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Combinator Startup Ideas



11 months ago

Y Combinator has funded a wide variety of companies such as Airbnb, Dropbox, Stripe, and Reddit.

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11 months ago

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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11 months ago

A daily newsletter about startups, with stories and profiles, written by a team that includes 500-hour Y Combinator alum.

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1 year ago

The winners of the 2018 Y Combinator Demo Day will be announced on September 13, 2018.

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1 year 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.

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1 year ago

A tool for people to hire employees remotely and manage their payroll for them. It’s currently in a private beta with some 50 employers, including Y Combinator.

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1 year ago

This is a mobile application that helps entrepreneurs find, vet and manage teams. It was built by Y Combinator’s own team and is a set of tools that help founders navigate the startup ecosystem.

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1 year ago

A tool for in-person recruiting events. The company claims to have 3,000 customers, including Y Combinator, and operates in over 50 countries.

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1 year ago

A Y Combinator alumnus that builds tools for SMB sales teams to build a better sales process.

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1 year ago

A payments company that lets users of services like Stripe and PayPal process recurring payments like car insurance or mortgage payments in a few clicks. It has raised $2.9 million from investors including Y Combinator and is currently in private beta.

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1 year ago

A tool that helps people evaluate their careers in a way that has real-time feedback from their managers. It’s currently used in early rounds at Y Combinator.

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10 months ago

Pitchbook, a media company that covers the venture industry, has released a list of the top Y Combinator companies to watch. It includes several companies from the summer batch, including the following:

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1 year ago

The 2017 batch was selected based on their work in the field, their potential to drive positive social impact, and their fit with Y Combinator’s mission. The following companies were selected:

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1 year ago

A product that helps users organize and find their files. The startup has raised $1.6 million in seed funding from investors including Y Combinator partner Ryan Dunn, and is now seeking to raise a Series A.

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1 year ago

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

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1 year 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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11 months ago

 TinyDesk is an online service that lets remote workers have “a desk in their pocket”. This is a product that helps employers manage their remote workers’ desks, and allows employees to take their work with them. The startup is funded by Y Combinator and CRV.

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1 year ago

A company that helps companies and employees find relevant jobs. The startup provides a job posting platform to help people find jobs, and has raised $500,000 from investors including Y Combinator.

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1 year ago

In January 2018, Y Combinator announced that it was accepting applications for the 2018 batch. The 2018 batch is smaller than the 2017 batch, with only 25 companies accepted.

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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

These are companies that have raised money from Y Combinator, but haven’t yet launched on the platform.

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1 year ago

A marketing agency for companies that want to engage with their customers in new ways. The startup is currently in Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 batch.

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1 year ago

SaaS business that connects women and their partners to maternity care. They’re headed to Y Combinator’s Demo Day.

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1 year ago

Founded in 2015, Y Combinator is a Silicon Valley-based startup incubator and seed fund. Y Combinator has invested in several companies that have gone on to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. It has also had several companies drop out of its program.

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5 months ago

Startups were selected by a panel of judges from Y Combinator:

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1 year ago

A startup that helps people find the best deal on a car insurance policy. The founders say they’ve already signed up 20,000 users and have been accepted to Y Combinator.

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1 year 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.

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1 year ago

A company that aims to connect B2B companies with service providers and allow people to view, request, and rate those service providers. They’ve raised $10 million in funding and are a Y Combinator alumni.

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11 months ago

The following companies were selected as semi-finalists in the 2014 Y Combinator Winter batch:

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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

This is a “Y Combinator for entrepreneurs”, where people can get feedback and advice from Y Combinator alumni.

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1 year ago

The company has raised a total of $16.5 million from Allen & Company, Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Charles River Ventures, DFJ Growth, Fidelity, SV Angel, and Y Combinator.

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1 year ago

A messaging app, with a mobile web client to allow for SMS-based communication without a smartphone. The company is working on a browser-based client for non-mobile devices and has raised $3.5M in funding from Y Combinator.

