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A company that helps retailers manage product returns and make refunds faster, more efficiently, and cheaper.

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The startup is rolling out a network of mobile clinics and Ubers for cheaper care in lower-income parts of the US that need it.

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A startup that helps hospitals find cheaper alternatives to the expensive equipment they use in the ER.

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A new startup that aims to modernize the payments industry for businesses, making it faster, cheaper, and more secure.

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A startup that’s building a way to help people get their gas cheaper. The company is now in the process of raising funds to launch its platform.

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A new search engine that’s faster and cheaper than Google.

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A startup for the sale of used cars, which is designed to be faster, cheaper, and easier than dealerships.

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A digital platform for group-buying, with the goal of making it simpler and cheaper for people to order directly from the group, and helping them better manage the group.

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A company that makes it cheaper to travel to Europe, the UK, and the US. It’s based in London and is looking to grow with the help of a $250,000 series A round.

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Two founders left YC to build a $10 per month service to help food delivery services become more cost effective and more like an on-demand service. It’s available in a few cities in the US, and it’s simple: a “geofenced” area with a few delivery zones that are cheaper than a full city block.

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This startup is looking to help people invest in property in ways that are cheaper and more secure than the usual methods.

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A self-serve platform for saving money on auto insurance or just comparing rates, which they say is “faster, cheaper, and more comprehensive then any other website”. They currently have $2.5 million in monthly recurring revenue and are looking to launch in Miami and Atlanta.

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Cofounder Alex Zabludowicz co-founded this fintech company with his brother, Alex. It wants to make payments faster, cheaper, and more secure, with a focus on the developing world.

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A startup that uses a software program to crunch open data to predict land value The startup claims that it can predict land value more accurately than appraisers and cheaper than buying survey data

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This startup is building a tool that helps companies launch a new product easier and cheaper. It’s currently focused on B2B customers and is looking to partner with the B2B startups that come through YC to help them with their product launch process.

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A company that makes better and cheaper software for developers.

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A startup that wants to make decentralized identity management that’s cheaper and more secure. It’s highly ambitious, and the company has raised $2 million in seed funding.

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The company’s goal is to create a cloud-based service that’s cheaper, more secure, and more scalable than Dropbox, Box, and other cloud storage companies.

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a mobile payments system for India. The startup is pitching itself as a cheaper alternative to the likes of Google Wallet and Paytm.

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This cloud-based platform for payments brings together payments processors, banks, and merchants to offer a service that is cheaper and faster for consumers than traditional methods.

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A community of people who want to live in space, and want to live in space for at least $200,000. They want to live in space because they think it’s a better place to live than Earth. They want to live in space because they think it will be cheaper than if they were to live on Earth. And they want to live in space because they think it will be safer than if they were to live in Earth.

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A new way to get a medical diagnosis, aiming to connect patients with health providers in a way that is convenient, cheaper, and better for patients.

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This startup is building an Uber-like app that it says will be cheaper and more accessible for those who can’t afford a car. It will also have a carpooling component, so you can share a ride to work and your car with others.

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A startup for book lovers that lets you see what books are available to buy in your area and set a reminder to buy it when it’s cheaper.

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This startup wants to offer a cheaper alternative to the costly, time-consuming process of renting a car, and make it easy for car buyers to find the right car for their needs.

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A startup that makes it cheaper and faster for online businesses to choose the best suppliers. It’s essentially a marketplace for business to compare suppliers.

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A messaging app that eliminates the need for SMS text messages to communicate with a business in China. The startup wants to make calls and texts cheaper and faster, with a focus on reducing spam.

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A program that helps people trade in their old textbooks for credits to buy new ones. The startup is working with publishers to get its new textbooks a little cheaper than new ones.

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This is a credit card processing startup that is aiming to offer a cheaper alternative for small businesses.

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A tool for freelancers that allows them to create invoices with no upfront cost or monthly subscription. The startup is looking to be a cheaper alternative to Upwork and Freelancer.

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A B2B specialist that connects global buyers with local manufacturers. The company is building a supply chain management platform for businesses that is meant to be faster and cheaper than traditional methods.

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A German startup building autonomous cars that are cheaper and more energy efficient than competitors.

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A startup that is building out a faster, cheaper, and more secure IoT platform that will be used by startups and large businesses alike.

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A startup that offers a way for people to book rides from their homes to the airport. UberX rides are typically cheaper than cab rides, but even after the startup’s recent troubles, it has a market share of over 30%.

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An online marketplace for buying and selling used items and goods. The company is using a technology called RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) to allow consumers to scan an item and find out what they’re worth on the platform, which they say is a cheaper way to buy used goods, and helps sellers by cutting out the middleman.

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A software company that helps small businesses run their inventory, from stocking to payment processing. The startup wants to make the process of running a retail store “easier, faster, and cheaper”.

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A new type of product for ecommerce, with a leaner, cheaper solution for goods with fewer options. The startup’s customers include Warby Parker and Bonobos.

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A credit card that doesn’t charge interest and is cheaper than a credit card with a small monthly fee.

