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10 months ago

This startup tackles a problem that many startups and venture capitalists face: how to manage the startup’s finances. The startup wants to be a one-stop shop for accounting, taxes, and financial planning for startups.

3,461
3 years ago

A free library of “crowd sourced” electronics repair instructions, with a database of more than 100,000 step-by-step guides for common problems with over a million unique parts.

774
2 years ago

A platform that helps you manage your online credit cards and create a spending plan. The goal of the startup is to create a solution to the following problem: “When you spend money, you don’t know what you spent it on.”

255
10 months ago

A startup that uses social media to help governments solve various problems. It’s a crowdsourced problem-solving platform that allows citizens to solve problems with data, pictures, videos and text.

250
3 years ago

A B2B startup that aims to solve the problem of processing and logging of data for companies looking to start up a new retail bank. The company says it’s already working with a few banks on prototypes.

246
3 years ago

A platform that will use AI to manage your data and help you solve problems.

231
2 years ago

The idea behind this startup is that there are 100s of millions of people who don’t use their car’s navigation system, but do know how to use their cellphones. The startup wants to solve the problem by building a service for people to use their phone’s GPS to give them directions.

201
2 years ago

The startup is looking to solve the problem of how to charge customers for work their employees do for them. The startup is building a way for companies to make sure their employees are being paid for the work they do.

201
3 years ago

A company that’s trying to solve the problem of how to buy and sell stocks on the blockchain.

197
2 years ago

A machine learning startup that wants to replace the traditional systems of risk management and compliance that are used to protect companies from problems with their supply chains.

190
2 years ago

A startup that aims to solve the problem of long-distance relationships between people who are both working in the tech industry. The app takes advantage of voice and video chat to help people remain connected to one another.

188
3 years ago

A company that’s trying to solve the problem of how to get information from a decentralized public database like Ethereum to a centralized database.

184
2 years ago

A startup that wants to use the blockchain to solve problems in logistics and supply chains.

181
3 years ago

This startup wants to help the international diplomatic community solve some of the most pressing problems by building an online platform for them to share their expertise.

178
2 years ago

Current recruiters have to rely on job boards to find candidates. The startup wants to fix that problem by building an AI that can find the best candidates in seconds.

176
2 years ago

A company that wants to solve the problem of bad credit loans and bad credit loans of all kinds.

174
2 years 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.

173
2 years ago

• How the founders of two startups from opposite sides of the world are working together to solve the same problem of how to find and hire talented engineers in remote areas.

172
3 years ago

 A company that helps you get answers to your problems faster by scheduling a one-on-one chat with an expert.

170
3 years ago

A startup that aims to make it easier for people to spontaneously and collaboratively crowdsource ad hoc solutions to a wide variety of problems.

168
3 years ago

This machine learning startup is building a program to identify problems in the world’s food supply

168
3 years ago

A tool to help the developer community find solutions for specific problems with the language.

166
2 years ago

A startup that identifies problems in the supply chain and helps businesses reduce waste.

163
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service where people can solve their own problems by posting their questions on your site and professionals can answer them (like a Quora)

161
3 years ago

A startup that wants to solve the problem of allowing businesses to accept credit cards and bank accounts in one place. After launching in April, the company is now working on making the process seamless for customers.

161
2 years ago

A startup that’s helping companies monitor and track their warehouse operations. The startup helps companies with its automated warehouse management software, which helps companies track shipments, identify problems, and cycle shipments more quickly.

161
3 years ago

A platform that aims to solve the problem of small businesses having to create multiple email accounts for each new customer in order to reduce the risk of email spam.

158
3 years ago

"An automated way to scale and manage applications that help businesses solve problems. It uses machine learning, ecommerce, and a referral program to build a community of users.”

155
3 years ago

A data center with a 1 MW capacity for storing data and a network of 20,000 servers. It aims to help businesses and governments solve big problems with big data.

154
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service to help people with emotional baggage cope with their problems

153
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service where you can hire someone to help you work through your problems/issues

152
3 years ago

The startup’s unique approach to the problem of finding a G Suite admin. It employs a screener algorithm to automate the process of hiring a G Suite admin.

152
10 months ago

 A company that’s working on a solution to the problem of picking the right software for your business.

152
3 years ago

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

151
3 years ago

A platform for volunteer-powered projects that allows citizens to crowdsource solutions to local problems. It helps cities and nonprofits connect with volunteers to solve challenges like pollution, hunger, homelessness.

150
3 years ago

A platform that enables big businesses to automate their customer service, using AI and ML to predict customer satisfaction and easy ways to solve customer problems.

150
2 years ago

A startup that uses machine learning to automatically detect customer problems and provide a solution to companies in the form of automated recommendations.

150
3 years ago

A startup that aims to solve the problem of the billion people on the internet with no credit cards.

148
3 years 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.

148
3 years ago

A platform that provides data about how your phone is being used. The startup aims to tackle a problem that is increasingly important as the world becomes more connected: How exactly is my phone being used

148
3 years ago

This is an app for getting around the price and quality problems of a typical cup of coffee.

146
3 years ago

A startup that uses artificial intelligence to make a website load faster, by picking up on the most common web performance problems and offering solutions.

144
3 years ago

A startup that wants to solve the “capital management” problem for enterprise software startups. Instead of companies managing all of their own financial resources, they plan to provide a service that helps startups manage their capital, paying for those resources as needed.

144
3 years ago

A proof-of-concept startup for solving the problem of monitoring and controlling access to the internet.

142
3 years ago

A startup that offers a platform for real-time problem solving called “Teamwork”

141
10 months ago

While many startups are looking to disrupt the existing supply chain, and some are even trying to create new supply chains, no one is trying to solve the problem of the supply chain from the customer's end.

