockchain.

60
1 year ago

A private messaging app for professionals, who, according to the company, are “too busy” to communicate with clients via Skype, email, or phone calls.

60
10 months ago

A software suite for managing and managing employee communications and instant messaging (IM) for companies. It can centralize customer service and communications, allow for intelligent routing and scheduling, and keep everything within the same app.

60
9 months ago

If a startup isn’t building the next big social network, it’s building the next big messaging app. After launching on Messenger, Snapjoy is pitching a new service that lets users create their own social network for their friends and family.

60
2 years ago

A messaging and referral app designed for healthcare and medical professionals. It’s a sort of Yelp for the healthcare industry, helping patients find nearby doctors and other medical services.

59
1 year ago

A Slack-like platform for online chat rooms and one-on-one messaging using customizable avatars to represent each user.

59
1 year ago

An in-app messaging service used between employees. The company says it has 150,000 employees in its network.

59
1 year ago

A messaging app to help with the reporting of sexual harassment. Currently only available in the UK.

59
1 year ago

A messaging app that puts the power of group chat into the hands of individual users.

58
1 year ago

The startup behind the YourTango.com app and website is planning to launch a new online messaging app that will let people chat with their friends and family face to face, and the first users will be celebrities.

57
1 year ago

A messaging app for over-60s that helps them communicate with their families. The company is currently in a YC Demo Day.

57
1 year ago

A new messaging app that can push high-quality voice messages to users.

57
1 year ago

A messaging app for teams, allowing them to send messages without going through a centralized corporate email system.

57
1 year ago

A way to handle tech support for the deaf, using text messaging and voice recognition.

57
6 months ago

We all have our favorite messaging apps — whether it’s Whatsapp or Telegram or Signal. But what if you could have them all Chatbuddy turns all your messaging apps into a single chat app, so you can use them all at once.

57
1 year ago

This company is developing a mobile messaging app that allows retail and service businesses to offer short-term discounts, known as “Snap Backs”.

56
1 year ago

A SaaS provider that allows users to stream live video and chat with people over video, using standard messaging services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Skype.

56
1 year ago

The startup is building a more secure messaging app, where users can send plain text messages, but also photos and videos.

56
1 year ago

A Slack-like messaging app that is designed to be collaborative, not competitive. The app is meant to be a collaborative workspace for employees working on projects.

56
1 year ago

A digital platform that pairs journalists with startups, non-profits and institutions that need help with their messaging.

55
1 year ago

The startup’s goal is simple: to create easy-to-use, stable and secure messaging infrastructure.

55
1 year ago

A messaging platform that helps foster connections between coworkers and customers. The app, which is based on the GroupMe model, is meant to be used in your spare time, during lunch, or after work.

55
11 months ago

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

55
1 year ago

A healthcare startup using mobile messaging and artificial intelligence to help hospitals provide better care, with a focus on global health.

54
1 year ago

A messaging app that works like Slack, but it charges you $10/month to use.

54
1 year ago

A messaging app for native iOS and Android experiences that allows users to get in touch with friends and family that live elsewhere.

54
9 months ago

The next generation of the world's largest social network and one of the world's largest messaging platforms, with 1 billion monthly active users. Facebook is the largest social network in the world and has over 1 billion monthly active users or MAUs with over 2.8 billion daily active users or DAUs.

54
8 months ago

A messaging app that lets you use any text-based chat service (Facebook, WhatsApp, SMS) to communicate with family and friends. It’s targeting the immigrant community, hoping to help them communicate across borders.

54
6 months ago

A startup that helps companies wrangle their voice, messaging and video messaging. They collect voice data from all the different places in your life, including your home, car and office, and make it available when you need it.

54
3 months ago

A cloud-based messaging service for businesses. The company’s API allows businesses to send and receive messages from their customers using any messaging service available.

54
1 month ago

This startup is building a company that provides a service that helps teams work together without the distraction of Slack or other messaging platforms.

54
1 year ago

A system that helps companies have conversations with customers via automated SMS messaging.

53
9 months ago

A subscription-based service that allows users to pay for data, messaging, and other services via a single platform.

53
4 months ago

A video messaging app which lets users share their screen/camera to others with a single tap. The app already has more than 1 million users in the United States.

53
1 year ago

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

52
1 year ago

A startup that helps companies test their messaging to ensure they’re turning customers into customers. A/B testing and analytics firm.

