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The startup is building an app that connects car owners with mechanics who can fix broken cars.

3,602

SITU is building a messaging app to help people connect with their local government. It’s meant to make government more approachable and transparent to the public.

3,108

A startup that helps people choose where to live based on what is happening in their life, not just on what they can afford

2,663

A mobile app and site that helps people to find places to jog and run, and then connect with other runners and trainers.

1,132

A device that can measure how much a plant needs to water its roots and send that data to a mobile app.

1,041

A startup that uses artificial intelligence to detect credit card fraud. The startup recently raised $1 million to begin working on its app.

772

This startup has built a medical app to help in-home care providers manage their client’s data.

588

A company that makes “smart” luggage tags, allowing users to track their bags with the app.

529

A startup that helps people who are applying for visas get into the country quickly

483

A fitness app for everyone, not just professional athletes. The app helps users track their daily activity and exercise goals.

360

A tool for online booking of flight, train and bus tickets in India, with a free mobile app.

295

A startup that is building a consumer-facing app that’s essentially a data-driven diary. The startup wants to help people understand what they’re eating, how much they’re exercising, etc.

285

A startup for finding and reserving gyms, as well as a digital membership card. The startup wants to be the world’s first digital gym, using an app to track and manage memberships.

245

A startup that helps young job candidates get a sense of what’s going on within the company they’re applying to so they can tailor their cover letter and resume toward what’s expected.

243

A startup that provides a video calling app for doctors so that they can consult with patients remotely

230

This is a company that is building a hotel booking app.

223

A private, secure messaging app that allows you to communicate with people who have already invited you.

221

A chat therapy app for depression and anxiety.

218

A virtual reality startup that aims to help healthcare professionals train and collaborate. It’s a VR app that lets doctors, nurses, and other medical staff practice together in a virtual environment before they need to go to the hospital.

215

A startup on the App Store that helps users manage their apps, promote and sell them, and help users find updates and new features.

203

A social platform for people to connect with local businesses. The app works as a “local discovery app” that helps people discover places to eat and shop, and connects them with local businesses.

200

A tool that can take an idea, turn it into an app or website, and then help it take off.

197

A startup that offers an app for people to set up recurring payments for charity

190

Imagine an app that tells you when all of your favorite brands are offering some new deal. With their tech platform, the company is building a business that runs “brand-specific loyalty programs.”

170

A food delivery app for veterans in the US.

168

A company that allows companies to file taxes by way of an app. The startup is building a platform that automates the process of filling out tax forms.

150

A platform that allows brands to build mobile apps for their business and for consumers to find them.

149

An AI with a mobile app that helps homeowners sell their unused real estate.

149

A Brazilian startup that helps fix cars via its app.

147

A startup that aims to create a “digital wallet for the home”, allowing you to pay for products and services using apps on your phone.

141

A dating app that matches people based on similar musical preferences.

139

This is a startup that uses a mobile app and a camera to find street-level recycled products and sell them to the public. They started with old library books and DVDs, but are now selling all sorts of things.

137

A cloud-based application that helps companies manage compliance and legal standards.

135

A meal delivery app for consumers who want healthy food at home.

133

A startup that helps track and connect people who want to apply for jobs in a specific city, and allows them to see the job openings, apply and schedule interviews, get feedback on their applications, and communicate with recruiters. Available in the San Francisco Bay Area.

130

A free-to-play multiplayer game that takes the concept of the game of chess, and applies it to social networking.

129

A freelance platform where contractors can build websites, mobile apps, and other digital products.

128

Mobile app for home cleaning services.

127

This app will help you find your keys (on your phone)

127

A mobile app for real estate agents to help them track their listings' performance on Zillow.

127

 A startup that turns unused kitchen appliances into bitcoin mining rigs

126

A startup for people in retirement who want to retire overseas. The startup helps people in their 50s and 60s with this goal, by building a financial blueprint for a person’s retirement and then matching them with an appropriate country.

126

 A Chinese-language news app. They have about 200,000 users, and are profitable. They’ve already raised $3.5 million.

125

A startup that creates a dating app focused on building meaningful relationships

123

A platform that aims to be the Uber of errand work. The idea is that an employee can tap into the service using a smartphone, and then an app will ping them for errands that will help them get stuff done.