141
1 year ago

A portable diagnostic tool for children to run noninvasive tests. A startup that helps parents test their kids for common problems before they go to the doctor. The startup is working on a lower-cost version of its product that can be used at home.

139
3 years ago

A simple mobile money transfer service for the African market. The startup is based in Kenya and is trying to solve a problem that’s been around for decades, but hasn’t gotten a lot of attention.

137
3 years ago

A startup that looks to make it easier for the elderly to get a second smartphone. They’re looking to make it easy for the elderly to get a second smartphone when they’re already paying high smartphone bills. They’re launching in a few months and have already received a $250,000 investment from an angel group in the Valley that helps solve “pioneering problems in emerging markets.”

135
3 years ago

A company that helps companies with their cash flow problems by managing their payroll and invoicing.

134
3 years ago

 A security/protection service for businesses, working to identify threats and mitigate them before they become a problem. The company has an AI component that’s meant to flag risky behaviors in real time, and has a proactive component that flags any unusual activity.

134
3 years ago

The CEO of this startup started out as a professional taxi driver and quickly realized that there was no way for him to know how to maximize his taxi revenue. He set out to solve the problem and came up with a solution. As a result, he says, “I’m making a lot more money than the taxi drivers in Bangkok, and they’re never going to tell me how to make more money.”

132
3 years ago

The startup helps ISPs monitor the level of network performance in their network, helping them identify problems and fix them before they can affect the quality of service for customers.

131
3 years ago

In the US, 90% of people’s social media profiles use photos, but only 50% of those photos are actually being used for social purposes. A company that wants to solve the problem, BuildFace is a tool that uses facial recognition to curate a digital photo-portfolio, using contextual photos to augment a person’s personal brand.

131
3 years ago

A plan to solve the problem of 3rd-party open source code, providing a way for developers to get access to source code from major open source software projects without having to pay for it.

129
3 years ago

Online discovery service focused on solving the problem of finding the right home for your next vacation. The startup uses data and algorithms to help vacationers find the right home for their next trip.

129
3 years ago

A startup that makes a mobile app that helps you understand the legal troubles of your friends. The company hopes to teach people how to manage their legal problems via a mobile app.

128
2 years ago

The startup is building an automated “tech support bot” that helps you get your problems resolved.

128
3 years ago

The company chose the name “Trouble” because they’re thinking about building a community of troubleshooting groups that comes together to solve a problem.

127
3 years ago

A startup that wants to solve the problem of finding and maintaining backup storage for businesses.

125
3 years ago

A B2B company that helps data scientists “analyse complex data and help data scientists solve difficult problems”.

124
3 years ago

A customer support system that helps companies minimize the time it takes to fix their customers’ problems.

124
10 months ago

Foodie gadget maker Atlas has a problem with getting product to customers in time for the holidays, and it wants to use drones to get around that problem.

124
3 years ago

A platform that helps developers get paid in cryptocurrency. The company also wants to tackle the problem of freelancers not being able to get paid in cryptocurrency. The company currently has 10 employees and has raised $500,000 in seed funding.

122
3 years ago

A platform for identifying “problems” with your photos. The company has built an algorithm that identifies things like “your face looks too small” or “your background looks weird in this photo”.

122
2 years ago

A company with a single focus: climbing, running, and hiking. It’s a big problem in the US, with only 1 in 10 people living in cities with easy access to mountains. The company makes foot and hand grip strength and body weight training equipment and sells them in a subscription model in-app.

122
3 years ago

A company that wants to solve a problem for small businesses: they’re struggling to get their customers to pay. Shopin makes it easier to create a loyalty scheme for their customers by helping them create a personal account and tie it to their business account. Shopin also has a small business version that can help businesses combine rewards programs from multiple platforms into one.

120
1 year ago

A “mobile pharmacy” that aims to solve a problem faced by too many small companies — employees who work from home often need prescription refills.

120
3 years ago

A company that helps companies close the loop with their customers, by using a combination of AI and data science to better predict and solve customer problems.

118
3 years ago

We live in the age of the multi-tasking app. But it turns out that multi-tasking is a bummer, and it definitely leads to a stack of unfinished work items. SoluMe solves the problem by allowing you to save all of your tasks in one place, and then prioritize them in one place.

117
3 years ago

A startup that solves the problem of lost internet data connectivity, with a paid subscription service that sends data to the cloud when internet connectivity is lost.

117
3 years ago

This startup aims to be a place where you can get childcare information, and then book that childcare at any time. The company wants to solve the problem of childcare shortage, and says it has already helped people book childcare for the first time, and is now helping people find care for the first time.

117
3 years ago

A tool for automating the process of diagnosing and fixing problems in cars.

115
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service to help people with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory loss problems

114
3 years ago

A platform for the self-employed that automates their payroll process, so they can spend more time doing what they love. It’s a great story about how an app is designed to solve an employee’s problem, but can also be built with their customers in mind.

114
3 years ago

A software company trying to solve the problems with digital payments in developing markets, where mobile banking is still a novelty. The startup wants to provide a solution that’s simple, easy, and secure.

114
3 years ago

A startup that’s solving the problem of connecting a company’s virtual assistants to its voice and chat platforms. (Hey, Alexa, can you call the pizza place)

113
3 years ago

A semiconductor startup called 3ic is building a new type of chip that combines digital and analog components that work together to solve problems in alternate dimensions. For instance, 3ic’s analog-digital chip can channel data through certain dimensions to solve problems in medical imaging, like detecting tumours.

112
3 years ago

A startup that helps governments with the problem of how to enforce and monitor their immigration laws. Their goal is to let immigration enforcement agencies be more efficient and humane.

112
3 years ago

A health service for people with persistent mental problems. The company wants to provide safe homes for people with mental illnesses, to help them get the services they need to lead productive lives.

