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A tool that simplifies the process of turning a Kindle book into an audiobook.

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A company that works with independent artists to help them turn their music videos into YouTube plays.

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A company that helps coaches and athletes turn their personal exercise routines into business opportunities.

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A machine-learning based platform that can predict the likelihood of you turning into a customer by looking at your behavior on other sites.

240

A startup that wants to turn every conference room into a training room, and track fitness progress for employees.

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A company that helps retailers manage product returns and make refunds faster, more efficiently, and cheaper.

136

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

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 A startup that turns unused kitchen appliances into bitcoin mining rigs

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A "smart home monitoring" startup focused on energy efficiency. It's currently in a pre-launch stage, with a device that allows users to remotely turn off lights and lock doors with a smartphone, and the company says it has acquired $2.4 million in seed funding

117

A startup building a software platform for retail that automates product returns, credit, and refunds on all e-commerce sites

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A way to help people file tax returns for free.

106

 A micro-funding platform for entrepreneurs, reducing the cost of startup capital for high growth startups by providing a mechanism for investors to match their own funds with the startups they care about. The goal is to save startups money on the front end while generating real returns on the back end.

102

A food truck that turns every meal into a voucher, for use at any restaurant. The startup wants to make food more efficient, so that everyone can eat more.

101

This is a startup that aims to help entrepreneurs raise money by turning to friends and family for loans.

99

A startup that aims to give businesses a tool that allows them to turn their smartphones into an in-store point of sale

98

A web service that takes a single photo and turns it into a 3D model.

96

A startup that produces a checklist for people who are going on vacation Gives them a list of things to do before they leave and things to do when they return

88

A startup that helps people to write down their ideas and turn them into a reality

83

A startup that helps you repurpose your personal photos and videos by turning them into memes, gifs, or even videos

83

A company that creates AI-driven widgets for SMS. The startup’s CTO called out the company’s AI as a “turnkey solution” for businesses to send messages from a single point.

81

This startup is building a “sugar factory” that will use a patented process to turn sugar beet waste from the food industry into ethanol.

81

A tool that turns a photo of a painting into a 3D model that can be shared on the web.

81

A company that helps people get their taxes done on time. The startup, which is looking to launch in January, wants to eliminate audits for clients with simple returns but complex returns, and is getting help from Y Combinator.

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Symmetry is building a digital taxidermist, a tool to help users turn their photos into 3D digital models. It can be used for anything from creating a doll of a family member to making a taxidermy mount of a dead animal.

79

This startup is building a tool to help developers build chatbot applications and turn them into standalone mobile apps.

78

A platform that helps advertisers to optimize the return on investment for their digital campaigns.

78

In-person job recruitment turned into a crowdsourced game.

78

A startup that creates a turnkey system to help entrepreneurs get started in the right direction

77

A company that makes LED light bulbs that instantly turn on when they detect motion. It wants to make the bulb’s visibility an even more important feature.

77

A platform that pulls in all your social data and turns it into a dashboard for you to use.

77

A visual tool for turning product prototypes into wireframes for developers.

76

A platform that helps small businesses manage their coffee orders online. It’s free to use for customers, but the company hopes to make money by turning the system into a recurring subscription.

76

Serves as an “Amazon” for the “prosumers” who buy and sell things on Amazon that they can’t sell on Amazon, which handles shipping, returns, and customer service.

76

A digital photo book service that turns your photos into a digital book.

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A startup that takes your photo and turns it into a 3D model. The app lets you print it into a model that you can then take on a journey.

75

A platform that turns Slack into a tool for building and managing bots. Currently in beta.

74

A startup that takes all the things you have in your phone and turns it into a digital camera.

74

This startup is building a platform for sharing pictures of food. It’s simple and turns the act of eating into a social activity. It’s a way to get people together around food and helps businesses promote their products in a way that’s both fun and useful.

74

A group of designers who create custom UI/UX mockups for companies, turning their ideas into real product or website designs.

73

A startup that helps realtors and agents manage their listings more effectively, by allowing them to create a calendar of appointments, and turn it into a marketing tool.

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The startup, based in the Netherlands, has built a device that turns any Android smartphone into a camera. It promises to ease the process of sharing photos, while also allowing users to take photos that are harder to take with a traditional camera.

72

A $30,000 investment in a machine that turns raw coffee beans into a beverage.

72

A startup that turns waste into compost, fertilizer, and fuel through a patented process.

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This startup aims to make it easier for people to take pictures of their food, and to turn them into a food blog.

71

A navigation app for drivers that uses data from real-time feed from traffic cameras to give you turn-by-turn directions.

71

A platform designed to help car dealers make the most of their inventory, and lower inventory turnover.

71

A SaaS product that allows people to scan artwork and turn it into digital drawings.

71

A startup that allows you to create a “move” between friends, effectively turning a video call into a video-text-chat.

71

The company’s first product is a suite of LED bulbs that can be controlled via a smartphone app. The bulbs are built with a Wi-Fi enabled hub and have a built-in motion sensor allowing the user to turn the light on and off, dim, or change its color.

