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M-KOPA is a tool allowing developers to create their own specialized hardware. The founders say the company has sold $4M worth of hardware over the last two years, though they’ve only launched on Kickstarter today.

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The founders of this startup are trying to create a new kind of credit card that can be used across multiple merchants, instead of different cards for different merchants.

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A startup that helps you learn to code by making you build a simple tool that you eventually turn into a real product. The startup’s co-founder saw a need for the same kind of bootcamps in the area, and created the site to fill it.

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A startup that provides a service for helping people find a co-founder

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A group of four-hour-old startups that are still around from Demo Day in June. The goal is to help early stage founders get funding and grow their businesses.

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The founders of this startup say they are “building the first truly global, blockchain-based, decentralized and transparent peer-to-peer marketplace for advertising.”

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A startup that builds hardware startups. The founder, Jibran Salfi, built his first hardware startup at age 20, and has since been working at Nest Labs. He was the first employee at Nest Labs, and was part of the team that built the original Nest thermostat.

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A tool for creating tools. The startup’s founders say they’re building a tool that allows users to distribute GitHub tools, like their own GitHub for Excel, by other users.

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This is a mobile application that helps entrepreneurs find, vet and manage teams. It was built by Y Combinator’s own team and is a set of tools that help founders navigate the startup ecosystem.

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If you own a home in the US, you can log into an app and see what the utilities are costing you in real time. However, the founders say that households throughout the world can benefit from a similar application.

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A startup that wants to help banks with payments in Peru. The startup's co-founder says they have more than 1,000 business accounts as of September.

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A company focused on corporate software for the cannabis industry. The founders say they’ve already secured $2m in funding.

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A startup that wants to help people in Latin America track their expenses and grow their credit score The company’s founders say that after launching in early august, they’re already working with over 3,000 retail accounts

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A solution for startup founders to find and hire technical talent.

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A travel app that claims to be fully integrated with Airbnb. The startup’s founders say they’ve already been in talks with Airbnb about using their platform.

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Startup founders are being more aggressive in the US, with a few companies in the last year getting VCs to fund them at seed or Series A-level, when they may have previously been too early.

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A monthly subscription service that sends you an e-book on a topic you’ve selected every month. The company launched in December, and is signing up more than 50,000 new subscribers every month, the founder tells me.

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This startup is building a self-learning platform to help teach people the fundamentals of coding. The startup’s founders say that the product they have built is already powering over 20,000 students in 300 schools.

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Builds a retail website for selling products via Instagram. The startup’s founder says that the website is “the world’s first” to use the social platform to sell physical products online.

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A startup that makes it easier for hotel guests to use their credit card on property. The company’s founders came up with the idea at a conference where the hotel they were staying at had a similar feature, and thought there was a better way to do it.

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A health-maintenance company for the elderly, focusing on their social needs. The company’s founder and president, Alejandro Ortiz, said that for many older people, social engagement often goes missing, making it harder for them to stay healthy.

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A tool that helps small businesses connect with customers. The company’s founders say that the company’s users have saved over $500,000 by using the tool.

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A payments company that offers a way for small businesses to pay for their own invoices. The founders say they’re aiming to replace “payroll” software.

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A tool for organizations that want to manage their data. The founders say they’re working with several large companies.

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Founders: Austin, Elsie. They are building a platform for Facebook data scientists to easily access data in the form of lakes, rivers, and mountain ranges, and make data-based decisions to improve their products.

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The Startup Genome is a biannual report on the state of entrepreneurship. It is produced by a team of researchers from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. The report is based on interviews with founders about their businesses, the challenges they face, and their plans for the future. The report is intended to give entrepreneurs, investors, and other stakeholders a comprehensive overview of the startup ecosystem in a particular country, and to help predict trends between countries.

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A tool to create a photo-realistic simulation of an office environment with a 3D avatar. Its founders say it’s the first 3D avatar platform that is both accessible and real-time.

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A marketing tool for crowdfunding platforms that helps founders and project managers track projects and keep track of fundraising progress.

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A startup that’s building a tool to help schools estimate their energy costs. The startup’s founders say they want to make it easier for schools to measure and manage their energy costs, but they also want to make it easier for them to implement energy saving measures.

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The founders of this startup are building a device to help you identify the origin of your food. It can be used to eliminate food fraud, and help the world’s poorest populations.

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The company is building a platform for people to create and share videos of what they're building. The company's founder says that they've already sold their first video to a client.

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Chargeback is an online platform that helps users dispute utility bills. It’s a B2B startup catering to utility companies. The founders hope to build a worldwide network of users.

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Alluvium is a company that makes artificial intelligence software for image recognition. The founders say it’s better than other tools because it was built from the ground up to work with the way humans think, rather than the way machines work.

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A tool for distribution of food and groceries to people in need, in the form of a vehicle equipped with a fridge, a microwave, and a coffee machine, and that can travel down the street from a central hub. The startup’s founders are veterans of the American military.

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The founders of an AI-powered dating app want to use their product as a platform for investors to invest in AI startups.

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A startup that’s building an end-to-end GPS-based tracking app to help college students stay safe when they’re out on the town. The founders say that they’re already working with a number of colleges on their app, and that it’s been saving students from dangerous situations.

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Giving Demo Day startups advice can only go so far. So Y Combinator does a bit more to help startups. YC has created a forum for startup founders to share information and advice with one another. They also host “Ask-Me-Anything” sessions for founders to talk about their companies.

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A “big data” solution that helps food companies track their supply chain and predict how much food they’ll need to produce. The startup’s founders say they’ve already signed up over 500 clients, including Walmart, Nestle, and Cargill.

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A startup for startups looking to grow internationally. It’s a more self-serve approach than other startups, but the founders believe that they can provide the best service for a given price.

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A company that helps restaurants deliver delivery right to customers’ doorsteps. The founders say they have over 200 restaurants, including Shake Shack, that they’re working with

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The startup’s founders say that since launching a year ago, they’ve had over 6,000 paying customers.

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Business software for the home that allows homeowners to manage their utilities. The company’s founders say they’re targeting the $80 billion home and building automation space.

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The annual list is compiled by a group of judges, including founders and investors such as Paul Graham, Michael Arrington, Fred Wilson, and others.

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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.

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The founders say that their product is “the best place to get the news, weather, and video you want.”

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A platform where users can create virtual islands for multiplayer gaming. It launched in 2014, with the founders saying that it’s on track to reach $1.5 million in annual revenue.

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A platform that allows developers to take their app and run it via IP. It's aimed at mobile apps, but its founders say it can run desktop programs too.

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A company that provides software to help people make money while they sleep. The company has raised $2.6 million from a number of investors, including the founder of Origo.

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From the founders of digital agency All Day I Dream About Food, a platform aimed at helping restaurants and chefs improve food quality and service.

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A digital platform that provides what its founders call a “dynamic ‘recipe’—a step-by-step process that guides users through every step of the creative process from start to finish.”

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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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A company that helps companies book tours and events at museums and galleries. The startup’s founders previously worked at the Louvre, and want to help them grow their business in the UK, US, and Canada.

