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A chat bot that helps you find the cheapest flights to your destination, set alerts for when prices drop, and handle tons of other travel-related tasks. The startup is focused on helping travelers manage their itineraries and get the most out of their travel.
A female-focused, non-sexualized virtual reality platform where women can connect with other women in a safe and judgement-free environment to discuss and learn about sexual health and wellness.
A startup focused on the creation of multiplayer games on mobile and web, building on the success of multiplayer games like Candy Crush and Clash of Clans.
A startup that connects brands with influencers It’s a marketplace for influencer marketing, and it’s currently focused on influencers that have large Instagram followings
A "smart home monitoring" startup focused on energy efficiency. It's currently in a pre-launch stage, with a device that allows users to remotely turn off lights and lock doors with a smartphone, and the company says it has acquired $2.4 million in seed funding
A startup that creates a dating app focused on building meaningful relationships
A video games-focused startup that has created a “fitness tracker” for gamers. It’s a patch that attaches to a gamer’s sleeve and tracks their movements in real time while they play.
A “social network for nurses”, where nurses can connect with each other and patients. The company is currently focused on the US healthcare system.
A chatbot that organizes your orders and delivery for you. It currently has a team of 3, has raised about $1 million, and is focused on San Francisco for now.
A startup that connects people who have things to give away with those who need them. It’s a sister-focused startup to Giveaway and Charitybuzz, which helps people find others who are looking for things to give.
A mobile payments startup that is focused on India, offering a personal loan service to people without bank accounts.
A platform that connects people looking to buy and sell goods and services for a commission. It’s similar to Groupon, but focused on more niche products and services.
A data science startup focused on building machine learning solutions for the shipping and logistics industry. The company helps companies identify patterns in their data and build predictive models to improve operational efficiency.
A company focused on the web and mobile performance, making the world’s largest distributed network for web and mobile services.
An India-focused, browser-based online marketplace for real estate.
The startup is an online marketplace for local services. Currently it’s focused on New York City.
A startup that is building a way to sell tickets to virtual events. Currently focused on ticketing for fitness events.
A company focused on doing the same thing as Freshbooks, but for freelancers.
A B2B company focused on creating a visual sales tool for sales teams and executives.
A company focused on corporate software for the cannabis industry. The founders say they’ve already secured $2m in funding.
A startup that helps you set up a study abroad or exchange program at a college in the US. The startup is currently focused on China and has a pending partnership with a college there.
A real estate app meant to help people find, research, and purchase houses. The startup is currently focused on the San Francisco Bay Area.
A startup that lets people buy tickets to events that they can attend from their phone, and their friends can recommend. Ticketfly is focused on events like concerts, sporting events and live theater.
A SaaS accounting service focused on small businesses. It’s powered by Intuit’s QuickBooks enterprise software.
A startup for buying and selling tickets to events. The startup is focused on events in the UK and Europe. They were formerly known as Ticket Vending.
A tool for managing a sales team, helping reps track and forecast sales. The company says it has been in private beta since April and is currently focused on small businesses.
A platform that enables people to buy and sell things like furniture, cars, and apartments, and rent out unused rooms. Borrowers can use the platform’s software to manage the loan, and borrowers can access the property remotely. The platform is currently focused on the UK.
A messaging app focused on messaging and group creation.
A San Francisco-based company that wants to make it easy for people to take photos and videos of their food. The startup is focused on helping people create the perfect Instagram photos to show off what they’re cooking, eating, or buying.
A Chinese-focused ecommerce platform that was built on the idea that China's economy is less of a free market and more of a controlled economic system. The company is working on a solution to let individuals buy goods without a bank account and without a traditional credit card.
A fashion-focused app that delivers on-demand styling help.
Currently focused on the UK, a B2B company that enables people to borrow money from their employer via a payroll deduction. It charges 1% interest for up to 12 months, and the company keeps 2% of the loan amount.
A real estate focused business that connects tenants and landlords. The startup is a bit like Rocket Mortgage, a company that helps people with bad credit refinance their home loans — the startup’s focus is more on the landlord side of the equation. The startup charges a monthly fee of $50 for their service.
A home cleaning startup that’s focused on getting people to do more of their own house cleaning.
A platform that will allow you to make adjustments to your iPhone or iPad without having to open it up. The startup is focused on making it easier for people to tweak their iOS devices.
A platform for online business owners to manage their inventory. The startup is focused on the fashion market.
A crowd-funded project to bring the benefits of underfloor heating and cooling to the underdeveloped world. The startup’s founders came up with the concept for a client-focused project as a way to combine the technology with other humanitarian efforts.