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1 year ago

A startup that makes it possible for anyone to use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as a customer service call center without having to re-enter their information. The company has already secured funding from Y Combinator, AngelList, and Techstars.

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1 year ago

A secure, automated email-based system for handling sensitive transactions. They’ve built a tool that uses the public keys of people’s email accounts to take payments and even file taxes. The founders tell us they have $6 million in funding from participants in Y Combinator and have received an undisclosed amount of seed funding from YC.

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1 year ago

In an effort to identify people who are interested in starting a business, the Y Combinator Summer School offers select entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from Y Combinator fellows while also receiving mentorship from Y Combinator partners. Since the school’s launch in 2011, over 400 students from around the world have participated.

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1 year ago

A startup that makes it easier for companies to build, test, and deploy software. They have raised $8 million in funding from investors, including Y Combinator.

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1 year ago

The following are the companies that Y Combinator has funded.

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1 year ago

A company that helps companies find the right HVAC contractors. They currently have 5 employees, and live within Y Combinator.

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1 year ago

In 2018 Y Combinator accepted a total of 250 companies.

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1 year ago

A startup building a “cloud-based project management system that helps you manage projects and tasks, collaborate with people across the organization, and automate tasks.” The startup has raised $1.5 million from investors including Y Combinator.

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11 months 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.

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1 year ago

This startup started in the Y Combinator summer 2017 batch and has a goal of “empowering people around the world to express their identities, express their gender, and be accepted for who they are.”

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1 year ago

In the summer of 2016, Y Combinator opened a office in London to focus on Europe. The office is headed by Laura Simpson, who previously worked at eBay, and has joined the Y Combinator London team. Y Combinator London is focused on advising and investing in European startups and is led by Stephen O’Grady, who previously worked at Twitter, Google, and Yahoo.

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1 year ago

In March 2017, Y Combinator moved its operations to the United Kingdom, becoming a British Limited Company.

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1 year ago

The company is a funding-and-dissemination platform for science projects. It’s funded by Y Combinator, and has raised $2.6M in seed funding.

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1 year ago

A tool for managing campaign budgets, tracking spending, and analyzing success. The startup was founded in March and raised $2.5 million from Y Combinator.

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1 year ago

Ideabook is a blog that highlights the interesting startups, interesting ideas, and interesting people at Y Combinator.

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1 year 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.

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1 year ago

BuildOn is a tool that helps small businesses list their products on Amazon. The company is part of Y Combinator’s Class 5.

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1 year ago

The first class of startups accepted into Y Combinator in 2017 was announced on July 25, 2017. The class included 10 companies, including Lattice, Sift Science, Shovel, Picatic, and TwoXAR.

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1 year ago

A Y Combinator company that builds open-source components for the enterprise.

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1 year ago

Idea (n): A tool for operating systems to help them perform voice commands. It’s being built by a Y Combinator alum, and it’s meant to help people with disabilities to communicate more easily.

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1 year ago

Koku is a tool for people to build their own subscription-based service. Koku is meant to be a one-stop shop for all of a person’s subscription needs, with a toolset designed for ease of use. The startup is a Y Combinator company, and has over 200,000 users and is profitable.

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11 months ago

A product that helps people manage their digital content. The startup says they’ve been working with the Y Combinator alumni community since 2013 and has already helped them launch a number of products and services.

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1 year ago

A Y Combinator alum is building a system to help companies build their own enterprise-grade mobile apps, saving them from having to build everything themselves.

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1 year ago

This is an app that helps people practice the piano through video lessons and games. The company is part of the Y Combinator Winter 2016 batch.

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1 year ago

A tool that helps people who are blind or have low vision with the step-by-step process of braille translation. The company has raised $1.7M and is a Y Combinator participant.

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1 year ago

Canvas is a Y Combinator company that creates “smart” pillows that “take advantage of the unique wireless signals from your body to automatically adjust your sleep position”.

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1 year ago

The Y Combinator summer school is a four-week program that teaches computer science fundamentals to top-tier high school students. The program was launched in 2010 by Paul Graham, the founder of Y Combinator.

