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3 years ago

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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3 years ago

A platform for lenders to offer loans backed by real estate.

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3 years ago

PlaceShare is a marketplace for sharing places, and is backed by Y Combinator. This startup is building a new payments system for sharing things.

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2 years ago

One of the very first startups backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Tigster is a “gateway” for employees to take a sabbatical and rejoin their company without losing pay, with potential to save employers about $300,000 per year.

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2 years ago

A venture-backed company that is creating a new, cloud-based platform that helps manufacturers manage and track inventory.

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2 years ago

Inmar is backed by a number of investors that include:

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2 years ago

A venture-backed company that offers a suite of services for companies running sales operations in the US.

192
2 years ago

 A B2C startup focused on helping farmers sell their produce, backed by a big agricultural company.

190
2 years ago

A platform for people to get their credentials verified, backed by a “verified badge” for each user. The company wants to help people get into cool things, like coding bootcamps or startup events.

188
2 years ago

A government-backed startup that analyzes data from the Boston Police Department’s body cameras and uses those statistics to help police departments across the country innovate their own policies around body cameras.

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2 years ago

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

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2 years ago

A startup that wants to make it easier to book flights through mobile apps. Yatra is backed by Sequoia’s Sumeet Jain

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2 years ago

In the last year, we’ve seen the creation of several new VC-backed startups, many of which we expect to grow into companies worth $50 million or more in the next year. (A few are already there.) Here’s a look at some of the most promising:

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3 years ago

In August 2018, Crunchbase reported that there were over 150 venture-backed startup accelerators in the United States. The list of top accelerators in the United States was as follows:

168
2 years ago

A platform for managing digital products, backed by Y Combinator.

168
3 years ago

A visual analytics tool that helps non-technical people understand what their data means. The startup is backed by Y Combinator.

162
2 years ago

A tool that helps small businesses in the US create and measure their sales operations. It’s backed by Y Combinator.

162
3 years ago

 A small startup backed by Google Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz is building a tool for pastors to share their sermons online.

155
3 years ago

A platform for building real estate-backed bonds.

155
3 years ago

A venture-backed startup that’s building a platform for home builders that helps them manage their quality assurance, build projects faster, and reduce costs.

155
3 years ago

A platform intended to help companies figure out how to make their processes more efficient. NetBix is backed by some of the biggest names in venture capital: Mayfield, Ignition Partners, and others.

155
3 years ago

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

154
3 years ago

A VC-backed startup that is looking to bring financial services to the unbanked in India. The company has started piloting its technology in Chennai and Hyderabad.

154
3 years ago

A VC-backed startup that’s building a car that can be driven by people with limited mobility.

153
3 years ago

A startup that helps people find and buy homes for $1,000, and is backed by former President Bill Clinton.

151
3 years ago

A way of organizing a person's social life through a calendar. The startup is backed by Y Combinator, and the company is currently focused on the enterprise market, but plans to bring it to consumers soon.

150
3 years ago

A venture-backed accelerator that prepares social-media influencers to launch their own online ventures, helping them manage their social-media buzz and their brand and how they interact with the public.

149
3 years ago

A platform that makes it easy for companies to host virtual teams that work from different locations. The startup is working with Y Combinator-backed startup Galvanize.

147
3 years ago

A platform that helps large businesses manage their supply chain, with a mobile app that lets users order and track products. It’s backed by Airbus and seen as a competitor to Shopify.

146
3 years ago

A company that wants to fund and manage the creation of new content in the form of online videos or podcasts. It is backed by former CNN president Jonathan Klein and has raised $7 million from investors and is already active in several markets, including the UK.

145
3 years ago

A startup backed by Sequoia that helps developers monetize their apps by converting them into subscription-based services for consumers.

144
1 year ago

Just launched in August 2019, this is a platform for machine learning chatbots. The company uses the messaging platform for large-scale online shopping and is backed by a group of investors including Dropbox and Salesforce.

144
2 years ago

A project backed by the President of Brazil to develop the country’s cabs.

141
3 years ago

A venture-backed startup that builds customized video games for e-commerce, boutiques and retail.

139
3 years ago

A startup that aims to help financial advisors in the US give advice to clients who are buying fixed-income investments. The startup is backed by the venture arm of Goldman Sachs.

138
1 year ago

A tool for workers and investors to manage their stock portfolios, backed by a $1.7 million seed round. The startup is launching a service to help employees manage their portfolios from the workplace, so they don’t have to worry about tracking it themselves.

138
3 years ago

A solution for small businesses that want to order in bulk and ship it out all at once. The business is backed by Y Combinator.

