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A startup that provides a service where people can find a random person with similar hobbies to do a project with

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A project management tool for teams.

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An AI-based machine learning project to help identify specific threats to the public water supply in a specific area.

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A joint project of the US Department of Agriculture and the National Park Service, which is trying to create a mobile payment system for parks.

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Twilio, a company that provides cloud-based communication and telephony APIs, is one of the most well-known startups at YC. Their newest project is a tool that helps call center agents manage multiple languages.

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A business calendar app that helps employees in a company collaborate on project updates.

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Employees that treat hiring like an automated data science project

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A tool to help companies manage multiple workflows and processes for a single project. It’s available as a Chrome extension.

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A startup that helps optimize “predictions and projections” for companies.

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A project management tool for people with small teams, meant to make it easier to track tasks and track progress.

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A project management platform for freelancers and small teams, asking people to “realize their potential”.

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A startup that uses an app to manage the construction project of building a house

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A company that helps crews build and launch new apps without a lot of upfront capital. It’s launching with an app that helps small businesses with the software development process—from project definition to iteration on a prototype to launch.

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A tool for setting up radio stations, which is self-funded, but a side-project.

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A project management tool for non-profits, with a “social component” that helps them manage events and volunteers.

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A tech-focused project management platform for small to midsize teams.

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A project management and collaboration platform for teams organized around the creation of online content.

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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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Slack is a project management and chat platform for teams and groups. Slack builds software as a service (SaaS) products, which are web-based applications that companies or organizations can use instead of having to install or maintain software on their own computer.

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In June 2018, the Startup Genome Project released data on the 100 most active venture-backed startups in the world. Of the top 100 startups, 12 were based in the San Francisco Bay Area. That was more than any other single city in the world.

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A project management and time-tracking service that smartly integrates with Google Apps

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This is a “tech-for-good” project that wants to build a marketplace where people can donate their old smartphones and tablets to be refurbished and repurposed into solar-powered lights for developing countries.

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A startup that makes a tool for people to write down all the steps they need to take to complete a project

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A remote-work solution for business partners and freelancers, letting them work from anywhere. It’s a sort of “Uber for freelancers”, and is based on the idea that most clients don’t want to hire someone for a long-term gig, but instead need someone to tackle a project for a few days or a week at a time.

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The Startup is building out a free, open-source toolset for managing your GitHub project.

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A sustainability project that uses IoT sensors to monitor the environment. There are over 1 billion sensors in use today, but they’re not being used to their full potential.

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A project management tool that focuses on helping distributed teams communicate with one another.

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A chatbot that helps you track the progress of your project. A chatbot that helps you track the progress of your project.

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A tool for helping companies (primarily B2B) manage their vendors, orders, and project management.

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A startup that provides a software platform for tracking the progress of a diverse team of contributors working on a single project

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This is a project management platform with two components. The first is the product, a team collaboration tool that connects members to the other tools they use for project management. The second is the company itself, which focuses on building software to help teams achieve their goals.

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A SaaS that helps companies manage their workflows and track time, expenses, and expenses by project or area.

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A tool that helps teams manage project workflows, and which the startup is building for sales, support, marketing, and engineering teams.

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A tool that helps people collaborate on a project without emailing back and forth.

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A digital tattoo that is meant to be a proxy for software development. The tattoo can be worn by developers and shows things like code, project statuses, and more.

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A social-media platform for contractors, designed for organizations with a small project or need.

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

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A tool for doing data science on a continuous basis, allowing companies to pull real-time data rather than waiting for an annual report or project to happen.

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A project management app for iOS. Per the startup, it’s a “new kind of project management app,” and they see it as a “platform for bringing order to the chaos of distributed teams.”

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A side project to Zenefits, a human resource software company, that automates payroll for small businesses by pulling data from Quickbooks.

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A startup that allows people to find and hire a contractor to complete a small project.

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A platform that allows for distributed teams to negotiate, ensure a project is on time and on budget, and track progress. They’re working on a cloud-based solution with a feature set that includes project management, time and labor tracking, and collaboration.

