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A startup that is building a network of solar power microgrids, allowing users to self-generate their own power.

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A “self-learning” bot that changes the color of the background of your Facebook profile pic based on your mood.

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A new company, made possible with the launch of the new iPhone X, is developing a smartphone that looks like a watch and can be used to take selfies.

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A “do-it-yourself” set of financial tools for people looking to manage their finances.

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A startup that helps small businesses take advantage of a new type of insurance: self-funded insurance.

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A startup that provides a gamified platform to help businesses understand and improve products and services to their customers. The startup sees itself as a kind of “Twilio for data”.

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A solar-powered $15,000 jacket that generates energy from the sun and has a built-in battery to charge itself.

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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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A platform for the self-storage industry that allows customers to share photos of their storage units, enabling renters to get in touch with customers and find out about the facilities.

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A self-service platform for hiring and retaining employees, which works on SaaS model.

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A platform for self-hosting, on-demand virtual reality content, allowing users to access VR worlds without a headset.

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This company is building an alternative to the social networks that people use to connect with others. Rather than posting updates about yourself, you can post updates about other people.

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A startup that lets you take a selfie and choose where you want it to appear – like Facebook’s ‘Camera Effects’ – in an Instagram-like interface that’s meant to show you how you look, not what you look like. The company has raised $2 million in seed funding.

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A self-funded, fast-growing accelerator for retail ventures and consumer brands.

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This authentication app is made for Airbnb and other service providers. It lets you use your phone to make a secure token to authenticate yourself to an app.

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A self-storage company that provides monthly payment structures to make customers feel like they’re paying less in rent than they actually are.

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A startup that is building a mobile app to help connect owners of both old and new cars in a seamless way, using data from the car itself and from the cloud to provide information.

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 A tool for self-employed agents to track their work and expenses, helping individuals, from photographers to coaches to dog walkers, keep track of their business.

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 A “quantified self” app for fitness enthusiasts to track their workouts and use the data to improve their habits

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A startup that works with restaurants to provide them with the tools they need to “self-serve” their customers. The startup wants to make it easier and more profitable for restaurants to provide meal delivery.

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A peer-to-peer lending company that focuses on college students. The company says it’s in talks with a few large consumer finance companies and would like to see itself included in student loan refinancing programs. They’re based in Delaware.

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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 startup that wants to let you take a selfie of yourself, and send it to a friend who’s also taking a selfie, and then you two can see each other’s faces in real time.

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A self-service platform for independent auto service shops.

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A startup that lets you use your smartphone’s camera to take a selfie with your face sitting in the middle of a cloud.

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An online platform for salespeople to self-publish content, and for buyers to find content that they are looking for.

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A self-serve platform that connects independent contractors and clients across North America. The startup says their platform helps to reduce the overhead of managing a workforce, while providing an easy way for employers to find talent.

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The startup is building a self-learning AI that can help brands predict customer behavior and determine what products to sell.

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A startup for self-employed people to connect with clients and charge per hour. The startup is launching in June.

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A self-serve platform for saving money on auto insurance or just comparing rates, which they say is “faster, cheaper, and more comprehensive then any other website”. They currently have $2.5 million in monthly recurring revenue and are looking to launch in Miami and Atlanta.

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A startup that allows people to take a selfie and instantly find the nearest photofinisher to have it printed.

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They want to build a self-driving, electric, solar-powered truck that can deliver goods by the hour.

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A self-employed system that helps small businesses buy and sell products and services on the internet.

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A platform for self-driving car manufacturers to build their own maps and run their own fleets

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A self-driving car platform for developers and auto manufacturers. The startup wants to make it easy for carmakers to integrate self-driving technology into their vehicles.

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A startup that helps people take charge of their emotional health by gamifying their self-care routine.

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A self-service dashboard for companies using multiple accounting software.

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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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Idea: A startup that wants to help hotels automate their check-in and check-out process, using a self-check-in mobile app. They’re taking on competitors like Vogue and Rezidor.

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

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A company that makes a fully-functioning smartwatch that charges itself.

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A startup that builds out self-service enterprise-grade analytics for businesses. FastForward provides tools for a profitable, high-volume marketing campaign.

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A startup that powers the internet of things by allowing any connected device to be programmable for voice control, whether that be a home security system or a self-driving car.

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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 startup that wants to make your money work for you, without having to do the work yourself. The company’s first product is a small device that makes it easier for people to open their credit card accounts, and has plans to expand to other financial products like insurance.