135
3 years ago

This startup wants to create a new digital currency that’s backed by a bank, and that can be used to pay for transactions in the physical world.

133
3 years ago

A startup where the US government buys excess military equipment and resells them to civilians. It’s not the first attempt to make the surplus military equipment market accessible, but it’s the first to be backed by the US government.

132
3 years ago

The startup is currently in stealth mode, but it’s building a venture backed company that’s making a “set of automation services” for enterprise customers in the financial services industry.

132
3 years ago

Indiagames is a venture backed company that is building technology to help Indian game developers and publishers grow their market.

130
3 years ago

Lending Club is looking to create an online community for home and condo owners to get access to financing to pay down a mortgage or refinance a home. The company’s loans are backed by the equity in the house, and rates for the loans are competitive.

123
3 years ago

The startup has built a software platform that gives brands the ability to create real-time webinars through web browsers or mobile applications. The company is based in New York City and is backed by a $3 million seed round from investors including 500 Startups, Forerunner Ventures, and Lerer Ventures.

122
3 years ago

A startup that provides a SaaS platform for SaaS companies to build high quality content. The startup is backed by some of the largest tech companies in the world, including Google, Microsoft and Twitter.

121
3 years ago

First Round Capital is one of the earliest and most successful seed stage investors, having backed over 100 companies in the past 15 years.

121
3 years ago

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.

121
3 years ago

A venture-backed, data-driven performance marketing company that helps companies find out what people are talking about, what they’re talking to each other about, and what people are saying about their brands.

119
3 years ago

An “Ask-a-Vet” app that directs users to the nearest vet, and is backed by PetMed Express, a pet supply retailer.

118
3 years ago

A venture backed brand that makes nut-milk-based drinks and skincare products. The company has three products in the market already, and recently introduced a new product that uses a nutty brown rice protein called “brown rice protein powder.”

113
3 years ago

A venture-backed startup that serves as a marketing platform for credit card and bank data that lets companies run campaigns. It’s also a marketplace for data, where companies can buy and sell their own data sets.

112
3 years ago

A startup for bands to put out their music for sale without the hassle of a label. The company is based out of Philadelphia, and is backed by the founders of the label of the same name.

112
2 years ago

A solution for loans that are backed by corporate stocks, allowing their holders to be traded like stocks.

112
3 years ago

A platform that helps restaurants manage their inventory. The startup allows restaurants to manage their inventory in real-time, ensuring they have enough stock for delivery, and it also gives them insights into when and what to order for delivery. The startup is backed by $4 million from Peloton Ventures and New Enterprise Associates.

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1 year ago

A company that helps employers and employees find out what the best health insurance plan is in the country they live in. The company and app are backed by NEA, a non-profit that helps people buy health insurance.

109
3 years ago

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

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1 year ago

A platform for asset-backed loans for the global apparel industry.

104
3 years ago

A storage and backup service that allows users to upload documents in different formats, then get their data backed up to the cloud.

103
3 years ago

An AI backed startup that uses algorithms to help internet users discover new books, movies, and music.

100
3 years ago

A two-sided marketplace for ads, designed specifically for blockchain and cryptocurrencies, and backed by Y Combinator. The platform will allow publishers and advertisers to sell digital advertising at an auction, then use smart contracts to facilitate payment.

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8 months ago

A digital currency that’s backed by physical gold.

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3 years ago

A company that allows users to create and market “smart” contracts. They can be used to create asset-backed securities, loans and bonds, and can be made to automatically pay out to users if certain conditions are met.

98
3 years ago

VentureBeat is an American technology news and media company based in New York City. It was founded in 2009 as a print publication, and has since expanded to include a website and mobile apps, and became a venture-backed startup.

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2 years ago

A web and mobile app that helps small businesses manage their entire back end, including accounting, payroll, and e-commerce. It’s backed by a bunch of VCs, including Andreessen Horowitz, and has raised $10 million in funding.

94
2 years ago

A wellness tool for people with mental health issues to track their symptoms and stay on top of things. The startup is backed by Outcome Health, the company behind enterprise wellness company Medical Health Network.

92
3 years ago

A digital assistant that helps recruiters and hiring managers find and manage top talent. The startup is backed by Sound Ventures, the venture capital arm of Pandora, and is led by former Googler and Facebook executive David Fischer.

91
2 years ago

A venture-backed startup that’s building an app for iOS that allows you to flip your phone’s screen horizontally and vertically to share photos.

91
2 years ago

The Y Combinator-backed startup is building a tool to help people buy affordable healthcare in the US.