52
1 year ago

The startup is building a $2.5 million Series A that is being led by a group of angel investors including Larry Kim and Evan Sharp, who are launching a new venture fund that will support startups that work on mobile messaging and payments.

52
1 year ago

A company that provides text and video messaging for small businesses like hair salons. In addition to text and video messaging, customers can also get a snapshot of their appointment and directions, with a chatbot alongside it.

51
1 year ago

A startup that wants to change the way dental professionals communicate — by giving them a shared, secure messaging platform where they can communicate confidentially.

51
1 year ago

An AI-enabled messaging app that helps users track who they’re communicating with, and to whom they’re sending messages. The startup is unusual in that it’s a messaging app, not a social network. It is also similar in some ways to the messaging app Telegram.

51
7 months ago

A free internal messaging app that can work inside Slack. The company says it’s already built integrations with hundreds of different services.

51
1 year ago

A messaging and collaboration app for small businesses. The startup is building a messaging platform for small business owners. They want to help small business owners communicate, collaborate and improve their businesses.

50
1 year ago

A blockchain-based messaging app that’s built on a system that allows users to send money to each other without a bank account.

50
1 year ago

A friend-based messaging platform with a focus on the LGBTQ+ community, allowing users to share and re-share messages with a who’s-who of community members. The app also has a messaging feature for non-users.

50
1 year ago

A sort of LinkedIn meets Facebook for event planning. The startup uses messaging and gamification to help people plan events, and then sends them reminders when it’s time to sign up.

49
11 months ago

A messaging app for healthcare providers and people with chronic illness. The app is now in beta and has more than 1,000 users.

49
10 months ago

A secure messaging app for journalists that allows them to send messages to sources and colleagues without exposing their phone number.

49
7 months ago

A messaging platform for small businesses. The company is in the midst of an acquisition and hasn’t yet disclosed the terms.

49
7 months ago

A digital platform that creates “the world’s first bot-free messaging app” with a focus on private, encrypted messages.

49
4 months ago

Like the popular messaging app Slack, only for teams of developers.

49
1 year ago

An AI-focussed messaging app that helps small businesses create sales and marketing messages for their businesses.

48
1 year ago

An AI-powered messaging-based dating app that brings a human element back to online dating.

48
1 year ago

A startup that’s trying to bring the messaging platforms of the future to the present.

48
11 months ago

This is a text messaging app that lets you call and text your friends and family directly from your phone. It’s like the Snapchat app, only instead of sharing photos or videos, it’s sharing texts. The startup makes money by charging a small percentage of the transaction.

48
7 months ago

 A messaging app for the health industry. The startup is building a tool that allows health care workers to better communicate with patients, from doctors to nurses.

48
5 months ago

Civic is a browser that can help you manage and organize your business’s social media, messaging and email communications, and it’s meant to act as a “digital signature” for the company.

48
1 year ago

A startup that wants to help small businesses build their own custom, open-source messaging apps using the Twilio API.

47
1 year ago

A mobile messaging app for send and receive payments from a contact.

47
9 months ago

A startup that brings together three key ingredients: In-app messaging, chatbots, and AI. The company says it is working with hundreds of small businesses to help them better engage with customers via messaging, and that a majority of its customers are repeat customers for its chatbot services.

47
9 months ago

A software platform for customer support, which includes a chatbot and instant messaging function.

47
1 year ago

PRime is building a market research tool that allows marketers to test out their messaging and see which of their tactics work best.

46
1 year ago

Startup that wants to make it easy to share things with your friends via a simple messaging platform.

45
1 year ago

The startup is working on “instant messaging for cars”, allowing drivers to communicate with passengers and each other.

45
10 months ago

This startup is building a real-time messaging platform that helps people find others in their area who are also interested in sharing a night out or concert.

45
9 months ago

A secure messaging app with end-to-end encryption and a user-friendly interface.

45
1 year ago

A solution to the problem of constantly interrupted meetings with video calls and screens, the app offers a way to replace the typical status meeting in which people check in and listen to voicemails with a real-time video call and an instant messaging channel.

44
1 year ago

A messaging app that lets you send money to friends and family, even if they don’t have a bank account. Pudding lets you send US dollars to people using your phone number, and it’s available in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay.