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The co-founders of the company Seers are trying to undo the stigma of the “office dog”. They had their first pup, Mitzi, on the playground of Spotify's offices, and the company asked them to bring her to work. Now, she’s a dog who visits office visits from time to time to make sure that everyone is having a good time.

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The founders of a startup that helps veterans and employers identify and hire each other.

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A startup that wants to use AI to create a more natural color palette in fashion. The company’s founder says that the color palette industry is “a $20 billion market, and it has been a very low touch market.”

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The founder of a company that re-skins the Windows operating system has launched a company that wants to make it possible to put Windows 10 on your phone.

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A platform that helps companies organize their email, Slack, and other messaging systems. The startup’s founders say it can save companies 5% to 30% on their monthly email costs, and that it’s used by companies like MercadoLibre, Zappos, and Expedia.

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Media startups are often built on the back of a single product, such as Skype or YouTube. The company’s founders say its technology can help companies figure out whether a new product is worth the investment.

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A startup that offers a platform for digital nomads to rent out their homes in a peer-to-peer fashion. It’s in the early stages of development, but the founders say it will be “like Airbnb, but also a concierge service and protocol for renting out your home when you’re away”.

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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’s building an online platform for people who want to build and sell their own custom iPhone cases. The startup’s founders say that about 1% of the cases sold in the US are custom-made, and a handful of startups have tried to build their own platform for selling such cases, without much success.

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An algorithmic startup that is a marketplace for job board ads, allowing companies to target their job search to a specific demographic. The company’s founders say they’ve raised $1.6 million in a round led by Greycroft Partners.

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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.

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This company’s founders were previously in the gaming industry, and want to help make that industry more inclusive. The startup is building a platform to help game developers with user acquisition and retention by building in features for “people of color, women, and LGBTQ people.”

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A mobile app that helps people make better decisions about their health. The startup’s founder says they are on track for $1 million in revenue in 2019.

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Allows teachers to create lesson plans for their students, and customize them to their unique needs. The founders are hoping to recruit teachers to be the company’s first customers.

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A venture capital firm that invests only in female founders, focusing on early-stage companies that focus on women’s health.

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A bank account that the founders say is “like a personal investment account with 100x the transparency of other accounts and no fees.” The account is meant to be a savings account for small businesses or freelancers.

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A company that provides a toolkit for self-storage facilities to manage their inventory. The startup was developed by former YC founders.

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A startup that helps people track the money they’re spending online, including all their subscriptions and subscriptions to services like Netflix. The startup’s co-founder said it’s been profitable in the past year.

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Another company built by former Quid co-founders, this one is building a suite of tools to make it easier for women to own businesses in emerging markets.

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A platform that enables people to interact with their favorite brands through video. The startup’s founders say they have 40,000+ customers for the product.

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A company that helps people live longer, healthier lives by providing health tech to doctors. The startup’s founders say they’ve already raised $7.5 million, with plans to launch in early 2018.

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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 SaaS-based email marketing tool with an emphasis on design. The startup’s founders have raised nearly $500,000 in seed funding, including from Y Combinator, and have been named as YC’s top-ranked summer 2019 company.

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Tech that helps build companies in the US that are startups in other countries. The startup’s founders say that over $500 million is being raised in new funds in the US, but only $10 million is being raised in these other countries.

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is a new startup that wants to help HR departments keep track of employee performance. The company has raised $7 million in Series A funding from investors like Accel, Founders Co-op, The Battery Ventures, and others.

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A mobile app that connects people looking to buy a new home with a realtor who can help them get an offer in writing. The founders say they’re already working with over 100 companies in real estate, including Robinsons Homes and Landmark.

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This company wants to teach people how to be a good entrepreneur. The company’s founder is Anand Rajaraman, who ran a business development and strategy practice at Amazon and Google for more than a decade.

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A new company that wants to help people in need, particularly those who can't afford to buy an iPhone. The founders say that for a typical customer, "you'd have to work about 30 years to pay off a plan that costs $350."

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What’s a startup to do when they’ve secured $500,000 in funding and they don’t know what to build Unity is a tool that helps founders go from idea to prototype to product, all in a matter of weeks.

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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.

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A tool that helps you find the best interest rates for your credit card. The startup says they have more than 1,000 users and are growing by 100 users a month. The founders say they’ve raised $1.3 million in funding from angel investors.

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A new type of event registration system, which is a hybrid of Google Apps and Eventbrite. The company’s founder says that while it currently is free, it will be a subscription model in the future. The startup was founded in June.

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A startup that wants to make open-source software for 3D printers. The founders are tech veterans who have built digital fabrication tools before.

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A startup that helps people find the best deal on a car insurance policy. The founders say they’ve already signed up 20,000 users and have been accepted to Y Combinator.

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A platform for photography that lets users sell photos against their copyright. The startup’s co-founder, Jake Sion, says it started as an homage to the Instagram addiction many have to sharing their photos.

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The Startup Grind podcast is a weekly podcast about entrepreneurship, hosted by founders of SBJ’s own portfolio companies.

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A platform for small business owners to rent their property out. The company is a joint venture between a local business incubator and the co-founder of Airbnb.

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In the past year, there have been a few notable exits from Indian startups and their founders. Vani Kola, co-founder of Zomato, sold her company to local rival Swiggy for an estimated $50 million.

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The founders of this company hope to make it easier for people to book professional services online, allowing them to book a haircut from a stylist or a plumber from a service rep.

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A last-mile delivery service for restaurants. The startup's founders say food deliveries are a $21 billion market and it's growing 15-20% per year.

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The company’s founders say they plan to push a “geo-federated” app to help people spend time virtually in a place they’ve never been.

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A simple, intuitive app for buying and selling on Quora. The app’s founder says they have 1,800 active users and are planning to begin selling advertisements soon.

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A platform that helps companies manage their product lifecycles and is currently being used by “leading global brands,” as per the founders.

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A search engine for things that have been read. The company’s co-founder was a former search engine developer who was frustrated with the state of the industry.

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Decentralized social network where people can get paid to publish stories. The startup is open source and free to use, and the founder says it has a "small amount of daily active users."

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This year’s judges were Jason Ho, Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures; Kristi Puller, Founder, and CEO, Techstars; Bill Gaver, General Partner, 500 Startups; and Sanjay Dastoor, Founder, and CEO, InVenture Partners.

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A secure, automated email-based system for handling sensitive transactions. They’ve built a tool that uses the public keys of people’s email accounts to take payments and even file taxes. The founders tell us they have $6 million in funding from participants in Y Combinator and have received an undisclosed amount of seed funding from YC.

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CEO and co-founder, Josh, is a self-proclaimed "Serial Entrepreneur." He's built startups in the past five years, including a few that were acquired by larger tech companies.

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A startup that offers a service to organize a team of employees. The startup’s team members are former YC founders, and they say they have over 1,000 customers.

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A company that aims to build a web-based, third-party curator for Amazon. The startup’s founder says that by offering a third-party curator of Amazon, a company can take advantage of the huge inventory of products that Amazon offers and cut out the middleman.

