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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 food delivery service that uses a network of personal chefs to create a personalized meal based on the order. The startup has also launched a restaurant-delivery service that provides delivery 24/7.

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In August 2019 they launched, a “natural hair care line for black women”.

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In January 2018, Instagram launched IGTV, an app designed to let people watch longer videos.

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This’s the second time around for the company, which previously launched a version of its product in China in 2017, and lost most of its customers after the Chinese government blocked its service.

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In the summer of 2016, the Y Combinator Summer School launched a $100,000 scholarship for students who attend the program. The scholarship is awarded to graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds.

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A platform that helps music artists with marketing, merchandising, and tour management. They have also launched a new app, PressPlay, that’s a digital music locker.

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An online marketplace for local services and products. It launched in June 2018 with a focus on renovations and childcare.

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An AI-powered bot that helps people find and stay in touch with their friends. The bot, which launched in beta in May, has over 100,000 users and is being tested with some of the biggest social media companies.

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In May, the startup launched its first version, a $300 PC that it said could run as much as 40% faster than similarly priced machines. The company’s second version is a $1,000 PC that it says is twice as fast as its first version.

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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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A travel booking app that uses AI to create itineraries for users based on their preferences. It launched in early July.

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A mobile first video messaging app. Launched in July and already has over 1 million users.

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A startup that helps e-commerce businesses expand globally. The company says it has helped over 1,000 merchants expand into more than 60 new countries. The company has already launched its first product, a global e-commerce marketplace, to the public and has launched in six countries.

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Indeed.com launched in 2003, but has since grown into a market leader. Indeed.com has also been acquired by The Walt Disney Company in December 2018.

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These are companies that have raised money from Y Combinator, but haven’t yet launched on the platform.

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The startup behind Pachube has expanded into the market for connected devices that allow users to collect and share data. The company has launched two other products since the acquisition: the Pachube Watch, which is a customizable wristband that can be paired with smart devices to collect fitness data and share data with other devices, and the Pachube Photo, which is a way for users to capture and share their photos with other users.

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This is a company that wants to help companies keep an eye on their employees. The company launched in late May and has already taken over $100,000 in seed funding.

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A company that makes both low-cost and premium products for the fashion industry. The premium products include the T-shirt, the slim-fit denim, and the leather jacket. The company is also manufacturing a line of eyewear, and it recently launched a line of knitwear for women.

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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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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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Launched in August, this is an open-source chatbot that can handle both finance and consumer-facing business.

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This list does not include every startup that has accepted into YC, but only the startups that have launched since the program started.

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A company building a platform for employers to offer flexible work arrangements to their employees. The company, which was launched in August, is already working with over 500 companies.

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A platform for sharing and tracking all of your fitness activities. The company developed a stand-alone iOS app called MyFitnessPal in 2011, which has over 150 million users worldwide. In 2017, they launched the fitness tracking and calorie logging platform Fitbit.

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A tool for financial advisors that brings together data to help them make more informed financial decisions. It was launched as a beta in October.

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A tiny startup with a big mission: it wants to find out what happens to coral reefs when they are threatened by climate change. The company has launched a stand up paddleboard to see how much pollution and sediment a reef can handle, and wants to combine this with data from satellites and drones.  The startup also wants to restore coral reefs and is building a drone to do this.  It plans to use this data to create predictive models of how reefs could react to climate change.

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A bike-sharing startup that has raised $5 million and launched in Seattle. The company bills itself as the Uber of bikes, and promises bikes that arrive within five minutes of being requested.

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A software suite for managing medical billing and collections. It was launched in July and is offered in the US.

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A do-it-yourself insurance company for self-employed people. The company, which launched a year ago, is using tech to help people underwrite their own risks.

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A Facebook Messenger bot to order groceries from local stores and deliver them to your home. The company launched in 2017 as a way to increase delivery speeds, with the goal being to make deliveries within 30 minutes of the order being placed.

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A startup whose product is a service that "lets users create an avatar for their email addresses It then uses that avatar to send email" The startup launched in October 2018 and received a seed round of $17M in February 2019

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A cloud-based telemedicine platform, which launched in May and claims to help doctors and patients bridge the gap that currently exists between in person and remote diagnosis and treatment.

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Launched in July, this startup is building a network of fitness centers that work with local gyms, and can charge you less at each location.

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The startup wants to help smaller businesses get a loan through peer-to-peer lending, and has already closed more than $50 million in loans in an eight month period since it launched.

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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 startup that launched a few years back that provides remote workers with instant access to their team. It’s now in beta with a few Fortune 500 companies.

