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11 months ago

A company that helps businesses buy and resell the software licenses they need. The startup helps businesses save money on some of the more expensive licenses, like Microsoft Office.

531
2 years ago

People love their pets, but when it comes to veterinary care, there’s a shortage of vets, and a high cost. PetMeds is building a subscription service that integrates with veterinarians to deliver pharmaceuticals and supplies to pets at home, where they can get better care and less expensively.

373
2 years ago

Groceries are a necessity for many people, but the process is often expensive and frustrating. The startup wants to simplify the process of ordering groceries and delivery by offering a concierge service and integrated ordering platform on their website.

248
2 years ago

A billing service for B2B companies that’s designed to be simple, easy to use, and inexpensive.

213
2 years ago

Student loans can be expensive, and this startup helps borrowers figure out what their rates are for different banks.

205
4 months ago

A collaborative platform for dealers to find buyers for expensive, hard-to-find cars. A “car ambassador” acts as a liaison between the dealer and the buyer, and notifies the seller of any potential buyers.

189
3 years ago

A startup that helps hospitals find cheaper alternatives to the expensive equipment they use in the ER.

187
1 year ago

Experts are expensive and hard to find, but this startup is trying to make them more accessible to small businesses with a platform that offers social media marketing advice.

163
1 year ago

A startup that allows companies to build a DIY system for payments, offering a free turnkey solution that can be built quickly and inexpensively.

155
3 years ago

A small batch manufacturing business meant to help customers get their hands on the newest, shiniest (and most expensive) gadgets the minute they’re released.

152
3 years ago

A company that makes a device to check a car's oil level and health. It plugs into a car's OBD port, and aims to eliminate the need to buy and install an expensive oil change tool.

147
3 years ago

A startup that helps quickly build custom web pages for brands, selling them to clients at a fixed price. The startup wants to replace the very expensive full-page print ad with a mobile-friendly digital display ad. Their potential clients include agencies, brands and ad tech companies.

147
3 years ago

A company that helps people save money on their mobile phone bills. The startup is focused on helping people in countries where mobile services are expensive, as is the case in Mexico. It currently offers a mobile plan on a monthly basis and has signed on the largest mobile company in Mexico.

146
3 years ago

A company that makes a printable device for measuring the distance between two objects. The product is a small, inexpensive laser point that can be attached to things like cell phones, cameras, and other devices.

145
3 years ago

A tool that helps companies change their online customer service experience, and makes it more welcoming and less expensive.

145
11 months ago

U.S. startup that aims to bring rapid, inexpensive, and secure payments to the unbanked. PayMate's blockchain-based payment technology can be used for international remittances and micropayments.

145
3 years ago

A company that wants to help drivers get inexpensive fuel and drivers’ education through its website and mobile app.

142
3 years ago

This startup is building a way to help farmers market their products without the hassle of selling via a big, impersonal store. Instead, farmers can have a more intimate and less expensive selling experience when selling directly to the consumer.

135
3 years ago

An API for companies to manage their own payroll and benefits. The company wants to offer a better experience for companies, and says most payroll systems are “untimely, expensive, and less than customer-friendly.”

132
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service to help people find less expensive alternatives to their cable package

131
3 years ago

A platform that allows small businesses to quickly and easily sell their products to customers via a white label platform, replacing the need for expensive e-commerce platforms.

131
1 year ago

A student loan application that’s easier and less expensive to use

131
3 years ago

Sphere is a new approach to online education based on the idea that online education is too expensive for many students and doesn’t provide high enough quality instruction. Sphere offers a free, high-quality education to anyone in the world.

130
3 years ago

A company that’s building a “novel” construction management system for construction projects that use “smart data” to predict how expensive a project will be down to the square foot of a building. It’s meant to replace the current method where a project management team manually calculates the costs.

128
3 years ago

A tool for tracking and managing travel expenses. They’re targeting the B2B space, where travel expenses can get expensive and difficult to track.

