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5 months ago

Unexpected startup success, the founders say it has grown from $8 million in sales in Q1 2018 to $7 million in Q3 2018 and $7 million in Q4 2018.

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1 year ago

M-KOPA is a tool allowing developers to create their own specialized hardware. The founders say the company has sold $4M worth of hardware over the last two years, though they’ve only launched on Kickstarter today.

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1 year ago

The founders of this startup are trying to create a new kind of credit card that can be used across multiple merchants, instead of different cards for different merchants.

162
2 years ago

A startup that provides a service for helping people find a co-founder

158
1 year ago

A startup that helps you learn to code by making you build a simple tool that you eventually turn into a real product. The startup’s co-founder saw a need for the same kind of bootcamps in the area, and created the site to fill it.

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2 years ago

The founders of this startup say they are “building the first truly global, blockchain-based, decentralized and transparent peer-to-peer marketplace for advertising.”

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2 years ago

A group of four-hour-old startups that are still around from Demo Day in June. The goal is to help early stage founders get funding and grow their businesses.

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1 year ago

The founders of a startup that helps veterans and employers identify and hire each other.

143
1 year ago

The company is building a platform for people to create and share videos of what they're building. The company's founder says that they've already sold their first video to a client.

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1 year ago

A startup that builds hardware startups. The founder, Jibran Salfi, built his first hardware startup at age 20, and has since been working at Nest Labs. He was the first employee at Nest Labs, and was part of the team that built the original Nest thermostat.

137
1 year ago

A payments company that offers a way for small businesses to pay for their own invoices. The founders say they’re aiming to replace “payroll” software.

137
2 years ago

A monthly subscription service that sends you an e-book on a topic you’ve selected every month. The company launched in December, and is signing up more than 50,000 new subscribers every month, the founder tells me.

135
2 years ago

A company focused on corporate software for the cannabis industry. The founders say they’ve already secured $2m in funding.

132
2 years ago

A tool for distribution of food and groceries to people in need, in the form of a vehicle equipped with a fridge, a microwave, and a coffee machine, and that can travel down the street from a central hub. The startup’s founders are veterans of the American military.

130
2 years ago

The Startup Genome is a biannual report on the state of entrepreneurship. It is produced by a team of researchers from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. The report is based on interviews with founders about their businesses, the challenges they face, and their plans for the future. The report is intended to give entrepreneurs, investors, and other stakeholders a comprehensive overview of the startup ecosystem in a particular country, and to help predict trends between countries.

129
2 years ago

A solution for startup founders to find and hire technical talent.

129
2 years ago

This startup is building a self-learning platform to help teach people the fundamentals of coding. The startup’s founders say that the product they have built is already powering over 20,000 students in 300 schools.

129
1 year ago

This year’s judges were Jason Ho, Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures; Kristi Puller, Founder, and CEO, Techstars; Bill Gaver, General Partner, 500 Startups; and Sanjay Dastoor, Founder, and CEO, InVenture Partners.

129
2 years 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.

128
2 years ago

A travel app that claims to be fully integrated with Airbnb. The startup’s founders say they’ve already been in talks with Airbnb about using their platform.

127
2 years ago

A health-maintenance company for the elderly, focusing on their social needs. The company’s founder and president, Alejandro Ortiz, said that for many older people, social engagement often goes missing, making it harder for them to stay healthy.

125
2 years ago

A tool that helps small businesses connect with customers. The company’s founders say that the company’s users have saved over $500,000 by using the tool.

124
2 years ago

Founders: Austin, Elsie. They are building a platform for Facebook data scientists to easily access data in the form of lakes, rivers, and mountain ranges, and make data-based decisions to improve their products.

123
2 years ago

Startup founders are being more aggressive in the US, with a few companies in the last year getting VCs to fund them at seed or Series A-level, when they may have previously been too early.

122
2 years ago

A tool to create a photo-realistic simulation of an office environment with a 3D avatar. Its founders say it’s the first 3D avatar platform that is both accessible and real-time.

122
1 year ago

The founders of an AI-powered dating app want to use their product as a platform for investors to invest in AI startups.

122
2 years ago

A startup that wants to help people in Latin America track their expenses and grow their credit score The company’s founders say that after launching in early august, they’re already working with over 3,000 retail accounts

121
2 years ago

A tool for creating tools. The startup’s founders say they’re building a tool that allows users to distribute GitHub tools, like their own GitHub for Excel, by other users.

121
2 years ago

Builds a retail website for selling products via Instagram. The startup’s founder says that the website is “the world’s first” to use the social platform to sell physical products online.

121
2 years ago

A platform where users can create virtual islands for multiplayer gaming. It launched in 2014, with the founders saying that it’s on track to reach $1.5 million in annual revenue.

121
2 years ago

If you own a home in the US, you can log into an app and see what the utilities are costing you in real time. However, the founders say that households throughout the world can benefit from a similar application.

121
2 years ago

A startup that’s building a tool to help schools estimate their energy costs. The startup’s founders say they want to make it easier for schools to measure and manage their energy costs, but they also want to make it easier for them to implement energy saving measures.

120
2 years ago

Media startups are often built on the back of a single product, such as Skype or YouTube. The company’s founders say its technology can help companies figure out whether a new product is worth the investment.

119
1 year ago

A startup that wants to help banks with payments in Peru. The startup's co-founder says they have more than 1,000 business accounts as of September.

119
2 years ago

Business software for the home that allows homeowners to manage their utilities. The company’s founders say they’re targeting the $80 billion home and building automation space.

118
2 years ago

A startup that makes it easier for hotel guests to use their credit card on property. The company’s founders came up with the idea at a conference where the hotel they were staying at had a similar feature, and thought there was a better way to do it.

117
2 years ago

A startup that’s building an end-to-end GPS-based tracking app to help college students stay safe when they’re out on the town. The founders say that they’re already working with a number of colleges on their app, and that it’s been saving students from dangerous situations.

117
2 years ago

A marketing tool for crowdfunding platforms that helps founders and project managers track projects and keep track of fundraising progress.

117
2 years ago

A “big data” solution that helps food companies track their supply chain and predict how much food they’ll need to produce. The startup’s founders say they’ve already signed up over 500 clients, including Walmart, Nestle, and Cargill.

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1 year ago

This SaaS company helps doctors and patients collaborate on medical records. The founders are also building a medical device to connect a patient’s vital signs to medical professionals.

117
2 years ago

Chargeback is an online platform that helps users dispute utility bills. It’s a B2B startup catering to utility companies. The founders hope to build a worldwide network of users.

115
2 years ago

The startup’s founders say that since launching a year ago, they’ve had over 6,000 paying customers.

114
2 years ago

The annual list is compiled by a group of judges, including founders and investors such as Paul Graham, Michael Arrington, Fred Wilson, and others.

114
2 years ago

The founders say that their product is “the best place to get the news, weather, and video you want.”

114
2 years ago

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

113
2 years ago

A startup that’s building an online platform for people who want to build and sell their own custom iPhone cases. The startup’s founders say that about 1% of the cases sold in the US are custom-made, and a handful of startups have tried to build their own platform for selling such cases, without much success.

113
2 years ago

A new company that wants to help people in need, particularly those who can't afford to buy an iPhone. The founders say that for a typical customer, "you'd have to work about 30 years to pay off a plan that costs $350."

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1 year ago

A startup that wants to use AI to create a more natural color palette in fashion. The company’s founder says that the color palette industry is “a $20 billion market, and it has been a very low touch market.”

113
2 years ago

Cofounder Alex Zabludowicz co-founded this fintech company with his brother, Alex. It wants to make payments faster, cheaper, and more secure, with a focus on the developing world.

112
2 years ago

A tool for organizations that want to manage their data. The founders say they’re working with several large companies.

112
2 years ago

Alluvium is a company that makes artificial intelligence software for image recognition. The founders say it’s better than other tools because it was built from the ground up to work with the way humans think, rather than the way machines work.

112
2 years ago

A company that helps companies book tours and events at museums and galleries. The startup’s founders previously worked at the Louvre, and want to help them grow their business in the UK, US, and Canada.

112
2 years ago

A mobile app that helps people make better decisions about their health. The startup’s founder says they are on track for $1 million in revenue in 2019.

112
2 years ago

A startup for startups looking to grow internationally. It’s a more self-serve approach than other startups, but the founders believe that they can provide the best service for a given price.

112
2 years ago

A company that provides software to help people make money while they sleep. The company has raised $2.6 million from a number of investors, including the founder of Origo.

111
2 years ago

A company that helps restaurants deliver delivery right to customers’ doorsteps. The founders say they have over 200 restaurants, including Shake Shack, that they’re working with

111
2 years ago

A platform that allows developers to take their app and run it via IP. It's aimed at mobile apps, but its founders say it can run desktop programs too.

111
2 years ago

A digital platform that provides what its founders call a “dynamic ‘recipe’—a step-by-step process that guides users through every step of the creative process from start to finish.”

110
2 years ago

The founder of a company that re-skins the Windows operating system has launched a company that wants to make it possible to put Windows 10 on your phone.

110
2 years ago

This company’s founders were previously in the gaming industry, and want to help make that industry more inclusive. The startup is building a platform to help game developers with user acquisition and retention by building in features for “people of color, women, and LGBTQ people.”

110
2 years ago

In the past year, there have been a few notable exits from Indian startups and their founders. Vani Kola, co-founder of Zomato, sold her company to local rival Swiggy for an estimated $50 million.

110
2 years 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.

109
2 years ago

is a new startup that wants to help HR departments keep track of employee performance. The company has raised $7 million in Series A funding from investors like Accel, Founders Co-op, The Battery Ventures, and others.

109
2 years ago

The founders of this startup are building a device to help you identify the origin of your food. It can be used to eliminate food fraud, and help the world’s poorest populations.

109
2 years ago

A crowd-funded project to bring the benefits of underfloor heating and cooling to the underdeveloped world. The startup’s founders came up with the concept for a client-focused project as a way to combine the technology with other humanitarian efforts.

109
2 years ago

This company wants to teach people how to be a good entrepreneur. The company’s founder is Anand Rajaraman, who ran a business development and strategy practice at Amazon and Google for more than a decade.

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11 months ago

A supply chain management platform for restaurants and other food-related businesses. Growth is strong and the founders say they’re trying to make a dent in the $8.5 trillion food and beverage industry.