71

A way to help human resources departments get a better picture of how workers are doing and whether they are happy in their jobs. The startup is looking to help HR departments with new tools to reduce turnover and better focus on employee retention.

71

A bot that can automatically find lost items and return them to their owner.

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A software company that makes it easy for organizations to save energy with their buildings, turning off lights when the room isn’t needed and using the heat generated by other machines.

70

A platform that turns any physical object into a digital token, like a phone case or a piece of clothing. The idea is that these tokens are collectible, to help people get the most out of their physical possessions.

70

A tool for retailers to manage returns, store inventory, and track inventory and sales

69

A company that helps developers use machine learning to help turn apps that are live right now into future-proofed and useful apps. The company’s software is meant to help developers avoid common pitfalls when building apps, like forgetting to correctly define dates and times.

69

The startup is building an alternative to the traditional paycheck. The company gets paid by employers, and in turn, pays employees in cryptocurrency.

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 A “frictionless” payments app that lets businesses turn debit card payments into direct deposits, enabling customers to pay without even having a card in their hands.

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A startup that provides free consulting to people who are looking to take a side hustle idea and turn it into a real business

67

A company that helps companies turn data into insights, allowing them to spot trends and make better decisions. Their data platform is built on top of SQL and Python.

67

Yieldbot is a property management software startup looking to help people manage their real estate investment properties, and get an extra return on their investment.

67

The startup is building a way to turn any website into a real-time, web-based video viewer that can send viewers the ability to follow along with a video in real time.

66

This startup is building a platform for turning the data generated from social media posts into leads, and then pushing that data out to sales teams.

66

This startup is building an automatic speaker that turns an existing home stereo into a smart speaker, with the idea that many people have a smart speaker for their home, but not a home stereo to hook into it.

65

A new app that turns your phone into a high-tech thermostat so you can set it and forget it. The app talks to the temperature sensors in your home and adjusts your system to your energy usage and comfort level.

65

 A cloud-based company that helps fund managers build portfolios based on algorithms that match the risk and return of specific types of bonds.

65

A startup that makes it easy for SMBs to create landing pages and turn them into websites for all sorts of purposes.

65

A company that turns a smartphone into a credit card terminal for money transfers.

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A startup that makes a tool that helps explain your tax return to your accountant

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A location-based service for turning people into mobile baristas

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A startup that uses the power of past sales information to predict returns on investments, helping investors make better financial decisions.

63

A Chrome extension that turns any website into a mobile app shop. Employs a “re-imagined” version of Google’s well-known design language.

62

This startup is building a new version of the Apple TV. The new device will be a small, small sized device that will turn the TV into a smart TV.

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A startup that turns your photos into a series of stories

60

A startup for SMBs to quickly turn data into apps that are compatible with their specific business systems.

59

A startup to help people make money by turning their run-down car into

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A startup that turns the receipt from a restaurant into a QR code. The startup is looking to turn receipts into a way to promote restos and one-off experiences.

55

This startup wants to turn the monthly headache of renewing your driver’s license into a web-based process.

53

BizCloud is building an app that allows companies to turn any website into a digital storefront. This would allow them to create an “app store” and sell digital products and services.

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The “Uber for Taxi” ridesharing service has a million drivers in India. UberGo gives them a way to turn their cars into cabs.

50

A startup that turns webcams into security systems.

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A startup that wants to take your home security camera and turn it into a smart camera with the ability to send alerts to your phone.

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A smart alarm system that can detect motion and will turn on if it senses an intruder.

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This is a tool that helps small business with their tax returns. The startup is called TurboTax because it claims to be a more comprehensive and efficient way to get your taxes done.

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A startup that turns trash into building materials in under a month

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A solution that helps large retailers and manufacturers avoid expensive damage and return costs.

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A startup that allows anyone to turn any object into a smart home accessory.

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A data science tool that automatically turns data into “actionable, knowledge-rich insights” about any given user, looking for insights like “which users are most likely to convert to customers, or which users spend the most money”.

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A startup that will take waste from 3D printers and turn it into bricks.

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A tool that converts your tax returns into a report for the government. It’s built for people who do not have access to a tax professional.

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A platform that helps retail merchants with third-party logistics and returns.

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A company that turns smartphone screens into touch-enabled, virtual room controls

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A 4-year-old company that makes a programmable, connected-home appliance that can be programmed to do things from turning the AC off and on to turning lights on and off to listening to music and turning the TV on and off. The company has raised $7.3 million in funding.

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A company that helps millennials save money on their mortgage. It takes a percentage of the savings that are returned to the customer after applying the savings to the mortgage.

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A home security startup that monitors in-home security cameras and allows customers to turn on their lights or lock their doors remotely. The startup, which has raised a $750k seed round from a variety of investors, is already working with a dozen customers.

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A company that turns any spare bit of hardware into a secure cloud server.

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The following startups are no longer in YC but will be returning for the 11th batch in June:

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A startup developer for building apps that can turn users into brand advocates.

