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A startup that wants to create an online-only community for teachers, and eventually other professionals.

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A community for individuals who want to learn the basics of machine learning and data science.

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The company is building a platform to help startups connect with investors and build a community of backers. The startup is working with Y Combinator and other investors to get more startups to pitch at YC.

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A platform for the creation of community-driven training videos.

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A startup that will allow people to build websites for their local community, and then charge a monthly fee for that service.

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This startup wants to help the international diplomatic community solve some of the most pressing problems by building an online platform for them to share their expertise.

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A startup that aims to be the Wikipedia of the veterinary industry, by building a community for vets across the world.

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A new company to help people make connections in a city, using a “social media platform for the community”

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A startup for community members to report potholes and graffiti in their neighborhood Workers go out daily to clean up potholes, remove graffiti

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A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program that provides customers with weekly deliveries of fresh produce and other items from local farmers. Customers pay for their weekly deliveries of local fruits and vegetables through a subscription model.

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A new type of virtual reality experience, where people can interact with others in a “virtual school” or “virtual community” without leaving their own home.

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A tool to help the developer community find solutions for specific problems with the language.

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Online business directory and community for India

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A company that provides a platform to run community-based learning programs in developing countries online.

91

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.

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A startup that helps people take better photos and videos with the goal of building a community of photographers.

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A community of teachers with a chat room for discussion

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A product that provides a “community of people who have lost their phone or know someone who has lost their phone.”

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A social media platform that brings brand power to the local community. It works by giving brands a platform on which they can interact with consumers and promote their products.

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A tool for streaming live video and building community around it. Trying to build a “Netflix for Live Video”.

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A social media community for artists and art lovers.

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“A platform for high-growth companies to grow their community,” which has a plan to bring in more than $100,000 in revenue in 2019 (as of July).

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A social portal for the LGBTQ community

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A company that wants to re-create the good old days of the local neighborhood hardware store for modern consumers. They want to build a modern version of the mobile app that lets people buy and sell their stuff in a local community.

85

A startup that pairs you with a community of debt-free, budget-conscious people who are willing to split the cost of a car, home, furniture, or other major purchase.

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A platform for creating and sharing content related to the local community, such as local guides and news.

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A consumer-targeted business that allows the user to share and rate products, and build a community around them.

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This is a community for videographers that already has 300,000 members.

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A company that manufactures and sells protein shakes. The company is looking to build a community around their protein powders that would help them get customers.

83

A startup that will focus on building a community of companies that are using artificial intelligence

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A company that makes AI-powered software to help nonprofits, raising funds from the community.

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A network of community-based care providers that helps seniors stay in their homes. The startup has raised $24 million to date.

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Real estate data company for the real estate community.

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Helps members of a school community get access to free local yoga.

81

A “digital marketplace for used books and audiobooks” that allows users to find and buy books in their community of interest.

81

A social networking app that allows people to find community, find friends, and meet people close to their geographic location

81

A startup that offers a platform for building micro-communities online. The company wants to bring the community dynamic of crowdfunding to communities in which people have a shared interest.

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A food delivery service that will deliver “all-natural” meals from a community of home cooks that the company says will be better for the environment than restaurants.

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A platform for running and publishing community-driven events, such as hackathons and meetups.

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This startup is building a browser for the startup world. Its goal is to create a simplified version of the startup experience with tools for research, fundraising, and community engagement.

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A platform that allows users to record and share their own videos with the community.

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A community that helps students of the University of California and beyond get the finance and career capital they need to start their own business.

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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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A social network for people who work from home. The startup is built for those who want to bring more community into their lives, helping them to connect with others who have similar jobs.

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Ponzi-like investment scheme for the bitcoin community. They are a bitcoin company that offers a service which allows people to invest or lend bitcoins without having to exchange them for other currencies. The startup is currently only operating in India, with plans to expand to other countries.

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A company that brings together a community of people with the same interests. Its main community is focused on cooking, but it also had an early-stage fitness community.

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A company that wants to help you manage your network of colleagues, friends, and customers. The startup wants to build a smarter network of people to keep up with connections and build a community with. It plans to focus on small companies because they tend to have more existing relationships to build on, and are more likely to use social networks.

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A social network for the furry community, owned by the same company as Fur Affinity.

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A community for teachers to connect and share resources.

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A startup that hires people to help others in the startup community

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A company that makes it easier for smaller businesses to get online by connecting them with a network of vendors and insights from the business community.

75

A mobile app that helps people find their friends and family in a community, and you can share what you’re doing with them in real time, without sharing everything.

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A gaming platform that connects developers and gamers. It’s a community-driven platform that connects gamers to developers.

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A community that helps remote workers manage their work and stay connected to their co-workers.

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A community for young adults that wants to help them get into finance and grow their careers.

