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1 year ago

A startup that helps people figure out the best way to buy a house (e.g. whether to buy an older home or to renovate an existing one)

1,866
1 year ago

A platform that helps people easily sell used furniture, household goods, and other items.

1,170
1 year ago

A startup for selling and buying used computers from other people. Users can sell their old computers in exchange for cash or trade them in for newer ones. The company provides a platform to help people sell their old computers and also offers a buy credit option.

412
6 months ago

A company that takes your old gadgets and recycles them into new ones

255
1 year ago

The company was founded by Ramy El Bannaoui and Chris Curtis, who had previously founded the company in 2007 and sold it in 2011.

244
1 month ago

A digital tool that helps couples reduce household expenses, track spending and save money.

214
1 year ago

A startup that provides financial planning for high net worth individuals and families, and which has worked with the likes of Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, and Fidelity.

180
1 year ago

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

168
4 months ago

A tool for sharing public files and folders in groups.

166
1 year ago

This is a startup that uses a mobile app and a camera to find street-level recycled products and sell them to the public. They started with old library books and DVDs, but are now selling all sorts of things.

165
1 year ago

A platform for managing micro loans for rural households.

136
1 year ago

A group of four-hour-old startups that are still around from Demo Day in June. The goal is to help early stage founders get funding and grow their businesses.

135
1 year ago

A bot that can automate the process of selling products on Craigslist, on Craigslist, and on other sites where it can be sold. The product is geared towards online retailers.

134
1 year ago

The company is building a platform for people to create and share videos of what they're building. The company's founder says that they've already sold their first video to a client.

128
1 year ago

A toolset that helps small businesses receive updates from the government and other stakeholders in an organized and timely fashion.

125
1 year ago

A startup that helps small businesses get more customers and better ways to do it through marketing. It’s a timesaver for small businesses and a good way for startups to get a foothold in the market.

125
1 year ago

A startup that gives people a way to donate their old clothes to charities and non-profits

120
1 year ago

The Startup Genome is a biannual report on the state of entrepreneurship. It is produced by a team of researchers from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. The report is based on interviews with founders about their businesses, the challenges they face, and their plans for the future. The report is intended to give entrepreneurs, investors, and other stakeholders a comprehensive overview of the startup ecosystem in a particular country, and to help predict trends between countries.

118
1 year ago

A startup that provides a service where people can send in their old books and they are sold to people in developing countries

117
1 year ago

A startup that helps companies that are in the business of buying and selling old houses

117
1 year ago

This is an online marketplace for people who want to sell their old stuff. It also wants to be a marketplace for people who want to buy used stuff.

115
1 year ago

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

114
1 year ago

If you own a home in the US, you can log into an app and see what the utilities are costing you in real time. However, the founders say that households throughout the world can benefit from a similar application.

114
1 year ago

A software company that creates an API for a network of processors and license holders to manage payments in real-time. The startup was founded by two former executives of Adyen, a global payment processing company.

113
1 year ago

This startup wants to let people buy and sell their old electronics in their own homes. The company’s goals are to make it easier to resell items, and to educate people about how they can reduce their clutter.

112
1 year ago

An online marketplace where people can sell their old textbooks for cheap.

111
1 year ago

A startup that sells a service where they will help you figure out what to do with your old car when it’s time to trade it in

110
1 year ago

A startup that helps you find and book a dog sitter so you can enjoy a two-dog household.

110
1 year ago

A platform that allows people to rent out spare bedrooms and/or spare bedrooms with other household members. It’s designed to help people earn additional income from their homes while also giving their families the chance to stay in their homes in times of need.

109
1 year ago

A cryptocurrency exchange that focuses on private investors. It uses a system of “certified wallets” with a touchscreen interface to allow investors to manage their holdings.

107
1 year ago

A startup that sells a new take on a very old concept: Visa debit cards. The startup has over 1,000 customers, ranging from Nike to Goldman Sachs, and has sold over 5 million cards.

106
1 year ago

The startup is building a platform for house-hunting in India. It’s a service like Zumper or Realtor.com but for a country where 40% of houses are bought and sold on a daily basis.

106
1 year ago

A startup that is building a mobile app to help connect owners of both old and new cars in a seamless way, using data from the car itself and from the cloud to provide information.

105
1 year ago

A startup that’s building a marketplace that allows people to buy and sell their old Wi-Fi routers and other electronics.

105
1 year ago

A podcast network with a focus on “unscripted” storytelling, by people who are not professional journalists. It’s designed to free creative people from the pressure of telling stories they’ve been told to tell.

104
1 year ago

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

104
1 year ago

The startup’s app, which is currently in beta, allows people to buy and sell used electronics by clicking between old iPhones and iPads. People can even keep track of the item’s age and condition which allows them to make smart purchases.

103
1 year ago

A startup that is using data analytics to help small businesses make better decisions. The company says it can help a company make a better marketing decision by determining which of their customers are the most likely to buy, or which of their products are most likely to be sold, based on behavioral data.

102
1 year ago

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

102
1 year ago

Seed-stage, early-stage, and pre-seed stage seed-stage companies are typically those that are less than 2 years old, and are valued between $500,000 and

102
1 year ago

A digital product that detects, tracks, and pays a user’s monthly rent payments. Due to rent laws, a tenant in many areas may not legally be able to sign for a check until it’s been deposited. By the time they can, the landlord has already moved on to the next tenant, which means the tenant may have to pay the holdback fee.

