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

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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.

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A tool that optimizes the security of cloud applications.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

90

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.

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

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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.

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

85

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

84

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.

84

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

84

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

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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.

82

A content-management platform on which you can build websites, applications, and forums.

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A platform for building applications for homeowners using the Nest thermostat.

78

This startup is building a tool to help developers build chatbot applications and turn them into standalone mobile apps.

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In January 2018, Y Combinator announced that it was accepting applications for the 2018 batch. The 2018 batch is smaller than the 2017 batch, with only 25 companies accepted.

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This is a tool for developers that makes it easier to “deploy a single application to all of your connected devices”.

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A simple software application that helps users nail down their hourly rates.

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Slack is a project management and chat platform for teams and groups. Slack builds software as a service (SaaS) products, which are web-based applications that companies or organizations can use instead of having to install or maintain software on their own computer.

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A startup that enables a group of people to share their carpools and public transportation with one another. It’s a bit of a meta application in that the startup is building an app to help companies integrate carpooling into their business models.

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A company that develops web applications for businesses, such as e-commerce platforms or online store builders.

73

An “app store” for the cloud that “helps companies move their applications into the cloud, without losing their data”.

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A startup for people who want to stay in touch with their friends and family by having them send them text messages. The company's patent application describes the service as a “person-to-person messaging system.”

72

A tool for the legal cannabis industry to help dispensaries track and manage their inventory. The startup is also developing a web application for dispensaries to manage patient data.

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A tool for building, managing, and deploying custom web applications, available on a free tier.

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A software company that helps brands with crisis management. They want to simplify crisis communication through their application, which allows users to create a plan of action, rally staff, and engage with customers.

71

Asana is building an application for managing recurring meetings in a way that makes it easy for both attendees and hosts. They’re building out a dashboard for meeting organizers that helps them schedule meetings across personas and different time zones, and alerts them when meetings are about to start or end.

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"An automated way to scale and manage applications that help businesses solve problems. It uses machine learning, ecommerce, and a referral program to build a community of users.”

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PowerMeter is a smart meter data company. They want to provide “a data-driven mobile application for consumers and businesses that uses data from the smart meters to provide insights about power consumption, cost savings, and energy savings on a monthly and annual basis.”

70

This startup is building a mobile application that allows you to book hotels and flights from your phone.

70

A startup that makes it easy for companies to provide their employees with secure access to a range of cloud applications

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A new networking application, like LinkedIn.

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A new kind of company that uses algorithms and machine learning to predict how well its customers will do in the future. Possible applications include helping companies set up 401k plans that are as good for their employees as they are for the company’s bottom line.

69

This startup has built a startup loan application service that offers loans to small businesses with less than $250,000 in annual revenue.

69

A financial management application to help freelancers get paid, track their costs, and manage their invoices.

68

A startup that is building a platform for mobile phone companies and carriers to provide their services on the open web and in mobile applications, instead of requiring people to download an app.

68

A tool that helps programmers build and execute microservices-based applications on any cloud or on-premise infrastructure. This is a startup that is building its own infrastructure on top of AWS.

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The company's app is designed to help consumers monitor the health of their finances, including credit scores, debt and income. The application, which is in beta, is available for Android and Apple iOS smartphones.

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A platform that allows businesses to grant employees access to multiple work tools and applications. It’s currently in beta.

66

This is an application for trading 2nd, 3rd, and 4th mortgages. The startup has raised $1.4 million from investors like Alphabet’s GV and Comcast’s NBCUniversal Ventures. Prior to YC, the company raised $1.2 million in seed funding from investors like Cowboy Ventures, Lerer Ventures, Social Starts and Social Finance.

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 A startup that wants to disrupt the HR market by automating the job application process.

66

This startup is building an application that connects credit unions with third parties like landlords, allowing them to provide credit to their members at a lower cost than in-person lenders.

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A SaaS solution that helps software developers build and manage mobile applications. The startup is looking to allow companies to create a mobile application for any of their products, with the system automatically building the app for them.