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2 years ago

Non-VC-backed startups also happen to be a major focus for the accelerator.

84
2 years ago

A B2B company in the middle of a three-year contract to acquire a VC-backed app in the healthcare market in the UK.

83
2 years ago

An online payment platform that lets people pay their friends through Venmo. Payalu is backed by Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and others.

83
1 year ago

A digital magazine and website platform for the Indian market. The company is backed by Sequoia India, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Matrix Partners.

83
2 years ago

A venture backed start-up that wants to be a digital concierge for all things you’re looking for (from food to drinks to tickets). They’re hoping to be the Amazon of the future.

82
1 year ago

This startup, backed by Y Combinator, plans to make all of its products free for the first three months, with a free trial for six months.

80
2 years ago

A 3D scanner for making 3D models of things, like building prototypes or product packaging. The startup is backed by the CEO of Makerbot.

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9 months ago

This startup is making a digital currency that’s backed by the value of its users’ data and can be used as a way to buy and sell things online.

78
2 years ago

A platform for self-service cloud storage that’s available on the web and mobile, and is backed by $8.2 million from investors including Sequoia.

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2 years ago

A platform that allows users to build apps and games by connecting to the Internet. The startup is backed by investors like TechStars, SV Angel, and 500 Startups.

76
2 years ago

Ink is a platform for live events, with a focus on music. Users are able to create and manage their events within one platform and then broadcast these events to the world. Ink also offers a community feature, where users can share content with each other. The company raised $12.5 million, with 23,000 users in 50 countries, and is backed by Lightspeed and Greycroft.

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2 years ago

A “feeling thermometer” for everyone, to help people know when someone is feeling backed into a corner

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1 year ago

A cloud-based service that helps companies run their HR and benefits systems. The startup is currently in stealth mode, but has been backed by Cyan Banister and Jim McKelvey.

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1 year ago

 A company that helps let governments in developing countries create local currencies. The startup is backed by Sequoia Capital and has $1.6 million in funding.

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2 years ago

The Specialized Technology Fund (STF) is a $25 million venture fund hosted by the University of California, Berkeley, where it was founded in 2011. The fund is meant to facilitate the creation of new technologies that can improve the lives of people in developing countries. It is the first university-backed venture fund focused on developing technologies for developing countries. The fund is run by the university's Haas School of Business.

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2 years ago

Based in New York, this startup uses blockchain to secure a direct bond between two people who want to be financial partners. A single digital bond is created, secure and licensed by law, that can be traded and used like a stock. The company is backed by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin.

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2 years ago

A platform that enables retailers to grow their business, build a community and be profitable. The company is backed by True Ventures, Amazon, and Slack co-founder Stewart Butterfield.

70
2 years ago

A Y Combinator-backed company making a product that helps companies hire remote workers

68
2 years ago

Venture-backed startup that helps developers easily create social apps for their customers.

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1 year ago

A venture-backed startup that helps companies hire on-demand workers to complete tasks, rapidly. The startup is currently looking to expand to the US.

68
2 years ago

A venture-backed startup that is taking the human element out of new hire communications. The startup has a test group that it says has reduced employee turnover by 25%.

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1 year ago

A startup that is building an IoT-based smart home system, with an inbuilt app that you can use to control your home. The idea is that the startup itself is a hardware hub, connecting hardware from different vendors with a single app. The company is backed by Y Combinator.

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2 years ago

A startup that helps users save the data they want in a digital storage system. You can save to a Dropbox account and have it automatically backed up, with a separate app that syncs it between devices.

66
2 years ago

An online network that connects tech companies with non-tech companies for common projects. It also charges for consulting services for projects. The startup is backed by Benchmark.

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2 years ago

As one of the first enterprise-focused venture-backed startups, Placed is building a platform that allows employers to create a database of their employees and their location, as well as see which of their employees they can “Placed” in the time they need to pay them.

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2 years ago

An easy-to-use platform for managing your business finances from one place. The startup is backed by Y Combinator, and is currently in the process of preparing for a funding round.

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1 year ago

Founded in August 2017 and based in San Francisco, California, Y Combinator-backed Skip provides a way for businesses to get in touch with customers and keep track of purchases.

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8 months ago

 A network of venture-backed startups that offer a limited number of seats to non-profits in exchange for working on their social impact mission

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2 years ago

This is a business that provides third-party software and services that allow businesses to connect and communicate with each other, and is backed by the venture capital firm General Catalyst.

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2 years ago

A subscription-based fitness tracker that tracks all-day activity, sleep and eating habits, and provides insights into health and fitness. The startup is backed by Y Combinator.