101
1 year ago

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

100
1 year ago

A startup that sells a service where people can sell their old stuff and have someone deliver it to a store for them

99
1 year ago

Digix wants to create a gold standard for digital currencies, with the goal of making a digital currency that can be stored and transferred digitally. The company wants to create a way for buyers, sellers, and investors to exchange digital currencies and reap the benefits of a global digital currency.

99
1 year ago

A tool to help users organize their email like personal folders.

99
1 year ago

A startup that wants to help users make more money by selling their excess household items to the public.

99
1 year ago

This is an outdoor camping stove that can cook in cold weather.

99
1 year ago

A startup that is building an app to help older people who have no intention of retiring age figure out which jobs they can or cannot do.

98
1 year ago

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

97
1 year ago

A kitchen system called the “KitchenPod” that’s meant to let you cook, then take the result home for later. The kitchen has a base unit, and a separate pod that connects to a smartphone. The fridge is connected to the base unit via Bluetooth, so it can track things like what you’re eating and how much of it you’re eating. When the pod is connected to the base unit, it can track the fridge’s temperature, as well as how much food it’s holding.

97
1 year ago

A wireless charger that’s designed to make it easier for people who have to hold their phone to their ear.

97
1 year ago

A startup that helps people create custom, branded capsules that work to fight off colds and flu.

97
1 year ago

A startup that’s building an online platform for people who want to build and sell their own custom iPhone cases. The startup’s founders say that about 1% of the cases sold in the US are custom-made, and a handful of startups have tried to build their own platform for selling such cases, without much success.

96
1 year ago

A household product company that sells laundry detergent and other cleaning products.

96
1 year ago

This is a “tech-for-good” project that wants to build a marketplace where people can donate their old smartphones and tablets to be refurbished and repurposed into solar-powered lights for developing countries.

96
1 year ago

A platform for people to sell their old belongings on Craigslist. The startup wants to take the pain out of selling your things while also guaranteeing that they’ll show up at your doorstep.

95
1 year ago

In the past year, there have been a few notable exits from Indian startups and their founders. Vani Kola, co-founder of Zomato, sold her company to local rival Swiggy for an estimated $50 million.

94
1 year ago

This startup is producing the next generation of technologies that can detect and remove water in buildings to prevent mold, bacteria, and other harmful microbes from growing.

94
1 year ago

A microinsurance startup that serves older Americans looking to make sure they don’t spend money on medical expenses they can’t afford.

94
1 year ago

Amazon Alexa has invaded every household in the US. The company wants to make the device even more useful, by adding a voice-controlled interface for apps.

93
1 year ago

An ad tech company that’s building a new technology that they say has the potential to significantly change the way digital advertising is purchased and sold. The company’s technology has the potential to revolutionize the digital advertising market by giving advertisers complete control of their ad campaigns, directly from their desktop and mobile devices.

93
1 year ago

A startup that wants to make it easier to source and sell used cars, cars that have not been bought and sold through a dealership.

92
1 year ago

A startup that aims to help financial advisors in the US give advice to clients who are buying fixed-income investments. The startup is backed by the venture arm of Goldman Sachs.

92
1 year ago

A startup that provides online classes on how to do household chores like cleaning a fridge

91
1 year ago

A startup that connects employees with companies offering money to purchase their old cars

91
1 year ago

A solution for the $4 trillion global oil market where producers don’t have reliable inventories and retailers don’t have a clear picture of demand or low prices. Oil can be stored in underground tanks and is more valuable if it’s in the right place. Oil Tracker aims to connect all the different stakeholders in the oil market.

91
11 months ago

 Founded by a 16-year-old, this startup is a tool to help people use their insurance money to pay for health care.

91
1 year ago

A technology company that takes photo and video content, and makes it into a product that can be resold as an image or video stock. They’re also developing a platform to enable photo and video creatives to get paid for their work

90
1 year ago

The startup aims to solve the problem of the “job-hopping” millennial who wants to be able to get a new job without having to quit and wait for the old one to be filled.

90
1 year ago

A startup that uses machine learning to help brands find the right person for the job. They claim to have found just the right person for 1,900 positions, including jobs at Uber and Goldman Sachs.

90
1 year ago

This company wants to make it easier to sell people's old cars for them. The startup uses a site to sync with a person's social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and then finds their car on VIN-based sites like CarGurus and AutoTrader.com. Then, they'll take a significant cut of the sale price to buy back a car.

89
1 year ago

The online marketplace where used cars can be bought from sellers and sold to buyers. The startup is private and hasn’t released much information on its model, but it’s looking to build a local network of auto sellers and buyers who make purchases through a mobile app.

89
1 year ago

A SaaS platform that builds and sells business software. Their most recent product was a payroll software for restaurants, which they’ve sold to multiple chains.

88
1 year ago

A tool that allows employees to manage their expenses so they can take accounting to the next level (and hold their bosses accountable for it). The team has raised $500,000 in seed funding and is based in NYC.

88
1 year ago

A startup that buys household items in bulk for consumers, and delivers them in bulk After shipping the products, the startup makes money by selling those items on the secondary market

87
1 year ago

A company that will help you “re-purpose your technology,” where you can take old tech and either sell it to someone else, or build something new out of it.

87
11 months ago

This company encourages people to trade in their old phones for a new one that’s refurbished and refurbished again.

87
1 year ago

A startup that wants to bring a 21st century version of the old magazine subscription model. The startup gives access to a variety of programming languages and news to consumers for a monthly subscription fee.

