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Messaging Startup Ideas



2 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.

3,379
3 months 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.

351
1 year ago

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

272
1 year ago

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

247
2 years ago

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

179
1 year ago

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

149
2 years ago

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

147
1 year ago

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

146
2 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

139
1 year 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.

139
2 years ago

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

137
2 years ago

A secure messaging platform for work email

128
2 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.

126
2 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.

120
2 years ago

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

118
2 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.

117
2 years ago

A location-based messaging app for the workplace

116
2 years ago

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

114
2 years ago

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

114
2 years ago

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

113
2 years ago

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

113
2 years ago

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

113
2 years ago

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

111
2 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.

111
2 years ago

A messaging app focused on messaging and group creation.

110
2 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.”

109
2 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.

109
2 years ago

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

108
2 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.

108
2 years ago

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

108
2 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.

107
2 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.”

106
2 years ago

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

106
2 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.

105
2 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.

105
2 years ago

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

105
2 years ago

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

103
2 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.

102
2 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.

102
2 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.

102
1 year 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.

102
2 years ago

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

99
2 years ago

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

99
2 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.

98
2 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.

98
2 years ago

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

97
2 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.

96
1 year ago

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

96
2 years ago

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

95
2 years ago

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

95
2 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.

95
2 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.

95
2 years ago

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

95
2 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.

95
2 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.

95
2 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.

94
2 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.

94
2 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.

92
1 year ago

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

92
1 year 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.

92
2 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.

90
2 years ago

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

89
1 year ago

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

89
2 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.

87
2 years ago

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

87
1 year 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.

87
1 year ago

A messaging app for tenant owners to coordinate maintenance

87
1 year 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.

87
2 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.

85
2 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.

85
1 year 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.

85
2 years ago

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

83
2 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.

83
1 year 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.

83
1 year ago

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

83
2 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.

82
1 year ago

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

82
2 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.

81
1 year 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.

80
1 year 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.

78
1 year ago

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

76
1 year ago

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

76
1 year ago

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

76
1 year ago

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

75
1 year 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.

75
1 year ago

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

74
1 year ago

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

74
2 years ago

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

73
1 year 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.

73
1 year 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.

72
1 year ago

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

72
6 months ago

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

72
1 year ago

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

71
1 year ago

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

71
1 year ago

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

71
1 year 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.

71
10 months ago

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

71
1 year ago

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

70
11 months ago

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

70
1 year 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.

69
1 year 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.

69
1 year 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.

68
1 year ago

A messaging app for employers and contract workers.

68
1 year 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.

67
1 year ago

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

67
1 year 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.

66
1 year 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.

65
1 year 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.

64
1 year 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)

64
1 year 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.

63
1 year 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.

63
1 year 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.

62
1 year ago

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

62
1 year ago

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

62
1 year 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.

61
1 year ago

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

60
1 year 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.

60
1 year 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.

59
7 months 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.

58
1 year 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.

57
1 year 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.

57
1 year 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.

57
1 year 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.

56
7 months ago

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

56
1 year ago

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

54
1 year ago

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

53
1 year ago

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

53
5 months ago

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

53
8 months 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.

52
1 year 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.

51
1 year 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.

51
10 months 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.

51
1 year 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.

50
1 year 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.

50
1 year ago

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

49
1 year ago

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

49
7 months ago

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

49
11 months ago

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

48
9 months ago

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

48
10 months ago

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

46
8 months ago

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

46
5 months ago

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

45
1 year 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.

44
9 months 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.

43
7 months 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.

43
6 months 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.

43
1 year ago

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

42
1 year 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.

41
1 year 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.

41
2 months ago

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

41
1 month ago

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

41
5 months 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.

40
2 months ago

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

40
11 months ago

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

39
6 months 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.

39
1 year ago

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

38
10 months ago

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

38
10 months 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.

38
1 month 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.

38
1 year 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.

37
11 months ago

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

37
10 months ago

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

37
8 months ago

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

37
1 year 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.

36
10 months ago

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

36
9 months 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.

36
5 months 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.

36
7 months ago

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

35
6 months 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.

35
6 months 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.

35
11 months ago

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

34
10 months ago

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

33
10 months ago

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

33
9 months 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.

33
7 months ago

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

33
6 months 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.

33
1 year ago

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

32
9 months ago

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

32
8 months ago

A private messaging app for entrepreneurs in Latin America.

32
3 months ago

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

32
1 year 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.

31
1 year 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.

31
9 months ago

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

31
9 months ago

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

31
6 months 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.

31
1 month ago

An “instant messaging app for contractors”.

31
9 months 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.

30
8 months ago

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

30
6 months 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.

30
2 months 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.

30
15 days 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.

30
10 months 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.

29
9 months 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.

28
11 months 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.

27
9 months 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.

27
8 months ago

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

27
1 month 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.

27
8 months ago

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

26
5 months ago

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

26
3 months 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.

26
20 days 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.

26
10 months ago

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

25
9 months ago

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

25
7 months ago

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

25
5 months ago

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

25
5 months ago

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

25
4 months 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.

25
2 months 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.

25
10 months ago

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

24
7 months ago

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

24
6 months ago

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

24
7 months ago

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

23
6 months 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.

23
6 months ago

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

23
4 months ago

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

23
3 months ago

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

23
2 months 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.

23
1 month 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.

23
9 months 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.

22
7 months ago

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

22
7 months ago

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

22
4 months ago

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

22
8 months ago

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

21
7 months 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.

21
9 months ago

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

20
3 months 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.

20
6 months ago

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

19
4 months ago

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

19
2 months ago

A messaging platform for small teams working on complex projects.

19
19 days ago

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

19
7 months 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.

18
3 months ago

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

18
3 months 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.

18
12 days 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.

18
8 months 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.

17
7 months ago

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

17
3 months ago

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

17
1 month 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.

17
4 months 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.

16
4 months ago

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

16
3 months 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.

16
3 months ago

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

16
6 months ago

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

15
4 months ago

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

15
3 months ago

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

15
1 month ago

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

15
1 day ago

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

15
3 months ago

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

14
7 days 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.

14
4 months ago

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

13
1 month 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.

12
23 days 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.

11
4 days 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.

10
23 days 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.

8
5 days 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.

6
2 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.

5
2 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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2 years ago

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

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2 years ago

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

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2 years ago

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

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2 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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2 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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2 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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