- Utopia Labs: Operating system for DAOs
Utopia is building a way to effectively manage Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (or DAOs). You can think of DAOs as a kind of corporate structure (like an LLC or C-corp) for crypto and web3 communities. Traditional LLCs and corporations have access to many management tools, including ones that help with finances, human resources, legal work, and more. These tools aren’t equipped to help DAOs, so Utopia is building accessible versions of them into its platform that are specifically tailored to the web3 world.
November 22, 2021
- Ladder: Next-gen professional community platform
Ladder is rethinking how we connect with one another professionally. Its service combines the layout of a forum and social network, with the aim of becoming the go-to professional platform for a Gen Z audience. The company’s community-based approach focuses on helping users grow their network by facilitating genuine interactions and providing high-quality resources.
November 15, 2021
- Rise Science: Better sleep management
RISE is a new kind of sleep management platform. Instead of just giving information about your sleep quality, RISE’s app (available for download on iOS and Android) analyzes your daytime routines and tracks in detail how much sleep you truly need.
November 8, 2021
- XMTP: Enabling crypto communication
XMTP is enabling communication between existing crypto wallets with its own independent protocol and decentralized network. This means crypto wallets can “talk to each other” over a network managed by a set of distributed, unrelated individuals. In doing so, XMTP could become the base communications layer for the next generation of the web: web3.
November 1, 2021
- Bilt Rewards: Earn rewards by paying your rent
Bilt earns you rewards points each time you make your rent payments. It does this with its credit card, the Bilt Mastercard, which allows you to make your rent payments with a card (as opposed to cash). The card can be used with any of Bilt’s partner real estate companies, which include 15 of the top 20 major property owners.
October 25, 2021
- nate: Buy anything with one click
nate is a universal shopping app that allows you to make purchases from any brand in one click. When a user wants to purchase an item, they can simply share the webpage with the nate app. The company then handles this purchase using artificial intelligence.
October 18, 2021
- Read AI: Track online meeting engagement
Read is a real-time dashboard that measures the engagement and mood of attendees during an online meeting. The company uses artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and computer vision to gauge these factors and thus evaluate a meeting’s overall performance.
October 11, 2021
- Cadoo: Earn money through fitness
Cadoo is motivating people to be active with a financial incentive. It allows users to enter fitness challenges for a fee. Users who successfully complete the challenge are refunded their entry fee and earn a portion of the fees from those who were unable to complete the challenge.
October 4, 2021
- Eterneva: Turn your loved ones into diamonds
Eterneva lets customers celebrate the memory of their loved ones by turning their ashes into diamonds. The Mark Cuban-backed service, which uses an intricate seven-stage process to filter ashes (or hair) and craft a diamond, is available for individuals and for pets.
September 27, 2021
- Coral: Your personal sex coach
Coral is a sexual wellness app for couples (the first of its kind) and individuals. The app offers multiple features, including personalized lessons, guided exercises, and more.
September 20, 2021
- Ruth Health: Telehealth for pregnancy
Ruth Health is a remote care delivery service focused on the spectrum of maternity care, from peripartum (before, during, and immediately after childbirth) counseling to postpartum (after childbirth) recovery sessions. They offer at-home ultrasounds, remote individual coaching and group support sessions, and digital physical therapy recovery, all from licensed providers.
September 13, 2021
- Embry: Monitoring your wellness from your shoes
Embry has built an insole for shoes that tracks the wearer’s sitting time, physical activity, weight fluctuations, and other statistics during the day. Users can connect their insoles to Embry’s iOS app through Bluetooth. There they can see their details and personalized wellness insights.
September 6, 2021
- Givingli: Digital greeting and gift cards
Givingli is changing the way we send and receive greeting and gift cards. It offers dozens of brands of gift cards to choose from and lots of customization tools. Givingli also markets itself as a sustainable alternative to paper cards, citing that 2.5 million trees are cut down each year for greeting cards in the United States.
August 30, 2021
- Twelve: Building away climate change
Twelve (previously Opus 12) is a carbon transformation company that creates essential products and fuels from carbon dioxide, helping companies reduce their carbon footprint. Recycling carbon emissions from the largest emitters addresses climate change and assists brands in meeting their climate goals.