44
10 months ago

A chat-based voice messaging app with a focus on free international calls

44
10 months ago

A secure messaging app that offers end-to-end encryption. The company was founded in 2014 by a group of WhatsApp co-founders as an alternative to Facebook’s Messenger service.

44
7 months ago

This startup is building a way for people to quickly and easily send encrypted messages with any messaging app. The startup is targeting the social media and dating industries, but is also looking to create a way for journalists to securely communicate with sources.

44
27 days ago

A company that provides an “asynchronous messaging platform for video meetings.” The goal is to make it easier to organize and run video meetings.

44
1 year ago

This company is building a “secure messaging app for your vehicle” that gives drivers information like navigation and the ability to buy services and products directly from their phone.

43
9 months ago

A cause-based marketing platform that uses an AI engine to target people with the right messaging at the right time.

42
1 year ago

A startup that XMPP-based messaging system that leverages the power of a content-rich application to deliver individually tailored information to users.

41
11 months ago

A messaging app for the elderly that aims to help them communicate with their children

41
10 months ago

A company that matches recruiters with applicants quickly and easily via text messaging and chat.

41
9 months ago

This is a real-time, closed-loop messaging platform for teams.

41
7 months ago

An AI-based messaging app. Its tech is based on the idea that humans trust each other more when they see they’re being watched.

41
3 years ago

Idea: A text messaging app to help women in Afghanistan stay safe from abuse. It works as a “panic button” that calls a preselected list of family and friends when pressed.

40
1 year ago

An AI-based tool for giving context to text messages and other messaging, which can help humans better understand the context of messages and improve their impact.

40
5 months ago

The Slack-style messaging app for games, called Gamejam. The startup wants to make it easier for game developers to collaborate on projects, as well as get feedback, feedback, and more feedback.

40
9 months ago

WeChat is a messaging app popular in China that’s being developed by a company that’s not even based in China, instead choosing to base itself in Hong Kong. The app is similar to Whatsapp, but with a focus on shopping and gaming.

39
4 months ago

A real-time messaging app for the medical community, connecting doctors with patients around their most pressing needs. It’s a chatbot that connects users to a real human.

39
7 days ago

 Goods are distributed to shoppers in China through the use of WeChat, a popular messaging and social media platform. The company wants to provide that same service in the US.

38
11 months ago

A startup that’s building a messaging system for the agricultural industry. It’s meant to help farmers communicate with each other and the larger agricultural industry, and the startup is currently testing its product in California.

37
5 months ago

A text messaging platform for businesses, which aims to replace the phone call. The company hopes to use the platform to replace phone calls, which can be disruptive for customers, and help businesses make business-to-business sales more efficient.

37
1 year ago

This startup wants to build bots for Slack and Slack’s chat-based messaging app. It’s focused on building bots that can schedule meetings, search for people, and do basic tasks like responding to messages.

36
9 months ago

A messaging platform for customers and service providers. The company's current focus is on the UK market.

34
10 days ago

This startup is building a messaging system that’s used by 400,000 people in Brazil to help with the country’s current economic situation.

34
4 months ago

An automated platform for finding and paying for parking spots, and messaging users to let them know where the nearest spot is.

33
4 months ago

A company that provides video conferencing, messaging and audio conferencing services for businesses, including a platform for businesses to record their own video.

33
4 months ago

A digital assistant that integrates with mobile messaging services to organize communication and help with managing daily tasks.

33
4 months ago

A startup that makes it easier to collect money from missing relatives, using an instant messaging interface.

32
5 months ago

A group of four companies that are all still in stealth mode, all of which are looking to provide encrypted messaging and blockchain technology to the healthcare industry, including pharmaceuticals.

30
4 months ago

A messaging app that lets people send gifs and stickers from their smartphones to one another.

30
1 month ago

A tool that lets you create a custom digital assistant that works across messaging platforms.

30
3 months ago

Workplace chat solution for businesses and freelancers. It provides a messaging and collaboration platform, including video and voice conferencing, for an annual subscription of $250.

29
6 months ago

A startup for people to manage travel requests for their employees, complete with location tracking, messaging, and payment options.

28
3 months ago

 A text messaging platform (think iMessage but for SMS) that keeps track of who you’re texting and when, and allows you to pay for message distribution.

28
5 months ago

A startup that wants to simplify the way people stay in touch with friends and family through video messaging.

