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101 Best San Francisco Automotive Startups – The Future of Transportation

This article showcases our top picks for the best San Francisco based Automotive companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Automotive industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

Top San Francisco Automotive Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

Cruise

Cruise

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Cruise builds self-driving vehicles that safely connect people to places, things, and experiences they care about.

Embark Trucks

Embark Trucks

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Embark is building self-driving truck technology that specializes in freight and logistic services.

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Shift

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Shift is an online marketplace for buying and selling used cars.

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Ridecell

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Ridecell provides car-sharing, ride-sharing, short-term leases, and autonomous vehicle fleet services for car rental companies.

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comma.ai

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comma is solving self driving cars while delivering shippable intermediaries: openpilot and the comma two.

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Car IQ

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The better way for fleets to pay

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Zendrive

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Zendrive leverages mobile sensor data to provide actionable insights that improve safety for passengers and drivers worldwide.

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Sight Machine

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Sight Machine provides analytics platform that helps address critical challenges in quality and productivity throughout the enterprise.

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Tempo Automation

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Tempo Automation is the world’s first AI-driven Smart Factory designed for low volume, high complexity PBCA production.

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AutoFi

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AutoFi is a commerce platform delivering point of sale solution for financing a vehicle online.

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Kyte

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Kyte is a technology platform connecting professional fleet owners with rental customers.

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Ample

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Ample utilizes autonomous robotics and smart-battery technology to solve the energy delivery challenge for electric transportation.

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Modal

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Modal provides digital commerce for auto dealers and brands.

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Prodigy

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Prodigy digitizes the process to save customers’ time while improving trust and satisfaction.

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Roadster

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Roadster provides consumer-driven commerce solutions for today’s modern dealership.

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CoverHound

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CoverHound is a technology company offering a platform for consumers to shop for car insurance.

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Yoshi

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Yoshi fills a vehicle’s tank wherever a driver wanted instead of the owner having to stop at a gas station.

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WeaveGrid

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WeaveGrid develops electrification software for the scalable deployment of electric vehicles on the electric grid.

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Bestmile

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Bestmile is a fleet orchestration platform for mobility providers to deploy, manage and optimize AV and human-driven vehicle fleets.

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Fyusion

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Fyusion develops products powered by 3D computer vision and machine learning.

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Scoot

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Scoot Networks is an electric moped company that offers electric mobility-as-a-service vehicles.

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Automatic

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Automatic is a Smart Driving Assistant that can save you money on gas, remember where you parked, and even call for help in a crash.

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RepairPal

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RepairPal helps car owners find peace-of-mind with free, custom repair estimates, cars overviews, and recommendations to local, fair shops.

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Joyent

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Joyent is a cloud infrastructure service provider that enables its customers to operate modern cloud native applications.

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Shop-Ware

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Shop-Ware offers an enterprise-grade SaaS platform to help the automotive aftermarket thrive and grow.

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Populus

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Populus is a technology startup that entails micromobility services and ride hailing for cities to manage the future of mobility.

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Volta Charging

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Volta Charging designs, installs, and maintains a network of electric vehicle charging stations.

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Vast

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Vast offers decision-making tools that help and support customers in purchasing homes, cars, and vacations.

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Lightship

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All-electric RV manufacturer designing and producing an aerodynamic, battery-powered trailer for the electric age.

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Autolist

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Autolist is a developer of a used car marketplace used to offer verified and checked used cars.

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Drivetime

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Drivetime provides an online platform designed to help users play games while they drive.

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Wheelz

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Wheelz provides a car sharing platform facilitating economic opportunities for car owners by leasing their vehicles to non-owners.

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Upshift

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Fractional hybrid and electric car subscriptions

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Navdy

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Navdy creates augmented driving device for cars.

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Geer™

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Premier NFTs platform for blue-chip brands

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Autzu

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Introducing drivesharing – the future of sustainable and efficient urban transport

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Scooterson

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Intelligent electric vehicles of the future.

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Actify

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Actify provides Product Data Intelligence solutions for the automotive, aerospace, and industrial machinery industries.

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Arctop

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Arctop provides brain decoding technology that analyzes brain signals to produces an accurate measure of the mind in real-time.

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zing robotics

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Sustainable Autonomy For Efficiency

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Wheelwell

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Market network for the automotive parts and services market.

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CarForce

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CarForce is a multi-brand enterprise software platform that delivers real-time vehicle health insights using EDGE computing and ML

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Limos.com

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Limos is an online mobile marketplace connecting passengers with limo and private car services worldwide.

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Parts Market

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PartsMarket allows automotive professionals and private buyers to source parts from licensed auto dismantlers.

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Navmii

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Navmii uses crowdsourcing and AI technology to build both traditional map data for navigation systems and HD map data for autonomous cars.

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Xchange Leasing

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Xchange Leasing is an American auto-leasing business that offers flexible leases designed just for Uber driver partners.

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Selly Automotive CRM

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Selly Automotive is a provider of a mobile platform for those who deal with car sales.

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Onward Rides

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Onward Rides provides safe and reliable transportation for people needing assistance.