86
1 year ago

A blockchain-based payment platform for digital content. The startup wants to replace the current system of content being bought and sold with a new one that’s decentralized, with long-term protection for the content and payment for publishers.

86
1 year ago

A way to automatically sell your old stuff on eBay, using big data to determine what you’re likely to buy again.

86
1 year ago

A fashion marketer that sells online clothing at $20 per dress. It’s already sold over 5,000 dresses and is on track to make $10 million in revenue in 2019.

85
1 year ago

A payments app that can be used on any platform. The startup focuses on helping people save money by holding off on that $10 Starbucks drink for now.

85
11 months ago

A company that creates digital prints from the images of people, who upload their own images and the company’s prints are then rendered by using a computer vision. The prints can be sold as prints, clothing, or art.

85
1 year ago

building a tool to help small businesses manage their paper files, like sales invoices, in a way that’s really convenient for everyone. The startup’s CEO says that they’ve already sold their product to three big companies.

84
1 year ago

A startup that’s trying to build a new kind of HR software that can help replace the old-school HR role. It is hiring in the US

82
1 year ago

A startup that aims to help people manage their health information in one place, giving them a central repository to hold all their medical records.

82
1 year ago

A startup for customers to imagine products and then build them from scratch, for customers to create their own products, products that can be sold on Amazon.com

81
1 year ago

A startup that wants to make buying gift cards more efficient by allowing gift card holders to sell unused cards online.

80
1 year ago

Fintech company that offers investors a way to borrow against their crypto holdings.

79
1 year ago

A company that helps small businesses sell telecommuting services. They’ve sold over 20,000 hours of telecommuting time.

79
1 year ago

A fitness tracking device that’s been downloaded over 3 million times, has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on the App Store, and was sold to Apple. It’s been used by over 60 million people and is now the best-selling fitness tracker on the market. It’s profitable and has a $300 million valuation.

78
1 year ago

An API for buying and selling cars, with over a million cars already sold.

78
1 year ago

A new channel for people to sell their old books for profit

77
1 year ago

A startup that sells high-quality, locally made clothes for men who want something more stylish than what you can find at Old Navy

76
1 year ago

An online service that helps people sell used clothes without dealing with the hassle of eBay or try-before-you-buy services like Grailed and StockX. The company says it has already sold over $1M worth of used clothes.

76
1 year ago

A texting platform for groups of people to communicate efficiently. The startup wants to leverage its popularity in the soccer world to make the company a household name.

76
1 year ago

It’s a subscription service for most common household cleaning needs.

75
1 year ago

A digital storefront for selling and marketing your art. The company is currently focused on artists whose work is sold by galleries, but it wants to expand into more verticals.

74
1 year ago

BookNow is a service for online ordering and payment for food, flowers, theater tickets, and more. The company claims it has sold over $10,000 worth of tickets in four months. They’re also getting some attention from investors.

73
1 year ago

This startup is building a platform for online tutoring that will help people learn subjects by watching videos and having them corrected by an older person.

73
1 year ago

A tool to help businesses convert old school paper invoices and receipts into digital ones.

72
1 year ago

An API and a mobile app for Paypal. The startup aims to let Paypal users create personal online banking accounts and hold them in one place.

71
1 year ago

A monthly subscription service for home laundry detergent that offers recommendations for how much to buy, when and how to use it. The startup has already sold more than $2 million in the past year from its first customers–with over 25,000 subscriptions.

71
1 year ago

Tracr is a B2B startup that allows companies to buy and sell tickets on the same day. They currently have 50,000 tickets sold daily, with a 4% take rate through the app.

70
1 year ago

An online platform for people to sell and buy their own cars. The company has already sold over $200,000 worth of vehicles, and has signed up over 400 sellers.

70
1 year ago

This company wants to build a mobile app that allows parents to choose what type of diaper they would like for their newborn, like chux or a prefold diaper.

70
1 year ago

A digital registry that records and organizes all your investment holdings.

69
1 year ago

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

69
1 year ago

A startup for freelance writers, editors, and translators. The startup is in its pre-launch phase, but has already sold $3,000 worth of services. It’s not a traditional marketplace, instead relying on a closed community of writers and translators who are all working on the same project.

69
1 year ago

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

69
1 year ago

A program that helps people trade in their old textbooks for credits to buy new ones. The startup is working with publishers to get its new textbooks a little cheaper than new ones.

68
1 year ago

A platform for customers to find and book speaking engagements with companies, without the need to cold-call.

68
1 year ago

A platform to help people find employees, rather than cold-emailing job-seekers.

67
1 year ago

A way for consumers to sell their old electronics and get paid for it, using an app that makes it easy for the buyer to scan barcodes.

67
1 year ago

A three-year-old company building a real-time communication and collaboration platform for businesses and teams. It’s a tool that helps teams stay on the same page, and communicate as they work.

67
1 year ago

A startup that facilitates the donation of household items to people in need. It’s a B2B business.

66
1 year ago

A 4-year-old company that makes a programmable, connected-home appliance that can be programmed to do things from turning the AC off and on to turning lights on and off to listening to music and turning the TV on and off. The company has raised $7.3 million in funding.

66
1 year ago

A company that’s building an app that can manage the list of expenses of a household or individual.

66
1 year ago

A startup for hiring refurbished items. The company’s CEO, who is also CEO of a shipping company, has been refurbishing old shipping containers and reselling them on the site. The company has raised $1.5 million in funding.

66
5 months ago

This is a platform that allows people to swap their old furniture, shoes, and accessories for store credit.