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A company that does data collection for nonprofit events. The company is going to help nonprofits run better, faster, and cheaper events through a better toolset.

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This startup wants to solve the problem of keeping track of customers’ payments for businesses and helps them with a phone app and a digital solution that they claim are more accurate and cheaper.

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A startup that aims to build the next generation of AVs, keeping them safer and cheaper than current models.

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Solve a consumer problem by using the power of the internet to make the shopping experience faster and cheaper.

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A remote brain-computer interface startup, which claims to be cheaper, faster, and more accurate than existing solutions.

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A startup that makes car rentals cheaper and more flexible

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A platform that helps retail employees find out how to get cheaper insurance, pay taxes, and save money on taxes.

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This startup is building a digital bank account in India. The founders say it’s a simpler, cheaper alternative to the physical ATM cards found in most cities.

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A financial services system for the unbanked, intended to be much cheaper and less complex than existing options. The startup is building the product for users in India and Nigeria.

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A peer-to-peer housing marketplace, where people can find roommates or share their own home for cheaper rates.

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A developer of a "dockless bike share" system in the hopes of giving people a cheaper, cleaner, and faster way of getting around.

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A “decision engine” that helps businesses make sense of regulatory and compliance challenges. The company aims to make legal processes easier, cheaper, and more transparent.

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This is a wearable for women that helps them track the menstrual cycle. The company aims to create a cheaper alternative to other wearable products.

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 A platform for people to make money by taking pictures of what they’re eating. It’s faster, cheaper, and easier to use than Instagram.

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A smart suit that monitors a cyclist’s body and sounds an alert if the cyclist is having a heart attack. Geekster’s founders say that it’s a much cheaper alternative to an electrocardiogram, and only takes a few seconds to measure a person’s heart rate.

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A computer vision startup that wants to help computer vision researchers get access to more data by making it cheaper and easier for them to process images. The startup currently has a small team of 7, but they’re looking to grow that to 15 by the end of the year.

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A payments company that aims to help companies simplify their payment processing and make it cheaper for small businesses to accept payments.

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 The startup is building a team of drone pilots that can fly parcels to people within 20 minutes. The service is cheaper than UPS and FedEx, but requires a subscription fee.

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A company that aims to make office-sharing easier and cheaper for its users. It’s a peer-to-peer office-sharing service that allows people who share an office to save money on their utilities and rent.

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The startup helps companies build their own personal training programs in order to make in-person training more efficient, cheaper, and more accessible.

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Building an alternative to the standard ERP software package for small business, one that is faster, cheaper, and easier to use.

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A platform that helps people in developing economies get around the inefficiencies of the current financial system. Its founders say that their platform is “an order of magnitude cheaper” than other existing alternatives.

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This startup is building a simple service for sending and receiving payments that are cheaper and faster than the traditional option. The startup is focused on being a cheaper and faster alternative for peer-to-peer payments in developing markets.

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This startup is building a platform to help renters manage their finances and manage their utilities. The company’s founders say they want to build a tool that’s cheaper and faster than a traditional bank account and are seeking seed funding.

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This startup is building a software platform to make renting out equipment and furniture easier and cheaper for small businesses.

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This is a service that provides a way to transfer large amounts of money to a friend or family member, the company claims it’s cheaper than the international wire transfers it aims to compete with, with a 3% fee.

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A tool that helps content marketers find the most effective ways to promote their work. The startup wants to make content marketing cheaper by removing the middleman and letting companies choose what works best for them.

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A “payroll for the sharing economy” where companies can hire independent contractors with a more flexible relationship with customers and company. The company claims it’s cheaper, faster, and easier than traditional payroll systems.

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A tool to help people get their doctor to prescribe cheaper medications by checking Medicare cost data and comparing it to what a doctor’s office would charge for that medication.

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A startup that helps people find cheaper or free parking by aggregating and ranking parking lots and garages.

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The founders walked away from their jobs in the technology industry to focus on food, and built a tech app that makes it easier and cheaper for restaurants to source from local farmers.

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A company that helps companies build out their strategies for “the new retail” — the idea that buying needs to be easier, faster, and cheaper.

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An online sales platform for beauty products. The company says it’s 6x cheaper to use than competitor sites, and claims it has $1 million per month in paid traffic.

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Idea: A tool for reducing the time between when a company identifies a bug, and when that bug is actually fixed The startup says their product is 80% cheaper than competitors

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Idea: A tool that lets you generate legal documents like NDAs out of a simple web form. The company says it makes generating and maintaining legal docs easier, cheaper, and more transparent.

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Idea: A startup that aims to replace the ancient, insecure, and expensive fax machine with a paper-less, secure, and cheaper system. The startup is working with large corporations to do this, and has sold $100,000 in the last month, with a 2.5% take rate.

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A startup that helps people find the best time to travel by providing personalized flight information and pricing The idea is to provide a better customer experience and a better chance at getting a cheaper ticket The startup says that it can save customers up to $300 annually on their air

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