Trevor here. Back with another pack of awesome startups. Here we go!
🇨🇦 Kernal: A platform for founders and investors to share, browse, upvote, and comment on business ideas. (Founded 2021, Total Funding Amount: bootstrapped?)
The backstory: “We realized that there are platforms for products (i.e. Product Hunt), questions (i.e. Quora), and fundraising (i.e. AngelList), but there isn't a platform for people to share and validate startup ideas to see if they’re worth building. ”— Founder & Investor, Ryan Holmes
Why it’s worth checking out: Ryan’s statement resonates with me — every business idea needs to be validated so you can avoid wasting tons of time. What’s a better way to validate ideas than a community of experts willing to share and discuss openly?
The backstory: Balázs Pózner and Levente Molnár previously worked together in IT Security. They’re developing the platform based on their experiences in ethical hacking, penetration testing, and bug bounty programs.
“We're a team of IT security experts and ethical hackers. We are passionate about creating a leading bug bounty platform with a great hacker community.” Co-founder & CEO, Balázs Pózner
Why it’s worth checking out: Every tech company should have a bug bounty program for added security and usability. And not just tech companies, governments too.
🇨🇾 YOUS: AI-based translator for calls. The platform converts and translates a spoken language to another language in real-time. (Founded 2019, Total Funding Amount: raised a (~100k) small angel round)
How it works: (1) Recognizes telephone speech, (2) translates it, and (3) speaks in a synthesized voice in the interlocutor's language.
The backstory: “For over 13 years I have been creating products in the field of telecom, AI, and blockchain. I’m interested in GreenTech technologies as well.” — Petr Malyukov
Why it’s worth checking out: We’re more connected than ever, but we still don’t quite understand each other thanks to the language barrier. Could this software help close the language barrier gap?
Last week, Willo launched their first toothbrushing robot, designed for kids. See what Techcrunch had to say.
The backstory: We're a team of hardware, software, and design enthusiasts building the future of oral care. Invented by a dentist, Hugo de Gentile.
“Willo began in a French dental office. (Ooh la la!) Dentists have long known that patients could avoid issues with better at-home brushing. Still, most dentists could only remind patients to improve their technique, hand them some floss, and cross their fingers. But one Monsieur had a better idea. Read the full story here.” — Hugo de Gentile
Why it’s worth checking out: Oral hygiene is super-duper important to get right and it starts early. When I was a young rascal, I ate a lot of sweets and didn't brush perfectly. Now as an adult, I have spent over ~$15k just to fix my teeth. I hope this device helps more kids with their oral hygiene. Brush your teeth, kids!
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