109
2 years ago

A venture capital firm that invests only in female founders, focusing on early-stage companies that focus on women’s health.

108
2 years ago

A last-mile delivery service for restaurants. The startup's founders say food deliveries are a $21 billion market and it's growing 15-20% per year.

108
2 years ago

A bank account that the founders say is “like a personal investment account with 100x the transparency of other accounts and no fees.” The account is meant to be a savings account for small businesses or freelancers.

108
2 years ago

A venture for helping people find and book cheap flights on both domestic and international flights. The startup is a spin-off of co-founder and CEO Zachary Mider’s previous startup, which is also focused on domestic flights.

108
2 years ago

A new type of event registration system, which is a hybrid of Google Apps and Eventbrite. The company’s founder says that while it currently is free, it will be a subscription model in the future. The startup was founded in June.

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1 year ago

A startup that helps people track the money they’re spending online, including all their subscriptions and subscriptions to services like Netflix. The startup’s co-founder said it’s been profitable in the past year.

108
2 years ago

A startup that offers a platform for digital nomads to rent out their homes in a peer-to-peer fashion. It’s in the early stages of development, but the founders say it will be “like Airbnb, but also a concierge service and protocol for renting out your home when you’re away”.

107
2 years ago

Allows teachers to create lesson plans for their students, and customize them to their unique needs. The founders are hoping to recruit teachers to be the company’s first customers.

107
2 years ago

A company that provides a toolkit for self-storage facilities to manage their inventory. The startup was developed by former YC founders.

107
2 years ago

Another company built by former Quid co-founders, this one is building a suite of tools to make it easier for women to own businesses in emerging markets.

107
2 years ago

A tool that helps you find the best interest rates for your credit card. The startup says they have more than 1,000 users and are growing by 100 users a month. The founders say they’ve raised $1.3 million in funding from angel investors.

107
2 years ago

A platform that enables people to interact with their favorite brands through video. The startup’s founders say they have 40,000+ customers for the product.

107
2 years ago

From the founders of digital agency All Day I Dream About Food, a platform aimed at helping restaurants and chefs improve food quality and service.

106
2 years ago

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

106
2 years ago

The Startup Grind podcast is a weekly podcast about entrepreneurship, hosted by founders of SBJ’s own portfolio companies.

106
2 years ago

A company that aims to build a web-based, third-party curator for Amazon. The startup’s founder says that by offering a third-party curator of Amazon, a company can take advantage of the huge inventory of products that Amazon offers and cut out the middleman.

105
2 years 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.

105
2 years ago

A platform that helps companies organize their email, Slack, and other messaging systems. The startup’s founders say it can save companies 5% to 30% on their monthly email costs, and that it’s used by companies like MercadoLibre, Zappos, and Expedia.

105
2 years ago

The co-founders of the company Seers are trying to undo the stigma of the “office dog”. They had their first pup, Mitzi, on the playground of Spotify's offices, and the company asked them to bring her to work. Now, she’s a dog who visits office visits from time to time to make sure that everyone is having a good time.

104
2 years ago

What’s a startup to do when they’ve secured $500,000 in funding and they don’t know what to build Unity is a tool that helps founders go from idea to prototype to product, all in a matter of weeks.

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1 year ago

This startup offers a platform to help companies and organizations collaborate on content, from making public records to organizing conferences. Its founders describe it as a “LinkedIn for events”.

104
2 years ago

A crowdfunding platform that aims to help entrepreneurs pitch their projects on a more intimate level. It’s a tool to help founders speak directly to the crowd without the need for a large team of people. It’s currently in private beta.

103
1 year ago

A company that helps people live longer, healthier lives by providing health tech to doctors. The startup’s founders say they’ve already raised $7.5 million, with plans to launch in early 2018.

103
2 years ago

A customer support and engagement platform for businesses aimed at the Millennial generation. The startup is focused on helping companies improve customer support and engagement, but its founders say it can be used across the board.

102
2 years ago

Tech that helps build companies in the US that are startups in other countries. The startup’s founders say that over $500 million is being raised in new funds in the US, but only $10 million is being raised in these other countries.

102
2 years ago

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

102
2 years ago

The company’s founders say they plan to push a “geo-federated” app to help people spend time virtually in a place they’ve never been.

102
2 years 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.

102
2 years ago

A startup that wants to make open-source software for 3D printers. The founders are tech veterans who have built digital fabrication tools before.

102
1 year ago

A directory of the world’s best remote job sites, curated by the founders of Remote Year.

102
2 years ago

A marketing software service for small and medium-sized companies. The company’s founders say they’re seeing a huge demand for the service from companies after a number of competitors have fallen by the wayside.

101
2 years ago

A search engine for things that have been read. The company’s co-founder was a former search engine developer who was frustrated with the state of the industry.

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2 years ago

A mobile app that connects people looking to buy a new home with a realtor who can help them get an offer in writing. The founders say they’re already working with over 100 companies in real estate, including Robinsons Homes and Landmark.

100
2 years ago

CEO and co-founder, Josh, is a self-proclaimed "Serial Entrepreneur." He's built startups in the past five years, including a few that were acquired by larger tech companies.

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1 year ago

A logistics platform for food-delivery services. The startup’s founders are now working with a number of food and beverage companies in the Bay Area, including Temescal Brewing.

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2 years 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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2 years ago

A simple, intuitive app for buying and selling on Quora. The app’s founder says they have 1,800 active users and are planning to begin selling advertisements soon.

99
2 years ago

An automated subscription service that promises to send you a box of the best things it finds on the internet for you — and it’s free. It’s based on a Reddit post from early January in which the founder said he was “unemployed and bored” while on a trip.

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2 years ago

A startup for on-demand car services in Singapore. The startup’s founder says he’s been offering the service with Uber for the past year and says it’s a $1 billion market in Singapore.

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2 years ago

A startup that helps companies manage their supply chains by automatically matching products in inventory to orders. The founders have raised $1M in seed funding, with plans to expand to Europe.

98
2 years ago

A self-hosted online classroom for teachers, allowing them to bring their classes online. They’re looking for co-founders to help build out the platform.

97
2 years ago

A platform for photography that lets users sell photos against their copyright. The startup’s co-founder, Jake Sion, says it started as an homage to the Instagram addiction many have to sharing their photos.

96
2 years ago

A student-driven airline that’s been in operation for less than a month. Its founders are trying to get the airline off the ground by asking students to fund the startup, but now they’re asking for $25,000 to accelerate growth.

96
2 years ago

Founders: Marta, Ryan. The two want to build a tech hub for the Latin American startup community. They want to give startups discounted office space, mentorship, and access to capital.

95
2 years ago

A platform that provides data-driven analytics to help guide companies in making the right decisions. They’re currently in early seed, with the founders describing their value as helping companies “make better decisions with less data”.

95
2 years ago

Decentralized social network where people can get paid to publish stories. The startup is open source and free to use, and the founder says it has a "small amount of daily active users."

95
2 years ago

A platform that helps people create “e-vites” for any event. The company’s founders have approached companies like Slack and Apple about integrating the company’s service into their products.

95
2 years ago

A platform for professional book authors who want to sell their books through Amazon. The startup’s founders say they’re working on integrations with other retailers like iTunes and Google Play and are making it easier for authors to sell their books to readers.

94
2 years ago

A maker of software to help create and organize personas for online marketing. It’s currently available for free, though the founders are looking to go premium.

94
2 years ago

A new take on digital advertising that seeks to take over the desktop space. The founders say it’s the first product that can put advertising on every desktop screen. It’s also intended to be a “frictionless” experience for users, removing the need to navigate multiple ad networks or pay for ads.

94
2 years ago

A platform for small business owners to rent their property out. The company is a joint venture between a local business incubator and the co-founder of Airbnb.

93
2 years ago

A platform that helps small businesses buy and sell excess inventory. The startup’s founder says that they have over 15,000 businesses using the platform and over $1 million of inventory moving through the system.

92
2 years ago

The founders of this company hope to make it easier for people to book professional services online, allowing them to book a haircut from a stylist or a plumber from a service rep.

91
2 years ago

A healthy, fast, and affordable way to get food delivered. It’s a millennial company, with the founders calling themselves a “health-food lifestyle brand”.

91
2 years ago

A digital marketplace for office space. The startup is a spin-off of co-founder Aditya Kripalani’s previous startup, which is also focused on office space.

91
2 years ago

In the US, there are a lot of jobs that pay the minimum wage. The startup is based in the Philippines, and its founder says it’s easy to get a job there for the minimum wage, but hard to get paid more.

91
2 years ago

A market research and recruiting tool for the beauty industry. The startup’s founders say they have already worked with brands like Revlon and L’Oréal.

91
1 year ago

An online platform that allows people to rent out their homes while they travel. The company’s founders say that the business is growing rapidly.

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1 year ago

As startups have left their desks behind, founders have become increasingly worried about their physical whereabouts, and have invented apps to help. In the new book, “Fearless: How to Be Unafraid and Do Anything,” entrepreneurs and founders like Dave McClure, David Karp, and Adam D’Angelo share their stories of building their companies in secret, and how they’ve gained confidence and fearlessness.

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1 year ago

Founders came up with an idea for an app that would help people discover good food and drink in their neighborhood and pay for it.

91
2 years ago

A platform that connects lenders to people who have bad credit to pay loans back on time. The company’s cofounder, David Leon, says the company is profitable, has more than $1.3 million in loans, and has been servicing loans for over a year.

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2 years ago

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

90
1 year 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.

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1 year ago

This startup has two co-founders, and they describe themselves as “…the first and only platform that helps [you] create and learn from inspiring and engaging content about personal finance, investing, and life.”

90
2 years ago

A platform for tracking which email and social media inboxes people check, and which ones they just don’t. Their Co-founder says they’re already working with more than 1,000 customers, and their first product in the works is a “personas” platform for businesses, which helps brands better understand who their customers are.

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2 years ago

In the meantime, the company’s founders have named the ghost town of Dry Fork, North Carolina.

89
2 years ago

A digital marketplace for freelance designers. The startup’s founders want to build a marketplace that helps businesses and designers work together on projects.

88
2 years ago

A new product by the founders of a popular open-source project, allowing people to see all of their files on file servers and get them to sync with their desktop.