August 23, 2021
- Vantage: Making the cloud easier
Vantage is a modern self-service platform for analyzing and reducing Amazon Web Services cloud costs. AWS provides infrastructure services to end users over the internet. With Vantage, cloud users onboard with a few clicks and are immediately able to visualize their current and predicted cloud spend, down to the service and account levels. Vantage’s vision is to be the central platform for managing cloud costs by expanding across both other cloud providers (Google Cloud Platform, Azure) and third-party services like Datadog, Cloudflare, and Sumo Logic.
August 16, 2021
- Arrived Homes: Invest in shares of homes
Arrived Homes allows investors to buy shares of rental homes. The company aims to find the best properties for investment using data science and tries to minimize maintenance costs. One way it does this is by having tenants also be investors in their own property. Customers can then purchase shares in the house from the app for a minimum of $100.
August 9, 2021
- Shef: Enjoy homemade meals from your neighbors
Shef is a marketplace that allows people to sell their homemade dishes to others in their neighborhood. This allows people to try authentic cuisines while supporting their community.
August 2, 2021
- Pawp: Telehealth for your pet
Pawp wants to slash the cost of vet visits through telehealth. The company states that 60% of pet issues can be solved over the phone and that a $100+ in-person visit isn’t always required. For a monthly fee, Pawp offers unlimited telehealth visits with vets and pet experts, as well as a $3,000 safety net for emergencies.
July 26, 2021
- Bitski: Shopify for NFTs
Bitski is a marketplace for users, creators, and brands to easily purchase, sell, and trade NFTs. As a user, Bitski is a place to store and trade your digital items. For creators and brands, it is a platform to build a digital storefront and display your NFTs on sale. The goal is to make NFT marketplaces user friendly and accessible to mainstream brands.
July 19, 2021
- Topia: Video chat in virtual worlds
Topia allows anyone to build a unique world online that can then be used for video meetings. Users have the ability to choose from a number of customizable templates to fully tweak each world to their liking. This means a number of different kinds of meetings can be hosted on Topia, including office meetings, holiday get togethers, festivals, conferences, and more. The goal of the platform is to give virtual meetings the same feeling as in-person meetings.
July 12, 2021
- Transmit Security: Passwordless biometric authentication
Transmit Security is replacing passwords through biometric-based authenticators. The company’s mission is driven by the overall uptick in data breaches, which are very often related to leaked passwords. By removing passwords from the equation altogether, Transmit Security hopes to combat breaches and make systems and companies more secure.
July 5, 2021
- Cape Privacy: Encrypted learning in the cloud
Cape Privacy is an enterprise SaaS platform for encrypted learning, a machine learning technique that trains an algorithm on data without decrypting it. Its service combines advanced machine learning and cryptography to protect data privacy while companies collaborate with external stakeholders to improve models and increase business value.
June 28, 2021
- Metafy: Professional coaching for gamers
Metafy is an online platform that allows professional esports players to provide 1-on-1 coaching to gamers. The platform offers coaching for over 90 games and has over 550+ total coaches. With multiple coaches for the most popular games, gamers can find the coach that meets their specific needs and learn directly from gaming professionals.
June 21, 2021
- Skiff: Encrypted collaboration tools
Skiff is a platform that enables users to collaborate on end-to-end documents, similar to Google Docs. Users can invite others to collaborate safely with expiring links and password protection.
June 14, 2021
- Wingcopter: Building drones for humanitarian aid
Wingcopter is a manufacturer of unmanned aerial drones built to address humanitarian needs. Wingcopter drones are able to deliver medical supplies, food, and spare parts to difficult-to-reach areas. They also provide mapping and inspection services. Drones have a range of about 75 miles, a top speed of around 150 mph, and can carry over a 13-pound payload.
June 7, 2021
- Lolli: Earn bitcoin by shopping
Lolli is a browser extension that allows shoppers to earn up to 30% back in the form of Bitcoin from purchases they make with partnered retailers. This rewards program incentivizes customers to do their web shopping on participating websites by giving specific rewards for each purchase. While other stores offer cash-back rewards, Lolli provides similar rewards in digital assets.
May 31, 2021
- Whirli: Subscription service for children’s toys
Whirli is a toy-sharing subscription service that gives its customers flexible access to a wide range of toys for children from 0 to 8 years old. Parents receive toys in the mail after selecting them online. They can seamlessly send them back in exchange for other toys when their kids outgrow them, thereby preventing clutter.