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A student-driven airline that’s been in operation for less than a month. Its founders are trying to get the airline off the ground by asking students to fund the startup, but now they’re asking for $25,000 to accelerate growth.

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This SaaS company helps doctors and patients collaborate on medical records. The founders are also building a medical device to connect a patient’s vital signs to medical professionals.

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A self-hosted online classroom for teachers, allowing them to bring their classes online. They’re looking for co-founders to help build out the platform.

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A maker of software to help create and organize personas for online marketing. It’s currently available for free, though the founders are looking to go premium.

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A crowdfunding platform that aims to help entrepreneurs pitch their projects on a more intimate level. It’s a tool to help founders speak directly to the crowd without the need for a large team of people. It’s currently in private beta.

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An automated subscription service that promises to send you a box of the best things it finds on the internet for you — and it’s free. It’s based on a Reddit post from early January in which the founder said he was “unemployed and bored” while on a trip.

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A platform that helps small businesses buy and sell excess inventory. The startup’s founder says that they have over 15,000 businesses using the platform and over $1 million of inventory moving through the system.

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A startup for on-demand car services in Singapore. The startup’s founder says he’s been offering the service with Uber for the past year and says it’s a $1 billion market in Singapore.

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A healthy, fast, and affordable way to get food delivered. It’s a millennial company, with the founders calling themselves a “health-food lifestyle brand”.

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A platform that provides data-driven analytics to help guide companies in making the right decisions. They’re currently in early seed, with the founders describing their value as helping companies “make better decisions with less data”.

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A platform for professional book authors who want to sell their books through Amazon. The startup’s founders say they’re working on integrations with other retailers like iTunes and Google Play and are making it easier for authors to sell their books to readers.

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An e-commerce for the under-served, aimed at those who want to buy a good but don’t have the means to do so. The founders believe that “goods are the new money”, and that the startup has the chance to be a “new currency” for the poor.

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A digital marketplace for office space. The startup is a spin-off of co-founder Aditya Kripalani’s previous startup, which is also focused on office space.

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A digital marketplace for freelance designers. The startup’s founders want to build a marketplace that helps businesses and designers work together on projects.

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In the US, there are a lot of jobs that pay the minimum wage. The startup is based in the Philippines, and its founder says it’s easy to get a job there for the minimum wage, but hard to get paid more.

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Founders: Marta, Ryan. The two want to build a tech hub for the Latin American startup community. They want to give startups discounted office space, mentorship, and access to capital.

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A platform that connects lenders to people who have bad credit to pay loans back on time. The company’s cofounder, David Leon, says the company is profitable, has more than $1.3 million in loans, and has been servicing loans for over a year.

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A platform for tracking which email and social media inboxes people check, and which ones they just don’t. Their Co-founder says they’re already working with more than 1,000 customers, and their first product in the works is a “personas” platform for businesses, which helps brands better understand who their customers are.

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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 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

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A marketing software service for small and medium-sized companies. The company’s founders say they’re seeing a huge demand for the service from companies after a number of competitors have fallen by the wayside.

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In the meantime, the company’s founders have named the ghost town of Dry Fork, North Carolina.

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The company’s founders have raised over $400,000 in funding to date, making it one of the fastest-growing startups in the space.

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A startup that helps companies manage their supply chains by automatically matching products in inventory to orders. The founders have raised $1M in seed funding, with plans to expand to Europe.

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This startup offers a platform to help companies and organizations collaborate on content, from making public records to organizing conferences. Its founders describe it as a “LinkedIn for events”.

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A startup that helps organizations manage and use data in a more meaningful way. The startup’s founders say their first product will be an app that helps people with diabetes manage their blood glucose.

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This startup is building a platform that connects landlord’s with tenants in need of a place to live and gives them a credit score. The startup’s founders say that there are already over $90 billion worth of real estate assets currently sitting idle.

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A new take on digital advertising that seeks to take over the desktop space. The founders say it’s the first product that can put advertising on every desktop screen. It’s also intended to be a “frictionless” experience for users, removing the need to navigate multiple ad networks or pay for ads.

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A platform that helps people create “e-vites” for any event. The company’s founders have approached companies like Slack and Apple about integrating the company’s service into their products.

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An online platform that allows people to rent out their homes while they travel. The company’s founders say that the business is growing rapidly.

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A new product by the founders of a popular open-source project, allowing people to see all of their files on file servers and get them to sync with their desktop.

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An online platform for sharing and selling small tools like screwdrivers, wrenches, and other DIY goods. The company’s founders say they want to make it easy for people to find and sell their tools, and the startup is planning to add more categories and tools in the future.

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A market research and recruiting tool for the beauty industry. The startup’s founders say they have already worked with brands like Revlon and L’Oréal.

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A peer-to-peer marketplace for reclaimed building material, with a well-documented process for sourcing and ensuring quality before selling. The company’s founders are also part of a collective that works to repair Habitat for Humanity homes.

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A digital assistant that helps teachers manage grading. The founders say it has an “A+ grade” and is already being used in twenty schools.

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A mobility platform that connects businesses with the right tools to make it easier for drivers to earn income by delivering packages and other items. The startup’s co-founder, Alex Boussard, says they’ve already seen interest from a number of major companies and has even managed to raise a few million dollars in funding.

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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 tool for VPs to book travel for their teams. The founders say it’s best suited to larger companies like CPGs and banks, but the idea could have broader applicability.

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An HR platform for startups and solo founders, offering a way to track progress on team building goals, and check in on how everyone is doing day-to-day.

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As startups have left their desks behind, founders have become increasingly worried about their physical whereabouts, and have invented apps to help. In the new book, “Fearless: How to Be Unafraid and Do Anything,” entrepreneurs and founders like Dave McClure, David Karp, and Adam D’Angelo share their stories of building their companies in secret, and how they’ve gained confidence and fearlessness.

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A platform that connects people looking to go back to school with students willing to help each other out with things like homework, tutoring, and test prep. The founders say they’ve already helped more than 6,000 students fill out their applications and get into the class of their dreams.

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A software company that helps businesses better define and measure the impact of their marketing campaigns. The company’s founders say their platform has already helped businesses like Blue Apron and Fandango “get more value for their marketing dollars.”

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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 supply chain management platform for restaurants and other food-related businesses. Growth is strong and the founders say they’re trying to make a dent in the $8.5 trillion food and beverage industry.

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A software company that wants to help the legal profession connect with attorneys across the country. The company’s founder says they’ve already signed up over 2,000 lawyers and are working on a nationwide expansion.

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A tool for finding out how many people have downloaded your app, and how many have used it in the past week. The founders say that it’s been integrated into 75 different apps, and that they’ve seen a 20% increase in user retention and engagement once they started using it, with a 50% increase in revenue.

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A live broadcast company for athletes and sports teams. The founders say they want to focus on live streams because of the way they’ve grown in the past few years. Their product is currently a free service, but the founders say they plan to add a paid service to compete with Facebook’s suite of sports and entertainment streams.

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A platform that helps connect female entrepreneurs with investors. Its founders are hoping to reach 1 million female founders in the next 10 years.