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A platform that allows groups to set up private social media accounts and run them as a group. The teams you’re a part of can choose their own rules and restrictions, so it’s a sort of Slack with a self-controlled community.

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A platform that integrates with healthcare providers to find communities and provide feedback on their needs. Its goal is to bring community health and quality of life to this underserved population.

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A platform that allows anyone to create a community for people who want to develop a product and generate revenue from it.

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A free, open-source and community-driven email client built on the Electron framework.

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A community focused on creating and sharing art, music, and videos.

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A startup that makes it easier to get funding from community sources, such as crowdfunding sites.

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Helping small businesses create community-based, crowdsourced events that benefit all the attendees.

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A community of users who are willing to pay $1 for a service in which they can stream movies and TV shows (about 1,000 movies and 2,500 hours of TV) using their mobile phones.

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A platform to make it easier for creative professionals to collaborate with clients. Both parties can share and comment on the project, and get feedback/input from others in the community.

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A startup that wants to collaborate on a shared games platform and community.

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An online network for women to share advice with each other and access peer support. The startup is trying to build a community that helps women keep each other accountable, and tells them when they’re in a rut and need to make a change.

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A platform for people to create artwork that gives back to the community.

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A platform for creating social connections around events, which is currently a popular form of entertainment. The startup wants to help users curate real-world events and build a community around them.

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A platform for an easy way to connect and build relationships with like-minded people. The startup is building a community for developers.

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A company building an AI-powered community of users who can share their expertise and help others.

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Causes that want to communicate with people on Facebook and other social media platforms can now do so through a Facebook-style private messaging platform that will allow users to send and receive messages through a growing list of apps and services. The company says the community is growing rapidly and has over 200,000 members.

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An organization for entrepreneurs and start-ups in the New York area. The startup is building a digital community with a curated marketplace for mentors, events, and funding.

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The startup is working with partners to bootstrap the growth of a small-scale 3D printing community by providing the equipment and resources to move from a maker-model printer to a high-quality commercial printer.

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A community where people can upload their own videos, photos, and music and share them with other users.

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An online community for people to share stories, notes, and events.

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A tool for data wrangling for the human sciences. It’s designed for students and professors (and not just for those in computer science,) and is looking to build a community around the product.

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This startup is developing an online platform for community members to receive and manage community and event information.

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This startup is building an encrypted, decentralized, and community-driven marketplace for buying and selling drugs.

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A company that wants to help people find the best plumber and electrician for the job by putting their trust in a community of vetted good guys.

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This is a startup that wants to build a system that automatically detects and captures video of police interactions and the surrounding community. The startup recently raised $1.2 million from Digital Ocean’s Venture Fund.

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A platform that brings together the local food community, including farmers, chefs and restaurants.

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An online marketplace for university students where they can find internship opportunities, research and a community.

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A company that wants to build a local dating app in the US for people in the LGBTQ community.

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A company that creates community management software for small businesses to help them with customer acquisition, customer service, and communication.

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A community of people looking to network, find new jobs, and get gigs from each other.

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A startup that brings together suppliers and customers in a community for shared resources, helping people get the best prices and services.

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A way to do peer review for scientific papers, allowing scientists to post their work directly as a paper on the internet and ask for feedback from the scientific community.

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The Startup Grind is a podcast produced by TechCrunch and Rolling Stone. It features interviews with top entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders in the startup community.

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 The startup's goal is to help build an open platform for publishing and sharing data between developers and scientists. They want to build a new experience for scientists to learn about the data they have, so they can get it into the hands of a broader developer community.

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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.

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A startup that makes it easy for non-programmers to spread their own ideas together with others in real time. The company has been building a community of online users to ask and answer questions in a Q&A format.

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A “social beauty community” platform.

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A news aggregator for the Indian community, with a focus on the LGBTQ community.

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A startup building a platform to let people find jobs in their own community. It works a lot like other platforms like Upwork, but the company says it’s targeting the jobs market, and does not require fees to post a job.

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A credit card that rewards its customers for giving back to the community. Instead of paying a flat fee for the credit card, customers are charged based on the number of points they earn for charitable donations.

54

A social network for immigrants in the United States. The startup wants to create a community where immigrants can connect with each other and immigrant-owned businesses.

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A product that helps people manage their digital content. The startup says they’ve been working with the Y Combinator alumni community since 2013 and has already helped them launch a number of products and services.

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 A community of and for people who don’t like to login to the internet. A social networking site for users who are interested in meeting up offline.

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A company that lets people create their own online social network, complete with games and community features.

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A personalized video strategy for people with diabetes, including training and materials. The company is looking to build a community of users to help them monetize the platform.

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A telemedicine platform for the elderly that allows them to get healthcare advice from doctors in their community.

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A startup building a tool to help the legal community find and share case law.

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A technology that helps people create and share videos on the web, building a community around their videos.