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2 years ago

A data science platform that helps companies understand their customers better with AI-based tools and AI-powered insights. The startup is based in New York City and is backed by Y Combinator and SV Angel.

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2 years ago

A product that aims to help users learn to code and build mobile apps without having to pay for expensive programming classes. The startup is backed by Y Combinator, which is investing $6.5M in the company.

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2 years ago

A startup that connects people who have similar goals and passions. The company has received $1.8 million in funding from a range of investors including Greylock, Greylock-backed Founder Collective, and Y Combinator.

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2 years ago

A startup that helps you track, analyze and manage your health goals and fitness. The startup is backed by $500,000 in seed funding to build the first version of its service.

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2 years ago

A Y Combinator-backed startup that’s building a tool that helps small businesses set up credit cards.

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2 years ago

This is a B2B insurance startup that has a focus on cybersecurity. They partner with companies to help them improve their security posture, and are backed by Greenhill, a large New York-based venture firm.

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2 years ago

A company that wants to build a subscription platform for healthcare services. The startup is backed by investors that include Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive Capital, First Round Capital, and SV Angel.

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1 year ago

A platform to help owners of small agencies and freelancers get paid faster. Y Combinator-backed startup that’s already working with some of the biggest names in media.

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2 years ago

A mobile app that tracks your weight and provides targeted weight loss advice to help you lose weight. The company is backed by Y Combinator.

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2 years ago

A Y Combinator-backed startup that wants to create a platform where users can access a virtual assistant helmed by AI.

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1 year ago

A $1 billion startup backed by Sequoia Capital, that sells cars for $20,000 to $50,000. The company does not own any cars and does not have a dealership network.

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1 year ago

A venture-backed startup that helps new companies get their name out into digital. It allows founders to create customized branded websites and blogs, and gives them tools to help them effectively communicate with their community.

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1 year ago

A tool that helps you automate and make your business processes more efficient. It helps you move files and workflows around, along with a password manager built into the product. The tool is currently free and is backed by $10 million in seed funding.

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1 year ago

This YC-backed startup is building a tool that helps people find and hire remote workers, who can bring their own laptops to work.

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2 years ago

A venture-backed startup building a platform to collect and analyze data on healthcare. The startup’s goal is to create a new “emergent” technology ecosystem: a set of technologies that work together to generate new insights and deliver new value.

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1 year ago

A new venture-backed startup that’s building a platform to help developers build on top of any container of code.

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1 year ago

A startup that helps arbitrage traders figure out where in the world to invest. The startup is backed by Y Combinator alum Sam Altman, who invested in the company’s seed round in November 2018.

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1 year ago

A VC-backed startup that builds products for parents that help them monitor and manage the sleep habits of their newborns.

54
1 year ago

A startup for online buying and selling of “firsts”. The startup has been backed by VCs including Steve Chen, Steve Wozniak, and Peter Thiel.

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1 year ago

Notion is a portfolio manager for web startups, which it says is in beta. The startup is backed by a few notable angel investors and is based in San Francisco.

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1 year ago

A company that helps college students apply for jobs and internships. The startup is backed by Y Combinator.

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1 year ago

A startup that’s looking to build a new type of digital currency that’s backed by an asset instead of by a bank or government.

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1 year ago

A Kickstarter-backed startup that builds medical devices for patients with disabilities. It’s already built a brace for quadriplegics and is gearing up to build a brace for paraplegics.

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1 year ago

A Y Combinator-backed startup that helps people get their dogs and cats spayed or neutered to encourage pet adoption.

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6 months ago

A “veggie-only” delivery service that makes it easy for customers to source and order vegan ingredients. The company launched in San Francisco in February and is backed by investors including Google Ventures.

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2 years ago

A Y Combinator-backed startup that aims to make it easier for small entrepreneurs to start a business by allowing them to get investment by crowdsourcing investors’ ideas.

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1 year ago

The founders of many of these startups have connections in the Philadelphia tech scene. Some, like Zuddle and Zpack, are backed by angel investors in the region. Others, like Farmako and Tella, were founded by students at the University of Pennsylvania.

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1 year ago

A company that helps consumers buy health insurance. The app uses Artificial Intelligence to compare various plans and prices, and then helps consumers make the decision of where to go. The company has been growing rapidly in Philadelphia, and is backed by NEA.

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1 year ago

New York-based startup is building an app that allows users to post and exchange photos and short videos together. The startup is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures and other notable venture capitalists.

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1 year ago

A startup that helps consumers compare and find the perfect fitness classes in NYC. Founded in January and backed by Accel Partners and 500 Startups, the company includes a mobile app, a series of Youtube videos, and an online community where New Yorkers can share their workout routines.