A connected car startup focused on providing an on-demand ride service. It’s one of the companies that was part of the Telangana government’s PPP program.
A startup focused on offering a new way for people to get around. The company is focused on making public transit faster, more reliable, and more accessible, and it wants to do that by buying out bus companies and running them as its own private transportation network.
A student loan refinancing service that’s currently focused on the US.
A platform that helps people find the right property for a vacation or retreat. The company is focused on creating a full-service vacation rental in every coastal rental market.
A way of organizing a person's social life through a calendar. The startup is backed by Y Combinator, and the company is currently focused on the enterprise market, but plans to bring it to consumers soon.
A startup focused on making it easier for employers and HR professionals to manage the onboarding process. The company is building a process for hiring new employees that’s “one of the most frustrating parts of the process”. It would be used to help the company add new employees, fix the onboarding process, and help identify the right kind of jobs for the company.
A startup focused on expanding the definition of who and what can be a customer
The startup is building a teaming platform focused on the education, construction, and manufacturing sectors.
A venture for helping people find and book cheap flights on both domestic and international flights. The startup is a spin-off of co-founder and CEO Zachary Mider’s previous startup, which is also focused on domestic flights.
A company that helps people save money on their mobile phone bills. The startup is focused on helping people in countries where mobile services are expensive, as is the case in Mexico. It currently offers a mobile plan on a monthly basis and has signed on the largest mobile company in Mexico.
A startup that helps people find and close the deals for them. The startup is focused on the B2B segment, but it’s already working with companies like Capital One, Intuit, and Salesforce.
A startup that is focused on building an internet platform for newsrooms. The startup is building a news platform that allows users to easily curate their news feeds, making it easier to find the news they care about.
A startup that helps people track their workouts and plan healthy meals. The startup is focused on helping people who are healthy and want to keep it that way, and the company says that because the company’s algorithms are based on historical exercise data, it’s able to identify trends that are more accurate than what a person might individually determine for themselves.
An insurance-focused startup that collects data from drivers using their Android phones and then uses the data to sell insurance to them. It’s an insurance company that doesn’t actually write the policies.
A female-focused podcast network that focuses on health and wellness.
A mobile app that allows users to easily send and receive money. The startup was founded in July and is focused on working with local banks in the US. It aims to get users to use the app to send money directly to their local bank accounts or other people’s bank accounts.
A mobile-first bank focused on small business owners and entrepreneurs.
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.
This startup, which is a subsidiary of a government agency in Brazil, is focused on building technology to provide transparency into the country’s elections.
A “one-click” platform that helps businesses create, edit, and schedule funnels. The platform is focused on making it much easier for businesses to digitally market and promote products and services.
A platform to help people find and book affordable dental work. Currently focused in the UK and US.
A video-sharing site focused on sharing original content with the goal of earning revenue through ads and paid subscriptions
A startup focused on providing real estate agents with a better way to find properties for their clients.
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.
An insurance company focused on the life-sciences industry. It’s currently starting a pilot in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A search engine focused on finding the most relevant articles about a particular topic. The startup is building the search around data from more than 190 million sources across the web. It was recently featured on the HBO show Silicon Valley.
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.
A web design consultancy focused on helping companies get their websites and business up to speed.
A tool that lets people “tag” posts so that they can find them later. “Tag” then sends people links to the posts they’ve tagged. Tag is currently focused on the UK but has plans to expand to the US.
A customer support and engagement platform for businesses aimed at the Millennial generation. The startup is focused on helping companies improve customer support and engagement, but its founders say it can be used across the board.
A tech-focused project management platform for small to midsize teams.
A startup that sells customer acquisition services for B2B companies. They’re focused on funding growth for their clients by providing free, one-time services such as marketing and customer support.
A startup focused on getting more people onto their “right-sized” compact cars, with a focus on the East Coast. The startup is focused on targeting Millennials who are interested in driving small cars but don’t want to spend a lot of money.
A tool to help event producers manage their social media posts, customer service, and other communications. It’s an ad-free, content-focused social media management tool with 15,000 paying customers.
A startup focused on helping users filter content in their feeds. The startup has built a product that uses algorithms to recommend the most relevant content for you based on a variety of criteria.
A company that’s building a platform for scheduling livestreams, similar to Twitch but focused on short-form content. They have a library of over 10,000 videos on their platform.
A platform for helping people build and sell customized products. They’re currently focused on building a platform for small businesses to access to the manufacturing supply chain.