128
3 years ago

A startup that is building a platform to help small businesses know the best loan options at the best rates. Part of their pitch is that they’re aiming to help people in emerging markets, where banks are more expensive.

128
2 years ago

An “incredibly fast” and “less expensive” way to process credit card payments on the web.

128
1 year ago

A digital fermentation starter kit, which allows users to test the effectiveness of their recipes before they make the leap to a commercial scale. The startup makes it so that anyone with a smart phone can take a picture of a recipe and instantly begin the fermentation process, allowing them to get the same results from their recipes without having to buy expensive equipment or deal with the hassle of an expensive commercial scale.

127
3 years ago

A solar-powered way of tracking crops that takes the heat off of big, expensive satellite and aerial data collection

123
3 years ago

A platform for planning and executing projects, often in the developing world, that are too expensive or too risky for governments or charities to take on.

122
3 years ago

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

121
3 years ago

A payroll processing startup that aims to be less expensive than others in the space.

119
3 years ago

A digital diary for doctors to track their daily activities. The startup targets medical consults and large-scale surgeries, which are often slow and expensive.

113
1 year ago

There are a lot of options for managing your LinkedIn and Facebook profiles, but most are either paid or expensive. The startup aims to be the first in that space.

113
2 years ago

Shoppers are no longer satisfied with the bulky, slow, and expensive payment options available today. Shift wants to provide the option of paying with cash at local stores.

110
2 years ago

A company that helps hospitals and other medical facilities cut down on expensive paper records.

109
3 years ago

A startup that helps people buy inexpensive, discounted tickets to live music, theater, and sporting events. The new company’s founding team is from Ticketfly, a platform that brings together event tickets and other forms of entertainment.

108
2 years ago

A health insurance startup that helps people get less expensive coverage.

106
2 years ago

Clink is a marketplace app designed to help people find a ride from destination to destination in a more efficient, inexpensive manner.

106
3 years ago

An engineering service for companies that wants to build a feature with a low barrier to entry, but is expensive.

105
3 years ago

A SaaS that lets people collaborate and work together on inexpensive, low-power devices. The team is working with a handful of clients, but more are in the pipeline.

103
3 years ago

While the idea of a self-driving car might look like far-fetched science fiction, the reality is that the technology is already at work on the roads of the United States and Europe. However, it is still too expensive for consumers to access. The startup, which is still in stealth, is working to make the technology accessible at a consumer level.

102
3 years ago

The company wants to help the city of London manage its parking meters with a system that’s less expensive and more efficient than London’s current system.

101
9 months ago

A company that wants to allow businesses to track their inventory in real time. It’s a software-as-a-service product that has the potential to replace expensive warehouse management systems.

97
2 years ago

A startup that wants to build a decentralized banking system. The founders say that banks are creating systems that are too expensive and too clunky to be used, and that the market is underserved — especially by credit cards, which are used by everyone in the world, but for which there’s no good way to transfer money across borders.

94
2 years ago

The startup aims to make a less expensive version of the smartphone, while also going beyond the smartphone. The company wants to make a more general purpose device, a super-smart watch, a fitness tracker, a camera, a fitness tracker, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band, a smart health band,

93
2 years ago

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

89
2 years ago

A startup for working out in the privacy of your own home. Coaches are often too expensive for these types of consumers, so the app helps them get started for free.

89
10 months ago

A mesh network for internet connectivity in remote, rural locations, where high costs and slow speeds make internet access expensive and slow.

89
2 years ago

A system for managing supply chain operations. These systems are often too expensive for small businesses to afford, and IAC is aiming to make it affordable.

87
2 years ago

A digital health platform that helps patients track their blood pressure, heart rate, and other measurements. The idea is that it’s less expensive, and easier to use than the existing devices, which are used by a small percentage of the market.

84
2 years ago

A startup that wants to make credit card checks less expensive and more accurate by automating the process with artificial intelligence.

82
3 years 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.

81
2 years ago

The startup is building an insurance product for travelers that helps them avoid the pitfalls of the expensive individual insurance market.