121

A platform that connects employees to various services via mobile apps and an API. The startup is building out a platform that lets companies grant permission to employees to use their mobile devices to access services and apps.

121

A mobile application that allows users to earn cash back on their purchases in exchange for providing feedback.

121

A platform for sharing and monetizing video. The startup’s goal is to apply the videos of YouTube stars to the video game and movie industries.

118

The startup, which is meant to help the US military create innovative solutions, is looking for a customer with a mission-critical application to help it develop a better one.

118

A task management app and “social tool” for people who want to organize their lives.

116

A tool that allows users to quickly find a doctor and schedule a visit from their mobile device. The startup’s website is now a platform for thousands of doctors in the US to set appointments on a first-come first-serve basis.

116

A startup that builds tools to help developers build mobile apps for small businesses.

115

A company that makes it easy for non-technical people to develop apps

115

A platform for organizing and sharing events, with a mobile app and desktop version.

115

This startup is building an app that helps business owners track their expenses and productivity. The company recently raised $1.3 million.

114

A women’s networking app that connects women interested in entrepreneurship and investing to other like-minded women.

113

A platform for managing all your medical records and scheduling appointments, proposed as the Uber of healthcare.

113

A company that wants to take stock trading to the next level with an AI-powered app that can trade stocks with the same confidence and speed as a human.

112

Merkle is an AI-driven search engine that helps you find the best way to spend your money based on the things you’ve bought in the past. They’re based on a “Netflix for shopping” approach.

110

A messaging app that lets people with special needs connect with others who can help them build functional relationships.

109

A mobile app that helps business reduce expenses by keeping track of how much they spend on things like office supplies, bank fees, and marketing.

109

A startup for learning how to build web apps.

108

A messaging app for groups of friends that functions like a Slack with a focus on getting a dinner invitation to a bunch of friends.

108

A dating app for breakfast in the morning.

107

A SaaS business that takes the pain out of talking to a doctor online, allowing patients to schedule appointments and communicate with their doctors 24/7.

107

A global marketplace for travel-related purchases with an app and an online platform.

107

A mobile app for finding last-minute parking spots.

105

A startup that sells a “next generation” app that’s “a more engaging way to interact with your phone”.

105

A startup that allows small businesses to book appointments with their customer service agents

105

A startup that makes it easier for companies to have a customer hotline for their apps

104

This startup is building a tool that allows you to create your own “mini social network” across apps, like Facebook for your phone.

104

 A startup prototyping a platform for helping companies recruit non-employees without having to pay to recruit a job applicant, which would be a win for the applicant and the company. (This is similar to the above Idea.)

104

Idea: A platform for making, distributing and monetizing augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) games The company says it’s already built over a dozen AR and VR games and is currently monetizing them through app stores, advertising, premium content, and in-app purchases

103

A tool that optimizes the security of cloud applications.

103

A mobile app for finding the closest parking spot to where you’re going, with the ability to pay for it with a credit card.

103

A video streaming app that lets users watch live events like concerts and sporting events.

103

This app helps content creators sell their products on Amazon, using a digital storefront.

103

A startup that is creating an automated process to build, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud

102

A startup that helps people schedule and pay for a doctor’s appointment

102

This startup is building an app that lets drivers pay for parking in advance from inside the app.

102

A payment app for new-age businesses, such as the "backyard cottage" industry that Node is building.

101

A social app for sharing information and experiences from travel.

101

A company that provides software to enable “app-like” experiences for businesses in the medical sector

101

If you own a home in the US, you can log into an app and see what the utilities are costing you in real time. However, the founders say that households throughout the world can benefit from a similar application.

101

A startup that sells a USB-connected device that allows you to remotely control your home’s lights and television, and allow users to launch and log into apps on their phones.

101

A startup for professionals to sell their expertise, such as fixing your computer, building your app, opening your car door, or giving you a pedicure.

101

This company is building an app that aims to help cities with data, allowing them to run services like parking and waste collection more efficiently.

101

A food delivery business that uses an app to make a restaurant delivery within 15 minutes.

100

A web and mobile app that helps people learn which service providers offer the best deals on electricity, gas, and water.

100

A company that builds the “Airbnb for internships”, connecting students with companies looking for summer interns. It’s a platform that allows both internships to be created and offers a marketplace for applications.

