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Inventor Dr. Ramesh Kale has been working on a low-cost, disposable "smart" pacemaker for under $1,500. The device is implanted in a pocket-sized battery pack that an individual wears around their waist. The pacemaker is connected to the battery pack via a small wire. When the device senses irregular heartbeats, it sends a signal to the battery pack, which then notifies the individual's doctor. The battery pack is replaceable, and is expected to last up to a year.

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A startup that helps people who need to find a last minute place to stay when they are traveling

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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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A startup that helps people manage their plastic cards, and make purchases that require plastic.

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A startup that helps users find the best deals on last-minute travel deals, with a focus on hospitality and travel.

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A dating app for people who want to have casual sex, focused on avoiding pressure from other users. The app is meant to be a safe place for people who want to do something that’s not going to last.

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A mobile app for finding last-minute parking spots.

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Idea: A company that helps homeowners who are selling their home make it look its best for buyers, cutting their job out of the real estate sales process. The startup has raised $150,000 in the last month.

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A video platform that chooses the best pieces of footage from a video to create a GIF. The startup, which was founded in May 2014, says it has been offering GIFs for free since last year.

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A digital platform for temporary workers, offering access to a range of services, from transportation to housing, and last pay.

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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 startup that is helping companies and individuals get debit cards for free when they have banked with their bank for the last 3 years.

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A machine that makes custom-ordered plastic products on demand.

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A startup that provides a service where they visit your house and help you plan meals that will last a week

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A startup that provides a “free and sustainable” alternative to plastic bags

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As we reported last week, Blue Capital is building a “wage engine” for the gig economy that will help people figure out how to actually pay their rent.

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A way to make your phone’s battery last longer. The startup uses a sensor that tells the phone when it is being charged and when the battery is running low. It then adjusts the phone’s power management settings.

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A social enterprise in Indonesia that sells bedsheets made of recycled plastic. The company is building a factory that can make up to 50,000 bedsheets a week.

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This startup is building an AI that responds to big data and has the ability to make last minute changes to a home’s heating and cooling systems.

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A Web/Mobile-based platform for hiring, recruiting, and finding jobs. In the last year, the company says they’ve grown from $1.5 million in annual revenue to $4.5 million, and that they’ve seen 10x growth in the last 12 months. The company has more than 50 employees and is currently hiring.

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A startup that wants to make last-mile delivery more efficient by using GPS on your phone to find the nearest delivery vans. It currently has $10 million in funding and has raised $20 million in total funding.

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A renewable energy startup that helps entrepreneurs build solar projects. The company says it installed over 2 megawatts last year and has plans to install more this year.

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A company that distributes plastic bags to shoppers in developing countries so they can buy groceries on credit.

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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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A mobile payment app for the Philippines. The startup, which launched its app last month, is targeting the country’s growing middle class.

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A tool that allows you to purchase a ticket to a movie, museum, or sporting event at the last minute.

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a startup that uses robots to cut and assemble plastics and other materials

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 “A personal assistant for the last mile: an AI-powered tool that serves the last mile of travel needs of both humans and machines.” The startup, which was founded in May, seeks to take on the likes of Uber and Lyft with a new platform designed for last-mile travel.

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A “socially conscious” credit card that doesn’t charge users extra for not using plastic. The startup has a $1 billion market cap.

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This startup is building a last-mile delivery platform that puts the onus on the customer to order their own food.

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Fostr is a marketplace where people sell their unused clothes. The company has raised $1.5 million in seed funding and says they’ve sold over 30,000 items in the last two years.

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One of the key differences between this year’s class and last year’s was the level of public interest in highlighting the work of the companies that were accepted. This year that level was very high, with over 10,000 people visiting the project page. That interest was a major factor in the growth of the class.

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A startup that wants to take the pain out of international travel booking by creating a marketplace where travelers can find last-minute deals from local vendors.

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A startup that wants to help people book last-minute flights and hotels by bringing together factors like price, travel time, and flight delays.

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A space-saving, eco-friendly, solar-powered tent that's built with bamboo and recycled plastic. It's also waterproof, and when the time comes to move, it folds up into a waterproof bag, taking up less space than a cooler while still providing a dry, protected space for outdoor camping.

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“The last mile” of ride-hailing apps is the last mile to a person’s home. The startup wants to build an app that helps people find a driver to take them home.

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CaseReev is a mobile checkout company that allows users to scan the barcodes of items in stores and pay with their mobile phones. The startup raised $1.1 million last year

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Helps IoT developers of all sizes build and deploy IoT-connected projects. The company says it has built over 10,000 devices in the last two years.