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A startup for freelance writers, editors, and translators. The startup is in its pre-launch phase, but has already sold $3,000 worth of services. It’s not a traditional marketplace, instead relying on a closed community of writers and translators who are all working on the same project.

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A profitable startup that provides software for businesses to create and operate their own community-based group insurance plans. It also provides a platform for businesses to track and control their health care costs.

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A system that provides investors with a pipeline of startups being developed by a team of engineers in a private community. Investors can then get news about new startups, early access to the resulting product, and they can build their portfolio of seed-stage companies.

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A “community for digital nomads”, focused on sharing experiences and connecting with other digital nomads.

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A platform that helps business owners directly monetize their digital content. They’re using a crowdsourced model of community management to build the best content curation platform.

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A project of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is the largest global network of entrepreneurs, young professionals, and innovators. The network’s purpose is to connect the global network of young professionals with the global community of entrepreneurs. The network was founded by the World Economic Forum and Swiss Re in January 2016, with the first annual Global Shaper Summit taking place in Davos, Switzerland. Over the summer of 2016, the World Economic Forum announced that it would be partnering with the Global Shapers Community to create the World Economic Forum Young Entrepreneur Council, which completed its first meeting in October 2016.

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A startup that helps make buildings cool. In the past two years, it’s built a community of more than 60,000 people who have collectively built more than 100 buildings in more than 35 countries. The community is a nice complement to the three office buildings that are open to tenants in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

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A community of freelance designers with an emphasis on high-end products like furniture, ready-to-wear, and toys.

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A company that says it’s “the Uber of community management” for social media teams.

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A global payments platform that connects businesses to their local community.

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A software platform aimed at building and managing community-focused online courses.

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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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Startup Grind is a global community that aims to connect entrepreneurs and their startups with like-minded people, resources, and events in order to accelerate their growth. Startup Grind Philly is one of the first chapters based in the United States.

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A startup that helps grow Instagram influencers by giving them access to a community of other social media influencers and brands.

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A startup that wants to bring a “hybrid” approach to the online dating market, focusing on creating a community for people to find dates on the platform, but also connecting them with people they know in real life.

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A startup that helps businesses advertise to college students, as part of a bigger initiative to build a community of college students for businesses.

39

Celery is a social networking tool for startups and entrepreneurs, created in 2014. It was originally called “Hootsuite for startups” but changed its name in 2016. Celery allows users to plan, track and share information with their community, or network. It also includes a suite of tools for scheduling events and offers a marketplace for connected service providers.

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A startup in MIT's Media Lab is building a system that can help detect and put a price on the different types of waste materials in a community.

38

A digital platform for training and mentorship, founded by user-experience designers. A platform to foster a community of designers, technical writers, and marketers who share their expertise.

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An online community for people who want to buy and sell used books and other collectibles.

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An online community for entrepreneurs and innovators. With over 3,000 members, it’s hosted by a number of founders, including Evan Williams. The startup has raised $8M to date.

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A platform for building your own online community, from the ground up.

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A startup for crowd-sourcing, developed by the founders of Yelp, to help providers compete for customers. It’s currently a beta app, but the founders say it will be available for businesses to use in the coming weeks. If it catches on, it could disrupt the way users find and book services by grouping a person’s needs in front of a provider that has been vetted by the community.

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A platform for online video game tournaments, which offers tournaments, community features, and a virtual currency system.

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A online marketplace for graphic designers and freelancers offering creative services and access to a community of experts.

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This company is building a platform to help sports teams with fundraising and managing their community. They’re working with a large number of MLB teams.

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The "Y Combinator Blog" is a blog that provides updates about YC companies along with news about YC itself and the startup community.

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A community-based crowdfunding platform for artists

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A platform for social good data. The startup is looking to connect NGOs, businesses, and individuals into a real-time social impact community.

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A health and wellness community that helps people get the right care, at the right time, for the right price.

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A community of people who have “fancy” allergies. The startup helps people with allergies to plants, animals, sewage, mold, and other substances identify which substances they’re allergic to, and share their reactions.

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A platform for sharing advice and insights about the business community.

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Building a software platform for community managers in China

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A “community for adult video talent”, focused on “expert, exclusive and sexy content”.

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A community for people who care about the environment

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 A social media platform focused on art. The startup wants to create a community around artistic endeavors and sales. The company’s current campaign has a goal of $100,000, but is still running with a month left.

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A way to organize Facebook groups, particularly those that take after the real-world meetup and community model

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A platform for community leaders to recruit and hire community managers and engage their followers.

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A crowdfunding platform for retired athletes, the startup wants to help people who want to give back to the community while providing innovative ways for athletes to get funding.

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A free social network for the LGBT community. It’s a social network for LGBT people, like Facebook, but without the “friends” — it’s more of a “community” for LGBT people.