88
2 years ago

This startup is building a platform that connects landlord’s with tenants in need of a place to live and gives them a credit score. The startup’s founders say that there are already over $90 billion worth of real estate assets currently sitting idle.

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2 years ago

The company’s founders have raised over $400,000 in funding to date, making it one of the fastest-growing startups in the space.

87
2 years ago

An online platform for sharing and selling small tools like screwdrivers, wrenches, and other DIY goods. The company’s founders say they want to make it easy for people to find and sell their tools, and the startup is planning to add more categories and tools in the future.

87
2 years ago

A seed-stage medical tech startup focused on helping patients undergoing surgery and managing their pain through a smartphone app. The founders say they’ve been featured on 60 Minutes, and have raised a $1 million seed round

87
2 years ago

A digital assistant that helps teachers manage grading. The founders say it has an “A+ grade” and is already being used in twenty schools.

86
1 year ago

A new startup that wants to provide a way for investors to connect with companies in the early stages of development, with a focus on B2B companies. The founder said it has around $24 million in funding so far, and has already worked with companies like TaskRabbit, Instacart, and Stripe.

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1 year ago

The startup’s pitch is that “we help people save money by visiting restaurants that are good, but not the best.” The app now has 100,000 users in the UK, and its founders say they’ll be able to expand globally if their funding round meets its goal.

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2 years ago

A platform that connects people looking to go back to school with students willing to help each other out with things like homework, tutoring, and test prep. The founders say they’ve already helped more than 6,000 students fill out their applications and get into the class of their dreams.

84
2 years ago

A peer-to-peer marketplace for reclaimed building material, with a well-documented process for sourcing and ensuring quality before selling. The company’s founders are also part of a collective that works to repair Habitat for Humanity homes.

84
2 years ago

An e-commerce for the under-served, aimed at those who want to buy a good but don’t have the means to do so. The founders believe that “goods are the new money”, and that the startup has the chance to be a “new currency” for the poor.

84
2 years ago

A startup that helps organizations manage and use data in a more meaningful way. The startup’s founders say their first product will be an app that helps people with diabetes manage their blood glucose.

84
2 years ago

A tool for VPs to book travel for their teams. The founders say it’s best suited to larger companies like CPGs and banks, but the idea could have broader applicability.

84
1 year ago

The idea is to be an online marketplace for companies to buy and sell their parts. Each part has a unique identifier that allows them to track their whereabouts. The founders say they have raised $8.5 million to date and are already working with over 10 companies.

84
1 year ago

An HR platform for startups and solo founders, offering a way to track progress on team building goals, and check in on how everyone is doing day-to-day.

84
1 year ago

A set of business-focused events for women. The company wants to start with a small group of founders in the SF Bay Area.

84
1 year ago

The most influential students in the YC community are the founders and co-founders of YC startups. These are founders that have gone on to found their own companies in the seven years since YC.

84
2 years ago

The founders of this startup are serial entrepreneurs. They’ve raised $4.5 million to build a platform that can help brands and agencies build better ads and work with customers directly to improve their marketing efforts.

83
2 years ago

A business plan for a startup is like a sales pitch. It’s vague. It’s hard to see its potential. And it’s hard to know if it’s worth checking out. So many founders miss out on the chance to grow their business because they don’t have this thing called a business plan that explains how they’ll do it. The goal of this startup is to make it easy for anyone to write that plan. It’s currently only available in the Bay Area.

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1 year ago

A tool that allows people to create their own digital currency, or “pre-sale tokens”, then sell them to investors. The startup’s founders say they’re already working with a handful of early-stage startups.

82
1 year ago

A web app for making artisanal soap, in which users can set up recipes and create their own soap. The startup’s founder says it’s like an online Tupperware party for soap-makers.

82
1 year ago

A software company that helps businesses better define and measure the impact of their marketing campaigns. The company’s founders say their platform has already helped businesses like Blue Apron and Fandango “get more value for their marketing dollars.”

82
1 year ago

Cofounder of the company, a former commercial real estate agent, says she knew nothing about the fintech industry until she started researching it in 2017.

82
1 year ago

A platform that connects users to the right data and people to do the right work for them. The company’s founders say the tool will help companies build and scale their business more efficiently.

82
1 year ago

The founders of this startup are former execs from major media companies including Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters. They’ve built a tool to help brands and agencies keep up with the news, and have launched in over 2,000 companies.

82
2 years 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.

81
1 year ago

"A company that helps businesses go from idea to profitable reality. We help founders build ideas from day one and help them launch them successfully."

81
2 years ago

A tool for finding out how many people have downloaded your app, and how many have used it in the past week. The founders say that it’s been integrated into 75 different apps, and that they’ve seen a 20% increase in user retention and engagement once they started using it, with a 50% increase in revenue.

80
1 year ago

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

79
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.

78
2 years ago

A mobility platform that connects businesses with the right tools to make it easier for drivers to earn income by delivering packages and other items. The startup’s co-founder, Alex Boussard, says they’ve already seen interest from a number of major companies and has even managed to raise a few million dollars in funding.

77
2 years ago

This startup makes it easy to integrate customer data from various sources into a single platform. The company’s co-founder was formerly a product manager at Google.

77
1 year ago

A software company that wants to help the legal profession connect with attorneys across the country. The company’s founder says they’ve already signed up over 2,000 lawyers and are working on a nationwide expansion.

77
1 year ago

A set of tools that help people raise money from friends and family to finance their businesses. The startup's founders once raised nearly $600,000 from friends and family in just 48 hours.

77
1 year ago

An online hub for people who are visually-impaired and hard of hearing. The site’s founders say that they’re currently in talks with hearing suppliers to help them build a suite of apps for users.

77
1 year ago

A tool for the hospitality industry to manage attendee profiles. One of the founders previously worked at Airbnb.

77
2 years ago

The startup’s founders say they want to be the company that “solves the ‘I can’t find my team’ problem.” It wants to be the new way of tracking employees, replacing spreadsheets and HR systems with a single, secure system.

76
1 year ago

A platform that helps people make music together using the tools they’re already using. The startup has raised $1.6 million in seed funding from investors including Union Square Ventures, SV Angel, ZipCar founder Robin Chase, and Dropbox founder Drew Houston.

76
1 year 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.

75
1 year ago

A complete package of functionality for startups to implement into their iOS and Android apps. Its founders say that it’s different from a framework in that it is its own full stack.

75
2 years ago

A live broadcast company for athletes and sports teams. The founders say they want to focus on live streams because of the way they’ve grown in the past few years. Their product is currently a free service, but the founders say they plan to add a paid service to compete with Facebook’s suite of sports and entertainment streams.

74
2 years ago

This startup and its founders were inspired by the story of their friend who had to wait two years to get a colonoscopy. They want to make the process easier.

74
1 year ago

A startup for crowd-sourcing, developed by the founders of Yelp, to help providers compete for customers. It’s currently a beta app, but the founders say it will be available for businesses to use in the coming weeks. If it catches on, it could disrupt the way users find and book services by grouping a person’s needs in front of a provider that has been vetted by the community.

74
2 years ago

A platform that helps connect female entrepreneurs with investors. Its founders are hoping to reach 1 million female founders in the next 10 years.

73
1 year ago

A solution for restaurants to manage their daily operations, including ordering, inventory, and payroll. The founders say that they currently have over 80 customers, including Chipotle and Starbucks.

73
9 months ago

A company that wants to build out a “citizen army” of robots that can do warehouse work and increase efficiency. The founders claim they can do the same work in half the time by pairing robots with humans.

73
2 years ago

A sassy, sarcastic assistant that works on mobile. The startup’s founder, after building a small app for the same purpose, decided to build a full-fledged assistant, which works on mobile.

72
2 years ago

A startup to help people find and hire affordable child care. The founders say their model of the business, which has a token-based system, is open to regulation.

72
1 year ago

A mobile app that helps workers better organize their tasks on the go. The company’s co-founder believe that most of the information workers have on their phones isn’t being used.

72
1 year ago

A vertical website that allows people to write about their experiences with different products and services. It was built by the founders of HackerYou, a startup that helped people connect with each other and build software in the same way Facebook and other social networks did.

72
1 year ago

A cryptocurrency exchange for non-accredited investors. The company’s founders have said they’d like to build a decentralized exchange for non-accredited investors.

72
1 year ago

An automated way for companies to build their own mobile applications. The startup’s founders say that it allows companies to create applications without having to hire developers or design them from scratch.

71
1 year ago

A startup that helps foreign companies find workers in the US. The startup’s founders say they’ve already had over 25,000 job postings on their platform.

71
11 months ago

The Startup Genome is a resource for founders and investors. It covers early stage

71
2 years ago

A software company that’s helping people organize their finances on their phones. The software was built by the founder of a financial services company that was acquired by VC firm Andreessen Horowitz.

70
1 year ago

A technology company that creates “smart” thermostats for home and business use, allowing homeowners to control their thermostats via their smartphone. The company is led by CEO and founder Rajat Pahuja, who previously built a business in India called Shubh Loans that went “very profitable,” according to Pahuja.

70
1 year ago

A web app that helps teachers organize their lessons, then share them with colleagues. The startup’s founders are veterans of the education sector and the product is meant to serve as a kind of “Google Docs for teachers.”

70
1 year ago

A tool for quick and easy online payments. The startup’s founders say that customers are demanding a more efficient way to pay. They are planning to launch a product in the next few months.

70
1 year ago

A company that builds a way to observe and track the movement of people in real time through a smartphone application. It’s a way to keep celebrities safe at festivals and other events. The founders say they’ve already been approached by several celebrities to use their product.

69
1 year ago

The company’s founders have been called "the Bill Gates and Steve Jobs of the Indian startup scene" by a reporter in Quartz.

69
11 months ago

Recode is a project from Cheddar that provides video interviews with the founders of startups in the technology sector.

69
10 months ago

A startup that provides customers with the ability to pay bills, bank transfers, and other expenses with their mobile phones. The company’s founders say they’ve already signed up 300,000 users and are working to expand their service to other countries.

69
2 years ago

The founder of this startup grew up in a remote village in India and remembers a time when he was able to get a computer for the family and a year later they were able to get the internet. The founder realized the internet had brought a lot of connectivity to the country, but the next step was to bring connectivity to the millions of people who still didn’t have it. That’s what led him to start Jana, a startup that aims to give 1.5 billion people in India access to the internet.