May 24, 2021
- OpenSea: The largest NFT marketplace
From obscurity to pandemonium, it seems like everyone today is infatuated with NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. Because of the underlying blockchain technology, which also powers other trending commodities such as cryptocurrency, NFTs enable netizens to own a digital asset that is verifiably scarce and freely tradeable. The greatest benefactor from NFTs’ surge in excitement is OpenSea. OpenSea is a peer-to-peer marketplace for user-owned digital goods, which include collectibles, gaming items, domain names, digital art, and other assets backed by a blockchain.
May 17, 2021
- Pipe: Turn subscriptions into upfront cash
Pipe is a platform that allows companies with recurring revenue (i.e. subscription-based business models) to trade subscriptions for upfront cash. Investors purchase annual contracts, buying a user’s subscription for a whole year, for a small discount on the dollar. This means founders have access to a whole year’s worth of subscription revenue upfront, avoiding the need to otherwise increase debt or give up stock. This new marketplace where recurring revenue is an asset allows for a new solution in capital raising and investing.
May 10, 2021
- Republic: Angel investing for everyone
Republic is a comprehensive solution for investing in startups, real estate, video games, crypto, and more. Companies can offer equity, debt, or cryptocurrency for capital via public crowdfunding or private investment. For founders, it offers a network of resources, institutional investors, and advising services. Essentially, it wants to build a community where everyone is able to access funds and invest in budding ideas.
May 3, 2021
- CopyAI: AI-powered marketing copy generator
CopyAI is a tool that generates marketing write-ups (referred to as “copy”) using the artificial intelligence engine GPT-3. In order to generate copy, users first provide basic information about a product (like its name and description). That information is then fed to the AI and is used to create many different kinds of copy (like social media posts, website descriptions, emails, and more).
April 26, 2021
- Hubilo: Smart virtual event platform
Hubilo is an event management and hosting platform with the goal to create engaging virtual events. As a host, attendee engagement can be tracked and data can be utilized to create better online experiences. As an attendee, there are interactive functions such as chat rooms and a gamified point system that promote responsiveness and engagement. Through unique features such as a sponsorship dashboard and branded events, Hubilo caters to trade fairs, award events, hackathons, and other large-scale events.
April 19, 2021
- Yotta: Win lottery prizes on your savings
Yotta is an FDIC-insured neobank that combines the near-instant gratification of entering the lottery with long-term financial planning to help Americans save more. In return for making deposits, Yotta offers customers a 0.2% Annual Percentage Yield on their savings as well as entry to weekly draws from which they can win up to $100 million.
April 12, 2021
- Krisp: AI-powered noise cancellation
Krisp is an application that removes background noise from meetings using artificial intelligence. Their service offers two-way noise cancellation; while on a meeting, you can remove your own background noise and also reduce noise coming from others on the call.
April 5, 2021
- Olive: E-commerce for the environmentalist
Olive is an environmentally conscious e-commerce delivery provider that works with the US’s largest fashion e-retailers to redirect all purchased goods from participating retailers to their consolidation+recycling hubs, where items are removed from their cardboard packaging and placed into what Olive calls “two-way shippers.” The two-way shipper (picture a large, insulated, reusable lunchbox) is then dispatched to and returned from the customer’s home through local mail carriers, eliminating the need for a post office drop-off.
March 29, 2021
- Weezy: Groceries delivered in 15 minutes
Weezy offers rapid delivery of essential groceries across London. Customers use the Weezy app to select and pay for products on demand which are delivered in 15 minutes by a network of drivers on pedal cycles and electric mopeds. Groceries are sourced from wholesalers, independent bakers, butchers, and local markets and kept in ‘dark stores’ across the city. This hyperlocal fulfillment center model facilitates fast picking, packing, and delivery.
March 22, 2021
- SoLo Funds: Community-funded financial assistance
SoLo is a community that allows members to easily access and supply short-term funds for immediate needs. This peer-to-peer lending community works together to create mutually beneficial outcomes. The company is also improving the financial health of both lenders and borrowers by adding educational features and services.