66
1 year ago

The company wants to make it easier for people to sell their old games online with a digital storefront, and also make it easier for people to get paid when they find bugs in games.

65
1 year ago

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

64
1 year ago

A company that tries to get people over the old corporate fence by transforming talent management into a more human experience.

63
1 year ago

Fusion is a real estate software company that allows real estate agents to list their listings online and receive notifications whenever a home is sold.

63
1 year ago

A thermometer that tells when your house is too cold or too hot.

63
1 year ago

A location-based mobile gaming platform that partners with cities to hold gaming tournaments and earn revenue from in-app purchases.

63
1 year ago

A new way to store and manage your digital media. The team at Briefly is building a platform that enables users to “train” their computer to automatically organize and discover their files, and then creates a “smart folder” that’s a digital representation of the physical one.

63
1 year ago

A two-year-old startup that builds tools for the lucrative e-commerce market in China. The startup has a system that allows online shoppers to track orders, and has a team of about 20 full-time developers.

62
1 year ago

A Chinese startup that wants to help people learn English faster and easier. The startup writes questions and answers on cards and puts them on a string, which people can play around with. And their idea is proving popular in China, with a million cards sold in three months.

62
1 year ago

Senses , a service that turns your smartphone into a personal assistant, is being developed by a team of veterans of Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, as well as a company that sold the Siri app to Apple.

61
1 year ago

A company that helps people come up with products and services that can be sold on its e-commerce platform.

61
1 year ago

People who want to sell their old furniture can list it on the site, which acts as a kind of garage sale, then buy it for a dollar.

60
2 months ago

A software company that uses machine learning to predict where the next Kindle Fire or Google Pixel will be sold.

60
1 year ago

A platform for selling and buying your car or truck, financed with a monthly payment. The startup sold its first loan in May with former GM executive, Mark St. Pierre, leading the company.

59
11 months ago

A solution for loans that are backed by corporate stocks, allowing their holders to be traded like stocks.

59
7 months ago

A company that allows companies to hold meetings remotely. The startup is doing well in Germany.

59
1 year ago

People are tired of waiting on hold for customer service, so they’re putting their calls into a queue to be answered and retrieved. The startup is aiming to be the de facto customer service app for the next generation of companies, and says it’s already working with several major companies in the space.

58
1 year ago

A lot of companies are selling mobile phone cases with custom designs, but Nines offers custom design and production of phone cases, which will be sold in retail stores.

58
11 months ago

A platform for books, movies, games, and TV shows to be sold online. They’re a startup of a publishing company, who are using it to build their digital catalog.

58
1 year ago

This is a startup that wants to help people sell their old stuff on Craigslist, using their own photos and descriptions to sell their items without the hassle of eBay or Craigslist.

57
1 year ago

A startup that wants to make it easy to replace your old and inefficient microwaves with a new model that uses less energy

57
1 year ago

A group of startups that wants to build a more flexible alternative to the more common SaaS model. The startups want to build tools that let people customize their solutions into “custom apps” that can be sold to customers directly.

57
11 months ago

A company that helps companies setup a single cloud-based site, on the site a mixture of physical and digital products can be sold through an e-commerce platform.

57
11 months ago

A startup that helps manage the risk of a global network of life insurance policy holders.

57
1 year ago

A startup for people who want to donate their old home appliances, furniture, and other items for reuse. The startup says that in the US alone, more than 10 million items go unused in storage every year.

55
1 year ago

People often get sick in the winter, and the startup wants to help manage those colds and flu. It’s looking to build a platform that provides real-time tracking of colds and flu.

55
1 year ago

A company that offers a platform that allows people to trade their old smartphone for a new one. The idea is that people can trade their used phones for credits that can be used to purchase a new one.

55
1 year ago

A newly-formed company that wants to enable a sharing economy around shared assets, like household items.

55
10 months ago

A tool for managing the chaos of information in a busy household. The app lets you track everyone’s schedules.

55
1 year ago

 A startup that scans the web for infringing material and sends the webmaster a notification. The company says it has a team of around 30 people who monitor the web for content it believes is infringing. The entrepreneur who came up with the idea told us that the team monitors about 20,000 URLs per day, and sends notification to site owners with the option to take down the content.

54
1 year ago

A startup looking to gain a foothold in business software for the real estate industry. The startup’s platform aims to help brokers, agents and developers collaborate on the back-end of their work.

53
1 year ago

A community of people who have “fancy” allergies. The startup helps people with allergies to plants, animals, sewage, mold, and other substances identify which substances they’re allergic to, and share their reactions.

52
1 year ago

Thoughtful home services that provide concierge services, cleaning, and other household issues. The company has $10 million in funding from investors including Michael Moritz.

52
1 year ago

A startup that wants to make it easier for people to buy and sell their old phones, and also provide a marketplace for tons of other used phones.

52
11 months ago

This company is building a way to track the financial life of a real estate property by using machine learning and artificial intelligence to help people decide whether to sell or hold onto a property.

51
7 months ago

A startup that sells an app that lets you take a photo, track it, and then immediately see where that item was sold. The company is based in the Bay Area.

51
11 months ago

A startup that lets users share status updates with the press and other stakeholders. The startup wants to become a single point of contact for journalists and other stakeholders, allowing them to build relationships with journalists, send them updates, and more.

50
1 year ago

Nota is building a tool that helps companies calculate their cost of goods sold on on each unit of product they sell. The startup built a tool that can predict and measure the cost of goods sold within an hour.