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A set of tools that help people raise money from friends and family to finance their businesses. The startup's founders once raised nearly $600,000 from friends and family in just 48 hours.

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The founders of this startup are serial entrepreneurs. They’ve raised $4.5 million to build a platform that can help brands and agencies build better ads and work with customers directly to improve their marketing efforts.

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The founders of this startup are former execs from major media companies including Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters. They’ve built a tool to help brands and agencies keep up with the news, and have launched in over 2,000 companies.

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The startup’s founders say they want to be the company that “solves the ‘I can’t find my team’ problem.” It wants to be the new way of tracking employees, replacing spreadsheets and HR systems with a single, secure system.

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

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A new startup that wants to provide a way for investors to connect with companies in the early stages of development, with a focus on B2B companies. The founder said it has around $24 million in funding so far, and has already worked with companies like TaskRabbit, Instacart, and Stripe.

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Cofounder of the company, a former commercial real estate agent, says she knew nothing about the fintech industry until she started researching it in 2017.

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This startup and its founders were inspired by the story of their friend who had to wait two years to get a colonoscopy. They want to make the process easier.

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The idea is to be an online marketplace for companies to buy and sell their parts. Each part has a unique identifier that allows them to track their whereabouts. The founders say they have raised $8.5 million to date and are already working with over 10 companies.

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A solution for restaurants to manage their daily operations, including ordering, inventory, and payroll. The founders say that they currently have over 80 customers, including Chipotle and Starbucks.

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A tool for the hospitality industry to manage attendee profiles. One of the founders previously worked at Airbnb.

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 The coworking space is part of a larger effort to help women get into technology, either by connecting them to mentors or allowing them to work at an office without the need for a co-founder.

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A tool that allows people to create their own digital currency, or “pre-sale tokens”, then sell them to investors. The startup’s founders say they’re already working with a handful of early-stage startups.

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This startup has two co-founders, and they describe themselves as “…the first and only platform that helps [you] create and learn from inspiring and engaging content about personal finance, investing, and life.”

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A tool for students that helps them track their progress and see how they’re doing in class. The company’s founders say they’re already working with a variety of colleges across the country.

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The Y Combinator summer school is a four-week program that teaches computer science fundamentals to top-tier high school students. The program was launched in 2010 by Paul Graham, the founder of Y Combinator.

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A web app for making artisanal soap, in which users can set up recipes and create their own soap. The startup’s founder says it’s like an online Tupperware party for soap-makers.

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A vertical website that allows people to write about their experiences with different products and services. It was built by the founders of HackerYou, a startup that helped people connect with each other and build software in the same way Facebook and other social networks did.

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"A company that helps businesses go from idea to profitable reality. We help founders build ideas from day one and help them launch them successfully."

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Ideas is organized by YC staff and features the companies that have been accepted into the program. Past speakers include the founders of Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit.

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A technology company that creates “smart” thermostats for home and business use, allowing homeowners to control their thermostats via their smartphone. The company is led by CEO and founder Rajat Pahuja, who previously built a business in India called Shubh Loans that went “very profitable,” according to Pahuja.

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A tool for quick and easy online payments. The startup’s founders say that customers are demanding a more efficient way to pay. They are planning to launch a product in the next few months.

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A software company that’s helping people organize their finances on their phones. The software was built by the founder of a financial services company that was acquired by VC firm Andreessen Horowitz.

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The founder of this startup grew up in a remote village in India and remembers a time when he was able to get a computer for the family and a year later they were able to get the internet. The founder realized the internet had brought a lot of connectivity to the country, but the next step was to bring connectivity to the millions of people who still didn’t have it. That’s what led him to start Jana, a startup that aims to give 1.5 billion people in India access to the internet.

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This startup makes it easy to integrate customer data from various sources into a single platform. The company’s co-founder was formerly a product manager at Google.

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A complete package of functionality for startups to implement into their iOS and Android apps. Its founders say that it’s different from a framework in that it is its own full stack.

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An online hub for people who are visually-impaired and hard of hearing. The site’s founders say that they’re currently in talks with hearing suppliers to help them build a suite of apps for users.

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A web app that helps teachers organize their lessons, then share them with colleagues. The startup’s founders are veterans of the education sector and the product is meant to serve as a kind of “Google Docs for teachers.”

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A cryptocurrency exchange for non-accredited investors. The company’s founders have said they’d like to build a decentralized exchange for non-accredited investors.

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A startup to help people find and hire affordable child care. The founders say their model of the business, which has a token-based system, is open to regulation.

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

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A startup that helps businesses put in place nightly automated processes. The founders say their product helps companies be more efficient and automate processes like payroll, warehouse operations and inventory control.

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A startup that helps foreign companies find workers in the US. The startup’s founders say they’ve already had over 25,000 job postings on their platform.

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A startup that will make it easier for companies to take their vacation time. Founders say it’s designed to be a more affordable alternative to the likes of Voyageur, which charges $50 for the service and $99 per person.

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A platform that helps people make music together using the tools they’re already using. The startup has raised $1.6 million in seed funding from investors including Union Square Ventures, SV Angel, ZipCar founder Robin Chase, and Dropbox founder Drew Houston.

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A set of tools to help make a mobile app. The startup’s founder, Sam Om, has been working on the startup for over a

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In 2018, the founders of OpenTable were awarded the National Venture Capital Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Consumer Products and Services category.

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The founders say their startup is building a more useful version of the Skype-like messaging platform Slack. Businesses use the platform to send documents or share information.

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A startup for bands to put out their music for sale without the hassle of a label. The company is based out of Philadelphia, and is backed by the founders of the label of the same name.

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Y Combinator alum Dan Ellis and co-founder Andrew Conway came up with the idea to make an app that would help people use Microsoft Excel more efficiently. The startup, which has raised $1.3 million from investors including Andreessen Horowitz , works with large companies to help them get their work into Excel faster.

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A startup that’s bringing Bitcoin into the physical world, with a prepaid debit card and a physical debit card. The founders want to make Bitcoin universally usable, and are building a physical card to use at stores, ATMs, and anywhere else.

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The company’s founders have been called "the Bill Gates and Steve Jobs of the Indian startup scene" by a reporter in Quartz.

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A directory of the world’s best remote job sites, curated by the founders of Remote Year.

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A sassy, sarcastic assistant that works on mobile. The startup’s founder, after building a small app for the same purpose, decided to build a full-fledged assistant, which works on mobile.

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The startup’s cofounders say they want to be the company that takes “the unknown hassle out of hiring” by eliminating time-consuming steps like job applications and paperwork. It also wants to help small businesses scale by removing the need for a HR department.

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A plan to build a messaging app that’ll be a hybrid of Slack and WhatsApp. The founders say that messaging apps are the fastest growing apps in the world, and that they want to create something that’s better than both.

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A company that helps other startups find a founder, as well as help them with the process of finding a co-founder.

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A mobile app that helps workers better organize their tasks on the go. The company’s co-founder believe that most of the information workers have on their phones isn’t being used.

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A platform that connects users to the right data and people to do the right work for them. The company’s founders say the tool will help companies build and scale their business more efficiently.