68
1 year ago

A startup that will make it easier for companies to take their vacation time. Founders say it’s designed to be a more affordable alternative to the likes of Voyageur, which charges $50 for the service and $99 per person.

68
1 year ago

A company that helps other startups find a founder, as well as help them with the process of finding a co-founder.

68
1 year ago

A social network for college students with over 20k students currently enrolled. Its founders are looking to build a student-focused influencer platform that’s optimized for mobile, with a focus on gaming and video content.

68
1 year ago

An online community for entrepreneurs and innovators. With over 3,000 members, it’s hosted by a number of founders, including Evan Williams. The startup has raised $8M to date.

67
1 year ago

The company’s founders speak of a future where the internet of things (IoT) and the internet of everything (IoE) converge, allowing users to control the devices in their homes directly from their phones.

67
1 year ago

A startup that’s bringing Bitcoin into the physical world, with a prepaid debit card and a physical debit card. The founders want to make Bitcoin universally usable, and are building a physical card to use at stores, ATMs, and anywhere else.

67
2 years ago

A startup that helps businesses put in place nightly automated processes. The founders say their product helps companies be more efficient and automate processes like payroll, warehouse operations and inventory control.

66
2 years ago

 The coworking space is part of a larger effort to help women get into technology, either by connecting them to mentors or allowing them to work at an office without the need for a co-founder.

66
2 years ago

The founders say their startup is building a more useful version of the Skype-like messaging platform Slack. Businesses use the platform to send documents or share information.

66
1 year ago

A set of tools to help build out a mobile app without having to know a lot about how to code. The startup’s founder, Sam Om, has been working on the startup for over a year, and says they’ve already secured $300,000 in funding.

66
1 year ago

A set of tools to help make a mobile app. The startup’s founder, Sam Om, has been working on the startup for over a

66
1 year ago

 The startup wants to be a marketplace for people to sell their used stuff. Its focus is on new-to-market products, but founders say they’d be open to selling used products as well.

66
10 months ago

The company is building a platform for managing citizen dialog on local issues. The cofounders say that more than $6 billion is spent on lobbying each year, and the platform would make it easier for citizens to have their voices heard in government.

66
2 years ago

In 2018, the founders of OpenTable were awarded the National Venture Capital Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Consumer Products and Services category.

65
1 year ago

A software-as-a-service company that helps B2B companies automate and secure their supply chains, a niche the founders say is worth $50 billion.

65
2 years ago

The company plans to be the first in the world to bring 5G mobile to the masses. Its founders want to offer the first 5G mobile internet service in the world, with the first cities getting service in early 2019.

64
1 year ago

A platform for helping people find their dream homes. The founders say they’ve helped people find their dream house in as little as 10 days.

64
1 year ago

This startup is building a tool that helps you connect with lenders who can provide you with capital for your business. Notable for being a woman-founded startup (two of the three founders are women).

64
1 year ago

A software company that helps retailers sell their products on Amazon.com. The founders say they are seeing 100% conversion rates on Amazon and “super-high” sales numbers.

64
1 year ago

A platform that allows merchants and brands to focus on their core products and services over general marketing efforts. The startup’s co-founder is the co-founder of the company that created Yo, the first social network for mobile devices.

63
2 years ago

A tool for students that helps them track their progress and see how they’re doing in class. The company’s founders say they’re already working with a variety of colleges across the country.

62
1 year ago

The founders of this cloud-based recruiting startup say that they’ve discovered that many people don’t have a good idea of what their job responsibilities are. They’re building an application that can help people figure that out, and then identify the best fit for each position in the pool.

62
1 year ago

The startup is building a platform that allows developers to build apps that integrate with Amazon Echo. It’s a side project for the founders of the company.

62
11 months ago

This startup is building a digital bank account in India. The founders say it’s a simpler, cheaper alternative to the physical ATM cards found in most cities.

62
1 year ago

Cofounder of the company, a former financial industry analyst, began researching the fintech industry in 2017. She found a dearth of female founders in the space. In her startup’s pitch deck, she highlights several female founders as part of the company’s advisory board.

61
1 year ago

A company that focuses on customer engagement for retailers and restaurants. It’s currently in beta for 10,000 users, and the founders say they’re looking to expand to markets outside the US.

61
1 year ago

A startup that wants to make live video marketing as simple as possible for brands. The company’s founders say they’ve already helped over 1,000 brands, and are having success with brands like Best Buy.

61
1 year ago

The founders of this startup are best known for building the most popular and successful startup accelerator in the world. They’re now moving into a new area, with a new accelerator format that’s aimed at helping teams build products for specific industries.

61
1 year ago

A company that helps small restaurants and cafeterias provide food for their employees. The co-founders say they have taken on $1 million in orders in their first year.

61
1 year ago

An email marketing tool that integrates with all of your favorite email clients. The startup’s founders say they’ve already closed $1.5 million in pre-launch investment.

61
9 months ago

An “Uber for dog walking”, which the founders say is “like the Uber of dog walking”. The company is planning to bridge the gap between the gig economy and the traditional dog-walking industry.

61
7 months ago

This is a mobile app that allows users to share the results of their home energy usage with other users. It’s currently being used by 2,000 users in the UK, and the founders plan to expand to the US in the next few months.

61
1 year ago

The founders of this company started it to help people in the US and UK keep track of their medication. It’s currently available for iOS.

60
1 year ago

This startup, based in the US, is building a way to connect brands and their customers. The company’s co-founder says they’ve already had over 1,000 customers sign up.

60
1 year ago

A student loan refinancing startup that promises to reduce interest rates. It just closed a $10 million round, and its founders said they’re targeting 15% of student loan holders.

60
2 years ago

A plan to build a messaging app that’ll be a hybrid of Slack and WhatsApp. The founders say that messaging apps are the fastest growing apps in the world, and that they want to create something that’s better than both.

59
6 months ago

• How the founders of two startups from opposite sides of the world are working together to solve the same problem of how to find and hire talented engineers in remote areas.

59
1 year ago

A startup from the founder of Tumbr, which helps companies to engage with customers on Facebook.

58
1 year ago

A subscription-free, open-source messaging platform for teams. The startup’s founders say they want to transform how groups collaborate.

58
1 year ago

A startup that lets companies receive real-time feedback on their customer service. The founders say that customer feedback is the number one driver of company growth.

57
1 year ago

A platform for managing and tracking intellectual property. The startup’s founders say they have “tripled their revenue as we scale to help more inventors create and protect their inventions.”

57
2 years ago

The startup’s cofounders say they want to be the company that takes “the unknown hassle out of hiring” by eliminating time-consuming steps like job applications and paperwork. It also wants to help small businesses scale by removing the need for a HR department.

56
1 year ago

Profile’s founders say it’s like Pinterest, but for the fashion industry.

56
1 year ago

The founder of Code.org, a nonprofit working to make computer science education more accessible, wants to create a foundation to encourage high school students to learn software and programming.

56
1 year ago

 A group of women who teach other women how to be more confident in being sick. The founders say that their videos have over 1 million views.

56
1 year 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.

56
1 year ago

The company’s founders say they’ve developed a product called The Future of Productivity, which is a way for people to map their processes to a set of rules, and to share their achievements with a community of peers.

56
1 year ago

This startup is building a network of thousands of assistants who are the point of contact for people who need help with their health. The startup’s founders wanted to create a version of Amazon’s Alexa that could help people manage their health.

55
1 year ago

The startup wants to build a way for people to manage their digital assets via their mobile device. The startup says they’ve built a mobile app that can be used to create a digital presence for local businesses and brands. Co-founders say they’ve been doing extensive research on the best way to adopt blockchain technology.

55
1 year ago

A tool for creating more efficient, effective marketing campaigns for small businesses. Its founders say that a lot of small business owners could improve their marketing by using better tools.

55
1 year ago

A platform that links together online marketplaces, shopping carts, and inventory management. The startup’s founders say it’s a better fit for small businesses than existing solutions.

54
1 year ago

The founders of this company want to build a more connected and secure version of Amazon’s Alexa, one that can work with smart home devices and allow users to access the internet through their voice.

54
1 year ago

A company that helps small businesses get off the ground, with a library of tools that help companies with marketing, accounting, and sales. Company founders started it after seeing that many small businesses are launching on Facebook and taking on extra expenses to grow.

54
1 year ago

A startup that makes it easy for companies to build apps for their customers, by building an app store for developers to build apps for their customers. The startup’s founder tells us that he’s gotten 10,000 signups in 2 weeks.

54
11 months ago

According to the 2017 Global Startup Ecosystem Report, there were over 2.4 million startup founders working in the United States.

54
7 months ago

The founders of this startup are building a platform to connect “tech people who want to do things but can’t afford to buy equipment” with people who want to give them advice.

54
1 year ago

A money transfer service for the African market. The startup is launching in Cameroon in August and will expand to other countries as it progresses. The founders say their product is already being used in more than 60 countries.

53
1 year ago

A startup that helps businesses manage their payments and invoices, which the founders say is significantly more effective than spreadsheets. It aims to be a full-stack solution for companies in need of a better way to manage their accounts receivable.

53
1 year ago

“From the outside, our team is probably the most diverse in the YC batch [of the past five years],” says cofounder Raman Harsh, an MIT alum. “There are no limits on race, ethnicity, religion, or gender.”

53
1 year ago

A tool for various health-related startups. The startup helps startups on the cusp of launching gather advice from experts in the field. It charges a small fee starting at $99, but founder Alex Goodyear says it’s worth it for the experience.

52
1 year ago

A platform connecting founders with investors for seed-stage funding.

52
1 year ago

This startup designs and builds a line of “smart” showerheads that the founders say lets users control the temperature and pressure of the water through a smartphone app.

52
11 months ago

The founders want to build a way for people to monetize their work through a new, more transparent, and more scalable model.

52
1 year ago

A startup that’s working to bring mobile-first design to the web. The company’s founder says that on desktop, responsive websites are too complex and hard to work with. On mobile, the opposite is true: sites are too simple and often hard to use. Sway is working to change that with a product that uses all the same features on mobile as it does on desktop.

51
1 year 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.

51
10 months ago

The founders walked away from their jobs in the technology industry to focus on food, and built a tech app that makes it easier and cheaper for restaurants to source from local farmers.

51
7 months ago

A group of four co-founders who launched the software for digital assistants in February, who then later launched a hardware startup.