49
1 year ago

The startup is aiming to build a way for employers to track the quality of their workers, and fix any issues that might be holding them back.

48
1 year ago

A startup that is building an insider-trading app that has a “whisper mode” that alerts the entire network when an event is happening. It’s working with clients like JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs.

48
10 months ago

 A startup that wants to “make it easy to replace the old-school process of making a reservation with a web app”.

48
9 months ago

The startup holds a patent on a new type of printing process that uses a liquid to transfer the ink to the paper, eliminating many of the problems with traditional printing. The startup now wants to take that technology and apply it to the production of everything from paper to fabric.

48
1 year ago

 A company that collects data from credit cards to build a predictive model of which cardholders are likely to pay back their debts (and which ones are likely to default). It’s looking to offer a free model to banks for their riskiest customers.

47
1 year ago

A platform for fans to get a hold of their favorite artists and get their first interview, exclusive concert tickets and more.

45
1 year ago

A way to connect old-fashioned pay phones to modern devices, with the idea being to make current pay phones more productive.

44
11 months ago

A solution for managing and storing information in the physical world, from paper records to files to folders.

44
11 months ago

A startup that helps companies get energy-efficient lightbulbs into their warehouses. They’ve already sold over 1,000 LED bulbs in a few months.

42
10 months ago

A platform that helps saving for retirement, based on the idea that many Americans’ retirement savings come from old-fashioned and not so old-fashioned vehicles: cash deposits, a Roth IRA, or a 401(k).

42
4 months ago

A company that provides a service that helps you find and sell your old books and other items online.

42
2 months ago

A cloud-based platform for purchasing and selling used vehicles and other household items. The startup sells its customers’ used vehicles and other household items, with sellers paid in cash or with a credit card they can use to buy other items.

42
1 year ago

A startup that’s building a service that helps people sell their old smartphones without having to go through a lot of hassle.

41
10 months ago

An online platform for people to sell their old cell phones on. It has about 100,000 people already listing their phones, most of whom are in the U.S.

41
9 months ago

A startup building a “vertical-first” social network. The startup says it’s “targeting the very oldest of the old”, helping people who are looking to connect with people who are older than 50.

41
9 months ago

A ride-hailing app for the elderly that wants to reduce the number of older people who are dependent on caregivers.

41
11 months ago

A platform for creating and distributing podcasts. The company is currently in private beta, and has already sold $2 million worth of ad-free podcasts, which are spread across categories like health, finance, travel, and parenting.

40
11 months ago

A “programmatic” ad platform that changes the way ads are bought and sold, letting companies create ads in real-time, without having to have an existing relationship with a publisher. The startup has raised $4.3 million to date, and has plans for an IPO in the next year.

40
9 months ago

A platform for sellers of physical goods to get digital goods in return, which can be sold on other platforms.

40
6 months ago

A startup for the buying and selling of used cars, appliances and other household goods.

40
4 months ago

A decentralized blockchain platform to help people share expenses. The startup wants to help people find friends and families to help them pay for things like vacations and household maintenance. The app uses an algorithm to match people up, then goes to the third party to make the payment.

40
8 months ago

A student loan refinancing startup that promises to reduce interest rates. It just closed a $10 million round, and its founders said they’re targeting 15% of student loan holders.

39
5 months ago

This startup is building a platform that lets you manage your household’s finances and expenses from a single platform.

39
10 months ago

This startup is building a platform that lets retailers sell their old stock at a discount and get a new customer through the process.

38
10 months ago

A startup that’s creating a digital concierge service for everyday tasks. The company hopes to expand into household services, driving their business model with the same $1 per month fee they charge for their concierge service.

38
7 months ago

This startup is building a way to sell your old electronics in one place, with a way for users to donate the products to people in need.

38
6 months ago

This is a new way to sell your stuff on an app. Founded in January, Papago helps people sell their items on its marketplace. The marketplace has four categories: stuff, collectables, household items, and vehicles. Members can post their items on the site for 24 hours, and if no one buys it, the item goes back to the seller’s inventory. If someone buys it, the seller gets paid in bitcoin.

38
6 months ago

 A company that helps people find and sell their old HDTVs, turning them into augmented reality products.

38
3 months ago

An online marketplace for local household goods that allows you to buy anything from a couch to a crib. Its currently run in 20 cities across the US.

38
2 months ago

A product developed for the Department of Defense to help soldiers train for their jobs under simulated conditions. The startup wants to connect with both military and civilian facilities, so it can create virtual training environments and simulate real-life scenarios.

38
11 months ago

A 3-year-old startup that’s building an AI that can generate 3D models of objects using consumer video.

37
8 months ago

A startup that helps people share their bicycles in the hope of getting them fixed, or sold.

37
7 months ago

A startup that creates a marketplace for household services. The company is building a platform that allows buyers and sellers to connect and create a marketplace for items like roofing, plumbing and electrical repairs, and lawn care.

36
7 months ago

People in the US are getting older, but the cost of healthcare is rising faster than the CPI. This startup wants to make healthcare affordable for everyone by merging technology with universal healthcare.

36
11 months ago

A unique, third-party app that helps you track your shipping from UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL, and Aliexpress. The company has sold $20,000 in products since October 1, 2016.

35
10 months ago

A way to allow people to make money off their old clothes or other items they no longer use. They take these items to local companies that refurbish them.

35
3 months ago

A startup that connects customers with local employees that can help them take care of household repairs, like carrying groceries upstairs, or going to the grocery store for you.

