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3 years ago

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

340
3 years ago

A company that helps match people who have the same taste, background, and interests to make it easier to find collaborators, whether it’s for a band or a new home.

257
3 years ago

This startup is building an artificial intelligence-based platform for hiring, where customers can create a job description and AI will do the background check, find the best candidate, and schedule an interview.

222
1 year ago

A startup which assists professional services firms in the recruitment and development of high quality professionals from a wide range of backgrounds.

193
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service for people to get their resumes reviewed by someone who has a background in HR

178
3 years ago

In the summer of 2016, the Y Combinator Summer School launched a $100,000 scholarship for students who attend the program. The scholarship is awarded to graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds.

176
2 years ago

A platform that connects freelance developers with clients. Customers are able to upload their code snippets, and designers are able to login to review code, set budgets, and see the background of the developer.

176
3 years ago

A mobile application that takes care of all the background tasks of running a business. It allows you to focus on making your business more efficient.

175
3 years ago

A startup that lets you create videos and images with text in the background in real-time to create what’s called a "Voxel" — an image with a 3D representation of a text sentence.

162
3 years ago

A startup that lets people in the US upload their resumes to a centralized platform, allowing the hiring managers to search for candidates and see their backgrounds.

152
1 year ago

This company is building a platform for sharing and publishing photos to social media networks. Users can pick from a range of examples and edit them until they’re just right. It’s an effective way to share photos, with some of the backgrounds and imagery being quite striking.

140
2 years ago

A platform for small businesses to create a custom email address for their customers. A customer can choose from a range of options, including custom logos, backgrounds, and colors.

134
3 years ago

A health insurance company that covers “no-care” expenses for patients with chronic illness. Keeps health premiums low by covering expenses like dental and vision, with a background check.

131
3 years ago

A startup that’s building a system that lets users find out more about the background of the influencers they follow on social media.

131
3 years ago

A company that powers the chat experience in messaging apps. It allows users to completely customize the appearance and behavior of their chats, especially with respect to things like changing background colors and fonts.

128
3 years ago

A startup that helps recruiters find candidates with the right experience and background.

127
3 years ago

A platform for identifying “problems” with your photos. The company has built an algorithm that identifies things like “your face looks too small” or “your background looks weird in this photo”.

122
3 years ago

Nextbit wants to deliver Android in a way that lets you take your phone with you everywhere. It cuts down on background apps and syncs only the apps that you want to use with your phone. Available on Android and iOS.

122
3 years ago

A payment platform that allows users to make payments without constantly having to pull out their phones. It’s meant to allow payments to happen in the background and utilize location data to make sure the person paying the bill can’t pay it twice.

121
2 years ago

A “one-stop shop for credit” that aims to help people from underbanked backgrounds to get access to credit. The startup is currently in talks with banks and credit unions to work out a partnership.

105
1 year ago

A messaging app that allows users to interact in real-time with voice, video and text. The company launched in 2014, but is now pivoting to private messaging, said co-founder and CEO, who has a background in robotics and robotics technology.

103
3 years ago

A startup designed for real estate agents to help customers find the right home, with real estate agents in the background.

99
3 years ago

 A platform like Uber, but for the gig economy. The startup is a background screening and background check service for employees.

98
3 years ago

This startup is building a platform for companies to recruit engineers with backgrounds in data science, machine learning, and deep learning.

96
1 year ago

Ketchapp is a gaming startup that wants to let players create “parallax” backgrounds for their games.

96
2 years ago

This startup is building a new way to allow mobile browsers to work in the background.

95
1 year ago

A tool to help organizations track their expenses in the background and make sure they’re not wasting money.

93
3 years ago

The startup helps recruiters from different backgrounds find the right talent to fill a job. It currently has a $1.3 million seed round, and is looking to scale after a recent push.

92
1 year ago

This startup is building a SaaS platform that trains people from various backgrounds in the tech industry to teach others on Slack.

90
1 year ago

A platform that helps connect workers and jobs with the right skills, background, and experience to help them find the right job, at the right company. Companies are able to use this service to find talent and reach out to their best candidates.

84
3 years ago

A company that aims to help companies make smart decisions about the people and projects they hire. Talent teams can use the company’s SaaS tool to find people with similar backgrounds, track their progress, and see what needs to be done to help them work effectively.

81
2 years ago

Voice-activated home and car security devices that run in the background and alert you if there is an issue.

81
2 years ago

A B2B platform that lets businesses find the best rates for background checks.

79
2 years ago

A startup which makes it easier for people to find and hire new employees. FindEngine helps companies find new employees by running a background check, then connects the job seeker with the job.

79
2 years ago

A tool for restaurants to manage their online presence, including online ordering, reservations, background checks, and all of the financials.

78
2 years ago

A startup that allows you to create a photo book with your phone's camera, with the option to make artwork, backgrounds, and frames

75
2 years ago

This company wants to help companies deal with the “digital exhaust” of their own employees, which includes information that can be used to identify a person’s preferred job, background, and interests.

74
2 years ago

A startup that aims to help people get work done in the background while they’re on the subway.

74
2 years ago

A group of professional marketers and designers with a background in creative agencies and marketing startups.

73
2 years ago

A financial services startup that uses AI to process loan applications in the background.