51
1 year ago

According to its founders, this startup wants to be “the first social network to build a community of financial advisors”, helping advisors find clients.

50
1 year ago

While this is a new company, the founders’ past experience and work on other startups and products and their location in São Paulo, Brazil, makes it an interesting choice.

50
1 year ago

A “smart” speaker that works like a smart home appliance, but which can also control your smart home appliances (like your lights and thermostat). It can work with a variety of IoT devices, and the founders say it will be in the market in the next 12 months.

49
1 year ago

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

49
1 year ago

A way to get food delivered from the market to your doorstep. Founder Josh Wilson says he’s already signed a deal with a local deli to deliver.

49
9 months ago

In this video, a startup founder runs through a list of companies:

49
1 year ago

An insurance company for the under-35 market. The founders say they have a 20% conversion rate for under-35s.

48
1 year ago

A book publishing platform by the founders of Medium, which has raised $23.5M to date. The company wants to automate book publishing, and focus on short books.

48
1 year ago

A company that helps small businesses improve their marketing. The startup’s founders say they’ve built a “universal marketing plan” that helps small businesses launch new products and services and grow sales quickly.

48
1 year ago

A startup that helps connect a person’s home energy use to the company they work for. The startup’s founders say they’ve already been able to help a customer save $100 a month.

48
5 months ago

The startup’s founders say they’re the first to offer a marketplace for like-minded people to share their unique skills and talents with each other.

48
1 year ago

The startup's founders say they help companies in the $50B+ technology industry find top technical talent and make sure they spend the right amount of time and money on the right people.

47
1 year ago

A startup that creates a digital trail of products for consumers to track and manage, from an item of clothing to a car. The founders aim to make it easy to track your life’s possessions.

47
1 year ago

One of the startup’s cofounders, Sumeet Singh, was born in India, raised in New Jersey, and still regularly wears a turban. Harsh and Singh met as PhD students at MIT.

47
1 year ago

This company is working on using AI and data to customize pricing for businesses. The founders say they’ve already signed up hundreds of businesses, and are looking to roll out an API and dashboard soon.

47
1 year ago

A way to find and hire the best contractors in San Francisco, the founders say.

47
9 months ago

The startup is building a platform for companies to manage and track their insurance agents and sales reps. The founders say they have partnerships with over 200 insurance carriers.

47
5 months ago

The founder of this startup wants to do for video marketing what Spotify has done for music.

47
1 year 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.

46
1 year ago

A platform for advertisers to manage pay-per-click campaigns for digital media, including banner ads, video ads, and native ads. Its founder, Michael Poulsen, says he’s brought in $10,000 in revenue since its inception in May.

46
1 year ago

A SaaS platform that helps companies create, manage, and get feedback on their campaigns. It’s currently being used for over 100 campaigns, raised over $30 million in funding, and the founders have spent over a year building it.

46
1 month ago

A pitch from a pair of former YC founders, who say they’re using self-driving cars to help Detroit’s homeless.

46
1 year ago

The story of how the founder of a company that makes protective filters for mobile devices moved to China, raised funding, and founded a rival company.

45
1 year ago

A platform for sharing knowledge and expertise. The founders say they have a database of 500,000 consultants in 1,000 categories.

45
1 year ago

In December 2018, a short video was released on the startup’s Twitter feed in which co-founder Isaac Lee described the company’s culture as “our culture is that we’re always going to be one step ahead of you.”

45
1 year ago

A platform that helps companies build and manage travel and expense management apps. One of the founders, who worked at Expedia, was frustrated by all the apps and services they used. So they built a better expense reporting system

45
1 year ago

A company that helps veteran owned businesses get military contracts. They’re looking for a co-founder to help scale their operations.

44
1 year ago

The founders of Rancher Labs are using the data they’ve collected to build AI tools for companies to manage their infrastructure.

44
8 months ago

In addition to the last column, each company’s founders would be listed in the “people” category. In the case where a company has multiple founders, alphabetical order is used.

44
4 months ago

A startup that makes smart contracts more usable by creating a visual editor, the startup’s founders say, a way to visually build out the functionality of a smart contract instead of just a programming language.

44
1 year ago

A startup that’s building a dating app for people over 50. The app lets users browse by interests, post photos, and build their own profiles. Money is kept separate from the app, so the founders don’t have to have people have to delete their profiles if they don’t want to date.

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1 year ago

The startup is building a product that helps people pay for their next drink with a tap on a table or a QR code. The startup’s founder, Rajan Rajan, was the founder of the popular brunch spot, The Blind Barber.

43
1 year ago

One of the co-founders of Loosecubes was one of the first people to use Flutter.

43
1 year ago

A tool that teaches people how to be more productive, launching in the fall of 2019. The founders describe their product as a "Netflix for productivity".

42
1 year ago

A $15,000 tool to help people purchase and sell their cars, alongside their current vehicles, and get the most money for both. The founders of this startup say that people are willing to spend up to $80,000 to get a new car, but are not willing to spend the same amount on their current ones.

42
1 year ago

Catch a Yacht is building a service that acts as a virtual concierge for wealthy travelers — it helps them book travel and manage their money. The company’s founders are former Facebook employees.

42
1 year ago

Based on the startup’s founder’s work at Kiva, a nonprofit that helps people in poverty create micro loans, the startup wants to expand its service to provide people in the US loans at a lower cost. It currently serves small businesses in 30 US cities.

42
1 year ago

The founder of this startup wants to bring the benefits of the Internet of Things to the point of sale. The company is building a system that will allow consumers to interact with products in a more intuitive way.

42
1 year ago

The founders have a vision of a world where everyone can pay rent or a mortgage, and have a constant stream of income without having to get a job.

42
1 year ago

A startup that allows users to pay bills and data plans by sending SMS messages. The founder used to work at Groupon and is raising $1.4 million in seed funding.

42
10 months ago

A company that is building a platform to help restaurant owners and workers manage logistics and inventory. The startup’s founders say their focus is on reducing waste.

42
7 months ago

Co-founder of iOS app startup that analyzes yoga poses.

42
1 year ago

A facial recognition service that the founders say is “unparalleled”, and that has raised over $1 million in funding. The company is currently hiring, but declined to disclose numbers.

41
1 year ago

This New York City startup is building a subscription service for the restaurant industry. The founders behind the company believe that the industry is plagued by high costs and a lack of execution.

41
1 year ago

Co-founders said they were inspired by the success of Airbnb but found themselves frustrated by the startup’s inability to deliver on its promises. Rival hotel booking site Hotels.com filed for an IPO in April 2016.

41
1 year ago

A digital platform for the organic food industry to sell directly to customers, with its current focus on e-commerce fulfillment. The founders envision a future where they can send one of the world’s most trusted brands of food directly to your doorstep.

41
1 year ago

A startup that helps restaurant chains create loyalty program. The company’s founders want to use the same tech that powers the loyalty program at Expedia to help businesses like Chipotle and Panera create their own.

41
11 months ago

This startup’s founders say that the federal government’s tax-reporting process is too complex and that it’s difficult for people to pay their taxes. They’re building a simple, modern, easy-to-use tool that they hope will be used by millions of people.

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10 months ago

In addition to being a founder, Zebra has also built and launched eight startups in the past.

41
1 year ago

A platform to help talented people find jobs in the tech industry. Its founder, Aaron Jaffe, says he’s working with a number of the Valley’s most prominent startups.

40
1 year ago

A platform to help advise and manage small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The startup’s founder says he wants his product to be like a “low-cost version of Facebook for SMBs”.

40
1 year ago

A startup that wants to take the pain out of booking a flight. The cofounders, who hail from three different continents, say they’ve been able to eliminate the pain in booking a flight by combining the data from various travel sites.

40
1 year ago

A platform that helps people in developing economies get around the inefficiencies of the current financial system. Its founders say that their platform is “an order of magnitude cheaper” than other existing alternatives.

40
1 year ago

A startup that allows companies to deliver a customer service experience that is both efficient and personable. The startup is a spinoff of a company called Customer.io, where the founders had to implement a customer service software for a customer support company.

40
10 months ago

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

40
1 year ago

A startup that wants to help HR/recruitment/HR department leaders in the US to run their businesses more like startups. The founders say the company helps HR departments get more efficient by putting HR processes on rails and sharing best practices.

39
1 year ago

A support tool for the “millennial workforce”, a term the founders use to describe anyone born in the 1980s and 1990s.

39
1 year 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.

39
1 year ago

A startup for families to coordinate care for seniors. The founders hope the platform will help caregivers manage care, so they can do things like remind care-givers when the person’s medication needs to be refilled.

39
1 year ago

A software product that automatically sends out marketing reminders for things like follow ups, social media posts, and store store openings. The startup’s founder claims that most startups have missed out on the marketing effort because they have forgotten to do marketing.

39
1 year ago

A smart suit that monitors a cyclist’s body and sounds an alert if the cyclist is having a heart attack. Geekster’s founders say that it’s a much cheaper alternative to an electrocardiogram, and only takes a few seconds to measure a person’s heart rate.

39
5 months ago

The big promise of this startup is a way to make your company’s data more usable. The founders say they can help companies get their data out of spreadsheets and into a platform they can actually use.

39
1 year ago

A SaaS platform that helps businesses manage their phone calls with a single dashboard that can be accessed from any device. The founders say they’ve already had over 400,000 calls a month through their platform.

38
1 year ago

This idea is to provide an integrated platform that allows people to sync their calendars with their phones. The founders created a prototype that allows users to view their calendar from their phone. The company plans to have a beta version of the app ready by the end of 2017.

38
7 months ago

A company that uses software and physical sensors to track the movement of workers. The founders started out working on a drone that can fly offsite and monitor the speed of workers, which they say saves $100 million in lost productivity each year.

38
1 year ago

An anonymous messenger for LGBT teens, aimed at the Mormon community. The startup’s founder says the startup’s customer base is made up of LGBT Mormons who feel the need for a safe place to talk about their sexuality.

37
1 year ago

A startup that wants to be a one-stop shop for all the things that a small business needs to do to get paid and do business. The company’s founders say that companies that use their platform spend up to 80% less time on account-related tasks.

37
1 year ago

A 3-day conference for both founders and investors. It’s a conference for people who have acquired startups at some point in their career and want to learn from others.