111
3 years ago

The startup’s founders say they want to be the company that “solves the ‘I can’t find my team’ problem.” It wants to be the new way of tracking employees, replacing spreadsheets and HR systems with a single, secure system.

111
3 years ago

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

111
3 years ago

A startup that aims to solve the problem of re-marketing in higher education recruiting by building a way to help schools replace the need for multiple applications.

111
1 year ago

Buildnoise wants to build an online marketplace for building materials and services, solving a problem that’s plagued the industry for years.

110
3 years ago

Interactive Q&A that helps users identify the problem at hand and find the right solution.

109
1 year ago

A solution to the problem of getting customers through to chat support agents. The startup is looking to help companies fix the problem of poor customer support.

109
3 years ago

Local delivery of food, groceries, and other perishables to residences and offices. They aim to solve the problem of not being able to get food on time because of busy schedules.

108
3 years ago

A company that conducts “design-thinking” workshops to help people with design-based problems and challenges.

108
3 years ago

A company that’s building a next-generation email list for software startups, based on the idea that most startups have similar problems in the user experience of their product.

107
3 years ago

A startup tackling the problems with credit cards.

106
3 years ago

This is a platform for finding and hiring virtual assistants with a focus on solving problems for small businesses and freelancers.

105
3 years ago

This startup is building a system to monitor traffic at work sites and automatically send alerts to employees if a problem is detected.

105
2 years ago

iaidigital is building a digital tool that helps cities better manage their streets and sidewalks. The startup’s software can take a photo of a pothole and instantly notify the city of the problem.

104
3 years ago

A company to help online retailers in China tackle the country’s ever-present counterfeit goods problem. The startup offers services such as in-store analytics, product testing, and education.

103
3 years ago

A digital marketing agency that wants to solve the problem of customer retention.

102
1 year ago

A tool for journalists to research and report on influential people. The startup is also looking for a way to approach “digital discovery” for these subjects, which it says is a significant problem.

102
3 years ago

A startup trying to solve the logistics problem of selling and transporting used electronics. The company wants to eliminate the hassle of storing, moving, and recycling the product.

101
2 years ago

A solution to the problem of safety in a dormitory setting

101
3 years ago

As the problem of health data for consumers becomes more complex, the company is building a tool that can help people view and manipulate their own health data.

100
2 years ago

Blackbox is trying to tackle the problem of consumer credit scores, which are used to help determine creditworthiness, but are not very accurate. The startup is building a credit scoring tool that uses data from places like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to determine creditworthiness.

100
2 years ago

Companies that have benefited from Y Combinator are focusing on the problems of the modern worker not because they’re trying to build the next Klout or IMVU, but because they think these problems will be solved by technology.

98
3 years ago

The startup is trying to solve the problem of the lack of consumer choice in the longtail economy by introducing a service to help consumers find the best products at the best price.

95
2 years ago

This startup helps companies build software that automatically detects and fixes computer security problems.

95
2 years ago

A publisher of educational videos on topics like “how to become a leader”, “how to solve common problems”, and “how to be confident”. The startup is building a video library that can be rented for $50 or subscribed to per month.

95
3 years ago

The answer is not entirely clear. Startups that are working to solve a business problem have the least success of any type of startup.

94
2 years ago

A self-funded startup that’s looking to solve the problem of acquiring large amounts of data without having to pay a lot for it: they sell data as a service.

94
1 year ago

“[A]s one of the largest and most comprehensive digital marketing agencies in India, we’re all about solving problems for businesses and brands,” the company wrote on their website. “We approach each engagement in an equally hands-on and consultative manner, bringing in a unique blend of experience and expertise. We’re building on a solid foundation built by our founding team and have a great culture, which is what sets us apart from our peers in the industry.”

94
2 years ago

A new company that solves the problem of building and managing data pipelines and data warehouses. Founded in 2014, the company is still based in San Francisco and raising its Series A.

93
2 years ago

The problem with a lot of online shopping apps is that they are difficult to find, with users sometimes having to search for it. They want to change that by building a one-stop shopping app for finding anything from a local store to a nearby restaurant.

93
1 year ago

An investment platform that lets people invest in companies that are working to address environmental or social problems.

91
2 years ago

Solve a consumer problem by using the power of the internet to make the shopping experience faster and cheaper.

90
2 years ago

A platform for middle school and high school students to work on programming problems and then link that work with online learning platforms like Khan Academy and Coursera.

90
1 year ago

A startup tackling the problem of “fake news” and misinformation, which it says is a growing problem that is costing the industry billions of dollars. It’s a “quality control service” that allows news publishers to verify sources, and is currently being tested in the UK.

90
2 years ago

This startup wants to solve the problem of keeping track of customers’ payments for businesses and helps them with a phone app and a digital solution that they claim are more accurate and cheaper.

89
1 year ago

A startup that wants to solve the problem of getting cash from your bank account to someone else’s bank account. It’s like Venmo, but for banks.

89
2 years ago

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

88
2 years ago

A data science startup that helps small groups of people get together to solve specific problems.

88
2 years ago

A startup that helps people buy and sell their cars, a problem the company says is worth $17 billion in the US in a given year.

88
2 years ago

Uptime is a software company that helps IT teams monitor and fix their network equipment. The startup takes a “no-cost, no-hassle” approach to fixing all kinds of problems, fixing everything from broken routers to server backups.

87
1 year ago

A startup that aims to solve the problem of application security, which is “currently one of the most difficult and costly problems to solve for SMBs (small to medium-sized businesses).”

87
2 years ago

A startup that seeks to solve the problem of employees jumping from company to company, working with different managers in different departments. The company lets employees create profiles, giving the main manager a chance to see who they’ve worked with and what they’ve done in their previous jobs.