Aspiring to be like Amazon, this startup wants to be the Amazon of the $3.5 trillion retail industry. They say they’re currently focused on a core product that will eventually be able to make recommendations for products to customers, and have already signed up a number of retailers.
An online marketplace for e-commerce merchants to sell their products and services in bulk. The startup is currently focused on the US, but has plans to expand internationally.
A community focused on creating and sharing art, music, and videos.
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.
A product design studio that helps brands create more appealing products. They’re currently focused on a few brands, but plan to branch out.
A tech company that makes digital services for the public health sector. They’re focused on getting government agencies to talk to each other.
A crowdsourced research platform focused on helping companies understand their customers.
The startup is looking to digitize the process of back-office data entry. Based in San Francisco, the startup is currently focused on the insurance industry, though it's looking to expand into the retail and hospitality markets.
A social network for the humanitarian sector, not unlike Care2 but more focused on the humanitarian side of things like conflict zones, refugees and the like.
A mobile payments startup, focused on helping the unbanked in India, that’s created by a team of MIT grads that previously worked at a mobile payments company.
Just like Uber, which allows you to summon a car at any time, this startup wants to allow anyone to get a ride at any time. Currently focused on bringing services to the campus.
A social network for remote workers focused on health and fitness.
This is a tool for businesses that want to reduce their carbon footprint. The company is focused on helping companies reduce their energy consumption, and plans to launch a product that does this by helping them track energy usage and then offset the usage with cash.
Online discovery service focused on solving the problem of finding the right home for your next vacation. The startup uses data and algorithms to help vacationers find the right home for their next trip.
A DC-based software company that wants to help members of Congress find more efficient ways of working. The company wants to help lawmakers streamline their day-to-day by helping them track and report their progress. It’s currently focused on the DC metro area.
A portfolio of startups focused on building products that make it easier to follow the money.
A seed-stage medical tech startup focused on helping patients undergoing surgery and managing their pain through a smartphone app. The founders say they’ve been featured on 60 Minutes, and have raised a $1 million seed round
A tool for automating and streamlining the many steps it takes to launch a startup. Currently focused on the US, they want to help companies “bootstrap faster, raise better and get funded more easily.”
A startup focused on helping to lower the cost of the gig economy. They provide a platform for workers to outsource tasks as much as they need, and helps clients with tasks like hiring, HR, and payroll.
A mobile-focused insurance company that focuses on coverages that keep people out of the hospital.
A startup focused on making home security more affordable and accessible. The company has raised $5 million from investors including General Catalyst, T. Rowe Price, and others.
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.
A platform that helps developers of internet of things devices get their software into the hands of end users. The startup is focused on the “Internet of Stuff”, or the internet of things — a technology that allows everyday items to be connected to the internet and have their state monitored.
A system that gathers cannabis-related data and allows users to search it in a single location. The startup is focused on helping people find strains that will help them with specific ailments, and aims to build out a robust strain database.
An online marketplace for selling used furniture. The startup is currently focused on selling used furniture in the San Francisco area.
A startup focused on helping customers gain access to discounts and deals for their phones.
A “co-living” startup focused on the business side of student housing and aiming to become the Airbnb of college housing
A health startup that aims to make it easier for patients to find a doctor who can treat their condition. The startup is currently focused on the UK.
A real-time messaging platform for teams that works with Slack and other services. The startup is currently focused on teams with fewer than 10 people.
A digital payment solution for baristas that allows them to accept credit cards, debit cards, and Apple Pay payments. The startup is currently focused on the US market.
A set of business-focused events for women. The company wants to start with a small group of founders in the SF Bay Area.
A platform that allows teams to manage their workflows collaboratively. The team is focused on making it useful for ride sharing companies and other companies that work with multiple contractors.
A tech company focused on helping startups and entrepreneurs increase retention of new hires through a data-driven approach.
A health insurance startup focused on improving women of color’s health care, specifically in rural areas.
A platform for sharing and monetizing content, modeled on LinkedIn’s professional network but focused on sharing and distributing content.
A merchant-focused transaction app for restaurants and bars.
A startup for men’s fashion and accessories, focused on developing “the next generation of traditional men’s brands”.
OpenPlans is a software company that helps people find a new home to buy, using data from real estate brokers and public records. They’ve raised over $5 million to date, and are now focused on building a platform for other developers to build on.
A data-driven company that makes a program that helps people pay their utility bills every month. The startup is focused on helping customers keep their utility bills at a minimum.
A tool to create chatbots for businesses. The startup is building a chatbot that’s focused on helping companies build their branding. The startup is currently working with three clients.