100

The company is building software that allows developers to use a single API to make apps for different platforms.

100

A platform where users can build and sell their own apps, getting paid in cryptocurrency.

100

The people who already use the app can buy more tickets and make bigger purchases, which will bring in new customers.

100

A developer platform for building and managing software applications. The company is launching with one product, but plans to scale across several verticals.

100

Inspired by the success of the Apple Watch, the company is building a tool that helps people manage their health and wellness.

99

A Facebook app that compiles all your Facebook activity into one place.

99

A mobile application that takes care of all the background tasks of running a business. It allows you to focus on making your business more efficient.

99

A text-based chat service for healthcare providers, with the aim of making it easier for patients to get a doctor’s appointment and communicate with their care teams.

99

This is a mobile application that helps entrepreneurs find, vet and manage teams. It was built by Y Combinator’s own team and is a set of tools that help founders navigate the startup ecosystem.

99

A hybrid of a car and a bike that can be unlocked with a smartphone app. It’s aimed at people who don’t want to own a car and are willing to go outdoors for errands.

99

A startup for people who are trying to get out of their current jobs. It’s a platform for employees to apply for jobs in the company’s network, and even offer their own services to employers who hire them.

99

A company that will help you create the perfect visual resume, with a template that’s designed to fit any job you might apply for.

99

A startup that lets people create VR content using their phones. The company has already raised $8.2 million to build three apps that use different VR hardware.

99

The app acts as a digital wallet for your car, helping you use your phone to buy gas and get directions, and to pay for parking and tolls in the city.

99

A mobile app that pairs with a “machine-learning algorithm” to help drivers find the best routes to their destinations.

98

A startup that is working on a location-based ad platform. Their pitch is that they are the only ones building a smart ad stack that works across all channels, including the web, apps, and the physical world.

98

A software developer that helps users build apps using a drag-and-drop interface.

98

An API for companies to post job openings and filter through applicants.

98

A platform that helps music artists with marketing, merchandising, and tour management. They have also launched a new app, PressPlay, that’s a digital music locker.

98

A travel app that claims to be fully integrated with Airbnb. The startup’s founders say they’ve already been in talks with Airbnb about using their platform.

98

An iOS app that aims to help parents build their own kid-friendly games.

98

A way to ‘hack’ the iPhone to allow custom functions. The startup tells us it sells to one customer, a company that makes custom apps for the iPhone.

98

A real-time chat app for B2B that connects companies with each other and people who can help them.

97

Note: This list is not comprehensive, and does not include all the companies that applied to YC in 2017.

97

A tool for creating custom front-end web applications with a drag-and-drop interface

97

A company that wants to build an app that helps students learn to code.

97

A platform that makes it easier to build and deploy decentralized applications on the Ethereum network. The startup aims to make Ethereum as easy to use as a web app, with an initial focus on dapps for financial services.

97

A drag-and-drop web app for building a prototype of a web application in minutes.

97

A dating app that helps people find matches regardless of what they’re looking for in a relationship. The startup has attracted more than $10 million in investment, and has partnered with celebrities like Shaquille O’Neal, who was one of the app’s first users.

97

A SaaS platform to help companies quickly build and manage apps using public and private cloud. The company is currently cash-flow positive with over 100 paying customers.

97

A tool for coordinating a group’s shopping trip with a single destination by using an app to do the driving.

97

A startup that aggregates offline data on a device and allows it to be accessed by other applications.

96

A decentralized protocol for messaging apps, enabling users to chat with each other without needing to install a new app.

96

A B2B company looking to shorten the time it takes to create a new mobile app by using an API for mobile app companies to build their own app on top of.

96

A company that builds “smart in-app advertising” for mobile games.

96

A smartphone-based contact management app, offering a built-in phone book, calendar, and a way to manage contacts.

96

The startup is building an app that integrates with Nest thermostats to automatically adjust your thermostat based on your schedule and preferences.

96

An API that allows developers to integrate location capabilities into their apps, without having to build their own location-based features.

96

This startup has an app that helps people find the best places to eat out and then send a personal recommendation to a friend. The app is meant for those who like to eat out but are unsure where to go.

96

A “mobile app development team”

96

A new kind of pairing app that allows you to chat with potential partners and find out if they have mutual friends.