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A startup that bills itself as a “Facebook for travel”, it allows users to share travel plans with family and friends

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A self-service platform that makes it easy for people to create and vet and review video ads.

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A platform that allows groups to set up private social media accounts and run them as a group. The teams you’re a part of can choose their own rules and restrictions, so it’s a sort of Slack with a self-controlled community.

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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 mobile app for small businesses to find the best deals for their products. The goal is to get people to comparison shop within the app itself, rather than using Yelp, CVS, or the Amazon Alexa hub.

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The startup, called Picaboo, speaks to you via your webcam to make it easier to get the perfect selfie by applying a filter to your face.

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An enterprise-grade dashboard for managing customer service. It’s for in-person contact with a customer. It will be a hybrid of a self-service solution and a dedicated service.

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A company that wants to make self-driving cars into a commodity product. They want to offer the same experience to driverless cars that people use in cars today.

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The company has a fleet of self-driving delivery vans that can deliver anything from groceries to dry cleaning to furniture. The startup has 100 drivers in its first city of Los Angeles and plans to expand to other cities in the US and abroad.

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The startup replaces the traditional “explainer video” with “explainer video docs” in which the video is just a version of the product itself.

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This startup is building a cloud-based, self-service administration platform for accounting, tax, and payroll. Their goal is to allow companies to scale their accounting practices and save them money.

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A “one-stop shop for all-in-one accounting and tax management”, with a web app and mobile app for self-employed individuals and small businesses.

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A fingerprint-based unlock system for phones. The startup is trying to make fingerprint sensors more secure by having users open their phones in a certain way and secure them. This is a startup that has been around for a while, with a version known as SnapLock, but it is now rebranding itself as Fingerprint Lock.

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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 tool for help with self-promotion and capturing content content on social sites.

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Saving autonomous mapping startup HERE from bankruptcy. A consortium led by the German car maker and German insurance company has acquired the self-driving mapping software startup, with the group looking to merge HERE’s mapping data with Nokia’s mapping assets and use it to build its own self-driving car platform.

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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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This is a startup that makes hardware that makes it easier to pick up and carry your coffee without scalding yourself. The company is currently only selling to the US, but they’re looking to expand internationally, and have raised $1.3M in funding from DFJ.

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A 3D facial recognition tool that allows users to take selfies and instantly identify who they are and where they are. The idea is that it can help businesses reduce the risk of theft.

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Young startup that’s building a self-driving, electric semi-truck. Traveling 80 miles on one charge, the truck is meant to be used for local deliveries.

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Notebook, an online service for learning and notes, has a self-serve platform, through which users can send handwritten notes to their favorite teachers for grading.

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Digital training for self-driving cars, with courses that teach people how to become better drivers.

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a mobile payments system for India. The startup is pitching itself as a cheaper alternative to the likes of Google Wallet and Paytm.

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A self-driving, electric semi truck. The company says they’re trying to “make it a safer, cleaner way to transport goods”.

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A tool that helps people find the best travel deals, picking up on the long tail of unadvertised fares. The startup is pitching itself as a sort of early booking agent, where customers can search for flights and then call in to a travel agent.

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Pitching itself as “YELP for your personal life”, this startup attempts to make home-sharing a lot easier.

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This startup is building a smart door lock that learns to open itself based on who’s trying to enter.

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A self-driving car startup that’s raised a $5.5 million Series A.

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This startup pitches itself as a “social network for developers”, with an emphasis on the “social” part.

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A self-driving Uber for trucking companies.

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A self-service platform for working with real estate agents, allowing agents to provide a profile for clients, schedule appointments, and track the status of those appointments.

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A startup that bills itself as the “Uber for teachers”.

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A “tech startup” which, in their words, “builds and operates a network of high-speed automated parking garages for self-driving vehicles.”

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This startup helps small businesses build websites from scratch using HTML5, CSS, and Google Fonts. The startup takes care of things like a logo, social media, fancy blog posts, and of course, the website itself. The startup is based in New York.

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Self-storage startup that’s growing at 20% month-over-month.

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A platform for the self-employed that automates their payroll process, so they can spend more time doing what they love. It’s a great story about how an app is designed to solve an employee’s problem, but can also be built with their customers in mind.

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This Israeli startup is building a self-driving vehicle that, unlike Uber's autonomous cars, is purely electric and doesn’t need a human driver at the wheel. The company is planning to launch a service in Tel Aviv in July.