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A set of tools to help build out a mobile app without having to know a lot about how to code. The startup’s founder, Sam Om, has been working on the startup for over a year, and says they’ve already secured $300,000 in funding.

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A software company that helps retailers sell their products on Amazon.com. The founders say they are seeing 100% conversion rates on Amazon and “super-high” sales numbers.

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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 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.

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This startup is building a tool that helps you connect with lenders who can provide you with capital for your business. Notable for being a woman-founded startup (two of the three founders are women).

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A startup that wants to make live video marketing as simple as possible for brands. The company’s founders say they’ve already helped over 1,000 brands, and are having success with brands like Best Buy.

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The company plans to be the first in the world to bring 5G mobile to the masses. Its founders want to offer the first 5G mobile internet service in the world, with the first cities getting service in early 2019.

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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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The founders of this startup are best known for building the most popular and successful startup accelerator in the world. They’re now moving into a new area, with a new accelerator format that’s aimed at helping teams build products for specific industries.

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Founders came up with an idea for an app that would help people discover good food and drink in their neighborhood and pay for it.

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A startup from the founder of Tumbr, which helps companies to engage with customers on Facebook.

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A platform for helping people find their dream homes. The founders say they’ve helped people find their dream house in as little as 10 days.

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The founders of this company started it to help people in the US and UK keep track of their medication. It’s currently available for iOS.

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The company’s founders speak of a future where the internet of things (IoT) and the internet of everything (IoE) converge, allowing users to control the devices in their homes directly from their phones.

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Cofounder of the company, a former financial industry analyst, began researching the fintech industry in 2017. She found a dearth of female founders in the space. In her startup’s pitch deck, she highlights several female founders as part of the company’s advisory board.

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A company that focuses on customer engagement for retailers and restaurants. It’s currently in beta for 10,000 users, and the founders say they’re looking to expand to markets outside the US.

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

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The founders of this company want to build a more connected and secure version of Amazon’s Alexa, one that can work with smart home devices and allow users to access the internet through their voice.

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A startup that wants to build a decentralized banking system. The founders say that banks are creating systems that are too expensive and too clunky to be used, and that the market is underserved — especially by credit cards, which are used by everyone in the world, but for which there’s no good way to transfer money across borders.

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A tool for various health-related startups. The startup helps startups on the cusp of launching gather advice from experts in the field. It charges a small fee starting at $99, but founder Alex Goodyear says it’s worth it for the experience.

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Profile’s founders say it’s like Pinterest, but for the fashion industry.

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A platform that allows merchants and brands to focus on their core products and services over general marketing efforts. The startup’s co-founder is the co-founder of the company that created Yo, the first social network for mobile devices.

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A subscription-free, open-source messaging platform for teams. The startup’s founders say they want to transform how groups collaborate.

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A new way for startups to launch, with a “pay-as-you-go” model for founders and employees. It allows companies to grow without having to engage in the long, expensive process of raising a round.

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A software-as-a-service company that helps B2B companies automate and secure their supply chains, a niche the founders say is worth $50 billion.

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The startup’s pitch is that “we help people save money by visiting restaurants that are good, but not the best.” The app now has 100,000 users in the UK, and its founders say they’ll be able to expand globally if their funding round meets its goal.

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A startup that’s working to bring mobile-first design to the web. The company’s founder says that on desktop, responsive websites are too complex and hard to work with. On mobile, the opposite is true: sites are too simple and often hard to use. Sway is working to change that with a product that uses all the same features on mobile as it does on desktop.

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 A group of women who teach other women how to be more confident in being sick. The founders say that their videos have over 1 million views.

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A tool for creating more efficient, effective marketing campaigns for small businesses. Its founders say that a lot of small business owners could improve their marketing by using better tools.

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A startup that lets companies receive real-time feedback on their customer service. The founders say that customer feedback is the number one driver of company growth.

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A platform for managing and tracking intellectual property. The startup’s founders say they have “tripled their revenue as we scale to help more inventors create and protect their inventions.”

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This startup, based in the US, is building a way to connect brands and their customers. The company’s co-founder says they’ve already had over 1,000 customers sign up.

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A company that helps small businesses get off the ground, with a library of tools that help companies with marketing, accounting, and sales. Company founders started it after seeing that many small businesses are launching on Facebook and taking on extra expenses to grow.

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A company that helps small restaurants and cafeterias provide food for their employees. The co-founders say they have taken on $1 million in orders in their first year.

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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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The startup's founders say they help companies in the $50B+ technology industry find top technical talent and make sure they spend the right amount of time and money on the right people.

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The startup wants to build a way for people to manage their digital assets via their mobile device. The startup says they’ve built a mobile app that can be used to create a digital presence for local businesses and brands. Co-founders say they’ve been doing extensive research on the best way to adopt blockchain technology.

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A platform that links together online marketplaces, shopping carts, and inventory management. The startup’s founders say it’s a better fit for small businesses than existing solutions.

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A startup that helps businesses manage their payments and invoices, which the founders say is significantly more effective than spreadsheets. It aims to be a full-stack solution for companies in need of a better way to manage their accounts receivable.

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 The startup wants to be a marketplace for people to sell their used stuff. Its focus is on new-to-market products, but founders say they’d be open to selling used products as well.

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A “smart” speaker that works like a smart home appliance, but which can also control your smart home appliances (like your lights and thermostat). It can work with a variety of IoT devices, and the founders say it will be in the market in the next 12 months.

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The story of how the founder of a company that makes protective filters for mobile devices moved to China, raised funding, and founded a rival company.

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A money transfer service for the African market. The startup is launching in Cameroon in August and will expand to other countries as it progresses. The founders say their product is already being used in more than 60 countries.

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This startup is building a network of thousands of assistants who are the point of contact for people who need help with their health. The startup’s founders wanted to create a version of Amazon’s Alexa that could help people manage their health.

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A group of founders from NYC, San Francisco and Mumbai came together to solve the challenge of securing data in the cloud. The startup provides a way to encrypt and decrypt files and data in the cloud that’s compliant with HIPAA and GDPR standards.

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This company is working on using AI and data to customize pricing for businesses. The founders say they’ve already signed up hundreds of businesses, and are looking to roll out an API and dashboard soon.

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A way to get food delivered from the market to your doorstep. Founder Josh Wilson says he’s already signed a deal with a local deli to deliver.

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The founder of Code.org, a nonprofit working to make computer science education more accessible, wants to create a foundation to encourage high school students to learn software and programming.

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A startup that creates a digital trail of products for consumers to track and manage, from an item of clothing to a car. The founders aim to make it easy to track your life’s possessions.

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A tool that teaches people how to be more productive, launching in the fall of 2019. The founders describe their product as a "Netflix for productivity".

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In December 2018, a short video was released on the startup’s Twitter feed in which co-founder Isaac Lee described the company’s culture as “our culture is that we’re always going to be one step ahead of you.”

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A platform for trading cryptocurrencies. The company has raised $1.3 million from investors including Y Combinator, Foundation Capital and Founders Fund. The company has raised $2.2 million total.