95

A mobile app that helps users take pictures of their receipts, and then automatically categorize them into different expense categories, such as rent, food, and transportation.

95

A mobile app that helps you send emails from your mobile device.

95

ShareWorks is a cloud-based tool for sharing media such as photos, music, and video. The startup also offers a paid-for mobile app as well as a desktop companion for editing and sharing.

95

A web app for people to create and manage to-do lists.

95

A smartphone app that helps people find the closest restaurant to them based on their proximity

95

A smartphone app that helps patients help themselves. The app helps users manage their prescriptions, so they can take medications at the right time, and refill them before they run out. It also serves as a reminder to patients that they’re taking their meds, and will remind them when their prescriptions are about to expire.

95

An online marketplace that has a very different approach to selling than Amazon or eBay. The startup focuses on selling unique items and brands, and is based on a marketplace model that is increasingly popular in China.

95

A startup that aims to help keep track of all the activity happening in a company’s Slack.

95

This is an app meant to help small businesses write and sell articles on their website.

95

A platform that allows people who have low credit scores to apply for microloans

95

A company that makes a customizable app to help employees manage their personal finances, with tools like a budgeting planner and a personal finance tracker.

95

A startup that looks to make it easier for people to communicate with their doctors. It’s a service for people who want to answer questions about their health without having to make an appointment.

94

A startup that helps software developers to build mobile apps with a mobile SDK without requiring native code knowledge.

94

A startup whose product is a mobile app that helps people make better decisions about their health by working with a personal coach.

94

A mobile app that helps people find the best and cheapest public transportation in their city. Called "Uber for Transportation", it's already in beta in New York and San Francisco.

94

A startup that helps you make your house a solar-powered, internet-connected network, allowing you to control lights, appliances and other devices through an app.

94

The startup is building an app that lets people instantly pack and ship their food using their smartphone.

94

A startup that makes a mobile app for vehicle purchase and lease with 1/3 deposit.

94

This startup is building an app that connects farmers with their local food bank. The farmers will use the app to schedule deliveries of food, and the food bank will use the app to get the food delivered to their warehouse. The startup is building the platform with the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

94

This startup wants to help people find “unexpected connections”, i.e. happenstance encounters with strangers that lead to new connections.

94

In the US, over $15 billion is spent on advertising for pet care services, but there is currently no app-based service that lets you find a good pet sitter. Pet Care Hero wants to be the first.

94

A software platform for remote companies to manage their recruiting processes and gain a more effective applicant tracking.

94

A tool that helps developers build apps for the fitness and health industries. The company aims to build a platform that helps all the different parts of the industry work together.

93

A platform that helps users take better care of their data and their digital life. They’ll be launching an app where users can manage their data automatically and use it to optimize their lives.

93

A start-up that allows employers to streamline HR processes via a mobile app.

93

 A company building a weather app for iPhone that tells you what’s coming up next in your area.

93

A team of four, including two YC alumni, that makes an app that helps you track your heart rate during a workout.

93

A smartphone app that allows employees to find the nearest cash and card-accepting ATM.

93

This is an application that lets you set up a credit card and apply for a bank loan instantly, within a few minutes of signing up.

93

A company that provides a way to buy and trade crypto at the best prices. It’s an app for iOS and Android that allows users to use crypto to pay for things.

93

A startup that connects auto repair shops and customers via mobile app

93

This is an app that lets you make a just-in-time delivery order, like Uber but for groceries.

93

The startup is building an app that helps hospital business owners manage their wait times and staffing. The goal is to cut down on wait times for patients.

93

A startuplicant tracking platform for online job applications. The startup wants to scale to support large recruitment events like the YC Demo Day.

93

A startup that lets you schedule and pay for your dry cleaning, pick-up and delivery all through your phone's native phone app.

93

A platform for developers to easily build and monetize AR/VR apps and games.

93

Home automation startup that wants to help people manage their home energy usage with a mobile app.

93

An iPhone app that helps people find and reserve concert tickets

92

A SaaS tool for finding and booking open-ended, immersive style tours in any city. The startup also offers a booking platform for short-term travelers and an app that lets you book tours in advance.

92

A platform that allows people to monitor and control their home environment. Their central product is an IoT hub that collects data from things like lights, thermostat, and leak detectors, then sends it to a smartphone app.