73
2 years ago

The company makes a point of celebrating the diversity of its employees, regardless of background. They’re relatively young — the company is the youngest in YC to go from demo day to $1 million in revenue — and more than half of the team is female.

72
2 years ago

A startup that provides recruiters and hiring managers with a way to see applicants’ skills and background quickly and easily.

71
2 years ago

A product that helps users create a “digital CV”, allowing them to share information about their background and skills in order to find better jobs.

71
1 year ago

An iPhone app that connects people with the same job-seeker’s information, in order to find people who share a similar background and career trajectory.

70
1 year ago

A social network for people who want to lose weight, with a proprietary algorithm that runs in the background and lets users manipulate their weight and metabolism so they can burn a few extra calories.

70
1 year ago

A platform for business, enabling companies to add and manage their suppliers on-demand. The company’s founders, who came from a marketing background, say the product is targeted at companies in the $1-10 million range.

70
2 years ago

A company that’s building a toolset to help companies with medical training, which could reduce the amount of time it takes to train people with medical backgrounds.

67
2 years ago

Another concept that aims to be a part of the massive global demand for mobile payments. The app works with existing mobile phones and the user’s bank account and then processes the transaction in the background.

65
2 years ago

A startup that provides advice on how to ride a bike. The people behind the startup are veterans of the bike industry, and they want to move away from a background that is focused on the bike industry to one that is focused on consumers.

64
1 year ago

This startup is building software for the private security industry to streamline the process of conducting background checks on private investigators and employees.

62
1 year ago

A way to make it easier for non-tech people to code, which they say is a “massive” problem. The company’s founder says that a person with no coding background can be trained in three weeks.

62
1 year ago

When it comes to hiring new employees, things can often get complicated. This startup wants to make it easier for companies to hire, by helping them conduct background checks on candidates.

61
1 year ago

A matchmaking service that also handles background checks and drug screenings for prospective dates.

55
1 year ago

A company that makes the process of hiring remote contractors easier. The startup allows contractors to fill out a background check and get a credit check with their credit card, which they use to submit a request to work with a company of their choice. The startup takes a small percentage of the base payment and a percentage of the base payment as a fee whenever the request is approved.

55
1 year ago

A video platform that allows you to group together people of similar backgrounds and interests and other users who want to join their group. It’s similar to other social networks like Meetup, but different because it’s built for groups of specific interests, like comedy or hiking.

52
1 year ago

A program that helps government agencies run background checks efficiently and collaboratively. The startup claims that it saves 10-30% of the time it previously took to run a background check, with a process that’s “10x faster than manual checklists”.

52
1 year ago

An online learning tool for those with a background in IT to learn the latest in cybersecurity. The startup is looking to partner with schools and other companies to help teach students.

51
1 year ago

A startup that lets users pick out a workout and have the fitness app deliver it to them by working out in the background.

50
2 years ago

A chat app for kids that infuses video into the app. The startup’s founders have a background in animation, with one of the founders previously working on the "Finding Nemo" sequel.

49
1 year ago

A startup that automates the verification of employees via their LinkedIn profile. The company has developed a tool that allows small and medium-sized businesses to run a background check on each employee. It’s currently focused on the US market.

43
1 year ago

A startup that lets you stream music in the background via a browser plugin, like Spotify.

43
7 months ago

The AI-based personal assistant that can call restaurants, check your background, and order pizza, and will learn as you do.

43
1 year ago

A company making a smart lens that takes photos using the phone’s camera and then automatically identifies people, objects and background information in the photo. The startup is now shipping the lens as a standalone product.

40
1 year ago

The company is building a media platform for working moms, with a focus on the many different ways moms of all backgrounds use media to find and maintain balance with their busy lives.

37
1 year ago

A facial recognition app for iPhone that’s meant to be used in the background and is touted as a replacement for mobile fingerprint readers. The startup is still in stealth mode, and a company rep says that it’s just a few months away from launch.

36
7 months ago

A startup that builds on the concept of front-end-as-a-service (FaaS) and backend-as-a-service (BaaS). It is not only focused on user interfaces, but also on a backend that allows developers to build apps without a coding background.

36
9 months ago

A team of data scientists with backgrounds in electrical engineering and machine learning.

26
10 months ago

Brace is a startup that wants to put a fitness tracker on your wrist. It’s currently in prototyping phase. WorkoutForecast wants to take something that is normally done in the background and make it visible to the user, in order to have a natural motivation to be active.

24
8 months ago

A startup that wants to streamline the process of finding and booking music for events, music videos, and live performances. It also wants to help find music to play in the background at restaurants, bars, clubs, and so on.

24
7 months ago

 A social media analytics company with an emphasis on civic engagement due to its founder’s background in political science and public relations.

20
5 months ago

A startup with a strong data science background that allows employees to analyze and create models from massive amounts of data from things like social media, forum posts, blog posts, and more. The founder says that these data sets can be used to predict behaviors and trends for things like product development.

15
5 months ago

 A text-to-speech app that reads out notifications in your background so you can still see your phone while driving or sleeping.

14
6 months ago

A “social lending” startup that aims to get personal loans from friends, family, and neighbours. The company’s co-founders have backgrounds in financial technology.

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