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Lemon.com wants all of your receipts. Instead of having receipts pile up in your inbox, or letting them become an indiscernible wad of paper in your wallet, you can send them to Lemon.com where they’ll be instantly filed and organized.
The service provides you a lemon.com email address to enter when shopping online. When receipts are emailed to you after a purchase, it automatically filters out the relevant purchasing data. You can also take photos of receipts using Lemon’s Android app and upload them. Just like Evernote, Lemon searches the text in your images and makes it searchable via character recognition. The company tells us that an iOS version of the app is coming within a week or two.
For disorganized people like myself, the service promises to revamp the way we view receipts. Instead of being an inconvenience, they can be useful bits of data that help you manage spending better. And you’ll never have to worry about losing a receipt when you need to make a return or file taxes.
While it looks like Lemon may also be competing against expense reporting services like Expensify, CEO Wences Casares says that isn’t so. Instead, Lemon can be used in conjunction with those services, offering up receipts when necessary.
Lemon is launching this week at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference’s startup alley. The Palo Alto company currently has 20 employees and has received funding from Lightspeed Ventures and Balderton Capital.
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