37
1 year ago

Focusing on the production side of the cannabis industry, Vite helps growers track their crop through harvest, packaging, labeling, shipping, and aging. Co-founder Pravin Patel says they built the software for half a million dollars in seed funding, and are working with other cannabis companies to deliver their software.

37
11 months ago

This startup is building a platform to help renters manage their finances and manage their utilities. The company’s founders say they want to build a tool that’s cheaper and faster than a traditional bank account and are seeking seed funding.

37
8 months ago

The company is currently in beta, and the founders say they’re focused on helping businesses with their HR needs.

37
7 months ago

A crowdsourced search engine for finding people to hire for remote work, like the founder of this startup did.

37
3 months ago

Twelve months ago, the founders of this startup were trying to find a better way to communicate with their patients. Today they’re launching a digital health platform that lets providers manage patient records, schedule appointments, and communicate with patients.

37
1 year ago

In 2015, when asked about the app, founder and CEO of Asana, Dustin Moskovitz, said, "...it's not like you would have to go through and check every single piece of content on Facebook. It's not that hard to check if it's a link to a website. ... But we can't be 100% sure that the link is safe. And you want a social network that's not going to take you down."

36
1 year ago

A meeting scheduler for small businesses. It’s designed to be easy to use for simple scheduling, and free for five people. The founders say that they’ve got customers in the Bay area, and plans to expand to the East Coast in the next year.

36
1 year ago

A B2B software company that helps hardware manufacturers and distributors sell to retail stores. The company’s founders say that in the past year it’s already signed and closed on 125 deals and has more in the pipeline.

36
1 year ago

A platform for selling books in the Philippines, in the same way that Amazon does for books in the US. The startup’s investors include Facebook’s David Marcus, CEO of Coinbase Brian Armstrong, and the co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman.

36
1 year ago

A web-based tool that helps companies bundle and manage their data, from backups to backups to backups. The founders say it saves companies from having to set up a full-blown data center.

36
1 year ago

One of the founders is a former Google employee and the company is trying to make it easier to manage your VPS. They have a landing page that includes a free trial and a free account.

36
5 months ago

Founders of this two-person startup are the former founders of the startup that made the popular budgeting app Due.

36
1 year ago

 A startup helping startups focus on users, not investors. Mow is a VC that creates a seed round for a startup, but only if the founders agree to give themselves away for free to customers for a year.

35
1 year ago

A tool to help you navigate and organize your life, and make sure you’re working toward your goals and not getting distracted. The founders say they want the tool to be the “GPS for your life” and they want to make it easy to add things like workouts and to-do lists.

35
1 year ago

An iOS app by the founders of the popular Evernote business note-taking app that allows users to write and save notes on their phones.

35
8 months ago

A company that lets you tag the notes you take on your computer by voice. It’s a product of a collaboration between the founders of the video editing app Snagit and the note-taking app Evernote.

35
6 months ago

A chatbot that helps users create a “smart contract” based around their personal preference. Founder David Chen tells me that the bot was built to be a “simple and fun way to teach people about smart contracts and blockchain.”

35
1 year ago

Has launched in the past year in the US, in areas in which cannabis has been legalized in the past year in states like Ohio, New Jersey, Texas, and California. The company’s founders say they can apply their technology to any state/state-regulated cannabis industry, and are already in business in the US.

34
1 year ago

A tool for HR professionals to create training programs on the fly. The company’s co-founder went through a lot of frustration finding training programs for employees, so he wrote his own.

34
1 year ago

A tool for automating email marketing for businesses. Its founders, having previously built a small email marketing SaaS for startups, were looking for a way to automate the process.

34
1 year ago

 Handscomb is building a “location-aware” dog collar that lets pet owners know when they leave their dog alone. The startup’s founders say the collar is more humane than a traditional shock collar, letting owners know when their dogs are alone.

34
11 months ago

 Slack is a chat app for team communication. The company’s founders want to build a Slack app that integrates with other platforms, such as Basecamp or Asana.

34
11 months ago

The startup's founders have been driving customer growth for companies like Lyft, Instacart, and Delivery Hero. After the US, they're going global and they're looking to build a customer service app called Enter, which they say can help companies grow faster by building and managing customer relationships.

34
11 months ago

A startup that connects consumers and brands to help them buy products online. The founder is a former Google engineer who was a co-founder of Instacart, a grocery delivery service, before launching this startup.

34
11 months ago

A startup that helps farmers get more out of their sales. The founders say 80% of farmers they work with have never used a website before.

34
10 months ago

A new-generation online video platform that aims to compete directly with YouTube. The company’s co-founders say they’re already seeing traffic and engagement numbers that rival the video platform.

34
8 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.

34
8 months ago

This startup is building a way to create a personal news feed in which you can share posts and photos, while also making it easy to search and browse the feed. It's best known for co-founder Daniel Kottke's parody of Facebook, which he called "The Facebook."

34
6 months ago

A new business accelerator based in Silicon Valley, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, that targets African-American tech founders with the goal of “helping them grow their businesses so they can help build the next generation of African-American tech leaders”.

34
6 months ago

A startup that builds and sells a tool for restaurants to manage their food costs, both inside and outside of their restaurants. The founder said it’s a complicated space, with lots of moving parts and big, regional differences.

34
6 months ago

This startup is building a “social streaming” feed that allows users to track how others are watching videos or articles on their social media profiles. The founders say this is a way for brands to see how their content is being consumed without having to ask for permission.

34
4 months ago

A tool that helps small businesses with marketing automation and analytics. The founders say they have 4 clients and 100,000 users.

34
1 year ago

A digital representation of a physical card game for the internet, replacing the physical card deck with a virtual one. The startup’s founder says they’re close to the top 500 in the iPhone app store. They have a few hundred users.

33
1 year ago

“A new way to get into the market,” according to the founders. It’s a mobile app that lets people instantly buy everything they need to get started selling on Amazon.

33
1 year ago

This startup wants to make it easy for anyone with a bad credit score to get a loan. The company’s co-founder says that when running a small business, it’s likely that they know the person they’re dealing with personally. The company uses that advantage to provide a personalized loan experience.

33
1 year ago

The founders of this toolset are building an app that lets drivers find gas stations in their area.

33
10 months ago

A way for people to make money by sharing the things they already own. The founders say that with the average American household owning over 70% more items than they actually use, this is a $130 billion market that enables people to make money from the stuff they already own by selling it to others.

33
8 months ago

The founder of this startup has said she’s working on “blockchain-based insurance”, which she has described as “insurance without the middleman”.

33
7 months ago

A platform for building and selling internet of things products, with focus on security and ease of integration. The startup’s founder and an ex-Facebook engineer are both ex-Google employees and are currently expanding to the US.

33
5 months ago

A social sharing platform for bloggers and startup founders.

33
4 months ago

The Startup Grind is a podcast network that highlights the best stories in business, technology and startup news. The podcast is produced by TechCrunch, and features interviews with entrepreneurs, founders and investors.

33
2 months ago

The founders are looking for a big bank to partner with them on a new service that uses artificial intelligence to help people take better care of themselves.

33
1 year ago

A product for business owners, in which you can sell your products directly in your Shopify store. The company’s founder says there are over 25,000 people in the US using his app.

32
1 year ago

 A startup that helps healthcare professionals and patients collaborate to improve patient outcomes, and it’s powered by an AI bot. The company’s founders tell us it does all of its work by sending patients personal questions and tracking their responses to them, building a database of their responses to doctors and clinicians.

32
1 year ago

 A startup that wants to help people use their own existing content as a source for their brands. It’s essentially a feed builder for social media, where a user can build a feed from their own feed. The startup’s founders say they’ve reached 10,000 users right after launching, and have doubled in size in the past month.

32
11 months ago

 The founder of this startup is the CEO of a successful full-service SEO consultancy. The startup aims to take the SEO knowledge he used to build his practice and apply it to online marketing.

32
10 months 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.

32
9 months ago

A medical device that can detect breast cancer, in a more affordable and less invasive way than current tools. It’s not FDA approved yet, but the founders say they have been talking to a number of medical companies that have expressed interest.

32
8 months ago

A company that helps business owners “sell their soul”. The startup turns businesses into franchises, allowing them to sell their brand to others, who buy the rights to use it. The idea is that the founders of the business “sell” them to a network of franchisees who can make money off it.

32
7 months ago

Issac Williams, cofounder of DevOps startup OpsGenie, is a serial entrepreneur who has founded

32
1 year ago

A tool for salespeople to generate new leads. The company’s co-founder used to go on sales calls where he’d be asked to generate leads, but then sit on his hands for days while he waited for new leads to appear. So he built a tool that automated this process, which has already generated 500 leads.

31
1 year ago

A digital platform that gives brands the ability to curate, share, and promote content across multiple channels. It’s like Facebook’s “Explore” but for Instagram. The founders say they’ve built a team of over 100 people and are looking to raise $15 million.

31
1 year ago

This company is building a platform that connects real estate agents with short-term rentals, making it easier for agents to make money. The startup's founders are both previous Airbnb employees.

31
8 months 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.

31
6 months ago

A digital currency for underbanked Singaporeans. The startup builds a platform that enables individuals to join the mainstream financial system. Right now, it’s restricted to Singaporeans, and the founders are working on getting it to the wider Southeast Asian and Indian markets.

31
5 months ago

A platform for bringing business-to-business companies together. The founders want to make blockchain-based business networks into the next generation of business.

31
1 year ago

A software development company that wants to fix the “diversity gap” in Silicon Valley. The company’s co-founder says that men make up around 80% of the tech workforce, and women only 4% (and that the industry is even worse in other parts of the world).

30
9 months ago

A startup that wants to disrupt the global shipping industry by building a platform that allows anyone to send packages directly to a customer. The startup’s founders say that the company has already built a beta product and has started a pilot program with USPS.

30
9 months ago

A tool to help companies bring their products to market faster. The startup’s founders believe that the traditional development process of building a product from scratch can often be too long and slow.

30
9 months ago

A startup for hiring cabin cleaners and maids, similar to TaskRabbit. The company's founders say that with the average cleaning job taking about 45 minutes, a service like theirs would be a huge boon to busy modern families.

30
8 months ago

A startup that “connects healthcare providers with patients with different needs,” according to the founders.

30
5 months ago

A tool to help small businesses access business loans. The company’s founders claim that they have already signed up 450 companies in a week, and plan to grow to over 10,000 by the end of the year.