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A startup that provides accounting software to small businesses. They started in late 2017 and have already launched in Brazil and the Philippines.

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A weather app that shows the color-coded forecast for the next 2, 3, or 4 days for your city, added to your iPhone’s weather app. This startup is in the space currently, but differs in that it recently launched as a standalone iOS app.

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This company builds technology that allows people to securely and easily send money to and from the Philippines. Their service, which launched in May of 2018, allows Filipinos to send money to family and friends without having to deal with the high fees associated with traditional remittance services.

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A chat app for the former French colony in West Africa, the Ivory Coast. It was launched in August 2015 and has already built up a following among young people.

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A platform to help employers find and hire remote workers. The startup has launched in the UK, and is looking to expand to other countries.

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A startup that launched in May, Empowered Launchpad is a marketplace for a variety of services including legal, accounting, and engineering, with the goal of making it easier for startups to get off the ground. They’re already working with 100 companies around the world.

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A startup that compares the costs of different lenders, which is what launched a year ago. The company aims to be a one-stop shop for people looking for loans, saving them time and money.

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A startup to help people find a doctor with a doctor in their neighborhood. The San Francisco-based startup, which was launched in May, is a crowd-sourced network of doctors and patients that offers a list of doctors who accept Medicaid.

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A platform that uses artificial intelligence to let companies hire professional services firms to complete work. The company combines P&L data with its own data to help companies hire the right professionals. It only launched in August and is looking to grow its client base.

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A new app that allows users to “virtually” connect with a well-known psychologist. The app was launched in April and is being used by students and their parents to help them better understand their experiences with mental illness.

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A startup that helps you manage your morning routine. The app, which was launched in October, allows users to set daily routines that they can then share with friends or colleagues. With a daily routine, users can plan their day based on when they will be most productive, helping to keep their productivity levels up.

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A startup that launched in March 2019 that provides real-time fraud protection for transactions on Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay.

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A startup that connects business owners with moms who want to use their space for parties. The startup, which launched in June, is working with over 20 local businesses to help owners find moms to host dinner, bake sales, lunch meetings, and much more.

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A digital assistant that helps users book doctors' appointments and communicate with doctors. The startup launched in May in the US, with plans to expand to the UK, India, and Mexico.

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A startup for people to sell stuff, and a way to help the buyers and sellers find each other. A similar marketplace exists today called eCohort, which launched in March of 2019.

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A platform for customers to customize the fit and feel of their clothing, the startup was founded in October of 2018 and has an iOS app that launched in November of 2018

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A digital platform that helps people take exams for jobs, and that then prepares them for the job. It launched in June, and after a few weeks of beta testing, is now up and running.

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The digital home improvement store, HomeDepot, is still trying to figure out where to go next. It launched a new website in late 2016, but it felt more like a home services site than a home improvement one.

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A company that launched a Kickstarter campaign to find a team to help companies get better at implementing agile processes. They think they've found a winning formula, and want to hire people to help ten companies to adapt their processes to the lean startup model.

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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 company launched an online tool to help local governments manage payroll and other administrative functions.

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A startup that sends flowers to a person's phone. The startup, which launched in May, has partnered with over 50 retailers and plans to expand into more.

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The product is a hardware device that uses machine learning to help you take the best shot of a face. The startup uses AI to learn faces and pair them with photos of them taken by users. It’s the company's first product, which was launched in June, and was a finalist in the class of 2018.

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A startup that helps employers hire and manage employees. The company is looking to get into the $1 billion contract staffing market. It is currently in closed beta. The company launched in 2016.

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A digital health system that connects people with health professionals in their home country. The startup just launched in Brazil in May.

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 A startup for women to track their periods and plan for it, launched in India in partnership with a doctor.

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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 platform that allows users to sign in to various apps, and then track and monitor their health and fitness through their device. The startup, which launched in 2017, is now in over 30 countries across the world and has over 100,000 members.

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Some of these startups are still in Y Combinator, but most have graduated and launched.

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A simple tool that gives people a way to track their finances, with a focus on building a community. It’s just launched in beta and says it’s already gaining traction in the SF Bay Area.

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A tech startup whose product is a home-based network of technicians that fixes your home’s issues or installs equipment. The company says that since it launched in early 2019 it has already had several million dollars worth of work.

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Smart contracts platform for business ideas, with a focus on the B2B space (think legal contracts). The company is backed by Digital Garage, and has launched a program that offers $1k in credit to startups for signing up.