86
2 years ago

A company that connects people in small cities with jobs in big cities. It’s trying to solve what it sees as a low-density problem around the world.

86
1 year ago

A startup that provides an API that allows companies to make better decisions about when to hire, what to hire for, and when to give people bonuses. It also provides an AI-based predictive analytics platform that can identify problem employees in a company.

86
1 year ago

This startup wants to help businesses solve the problem of their employees losing important documents and information, and it has a platform that a few companies have already adopted.

85
2 years ago

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

84
2 years ago

A startup that connects customers with restaurants that deliver, to get fast food and takeout delivered to your door. It’s an attempt to solve a problem that has been around for decades, but for which there is no easy solution.

84
2 years ago

As part of the Make Tech Easier project, the team is building a tool to help non-tech folks make tech purchases. They have a custom loyalty card that helps users identify the problem they want to solve, then build a purchase workflow. The startup now has $6,000 in monthly recurring revenue after just a year in business.

83
2 years ago

A startup that focuses on solving the problem of finding legal medical marijuana for consumers, especially for those who live in states where marijuana is illegal.

83
2 years ago

A toolkit for managers to help them understand and talk about the problems that their employees are having. The toolkit is designed to help managers understand their employees better and fix problems faster.

82
2 years ago

A tool to help developers manage their apps’ security settings, a problem that experienced IT professionals have been dealing with for years.

82
2 years ago

A startup that allows users to “apply to be on a team of people who solve enterprise problems and drive innovation and product development.”

82
2 years ago

White Rabbit is a tech startup that provides an on-demand app for those with relationship problems

82
2 years ago

This startup is building a platform that hosts online classes that teach users skills like yoga or how to solve math problems.

82
1 year ago

A company that wants to solve the problem of delivery reliability for e-commerce. The startup allows companies to build a network of contractors who can deliver just about anything over an hour’s time.

82
1 year ago

A startup that wants to solve the problem of investing in early-stage companies within the US. They’re planning to launch in the next six months.

82
2 years ago

A startup that measures and reports on the ethics and practices of companies and organizations. The startup shared a solution to a problem in which consumers and companies aren’t aware of the impact of their purchasing decisions.

81
2 years ago

A platform for people to raise capital from the public with the goal of solving problems. The company is working on a survey-artifact interface, which they’re using to get feedback about the products they’re building.

81
2 years ago

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

81
2 years ago

A company specializing in finding and fixing problems in web apps, from a team of web app experts.

81
1 year ago

The startup wants to provide “better, more efficient, and more effective” solutions to the problems with first responder communications

81
2 years ago

The startup wants to be the first to bring a product to market that helps prevent boil water advisories by automatically alerting people about problems in their water supply.

80
2 years ago

A way to report fraud, which is a huge problem for both the customer and the store — especially when it happens over the phone.

79
2 years ago

A company that allows data scientists to work on big data problems without needing to learn programming

78
2 years ago

Ransomware is a growing problem for businesses today. ReProtect is a kind of ransomware that helps companies fight back by creating a fake version of their own software. It looks to the user like a legitimate version of the app, and will only encrypt the data on the company’s servers if the user pays a fee.

78
1 year ago

A tool for solving problems for people who can’t communicate with doctors.

78
2 years ago

An artificial intelligence startup that wants to tackle the problem of inefficiency on the supply chain, using AI to identify problems and then using those insights to improve efficiency.

77
2 years ago

The startup has a novel approach to tackling the problem of a lack of transparency in the oil industry. It’s a tool that allows users to track the source of their oil, and take it from there.

77
2 years ago

The company says it’s building a global marketplace that allows people to buy and sell used goods. The company is looking to help solve some of the problems that come with buying used goods.

77
1 year ago

A solution to the problem of hiring remote workers, which the company calls “telecommuting for people”. It helps companies manage their remote workers, helping them to stay productive and productive.

77
2 years ago

A DIY kit that lets users measure and diagnose DIY electrical problems.

76
2 years 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.

76
2 years ago

A digital avatar that can be used to solve problems, in the same way that a person is.

76
2 years ago

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

76
1 year ago

The startup sells a solution to the problem of poor Wi-Fi connections at airports and hotels. The company’s product is a small device that can be plugged into a wall that has a “hot spot” for high-speed internet.

76
2 years ago

A help desk software platform, which helps businesses solve customer problems more quickly and efficiently.

75
1 year ago

A startup that makes a “Beep” that helps you guess what the answer to a math problem is by giving you a BEEP in the ear.

75
2 years ago

A mobile app that helps make better coffee. It’s a big problem, which is why the startup has already raised $5 million to date from investors including Andreessen Horowitz.

74
2 years ago

This startup from Stanford is building a social network for software engineers to share work references, solve problems, and collaborate.

74
2 years ago

A platform designed to help businesses manage employees via integrations with other popular workplace tools like Slack, Asana, and Confluence. It also offers 30+ support agents to help businesses with problems.

74
2 years ago

The startup wants to find big data problems and build tools to help people solve them.

74
2 years ago

A product that will help fight the increasing problem of car break-ins.

74
1 year ago

A startup that guarantees that every customer that walks in the door is spoken to by a human. Does this solve a real problem, or just create a job that no one wants It certainly sounds like an absurdly good idea, which is why we’re giving it the “idea” tag.

74
2 years ago

A new-age startup that’s attempting to solve the problem of how to build a social network that isn’t based on people’s phone numbers or email addresses.

72
2 years ago

A way to solve customer service problems.

72
2 years ago

Whether it’s a home loan or a new business, if you need financing, you look for a lender who won’t make you sweat about late payments and other problems. Greenlight is a new startup that wants to be the go-to-lender for all types of loans, offering better terms and lower fees than traditional lenders.

72
2 years ago

A startup trying to solve the problem of finding cleaners who can clean between your walls, nooks, and crannies.