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1 year ago

A venture-backed SaaS company that’s trying to get retailers to accept mobile payments at a physical store.

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1 year ago

A platform for delivering and managing legal documents, including contracts and leases. The company is backed by Intel Capital, who is helping to build a global legal technology platform that uses the blockchain.

43
1 year ago

A software as a service that helps recruiters and hiring managers streamline the recruiting process by automatically sending résumés and cover letters to potential candidates. The startup is backed by VCs including Village Capital, First Round Capital, and 500 Startups.

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11 months ago

This startup is building a platform that allows users to sign up for custom learning experiences and courses. The company says it has 700,000 users and is backed by Google Ventures, Y Combinator and others.

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11 months ago

An API that helps “healthcare providers engage patients”. The startup has been valued at over $10 million, is backed by both VC firm Atlas Ventures and health-tech company Docebo.

42
1 year ago

A startup backed by the government of Israel that uses artificial intelligence to sniff out fake news and propaganda online and provide granular fact-checking and narrative correction.

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1 year ago

A company that’s started a $1 million series A to fund its own VC-backed accelerator. The accelerator aims to help startups find product-market fit, and has already funded a few companies.

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1 year ago

A venture-backed startup built around a machine-learning algorithm that aims to do a better job of matching employees with jobs than its competitors.

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5 months ago

An open-sourcing platform for building and managing mobile apps. The company gives developers a way to build native iOS and Android apps without having to learn Objective-C. The startup is backed by 500 Startups and is backed by Y Combinator alum.

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1 year ago

Sealed Air is a startup that wants to use 3D printing to make food packaging from food-grade materials. The startup is backed by $7.5 million from a raft of food industry types, including Tyson Foods and the Hershey Company.

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1 year ago

Signing up for a loan takes a lot of time. Zeedo aims to eliminate the need for a credit check and the underwriting process altogether by using a data-driven algorithm to match users to qualifying loans. Zeedo is backed by Lerer Ventures and Walden Ventures, and is currently in private beta.

35
9 months ago

The company, founded by a former senior executive of Google and Amazon, wants to make it easier and cheaper for companies to bring their data products to market for consumers. The company is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, and Salesforce Ventures.

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8 months ago

A startup that helps professionals manage their risks, and that is backed by a $1.5 billion valuation.

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1 year ago

A Y Combinator-backed startup focused on making it easier for small businesses to manage their stock. Right now, a lot of small businesses have to hire a stock broker to set up a stock account with a bank and manage their stock manually.

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9 months ago

A data-driven content platform that helps retailers target and optimise the content they share on their websites. The startup, which launched in early 2015 and is based in New York, is backed by Verizon Ventures and Fidelity.

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5 months ago

 The startup has built a way to “scan and digitize” all of the documents in a company, and create a centralized place where those documents can be accessed from and backed up.

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9 months ago

The following list contains a mixture of ideas created by graduates of Y Combinator's summer program, and other companies that YC-backed startups have turned into full companies.

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11 months ago

A startup that wants to help companies make their own customized video team training videos, rather than depending on expensive training videos by consultants. They’re backed by 500 Startups and Y Combinator.

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11 months ago

A company that provides tools and services for companies to host their offices. The company allows users to book conference rooms and pool tables, and also offers specialized services for clients like 24/7 security and white-glove cleaning. The company is backed by $65 million from investors.

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11 months ago

A personal finance tool that’s evolving from a personal finance manager into an automated money manager, backed by machine learning.

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11 months ago

Idea is a web and mobile app that helps people pitch, manage, and campaign for causes they care about. It’s an early stage startup, and is backed by Y Combinator.

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6 months ago

The following are the most popular YC-backed companies by category.

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6 months ago

Crypto payments startup I guess. It’s a cryptocurrency-themed retail store that sells home goods like backpacks and pro-productions such as t-shirts. It’s backed by big investors like Fred Wilson, and also counts some of the biggest brands in retail like Target and Bloomingdale’s as customers.

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6 months ago

A software platform for VR and interactive content that allows brands to embed content within their own VR experiences. It’s currently backed by Google, who recently brought the startup on their “Emerging Technologies” list.

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3 years ago

Idea: Early stage, VC-backed uBiome is an open source citizen science biotech that makes it easy for anyone to analyze their microbiome The company is profitable and is scaling internationally, but its founders want more funding

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3 years ago

Idea: A startup that operates a platform where organizations can make ‘asset-backed’ loans to people, with a low risk of default

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