35
9 months ago

Helping people put their home into a rental portfolio. The startup’s platform is meant to help investors see the potential return on investment of the investment portfolio, and to help them decide when to sell or hold out for a higher return.

34
3 months ago

A startup that combines the design of the old-school board game Exploding Kittens with the appeal of the game Cards Against Humanity. The startup is a co-op game made up of feline felines that explode when they get hit.

34
10 months ago

A tool for managing a household’s information, from bills to schedules to grocery lists to recipes. The startup is building out a family social network.

33
9 months ago

A new service that lets users sell their old smartphones to buy new ones.

33
9 months ago

The idea is to build an app to sell tickets to former members of the military who are looking to reconnect with their old unit.

33
3 months ago

 A personal assistant for small businesses, which will help them hire, track expenses and hold meetings.

33
26 days ago

A CEO of a software company in the Middle East told me that while he liked the idea of Hinge, one of the things missing was a way to easily find matches outside of New York, Toronto and LA. Hinge wants to be the place to find matches where you aren’t a celebrity.

33
8 months ago

A startup that lets people sell their old smartphones for cash. It has processed over 10,000 phones since it launched in April.

32
7 months ago

This startup wants to help people buy, sell, and use their old phones for recycling.

32
4 months ago

A meeting scheduling platform in the vein of Doodle. The startup is another one that’s building its service (and product) in the U.S. It’s already sold over $15 million worth of its services to companies like Airbnb, Airbnb, and Google.

32
2 months ago

All of us have an old smartphone lying around somewhere, and we don't know what to do with it. The startup wants to aggregate all of those old devices into a platform to help make them useful again.

32
1 year ago

Idea: A company that is building a platform that helps people manage their cryptocurrency holdings. The startup helps people track the value

31
8 months ago

The company wants to create a crowdsourced set of office supplies, including note paper, highlighters, a notepad, a pens, a pen holder, a pencil sharpener, a stapler, a paper clip, a paper clip holder, a red pen, a whiteboard marker, a dry erase marker, a mini eraser, a phone stand, a paper clip holder, a USB, a business card holder, a clipboard, a sticky note pad, a notepad, a pen, a pencil, a highlighter, a pencil sharpener, a dry erase marker, a stapler, a paper clip, a paper clip holder, a USB, a business card holder, a clipboard, a sticky note pad, a notepad, a pen, a pencil, a highlighter, a pencil sharpener, a dry erase marker, a stapler, a paper clip, a paper clip holder, a USB, a business card holder, a clipboard, a sticky note pad, a notepad, a pen, a pencil, a highlighter, a pencil sharpener, a dry erase marker, a stapler, a paper clip, a paper clip holder, a USB, a business

31
3 months ago

A startup that helps companies pull in email addresses from LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google accounts. It’s meant to help sales teams avoid the “cold email” process.

31
9 months ago

A startup for secondhand goods to help you get the best deal on that old furniture you’re using to store your old cat’s remains.

30
7 months ago

A startup that makes lightweight, ultra-thin notebook computers. In the past couple of years, the company has sold 150,000 of its computers to companies in the enterprise, education, and healthcare industries.

30
6 months ago

A platform for sharing and storing household items, with an app that helps manage them

30
6 months ago

The startup facilitates the sale of old vehicles for a profit via a network of dealers that maintain and sell the cars.

30
3 months ago

A startup that lets people sell their used furniture and household goods directly to a community of buyers.

30
10 months ago

A digital advertising platform that serves as an intermediary between publishers and advertisers. The startup takes a 30% commission from ads sold.

29
9 months ago

A new way to get ahold of a new hire. The company offers a service to get your new hires onboarded and trained, and was founded in August

29
7 months ago

The startup provides software to help reduce food waste by connecting retailers with nearby farms. The startup has sold $115,000 worth of the software since its launch in January.

29
6 months ago

A 3D app that allows users to scan and digitize old books, turning them into searchable, accessible PDFs.

29
2 months ago

This company wants to build a platform where every household can be equipped with a low-cost device that can detect imminent threats like fires and carbon monoxide.

29
11 months ago

A startup that wants to create a marketplace for the private sale of used cars. It's a Craigslist-like service, except the cars are owned by the users, not the site, and are sold between users.

28
10 months ago

This startup helps to deliver a new kind of photo book with a digital book that can be sold or shared online. It’s a premium service that costs $600 for a year.

28
10 months ago

A platform for small-time home contractors to bid on large construction jobs. The startup is being incubated by Y Combinator. This startup takes a relatively new concept, the gig economy, and applies it to construction, which is a relatively old concept.

28
6 months ago

A startup that’s building a way to optimize medical research by connecting researchers and other stakeholders to accelerate the process of building new drugs.

28
6 months ago

 A startup that wants to solve the problem of credit card fraud by using a smartphone to scan a QR code on a payment. The startup’s $10 app will then send a text to the cardholder, asking them to confirm the payment before it’s completed. The startup says that within the next 12 months it will have 100,000 users.

28
4 months ago

A consumer-focused fintech product that combines BitGold, mobile payment, and cryptocurrency. It’s available on iOS and soon to be Android.

28
2 months ago

A company that’s looking to solve the problem of tracking and maintaining essential household appliances and cars.

28
10 months ago

A software company that aims to help people sell their used goods by taking their old goods to auction sites.

26
9 months ago

A startup that aims to build a “Google for the home”, so you can find all your household goods online.

26
7 months ago

A home care startup helping families with elder care and adult day care. They plan to use a network to match older adults with families that need care.