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 A company that gathers data from 10 million office spaces around the world and uses AI to predict how offices will be used in the future. The startup, which launched in May, will use this data to help companies with building out spaces in the future, by using it to determine which workspaces are most needed.

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A “crowdsourced business intelligence platform”. The startup wants to help businesses predict and manage their growth. It launched in May with 1000 customers.

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A new version of an online virtual-reality gaming platform that launched a year ago.

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Launched in May, the startup is working with the FCC and other agencies to build a new framework for monitoring and certifying mobile devices in a more transparent and decentralized fashion. The startup is developing an app that uses AI to monitor the data and use it to provide performance and security information.

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This startup is building a platform to help small businesses find the right staff for their specific needs. The startup said that they have now launched in Boston and New York.

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In mid-2016, the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics launched a data-driven blog, “The BLS Blog”, to provide updates and analysis of the state of the American economy. The blog is written by an editorial team of BLS economists and content managers.

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Launch is a period of intense growth and expansion, and the companies listed above are just a drop in the bucket. As the startup ecosystem continues to grow, a lot more startups will have good ideas. Here are the top startups that have launched in 2019, according to TechCrunch.

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A cloud-based service for connecting healthcare providers with their patients. The company launched in March and is part of the NYU health IT incubator.

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A car-sharing service with a fleet of cars based on demand. The startup recently launched in Washington D.C.

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In January, the team at this startup launched a video-editing application that looks to improve the quality of videos with a focus on face detection and video stabilization. The startup claims to have gained 1,000 users since its launch.

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A health insurance app which allows users to submit their medical claims and payment information with a couple of taps on their phone. The startup is a bit of an interesting case study for the healthcare sector. They launched in March and have over 1,000 customers already. They're profitable for the first time.

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A company that provides Google Drive-like productivity tools to manage work. The company has just launched.

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A startup that launched in 2009, The Ophelia Project is the original "crowdfunding for women" platform, meaning it enables female entrepreneurs to raise money from female investors. It has raised $133 million since its inception.

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A startup that lets companies and teams track how they spend money and how much they’re saving, for tax purposes. The startup was founded by two former PayPal employees and launched in May 2019.

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The company is working on making the Starbucks app more like the Fandango app, and is working on building a social network for moviegoers. It currently has a few contracts, and has raised $6.2 million since it launched in the summer of 2019.

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J.P. Morgan recently launched a drone delivery service that delivers medical supplies to the roof of a building.

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A startup that will be launched by Ben Horowitz, which will be the first project of his new Horowitz Center for Entrepreneurship. The company will create a social network for network engineers to receive and give feedback on code.

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In April, the company launched a new product: a platform that allows you to create, edit, and host videos.

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An online platform that connects companies with a shared mission, where they can pool funds, create a common goal, and help each other. Startup is based in Silicon Valley and has launched in San Francisco.

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A community of digital creators and a marketplace for their projects, helping them monetize their work. It’s currently in private beta and has just launched a new $5 monthly plan.

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A startup that launched in January that aims to add augmented reality to the world of dating. The startup plans to take things further than just showing potential dates using AR to hang out, and give users the ability to see what the one other person is seeing in the real world.

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Cofound.it is a Swiss startup that launched a year ago with a goal of helping seed-stage companies raise funding. It has a platform that helps investors only invest in startups that it has vetted, and a “crowd” that can help vet companies.

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The company wants to make it easier for consumers to pay bills. The startup, which launched in June, has partnered with about 200 companies, including ADT, Best Buy, and Etsy, to offer bill payments via text message.

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A company that just launched in August, is building a service that enables brands to sell their products on Instagram.

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A personal finance site that helps users keep track of their spending and budget. The company launched in April 2018 and claims over 10,000 users.

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A startup that lets people sell their old smartphones for cash. It has processed over 10,000 phones since it launched in April.

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This startup, which launched in May, is building a tool that allows people to take on the role of a travel agent by offering to book their trips online.

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A startup that uses AI to tailor your work environment by taking the psychology of your job and the company you work for into account. TRACE, which launched in early 2019, has found that when you work in a “high-energy” job, your brain feels more alert and focused, but that when you’re in a “low-energy” job, your brain feels more relaxed and unfocused.

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An AI-based startup that lets you listen to your favorite songs without any advertising. However, the company has not yet launched any products or services.

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A digital agency that helps companies like Facebook, Google and Apple with communications needs in China. They launched around the same time as startups like Bird and Paper City.