72
1 year ago

A startup that solves the problem of people who want to invest in their favorite games but don’t want to be the ones to make the money or run the game. Players will be able to invest in pre-release games, and will get a share of the profits based on how much they invested.

72
2 years ago

A startup that’s working to solve a problem in the credit card industry is using a partnership with PNC Bank to bring a check deposit service to 100,000 customers.

71
2 years ago

This startup provides a way for educators to set up a private Facebook group for their students to discuss problems and solutions in their field, with the private group being able to take part in online discussions.

71
2 years ago

A startup that allows individuals with mental health or other health problems to connect with mental health professional.

71
2 years ago

A startup that is trying to solve the problem of people who are using the same email address for multiple accounts.

71
2 years 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.

71
1 year ago

A startup that’s building a solution to the problem of hiring people in India, where the cost of living is high and the population is big.

71
1 year ago

This startup is building a way for HR departments to access their company’s data, which they say is “a massive problem”.

71
2 years ago

A financial management tool for small businesses, pitched as a solution to the “$1 trillion dollar problem” of managing small business finances.

70
2 years ago

This startup is building a software platform for companies to manage customer support in their apps, helping them to answer incoming support requests, negotiate with agents to resolve problems in real-time, and chat with customers.

70
2 years ago

 A startup that lets schools save time and money by using their own technologies to solve problems they’re having with paper.

70
2 years ago

A startup targeting medical professionals with a solution to a common problem: managing the vast amounts of clinical data patients generate.

70
2 years ago

The founders of this startup want to change the way we think about the trustworthiness of online reviews. The way reviews are currently created and used has been a problem for a long time, and it’s only going to get worse.

70
2 years ago

A company that helps other companies create and use “smart contracts”, essentially creating decentralized software that runs on the blockchain and helps solve business problems.

69
3 years ago

Idea: A social network for engineers that brings them together to discuss engineering problems and solutions.

68
2 years ago

This startup is trying to solve the problem of building a “secure and easy-to-use” biometric credential for anyone, including refugees and undocumented migrants.

68
1 year ago

A software-as-a-service tool that allows teams to build and collaborate on software. Teams get access to a “digital classroom” on their own time, which can be used for problem-solving, teaching, and learning.

68
1 year ago

A way to solve the problem of getting the right-sized sheets in the right size box

68
2 years ago

A startup that provides a platform for design thinking workshops. The company wants to help teams come up with creative solutions to problems.

67
1 year ago

A company that helps “limitless” users solve their problems. The company uses a combination of AI and human coaches to help customers reach resolution.

67
2 years ago

A startup for service technicians. It’s built on the idea that most people don’t have the technical skills to fix their own tech problems.

66
1 year ago

A $2 billion enterprise software startup. It’s looking to solve problems that traditional software can’t, like helping retailers do in-store loyalty programs and managing credit card accounts.

65
2 years ago

Tired of waiting for your toothpaste to dry PictureTec wants to eliminate that problem with a device that heats your toothpaste up to allow you to brush it out completely. The device has a small fan that heats up to just under boiling, which they say keeps the toothpaste from drying out too quickly.

64
1 year ago

Resolves the age-old problem of when to quit a job for something new.

64
1 year ago

A new kind of Wall Street, built to solve problems in the financial markets, including risk and transparency.

64
1 year ago

A problem with the traditional home health care system is that it’s too time-consuming and expensive for board-certified nurses to manage, according to the startup.

64
1 year ago

This is a platform for tracking the health of your physical assets. It plugs into existing electronic health records and helps diagnose problems and make proactive recommendations to prevent them.

63
2 years ago

This startup is working on a solution to the problem of “data exhaust” — the vast quantities of information generated by medical devices that are not being used by doctors.

62
2 years ago

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

62
1 year ago

A startup that’s trying to solve the problem of companies not having a marketing platform that’s not just search engine optimized.

62
11 months ago

A way to make it easier for non-tech people to code, which they say is a “massive” problem. The company’s founder says that a person with no coding background can be trained in three weeks.

62
3 years ago

A software company that provides a tool for creating a knowledge base for customer service, with an AI chatbot that helps you solve customer problems.

61
2 years ago

Filmmakers want to keep track of their own costs while they’re making a movie. They wanted a way to track what they’re spending on equipment and how long things take. They also wanted to be able to follow their work in real time. They’re both very common problems, and the startup helps solve them.

61
2 years ago

An open API for healthcare providers to connect with each other to create a single network. Hopefully, it will help solve the problems of data silos and the like.

61
1 year ago

Watermark uses a blockchain to create a digital workbook that can be shared with others and edited, allowing them to collaborate. It’s a solution for the “shared task” problem, where work has to be done in common but can’t be shared.

61
1 year ago

A software company that builds a machine learning tool for tracking and predicting where problems are going to arise in a process.

60
1 year ago

A collaboration platform that allows business teams to get tasks done more quickly. It helps companies avoid the problem of having a bunch of separate systems that need to work together.

60
1 year ago

The startup wants to provide what it calls the best way to connect with other people in your area, with an app for people to find a date for a night out, or a person to help with a problem.

60
1 year ago

An intelligence company that works with other companies to solve problems by analyzing data and developing predictive algorithms.

59
1 year ago

A solution to help the thousands of companies who have to keep track of their suppliers and have to keep track of where their products come from, a problem that has become more urgent as they have to move to the “clean” label market, where products don’t contain animal ingredients.

59
2 years ago

This financial services startup is building a data platform to help family offices solve their risk problems.

58
2 years ago

A startup trying to solve the problem of eCommerce fake reviews, where companies can pay for positive reviews on Amazon and other platforms.

58
1 year ago

A tool that helps businesses better understand why they’re losing customers, and what they can do to fix the problem.

