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Open-source software to help companies track the life cycle of their products.

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This startup wants to help companies get a better handle on their waste. It’s working on ways to monitor what they throw away, and to recycle more of it.

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This is a startup that uses a mobile app and a camera to find street-level recycled products and sell them to the public. They started with old library books and DVDs, but are now selling all sorts of things.

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A platform for sharing and selling reusable office supplies to businesses. The startup focuses on 8 great office supply items that are used a lot, but don’t get recycled as often as they should. They’re currently focusing on the US, but plan to expand internationally and into business software.

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A startup that offers a service that allows users to have a face-to-face conversation with a psychologist for $25

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Idea: A startup that picks up your garbage and recycles it for you

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The company is building a platform to help startups connect with investors and build a community of backers. The startup is working with Y Combinator and other investors to get more startups to pitch at YC.

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A device that can be attached to a bicycle seat post to help bikers and runners track their stats.

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 A startup that matches people for daycare and nanny work.

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A web-based platform for financial planning, with an AI that helps users make better financial decisions through behavioral psychology.

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Note: This list is not comprehensive, and does not include all the companies that applied to YC in 2017.

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A startup that helps non-profits and nonprofits raise money by sharing their stories. The company is a YC alum.

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A chatbot that helps people learn how to kickstart conversations and build rapport quickly. The startup is working on a demo with YC.

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A startuplicant tracking platform for online job applications. The startup wants to scale to support large recruitment events like the YC Demo Day.

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A team of four, including two YC alumni, that makes an app that helps you track your heart rate during a workout.

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A SaaS tool that helps banks automate their KYC processes by providing a central repository of information. It has already raised $1.5 million.

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Giving Demo Day startups advice can only go so far. So Y Combinator does a bit more to help startups. YC has created a forum for startup founders to share information and advice with one another. They also host “Ask-Me-Anything” sessions for founders to talk about their companies.

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A SaaS startup that helps companies adjust their billing in order to get more money from their customers. The company says they have $1.2m in revenue, counting YC as their largest customer.

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A hardware startup that’s building a new type of computer that’s designed to be secure, power efficient, and small enough to fit on a keychain.

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It’s an app that helps couples make a “perfect marriage”. It uses AI to optimize the relationship using a combination of data and psychology.

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Using machine learning and AI to optimize the sales process, allowing businesses to close the loop on the sales cycle. The startup wants to make the sales process more efficient and see what works best.

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Builds a platform for businesses to share and compare information about their products, services, and employees. It has partnerships with companies like Linkedin, Mailchimp, and Stripe, allowing employees to upload their resumes, manage their accounts, and receive paychecks directly within the platform.

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A new company from YC, this startup is building a platform to help “people in crisis” connect with people not in crisis.

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This startup helps consumers identify which products are made from recycled materials.

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Cordyceps is a startup that helps you book medical appointments based on availability and location. The app can be used to book appointments, but it can also help you find an appointment for a dentist or other medical professional based on availability and location.

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A startup that wants to make it easy for companies to have a way to keep track of their products’ life cycles. The plan is to sell the idea to the likes of HP, Apple, Microsoft, Tesla, and Volkswagen.

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

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This 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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Two founders left YC to build a $10 per month service to help food delivery services become more cost effective and more like an on-demand service. It’s available in a few cities in the US, and it’s simple: a “geofenced” area with a few delivery zones that are cheaper than a full city block.

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An algorithmic startup that is a marketplace for job board ads, allowing companies to target their job search to a specific demographic. The company’s founders say they’ve raised $1.6 million in a round led by Greycroft Partners.

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A platform that allows teams to collaborate on their marketing and sales tasks. The platform allows teams to move through the sales cycle, from evaluating opportunities to closing. The company says it has over 1,000 customers and is on track to generate over $1.5 million in revenue in 2019.

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A 3-screen, “Freedom of Information” app that sources and displays data from NYC’s 311 service.