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A real estate startup in Spain and Mexico that provides a sign up and lease management platform for sharing vacation homes. The startup launched in January with 100 properties in Mexico and 100 in Spain, and is still in beta mode.

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A platform to help small businesses with their digital presence and marketing. The startup is still in development, and only recently launched its website.

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A startup that wants to make it easier to find and monitor the data you’re paying for in all your online accounts. The company has launched in NYC, San Francisco, and Los Angeles markets.

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A company that makes AI-based apps to help companies track their users' whereabouts. The startup launched in June, saying it has clients in the US and UK. The startup has raised $2.5 million to date.

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A startup that makes a camera that works in underwater settings and can take 1080p video underwater. The startup has launched a $50,000 Kickstarter campaign for a “Nemo” camera.

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The startup launched in March, and has since focused on getting its holistic health and wellness app into the hands of people in the U.S.. The startup is currently working with more than 100 health providers across the country.

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A “cloud-based platform” allowing companies to “streamline their feedback loops”. This is a relatively new startup, having only launched in February of 2019.

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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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In 2014, Y Combinator’s summer program accepted 14 companies, with four eventually being launched as companies. In 2015, Y Combinator saw 20% more applicants than 2014, with the startups 35% more likely to succeed. In 2016, the number of companies accepted has been set at 14 by Y Combinator.

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A startup that wants to move from the “iPhone to the iPhone”. Instead of building apps for the iPhone itself, they’re building specialized apps for all of the things you can do with an iPhone. For example, they recently launched an app that lets you control your Nest thermostat with your iPhone and use it as a webcam.

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The startup, which launched in December, is building an API that allows companies to design their own “gunmetal” color palettes for their apps. The startup wants to deliver a service that allows designers to create color palettes through a set of “gunmetal” swatches.

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A platform meant to make it easier for small businesses to manage their inventory. The startup launched in early 2019, saying it has already signed up 1,000 businesses.

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A platform that helps users find and book appointments across the web and mobile apps. The startup, which launched in May, has already signed up over 1,300 professionals in its first few months of launch.

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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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This company started as an internal tool to help small businesses manage their social media accounts, but has now launched its own social media app that helps small businesses manage their social media accounts. The startup says they have $250,000 in monthly active users.

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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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Workplace software that aims to make teams and companies more productive. The company, which launched in May, says it’s already working with over 1,000 companies and has grown its team from 14 to 30 in just four months of launch.

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A real-time article curation tool for people who work remotely. The startup, which launched in May, allows people to find similar stories and add a brief summary of their own, or to simply read and learn from others.

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Sellout is a collaborative video editing platform that aims to build on the more popular iOS app Procreate. In addition to the apps, the team behind the app has launched a website and a community forum to promote and discuss the project.

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 This startup launched in March in the UK and is planning to expand to the US. The company is building a phone app that connects people to someone who can perform home inspections for them, and is currently running a pilot in the UK.

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A platform for sharing and tracking new music, launched in January 2019 and just announced a $10 million Series C round. The company wants to be the Spotify for new music.

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Bot Camp is a platform for building bots for Slack or Facebook Messenger. The company, which launched in May, is backed by Abraaj Group, a global investment firm whose portfolio includes e-commerce startup Shopify.

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A startup that wants to help in-home care providers track patients’ needs, be it in the form of groceries or home medical equipment. The startup launched in Brazil, and plans to expand to other countries.

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A platform to help retailers sell their products. The startup recently launched a “marketplace” where it displays products from different retailers that it has teamed up with on a branded storefront.

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A credit reporting platform designed to make it easier for borrowers to understand their credit scores and learn from their spending. It was built by a team of three grad students from MIT and TWC Labs, and was launched in July.

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A company that helps small businesses and companies of all sizes create “lean-forward” websites and apps. The company has a number of products aimed at helping this process, including an earlier app that lets you create templates and prototype a mobile app. This week they launched a new product called Twig, which is a platform that lets you create a prototype of your product in a matter of minutes.

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A directory for finding the nearest dry cleaner, restaurant, and other types of businesses. The company launched in Boston with the goal of landing in New York and Los Angeles by December.

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Idea: A B2B company that helps banks and insurance companies clean up their data The startup launched in March 2019 and has already made $2,500 in recurring revenue

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Idea: A startup that wants to help people who work from home manage the logistical and administrative side of it. The platform, which launched its beta in May, has already signed up hundreds of users.

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Idea: A social network for fantasy sports enthusiasts, with a “Play Money” currency that allows users to play for fun and for cash. The company launched in Australia in September and has since launched on Facebook in the US.

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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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