26
7 months ago

An online marketplace for independent businesses to sell their products to consumers. The startup charges a monthly membership fee, but it offers a monthly bonus for businesses that sell a certain amount of products without going over a certain monthly threshold.

26
7 months ago

A startup that helps businesses automate the process of reaching out to customers and prospects. Instead of using a “cold call”, which is risky and has a 50% failure rate, companies use a “warm call” that is more successful and costs less.

26
4 months ago

A startup that helps people get health insurance by selling them insurance for their household. In the past two years, the startup has signed up more than 100,000 subscribers.

26
2 months ago

A three-year-old startup that makes mobile apps for banks to make them more secure

26
10 months ago

A tool for sales reps to get started with cold emailing and the sales cycle.

25
7 months ago

The company makes a digital rewards card that can hold a credit card, a gift card, cash, and more.

25
4 months ago

A digital assistant for the elderly, designed to better help older adults live life and become more independent. The startup wants to integrate a concierge service with a robotic companion.

25
1 year ago

Idea: A startup that lets you buy, hold, and sell Bitcoin, without having to deal with the complexities of the cryptocurrency world

24
9 months ago

The startup will provide an easy way to buy and sell your old electronics securely. The company will pay you in cash via PayPal or make a donation to a charity of your choice.

24
8 months ago

 A  company that  builds  a  personal  and  professional  portable  credit  score  for  people  who  have  an  unsecured  credit  card  (UCC)  and  don’t  have  the  equipment  to  install  a  credit  card  reader.  For  the  most  unsecured  credit  card  holders,  commonly  known  as  under-banked,  the  company  will  build  a  simple  and  secure  online  credit  application.

23
8 months ago

A platform for selling your old electronics.

23
7 months ago

A startup that’s building out a marketplace where people can sell their old smartphones, which the startup says will be used to fund a better future.

23
5 months ago

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

23
1 year ago

A startup that pays people to do research on topics they are interested in which is then written up into a paper and sold to students

22
7 months ago

A platform that empowers artists to create and sell their own merchandise. To date, the company has sold $1 million in merchandise since launching in 2014.

22
7 months ago

A startup that brings the best talent from the world's best schools to teach you how to be a better coder. The startup is an elite teachers program that has sold out its next batch of spots to students from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, and Israel.

22
6 months ago

A startup that uses the smartphone’s accelerometer to automatically turn on fans and heating/cooling systems when it’s cold outside.

22
5 months ago

The startup’s a startup looking to disrupt the human resources market in big, old-school companies. With the help of AI and machine learning, the startup wants to make recruiting and hiring more efficient while helping companies tap into the power of data to better predict how well candidates will fit.

22
2 months ago

A Bitcoin-like security token that gives investors a place to track the value of their holdings.

22
6 months ago

This is a startup that delivers “zero-emission” electric scooters to riders who are too old or infirm to bike.

21
4 months ago

A SaaS startup based in San Francisco, California. The company has been growing rapidly, claiming to have “signed up more than 20,000 people in just the past month”. Its app lets users schedule and pay for deliveries, including food and household items, with a delivery fee.

21
2 months ago

A machine learning platform that can predict cancer in the pancreas better than the current gold standard.

21
1 month ago

It’s a Javascript library that takes a combination of files and folders and generates a dashboard with a single click on a link.

21
5 months ago

A tool for customers to pay for products and services on their phones, with built-in barcode scanning. Today the company has over 400,000 users and has seen similar traction to Square, though older.

20
5 months ago

A startup that uses machine learning to teach a robot how to paint and then make unique works of art that can be sold to customers.

20
2 months ago

The startup has a new way to make a product that is more sustainable, less toxic, and less expensive. Instead of using the same old tools and materials,

20
1 month ago

A startup for products to be sold and bought online

20
1 year ago

Idea: This startup is building machine learning software that helps people create smoother panning and zooming in videos. The startup previously sold a product called Flycam that helps camera operators smoothly move from one part of the scene to another.

19
6 months ago

This is an on-demand concierge service for cleaners, basically an Uber for household staff.

19
6 months ago

A startup that wants to help people create a “digital safety deposit box” for their old photos, videos, and other digital content.

19
4 months ago

A software suite that allows customers to watch their “spam” folders in real-time, allowing them to see which social media accounts are actually sending unsolicited messages.

19
4 months ago

A startup for selling home goods. Things are sold from the company's warehouse, shipped to the buyer, and then the item is sold on Amazon.

19
2 months ago

A tool for digitizing old school video, with the goal of preserving iconic video for future generations.

19
1 year ago

Idea: A home security company for Latin American households, primarily in Mexico. The startup is focused on providing internet-connected cameras that allow users to see and talk to visitors while they’re away from home.

18
6 months ago

A startup for the sale of used cars in the US. The company says it’s already created a marketplace that matches dealers with customers, and says it’s already sold over 20,000 cars.

18
5 months ago

The average age of the industry is around 30 years old, and that’s not because they’re getting older. It’s because the industry is so new that there aren’t a lot of established veterans.

18
3 months ago

A platform for buying and selling and exchanging surplus shoes that otherwise wouldn’t get sold. The company has sold about $4,000 worth of shoes since launching in December.

18
1 month ago

This company aims to be the first in the world to use blockchain (in their case the Stellar blockchain) to create a new gold standard for data integrity and security.

18
18 days ago

 A dating app for the elderly, for the first time giving older adults a way to look for love in their own neighborhood. The app is designed to be easy for the elderly and disabled to use, and have a handy feature that lets them order from their favorite restaurant.