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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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An email marketing tool that helps e-commerce brands push their sales and follow up with customers. The startup needs to complete a YC Demo Day.

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A startup that provides a service where people can pay to have their trash and recycling picked up and taken away

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An online portal for tracking and managing the life cycle of your products

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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 medical-grade mattress that uses sensors and algorithms to track a person’s sleep cycles, and then provide feedback to help improve a person’s sleep.

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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 startup that aims to help realtors automate their sales process, using a digital agent that keeps track of the status of a property and opens real estate listings on the internet. The startup is pitching the service as a way to drive down “the average home sales cycle” from six months to two.

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A SaaS-based email marketing tool with an emphasis on design. The startup’s founders have raised nearly $500,000 in seed funding, including from Y Combinator, and have been named as YC’s top-ranked summer 2019 company.

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A platform that helps companies manage their product lifecycles and is currently being used by “leading global brands,” as per the founders.

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This is an application for trading 2nd, 3rd, and 4th mortgages. The startup has raised $1.4 million from investors like Alphabet’s GV and Comcast’s NBCUniversal Ventures. Prior to YC, the company raised $1.2 million in seed funding from investors like Cowboy Ventures, Lerer Ventures, Social Starts and Social Finance.

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A financial services startup that helps companies and employees track their cash flow and financial status. The company is building a software platform that says can help companies manage their funds, from paying employees and issuing paychecks to buying inventory.

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A startup that does not currently exist for which you will build a minimum viable product, market it, and repeat the cycle to get to product/market fit

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This startup is building a tool that helps companies launch a new product easier and cheaper. It’s currently focused on B2B customers and is looking to partner with the B2B startups that come through YC to help them with their product launch process.

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The first YC-backed startup to reach unicorn status was Airbnb, in 2009. Airbnb was followed by Dropbox, Stripe, Uber, Instacart, and Wayfair.

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A platform for companies to facilitate “experiential learning” programs. They’re currently working with three startups, including one in the YC batch.

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Y Combinator’s newest batch of companies has expanded the YC Network to over 200 companies, including 50 who’ve raised a combined $325 million in capital.

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This startup helps people track the status of their favorite charitable causes. They helped raise $50,000 from the Center for Global Development and the Connected Ventures Fund in NYC.

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A company hoping to make it easier for companies to own and manage their IP, bringing a digital licensing alternative to the enterprise. The company is based in NYC, has raised $1.5 million, and is looking to use the funding to expand.

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Given that it was the first company to launch in the YC Demo Day, the list below is the most complete list of all of the startups that have been accepted into YC.

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A company that helps small businesses get paid faster by paying out on their paychecks before they’re due.

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A startup that offers a service to organize a team of employees. The startup’s team members are former YC founders, and they say they have over 1,000 customers.

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A platform for companies to create, manage and track software development jobs, with a free software development life cycle.

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A social platform for a new generation of sports fans. The company wants to attract the casual sports fan who never watches their local teams on TV, but enjoys following them online. The startup is currently in YC Summer 2019.

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The startup is building software for waste management companies that allows them to track, manage, and channel their waste, from the moment it’s generated to the moment it’s disposed of. The startup is working with clients like Recyclart and others.

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A platform for delivering information about local jobs to job seekers. The startup is currently operating in NYC, Chicago, and Portland.

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A tool that allows employees to manage their expenses so they can take accounting to the next level (and hold their bosses accountable for it). The team has raised $500,000 in seed funding and is based in NYC.

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A startup that helps people take care of their mental health, including counseling and psychology services. The startup is working on a mobile app for people to use when they need help, and is trying to work with employers to offer mental health support on-site.

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A startup for used cars and motorcycles where buyers can find sellers in their cities and vice versa.

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idea: The company is an NYC based company trying to help people get involved in the fashion industry.

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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 way to organize and manage the various marketing campaigns that happen in a company’s life cycle, giving a bird’s eye view of the whole campaign. The startup says it’s currently serving over 100 clients.

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A platform for the sharing economy, where a person can rent out their car, boat, or bicycle.