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1 year ago

There are a few challenges that are unique to Y Combinator:

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1 year ago

A weekly newsletter that covers Y Combinator startups.

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1 year ago

A startup building a new way to manage email and marketing efforts for companies. In May, the company raised $7 million in seed funding from investors like Andreessen Horowitz and Y Combinator.

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1 year ago

A Y Combinator company that helps entrepreneurs build their business with video.

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1 year ago

A group of young filmmakers with a collective vision to build a film studio from the ground up, and will use the Y Combinator seed money to hire a chief operating officer and other staff to help them do it.

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10 months ago

Some of these startups are still in Y Combinator, but most have graduated and launched.

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1 year ago

A travel-service platform that aims to help you book flights, hotels, car rentals, and tours with a single login. And it has over $2 million in funding from investors that included Y Combinator and Union Square Ventures.

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1 year ago

Y Combinator alum Dan Ellis and co-founder Andrew Conway came up with the idea to make an app that would help people use Microsoft Excel more efficiently. The startup, which has raised $1.3 million from investors including Andreessen Horowitz , works with large companies to help them get their work into Excel faster.

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1 year ago

A startup that built an app that enables people to create custom messaging channels on WhatsApp. The startup, which has already raised funding from Y Combinator and other investors, is currently working with WhatsApp to enable its customers to sell premium products in their chat channels.

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1 year ago

The batch featured Y Combinator alumni and exits.

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2 months ago

A graduate of Y Combinator and Google Brain, a startup spun out of Stanford’s machine learning lab that wants to make machine learning accessible to researchers by making it easy to train models without having to write code.

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1 year ago

The Y Combinator Summer 2019 batch had 56 companies, down 8 from the previous batch. This batch was the first to feature more only-female teams than male teams.

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8 months ago

A company that provides paid mobile data for people on limited data plans, which it says is the only one in the US. The startup has raised $2.3 million in funding from investors including Y Combinator.

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1 year ago

A Y Combinator company that wants to make it easy for users and developers to integrate and track all of their different online services.

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1 year ago

A startup that helps small businesses in India build their websites, they were bootstrapped with seed funding from Y Combinator.

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1 year ago

A tool for helping employees review and edit their resumes and cover letters. The B2B startup is currently working with Y Combinator, and is focused on helping hiring managers.

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10 months ago

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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1 year ago

A Y Combinator company that wants to help students apply for loans and scholarships, helping them create a portfolio of their work.

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1 year ago

A Y Combinator alum, this startup wants to help online retail stores sell physical products.

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1 year ago

A platform for recruiters to manage and find candidates from social networks. They charge companies by the number of applicants they get, and are already working with Y Combinator.

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1 year ago

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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1 year ago

A platform for building and selling online courses. The startup is a Y Combinator alum.

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1 year 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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1 year ago

A platform for managing your files that lets you create “applications” for them. The startup is working with Y Combinator, and is focused on creating “applications” for files like videos, documents, and emails.

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1 year ago

A mobile platform that allows people to provide information about local events, or to check-in to events. The company has been in stealth for a year, and was recently accepted into Y Combinator's Summer 2019 class.

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1 year ago

A platform that connects contractors with clients as a way to bring more of the work to the people who do the work. They’re a Y Combinator alum.

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1 year ago

The startup is building a tool that helps people visualize and share data from video clips. The startup has raised $4.5 million to date, with most of that coming from Y Combinator.

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6 months ago

The 2018 edition of the Y Combinator Demo Day featured 41 startups in three different tracks: Hardware, Software, and Networking & Events. The startups were chosen from 5,000 applicants by Y Combinator.

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9 months ago

A Y Combinator alum that allows you to visualize the traffic you get from events you’re attending

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6 months ago

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

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1 year ago

A startup that helps people find and schedule massage therapists in San Francisco. It is merged with a Y Combinator company which offers a similar service.

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1 year ago

This startup is building a tool to automatically generate landing pages for your campaign. The startup is a Y Combinator alum, having raised a seed round in 2013.