30
3 months ago

Startups that fit into multiple categories, where founders have multiple roles — co-founder, CEO, CTO and CIO, or just the founder and CTO — are a bit more common today, but still rare. The challenge is that it can be difficult to measure how much of the company’s sales and profit go to the founder. Here’s a partial list of startups that fit into that category:

30
1 month ago

The founders of this startup are trying to create a platform that allows users to share their favorite moments from movies.

30
1 year ago

A company that makes a looping video meant to be watched from the user’s couch. They’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from investors including Airbnb and Airbnb co-founder, Brian Chesky.

29
11 months ago

In 2018, the United States has the largest number of startup founders in the world, and has been for the past few years.

29
10 months ago

A suite of tools for startup founders interested in crowdfunding.

29
9 months ago

Instead of using a team of people to go and measure your house, the founders of Wallflower have created a system that helps you take photographs of the interior of your house that you can post to social media with just the push of a button.

29
6 months ago

A startup building a peer-to-peer voice over IP (VoIP) app that lets you call anyone in the world on the same app, even over mobile. The founders said they’ve already signed up over 35,000 users, who can call each other for free.

29
6 months ago

 A dating app that connects singles in the same city. The app works with the two users to schedule a date, with a free trial of the paid service. The founders are former Google employees.

29
5 months ago

A place where people can shop for high-end, cheap, and secondhand sunglasses. The startup’s founders are a pair of optics industry veterans with an idea for a pair of industry-focused sunglasses, and a desire to sell them directly to consumers.

29
2 years ago

A business designed to help musicians market their music and manage it across the web. It’s a unique approach, but the founders say that they’re already working with over 150 artists.

28
1 year ago

A startup that uses machine learning to help people build their own personalized itineraries. The company's founders say they have a lot of B2B customers. They currently have a few hundred paying customers.

28
11 months ago

A tool to help you figure out how to best measure a person’s data across their entire life, including health, work and leisure. The startup’s founders say they’ve already spoken to Fortune 500 companies about their solution.

28
10 months ago

A social network for Indian language users. The app is focused on users in India, but the founders say it could be used in other regions with large populations of people who use other languages.

28
10 months ago

The founders of this startup say they can produce a beer with only water that tastes as good as Budweiser. The company’s first product is a line of craft beers it describes as “India Pale Ales.”

28
9 months ago

A startup that’s building a subscription service for which tech-savvy people share their homes for short periods of time to help make them more affordable for other people. The founders already have over 1,000 customers.

28
8 months ago

A mobile payments app that lets people transfer money between their friends. The startup's founders say they're currently seeing over 5,000 users per month.

28
6 months ago

A startup out of the London School of Economics that’s building a platform to help startup founders create their own student organizations.

28
4 months ago

A crowdfunding platform for founders to raise capital from their network of friends and family.

28
2 months ago

A free social networking app where users can connect with people and businesses they trust, with the goal of building relationships that could help them in the future. The founders believe their social network will also become a valuable tool for salespeople.

28
2 months ago

The company’s founders say they are trying to build an affordable solution for people to pay for their dentist and doctor visits in the US.

28
11 days ago

The Startup Battlefield match-up features three teams and one team will win the prize of $50,000. The winner of the Battlefield will also receive a $25,000 investment from the founder of Groupon, Andrew Mason, and if they are successful, the winner will also have the option to have their company reviewed by Groupon.

28
1 year ago

This startup makes a paid email system that helps companies avoid GDPR fines. The company’s founders say they’re working with over 100 large European e-commerce sites. It’s currently in private beta.

27
1 year ago

Tachyon is a tool for monitoring and managing service-level agreements. The company’s founders say they’re already working with over 100 customers, and they’ve raised $1.7 million in seed funding.

27
7 months ago

An “organization of organizations” that claims to offer an alternative to traditional venture capital, with a focus on helping founders bring their products to market.

27
6 months ago

The founders of this B2B fintech startup aim to improve the way banks and other financial institutions provide financial planning advice. They aim to do this by connecting banks with the people who know best how to invest, how much to save, and how to invest.

27
5 months ago

Building a platform that helps companies find and hire great talent. The founders spent years working on their own startup before realizing they needed to find a better way to hire workers. The platform has been used by companies like Paypal and Google to find talent.

27
5 months ago

A small team of founders in San Francisco who work on tools that allow people in the developing world to create mobile apps.

27
4 months ago

A startup that helps people find roommates. It’s currently only in San Francisco, but the founders hope to expand to other cities.

27
4 months ago

A tool created by the co-founders of Bazaarvoice that helps businesses better manage their marketing campaigns.

27
3 months ago

A financial services firm that helps business owners manage their finances. The firm’s founder, 19-year-old Christopher Cagney, says he came up with the idea after he saw a “bunch of people who had been ripped off” by their banks.

27
10 months ago

A platform for hiring and managing freelance workers. The founders want to create a platform that is more like Amazon Mechanical Turk than Upwork.

26
10 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.”

26
10 months ago

A management platform for connecting sales reps with clients, currently only available in the UK. The company’s co-founder was previously the CEO of the UK’s largest recruitment search engine.

26
9 months ago

A SaaS platform that helps multinational companies grow in emerging markets. The startup’s founders say they’ve had over 50% growth in the last six months.

26
9 months ago

A replacement for the “shitty” conference call or conference voice chat apps that clutter your phone. The startup wants to use a sophisticated system of algorithms to filter through all of the crappy conference calls that happen in your daily life. The company’s founders say these calls are distracting, and in some places illegal.

26
6 months ago

A company that sells handcrafted greeting cards in a variety of designs and styles. The startup is one of the few that has the ability to make all of its designs from scratch, and its founders say that it has a very loyal customer base.

26
6 months ago

A company working on a mobile app that will allow users to share trips with friends and family, and see where they are going. The founders say they can currently see users traveling to over 100 countries with the app.

26
5 months ago

The founders of this startup are veterans of the tech industry, and they want to help veterans get jobs in tech, using their network of connections who know companies looking for talent.

26
4 months ago

A tool that helps you re-use code across your web, mobile, and desktop applications, by allowing you to link your code to an API. The startup’s co-founder says that after launching in April 2019, they’ve already signed up 600 customers.

26
2 months ago

The startup’s founders have held senior roles at Google and LinkedIn

26
2 months ago

The founders of this startup say their technology will “democratize access to capital”.

26
1 year ago

A “smart” contact lens that tracks glucose levels in real time, sending alerts to users’ smartphones. It’s currently in the clinical trial phase, but the founders are working on a commercial version that will be released in 2020.

25
6 months ago

 A software provider that helps companies with their data security and privacy. The founders say the company is growing fast, because the startup helps clients “focus on the things that matter”.

25
6 months ago

We’re in the middle of a renaissance of public speaking, with the rise of social media, and a rise in the popularity of TED Talks. But there’s a gaping hole where public speaking training and public speaking coaching should be. The founders of VLIVE want to solve the problem by providing live public speaking training and coaching to individuals based on their level of comfort.

25
5 months ago

The founders of this startup want to change the way we think about the trustworthiness of online reviews. The way reviews are currently created and used has been a problem for a long time, and it’s only going to get worse.

25
5 months ago

The founders of this app want to build a tool for managing digital feedback. Instead of emailing feedback to a manager or leaving a comment on a blog post, users can send feedback directly to a specific employee, and the app’s smart algorithms will automatically highlight the most important parts of each comment so the employee can see it, reply to it, and move on without having to read through unnecessary comments.

25
3 months ago

The founders of Zapier want to make it easy to set up a set of apps to automatically trigger each other. They say they have over 35,000 users and are profitable.

25
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that lets you gift someone the ability to see the world, rather than a specific destination. The startup has 2 mentors and 7 founders, all of whom have traveled the world and are building an online community of people who are making the world a better place.

24
1 year ago

The founders of this startup have been working on a mobile-first platform since 2010. Now they’re building a mobile-only social network focused on young urban professionals.

24
1 year 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.

24
11 months ago

The Startup Genome is a resource for founders and investors. It covers early stage startups and is a non-profit that helps entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors. The Startup Genome aims to improve the ecosystem by providing entrepreneurs with data to help guide their decisions and spread best practices.

24
8 months ago

A company building solutions in the area of AI, applied to consumer marketing, is looking to help salespeople close deals by asking them questions. The startup’s founders say that it helps salespeople become more efficient at closing deals by asking questions like “What are you looking for” and “What are you not sure about”

24
7 months ago

A platform that helps the medical community make more informed decisions through data. HealthLoop cofounders are former Apple engineers who say they’ve built a prototype.

24
6 months ago

Software that helps people manage the annoying and complicated practice of setting up a new home in the US. The company’s founder, who is an engineer in Brazil, built the app to help friends and family move.

24
6 months ago

• How the founders of two startups from opposite sides

24
5 months ago

Mathematica is an analytics tool for schools that helps teachers track student data and improve education. The founders say that the company has already helped over a million students.

24
9 months ago

A wearable device designed for women to track sleep. The founders say their design and concept is inspired by the experience of their own mothers, and specifically the struggles they had with sleep disorders.

23
6 months ago

This startup is building a service to help people create their own “satellite” internet, connecting it to existing cellular networks. The founders of the startup say the service is a better alternative to the speeds of existing satellite broadband.

23
6 months ago

A startup that provides a marketplace for brokers and consumers to find, book, and pay for parking. The company’s founders are former employees of Parkingify, which they say is a prime example of the need for a parking marketplace.

23
6 months ago

A startup that, according to its founders, is “building the best platform for marketers to use data to create great campaigns and experiences.”

23
5 months ago

The founders hope to start a movement to change the way doctors think about their relationship with their patients by creating a new way for people to manage their health, which could save millions of people from medical mistakes, unnecessary procedures, and more.

23
4 months ago

The founders at this startup want to help restaurant owners around the US increase sales and profits for their businesses.

23
4 months 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.

23
4 months ago

A SaaS platform for enterprise HR teams. The startup is a full-stack service for recruiting and onboarding, but the founders want to add more features to the platform.

23
4 months ago

A startup that lists all the things you’d like to buy, but haven’t been able to find. The startup’s founder says his product is like a “Netflix for Amazon” and that it earns him around $10,000 a month.