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These compostable cups are meant to help coffee shops reduce their packaging waste. They can be full of coffee or tea or soup and you can recycle them, but they don’t break down in landfills.

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A bicycle sharing startup that's looking to build a global network of bike-sharing services. The company wants to bring bike sharing to places it's been absent thus far.

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A startup that makes it easy to book flights on Scandinavian airlines. It’s currently a YC summer program.

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A company that lets you use the internet to buy and sell everything from iced coffee to air mattresses to motorcycles.

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A group of “startup veterans” that want to build a platform for startups to raise capital. It aims to help startups raise $500,000 in seed funding, as well as $1 million in Series A funding and $5 million in a Series B. The startup is in pre-launch mode, with a staff of 15 that includes YC alumni.

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A platform for the sale of used goods from motorcycles to cars, broken down into subcategories

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A new app that allows users to “virtually” connect with a well-known psychologist. The app

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Dates of service, and exit history of current YC companies

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A smart device that can monitor sleep cycles and ease the process of getting a better night's sleep. The startup is building out a smart device to help people sleep better.

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A startup that helps you find free and cheap parking in NYC, Baltimore and Los Angeles. It’s already live in NYC, and will expand to LA and Baltimore in the coming months.

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This is the startup building a more humane and effective way to recycle scrap metals.

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This startup is working to make it easier for people to find and buy insurance online. The startup is a relatively quick study that completed YC’s Startup School program in June.

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A company making a “smart” dryer, with an internet-connected app that helps users set the temperature on their washing machine and adjust the duration of the dryer cycle.

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B2B companies are more likely to use YC-backed startups as employees, as compared to one where the founders are located in the Bay Area.

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A YC company that makes a mobile app that detects when someone is texting while driving.

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Ideas is organized by YC staff and features the companies that have been accepted into the program. Past speakers include the founders of Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit.

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This is a company that makes solar powered bike lights for cyclists to use on dark streets and trails.

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A music production platform for bedroom musicians. The startup is currently in YC’s Winter ’18 batch.

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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 SaaS platform that lets businesses manage their customer lifecycle, from acquiring customers to servicing them and moving them through the purchase cycle.

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Only 1% of all workers in the US have their overtime legally included in their paychecks. This startup wants to be the alternative. They’re building a mobile app that tracks time and automatically computes overtime pay.

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A data-driven platform for B2B businesses looking to make smarter hiring decisions. The company says they have over 10,000 customers, including YC partner Stripe.

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 A startup that compares and recommends providers of childcare, school, and daycare based on the cost, quality, and convenience of the care. Looks like a better version of Nannybook.

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Another way to track your health and wellness. The startup is currently working with a major health care group in NYC.

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In November, 2018, YC alumni and partners went on to found

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Byju's helps students set up learning programs and track their progress. The startup has been around for a while, but the recent YC batch saw a big spike in students signing up. Byju's has a $5 monthly subscription.

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A startup that manages the billing cycle for restaurants and other service companies, with a goal of reducing the number of times customers have to reconcile with their bank account.

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Loft, a startup that collects and compiles a range of industry data about startups, has named YC as one of the top three organizations in the world that are "helping to produce the next generation of startups."

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A startup that helps women measure their menstrual cycle in a way that’s more conducive to women’s health.

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The accelerator program, which uses the Y Combinator model, has graduated from YC more than 50 companies and has been called “the most successful startup incubator”.

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A mobile app for women who want to know how much time they spend on their menstrual cycle.

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A map of New York that acts as a digital billboard, providing advertising and location-based services. It was one of the winners of the NYC Tech Challenge.

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A startup that helps businesses manage all their customer data and automate tasks across the customer lifecycle. The company says revenue will be generated through the use of its software, which runs on the company’s API.

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"This list of startups is a non-exhaustive collection of the best companies funded by YC. It's not intended to be a comprehensive list of all startups funded by YC. Regardless, we'll be publishing additional startups funded by YC at a later date."