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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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One of the startup’s cofounders, Sumeet Singh, was born in India, raised in New Jersey, and still regularly wears a turban. Harsh and Singh met as PhD students at MIT.

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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 that’s building a dating app for people over 50. The app lets users browse by interests, post photos, and build their own profiles. Money is kept separate from the app, so the founders don’t have to have people have to delete their profiles if they don’t want to date.

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An email marketing tool that integrates with all of your favorite email clients. The startup’s founders say they’ve already closed $1.5 million in pre-launch investment.

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One of the co-founders of Loosecubes was one of the first people to use Flutter.

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A book publishing platform by the founders of Medium, which has raised $23.5M to date. The company wants to automate book publishing, and focus on short books.

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A platform for advertisers to manage pay-per-click campaigns for digital media, including banner ads, video ads, and native ads. Its founder, Michael Poulsen, says he’s brought in $10,000 in revenue since its inception in May.

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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 company that helps veteran owned businesses get military contracts. They’re looking for a co-founder to help scale their operations.

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A company that helps small businesses improve their marketing. The startup’s founders say they’ve built a “universal marketing plan” that helps small businesses launch new products and services and grow sales quickly.

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The founders of Rancher Labs are using the data they’ve collected to build AI tools for companies to manage their infrastructure.

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The startup is building a platform that allows developers to build apps that integrate with Amazon Echo. It’s a side project for the founders of the company.

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“From the outside, our team is probably the most diverse in the YC batch [of the past five years],” says cofounder Raman Harsh, an MIT alum. “There are no limits on race, ethnicity, religion, or gender.”

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A platform for sharing knowledge and expertise. The founders say they have a database of 500,000 consultants in 1,000 categories.

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The founders have a vision of a world where everyone can pay rent or a mortgage, and have a constant stream of income without having to get a job.

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A digital representation of a physical card game for the internet, replacing the physical card deck with a virtual one. The startup’s founder says they’re close to the top 500 in the iPhone app store. They have a few hundred users.

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A $15,000 tool to help people purchase and sell their cars, alongside their current vehicles, and get the most money for both. The founders of this startup say that people are willing to spend up to $80,000 to get a new car, but are not willing to spend the same amount on their current ones.

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A platform to help talented people find jobs in the tech industry. Its founder, Aaron Jaffe, says he’s working with a number of the Valley’s most prominent startups.

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The founder of this startup wants to bring the benefits of the Internet of Things to the point of sale. The company is building a system that will allow consumers to interact with products in a more intuitive way.

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A student loan refinancing startup that promises to reduce interest rates. It just closed a $10 million round, and its founders said they’re targeting 15% of student loan holders.

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A way to find and hire the best contractors in San Francisco, the founders say.

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An insurance company for the under-35 market. The founders say they have a 20% conversion rate for under-35s.

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Catch a Yacht is building a service that acts as a virtual concierge for wealthy travelers — it helps them book travel and manage their money. The company’s founders are former Facebook employees.

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A support tool for the “millennial workforce”, a term the founders use to describe anyone born in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Based on the startup’s founder’s work at Kiva, a nonprofit that helps people in poverty create micro loans, the startup wants to expand its service to provide people in the US loans at a lower cost. It currently serves small businesses in 30 US cities.

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Co-founders said they were inspired by the success of Airbnb but found themselves frustrated by the startup’s inability to deliver on its promises. Rival hotel booking site Hotels.com filed for an IPO in April 2016.

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Recode is a project from Cheddar that provides video interviews with the founders of startups in the technology sector.

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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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This startup makes a paid email system that helps companies avoid GDPR fines. The company’s founders say they’re working with over 100 large European e-commerce sites. It’s currently in private beta.

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A SaaS platform that helps companies create, manage, and get feedback on their campaigns. It’s currently being used for over 100 campaigns, raised over $30 million in funding, and the founders have spent over a year building it.

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A startup that allows users to pay bills and data plans by sending SMS messages. The founder used to work at Groupon and is raising $1.4 million in seed funding.

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This startup designs and builds a line of “smart” showerheads that the founders say lets users control the temperature and pressure of the water through a smartphone app.

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In 2015, when asked about the app, founder and CEO of Asana, Dustin Moskovitz, said, "...it's not like you would have to go through and check every single piece of content on Facebook. It's not that hard to check if it's a link to a website. ... But we can't be 100% sure that the link is safe. And you want a social network that's not going to take you down."

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A digital platform for the organic food industry to sell directly to customers, with its current focus on e-commerce fulfillment. The founders envision a future where they can send one of the world’s most trusted brands of food directly to your doorstep.

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A startup that makes it easy for companies to build apps for their customers, by building an app store for developers to build apps for their customers. The startup’s founder tells us that he’s gotten 10,000 signups in 2 weeks.

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 A startup that wants to help people use their own existing content as a source for their brands. It’s essentially a feed builder for social media, where a user can build a feed from their own feed. The startup’s founders say they’ve reached 10,000 users right after launching, and have doubled in size in the past month.

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The startup is building a product that helps people pay for their next drink with a tap on a table or a QR code. The startup’s founder, Rajan Rajan, was the founder of the popular brunch spot, The Blind Barber.

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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 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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While this is a new company, the founders’ past experience and work on other startups and products and their location in São Paulo, Brazil, makes it an interesting choice.

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A startup that allows companies to deliver a customer service experience that is both efficient and personable. The startup is a spinoff of a company called Customer.io, where the founders had to implement a customer service software for a customer support company.

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A startup that helps connect a person’s home energy use to the company they work for. The startup’s founders say they’ve already been able to help a customer save $100 a month.

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A startup that wants to help HR/recruitment/HR department leaders in the US to run their businesses more like startups. The founders say the company helps HR departments get more efficient by putting HR processes on rails and sharing best practices.

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This New York City startup is building a subscription service for the restaurant industry. The founders behind the company believe that the industry is plagued by high costs and a lack of execution.

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One of the founders is a former Google employee and the company is trying to make it easier to manage your VPS. They have a landing page that includes a free trial and a free account.

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This startup’s founders say that the federal government’s tax-reporting process is too complex and that it’s difficult for people to pay their taxes. They’re building a simple, modern, easy-to-use tool that they hope will be used by millions of people.

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A platform connecting founders with investors for seed-stage funding.

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A SaaS platform that helps businesses manage their phone calls with a single dashboard that can be accessed from any device. The founders say they’ve already had over 400,000 calls a month through their platform.

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An iOS app by the founders of the popular Evernote business note-taking app that allows users to write and save notes on their phones.

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A startup that helps restaurant chains create loyalty program. The company’s founders want to use the same tech that powers the loyalty program at Expedia to help businesses like Chipotle and Panera create their own.

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A software product that automatically sends out marketing reminders for things like follow ups, social media posts, and store store openings. The startup’s founder claims that most startups have missed out on the marketing effort because they have forgotten to do marketing.

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The company is building a platform for managing citizen dialog on local issues. The cofounders say that more than $6 billion is spent on lobbying each year, and the platform would make it easier for citizens to have their voices heard in government.