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10 months ago

Companies that have benefited from Y Combinator are focusing on the problems of the modern worker not because they’re trying to build the next Klout or IMVU, but because they think these problems will be solved by technology.

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1 year ago

Wrapping up our list of the best startups in Y Combinator’s class of 2020, we've selected 5 startups from the batch that had the best business ideas and the best execution. (If you're curious, we'd recommend checking out the list of the top Y Combinator startups of 2019 here .)

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10 months ago

Time has released a list of the top Y Combinator companies to watch, including five from the summer batch and seven from the winter batch.

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1 year ago

Startups with a focus on the small business market are a regular feature of Y Combinator, and this one is a real game-changer. EnviroFinder collects data from multiple sources and makes it easy for businesses to see how they rank in their local market, then take that information and “re-market” it to their customers on websites they’ve built. The idea is to help entrepreneurs win at the local level in a way that doesn’t rely on expensive and time-consuming in-person events.

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1 year ago

Y Combinator is not a startup accelerator in the traditional sense, as it does not provide capital, mentorship, or other startup-specific services. Instead, Y Combinator provides seed funding and office space for startups that have already been bootstrapped for over a year and a half. Y Combinator has five cohorts a year, each of which lasts for 14 weeks. Participants are required to pay for their own flights and housing, which are taken care of by Y Combinator.

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1 year ago

The following is a list of companies in the batch who have been accepted into Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 class.

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1 year ago

A startup that offers investors access to startups looking for funding. The company has raised $500,000 from investors such as Y Combinator, SV Angel, and Second Home Ventures.

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10 months ago

A platform for trading cryptocurrencies. The company has raised $1.3 million from investors including Y Combinator, Foundation Capital and Founders Fund. The company has raised $2.2 million total.

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6 months ago

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

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4 months ago

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

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7 months ago

A startup co-founded by Y Combinator alum Sam Altman, this is a social network where you can make friends with the people you meet through the app. Users pay for memberships and can then message and chat with others on the platform.

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10 months ago

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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9 months ago

 A startup that wants to help people book and pay for hotel rooms. The startup is running a pilot with Y Combinator and Hilton.

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3 months ago

The most recent Y Combinator batch was the most diverse batch to date, with more women than men and fewer white people than previously.

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9 months ago

A company that helps teachers get better at teaching. The startup is currently in a pilot with a few hundred teachers in Philadelphia and New York City, and has been in Y Combinator since November. It aims to take out the headache of grading papers and lesson plans.

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9 months ago

In 2016, SVFI raised $3.6 million from several prominent investors, including Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, SV Angel, and Lux Capital.

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4 months ago

As of August 2016, Y Combinator had invested in 138 companies.

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8 months ago

A startup that wants to make it easier for people to offer paid vacation time to their employees. It has funding from an angel group including Y Combinator alum Jonah Peretti.

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9 months ago

A smartphone app that allows users to find the nearest parking spot or garage. The startup expects to have customers in 80 cities by the end of the year and has received $2.5 million in funding from investors including Y Combinator and Comcast Ventures.

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6 months ago

A number of the ideas, including Piggybank and Fetch, have been rejected by Y Combinator.

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3 months ago

The company was founded by founder Tom Galvin, and was originally part of the Y Combinator Winter 2017 class.

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6 months ago

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

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4 months ago

A Y Combinator alum looking to build a “female-focused social network for millennial women”.

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2 months ago

"Discovery" magazine has included the Y Combinator companies in their list of the most innovative startups.

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9 months ago

A company that helps businesses track employees and their movements. Founded in 2009, the startup claims to have raised $9.1 million in venture capital and made it to the finals of Y Combinator's winter 2017 batch.

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9 months ago

I get the most love from my investors, but I’m also quite happy to work for Y Combinator, and for a lot of companies in the Valley.

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8 months ago

A platform for small-time home contractors to bid on large construction jobs. The startup is being incubated by Y Combinator. This startup takes a relatively new concept, the gig economy, and applies it to construction, which is a relatively old concept.