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A platform that helps you track down the best C-suite candidates among your employees. It’s a recruiting platform that uses a combination of algorithms and social media for finding top candidates for specific roles. It’s currently being used by YC and other startups including FundingPost and Foodspotting.

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A company that allows people to create customized “banking services” for themselves, from getting their paychecks directly deposited to arranging overdraft protection or making payments online.

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A platform for advertisers to find and target the right demographics and psychographics. The startup is also working on an ad tech platform for brands that want to target “hard-to-reach” consumers.

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A company that creates a line of high-end electric scooters for use in urban areas, no motorcycle license required.

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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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One of the winners of the YC Engineer Day, providing a service to help companies automate their user onboarding process, making it easier for them to onboard users without needing to manually create a signup flow.

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A startup that’s building a payroll system that relies on an online dashboard for employees and their managers to see and manage their paychecks.

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An AI-based platform for managing and improving product lifecycles, the company wants to enable manufacturers to make their products safer and more reliable.

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A startup that wants to build a real-time streaming video platform for the news industry. It wants to help news organizations deal with the trend of short attention spans and a shortened news cycle.

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Helping employees track their paychecks and see their own data in a clearer way.

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A tool for hiring employees. They’re based in the Bay Area and have raised $100,000 from YC in 2019.

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Dedicated to helping tech companies build more sustainable products, it’s a platform for tracking products’ carbon emissions and life cycle, and helping companies figure out what to do to reduce them.

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A startup that uses data science to help companies find new talent. The Startup is currently working with the YC SaaS alum and YC Alumni Wayfair.

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The startup has developed a way to bring the flexibility, speed, and cost-efficiency of digital printing to the printing industry. The company is building a digital printing platform for professional print jobs, with the goal of replacing traditional printing services. They’re currently in the YC Winter 2019 batch.

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A "social media platform for people who already have social media accounts", with the goal of helping people create better profiles on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. In 2015, the startup raised a seed round from YC.

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

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A startup that’s building a way for people to pay bills online. The startup is a YC alum and has raised $1.3M from investors.

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A group of founders from NYC, San Francisco and Mumbai came together to solve the challenge of securing data in the cloud. The startup provides a way to encrypt and decrypt files and data in the cloud that’s compliant with HIPAA and GDPR standards.

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A startup that sells physical gifts that you can print out on a 3D printer (IE: A keychain, a tissue box, a phone case)

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A startup that gives people a guided tour of a city (I know there’s one for NYC, but there could be one for other cities)

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Idea: An e-commerce site that sells recycled products, such as old books, smartphones, and art

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Idea: Mycrojobs wants to make job hunting fun with games and prizes It’s a platform for recruiters to manage their hiring pipeline and for job seekers to find jobs

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Idea: A platform for custom-welded bicycles The startup was founded in September and has $15M in pre-orders for its debut bike: the Pista Track

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Idea: A keychain-sized wind turbine for charging phones

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Idea: A SaaS service for companies to manage their digital onboarding without having to make their own software. Currently has $30,000 in recurring revenue, and has raised $45,000 from YC.

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Idea: A startup for organizing and publishing video interviews with people on the internet, initially for people who are doing YC interviews before Demo Day.

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Idea: Focused on the US, this startup is building a platform to help YCs hire contractors for small jobs like painting, sewing, carpentry, or installation.

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Idea: A tool for helping companies and employees build their own internal chatrooms. The founder says that the product has been used by YC for the past few years, and is now being offered to other companies as well.

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Idea: A platform for managing shared bicycles. Currently, there is no incentive for people to pick up bikes. The company wants to help companies manage their fleet of shared bikes.

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Idea: This startup is building machine learning software that helps people create smoother panning and zooming in videos. The startup previously sold a product called Flycam that helps camera operators smoothly move from one part of the scene to another.

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A startup that creates a system so that people can create a new email address to be used for a specific family member (IE [email protected])

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A startup that sells toilet paper made out of recycled paper

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