81
9 months ago

A startup for checking out and buying expensive artifacts, like guitars and art, that you can’t afford, but still like the look of.

81
2 years ago

A new way for startups to launch, with a “pay-as-you-go” model for founders and employees. It allows companies to grow without having to engage in the long, expensive process of raising a round.

80
1 year ago

The startup has a new way to make a product that is more sustainable, less toxic, and less expensive. Instead of using the same old tools and materials,

80
2 years ago

This is a site that shares recipes for healthy, delicious, and inexpensive meals.

79
1 year ago

A startup aimed at making it easy for regular people to take a vacation. The startup aims to make travel less expensive, more accessible and more enjoyable.

78
2 years ago

This startup looks to build a more flexible, less expensive alternative to traditional DNS (domain name server) services (think Cloudflare.)

76
2 years ago

A startup that helps users with low-wage jobs to save money on food by taking advantage of quick, convenient, and inexpensive lunch options.

76
2 years ago

This startup is building software for businesses to keep track of their expensive items, which they can then take to their local jeweler instead of paying a check out fee. They also plan to expand to offer an app that allows customers to track the location of their purchases, so they can get a full refund if the item is lost or stolen.

74
2 years ago

A platform that helps people shop for less-expensive accessories for their cell phone.

74
2 years ago

Reviewing B2B contracts is often a long and expensive process. With a cloud-based solution, companies can employ an army of contract reviewers at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.

72
2 years ago

Online training platform that builds on the idea that many different companies and organizations would like to train their employees and customers on the same topic and that it is difficult and expensive to purchase and maintain all these training materials. The company creates a marketplace of these courses and delivers them to people, allowing them to take the training on-the-go.

70
1 year ago

A home insurance startup that aims to provide better customer service and lower rates by acquiring less expensive medical data. The company also has a service where it can put together a customized health plan for you.

70
2 years ago

A startup that wants to help banks process payments without relying on expensive and poorly-functioning legacy systems.

66
1 year ago

A company that helps users track and manage their cryptocurrency assets, in a manner similar to their competitor Coinbase. The company is funded by the founders of Bibox, a Chinese exchange that has been involved in controversy before and has had expensive legal battles against the IRS.

65
1 year ago

A live-chat software for companies with multiple time zones. The startup helps companies get a 24x7 chat service for their staff without having to buy an expensive phone system.

64
11 months ago

A less expensive alternative to Uber's surge pricing, the startup's product is a flat rate based on demand.

63
4 months ago

A company developing a predictive analytics tool that aims to help hospitals mitigate the risk of expensive, preventable medical errors.

63
1 year ago

A startup that makes it easy for anyone to access inexpensive and highly profitable lending.

62
2 years ago

This company is building tech that allows you to use your existing internet-connected door lock without having to buy a new, more expensive deadbolt.

61
2 years ago

This company offers a service that helps businesses skip the expensive installation and setup work of virtualization and server management, and instead offer managed service options.

60
1 year ago

A company that "helps you understand your investments by using your own data and not just the data of expensive investment banks."

60
9 months ago

This startup is developing a way to let your phone charge up a USB-powered battery pack. The startup is looking to replace the bulky and expensive power bank with a $25 battery pack that can be plugged into your phone to charge up.

60
9 months ago

A platform for building and sharing apps, which claims to be the fastest way to build an app, and one that is less expensive, thanks to the fact that the platform is a marketplace and not a builder.

60
2 years ago

API that helps businesses automate the process of creating new ads, which they say can be expensive, time consuming, and tedious. The API automates the process of creating new ads, which they say can be expensive, time consuming, and tedious.

59
2 years ago

A 3D-printing startup that makes it easier to create custom parts for expensive machines.

59
9 months ago

A problem with the traditional home health care system is that it’s too time-consuming and expensive for board-certified nurses to manage, according to the startup.

59
1 year ago

 A company that helps local governments streamline the process of building new roads, with construction happening faster and less expensively.