92

A company that takes you through the process of getting a new phone. It’s an app that goes through the process of registering your phone, buying a SIM, getting a new phone and transferring your data with you.

92

 This app helps you manage your Twitter presence by allowing you to post Tweets in bulk with an interface that helps you organize and schedule your posts.

92

A platform for app developers that allows them to more easily monetize their apps.

92

A team health and fitness app with a day-by-day view of your schedule, tracking your reps, sets, rest and rest-pause sessions. The app also creates a social network around your workouts, creating a community around shared fitness goals.

92

A “native” mobile app designed with the multiscreen experience in mind.

92

A mobile app that connects students with free tutoring.

92

This startup is building a chatbot app for dental patients. It will teach patients about their oral health and the best way to maintain it.

92

A way to help human resources departments get a better picture of how workers are doing and whether they are happy in their jobs. The startup is looking to help HR departments with new tools to reduce turnover and better focus on employee retention.

92

A platform for developers to build mobile apps without having to build the code

91

A mobile app that tracks food and exercise, and allows users to share their data with others.

91

A chatbot that helps people learn how to kickstart conversations and build rapport quickly. The startup is working on a demo with YC.

91

A digital platform for the home, with an API to help developers build apps and integrate with smart home devices.

91

A delivery app that uses Uber, GrubHub and Postmates to dispatch delivery orders from a restaurant menu. This is a B2B app for restaurants to manage their delivery operations

91

If you’ve been to a restaurant in the United States, chances are you’ve left a tip. But what happens to that tip What if that tip was shared with the next person who dined at the same restaurant Farbric’s app cuts out the middleman, allowing the restaurant to keep more of that cash.

91

A startup that lets people order pizza or a take-out meal in five minutes or less, via a website or app.

91

A startup that lets you take a selfie and choose where you want it to appear – like Facebook’s ‘Camera Effects’ – in an Instagram-like interface that’s meant to show you how you look, not what you look like. The company has raised $2 million in seed funding.

91

A new fintech app that aims to make it easier for consumers to make payments

91

A mobile app that connects people to other travelers and hosts. The startup wants to use technology to make the world’s hotels and hostels more efficient and make it easier for people to find a place to stay.

91

A tool for sending money with a simple mobile app.

91

A startup that provides an app that helps people find and purchase discounted hotel rooms

90

Idea: A mobile application that lets you hire people on-demand to do tasks around the house

90

A travel booking app that uses AI to create itineraries for users based on their preferences. It launched in early July.

90

This app helps people connect with their local breweries

90

A venture-funded mobile app that helps users book hair and makeup services.

90

A mobile app that helps people find nearby parking as they drive for their carpools, ride-hailing, or public transit.

90

A mobile first video messaging app. Launched in July and already has over 1 million users.

90

A platform that allows users to record tasks that they’re going to complete, and the app then monitors what users do and makes sure they don’t miss any of their goals.

90

This startup is building an app that connects big companies with local small businesses in order to take advantage of the buying power of the millions of small business owners in the US.

90

This is a photo sharing app that lets you send your friends a “snapshot” of whatever you’re looking at. The startup monetizes via selling advertisers the ability to target specific geographic areas or high-traffic areas.

90

A real estate agent with a smartphone app that helps home-owners connect with contractors.

90

A social network for the deaf, modeled after its popular iPhone app. The company has expanded its offerings to include audio versions of the app for the deaf and hard of hearing.

90

A platform that helps people find apprenticeships, and connect with employers.

90

A team from Stanford University’s Computer Science Department is building an app to help college students study and stay on track. The app is meant to help students learn by learning with others, while also helping the company recruit more students.

90

This is an app for tracking your nutrition, fitness, and health goals.

90

A business calendar app that helps employees in a company collaborate on project updates.

90

A startup that trains drivers for rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft.

90

In January 2018, Instagram launched IGTV, an app designed to let people watch longer videos.

90

The founders of an AI-powered dating app want to use their product as a platform for investors to invest in AI startups.

90

A startup that aims to help parents get their kid’s homework done. The company builds a platform for teachers to provide online computing to students via web-based apps.

90

A startup that provides a directory of mobile app developers

89

Idea: A scheduling app for hair salons, meant to streamline the process of booking appointments and also to provide a better customer experience by allowing customers to book their appointments directly through the app

89