A mobile app that helps people manage their social media profiles. The startup is currently focused on identifying influencers and helping brands manage their social media presence.
An eco-friendly conference for startups, focused on innovation, sustainability and technology.
A digital storefront for selling and marketing your art. The company is currently focused on artists whose work is sold by galleries, but it wants to expand into more verticals.
A startup with an app that can block websites that operate in countries where the government is blocked. The startup is currently focused on the Chinese market.
The startup is initially focused on the US, but plans to expand into Europe in the future. It’s a “one-stop shop” for local food, covering restaurants, grocery stores, and specialty shops.
A device that can act as a second screen for your smartphone, beaming to your TV or a projector. The startup is focused on the touchscreen issue, as the screen is often the weak link in smartphone use.
A startup for tracking running mileage, showing a user’s progress in terms of distance run and time spent running. The startup is focused on the female market.
A platform that helps businesses track the true costs of their data, and then helps them make better decisions about where to allocate their resources. This startup is building an enterprise-focused tool that helps businesses track their data and calculate their true costs.
A startup that wants to bring affordable, secure storage to small and medium sized businesses. The company is focused on providing remote access to business owners who would otherwise have to pay high prices to store things in their own homes.
Emoor is a startup focused on helping freelancers manage their content.
This startup is building a platform for location-based mobile advertising aimed at driving in-app purchases and attracting shoppers. The startup is currently focused on shopping malls in the US, but they have plans to expand to other verticals.
A platform for building out a SaaS-enabled multi-channel marketing campaign. The startup is now focused on developing its own SaaS product.
A startup developing a platform for employees to be notified of their schedule, get a link to the correct file, and set up auto-expiring files. The startup is mainly focused on the logistics of building out their system and should have a better idea of when they’ll launch by the end of the year.
CREDITS is a new way to manage all of your credentials, focused on the crypto-economy.
A “community for digital nomads”, focused on sharing experiences and connecting with other digital nomads.
A UK-based startup that offers a social network for “sculptors and studios”. The company is focused on helping artists “have more control over their work”.
A digital marketing agency for mobile app developers, focused on helping them to grow their businesses. The startup is a spin-off from a digital marketing agency, and has raised $1.1M in seed funding so far.
A startup focused on helping farmers manage their farm operations and track their crops and equipment.
A startup focused on virtual reality and augmented reality wants to make it easier to create and share 3D models on the web, allowing designers to upload their 3D models into its platform for sharing and collaboration.
A tool for selling digital products with a drag-and-drop interface, focused on ebooks and video games.
A way to buy and sell everything from a car to a house. They’re focused on the mom-and-pop home remodeling market in the US
Another startup focused on helping people manage their money and expenses. It aims to be a more personal approach to budgeting and money management.
A “tame” version of the Snapchat app, focused on bringing its features to one’s phone.
A startup focused on the health care industry that’s building a system to make it easier for patients to get the medical care they need.
A startup focused on, of all things, helping travelers navigate the world. The company wants to help you book hotels, flights, rental cars, and other travel arrangements using an app, a website, and a mobile messaging platform. (1)
A social network for college students with over 20k students currently enrolled. Its founders are looking to build a student-focused influencer platform that’s optimized for mobile, with a focus on gaming and video content.
A SMB-focused marketplace for small business loans, which has already closed $20M in loans and has more than 10,000 users.
A software platform aimed at building and managing community-focused online courses.
A startup that helps hotels and restaurants get their online marketing more focused and effective.
A tool for helping employees review and edit their resumes and cover letters. The B2B startup is currently working with Y Combinator, and is focused on helping hiring managers.
This startup wants to help facilitate the digitization of art in a way that is more focused on intangible aspects like inspiration and emotion, rather than just the technicalities of how the work was created.
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.
A travel booking app for the US market that’s focused on building long-term relationships, rather than creating new reservations every time. It features a single price which is then split between their members.
A platform that helps people buy and sell single family homes. Currently focused on the UK. The company is using a combination of software and crowdsourced data to help buyers make smarter decisions.
Focused on helping the elderly pay bills, Vayvadex allows users to pay for services, like a nursing home, with a swipe of their debit card. Users can also use the app to find a doctor or a home aide.
A startup focused on user-friendly music discovery. The startup wants to create a desktop experience around music discovery that will allow users to browse and listen to songs, and also see what others are listening to.
A list-management app for restaurants. The company is focused on bringing a reasonable price to the market for customers who want to see a list of all the restaurants in their area, and offering a platform to send out reminders to the wait staff.