58
1 year ago

A digital payments startup that wants to make it easier to take payments online and avoid expensive human-to-human payments.

58
1 year ago

The company claims that its software allows people to get paid for their time spent texting and talking to their customers, making it easier for social media influencers to generate a living from promoting brands without having to have an expensive advertising budget.

58
8 months ago

A platform that helps businesses raise money in a more agile way. The company says their model is more efficient than the traditional VC route, because it only invests in companies that have funding in the bank, and doesn’t require the more expensive seed round.

58
2 years ago

The startup aims to simplify pickup pickup trucks and vans, which can get expensive and complicated.

57
10 months ago

 A startup that aims to bring cheap and fast molecular DNA sequencing to the masses. The company believes that with a machine that can sequence DNA at a cost of $100, many labs won’t need to buy expensive machines any longer.

57
1 year 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.

56
1 year ago

A food-delivery startup that takes the hassle out of eating at home by delivering food prepared by local chefs — a much more inexpensive alternative to restaurants.

55
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that aims to replace the ancient, insecure, and expensive fax machine with a paper-less, secure, and cheaper system. The startup is working with large corporations to do this, and has sold $100,000 in the last month, with a 2.5% take rate.

54
1 year ago

A startup that allows you to order an Uber-like car service and have it arrive quickly and relatively inexpensively.

53
1 year ago

This startup is building a platform that integrates with existing accounting systems to make them more efficient and less expensive. This is the first class to have a student who is a full-time employee of a company, which the startup says is rare for a YC company.

52
1 year ago

The company’s CEO, Will Clark, is a former member of the U.S. Air Force and a former personal trainer, and the company’s co-founders are also experienced entrepreneurs. The company, which launched in 2013, is looking to address a major issue in the fitness industry: it’s difficult, expensive, and time-consuming to get fit.

51
1 year ago

Zillow has a variety of plans for how you can pay for your house, from very inexpensive ones (up to $300 per month) to more expensive ones (up to $2,000). The startup wants to allow people to do more things with their house, like renting it out or renting it out while they’re not there.

50
1 year ago

A company that aims to help companies get more out of their existing data without having to hire expensive data scientists. It’s called DataFact because it’s not just about data, it’s also about factoring in other factors like quality, quantity and timeliness.

50
9 months ago

A startup that teaches students how to code, taking the place of expensive coding bootcamps.

50
1 year ago

Instead of having to buy an expensive hardware device to measure your blood pressure, they’re going to come out with a $10 smartphone app that works off of a few sensors. The startup aims to reduce the cost of healthcare by getting more people to use the device.

49
7 months ago

This startup wants to replace sales teams with machine learning software. The startup hopes to use artificial intelligence to make cold calls more efficient and less expensive.

49
3 years ago

Idea: A new way to execute smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain that’s meant to be more secure and less expensive

48
9 months ago

A startup for large-scale design work, with a “Netflix for design”. Unlike DesignMint, which focuses more on small-scale design work, Designhive sells more expensive, large-scale work.

46
1 year ago

A SaaS platform that allows freelancers to charge clients based on their performance in a project. “Freelancer.com is doing $1.5bn in transactions. We think that is too expensive. We want to bring it down to $1.”

45
1 year ago

A startup that wants to add “biometric security” to inexpensive smartphone cameras, so the camera can be opened and the phone stolen by an attacker. The startup is working on the technology, which relies on an in-built fingerprint scanner using a touchscreen to unlock the phone.

45
1 year ago

A company that sells modular, inexpensive, and durable solar panels, designed to be used in developing countries.

44
1 year ago

Free video conferencing for people in remote locations who might not have the ability to host a video conference or would prefer to not pay for an expensive service.

43
1 year ago

A device that turns a smartphone into a large screen monitor. It’s an inexpensive way to stream content on a big screen.

43
8 months ago

A SaaS solution for employers to help their employees better understand their needs and make a more informed decision about benefits. Its goal is to help companies cut down on expensive employee turnover.