58
1 year ago

“The ‘as soon as’ time frame is the biggest problem with e-commerce,” said Sood. “A lot of people have a desire to buy, but they don’t have an immediate need.”

58
1 year ago

 A chatbot designed to help with the problem of translation between English and Japanese.

58
1 year ago

People who want to buy and sell used goods can use a system that schedules conversion between local currencies, reducing the risk of cash-flow problems.

58
1 year ago

This is a new startup that claims to have a solution for a problem that the NSA has been trying to solve for over 10 years. Think of it as a “Cisco Cloud” for photographers and videographers.

58
2 years ago

We’re in the middle of a renaissance of public speaking, with the rise of social media, and a rise in the popularity of TED Talks. But there’s a gaping hole where public speaking training and public speaking coaching should be. The founders of VLIVE want to solve the problem by providing live public speaking training and coaching to individuals based on their level of comfort.

57
1 year ago

A startup that matches users with their dream jobs. The company wants to alleviate the problem of the “job” described in the company’s teaser video being the “job of a friend’s friend”. The company’s “crowdsourced job” is a gig at a startup, and it’s currently in stealth mode.

57
1 year ago

This startup solves problems for the for-profit education industry by making it easier for students to file complaints, gain access to records and seek out new teachers.

57
2 years ago

Created to “solve” the problem of the $1,000 fees that banks charge to cash checks. The company says it’s saving its users $1,000/month by providing them with real-time access to their funds — and saving them the hassle of having to visit a bank branch.

56
1 year ago

A startup that provides “solution-based” marketing for companies. As it says in its pitch, the business is focused on helping companies develop “solutions” for their customers that solve a problem for them.

56
10 months ago

This startup is developing a system where people can use pre-packaged information about their blood pressure or sleep problems to get personalized advice. It will sell this data to health insurers and third-party companies that need it.

56
2 years ago

This Silicon Valley startup is building a way for creators to build “by-God” apps for businesses. The company’s products are aimed at Fortune 500 companies, but their software can be used to solve a wide range of problems for SMBs and non-profits.

55
1 year ago

A startup that wants to use AI to help corporations figure out how to fix their workforce’s hiring problems.

55
1 year ago

A business that’s trying to solve the problem of companies that want to put their payroll in the cloud but don’t want to deal with the headaches that come with it.

55
3 years ago

Idea: This startup is building a way to automatically detect and diagnose problems in large fleets of industrial equipment

54
2 years 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.

54
2 years ago

A digital distribution outlet for products like electronics and games. The company wants to solve the problem of everyone having their own individual accounts and payment methods, with a shared account and single payment method.

54
2 years ago

 This startup wants to solve the problem of low-speed internet in developing countries. It wants to build a network of satellites that can beam internet to remote areas.

54
7 months ago

This startup wants to use machine learning to help students with a common homework problem — taking notes in class and organizing them.

54
1 year ago

Helping homeowners with home improvement projects and fixing problems with their mortgages.

53
1 year ago

A startup looking to solve the problem of managing customer data in the healthcare ecosystem.

53
1 year ago

This startup helps nonprofit organizations — particularly those serving women and children — connect with government and other stakeholders to solve problems and create impact.

53
3 years ago

Idea: A mobile app trying to solve the ‘rejection’ problem that young students face when applying for jobs and internships A person can apply for jobs via the app and be notified if they’re not qualified, but it’s aimed at helping young people get over the shame of being rejected

52
2 years ago

A startup that aims to solve the problem of “reputation” for people, who will be able to manage all of their information on one platform, as opposed to multiple.

52
1 year ago

A tool for letting people track the amount of time it takes for their ideas to be converted into action. It’s an interesting concept for a startup, but has already run into problems with privacy.

52
1 year ago

The idea came out of frustration as a consumer, and the founders wanted to create a product that would help others avoid the same problem.

52
1 year ago

A software developer’s startup is building an online platform that helps developers have greater visibility into their projects. The company’s CEO says it solves the problem of having to constantly check in on progress of each project.

52
1 year ago

An AI-powered data scientist that makes it easier to identify and fix problems with websites.

52
1 year ago

This startup is building a “robot-assisted” system to help doctors with their surgeries, using artificial intelligence to spot problems and make decisions while they operate.

50
1 year ago

This startup is building an AI algorithm that makes it easy for doctors to engage with patients and trigger conversations around clinical problems.

50
10 months ago

A new way to organize people to solve problems.

50
1 year ago

The company is building a free and open-source software that allows anyone to create their own decentralized marketplaces. They hope to help fix some of the problems that have plagued other decentralized marketplaces like AirBnB, the most well-known Dapp.

49
1 year ago

 A company that aims to solve the problem of incomplete organ donation by enabling patients to upload their procedures, scans and scans, to be stored on a secure cloud for future retrieval.

47
1 year ago

A startup that wants to solve the problem of customer acquisition by providing “an analytics engine that digs into customer data and helps you, the marketing department, understand how companies in your sector are acquiring customers and how often.”

46
1 year ago

This startup is building a platform that connects doctors with patients in both rural and urban areas. It’s built on the premise that global health and healthcare spending are under-invested in and that an effective way to solve the problem is to partner with and incentivize local doctors to deliver care in underserved areas.

44
1 year ago

A startup building AI for remote customer support. They are solving an existing problem with an AI-powered solution that they say will “support a wide set of businesses”.

44
1 year ago

 A tool that allows companies to hire and manage independent software developers, delivering a platform and applications that developers can use to do their jobs. This will be a tool for companies that don’t want to build their own platform, but still want to solve a particular problem.

43
1 year ago

This startup is building a little robot with a camera to help monitor your home while it’s not occupied, then alert you if there’s a problem.