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A platform for “radical self-expression” for people with disabilities.

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This startup’s goal is to help hotels and other hospitality businesses save money by using the same technology that powers self-driving cars to know where their employees are, and be able to send them on a break.

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A self-driven car service for people who want to be driven around

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A startup that helps people who are self-employed or in small businesses understand their taxes. It’s building a better tax calculator and tax software for small businesses, with some initial funding from Accel Partners.

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This is a tool meant to help employees get better at their jobs with an emphasis on self-improvement. They have a free trial and have raised $4.6m in a seed round.

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A startup that helps users create digital assets and manage them. It's a sort of self-hosted Dropbox for the digital world.

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A device for the elderly that monitors what’s going on with their blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen levels. The company also wants to build a “elderly safe” home that automatically adjusts itself to the needs of the elderly.

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A tool for managing a company’s fleet of self-driving cars. The startup is building a system for letting a driver take control of a car during a traffic jam, or for when a driver wants to take a longer break.

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While the idea of a self-driving car might look like far-fetched science fiction, the reality is that the technology is already at work on the roads of the United States and Europe. However, it is still too expensive for consumers to access. The startup, which is still in stealth, is working to make the technology accessible at a consumer level.

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A software-as-a-service platform that allows merchants to have a fully functional self-service checkout lane via a webpage.

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A smart mirror that can tell you when you’re looking tired and how you can improve your self-care habits.

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The company’s product is the same thing as the company itself — a platform for "instant" test-driven development. They’ve raised $25 million in funding to date.

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A self-service multi-channel marketing platform that works across social, email, and traditional channels.

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A platform of the future for self-driving cars, with a marketplace that lets companies sell their services to automakers.

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A startup that provides rewards for companies who manage their own self-service reporting and analytics for employees.

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A startup that’s building a self-checkout system for grocery stores. The company says that they’re already working with over 20 grocery chains.

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A social media tool that allows users to upload selfies and then tag them with certain details. The startup wants to make it easier for people to tag a photo with information, whether it be the date or a description.

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A company that wants to change how people pay for electric vehicles. It’s currently working with several large corporations and making a name for itself in the space.

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A “self-learning” personal assistant that learns your preferences from your habits and adjusts to serve you better. The startup is in the middle of a $3 million seed round.

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The startup is developing a new product in the self-serve kiosk market and is looking for seed funding

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The company aims to build a digital platform for self-driving vehicles that will allow users to manage their vehicles through a mobile app using a dashboard-like interface.

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A platform that helps users find great deals from local businesses, but don’t have to go to the store. The startup sees itself competing with Groupon, although it hopes to target smaller businesses and compete with Groupon’s recent move to focus on higher-margin, bigger deals.

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A digital tool that helps people manage their finances. The startup is pitching itself as a tool to help people manage their cash flow and manage debt.

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An online marketplace that helps self-storage facilities offer their customers more than just storage. It also helps them manage their books, marketing, and operations.

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A startup that’s building a “self-service digital environment” for legal firms and law students with a heavy focus on helping them find the right law firm for them.

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A “machine-learning” startup that builds self-driving cars that can navigate in most environments and drive itself.

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The "Y Combinator Blog" is a blog that provides updates about YC companies along with news about YC itself and the startup community.

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A startup that advertises itself as “the Airbnb of villages.” The company is building a marketplace for rural villages in India, where villagers can rent out their rooms for short-term stays.

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A self-funded startup that’s looking to solve the problem of acquiring large amounts of data without having to pay a lot for it: they sell data as a service.

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An automated, crowdsourced, Wikipedia-like knowledge base for self-driving cars. The startup currently has over 100,000 self-driving car test vehicles in the US and Europe.

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A startup that calls itself the Amazon of homeopathic products. The company sells and ships over a hundred products to consumers, including aromatherapy oils that help people relax. It’s the leading homeopathic e-commerce site in the UK.

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GoPayroll is a payroll software platform that allows small businesses to self-fund their payroll. The company is also building a freelance marketplace.

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An AI that can teach itself to write new code.

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A startup that’s building a “self-serve” payment system for restaurants. It’s a product of the food-tech world, with the goal of streamlining the process of paying for orders.

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A program for graduating students to match them with jobs and internships, pitching itself as an alternative to unpaid internships.

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This is a tool that helps businesses in the US comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The startup helps companies perform a self-assessment on their health insurance plans to see if they comply with the rules of the law. The code is open source.

