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Here are the 11 startups of the Winter 2018 class of Techstars NYC

Everything from Cryptocurrency to Gene Sequencing

The last startups to participate in Techstars NYC spent last week launching investors, journalists and the wider community of New York.

I went through the new accelerator desk a few days ago to meet each team. In two hours, I found myself discussing everything from cryptocurrency to kitchen sanitation to genetic sequencing.

Here's what companies do:

  • Acculis builds collaborative software for construction. One of the key features is a lightweight 3D model viewer that can be accessed on a phone, tablet or web browser. By facilitating the dissemination of this information in the field, the team hopes to reduce delays and errors.
  • Altru helps companies exploit their employees for marketing and recruiting. Potential candidates can browse videos of team members who answer questions about what it's like to work in the company, and they can also ask their own questions. CEO Alykhan Rehmatullah suggested that it served as an antidote to Glassdoor, allowing employees to share their authentic opinions in a more controlled and positive way.

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  • The Clear Cut offers consumers a concierge service to design their own diamond engagement rings. The idea is to offer a personalized experience and product at significant savings compared to major jewelry stores. Eventually, the company could develop into other types of jewelry.
  • kpiReady builds tools for startups and small businesses to track their most important metrics. It offers data collection as well as visualization – so it should be quick and easy to create presentations and reports on how the business works. Investors could also use it to track the evolution of startups in their portfolios.
  • Kyso allows users to share their data science models. This means that scientists need to spend less time creating models from scratch each time they perform a new study. It also includes tools to visualize the results of these models.
  • Loom Network is a blockchain infrastructure company. The goal is to help developers create "Twitter or World of Warcraft" applications at the Ethereum scale, by first putting the focus on the integration of game developers on the platform.
  • One Step Software builds patient monitoring software for sober group homes. This can help family members to follow the evolution of the residents. And overall, it helps homes to see what approaches are succeeding.
  • PathSpot has built a device that can scan the hands of restaurant employees and detect pathogens that can cause foodborne illness. If an employee fails the analysis, he is asked to wash his hands and then try again. And the scan itself should only take two seconds.
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  • Rootine uses genetic data from clients to create a daily diet of nutritional supplements. These supplements come in the form of "microbeads" that can be added to foods like yogurt. The company already has 1,500 paying customers in Europe and is looking to expand to the United States.
  • Streamline Genomics aims to help clinicians and researchers use genomic sequencing. The CEO, Josette-Renée Landry, said that 40% of cancer patients would have received more effective treatment if their tumor had been sequenced. But while the cost of real sequencing has decreased, the analysis of "terabytes of data" remains an obstacle. The Streamline software therefore manages this analysis.
  • TypingDNA offers a new way to verify your identity, potentially replacing heavy two-factor identification methods like sending a temporary code on your phone. Instead, it analyzes unique patterns of how users type. The company recently launched a Chrome extension.
  • Vertoe helps you store your luggage by leaving them in the shops nearby. If you are leaving an Airbnb, or if you are going to a concert or sporting event where you can not bring a large suitcase, you can open Vertoe, find a nearby location and pay only $ 5.95 per object per day. The company currently has more than 70 partner sites in New York.