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A tool that helps you visually approximate the distribution of code within a project and can even show you how much time you’ve spent on each line of code.

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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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A user-generated marketplace for project management tools, allowing companies to sell them to the public

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A project management app for small teams and distributed teams of people that don't want to be tied to a computer screen.

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An “API for the public sector,” offering a portal for payments, project management, and services.

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A Boston-based startup with a focus on clean energy. Their product is a roof tile that pulls energy from the sun. This project is a spinout from Techstars.

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A communication and collaboration tool that compiles everything from your calendar into a single location. It’s meant to help an employee manage all their communication and project management needs.

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A device that can act as a second screen for your smartphone, beaming to your TV or a projector. The startup is focused on the touchscreen issue, as the screen is often the weak link in smartphone use.

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This startup is building an online marketplace for the sale of computer parts, but based on the free and open source project OpenELEC.

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

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A startup that helps people focus on the most important part of a project: the design.

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This is an open source project to create a webOS-like platform for a variety of mobile devices.

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

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Helps employers manage and track employee’s work hours and performance for per-project billing.

42

This startup is building a way to collaborate on a schedule that combines current project management concepts like Trello with the concept of a “workflow”, a name that describes a way to organize work in a way that’s both intuitive and structured. The company’s first project was building a lightweight but robust version of GitHub’s Jira.

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A startup that helps freelancers manage their time by creating a dashboard showing how much time they have to complete a project. It helps freelancers manage their time and act on time management tips they get from their favorite books.

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A project that connects doctors in the US with patients in India who need urgent medical attention.

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A project to help health care professionals gain experience with industry standard health IT tools.

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A startup that builds construction management software, allowing builders to track and keep track of project progress.

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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 product management platform for businesses that want to implement agile project management.

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A platform that lets you create and manage bids for your project's bids for a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself.

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A tool for hiring project managers, pitched as a “

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A project management and time tracking app that allows users to track time from multiple devices, while also converting time tracking data into a single, searchable spreadsheet.

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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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A project management tool for teams that allows them to create their own Slack team channels.

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A project created by YC alum Eric Migicovsky, it’s a device that can measure your physical activity and communicate with your smartphone.

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A project management platform for film and TV professionals –

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As part of the Make Tech Easier project, the team is building a tool to help non-tech folks make tech purchases. They have a custom loyalty card that helps users identify the problem they want to solve, then build a purchase workflow. The startup now has $6,000 in monthly recurring revenue after just a year in business.

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

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A project management app for startups, meant to be particularly useful in the digital sector.

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This startup is building a global network of sports stadiums. It’s first project is in Brazil, where it is partnering with an insurance company to run a stadium that hosts games for the local soccer league. The startup is also working with a real estate developer to build a sports stadium in China.

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A project from a hardware engineering company, which wants to make a programmable, modular robot with an open source hardware ecosystem.

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Project management software for groups of people who don’t work together frequently.

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is a startup that uses an AI-driven search engine to find freelance gigs. is currently being built as a per-project app that pays 40% of each job’s total bill.

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This startup is building a chatbot that can help you map out your home renovation or design project. It's available in English and Spanish.

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A platform that helps designers collaborate with multiple people on one project

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An open source project that offers an infrastructure for building bitcoin-based businesses.

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A startup for “sprinting” through a project, allowing users to create a schedule and track progress

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A project management platform that allows anyone to set tasks and track progress, even if they don’t have a team.

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A device that combines a smartphone and a projector into a single streaming device.

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Idea: The best way to learn a new programming language is to practice it through a project

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Idea: A platform for managing the entire process of developing, tracking and paying for a freelance project

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Idea: A software company that wants to build project management applications that are smarter and easier to use than what’s available today

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iphree creates a micro-grid for off-the-grid communities in developing countries. It currently has a pilot project in Cameroon.

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Idea: A startup that connects pro developers to people looking for help building apps, with the developer taking a cut of the project.

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Idea: This startup is building a tool for people looking to understand their own credit and financial health. The app answers questions like “How much money do I need to retire” and helps them make projections for future expenses.

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A startup that provides a way to track the development of software code with software developers and project managers.

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