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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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The startup is pitching itself as a “social ATM” that will let you make payments in person and online through a single app

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A startup that uses technology to connect the self-employed with customers and clients.

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A company that provides software that helps small businesses to operate better, faster, and more efficiently. It’s a cloud-based service that helps small businesses staff sales, accounting, and other functions. The startup has raised over $4.6 million in funding, and found itself in the news recently for an employee lawsuit.

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An alternative to the pay-per-click model of web advertising that’s based on a subscription model rather than a pay-per-click scheme. It’s pitching itself as a way for both marketers and consumers to get the information they want.

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A new business centered on the self-employed. The startup is working on a way for freelancers to provide services to clients in advance, and then be paid after the work is complete.

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San Francisco-based startups, the city is famous for being “the capital of startups.” However, in recent years, the city has begun to lose its startup scene to other locales in the Bay Area, particularly Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco itself.

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A self-learning AI engine that’s aimed at predicting customer behavior and building loyalty.

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This personal finance startup wants to help people build a complete and accurate picture of their finances. The startup itself is based on a DIY personal finance blog.

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A self-lending service with a digital wallet and chatbot integration.

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A startup that helps diabetics create self-monitoring and self-management plans for their conditions.

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A self-service platform for managing your student loan.

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A startup that’s building a “book-making app” for creatives and writers, with a focus on lifestyle and self-improvement.

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A company that helps businesses buy back unused inventory from itself, then resell those that are still in good condition.

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A platform for managing online communities, the startup says it “dedicates itself to creating healthy, productive, creative online communities.”

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 A tool for building mobile applications for iOS and Android. AppLocale bills itself as the “Swiss army knife of mobile.” It is a full-stack UI toolkit with a drag-and-drop builder, APIs, and SDKs.

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A company that helps you better understand your social media habits, so you can better market yourself and your business.

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A self-serve tool for selling goods on eBay.

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A direct-to-consumer subscription service that focuses on providing tools for health and self-improvement. Offers access to workout plans, meal plans, and other content.

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A company that will replace existing safety tools for self-driving cars, including collision avoidance systems, with a dashboard that overlays cameras, radar, lidar, and other sensors.

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A startup that specializes in HR software for startups, focusing on self-service. The company wants to help people make their HR software work for them, making it easier for startups to get things done without needing to pay for HR services.

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A startup that wants to replace the ad-tech industry by building a self-serve platform for advertisers to create and manage their own ads and campaigns.

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A company that sells a system for autonomous vehicles to detect traffic and road hazards. The company is also building a self-driving car platform called Drive.AI

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Building a platform to allow people to make music together. The company wants to bring the “self-expression that comes from music-making together with the community that comes from sharing music on the Internet.”

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A self-driving car startup that builds its own hardware, to create a platform for car manufacturers to build autonomous cars.

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A self-service platform that aims to help businesses negotiate insurance costs.

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A startup that’s developing a self-driving electric vehicle for the cost of a $1,000 taxicab. It’s a smart car that communicates via Bluetooth, offers a variety of car-related services, and can be controlled through an app.

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A self-driving, electric vehicle startup. The startup is building an autonomous electric vehicle that can be used in public transit. The cars are currently in beta.

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A digital ecosystem that helps people connect with one another in the community, including a marketplace for self-storage, equipment rentals and more.

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“A self-storage management platform that automates the management of storage facilities, offering storage owners access to easy-to-use, smart service management solutions.” The company currently has $1.5M in funding, with plans to launch in Q4 2020.

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A self-driving electric bike that can be rented by the hour that launches in Q4 2019.

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This startup makes the “world’s first build-it-yourself” device that connects to a mobile app to consume, record, and transmit data from various medical devices to a mobile phone.

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The startup is building a service for small businesses to sell their products on Amazon, but for a fee set by the seller (rather than Amazon itself.)

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A startup that wants to build modular, self-contained smart homes

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A self-driving car startup working to redefine the process of buying a car.

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Pitching itself as a “Yelp for people”, the startup is a curation app for people looking for to work from home gigs.

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 A startup that wants to make it possible for people to pay rent with a self-owned credit card. The startup is completely mobile, allowing renters to pay their rent on the go, and send the payment to their landlord through the app.

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A startup that wants to build a “self-serve” marketplace for home repair and maintenance services.

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A self-serve platform for scheduling dental appointments across the country.