Tribute functions as a shared custody platform for various family members, allowing them to track spending and keep track of things like medical records. The startup is currently only focused on family members, but is looking to expand to other kinds of multi-family sharing.
A live-streaming platform, focused on video games.
The company is focused on building a simple tool that helps users manage their personal finances, and has pivoted from an expense and bill tracker to a retirement planning tool.
A platform for curating and distributing mobile games. The startup is focused on games that are designed for touchscreens, though they reference other platforms, such as Facebook’s Messenger and Apple’s iMessage.
Building a company focused on making modeling, simulation and optimization more accessible to researchers, engineers and scientists.
A startup that has built an automated rail system focused on the trucking industry. The rail system is connected to the trucking fleet, allowing drivers to scale back to a more leisurely pace and still maintain a safe route.
A startup focused on the healthcare industry that partners with pharmaceutical companies to build data products to make drug development more efficient.
A digital platform that helps companies recruit and hire employees in remote areas, powered by artificial intelligence. The company has brought on nearly 1,000 employees in remote areas, and is now focused on the US.
A software company focused on creating web-based tools for managing the logistics of turning raw materials into finished products.
A food delivery platform for small businesses that is focused on reducing the financial burden of running a brick and mortar restaurant. It aims to lower the cost of running a restaurant by providing the owner with the tools to order their own food and have it delivered. The company has raised $10 million in funding.
A company focused on building a “universal” drone that can be built for any kind of use, from anything from agriculture to photography to filmmaking.
A platform that runs on top of Amazon S3 and helps users set up their own private storage for data. The startup is focused on data privacy and security.
A start-up focused on making it easier for individuals to invest in real estate. It wants to take away the complexity of investing in real estate and building an investment portfolio.
A millennial-focused startup that wants to create a locally-sourced and craft beer-friendly alternative to “traditional” craft beers. LocalBev will work directly with a brewer to create a unique beer style, with each batch brewed on an on-site system.
A startup that helps small businesses increase their productivity by allowing them to schedule time off in advance. The startup is currently focused on the US.
A tool with a simple design that helps organizations and software developers build and manage their websites. It’s focused on small-to-medium businesses.
Last year, I wrote about how some of the most successful Y Combinator companies are focused on solving the problems of the modern worker, like home care, transportation, and education. The most successful YC companies are built on the idea that technology should be helping workers, not fighting them.
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.
Another product for running virtual meetings, this time focused on the enterprise. The startup helps companies organize large-scale conference calls even though they could be anywhere in the world.
An advertising-focused startup that helps brands better target potential customers. It has raised $2.5 million in funding.
An ad-tech startup focused on helping brands to better understand their ad campaigns.
A startup focused on the “means of learning”.
Idea: An alternative to Adobe, focused on web performance
Idea: This travel startup helps travelers book group trips, like tours and cruises The startup is focused on building a marketplace that helps small businesses find customers
Idea: An online marketplace to trade used and broken smartphones The startup is currently focused on the UK but is looking to expand to other countries
Idea: A B2B company that’s building an “automated B2B sales chatbot”. The startup, which is focused on B2B SaaS companies, wants to help those companies schedule meetings with prospects and track conversations.
Idea: A startuplication that helps people learn how to code apps. The startup is focused on teaching people how to make apps for iOS and Android.
Idea: A startup focused on helping US government employees make more qualified decisions about their health.
Idea: A home security system that leverages a camera that’s focused on the door to see when someone is coming in.
Idea: Focused on the US, this startup is building a platform to help YCs hire contractors for small jobs like painting, sewing, carpentry, or installation.
Idea: A way to automatically manage your finances that doesn’t require users to enter or re-enter any information. The startup is primarily focused on helping users pay off their debt.
xtractor is a platform for helping publishers convert their subscriptions into recurring revenue, which is often more profitable. xtractor’s pitch is hyperfocused on their customers’ business needs, like improving reader retention and increasing subscription and recurring revenue.
Idea: A home security company for Latin American households, primarily in Mexico. The startup is focused on providing internet-connected cameras that allow users to see and talk to visitors while they’re away from home.
Idea: A startup that provides a full-stack CRM for nonprofit organizations. The founders claim the product has a 3x conversion rate compared to other major players, and is focused on helping nonprofits do more for less money.
Idea: A new consumer-focused mobile payments app to replace credit cards The company aims to reduce friction by letting users buy things with their phone instead of having to pull out their wallet They want to replace everyone’s credit card information The startup has processed over $1MM in payments
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