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“A new way to get into the market,” according to the founders. It’s a mobile app that lets people instantly buy everything they need to get started selling on Amazon.

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A startup that wants to take the pain out of booking a flight. The cofounders, who hail from three different continents, say they’ve been able to eliminate the pain in booking a flight by combining the data from various travel sites.

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A B2B software company that helps hardware manufacturers and distributors sell to retail stores. The company’s founders say that in the past year it’s already signed and closed on 125 deals and has more in the pipeline.

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A tool to help you navigate and organize your life, and make sure you’re working toward your goals and not getting distracted. The founders say they want the tool to be the “GPS for your life” and they want to make it easy to add things like workouts and to-do lists.

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A platform for selling books in the Philippines, in the same way that Amazon does for books in the US. The startup’s investors include Facebook’s David Marcus, CEO of Coinbase Brian Armstrong, and the co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman.

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The Startup Genome is a resource for founders and investors. It covers early stage

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A facial recognition service that the founders say is “unparalleled”, and that has raised over $1 million in funding. The company is currently hiring, but declined to disclose numbers.

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Has launched in the past year in the US, in areas in which cannabis has been legalized in the past year in states like Ohio, New Jersey, Texas, and California. The company’s founders say they can apply their technology to any state/state-regulated cannabis industry, and are already in business in the US.

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A startup for families to coordinate care for seniors. The founders hope the platform will help caregivers manage care, so they can do things like remind care-givers when the person’s medication needs to be refilled.

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A tool for automating email marketing for businesses. Its founders, having previously built a small email marketing SaaS for startups, were looking for a way to automate the process.

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A web-based tool that helps companies bundle and manage their data, from backups to backups to backups. The founders say it saves companies from having to set up a full-blown data center.

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Focusing on the production side of the cannabis industry, Vite helps growers track their crop through harvest, packaging, labeling, shipping, and aging. Co-founder Pravin Patel says they built the software for half a million dollars in seed funding, and are working with other cannabis companies to deliver their software.

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A startup that connects consumers and brands to help them buy products online. The founder is a former Google engineer who was a co-founder of Instacart, a grocery delivery service, before launching this startup.

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 A startup helping startups focus on users, not investors. Mow is a VC that creates a seed round for a startup, but only if the founders agree to give themselves away for free to customers for a year.

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A platform to help advise and manage small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The startup’s founder says he wants his product to be like a “low-cost version of Facebook for SMBs”.

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A tool for HR professionals to create training programs on the fly. The company’s co-founder went through a lot of frustration finding training programs for employees, so he wrote his own.

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A platform that helps companies build and manage travel and expense management apps. One of the founders, who worked at Expedia, was frustrated by all the apps and services they used. So they built a better expense reporting system

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A product for business owners, in which you can sell your products directly in your Shopify store. The company’s founder says there are over 25,000 people in the US using his app.

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A 3-day conference for both founders and investors. It’s a conference for people who have acquired startups at some point in their career and want to learn from others.

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This company is building a platform that connects real estate agents with short-term rentals, making it easier for agents to make money. The startup's founders are both previous Airbnb employees.

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The founders of this toolset are building an app that lets drivers find gas stations in their area.

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According to the 2017 Global Startup Ecosystem Report, there were over 2.4 million startup founders working in the United States.

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The founders want to build a way for people to monetize their work through a new, more transparent, and more scalable model.

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In addition to being a founder, Zebra has also built and launched eight startups in the past.

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A startup that wants to be a one-stop shop for all the things that a small business needs to do to get paid and do business. The company’s founders say that companies that use their platform spend up to 80% less time on account-related tasks.

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A software development company that wants to fix the “diversity gap” in Silicon Valley. The company’s co-founder says that men make up around 80% of the tech workforce, and women only 4% (and that the industry is even worse in other parts of the world).

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A “smart” contact lens that tracks glucose levels in real time, sending alerts to users’ smartphones. It’s currently in the clinical trial phase, but the founders are working on a commercial version that will be released in 2020.

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A company that makes a looping video meant to be watched from the user’s couch. They’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from investors including Airbnb and Airbnb co-founder, Brian Chesky.

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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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The startup's founders have been driving customer growth for companies like Lyft, Instacart, and Delivery Hero. After the US, they're going global and they're looking to build a customer service app called Enter, which they say can help companies grow faster by building and managing customer relationships.

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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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A business designed to help musicians market their music and manage it across the web. It’s a unique approach, but the founders say that they’re already working with over 150 artists.

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A company that provides an online profile management tool. The startup is also working on a beta version of a layer of security around user data. The company's founder originally pitched the idea at Y Combinator in 2014, but the founders decided to pivot to a more stable revenue stream.

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This idea is to provide an integrated platform that allows people to sync their calendars with their phones. The founders created a prototype that allows users to view their calendar from their phone. The company plans to have a beta version of the app ready by the end of 2017.

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A digital platform that gives brands the ability to curate, share, and promote content across multiple channels. It’s like Facebook’s “Explore” but for Instagram. The founders say they’ve built a team of over 100 people and are looking to raise $15 million.

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The company’s co-founder, who is also a partner at Y Combinator, tells us “If you have a lot of money, you can go to the beach. If you don’t, you can go to the beach.”

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A company that is building a platform to help restaurant owners and workers manage logistics and inventory. The startup’s founders say their focus is on reducing waste.

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A tool for salespeople to generate new leads. The company’s co-founder used to go on sales calls where he’d be asked to generate leads, but then sit on his hands for days while he waited for new leads to appear. So he built a tool that automated this process, which has already generated 500 leads.

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 A startup that helps healthcare professionals and patients collaborate to improve patient outcomes, and it’s powered by an AI bot. The company’s founders tell us it does all of its work by sending patients personal questions and tracking their responses to them, building a database of their responses to doctors and clinicians.

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 Slack is a chat app for team communication. The company’s founders want to build a Slack app that integrates with other platforms, such as Basecamp or Asana.

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 The founder of this startup is the CEO of a successful full-service SEO consultancy. The startup aims to take the SEO knowledge he used to build his practice and apply it to online marketing.

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In 2018, the United States has the largest number of startup founders in the world, and has been for the past few years.

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A new-generation online video platform that aims to compete directly with YouTube. The company’s co-founders say they’re already seeing traffic and engagement numbers that rival the video platform.

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The founders of this startup have been working on a mobile-first platform since 2010. Now they’re building a mobile-only social network focused on young urban professionals.

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This startup wants to make it easy for anyone with a bad credit score to get a loan. The company’s co-founder says that when running a small business, it’s likely that they know the person they’re dealing with personally. The company uses that advantage to provide a personalized loan experience.

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Part of Y Combinator’s revised application process, revised from the one from the summer, includes a video introduction from the founders. Some of the founders have also been blogging about their experiences.

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 Handscomb is building a “location-aware” dog collar that lets pet owners know when they leave their dog alone. The startup’s founders say the collar is more humane than a traditional shock collar, letting owners know when their dogs are alone.

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The Startup Genome is a resource for founders and investors. It covers early stage startups and is a non-profit that helps entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors. The Startup Genome aims to improve the ecosystem by providing entrepreneurs with data to help guide their decisions and spread best practices.

