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Profitable Startup Ideas



2 years ago

A startup helping small businesses create their own, more profitable, online marketing campaigns. The company helps small businesses with organic content creation, on-page SEO, and paid advertising. It’s currently looking for top-level talent.

815
7 months ago

A startup selling the basics (like food, clothing, etc.) in a way that allows users to add a custom sticker of their own photo to the product. The startup has been operating for a year, and has been profitable since day 1.

594
11 months ago

An online marketplace for selling used textbooks — a business that’s the only profitable part of the textbook industry.

299
2 years ago

 A Chinese-language news app. They have about 200,000 users, and are profitable. They’ve already raised $3.5 million.

222
2 years ago

 A “boutique” loyalty program that offers extra perks like free flights, hotel stays, spa visits, concert tickets, and more to frequent shoppers. The company is currently profitable and has a $7 million valuation.

183
3 years ago

A B2B company that helps businesses manage their email marketing. The company says they’re profitable and growing.

176
3 years ago

A startup that is building a platform for training teachers in the US public school system. The startup wants to make school more attractive and profitable.

175
3 years ago

A platform that helps people create a more profitable business by helping them get more data and improve their marketing.

160
2 years ago

A startup that helps people track the money they’re spending online, including all their subscriptions and subscriptions to services like Netflix. The startup’s co-founder said it’s been profitable in the past year.

160
3 years ago

A startup that helps freelancers get paid up front, then moves that money to a business account if they don’t get enough gigs booked in a given period of time. Today it has paying customers in the US, UK, and Australia, and is profitable.

157
3 years ago

This is a loyalty platform for businesses, with a twist: users only get points for small purchases. The company claims it’s already profitable.

151
3 years ago

A Facebook-like app that lets anyone build and sell a mobile website. It’s a way for people who don’t build websites to earn money rather than create their own, and has a profitable model.

150
3 years ago

A way to hook up with a freelance designer for in-house design, build a site, and then manage it all from one app. The company says it has $6 million in funding and has been profitable since 2014.

147
3 years ago

A startup that works with restaurants to provide them with the tools they need to “self-serve” their customers. The startup wants to make it easier and more profitable for restaurants to provide meal delivery.

147
2 years ago

A tool that helps small businesses manage their shipping and inventory via an app, with the startup saying they’re profitable. The company has a 1-person team and has raised $10,000.

142
1 year ago

A platform for scheduling and managing taxi-cab service via smartphone. The startup is in the early stages of scaling, but the goal is to offer all of the things you could expect from a taxi cab service — like GPS tracking, real-time communication, and a dispatch system. The company is profitable and small but growing in the San Francisco Bay area.

142
2 years ago

 A company that looks to make shared apartments more profitable, both for landlords and renters.

141
3 years ago

A startup that helps you find the cheapest places to go in the US (60,000 restaurants, 2,500 hotels, and 2,500 attractions) and then helps you price-compare them. The startup is profitable and has 75,000 users, and is profitable again after a $2 million round in late 2019.

139
2 years ago

A software company that partners with restaurants to provide delivery and catering services. The startup has signed up more than 3,000 restaurants and is profitable.

137
3 years ago

A software company that helps insurance auto brokers become more profitable by streamlining their claims processes. They’re aiming to reach $2.5 million in revenue in the first year.

136
2 years ago

A company that advises startups on how to manage their money in a way that’s profitable and that also benefits their employees.

136
3 years ago

A platform for small businesses to manage marketing and sales, enabling them to make more profitable sales and grow their customer base.

134
2 years ago

A startup that helps companies adjust their business operations to be more profitable, with a focus on "lean operations" that can optimize use of resources and improve efficiency.

134
3 years ago

This is a company building a platform where an existing customer can find and hire a contractor to repair or remodel a specific item in their home. It’s a marketplace for homeowners looking to hire contractors, and the startup is profitable.

132
3 years ago

A platform for selling and buying things on your phone, similar to eBay and Craigslist, but with more personalization and a focus on local finds. In beta as of July, the company is not yet profitable, but has already signed up over 500 beta testers.

132
3 years ago

This startup aims to make a hiring tool that is “instantly accessible and easy to use” that can “make every hire the right hire”. They have 1,000 happy customers and are profitable.

131
3 years ago

A software company that allows businesses to manage their inventory by tracking products on a digital platform. The company wants to make it easier to determine the most profitable products to stock, based on demand, and to manage inventory.