65

WAM is building a mobile application that allows brands to better manage their social media accounts.

64

An enterprise application integration (EAI) platform for managing complex API integrations.

64

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

64

An enterprise application designed to help companies manage the spread of malware and security threats. The startup is built on a platform that provides IT teams with a single view of all of the company’s security threats, allowing them to prioritize and control those threats without wasting time.

62

A cross-platform desktop application that allows users to log into their apps without their credentials and automatically logs them into their bank accounts. The startup is building the company off of Yodlee’s data and wants to build it further into apps like Facebook, Spotify, and others.

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A company that is building an API to connect real-time data to multiple applications/websites.

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The App Factory is building a platform to build, distribute, and manage applications from a team of developers and designers. It’s a mix of Slack, Trello, and Jira.

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A company that helps companies build, operate, and secure their own mobile applications.

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This is an application to help people find a doctor and get an appointment within 24 hours. The startup is seeking to partner with hospitals to help users find doctors for in-person visits.

59

A way to send photos and videos to friends and family via a web application.

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A company that wants to make it easier for people to fill out job applications. It is currently in the early stages of deploying a product for employers to manage their job applications.

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A tool for developers to create web applications that can interact with other online services.

59

A tool that allows programmers to build and edit .NET Framework applications directly from their smart phones

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A SaaS application meant to help recruiters manage the process of calling and hiring candidates, and keep track of who they’ve interviewed and what they’ve asked.

55

A web-based application that helps companies manage their inventory and track it using an inventory management system like Shopify.

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A startup that helps people fill out job applications and offers more accurate insights about what they’re truly interested in.

55

A mobile application that lets you trade money via peer-to-peer, similar to Venmo and other P2P apps. The startup is currently in development, with plans to launch in Q1 2019.

54

A product management platform for agencies, developers, and designers that helps companies plan, identify, prioritize, and integrate features for their software applications.

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Currently, we are only hiring for full-time roles. We are not accepting applications for internships at this time. We are not accepting applications for part-time roles.

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A desktop application that allows people to quickly and easily pay their bills, from utility companies to credit card companies.

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The startup has built a software platform that gives brands the ability to create real-time webinars through web browsers or mobile applications. The company is based in New York City and is backed by a $3 million seed round from investors including 500 Startups, Forerunner Ventures, and Lerer Ventures.

53

A company focused on helping companies find and recruit people who create content like blogs, podcasts, or YouTube channels. Content creators have to manually fill out applications and get approval from the startup to be on their platform. The startup has already raised $100,000 and is looking for more investment.

52

A web application that would allow you to manage all of your ‘to-do’ items in one place.

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A microservices-based API which helps developers build applications which benefit from faster and more efficient data processing, often beyond traditional limits of the cloud.

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Zach wants to help people who don't want to use a traditional bank — they don't want to install an app, or they want to use a specific app for different financial needs. Zach is a mobile application that lets you do this, with a free service called Zach Wallet.

50

A single-page application framework that aims to let developers build highly-optimized mobile apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Modernizr is used by over 100,000 developers.

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This company is building a way to add gender-neutral language to websites and applications. It’s a way to extend the gender-neutral language that’s already been created for things like vacation rentals or the LGBTQ community by defaulting to “them” whenever they’re not specified.

48

A free, open-source platform for building and managing distributed applications. Uses a programming language called Akka.

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A digital mortgage application for consumers.

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A “real-time messaging application that enables people to communicate online in real-time”. They’re working with tech firms in the Washington DC area, and say they expect to expand beyond their current market by 2020.

45

An automated way for companies to build their own mobile applications. The startup’s founders say that it allows companies to create applications without having to hire developers or design them from scratch.

45

 A way to streamline the process of getting a loan for a startup (or other company in need of financing). The company provides a marketplace for financing and a loan application, with providers ranging from big banks to crowdlending sites. They’re currently in the process of raising Series A funding.