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A startup that helps farmers get more out of their sales. The founders say 80% of farmers they work with have never used a website before.

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A digital store for renewable energy equipment, which the founders say is the only one of its kind in the US.

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A tool to help you figure out how to best measure a person’s data across their entire life, including health, work and leisure. The startup’s founders say they’ve already spoken to Fortune 500 companies about their solution.

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A platform for hiring and managing freelance workers. The founders want to create a platform that is more like Amazon Mechanical Turk than Upwork.

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A startup that uses machine learning to help people build their own personalized itineraries. The company's founders say they have a lot of B2B customers. They currently have a few hundred paying customers.

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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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Tachyon is a tool for monitoring and managing service-level agreements. The company’s founders say they’re already working with over 100 customers, and they’ve raised $1.7 million in seed funding.

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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 startup that provides customers with the ability to pay bills, bank transfers, and other expenses with their mobile phones. The company’s founders say they’ve already signed up 300,000 users and are working to expand their service to other countries.

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Idea: A peer-to-peer lending marketplace The startup offers an alternative to traditional banks, which the founders say offer high interest rates, but often have hidden fees

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Idea: A startup that wants to be like a “mini-LinkedIn” for Indian startups, with a focus on helping founders build their brands

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Idea: The founders of Recruiterbox have started a new company called Proxee, which is a “CRM for recruiters” The app promises to help recruiters source and manage candidates

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Idea: Early stage, VC-backed uBiome is an open source citizen science biotech that makes it easy for anyone to analyze their microbiome The company is profitable and is scaling internationally, but its founders want more funding

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Idea: A social network for people who love to travel The startup’s founder is an active traveler who wanted to create a space for like-minded folks to find travel companions The startup says they have over 75,000 users

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Idea: A startup that aims to help people learn to code through a combination of chatbots and online courses The company’s founders say they’re currently working on an AI-powered chatbot that can make coding exercises more interesting

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Idea: A platform that makes it easy to rent out office spaces around the world The founders say they’re already making a profit

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Idea: A business that provides an experience platform for making and organizing all kinds of lifestyle plans Co-founder Dan is the former head of product at Maker’s Market, the private label division at Walmart

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Idea: A startup that connects German startups looking for co-founders with “potential employees” in the form of freelancers.

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Idea: A startup that combines the idea of a social network with the idea of a dating app. People can follow each other and post content, but they can also chat with each other. The founders say that their users are posting content at a rate

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Idea: Improves the performance of ads by pinpointing the moment that a customer sees an ad and decides to buy. The startup is building machine learning models to predict conversion time, and the founders have already run $1m of ads through their product.

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Idea: A startup that is building a platform for shared office space. The company’s founders say that it’s already profitable and has $2.8 million in revenue, with $10 million in annual recurring revenue. The company is installing $10 million in hardware in the next two years. It’s currently profitable.

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Idea: A voice-activated “interface for the real world”, like a “JARVIS for the physical world”. The founders say it currently “works with every major cloud provider”, and that they’re looking to partner with companies that need the technology to build in-house platforms.

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Idea: A digital market for general contractors in the Philippines. The founders say they’re solving a problem of trust, where contractors have to be trusted to show up on time and do the work. They’re currently processing $40,000 in monthly revenue.

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Idea: This startup simplifies the process of creating certificates of deposit for retail customers by creating a very simple web-based platform. The service is currently free, and the founders say they’re working on pricing.

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Idea: A startup that helps people ship their used items to buyers. The founder says that she’s already sold $3,000 worth of items in her first two months.

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Idea: A startup for private label goods. The founder wants to make it easy for people to create their own private label brands, and is pitching it as a marketplace for startups to create their own version of a “Brands You Love But Can’t Find In Stores” store.

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Idea: An education platform for coding. With an estimated 1.5 million job openings in the next 5 years, the founders say they’ve got an opportunity to help provide the next generation of developers with

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Idea: A B2B company that helps pull financial data from multiple sources and makes it available inside a CRM-style interface. The founders say they’ve already worked with a few dozen companies.

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Idea: A platform that connects to the APIs of a variety of e-commerce services (Stripe, Shopify, etc.) to help them better manage and analyze customer data. The founders say they have $1,500 in monthly recurring revenue.

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Idea: A business that helps carpenters and plumbers schedule service calls. So far, the founders say they have $1,500 in

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Idea: A tool for keeping your software up to date. In a demo, the founder showed that the service updates a user’s phone to the latest version of Android.

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Idea: A podcast for entrepreneurs and small business owners. It’s called “Sales & Marketing” and it’s hosted by two former startup founders.

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Idea: A startup for startup founders to sell business ventures that are proven to be working.

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Idea: A tool for helping companies and employees build their own internal chatrooms. The founder says that the product has been used by YC for the past few years, and is now being offered to other companies as well.

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

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Idea: An AI-powered email platform that integrates with Gmail, with a focus on the “personal touch”. The startup’s founder says there’s a generation of people who grew up on AOL’s chat interface and have since forgotten how to write emails (because they’ve been using chat).

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A crypto exchange that’s meant to serve people in the developing world. The startup’s founders say they only charge a small fee of 0.6% per transaction, compared to their competitors that charge 10% or more.

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Idea: A startup that wants to play matchmaker between people and moving companies. The founders say moving is a massive pain point, and there’s a huge demand for a simpler solution.

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Idea: This is the company behind the Bodega app, which calls itself a “Bodega box that comes with a free human.” The startup is building an app for small convenience stores in order to make shopping for milk, eggs, and other items more convenient. Its founders are betting that by bringing in a human to help customers, they’ll be able to differentiate from other convenience stores.

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A “digital resume” for freelancers. The founder wanted to make it easier for freelancers to acquire new customers and for clients to find them.

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Idea: A platform for building chatbots. The founders say their competitor, Maya, charges $3,000 per month while their offering is just $995 per month.

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Idea: SaaS startup that helps hotels manage their rooms and guests, with a little bit of Netflix’s recommendation algorithms baked in. The idea is that hotels can use it as a booking engine to get more out of their rooms, and the company’s founders say they have a 75% conversion rate.

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Idea: A startup that helps brands and agencies plan out their Instagram marketing strategies. The founder is a former head of marketing at Instagram (who worked on its mobile app) and says that brands still have a hard time figuring out how to adapt their advertising to the platform.

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Idea: A 3D audio startup that is trying to make podcasting more immersive by using binaural audio. The app has a pretty strong take on the future of podcasting, and its founder says that the company is profitable.

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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.

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Idea: A startup helping businesses in emerging markets manage inventory and orders using a mobile app and a desktop dashboard. The founders say they’ve already signed more than 50 customers in the past month (and have been accepted to Y Combinator,) and that the business has been profitable since it launched at the end of May.

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A startup that wants to provide access to early stage equity for founders who don’t have access to the traditional venture capital market

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Idea: Two-factor authentication for banking. The founders say that banks are terrible at protecting their customers’ information, and that they can do a better job with two-factor authentication.

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A network of physical offices for startup founders.

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