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A startup that wants to turn the internet of things into a powerful business tool. The company, founded by former GE engineers, wants to build a platform that combines everyday objects into a platform that can help with manufacturing, distribution, and inventory management.

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A “a mobile app for anyone who wants to become an artist”, designed for “artists who have previously been turned down by art schools” to help them learn to draw.

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This company wants to replace the often-painful experience of filling out a tax return with a more automated process. The startup is working on a software program that will work with H&R Block’s online software to take the pain out of filing a tax return and streamline the process. The company says it has $1.5 million in monthly revenue.

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A company that makes a service that turns any connected device into a smart home hub, enabling users to control various smart home devices with their smartphone.

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A shower scene with voice and motion that turns the water off and on when you turn around.

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A company that sells ‘smart’ access cards for venues/events, allowing guests to swipe their cards, turn on an app, and receive push notifications of things like door status and food and drink orders.

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A startup that sells an innovative model of “waste-to-fuel” that turns waste into electricity.

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This is an app that turns your phone into an emergency hotspot to connect with friends and family, and to help you dial 911.

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A startup that collects data on your phone and then turns it into a map of crowdsourced traffic conditions along major roads and highways.

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A company that aims to create a unified market for global enterprises to buy and sell global inventory. The startup is taking a basic model of eBay for sourcing global products and turning them into a full-service marketplace.

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A company that aims to make low-risk, high-return investments in real estate.

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It turns any mobile phone into a live ID, and promises a “one-tap verification” that will be accepted by a growing number of retailers.

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A startup that helps customers decide what they want to buy with a digital tool that turns price into recommendations.

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This startup is building a service that turns your iPhone into a platform for helping you find a doctor or emergency room. You’ll be able to call any medical professional or hospital directly from your iPhone, and they’ll provide you with directions and a diagnosis.

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A way to track every action you take on your phone — from every app, to every game, to every message you send — and turn it into a data-driven game engine that lets you play games without the need for a giant library of content.

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A company that wants to turn grocery shopping into a personalized, on-demand experience

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This B2B SaaS company is building a program that helps companies manage their product delivery services and handle issues like returns and warranty claims.

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A computer-aided design app with an emphasis on the “2D” side of things. The startup is looking to do two things: first, it’s trying to “democratize” design, a notoriously expensive and time-intensive process, by helping people do their own designs. Secondly, it takes some of the things people do on their own and turns them into a “compelling product”.

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A startup that is building a way to tackle the issue of the generation of toxic waste in the home. The startup’s product is a way to turn your water waste into a nutrient solution.

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A tool for turning large images into small GIFs that can be shared on social media.

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A home automation company that lets users program lighting and appliances to turn on when they arrive home in the evening.

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A “turn-key” email marketing automation software that helps businesses meet their marketing goals using email. It’s currently in the pilot phase.

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A company that provides indoor voice commands for Amazon Echo or Echo Dot in the home, including turning on and off lights, opening doors, and playing music.

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A platform for connected, voice-controlled appliances. For instance, a homeowner could speak to the system to turn on the lights in their home.

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A platform that helps businesses manage their inventory. It provides alerts on sales, insurance, shipping, and returns.

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Of course, that’s just a sampling. And some of these companies are still in the idea stage, so they might not turn into actual businesses. But this list shows that there’s a lot of revenue to be made building new tools for the online world. Now it’s up to entrepreneurs to decide what sorts of products to build.

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A software company focused on creating web-based tools for managing the logistics of turning raw materials into finished products.

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A startup that allows people to make local videos, and then sell them to advertisers, essentially turning them into a YouTube-style video creator.

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A startup that helps merchants manage the process of returning items. This startup is run by CFOs for major retailers.

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A startup for buying and selling used cars, part of a larger company that also offers car-sharing services. Their customers can use the company’s vehicle for their work, then turn it back in when they’re done.

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This startup wants to create a marketplace for freelance content creators and help them turn their content into direct revenue.

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This startup makes software for a company that makes custom parts for cars. CNC Solutions creates parts for specific cars, like a wheel hub for an Audi R8. The startup claims that if a company has a client they can't make a part for, they'll be able to turn around an order in six hours.

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A startup that provides a service where you can buy a car from a car lot that you can return in a few years if you don’t want to keep it

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A startup that turns your home into a smart home, lets you monitor and control everything from your phone

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Idea: A way to turn your computer into a server

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Idea: Startup that has built a toolkit for turning any website into a chatbot The startup wants to take the friction out of building bots by providing a visual interface and developer tools

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Idea: A startup for turning your apartment into a hotel. It allows hosts to rent out rooms via a smartphone app, and comes with features like cleaning, check-in, and flexible cancellations. It’s currently free for hosts, and makes money through a 7% cut from bookings.

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Idea: A home security company that is turning your door into a touchscreen

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Idea: A startup that turns your cell phone or computer into a walkie-talkie. The receiver is a physical device you can carry around. The startup is selling the device for $99, with a month of service starting at $5.

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A startup that helps people find their lost stuff and get a reward if they return it

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