44

A loan application platform that uses machine learning algorithms to identify fraudulent loan applications and offers discounted rates to borrowers.

43

A platform that allows developers to build and sell applications for companies that want to offer or manage a loyalty program.

42

A mobile application that helps users track and listen to their favorite musical artists.

42

A tool for teams to file and manage their patent applications

42

A platform for building mobile applications for small businesses, with an easy-to-use dashboard. The startup is looking to compete with popular platforms like Square and Stripe.

40

This is a SaaS application with a question and answer format that allows people to talk about ideas and their progress. The startup wants to build out a content management platform to help people publish their work.

39

A mobile application that uses a custom demo version of Facebook’s Graph API to allow users to create and share an interactive digital business card that includes information about their company, including their team.

39

Taking the speed and agility of the mobile web and developing a platform that can be used on any device, including desktops. The startup, which was started in 2013, is one of the few startups creating a truly mobile web application.

38

A mobile application that allows the user to create and share movement plans and trainings. The startup wants to help people share their workout plans with their friends, allowing them to track progress.

37

An OS that uses Windows-style metaphors and a desktop-style interface to make it work like OSX, but with Windows-style applications.

37

A startup that helps restaurant workers keep track of multiple job applications and reviews.

37

Online platform for building decentralized applications, allowing teams to build their own apps and run them with a simple API.

36

“A cross-platform software development kit (SDK) that allows developers to easily use and build applications for the Amazon Echo smart speaker.”

35

 A startup for hotels to receive guest reviews. It allows hotels to easily build a phone application that allows guests to submit feedback. It’s also a way for hotels to tap into a big, untapped market of millennials who like to review things on their phones.

34

The startup is building a tool for customizing software for a particular application or job, and making the process of creating custom software easier.

34

A health insurance company that helps you fill out your health insurance application with your answers on a mobile app.

34

A free online application for learning Portuguese, Spanish, French, or Italian.

34

A point-of-sale application for restaurants, allowing them to accept payments online and mobile.

34

A SaaS-based application for meeting and event planning that includes an online calendar, interactive maps, and invitations.

33

A startup that uses “crunchtime” to help companies and teams get things done. The startup’s core product is a web application that helps teams manage tasks and shares status updates.

33

A platform that allows users to have messaging conversations with their pets, with the company providing the service of getting their pets to say a phrase or a word through a mobile application.

33

This startup is building a tool for companies to manage user permissions in their app by creating a “whitelist” of applications that can be approved for access, and a “blacklist” of apps that can’t be approved.

33

A startup that wants to build a streamlined enterprise mobile application. Its platform lets businesses choose from pre-built mobile apps or customize them from scratch. It’s built on the Salesforce Chatter API and is targeting the C-Suite.

32

A platform that allows companies to create web applications that work on any device, and connect with each other.

32

A startup that aims to solve the problem of re-marketing in higher education recruiting by building a way to help schools replace the need for multiple applications.

32

a free front-end application for Gmail that allows users to download and share their email directly to other messaging apps. The company’s aim is to provide a simpler, more intuitive interface for users to manage their email.

32

A company that builds a way to observe and track the movement of people in real time through a smartphone application. It’s a way to keep celebrities safe at festivals and other events. The founders say they’ve already been approached by several celebrities to use their product.

32

A SaaS application that helps businesses manage and secure their customers by creating and enforcing rules for their phone numbers.

31

A company that helps students get into medical school by matching them with mentors. It takes a student’s application and provides recommendations on which medical school to apply to, based on the student’s chances of getting into medical school.

31

Building a mortgage application and loan application that takes traditional paperwork out of the equation and runs it through an AI engine.

30

A mobile application development platform that helps bring to life the idea for a mobile app that helps in the development of an innovative product.

30

A startup that builds a prediction engine for how different financial instruments will perform. It’s first application is a prediction for bitcoin.

30

The founders of this cloud-based recruiting startup say that they’ve discovered that many people don’t have a good idea of what their job responsibilities are. They’re building an application that can help people figure that out, and then identify the best fit for each position in the pool.