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A tool for self-employed individuals to organize their taxes and financial accounts.

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This startup is building a device that allows anyone to send a text message from their computer to a phone number. The device itself is a wristband with a camera and a way to send a photo via a text message.

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A “self-service” tool for small businesses to create, manage, and share their employee benefits.

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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 wants to make self-controlled health management a reality by bringing patients to doctors once they’ve self-monitored and measured their health regularly.

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A product that allows people to build mini-websites with content, all of which are connected to Twitter. The startup is using the funding to build more of a team, with the goal of launching the product itself.

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A self-driving delivery car for food and groceries. The startup is in talks with major food chains to take the software for a spin on the streets.

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In the spirit of the “Uber for X” model, a startup that aims to “turn every car into a self-driving vehicle” for ridesharing services.

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A machine learning platform for self-driving cars

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The startup is pitching itself as a “Google Docs for people who have a hard time in meetings”.

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A self-branded purveyor of millennials-focused products, including clothing, furniture, and other items.

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This is a startup that’s seen as a smart contract for insurance. It’s a platform for self-insured employers who want to collect and distribute payments to their employees.

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The company’s site claims that it is “one of the world’s largest network of independent, self-employed freelance professionals”, and that they’ve built a platform to “connect professionals to customers via a global marketplace”.

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A web-based platform for managing a fleet of self-driving vehicles, integrating with all the major systems including Waymo, Uber, and Tesla. The startup’s platform is built on the open source OBD2 standard and uses the same kinds of sensors as Tesla's Autopilot.

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A social app that lets you set up groups of friends and family to help you out with tasks at times you’re not able to do them yourself.

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A tool for teachers to automatically make links fit the curriculum. The startup has built a tool that generates links to lesson plans, which are then embedded into the lesson plan itself.

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Our team is trying to disrupt the world of product development by creating a platform that allows startups to focus on great product ideas instead of building the product itself.

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“A self-service machine learning tool”

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A self-driving car startup that plans to partner with ride-hailing companies to help get people to where they want to go.

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A free software application allowing people to build miniature, self-driving robots.

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A startup that helps people learn how to self-identify birds in their backyard

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A startup that provides a service where you can buy a non-perishable dinner, put it in your freezer and it will cook itself

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Idea: A startup that is meant to help businesses manage their data storage costs by using self-serve products and software

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Idea: A monthly subscription box for women that gives them the tools they need to be more confident and less afraid The company started off by selling a box of self-defense products (think pepper spray, tasers, whistles, and more

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Idea: A company that makes high-tech socks that help athletes recover from foot injuries The startup has $10,000 in monthly sales, counting Y Combinator itself as one of its customers

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Idea: The world’s first self-hosted JavaScript IDE

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Idea: A self-driving car company that aims to give its vehicles to auto manufacturers for use in fleet operations and shuttle services

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Idea: Open source, self-hosted analytics for ecommerce

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Idea: An In-Car Companion App for Self-Driving Cars

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Idea: A self-learning, natural language processing platform for chatbots that can connect with any API

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Idea: A self-service platform for brands to help them manage

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Idea: A startup that is building a SaaS product that enables self-storage facilities to access their data in a centralized dashboard to improve operations and increase revenue

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Idea: A self-service toolkit that helps companies organize their internal product development process so they can more efficiently build new features and fix bugs

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Idea: A startup that is helping self-employed professionals like doctors and dentists manage their finances.

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Idea: A voice assistant platform for businesses, pitching itself as a channel through which businesses can interact with customers.

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Idea: This startup is building a way to automate the process of filling out web forms. It’s also pitching itself as a way to collect data on form completion rates, and build a more familiar conversational experience with the site.

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Idea: A “self-driving” AI-based assistant that helps companies identify and solve problems within their manufacturing processes.

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Idea: A software company that sells a free version of its software for up to 10 team members. The software helps teams track their time and sell their products or services. The startup is self-funded and

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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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Idea: A startup building a mobile app that helps people make year-long commitments to a goal. It’s a self-hosted tool that’s currently free, but looks to monetize with premium features.

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Idea: A startup that is building a “self-serve platform” for home care services, providing on-demand assistance.

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Idea: A new kind of ecommerce platform for physical goods, where every product page has a video embedded. The company calls itself “a new kind of ecommerce platform for physical goods, where every product page has a video embedded.” Users can watch videos to hear the story behind the product, or if they want, can touch the screen and hear the video narrated by a voiceover.

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