42
1 year ago

A travel insurance platform for people who have a travel plan and want to buy the lowest price policy. The startup wants to solve a problem that is “currently the biggest pain point for consumers” and “the fastest growing vertical for insurance companies.”

42
1 year ago

A company that develops a platform for personal coaching. The idea is to help people by connecting them to coaches who can help them with their challenges. The idea is to pair people with coaches who know the challenges they’re facing and can help them with the problems. The coaches earn a fee for their time.

42
1 year ago

In terms of what these startups are trying to accomplish, they all have slightly different goals, but they are all trying to solve the same problem. What they have in common is they are building solutions that are focused around simplifying the experience of managing data, both of the data and the tools used to manage it.

41
8 months ago

A startup that wants to create a “Dapp Ecosystem” around a set of Dapps that solve real-world problems.

41
1 year ago

A way to help you make home repairs with your smartphone. The app works in tandem with a smart device that can monitor and record problems and will eventually be able to give you a quote and let you order materials from your phone.

40
1 year ago

A financial services company that helps corporate clients with their cash flow problems. Their product, Premia Capital, is a simple and affordable way for companies to get what they need to survive, like a short-term loan with low interest.

40
9 months ago

The startup is building a card game for kids that teaches them about using math to solve a problem.

40
1 year ago

A data analytics and reporting platform for health care providers, with a focus on the emergency departments of hospitals. The startup wants to help solve the problem of “beds full of patients who have no one to talk to about their condition,” according to CEO Ken Dang.

39
1 year ago

A startup that builds AI tools for evaluating software applications and services. The startup wants to help build new products and services that earlier couldn’t be built due to an incomplete AI understanding of the problem domain.

38
1 year ago

An algorithmic framework for solving linear programming and other optimization problems. The startup says it currently handles around $20 billion worth of transactions.

38
9 months ago

A platform to help restaurants manage their supply chains. The company is built on a model it hopes will help restaurants avoid the problems of running their own data center.

38
1 year ago

This is a “challenge” platform for companies to get together and solve design problems.

37
1 year ago

Multiply, which is working on a “social-mobile-games” startup, and is working on an experimental program called “Upside” that helps users better understand the “world’s biggest economic and environmental problems through social play.”

37
9 months ago

A solution to the data overload problem by helping to aggregate and organize data (including video and images) created by social media.

37
1 year ago

 A notary service for documents and digital files. The startup wants to solve the problem of notaries losing or misplacing documents.

36
1 year ago

A company that uses blockchain-based smart contracts to solve the problem of “what happens after an employee leaves”. The startup aims to help companies avoid expensive and time-consuming exit interviews, by giving employees the option to leave “on their own terms”.

35
8 months ago

DailyPicks solves the problem of building a daily list of things to do by aggregating all the different daily lists you’ve saved into one place.

35
1 year ago

This startup is trying to solve a very specific problem: the lack of a decentralized option for companies that want to start and manage their own private label brands.

34
11 months ago

A customer service chat bot that helps solve customer support problems and give them a personalized shopping experience

34
8 months ago

A startup building a tool used by healthcare teams to provide evidence-based treatment recommendations to patients for mental health problems.

34
5 months ago

This startup is trying to solve the problem of finding and keeping up with the most popular and relevant music content on the web.

34
10 months ago

A startup that offers a solution to the problem of "overpaying" for a subscription.

33
10 months ago

A company that helps local governments run elections. The idea is to help governments solve their toughest problems, like getting more people to show up to vote. The company will be paid by the state to manage each election.

33
10 months ago

This startup is helping companies give their workers mobile credit. One of the problems with a rewards program, especially a loyalty program, is that it doesn’t necessarily bring your customer back to the store. But with a rewards app, you can bring your customer back to the store with discounts or points.

33
1 year ago

A collaborative space for people to draw and talk about their ideas. It has been used for everything from brainstorming to solving engineering problems.

32
10 months ago

These are the kinds of problems that YouTubers and podcasters often encounter. This startup has made a mobile editing app for live video that’s used by over 250,000 people.

32
9 months ago

A startup that aims to fix the problem of an abundance of data, but limited storage

32
3 years ago

Idea: A digital market for general contractors in the Philippines. The founders say they’re solving a problem of trust, where contractors have to be trusted to show up on time and do the work. They’re currently processing $40,000 in monthly revenue.

30
1 year ago

The startup’s co-founder, who goes by the name Jacob, says that the main problem with the current credit-scoring models is that they’re too old. The current models don’t consider the latest credit scores, he explains, and only look at how many credit cards a user has. Jacob’s co-founder, who goes by the name Tim, says that his startup is working to solve the problem with an algorithm that models a user’s credit score based on their behavior and also looks at their credit card usage.

29
3 years ago

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

28
9 months ago

A startup that’s creating an app that solves the problem of hiring people who are good at customer service.

27
7 months ago

A platform that allows people to share the stories of their work experience, be it a job interview, accomplishment, or even a good deed that they did. The startup says that 80 percent of people are so intimidated by job interviews that they don’t share what happened, and that’s a huge problem for job seekers who are looking for new jobs. The company is also introducing video interviews as part of the application.

27
11 months ago

In the past, the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics has run a number of initiatives to support startups in the city, including a grant program and a series of hackathons. Now the office has launched a pilot program to provide startups with a $2,000 grant to help them get off the ground. The program is run through the Mayor's Office of Innovation, and is specifically meant for startups that provide new or novel solutions to the city's biggest problems.

26
1 year ago

A platform that helps companies hire and manage their social media marketing. It does this by recommending content and posting schedules. The company has an active blog where it reveals how it “solved” a customer’s problem in social media marketing.

25
11 months ago

The company is trying to tackle problems with the way insurance companies handle claims.