18
5 months ago

 A home-sharing app that connects renters with hosts and includes an expense ledger, an app to hold meetings, an inventory system, and a database of contacts. The company is focused on the hospitality and hospitality-adjacent industries.

17
3 months ago

As a long-time Amazon customer, this startup is building an app that helps you re-order your favorite items, including household goods and food, from Amazon. The startup is currently in the pilot phase, with a rollout planned for mid-2018.

17
3 months ago

A B2B SaaS startup focused on helping companies find, manage and automate their supply chain. The company is led by former McKinsey consultant and CEO, who previously started and sold several companies.

17
2 months ago

The startup has built a product that enables brands to send targeted ads to a specific group of consumers. The startup says it has already sold over $100 million of its software to a number of companies.

17
2 months ago

A compliance platform for small business loans, developed by a former Goldman Sachs banker.

17
2 months ago

This startup is building a platform to make it easy for online businesses to manage their customer support, and make it easier for their customers to get a hold of them in the event of a problem.

17
4 months ago

A 7-year-old company that’s already built a business around the idea that people want to send payments faster, cheaper, and more secure.

16
2 months ago

A startup that wants to build a company that will take care of the sales tax and paperwork for any item sold on Amazon.

16
5 months ago

A platform that helps people sell things they no longer want, like old computers.

15
3 months ago

A startup for food waste and unsold food, connecting restaurants with chefs, farmers and consumers.

15
2 months ago

A startup that wants to build a tool for repurposing old iPhones for use on the go.

15
1 month ago

This 19-year-old software engineer built a digital, blockchain-based platform for managing digital assets or digital rights.

14
1 month ago

A startup that wants to replace the old “bunch of keys” business model that requires manual labor to file tax returns from tax preparation services to online forms.

12
13 days ago

A startup that helps people sell their old phones for cash, a market that is growing for emerging markets.

12
8 days ago

This startup is building a cryptocurrency wallet for the “insecure,” hoping that by giving the masses a way to hold and use cryptocurrency, it will help to democratize the market.

12
6 months ago

The list of 30 companies below is generally regarded as the best of the best in the world at the time of the nomination, but they have since been acquired or sold, or have left the market.

11
1 month ago

A startup to make hyperlocal delivery of groceries, meals, and other household items easier.

11
1 month ago

A secure, encrypted store that allows users to sell their old smartphones through a mobile app, and then get a cut of the cash.

11
27 days ago

A peer-to-peer platform that helps people who want to sell their old mobile devices sell them to people who want to buy them. The company also takes in-bound traffic to websites that want to sell used mobile devices

11
20 days ago

A tool for selling tickets for events, with a built-in ticket-buying tool and a way to share them across social media. The startup has a $1 million seed round, and has sold $5 million worth of tickets.

11
8 days ago

The startup’s focus is on helping brands drive more sales by taking their product to the consumer before it hits the shelves. It's building an online store that helps retailers decide what consumers want before the items are sold in the stores.

11
1 month ago

A company that turns old TVs into smart displays that can tell you what’s happening in real time.

9
26 days ago

A solar panel installer that has a fixed-price model. The startup wants to offer a way for people to get solar panels that only pay for themselves after a certain threshold is met.

8
1 year ago

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

7
1 day ago

A similar to Genius Bar, but with focus on older cars.

2
1 year ago

A startup that sells easy-to-use household appliances for people who don’t have much experience with them

-1
1 year ago

A startup that sells a tool for helping people find old classmates or friends

-1
1 year ago

A startup that provides a service for people who are getting older (70+) and want to move into a senior’s residence/retirement home

-1
1 year ago

A startup that makes it easy for people to sell their old books (I know there are a lot of startups doing this but it's a big market)

-1
1 year ago

A startup that provides a service where people who are moving into a new area can have their house cleaned, their old place cleaned and a bunch of other things done that they can’t do after they

-1
1 year ago

Idea: An e-commerce site that sells recycled products, such as old books, smartphones, and art

-1
1 year ago

Idea: A secure folder for your private photos and videos

-1
1 year ago

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

-1
1 year ago

Idea: A new edition of the classic novel “The Little Prince”, translated into Arabic The publisher says that it’s sold $15,000 worth of ebooks already with a plan to get to $100

-1
1 year ago

Idea: A way to track the usage and performance of digital ads The startup has already sold several $15,000 contracts

-1
1 year ago

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

-1
1 year ago

Idea: A ‘gig economy’ labor marketplace for graphic designers. The startup says it’s growing 1,000% month-over-month, and has already sold $3,000 a week in design work.

-1
1 year ago

Idea: A startup that helps people ship their used items to buyers. The founder says that she’s already sold $3,000 worth of items in her first two months.

-1
1 year ago

A company that makes a small device that connects to a circuit board. The device is meant to be used by people who don’t know how to solder, to fix their electronics.

-1
1 year ago

Idea: A startup for people to use space to hold their products for a few months while they figure out where to ship them.

-1
1 year ago

Idea: A startup that wants to bring an end to email spam. It works by helping companies send their email marketing campaigns through a sort of whitelist system where known email addresses get through, while spam goes straight to the junk folder.

-1
1 year ago

Idea: A startup that wants to make the experience of using an ATM more fun, by giving people a place to hold meetings, conduct interviews, etc. with the ATM app.

-1
1 year ago

A startup that transfers the videos and pictures from your old phone to your new phone

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