27
4 months ago

A messaging app that helps musicians manage their music-creating and career-related information.

27
2 months ago

A startup that helps brands build better experiences with social messaging, takeovers, and a “powerful content creation tool”.

27
8 days ago

A company that uses text messaging to help people deal with their mental health, with the messaging coming from a 24/7 helpline.

27
3 months ago

This startup is building a system that allows auto mechanics to serve as service advisors via text messaging and app, so customers don’t have to drive to a shop and wait to be seen. The company is currently working on an iOS app and is considering an Android version.

26
1 month ago

A gesture-based messaging app for business.

26
11 months ago

A voice-controlled messaging app that wants to use the power of AI to get people to talk to each other more.

25
4 months ago

The startup is building a chatbot that works across messaging apps, including the likes of WhatsApp, Telegram, WeChat, Kik, and Skype.

25
4 months ago

 A messaging app that’s inspired by Slack, enabling businesses with up to 1,000 users to have a single team chat room, with easy integrations to conversations in email, Slack, Asana, Trello, Google Drive, and Mailchimp.

25
2 months ago

A chat bot that’s designed to help people with their mental health. The startup claims to be the first to provide a mental health chatbot that’s designed to operate in a similar way to a messaging app like WhatsApp. Instead of opening an app, people can text the bot with their symptoms and get a response.

25
5 months ago

A messaging app that lets you send group texts, group pictures, group GIFs, and group video.

24
4 months ago

A tech company that enables you to chat and schedule with your coworkers via messaging, “like a text-messaging app on steroids”, with a few features to make it more useful for your team.

24
3 months ago

A platform for automated messaging to help midsize businesses grow.

24
3 months ago

A tool for designing and managing digital campaigns, including analytics, messaging, and other tools

24
3 months ago

A cloud-based ecosystem for businesses to connect their email, messaging, and CRM.

23
3 months ago

A private messaging app that lets you send self-destructing messages that vanish after a certain amount of time.

23
4 months ago

A company that provides a “secure and seamless way for people to communicate” through a mobile messaging app and web portal.

22
2 months ago

A startup that’s working on a messaging platform that uses the best of Whatsapp but also leverages AI and machine learning to “automate communication between humans and machines.”

22
5 months ago

A tool that allows users to add emojis to texts in real time, even if they’re not being texted by the person they’re messaging.

21
1 month ago

An AI-powered messaging service for mobile messaging, working with messaging platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram.

21
24 days ago

A private messaging app for work that lets you share files and chat with coworkers.

21
14 days ago

A platform for communication and collaboration that allows employees to communicate securely and quickly through a chat interface, or via direct messaging.

21
3 months ago

A text-based messaging communication platform that allows groups of people to communicate with each other in ways that traditional text messaging doesn’t. Users can also tag each other and share content, and the service can be used for team messaging, personal messaging, or private personal messaging.

19
2 months ago

A startup that brings in-app messaging to smartphones, letting users send a message to friends across Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp. Users can also send an in-app image or doodle.

17
23 days ago

This startup is building a “live chat mobile app”, which lets users create a chat room and use it from the web, or a mobile app. It’s hoping to mitigate the growing trend of in-app messaging.

16
9 days ago

A start-up that helps businesses get more help from their employees through more immediate and direct contact. The company is building a messaging app that helps support teams coordinate, collaborate, and analyze data.

14
2 months ago

 A messaging app that connects people who don’t know each other over a robust content platform.

13
2 months ago

A messaging platform for Uber drivers that uses a combination of machine learning and human intervention to learn about the human driver’s preferences and habits.

12
1 day 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.

3
3 years ago

Idea: A text messaging-based service that helps companies keep track of their warehouse inventory

1
3 years ago

Idea: A Slack competitor with support for additional messaging platforms The company says it’s received $150,000 in funding to date

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3 years ago

Idea: This is a one-on-one video messaging app that allows users to video chat with someone who speaks a different language

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3 years ago

Idea: A platform for freelancers to build custom chatbots and integrate them into messaging apps

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3 years ago

Idea: A tool for building instant messaging applications with chatbots for corporations

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3 years ago

Idea: A team messaging platform for remote teams. The startup wants to help remote companies and teams coordinate and communicate more easily.

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3 years ago

Idea: Fake doesn’t want to be your go-to messaging app. The app is meant to make it more difficult for people to read your messages and for companies to

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