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The first public hardware offering from Spin, a company that makes a 3D printer, will be a small plastic ball that you can use to make jewelry.

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A platform that documents the human factors that go into the design of things, like adding a button for “Delete’ and a “Save” button to a plastic toothbrush. The startup is currently working with startups and designers to build out its product.

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 This is a company that has done a lot of research on the best way to get a message across to people in different places. They decided that one of the best ways was to create a system that is both language and location-agnostic, and designed to be culturally sensitive. They’ve put that system to work for a variety of companies, including a hotel chain, a coffee company, and a plastic surgery center.

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A startup developing a new type of LED lamp that uses less power, lasts longer and has a smaller carbon footprint.

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Y Combinator is not a startup accelerator in the traditional sense, as it does not provide capital, mentorship, or other startup-specific services. Instead, Y Combinator provides seed funding and office space for startups that have already been bootstrapped for over a year and a half. Y Combinator has five cohorts a year, each of which lasts for 14 weeks. Participants are required to pay for their own flights and housing, which are taken care of by Y Combinator.

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A business platform for Indian SMBs to better manage their finances. Over the last 12 months, the number of SMBs on the platform has grown 50%, with an average monthly transaction size of $3,500.

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A startup that helps people find free or discounted parking. The startup says it’s been profitable in the last year.

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A startup that wants to help people find and use better alternatives to plastic bags, by helping them make shopping lists in their phone’s email. The startup has only been live for a week, but is already seeing a 30% conversion rate.

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A startup called Ava is the first to offer a solution to the “last mile problem” in ride-sharing. It’s a payment system that allows riders to send money to driver partners via Venmo.

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Last year, I wrote about how some of the most successful Y Combinator companies are focused on solving the problems of the modern worker, like home care, transportation, and education. The most successful YC companies are built on the idea that technology should be helping workers, not fighting them.

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In the last decade, the number of startups has continued to grow, making the San Jose area "the best place to start a business in the world."

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A startup to help users know when the last time they texted was, and how much it cost.

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A startup that helps retailers manage the “last-mile” of their business, selling anything from everyday items to large appliances.

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A startup that doesn't have a specific use case but wants to be a store of last resort for people seeking to borrow money.

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A group of companies that want to make it easier for companies to construct custom products from metal and plastic.

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Startups that made the list last year but haven't expanded to the US yet

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A system that allows consumers to save money by re-cycling plastic bags, keeping them out of landfills and out of the environment.

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A consumer card that can be used at many places where plastic credit cards are accepted. It’s meant for the Indian market to replace a plethora of different forms of payment.

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A consumer-facing ecommerce site meant to help travelers find and book last-minute flights.

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A platform company that specializes in predictive maintenance and predictive servicing. They’ll tell you how long your car will last, based on the data and condition of your car.

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An online database of marine retailers. "Yachters" can find other yachties from all over the world by rating their experiences. The startup launched last month.

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A web-based service that helps small businesses manage their people and payroll. The company has $1 million in funding and has been serving 35,000 employers in the US and Canada for the last three years.

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Idea: A drone startup that's been working with Amazon for the last two years, and is now moving into a larger market It’s currently piloting its service in Peru

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A company that makes reusable plastic shopping bags that are 100% compostable.

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A digital ledger for e-commerce transactions. The team works on the idea that all of the blockchain apps that have emerged in the last few years will eventually intertwine.

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Idea: A remote digital marketing agency for high-growth tech companies The startup has worked with a few dozen clients since launching last year, and is currently available to startups that are a $1 million in revenue or less

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Idea: A startup for “last-mile delivery” to help customers get packages from warehouses to their door The startup has been live for a few months and has $6,000 in revenue per month

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Idea: A startup that is making a new type of surface that feels a bit like paper but is actually a plastic material This material can then be molded to make all types of different things, like a fridge that can be rolled up The surface is also programmable, so it can be made to change color or texture when a button is pressed

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Idea: A simple way for people to pre-order food online from local restaurants, picking up their food without waiting in a line or ordering into a kitchen. Customers place an order on the website, and then the startup calls the restaurant to confirm. The startup says it’s grown 10% week-over-week for the last year.

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Idea: A platform for plastic surgeons and other medical professionals to build apps on top of, that make the process of ordering products and scheduling appointments easier for doctors and patients.

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Idea: A business that sells plastic tubes with powder that you can use to print your own 3D objects.

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

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Idea: A startup for online food delivery aimed at solving the “last mile” problem, where it’s too expensive to deliver to some locations.

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Idea: A startup that helps companies reach out to job candidates with targeted content based on how they perform during an interview. The business model is similar to that of HireVue, which was acquired for $200 million by Glassdoor last year.

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