128
1 year ago

A company that helps companies that operate in a surge capacity — those that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — manage their power usage and energy costs. It’s a 15 person company that launched in New York City in May, and is profitable.

128
3 years 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.

126
3 years ago

A company that helps hot dog vendors in New York City sell their hot dogs by linking them to their Instagram accounts. It’s meant to make the process of selling hot dogs more efficient and profitable.

126
1 year ago

This is a platform that helps companies that want to start a business in a location they’re not in, find an employee in that place and work together remotely. They handle everything from recruiting to HR to employee pay, with the employee paid the same rate in their home country as the company is. The company is profitable, with $2M in recurring revenue and $1M in ARR and growing.

126
3 years ago

A platform for selling, buying, and shipping drugs online. The startup is now profitable and has a $2.5 million round of funding.

125
3 years ago

A digital assistant for Real Estate Agents. The startup’s reasoning is that online agents are more popular than in-person agents, but the latter are still more profitable.

119
3 years ago

A mobile app that helps people plan their trip to see the world’s best art. The app comes with a network of over 1,000 locations of art museums and galleries from around the world. The startup is profitable.

119
3 years ago

A startup that builds out self-service enterprise-grade analytics for businesses. FastForward provides tools for a profitable, high-volume marketing campaign.

118
2 years ago

A way for people who need to move into a new apartment to take a photo of their living room or kitchen and quickly see a comprehensive price list of what it would cost to remodel it. The startup says it’s profitable and has a $150,000 monthly revenue run rate.

115
2 years ago

A profitable startup that provides software for businesses to create and operate their own community-based group insurance plans. It also provides a platform for businesses to track and control their health care costs.

112
3 years ago

A platform that connects lenders to people who have bad credit to pay loans back on time. The company’s cofounder, David Leon, says the company is profitable, has more than $1.3 million in loans, and has been servicing loans for over a year.

111
2 years ago

"A company that helps businesses go from idea to profitable reality. We help founders build ideas from day one and help them launch them successfully."

110
2 years ago

Koku is a tool for people to build their own subscription-based service. Koku is meant to be a one-stop shop for all of a person’s subscription needs, with a toolset designed for ease of use. The startup is a Y Combinator company, and has over 200,000 users and is profitable.

109
2 years ago

A technology company that creates “smart” thermostats for home and business use, allowing homeowners to control their thermostats via their smartphone. The company is led by CEO and founder Rajat Pahuja, who previously built a business in India called Shubh Loans that went “very profitable,” according to Pahuja.

106
2 years ago

A travel health insurance company for the U.S. market, which is trying to cover a profitable market with an under-insured customer base. It’s currently in the UK, and is looking to expand to the US.

106
1 year ago

This startup is building a way for people to create their own smart contracts, then use them to automate boring tasks and make them profitable.

106
2 years ago

A software company that provides a platform to allow employees to submit professional development suggestions that are then implemented as part of a company’s onboarding process. The startup has signed on 5 companies and is profitable.

104
2 years ago

A company that helps companies with bookkeeping, and aims to do it all online. They pitch themselves as something like a “full-service accounting platform,” complete with invoicing, payments, and accounting integrations. The company was founded in 2015, and has been profitable in its first year.

102
8 months ago

A startup that is working to make it easier for families to use their smartphones to monitor kids’ health. The company claims they have over $6 million in annual revenue and are profitable.

102
1 year ago

This company is a marketplace for shared storage, storage on remote servers, with a network of people that store their stuff there. They charge a monthly fee, and they say they’re profitable with over 60,000 users.

101
2 years ago

Predicts and enables “data-driven innovation”. The company is looking at building a machine learning platform to help their customers find new ways to use analytics to make their businesses more profitable.

95
2 years ago

A health insurance app which allows users to submit their medical claims and payment information with a couple of taps on their phone. The startup is a bit of an interesting case study for the healthcare sector. They launched in March and have over 1,000 customers already. They're profitable for the first time.

89
1 year ago

A startup that helps people manage their credit card debt, manage their finances, and stay on top of the things they owe. It claims to have helped over 1 million people, and is profitable.

82
2 years ago

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

80
2 years ago

A sales collaboration platform that helps companies with salespeople communicate better, run more profitable sales meetings, and close more deals.

79
2 years ago

A financial services company that provides loan payments and collection services. The startup is now profitable and has a $4.5 million valuation.

78
2 years ago

A platform that helps people find and book home services, like cleaners and handymen. The startup currently has 30 employees and is profitable.