30

A tool for teachers to collaborate and review lessons with students, built as a web application.

30

A company that creates a suite of applications for small businesses to automate tasks and shave time off their work week.

26

A social networking application for business professionals.

23

A digital payments application for small businesses that replaces a bank account, credit card, and direct debit. The B2B business uses the same technology that allows a company to charge purchases to a credit card.

22

A cloud-native, multi-tenant application platform that focuses on making it easier to manage a company’s backend infrastructure. It’s the company’s first product, and the company is targeting $100 million in revenue as it adds new features.

20

A business that seeks to create the next generation of data reporting for agencies, which are tasked with crunching the numbers on everything from city budgets to loan applications.

19

A startup that aims to make it easier for companies to manage the hiring process. The company’s first product allows companies to post job openings, then when a candidate applies, the company can review the application, send interview offers, and conduct interviews all in one place.

17

This startup is building a “digital” tool to help people with things like vacations, travel, or spending money. The startup is on a mission to make saving money as easy as booking a trip. They have an Android application and a web app.

15

A startup that helps companies and organizations manage their resumés and job applications, providing a service that’s currently being used by companies like UPS, IBM, and Capital One.

10

A platform for building custom business applications that runs on the Salesforce platform.

8

A tool that helps users create their own custom-built fonts with the company’s custom font editor. The startup aims to remove the need to have a designer build fonts for an application or website by allowing users to build their own instead.

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In January, the team at this startup launched a video-editing application that looks to improve the quality of videos with a focus on face detection and video stabilization. The startup claims to have gained 1,000 users since its launch.

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Idea: A startup that makes it easy to integrate blockchain technology into your business They’re building an open-source platform that will allow businesses to easily create decentralized applications, and will provide consulting

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Idea: A blockchain-based protocol for developing, operating, and governing decentralized applications and organizations

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Idea: An IDE for writing serverless applications

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Idea: A tool for building serverless applications, but with a twist: it’s designed to make it easier to write serverless applications that are also APIs

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Idea: A startup that wants to use machine learning to solve the problem of sifting through job applications to find the candidates who are likely to be a good fit for your company

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Idea: A software company that wants to build project management applications that are smarter and easier to use than what’s available today

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Idea: A tool that helps companies build applications that are easy to use, with a built-in system for gathering feedback from users

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Idea: A platform for authenticating users via the Slack application programming interface (API)

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Idea: A platform that helps users build applications for mobile phones

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Idea: A way to bring “native apps to the web”, so developers can build applications that behave natively in browsers

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Idea: A tool for building instant messaging applications with chatbots for corporations

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Idea: This startup is building a low-code application development platform. It’s currently used by companies like AppDirect, eero, and Stripe.

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Idea: A startup that is building a mobile application where you can earn money by downloading apps, watching short videos, and answering surveys.

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Idea: A software company that makes a platform for college admissions officers to make their application process more efficient.

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Idea: This startup is building an application that helps call centers handle chat/chatbot conversations with customers. It’s a way to help them navigate inquiries that come in via different communication channels.

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The event was held on a larger scale than any previous TechCrunch event. It had a venue capacity of 2,500 people, and received 2,200 applications to attend.

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Idea: A startup for custom mobile applications for companies and non-profits. It’s a well-known model that has been around for a few years. The founder says his company has $30k in monthly recurring revenue, working with 500 companies.

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Idea: A mobile application for security guards to handle walk-in queries, like from shoppers who need directions or from workers who want to know if they’re allowed to take a box home.

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Idea: A third-party application for managing the construction process of a home. It works to help management companies coordinate the flow of work on a building site, and help architect firms coordinate the flow of work on a construction site.

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A startup for creating and managing web-based applications for teams.

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A startup that allows you to transfer funds from a card (like a credit card or bank card) to a bank account using an API (application programming interface) instead of a physical card

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A startup that helps people apply for a visa or make other immigration-related application

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