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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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The startup is building a platform to help people to buy and sell gently used items, like cars, without having to go through a third party like eBay or Craigslist. They have a plan in place to expand into new categories in 2020.

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A hamburger-focused delivery startup targeting the Bay Area, with a goal of having a minimum of $20 million in revenue by the end of the year.

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A cloud-based platform to enable people to easily run their own on-demand marketplaces. The startup is targeting people who sell products on eBay and Amazon.

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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.

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The startup helps startups sell their products on Amazon and eBay in the US.

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A startup that provides a service where people can buy a box of random stuff for $100 and see if they can sell anything on eBay If they sell it, they get a portion of the profit If they don’

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A company that wants to help streamline buying and selling of artwork and collectibles on eBay.

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Work-at-home tech support for small businesses. The startup is based in the Bay Area and recently raised $3 million to expand internationally.

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The San Francisco Bay Area is home to more than 200 companies that have received a total of more than $80 billion in venture capital funding as of Q3 2017.

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A real estate app meant to help people find, research, and purchase houses. The startup is currently focused on the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A property management startup in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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“We pride ourselves on being one of the few VCs in the Bay Area that can actually speak the language of our portfolio companies, and we are happy to have the opportunity to learn Spanish and Portuguese.”

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The Tampa Bay, Florida-based startup is building a platform that allows users to search for and access previously stolen goods.

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This startup sells an Android app that lets you quickly record notes/talks about an item you are selling on eBay. The startup is also building out a platform for selling on eBay.

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In June 2018, the Startup Genome Project released data on the 100 most active venture-backed startups in the world. Of the top 100 startups, 12 were based in the San Francisco Bay Area. That was more than any other single city in the world.

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A two-sided marketplace for recruiting, with employers and job seekers trading feedback and contact information. The company is based in the San Francisco Bay Area but also has offices in Los Angeles and Philly.

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A platform that lets restaurant customers rate their experience and recommend nearby businesses. The startup, which has raised $400,000 from investors in three rounds, says they currently cover the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

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A company that aims to simplify the process of buying and selling used goods online in the US, and in the UK, with the aim to make it easier than eBay or Craigslist. The startup currently has 2,000 members, each paying a monthly fee.

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A company that makes an app that helps people learn more about their health conditions and how to keep them at bay. The app is for people who want to learn more or keep track of their health conditions.

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The startup is launching a digital platform to improve the quality of on-demand clinics. The platform aims to offer a way for doctors to easily post their services and for consumers to find a nearby clinic that offers appointments they need. The company is currently operating in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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This app helps people find parking spots in downtown areas and is available in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A logistics platform for food-delivery services. The startup’s founders are now working with a number of food and beverage companies in the Bay Area, including Temescal Brewing.

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A startup that aims to be a “database for the commodities space”, helping companies like Amazon, eBay, and Alibaba connect with supply chain partners and suppliers to get better data insights.

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 A new type of meal-kit delivery service that aims to save consumers money by offering discounts when they order in bulk. The startup already has a few thousand customers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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 This is a marketplace where people can sell their expired Amazon and eBay gift cards, with a small percentage of the proceeds going to charity. The startup takes a cut from each sale.

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A platform that enables fans to interact with players and teams to better understand their interests. The startup is currently in a partnership with the NBA; it’s also in a partnership with the A’s to help fans in the Bay Area get better access to the team.

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A chatbot that helps people connect with local small businesses that sell items on eBay.

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A way to automatically sell your old stuff on eBay, using big data to determine what you’re likely to buy again.

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In the summer of 2016, Y Combinator opened a office in London to focus on Europe. The office is headed by Laura Simpson, who previously worked at eBay, and has joined the Y Combinator London team. Y Combinator London is focused on advising and investing in European startups and is led by Stephen O’Grady, who previously worked at Twitter, Google, and Yahoo.

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A company that lets teachers stream class lectures to the students in the classroom — and vice versa. The startup is currently working with 45 teachers and 10 school districts in the San Francisco Bay area.

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An insurance company focused on the life-sciences industry. It’s currently starting a pilot in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A platform for selling and buying things on your phone, similar to eBay and Craigslist, but with more personalization and a focus on local finds. In beta as of July, the company is not yet profitable, but has already signed up over 500 beta testers.

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is a company that helps companies that sell their surplus inventory on Amazon and eBay to manage their inventories and fulfill orders from one place.

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A web-based video platform for providing short-form, on-demand “how to” guides for small businesses. The idea is that users can subscribe to specific topics, such as ‘how to sell on eBay’ and then be notified when a new video is available.

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A set of business-focused events for women. The company wants to start with a small group of founders in the SF Bay Area.

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A tool that helps companies hire talent in the San Francisco Bay Area, connecting them with candidates.

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An online service that helps people sell used clothes without dealing with the hassle of eBay or try-before-you-buy services like Grailed and StockX. The company says it has already sold over $1M worth of used clothes.

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A program that matches and trains mentors with students in the Bay Area.

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An ecommerce platform for individuals looking to buy and sell items on the eBay auction website

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A business plan for a startup is like a sales pitch. It’s vague. It’s hard to see its potential. And it’s hard to know if it’s worth checking out. So many founders miss out on the chance to grow their business because they don’t have this thing called a business plan that explains how they’ll do it. The goal of this startup is to make it easy for anyone to write that plan. It’s currently only available in the Bay Area.

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A startup that lets users find and order food in the Bay Area in under five minutes.

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B2B companies are more likely to use YC-backed startups as employees, as compared to one where the founders are located in the Bay Area.