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Mapper.ai

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Mapper is poised to become the largest data provider of Machine-Readable Maps (MRM) operating at global scale.

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Otto Radio, Inc.

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Transform the time on everyday tasks into opportunities to be entertained and stay informed about the things they care about most

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AutoHub

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AutoHub is a B2B marketplace for auto dealerships.

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DockPad

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Construction Scheduling Tracking and Analytics

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Bitesize

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We help 1 person talk to 1,000s people at once.

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vPersonalize.com

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vPersonalize is an integrated platform that enables its users to launch their preferred lines of apparel with others.

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Mirada Technologies

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Mirada Technologies develops the enabling components for advanced LiDAR.

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Informed.IQ

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Informed is a developer of a consumer auto financing platform designed to collect and analyze loan documents.

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Hannah Systems

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Partnering with cities to deliver the next generation of open and ethically managed traffic data.

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Phrame

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We’re the world’s first smart license plate frame. Meet your car’s personal concierge, mechanic & bodyguard.

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Canvas

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Canvas is an online platform that offers month-to-month car subscriptions.

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Voyomotive

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Voyomotive is the World’s Most Advanced Connected Car Technology.

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AdverCar

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adverCar offers a technology platform that parters ads with drivers to weave messages into consumers’ online lives.

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TESLARATI

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The leading source for news on Tesla, SpaceX, and Elon Musk venture. Also covering the premium electric mobility segment.

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Bring a Trailer

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Bring a Trailer is a website featuring vintage cars currently for sale.

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Flux Bike

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Flux electric bikes are your wheels for the modern world

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Parknav

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Parknav uses Big Data & AI to offer parking and Smartcity solutions for transportation, automotive, fleets, and mobility

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Esurance

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Esurance provides personal auto insurance direct to consumers online and through select agents, including sister company, Answer Financial.

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Bluedot

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Share, monetize and commercialize a charger in 30 second and, start engaging with EV-owners via Bluedot.

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Chug

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Chug operates an online car-buying website that offers listings of vehicles for sale in the United States.

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Car Rentals Market

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Car Rental Market helps travellers find the best rental car deals in the US, Canada and Europe.

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Carhoots.com

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Carhoots is an online community marketplace for car buyers.

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CarSnatch

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Blockchain technology startup in the automotive space

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Nexca

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Social commerce marketplace for automotive industry

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Aether Ventures Inc.

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Innovative Automotive Technologies & Applications

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HiGear

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HiGear is a private car-sharing club for luxury and sports cars.

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Point One Navigation

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Point One Navigation is building a centimeter accurate localization service for the future of transportation.

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SafeMode

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Driver- centric fleet management platform

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Tribal Rides

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Tribal Rides is an owner and operator of a software development company intended to provide ride-sharing applications.

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OXO

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OXO develops a shared mobility platform that connects professional drivers with car owners.

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Hermes Robotics

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Hermes Robotics buildes autonomous truck technology to make roads safer and reduce urban congestion.

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DriverSide

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DriverSide provides resources and information online to automobile owners to buy, own and sell cars, parts and accessories.

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Loop Transportation

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A San Francisco-based provider of commuter bus services for employers

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CarBuzz

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Carbuzz develops and operates a platform of news source.

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Opinno

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Opinno is a open innovation network focused on growth stage technology ventures in web, mobile, clean tech and biotech.

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Tau Motors

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Tau Motors is focused on designing & manufacturing next-generation electric motors for automobiles.

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PriceHub

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PriceHub is an information website that provides the real transaction prices of vehicles purchased by individuals online.

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Startup Monthly

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We are a global organization helping entrepreneurs create successful tech startups

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Apex Maritime Co., Inc.

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Apex Maritime Co. is a logistics company specializing in ocean cargo, air cargo, and logistics services.

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ZIRO

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Socially responsible ride-sharing service that treats drivers fairly and charges riders less.

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AppCarousel

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AppCarousels Monetization Suite and App Marketplace enables you to create a branded app marketplace and developer portal.

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Demand Local

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Demand Local empowers Automotive Advertising & Marketing agencies to Scale and Grow their Businesses.

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izmocars

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Izmocars is an online marketing company that provides interactive content solutions for the automotive industry.

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Ai Incube

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Ai Incube is an API for the Live Street, for every street in the world 24/7. It’s first product, Parknav, is an API for on-street parking.

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Tryp

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On-Demand Ridesharing Car Provider

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SSF Imported Auto Parts

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SF Imported Auto Parts is a servicer and provider of hard to find auto parts.

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Qweex: On-demand car wash

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Radically more convenient and earth friendly way to get your car washed.

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SpeedGauge

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SpeedGauge is a driver safety and performance company.

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Catzilla

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Catzilla is an automated local online ad agency with a single web interface for local advertisers to create, deliver and track buyer

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Depot Global

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Depot Global provides automotive transportation software service.

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Surely

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Surely is an urban logistics company focused on providing innovative selling capabilities to the eCommerce generation.

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Torqued Distribution

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Torqued Distribution offers e-commerce automation to enhance motorsports and automotive industries with warehouse as a service platform.

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Urban Mobility Inc

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Intelligent mobility on demand services

Written by Warren Tesla

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