78
1 year ago

Viable is a health insurance company that provides a 10th of the cost of other plans but covers primary care and urgent care. It’s currently profitable and the product is available in the Philadelphia area.

76
2 years ago

A B2B service that’s been in beta for over a year that helps restaurants manage their finances. The service helps restaurants manage their business from a single location and get a better sense of how they’re doing and where their money's going. The company was founded in 2013 and is profitable and growing.

75
2 years ago

A startup that connects farmers with buyers. The startup helps farmers find buyers with the goal of making agriculture more profitable and sustainable.

74
10 months ago

A platform that helps employers with payroll and HR. They’re profitable and growing in the Raleigh, NC area.

74
7 months ago

A SaaS startup that helps businesses grow through better marketing. The startup has 50,000 active users already and is profitable.

74
2 years ago

A Chicago-based startup that helps companies build employee wellness products. It’s a way for companies to create wellness programs that are sticky and profitable.

73
1 year ago

An organization that helps finance professionals in developing markets establish upstart businesses using the same financing tools as larger companies in developed markets. The company’s clients have access to the same loans as big banks, but at a lower rate. The company is profitable and plans to expand to other developing markets.

73
3 months ago

A digital marketing agency, the company claims to be profitable.

73
2 years ago

A ride-sharing service that uses algorithms to match drivers with customers, as an alternative to the taxi companies that dominate the market. The drivers are paid when they’re matched with customers with a ride, and the startup is profitable.

72
1 year ago

Is building a database for small businesses to help them become more profitable.

70
2 years ago

A platform for the entertainment industry to create, manage, and monetize its content. The startup says it will help artists “pivot to new business models, stay profitable, and expand their business”.

69
1 year ago

A platform for using the cloud to host and share content, including music, photos and videos. The company wants to be a place where people can upload, edit and share their own content in a way that isn’t controlled by one single entity. It has 9,500 users and is profitable.

69
8 months ago

A cloud-based document management system that allows users to store, share and access their digital documents from anywhere and at any time. The B2B business currently has a customer base and is profitable.

68
8 months ago

A digital platform that helps employers and candidates get matched with each other, via the platform. The company can also aggregate data from other sources and use it to find trends in the workforce. The company claims to have $10 million in funding and is profitable.

67
2 years ago

The first platform for wholesale drug purchasing, connecting drug companies with distributors. The startup is already profitable and has 1,000 customers.

66
1 year ago

A startup that hopes to use AI to find gaps in the market, allowing people to make more profitable investments.

66
8 months ago

A tool for companies to manage their HR processes, and help employees provide feedback to the company. The company says they’ve been profitable since they launched in March.

66
1 year ago

This healthcare startup wants to help employees avoid the cycle of health insurance premiums and high deductibles. They send a monthly debit card to employees, and can be customized to cover a certain amount of money per month for a certain service, ranging from life insurance to primary care to dental. They’re profitable and growing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

64
1 year ago

This startup is building an automated sales tool that helps you find your most profitable deals, track their progress and communicate with vendors. The startup has two customers so far, but plans to launch in the San Francisco Bay Area in Q3.

64
1 year ago

An AI that helps companies discover and understand meaning in text and voice. The product is used by companies like Duolingo, and the startup says it’s profitable and growing.

63
1 year ago

An ad network for the ad tech industry. The startup is working to make the industry more efficient and more profitable. They’re hoping it will work with publishers as well as advertisers.

63
1 month ago

A startup that provides employees with a way to manage their time so they can get paid for their time using the company’s payroll system. Currently profitable, growing slowly but steadily in Philadelphia.

63
1 year ago

A platform that uses AI to determine the most profitable items to sell on your e-commerce site.

62
1 year ago

A startup that provides an insurance-like product for construction companies, which helps them track and manage their risks. It’s a “smart” insurance product that uses data to help track and manage risks like weather, equipment failures and employee performance. It’s already profitable.

62
8 months ago

A company that builds and deploys drones, using a proprietary hardware/software platform. The company claims to be profitable, with plans to be cash-flow positive by the end of 2019.

61
1 year ago

A platform that enables retailers to grow their business, build a community and be profitable. The company is backed by True Ventures, Amazon, and Slack co-founder Stewart Butterfield.

60
1 year ago

A startup that’s building a data analytics platform that can help retailers determine the most profitable locations to open new stores.

60
1 year ago

A startup that makes it easy for anyone to access inexpensive and highly profitable lending.

59
1 year ago

The startup is building a platform that helps you find the nearest babysitter, and it’s already working with more than 100 cities. They’re profitable and expect to be profitable by the end of 2020.