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A platform that makes it easier to sell and ship products online. CEO Jairaj Habbal has raised $100,000 in seed funding and says he wants the company to be the eBay of the e-commerce world.

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Builds on the idea of an online store for workers to make money by selling items people need — and allowing them to earn up to $15 an hour. The company says it is currently operating in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A company that aims to create a unified market for global enterprises to buy and sell global inventory. The startup is taking a basic model of eBay for sourcing global products and turning them into a full-service marketplace.

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A simple tool that gives people a way to track their finances, with a focus on building a community. It’s just launched in beta and says it’s already gaining traction in the SF Bay Area.

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This is a startup that wants to help people sell their old stuff on Craigslist, using their own photos and descriptions to sell their items without the hassle of eBay or Craigslist.

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A company that allows you to buy and sell goods on eBay directly from within a mobile app. Founded by former Facebook exec Justin Kan, Hangers was started in 2014 and has raised $5.5 million. and has over 30,000 users.

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A social network for people who want to buy and sell real estate. It’s currently focused on the San Francisco Bay Area, and is intended to compete with Zillow and Trulia.

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A platform for selling and buying used cars, introduced at YC’s Demo Day in 2015. The startup brings a car buying platform to a market where many people don’t have credit or don’t want to deal with the hassle of financing. It’s already in use in the Bay Area, and is looking to expand to other areas of the country.

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Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, this startup is building an online marketplace for freelance designers to get paid for their work.

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A tool for hiring employees. They’re based in the Bay Area and have raised $100,000 from YC in 2019.

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A startup that sells an app that lets you take a photo, track it, and then immediately see where that item was sold. The company is based in the Bay Area.

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Everyone is doing it: Amazon, eBay, Walmart, then you have Home Depot and Lowe’s. But Meijer, a Midwest-based retailer that operates grocery stores and a number of other retail chains. Meijer is looking to use the e-commerce trend to stay ahead of its rivals and has begun selling products that haven’t been available in stores in the past, like wine and cheese.

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San Francisco-based startups, the city is famous for being “the capital of startups.” However, in recent years, the city has begun to lose its startup scene to other locales in the Bay Area, particularly Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco itself.

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A startup that’s helping to teach 4,000 students a month in the Bay Area how to code.

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A self-serve tool for selling goods on eBay.

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A platform for developing video games and other digital content. They're hiring a CEO to grow the company and have plans to expand from the Bay to LA, New York and beyond.

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In these polls, the respondents were asked to pick the most innovative young companies in San Francisco Bay Area.

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A meeting scheduler for small businesses. It’s designed to be easy to use for simple scheduling, and free for five people. The founders say that they’ve got customers in the Bay area, and plans to expand to the East Coast in the next year.

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A platform that helps people build their own online stores. Customers that build their own online stores can then order their products through Amazon, eBay or any other platform.

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A startup that wants to help companies buy and sell their product or service via a public marketplace. It’s like eBay, but for corporate products.

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A startup that’s building a platform where employers can post jobs and candidates can apply for them, and also manage their profiles and cover letters. It’s currently in its beta version and growing in the SF Bay Area.

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This startup system uses a combination of machine learning and custom coding to detect fraudulent activity on ebay and predict the likelihood of a transaction being fraudulent.

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Allows users to send an eBay-style message (“buy it now”) to other users who are already selling the same item.

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A platform for scheduling and managing taxi-cab service via smartphone. The startup is in the early stages of scaling, but the goal is to offer all of the things you could expect from a taxi cab service — like GPS tracking, real-time communication, and a dispatch system. The company is profitable and small but growing in the San Francisco Bay area.

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This startup is a grocery delivery service that serves the entire San Francisco Bay Area. It has a total of 400 restaurants on its platform.

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A startup that helps entrepreneurs in the US get their home-based businesses into compliance with the tax code. It’s also a service that has helped 35 lawyers in the Bay Area file taxes in just over 3 hours, typically via telephone.

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This healthcare startup wants to help employees avoid the cycle of health insurance premiums and high deductibles. They send a monthly debit card to employees, and can be customized to cover a certain amount of money per month for a certain service, ranging from life insurance to primary care to dental. They’re profitable and growing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A food delivery service focused on healthy and organic products in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have $40,000 in monthly recurring revenue.

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This is a system that’s meant to help retailers have better control of their inventory. The startup is working on simplifying the process of selling items on eBay. They’re planning to launch in November 2020.

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The idea is that you can share a credit card and an amount, and restaurant will then provide you a receipt for that amount. The company is based in the Bay Area, but has customers in all 50 states.

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A startup for selling outside of Ebay. The company is building out a marketplace for manufacturers and suppliers to list their goods for sale.

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This startup wants to make it easier to buy products online with just a few clicks. It’s a global e-commerce platform that connects to Amazon, eBay, and AliExpress for brands.

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Idea: This is a mobile app that makes it easy to get a ride using your smartphone Riders can also use the app to manage their ride, directly with the driver, without speaking to a dispatcher It’s currently available in the Bay Area, with free rides during the trial period

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Idea: A startup to help sellers list items on Amazon, eBay, and Shopify

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Idea: A web app that makes it easy for people to sell the stuff they don’t want anymore. It’s an “eBay for the rest of your stuff”, meaning it’s not just for things with a high value.

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Idea: This corporate wellness startup is building a platform that lets companies and their employees take their fitness out of the gym and into the world. Their first product, a smart wearable that tracks your steps and other activities, is currently being beta tested in the Bay Area.

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