March 15, 2021
- TechPrefab: Smart building for everyone
To understand TechPrefab, one has to understand prefab. Prefab, short for prefabrication, is the process of fashioning a structure’s component parts into panelized or modular sections in the factory, before transporting them to the build site where the sections are connected and secured. Think of it like if IKEA built homes. TechPrefab utilizes a proprietary prefab collaboration platform that hosts, activates, and tracks the respective construction value chain activities. In other words, every step of the construction process, such as contracting, design, logistics, manufacturing, and assembly, is managed through TechPrefab’s platform.
March 8, 2021
- Kalshi: Trade on the outcome of events
Kalshi is a CFTC-regulated exchange that lets you trade on the outcome of financially significant events. Traders buy and sell “contracts” that are structured as yes-no questions about whether an event will happen (for example, “Will US greenhouse gas emissions increase this year?”). Getting started is simple: a user chooses an event, picks a position (Yes or No), and selects the number of contracts. The value of each contract varies based on demand. Once the event period is over, every correct position is awarded $1, and every incorrect position gets $0.
March 1, 2021
- Alloy: Automate your ecommerce store
Alloy is a tool built to automate tasks such as marketing, shipping, and more for ecommerce platforms. This is accomplished through integrations with services such as Shopify. Users can set up automation workflows using “recipes,” which can be created manually or selected from existing templates.
February 22, 2021
- Pave: Making employee compensation transparent
Pave (formerly Trove) is on a mission to help companies better plan and communicate their compensation policies. The company’s tools lie in three categories. Plan: Companies can plan smart policies based on market data and analytics. Communicate: Employees can see how much they’re being paid and what their stock or equity options look like. Benchmark: Companies can easily compile compensation benchmarks with Pave’s suite of integrations for HR software.
February 15, 2021
- Pareto: Outsourcing startup busywork
Pareto helps startup founders eliminate necessary yet repetitive tasks from their day-to-day routines. For a fee, Pareto’s team will do your busywork for you. Examples of these tasks include finding sales leads, sourcing talent, and conducting research. Pareto takes a very personal approach—startup founders are assigned a “Pareto Partner” whom they can reach out to at any time to plan new tasks.
February 8, 2021
- Oxygen: Banking for freelancers
Oxygen is an FDIC-insured neobank (an entirely digital bank) targeting freelancers. They offer personal and business accounts with features like zero monthly fees, cashback rewards, and virtual debit/credit cards. Personal accounts have the benefit of early paycheck access, while business accounts have the option to get assistance with setting up their LLCs.
February 1, 2021
- Kona: Building stronger remote teams using AI
Sike Insights is helping remote teams better understand each other. They accomplish this through Kona, an AI-powered Slack application that analyzes the language of sent messages to build “emotional profiles” of team members. That information, along with daily mood check-ins sent to team members through Kona, is compiled and sent to project managers to help them understand their team’s needs and personalities.
January 25, 2021
- Modal: Digitizing car sales
Modal (previously Drive Motors) simplifies the process of purchasing a vehicle for consumers and helps automotive companies sell with ease. It decreases the time it takes for transactions to complete, provides a clean user interface, and includes multiple products for all parts of car-buying. These include Checkout, which goes through sales step-by-step, Shop, which provides a showroom experience, and Trade, which generates offers quickly. They also advertise a quick installation process.
January 18, 2021
- HealNow: Onboarding and payments platform for pharmacies
HealNow wants to help pharmacies of all sizes process online payments for prescriptions. Normal payment processors aren’t built to fulfill medical orders, as there’s often additional information required from the patient. HealNow provides patients with a remote onboarding experience—over email, text message, or a call—to their HIPAA-compliant platform. Then, customers can use a payment processor of their choice to pay for orders (with options like credit, Apple Pay, and Google Pay).
January 11, 2021
- Tive: Real-time tracking for supply chain goods
Tive provides a variety of trackers for monitoring supply chain goods. In addition to providing real-time data on the location of goods in transit, Tive’s trackers also provide information on temperature, climate, and shipment integrity through the use of shock sensors, all while maintaining very low power consumption. Their flagship tracker claims a one-year battery life. All shipment information can be accessed through Tive’s included cloud software from any device.
January 4, 2021
- Perch: Build credit with recurring expenses
Perch helps users build their credit score by logging recurring payments—like rent or online subscriptions—as credit history. The motivation to create Perch came from the difficulties many young adults face building credit (especially since many ways of building credit require you to already have a decent credit score). Perch looks to democratize access to credit and emphasizes the safe, fast, and free aspects of its service.
December 28, 2020