59
6 months ago

A mobile app that helps people discover and book private health services. The startup is starting with physiotherapy and claims it is profitable.

59
1 year ago

A startup that lets users pay for their parking via a mobile app. The company says it’s currently working with over 1,000 parking lots and is profitable, in part because it cuts out the

57
2 years ago

An enterprise-grade video conferencing platform for business. The startup is already profitable and is looking to double its 50 employees over the next year.

56
1 year ago

The founders of Zapier want to make it easy to set up a set of apps to automatically trigger each other. They say they have over 35,000 users and are profitable.

56
4 months ago

Startup is building a platform that helps unprofitable retailers get by. Currently focused on the luxury segment.

56
1 year ago

A pay-as-you-go delivery service that brings groceries straight to your door. Its founders say they’re currently profitable, but the plan is to raise more capital later this year.

55
1 year ago

A tool for creating personalized videos for social media. The startup says they have 20 employees and are profitable and growing in the US, with a 10% conversion rate.

53
6 months ago

A startup that helps drive more progressive, sustainable, and profitable energy choices.

52
3 years ago

Idea: A startup helping businesses in emerging markets manage inventory and orders using a mobile app and a desktop dashboard. The founders say they’ve already signed more than 50 customers in the past month (and have been accepted to Y Combinator,) and that the business has been profitable since it launched at the end of May.

49
6 months ago

A digital concierge service whereby contractors bid on a project, and the winner gets paid. The startup has been running for two years and is profitable, working with over 1,000 contractors in the US.

49
1 year ago

This startup is building a time tracking tool for freelancers and small businesses. They say they have over 2,000 paying users and are profitable.

47
1 year ago

Nivi is an online marketplace for buying used cars for under $10,000. The startup is based in San Francisco and has been operating in the US market for the past year. It’s profitable, and wants to expand to other markets.

47
10 months ago

 A platform that makes it easier for companies to manage payroll, benefits, and retirement. The startup has 100 customers and is profitable.

46
6 months ago

A startup for keeping an eye on things like construction projects and tax liabilities. It’s in the very early stages, but is still profitable.

44
1 year ago

Viable is building a platform for employers to manage their employee health plans. It’s a B2B operation, with its first customers being large employers like the Department of Defense and United Parcel Service. Viable is profitable and growing in the Philadelphia area.

41
1 year ago

A tool for helping freelancers manage their expenses and plan for taxes. The startup has built an app that makes it easier for freelancers to track the money flows from their business, and provides a “tax your business” tool to help them calculate their taxes. They’re profitable and growing in the San Francisco area.

41
4 months ago

 A mobile app that helps people determine if their app or website will be profitable before they spend time and money on it. The startup is still in its early stages, but its founders have built a number of successful iOS apps, including one for Puma shoes.

41
1 year ago

A SaaS platform for creating, managing, and selling e-books. The startup wants to make publishing easier, and by working with publishers, it can make the process more profitable.

40
5 months ago

Cupcakes has created a way to allow customers to order their cupcakes by the hour, with a $3 delivery fee. Founded in 2015, the startup has more than 1,000 customers in New York City and says it is on track to be profitable by the end of the year.

39
1 year ago

A startup that assists small businesses in optimizing their advertising budgets, and helps them create more profitable ad campaigns

38
10 months ago

This startup is building a product that claims it will allow food trucks to fulfill orders in less time and with greater accuracy than traditional delivery services, which is important for food trucks as they are often less profitable.

36
7 months ago

A group of companies with a shared goal of changing the world through IT automation. The companies use different technologies (like chat bots, AI, and machine learning) to automate many of the steps in business tasks and make them faster, cheaper, and more accurate. They’re all profitable, and they’ve turned down a bunch of acquisition offers like Slack’s because they want to keep their autonomy.

36
4 months ago

“CrowdCurating” allows users to crowdsource video production through a video editing app. The startup is already profitable and has over 1 million users.

36
3 years ago

Idea: A 3D audio startup that is trying to make podcasting more immersive by using binaural audio. The app has a pretty strong take on the future of podcasting, and its founder says that the company is profitable.

35
1 month ago

A small business loans company that helps businesses get loans from banks and credit unions. They’re profitable by using data and automation to make loans more efficient.

35
4 months ago

This startup aims to help brands and retailers sell their products via social media. It’s a customer-relationship management platform that helps marketers manage customer service inquiries and customer service and technical support. It’s currently profitable and has $3 million in monthly recurring revenue.