25
11 months ago

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

25
10 months ago

C-Team is building an AI-powered marketing platform for retail companies. The company claims that it can tell if a customer is a problem from the first interaction, and then use AI to improve sales, customer retention, and higher-level marketing.

25
7 months ago

A startup tackling the problem of finding and hiring a data scientist. The company is looking to find a full-time employee and to offer the right candidate a $10,000 salary to come in and work with the company for 90 days.

24
5 months ago

A payroll startup that’s trying to solve the problems of small businesses that aren’t set up to accept direct deposit and have to pay their employees by check.

24
10 months ago

A startup that provides “live customer support” for customers using the product, connecting to their friends and family to help them solve problems when they’re at their worst.

23
8 months ago

This startup wants to use AI to find and predict the next “groundbreaking” scientific discovery. The company wants to bring researchers from all over the world together to solve big problems, and has already attracted more than 1,000 researchers to its platform.

23
8 months ago

SaaS company that provides analytics for enterprise and small business customers that wants to help them build better products, and to help them quickly see problems with their customers’ products.

23
6 months ago

A “shortcut method for tackling problems”. It’s designed to help developers get to the root of a problem quickly.

23
11 months ago

A platform that allows clients to manage their internet of things (IoT) devices via a mobile app. Cleverly enough, the startup’s competitors include other companies trying to solve the same problem.

22
1 year ago

A blockchain project that wants to solve the problem of counterfeit pharmaceuticals in the developing world. The company wants to make it easier for consumers to buy pharmaceuticals online.

21
8 months ago

A medical device that looks like a cart with a hose, where a person sits with their arm looped through the hose, and then extends the hose to fix a problem in their body.

20
7 months ago

A startup out of a Y Combinator batch that wants to solve the problem of Indian startups not having access to VC funding.

20
11 months ago

This product is designed to help people massage their muscles with light to help reduce pain and increase blood flow. It is the first product of its kind that uses a new kind of light therapy called near-infrared laser therapy. Cofounders Ryan and David Berger, both of whom have had shoulder problems, were the original inspirations for the product.

19
6 months ago

This startup is building a piece of software that automatically finds, fixes, and reports on software bugs. It’s a common problem for tech companies that want to use software to build or maintain products but don’t want to waste time fixing bugs that don’t need fixing, or wasting time on bugs that do.

19
6 months ago

A cloud-based system that helps companies predict and prevent problems before they happen.

19
5 months ago

A software company building a way to track people’s activity while they’re using a service, in order to make it easier to figure out customer behavior and grow a business. It’s a tech-first approach to a classic problem.

18
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that is trying to fix the problem of counterfeit drugs in China

16
8 months ago

Another startup focused on the food delivery space, this time trying to solve the problem of food waste. The startup is working to solve the problem by using AI to track food from when it’s harvested to when it’s served.

16
7 months ago

A startup that wants to solve the problem of the boom in digital-native startups and the difficulty of finding and retaining staff. The startup’s founders say they’ve hired more than a dozen developers, designers, and customer success managers.

16
7 months ago

A software platform that uses the blockchain to solve the problem of tracking the provenance of wine. The wine industry has a lot of documentation and bureaucracy, and they’re trying to build a way for wineries to keep track of, say, where a specific wine is from, but also to decentralize the process.

16
8 months ago

The idea for a startup is to make something that solves a problem and can be sold. The founder, the vision, the product, the technology, and the business model have to be great.

15
7 months ago

A company that wants to help the fashion industry with its supply chain and tracking problems. According to the startup, the fashion industry is the most opaque industry in the world.

15
7 months ago

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

15
6 months ago

A startup that’s building a magnetic-levitation train capable of speeds of 200 miles per hour. The company’s CEO says that it’s necessary to “address the mobility problems of all the world’s cities”.

15
5 months ago

A startup that helps companies understand the demand for their product and make better decisions by working with the customer to understand the problem.

14
6 months ago

A project management app that tries to solve the problem of how to get teams all in the same room to work on the same goal. It’s a tool that helps users set up and track their projects, allows them to invite others, and allows them to share projects with others.

13
3 years ago

Idea: A B2B startup that sells a tool that helps other businesses solve key management problems. The startup helps other businesses track their inventory and manage payments.

12
3 years ago

Idea: A company that helps brands manage their “influencers”, a new media channel that has emerged alongside more traditional ones like print, TV, and radio. There aren’t many tools for brands to use to manage this new channel, and the team wants to solve that problem.

12
5 months ago

A tool that helps designers find solutions to problems they have. They’re also looking for solutions to problems they’ve been having to deal with.

12
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that wants to use machine learning to solve the problem of sifting through job applications to find the candidates who are likely to be a good fit for your company

11
6 months ago

A startup that’s building software to help people store and share their photos with friends. The startup’s website says that the problem is that people struggle to find the best places to store digital photos, and that the startup wants to build a platform that makes it easy to share photos and get feedback on them.

11
5 months ago

A product development app that provides users with a list of local resources to solve a problem. The company describes it as “Uber for local products.”

11
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that wants to build the next generation of video calling services, tackling the problem of making video calls pleasant and frictionless.

9
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service where people can hire someone to help them get their driver’s license (maybe they’re from out of state and don’t have one, or maybe they’ve had problems with bad driving and need help getting

8
3 years ago

Idea: A “self-driving” AI-based assistant that helps companies identify and solve problems within their manufacturing processes.

8
5 months ago

A tool for HR departments to make hiring process more efficient. The startup is trying to solve the problem that HR has to navigate many different systems.

8
3 years ago

Idea: Append-only log that helps developers debug problems

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3 years ago

A startup that creates a new type of credit card that solves a common problem

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3 years ago

A startup that helps people find the right kind of therapy to help them overcome their problems A startup that helps people find the right kind of therapy to help them overcome their problems

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