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7 months ago

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

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5 months 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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7 months ago

A company that provides an online profile management tool. The startup is also working on a beta version of a layer of security around user data. The company's founder originally pitched the idea at Y Combinator in 2014, but the founders decided to pivot to a more stable revenue stream.

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8 months ago

A directory of independent developers, with a marketplace to match them with a client. The startup has a team of former Google employees and has raised $1.5 million from Y Combinator.

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9 months ago

A Y Combinator company that wants to use AI to help deaf people communicate. It has built an app that relies on a smartphone’s built-in camera to help users correctly place and identify objects and facial features.

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2 months 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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7 months ago

In September 2014, Y Combinator announced a second batch of companies it funded, including the following:

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6 months ago

Y Combinator alum. Placed first at TechCrunch Disrupt New York. It’s an online education platform for people who don’t have time to study, but still want to learn.

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6 months ago

In 2014, Y Combinator’s summer program accepted 14 companies, with four eventually being launched as companies. In 2015, Y Combinator saw 20% more applicants than 2014, with the startups 35% more likely to succeed. In 2016, the number of companies accepted has been set at 14 by Y Combinator.

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4 months 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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6 months ago

A Y Combinator spin-out that’s building a search engine for AI-powered chatbots.

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5 months ago

A Y Combinator alum, Goodbot is a personal concierge service that helps people find the best places to go out.

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4 months ago

The company’s co-founder, who is also a partner at Y Combinator, tells us “If you have a lot of money, you can go to the beach. If you don’t, you can go to the beach.”

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2 months ago

On July 29, 2018, Y Combinator announced that it is working with the United States Department of Defense on a $120 million Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) grant. DIUx is a new unit within DoD that is focused on bringing together startups and the military to develop cutting-edge technologies that the military can adopt for use in the war and defense arenas.

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1 month ago

A Y Combinator alum, who is working on helping companies manage their database systems.

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22 days 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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5 months ago

A collection of tools that helps users track and manage their expenses, and is currently in Y Combinator’s Demo Day.

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1 month ago

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

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5 months ago

A platform that helps small businesses get access to credit and loans. The startup says it has received a $1.2 million investment and counts Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Y Combinator as investors.

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3 months ago

A platform for building and selling online courses. Anchor University is a platform for instructors to collect payments for their online course content. It’s currently in Y Combinator, which has over $2.5M in revenue and has over 4,000 seats booked.

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27 days ago

Not all of these companies are live, but they’re the most notable of Y Combinator’s startups.

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6 months ago

Part of Y Combinator’s revised application process, revised from the one from the summer, includes a video introduction from the founders. Some of the founders have also been blogging about their experiences.

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5 days ago

Furnish is a $53,000 per year subscription for a master suite in a new house. The startup is building a marketplace for interior design services with the help of Y Combinator.

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21 days ago

FeedMe is a food delivery service that uses a mobile app to deliver meals to people who have a disability, helping them cook and eat at home. The startup is currently in Y Combinator's Summer 2017 batch.

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3 months ago

This is a company that offers a credit card for people who don’t have a credit score, and has already received over $1 million in funding from some big investors, including YCombinator, Peter Thiel, and Andreessen Horowitz.

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3 months 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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4 months 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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1 month ago

A startup that will use technology to help companies automate the process of filling out applications for employees. The startup is currently a Y Combinator company.

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25 days ago

A journal of short fiction that tells the stories of founders, investors, and entrepreneurs on the Y Combinator platform.

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2 months ago

The Y Combinator events also hosted a number of side events with non-YC startups, including a Startup Battlefield event that featured startups from other incubators. As with the main event, startup pitches were split into teams of 4-5 people, which was organized by Y Combinator, the incubator, and the startup. The teams would then have the chance to pitch their businesses to a panel of judges.

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2 months 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

Idea: A startup helping businesses in emerging markets manage inventory and orders using a mobile app and a desktop dashboard. The founders say they’ve already signed more than 50 customers in the past month (and have been accepted to Y Combinator,) and that the business has been profitable since it launched at the end of May.

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1 year ago

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

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