34
3 years ago

Idea: A startup for hand-made products. The startup is looking to disrupt the marketplace business by focusing on a niche of handmade goods. The startup claims it can make handmade goods more profitable for producers and more affordable for consumers.

33
5 months ago

A platform that helps users buy and sell secondhand goods, the product of a collaboration between serial entrepreneur and the cofounder of Urban Outfitters. The CEO says the company has 3,000 users, and is profitable.

33
4 months ago

An AI-driven data science platform that helps companies use data to build more scalable, efficient, and profitable products.

33
3 months ago

Two brothers, both from the same village of Puducherry, are building a profitable business providing an integrated platform that connects the entire supply chain of a product from a farm to a retail store to a warehouse.

33
1 year ago

A 100% web based accounting app with a focus on payroll and taxes. They’re profitable with $25k on the books after launching in January 2019.

32
5 months ago

A startup that lets you buy, sell, or trade in-game items quickly and easily. It currently has over 500,000 users, and is profitable and growing.

32
9 months ago

A company that builds a direct-to-consumer platform for buying and selling goods online without having to navigate the online marketplace as a consumer. The company says they’re profitable, with a range of clients including Microsoft.

31
5 months ago

Web-based software that helps with hiring new employees. The company works with potential employees by finding the right skills they need and matching them with the right job. The startup currently has 40 employees and is profitable.

31
5 months ago

A platform for health conscious restaurants to share menus and nutrition info with customers. The startup wants to help restaurants grow their business and make them more profitable

31
6 months ago

This startup’s goal is to get people to provide more feedback to their employers and help them get better at what they do. The startup has been around for three years and is profitable, working with over 200 companies in the US.

29
6 days ago

A startup that collects and distributes ad content for Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter. The company is profitable and growing in the New York area.

28
4 months ago

A SaaS startup working on a platform for scheduling and managing healthcare appointments. The startup is growing fast in Boston and is now profitable.

27
5 months ago

Using an app to let people find and hire babysitters for children and dogs. They’re profitable and have $500,000 in monthly recurring revenue.

24
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that is building a real estate investing marketplace where individual investors can connect with each other and do deals together. The company charges a fee on each transaction, and says it is profitable.

21
2 months ago

This is an app to help you make the best of your downtime by tracking the time you spend on your phone and other devices. The startup says it has around 20,000 users and is profitable.

19
1 month ago

A platform that connects on-demand drivers with people who need rides. The company offers a phone app and website for finding drivers, and the business says it is profitable.

18
18 days ago

The app that helps people stick to their fitness goals. The company has been profitable since it launched in March 2018 and has plans for a public offering.

17
22 days ago

A startup that helps retailers turn shoplifting into a profitable endeavor by creating a smart cart software solution that helps retailers identify shoplifters through cameras on the cart.

16
3 days ago

A company making a tool that helps companies implement supply chain and other logistics solutions. They already have a revenue run rate of $5M, and plan to be profitable by 2020.

13
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that helps people manage their finances by pulling in all their accounts from various banks and credit card companies. The company says it is profitable and growing quickly.

3
3 years ago

Idea: Early stage, VC-backed uBiome is an open source citizen science biotech that makes it easy for anyone to analyze their microbiome The company is profitable and is scaling internationally, but its founders want more funding

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3 years ago

Idea: Luxe is building a platform for on-demand car service that charges $5 per month for bookings and $150 per mile The company expects to be profitable by the end of the year

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3 years ago

Idea: A market for people who want to rent their vehicles to others for a few hours or the day The company has grown to 15,000 drivers in the Boston area They’re aiming to be a trusted marketplace that makes it easier to rent cars, and more profitable for their drivers

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3 years ago

Idea: A startup that is building a platform for shared office space. The company’s founders say that it’s already profitable and has $2.8 million in revenue, with $10 million in annual recurring revenue. The company is installing $10 million in hardware in the next two years. It’s currently profitable.

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3 years ago

Idea: A platform that uses AI to help small business owners scale by building an engine that automatically figures out the most profitable steps to scale a business.

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3 years ago

xtractor is a platform for helping publishers convert their subscriptions into recurring revenue, which is often more profitable. xtractor’s pitch is hyperfocused on their customers’ business needs, like improving reader retention and increasing subscription and recurring revenue.

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3 years ago

Idea: A white-labeled version of the video scheduling tools used by companies like Google and Facebook. It also helps companies manage their video ads — and is profitable now by helping companies make native videos.

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