42
6 months ago

A startup that wants to turn old pallets into high-quality, sustainable, and inexpensive shipping cases using an innovative plastic injection process.

42
1 year ago

A startup that helps you navigate insurance and legal contracts online, making the process easier and less expensive.

40
7 months ago

A new wave of startups in the US is building AI tools that empower developers and provide a way to develop products without having to hire expensive engineers. For example, in the US, most machine learning is performed in-house, but if it’s done by an AI company, it can be faster and cheaper.

37
6 months ago

A hardware and software startup that is aiming to help manufacturers of the world’s most expensive cars develop and test their vehicles. The startup is working with Audi and Ferrari to make their cars more reliable.

37
3 months ago

A team of deckhands on the water, often the most expensive member of a fishing boat.

37
4 months ago

Education is expensive, and not everyone is ready to go back to school. So this startup wants to help people find their perfect fit for the future, whether it be a new career or a new city.

35
19 days ago

A product to help people get a higher-quality sound from their cell phones without the need to buy expensive accessories.

32
7 months ago

A company that uses blockchain-based smart contracts to solve the problem of “what happens after an employee leaves”. The startup aims to help companies avoid expensive and time-consuming exit interviews, by giving employees the option to leave “on their own terms”.

30
7 months ago

This startup is building a blockchain system for storing and tracking deeds and titles of property, which they say will make title transfers faster and less expensive.

29
3 months ago

A startup to market and provide an alternative to traditional home loans for first-time homebuyers in the US. The company estimates their loan will be 20% less expensive than the average mortgage.

28
3 years ago

A startup that helps people move to a more expensive apartment in a city that is rapidly gentrifying

27
6 months ago

A startup that wants to help people make their own custom-designed eyeglasses. The company’s CEO said in an interview that glasses are one of the most expensive purchases that people make in their lifetime and that he wants to help people customize their look.

26
5 months ago

A startup that wants to help people save money on their phone bill by using their data more efficiently. The company’s founders say they’re “moving in the direction of pushing consumers to use the most expensive data plans and the most expensive minutes of data”.

26
4 months ago

A startup that aims to “democratize” financial advice with a platform that empowers anyone to become a financial adviser. The company wants to reduce the cost of financial advice, and have a service for consumers that is “less expensive, better quality, and more accurate than traditional products”.

26
7 months ago

A software product that allows retailers to quickly and easily order expensive and time-sensitive materials for fulfillment, such as paper and packaging materials.

25
3 years ago

Idea: A startup for online food delivery aimed at solving the “last mile” problem, where it’s too expensive to deliver to some locations.

23
2 months ago

The company’s mission is to “help the people who are the most marginalized in our society”. The company wants to create a platform that allows people to access healthcare “without the big, expensive, bureaucratic middlemen, where people can get healthcare at the point of need”.

23
5 months ago

Businesses in the US and Canada that are interested in hiring skilled foreign workers can apply on this site. The startup is working on a visa for the first time that they say will eliminate the need for expensive visa consultants.

21
5 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.

21
4 months ago

A startup that is building a 3D printer designed to be used by disabled people. It’s also trying to solve the “other” market problem that 3D printers are expensive and hard for non-disabled people to use.

20
2 months ago

A company that wants to make in-person recruiting events easier and less expensive.

20
1 month ago

Employing an AI-powered assistant, Zirtual aims to help recruiters and employers find remote workers without expensive and time-consuming phone screens.

19
1 month ago

This startup wants to make it easier for companies to manage their inventory across multiple warehouses and distribution centers. Inventory is the bane of any startup. It’s expensive, difficult to manage, and a huge source of lost revenue.

15
1 month ago

A startup to help users and businesses find the right dishwashers, microwaves, and other kitchen appliances. The startup is focused on “inexpensive” kitchen appliances.

14
20 days ago

A startup that wants to help companies send out their own team members to do the work of more expensive contractors.

8
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that is building a less expensive, more efficient way for doctors to prescribe and order treatment for patients.

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