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The company’s founders say they’ve developed a product called The Future of Productivity, which is a way for people to map their processes to a set of rules, and to share their achievements with a community of peers.

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A platform for the creative community to share their work and have others critique it.

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The online community for freelancers, agencies, and clients. The company says it’s now working with 3,000 businesses, with over 100,000 registered members.

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A startup that wants to build a community of like-minded people who would like to share their life’s stories with others, using their own digital products.

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A platform that helps connect people with professionals in their community for physical well-being and mental health.

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A community where you can ask a curated team of experts for advice on a particular topic.

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Ink is a platform for live events, with a focus on music. Users are able to create and manage their events within one platform and then broadcast these events to the world. Ink also offers a community feature, where users can share content with each other. The company raised $12.5 million, with 23,000 users in 50 countries, and is backed by Lightspeed and Greycroft.

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The most influential students in the YC community are the founders and co-founders of YC startups. These are founders that have gone on to found their own companies in the seven years since YC.

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An online marketplace for sofas, with a community of people willing to share their couches.

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A platform that allows users to create and monetize short videos with an interactive component. This platform is powered by a community of curators and collaborators.

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A startup that helps bring startup culture to India. They want to help India’s startups grow by providing a hub for community and events. They’re planning to have a physical location in India.

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 Stories that are created by the community, then curated by a professional team.

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A startup that’s looking to help the global microfinance community use new technology to reduce losses.

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According to its founders, this startup wants to be “the first social network to build a community of financial advisors”, helping advisors find clients.

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A startup creating a cooperative community that lets people support one another in a variety of ways.

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A startup that helps you create an online community for your business by letting you manage groups of people, send and receive messages, and set up polls, surveys, and other interactive content.

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A platform for community management built on the Slack platform.

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A digital ecosystem that helps people connect with one another in the community, including a marketplace for self-storage, equipment rentals and more.

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An anonymous messenger for LGBT teens, aimed at the Mormon community. The startup’s founder says the startup’s customer base is made up of LGBT Mormons who feel the need for a safe place to talk about their sexuality.

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A live-streaming community for teachers to share lessons and questions with the world.

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A web-based platform for musicians to publish their work, including lyrics, music videos, and merchandise. The startup is building an online community to help musicians connect with fans.

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A “new kind of community management” for restaurants.

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An online community that helps people find and book doctors, dentists, and other health care professionals.

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A project to “create a community to help people get better at hand-eye coordination”.

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A social network for people who work from home, allowing them to meet other people who have the same arrangement, and find a community for a sense of belonging.

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A startup for building community gardens. The startup wants to make urban farming accessible to anyone.

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Pivot is a social network for women entrepreneurs. It started in 2016 as a blog that features women in the Philadelphia area, but has since grown to include a community of over 600,000 women.

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A company that is building a platform for app developers to build a more active community around their apps. The company hopes to build a platform that brings together developers who have similar apps and allows them to build a community around them.

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A platform for the open-source community to share best practices for building software.

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This startup is building a platform that allows you to track your running and cycling data, as well as a community of other cyclists for comparison.

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A community for people to create and share images and videos like Instagram, but for images and videos created for and about your organization and work.

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A community platform for attorneys that gives them a place to share legal information and research.

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A community building platform that allows communities to create events and provide a calendar interface for their users. It’s similar to events.io in that it helps communities organize events rather than building them from scratch.

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A library of community and networking events for professionals in the creative and technology industries, including conference and meetup planning, networking and events

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A platform for schools to share resources, build a community, and budget using cloud-based software.

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A startup that creates community guides for real estate.

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A community for people who want to sell or barter their personal items

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A software company that allows users to connect to a community of donors.

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A community of “bouts”, designed to help people get in shape.

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A social network that connects people based on an interest in getting involved in local community events. For instance, if you’re interested in helping to organize a neighborhood watch program, you can connect with people in your neighborhood who are interested in getting involved.

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DesiRad is a college group for Indian students in the US that makes it easier to find events and connect with others in the local community.

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A community-based streaming platform that allows users to host live events from their homes that you can view from the website or mobile app.

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Idea: A community platform for the world’s freel

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Idea: A community bulletin board that connects people who need help with those who can provide it

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Idea: A startup for the creative community to buy and sell design content from the world’s best designers

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Idea: A mobile app for small businesses and local community groups

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Idea: A platform for people to pay for community services, like cleaning or cooking The startup wants to provide a way for people to outsource

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Idea: A community directory for short-term housing aimed at tourists and newcomers to a city. The startup is planning to expand to other cities in the future.

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Idea: A startup that lets you gift someone the ability to see the world, rather than a specific destination. The startup has 2 mentors and 7 founders, all of whom have traveled the world and are building an online community of people who are making the world a better place.

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A community-driven platform for sharing product usage data.

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