23
3 months ago

A platform that helps parents manage their children’s everything from school and extracurricular activities to college visits and birthdays. The founders say they’ve launched a beta version of the platform that lets parents order and schedule activities, and set rules around cancelling and rescheduling. The founders also have a personal story about how their startup led them to discover their company’s mission.

23
10 months ago

A digital store for renewable energy equipment, which the founders say is the only one of its kind in the US.

22
7 months ago

The company’s founders say they’re working with over 3,000 small businesses in the UK.

22
5 months ago

A 1-hour (or longer) video Q&A series where founders answer all of your developer questions, in a format that is short, fast, and to the point.

22
5 months ago

The Startup Visa allows founders of startup in the U.S. to be able to work in the country for up to 2 years, and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

22
5 months ago

A tool to help power the operations of a new generation of Internet of Things devices. The company’s founders have been building IoT products for a decade but are now looking to bring their expertise to a new platform.

22
4 months ago

A startup for organizations to send job applications to applicants in one place. The founders say that their app is already in use by a large number of organizations.

22
4 months ago

A media company that helps content creators find sponsors for their work. The company’s founders are former employees at the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

22
2 months ago

A platform that allows players to build and play their own video games. It’s currently in its beta stage, but the founders plan to launch in 2020.

22
2 months ago

A cloud-based IT services company that provides managed cloud services to businesses. The company has $100,000 in monthly recurring revenue, according to the founder.

22
7 months ago

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

21
5 months ago

The founders of this startup want to use AI and machine learning to help people in developing countries gain access to medical services.

21
3 months ago

A mobile app for helping people learn Spanish. The startup is looking for a co-founder to help it grow.

21
3 months ago

A chatbot for people who have been recently released from prison. The startup’s founders say that over 25% of the US prison population is in prison for drug-related offenses, and that nearly 70% of those incarcerated are people of color.

21
2 months ago

A startup that “combines a credit card and a wallet” for users. In May the founder said it had $2 million in funding.

21
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that helps brands and agencies plan out their Instagram marketing strategies. The founder is a former head of marketing at Instagram (who worked on its mobile app) and says that brands still have a hard time figuring out how to adapt their advertising to the platform.

20
2 years 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.

20
9 months ago

A tool to help companies hire and manage a distributed workforce in the age of on-demand services. In a world of on-demand services, companies are looking for tools that will allow them to manage the people who work for them. Jobbird’s founders have already turned down $500,000 in investment.

20
9 months ago

The startup is building a tool to help people remember and pass down the history of their family. It’s currently working with a range of clients, including one of the founders, who is working with his grandfather to create a history of the family.

20
5 months 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.

20
4 months ago

A startup that helps people create, distribute, and sell music online. According to its founders, there’s a $30 billion music industry in the US, but it’s almost entirely untapped in the digital space.

20
3 months ago

A startup that lets you put your phone number on a business card and connect with friends, family, and colleagues. The founders of this startup say they’re selling a lot of business cards, with over 1,200 cards shipped in 24 hours and a $1,500 monthly recurring revenue.

20
3 months ago

A startup that wants to take the “ieatcookies” concept of delivery startups, and instead focus on food delivery for people with diabetes. The company’s founders say that in the past year they’ve already seen over 3 million “clicks” on their website.

20
2 months ago

 A web interface for translating websites and files. Translate.me was originally built by two Israeli engineers as a way to translate documents from Hebrew to English or English to Hebrew. Translate.me is currently free, but the founders say they want to move into a freemium model for larger teams.

20
1 month ago

This startup is developing a new way for developers to build apps for crowdfunding platforms. It will build custom software for each project, and also work as a consultant for founders to make sure their campaigns are compliant.

20
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that provides a full-stack CRM for nonprofit organizations. The founders claim the product has a 3x conversion rate compared to other major players, and is focused on helping nonprofits do more for less money.

19
8 months ago

Market research tool that gathers data on amateur athletes and coaches. The company’s founder says they’ve already signed up 8,000 coaches and they’re growing fast.

19
8 months ago

 A company that helps investors make money off the volatility of a company’s stock. The startup’s founders say the company has processed over $100 million in trades.

19
6 months ago

A tool to help founders and engineers create and distribute their personal blog posts.

19
6 months ago

This a personal-finance app that helps people track their spending and come up with a plan for paying off loans. The founders say it’s one of the most active finance apps in Japan.

19
5 months ago

A startup that brings the benefits of a “quiet studio” to people who live in buildings that aren’t as soundproofed. The company’s co-founder, who was previously a producer for The BBC, says he uses the studio for “super-advanced brain science and psychology research”.

19
5 months ago

This app is a digital diary for kids, and the founders say that it’s only possible because of the way the app’s parental controls work. The app asks for the child’s age and gender, then shows a picture of the child and asks for a voice recording of the child’s voice. The app then classifies the voice recording and shows them on a map. The founders say that this is an important distinction, as it allows parents to be able to see which kids are in which areas at any given time.

19
5 months ago

This is a new venture from the co-founder of the company that spent $8,000 on a round of venture funding to make a $400 smart phone. The company is building a home security camera that can use AI to alert its users of intruders. The founders were inspired by the startup that once owned their smart phone.

19
2 months ago

The most popular city for the founders of the top 50 startups, based on talking to founders, was New York. The city was home to 10% of the startups and the rest are spread across the US, including Silicon Valley and Seattle.

19
2 months ago

Libra is building a platform to help over 100,000 publishers and digital publishers increase their revenue by a whopping 90% by helping them convert subscribers into customers. Libra’s founders say that the average revenue per user is around $10, and the service wants to help them grow that to $50.

19
2 months ago

The founder of this startup is a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management who wants to build a platform for entrepreneurs to come together to share what they’re learning, to connect with mentors, and to help each other.

19
28 days ago

A software company that helps companies audit their supply-chains. The company’s founders say the startup has already helped clients like Target, Procter & Gamble, and DHL to save on several hundred millions in inventory.

19
5 months ago

Redefining the way the world looks at enterprise IT. As the founder puts it, "We're building a new kind of company where there's no hierarchy, no CTO, no CEO, everything is built from the bottom up."

18
4 months ago

The founders of this marketing startup say they’re building a Facebook for blimps. Their goal is to fuel the growth of a new kind of “social blimp” that’s valuable for businesses and pro-social.

18
4 months ago

A startup that helps you create and manage “Zines,” a new way to record and share your life. The startup’s founders say that you can write a Zine with just a smartphone and a little bit of paper.

18
3 months ago

Improving the delivery of savings products for customers who want to save for retirement. They’re currently focused on saving for retirement, but the founders say they’d like to expand to other areas.

18
2 months ago

The startup is building a 3D printer for small scale production. The founders met at Techstars, where they were early on a Y Combinator batch.

18
2 months ago

A collaboration platform for teams used at companies like Facebook, Uber, and Airbnb. The company’s founder left his last job at Uber to work on the startup full-time.

18
25 days ago

An idea from a co-founder, the startup is a tool to make software development easier for the non-technical people on a team, which often includes everyone from customer support to marketers to sales.

18
6 months ago

A platform that helps clients and teams track and manage project plans. The cloud-based platform is used by professional services firms, marketing agencies, and retail companies, with the company’s founders saying they’ve already grown to over $100 million in annual revenue.

17
6 months ago

This is a game-like tool for creating, connecting, and interacting with users in a group. Users can create their own rooms, and can invite others to join. The founders want to find a way to enable users to create and moderate spaces that are unique to them, and that can help them to connect with people in a larger community.

17
5 months ago

A workflow tool for teams — helping to “increase the average person’s effectiveness by 20%,” in cofounder and CEO Russ Jones’ words.

17
2 months 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.

17
2 months ago

A pay-as-you-go delivery service that brings groceries straight to your door. Its founders say they’re currently profitable, but the plan is to raise more capital later this year.

17
1 month ago

A language learning app. The founders say that the app is built for the Indian market and not for international markets.

17
1 month ago

The startup works with the government of India’s Ministry of Defence to help small businesses in India get their hands on Defense Ministry-related contracts. The startup’s founder, Sumit Goel, is a former officer in the Indian Navy.

17
5 months ago

A company that has a “pay-as-you-go” on-demand concierge service for students and millennials. The company’s founders want to help students focus on schoolwork and leave the rest to others, and plan to launch in early 2020.

16
5 months ago

Hedere uses a mobile app to help people make decisions about their health. The startup’s founder, a physician, helped people manage their health and make decisions through an iPad app.

16
3 months ago

The company’s team is remotely based in Costa Rica and the company’s co-founder is originally from Costa Rica.

16
2 months ago

The startup is building a platform for entrepreneurs to easily build and market their products. The startup's founder says that it can also provide financing to help scale businesses.

16
27 days ago

We’re all connected and we’re all looking for ways to simplify things. The founders of Disconnect are looking to bring together all these different systems into one place and make it all work together. This is a familiar idea that’s been around for a long time and has had a few iterations over the years. The idea is that you get more done with less effort and it’s all because your apps are all working together.

16
24 days ago

A startup that has built a platform that enables companies to create mobile apps. The founders are veterans of a number of mobile startups, including several that have been acquired by Facebook.

16
6 months ago

The premium version of the popular chat client Discord. The founders are building a product that helps smaller, independent developers book services and manage their own store. The company says it’s the only app that lets users build their own store.

15
3 months ago

A platform for startup founders to raise capital in a new way. Their pitch is that their platform is bringing transparency and efficiency to angel investing. Instead of a typical deal where a startup founder gets 50% of the company’s future equity, they offer equity up front as well as a stake in the company’s future profits.

15
2 months ago

The idea came out of frustration as a consumer, and the founders wanted to create a product that would help others avoid the same problem.

15
2 months ago

A startup to help users in the US get a visa to visit Mexico. Currently, only the founder is using it to visit Mexico, but it’s growing each week and it’s easy to imagine a scenario where it becomes a full-fledged travel app.

15
2 months ago

The company that the Founder of the company co-founded, has over 1.5M users. It’s an online music streaming service that he co-founded.

15
2 months ago

A platform that matches people who need time off with freelance business owners who need help managing projects. It is being pitched by the co-founders as a way to bridge the “digital divide” between freelancers and employees.

15
1 month ago

A startup that lets you track your steps, sit counts, and other metrics in an effort to improve your fitness and help motivate you to exercise. The founders met while working at a physical therapy clinic.

15
1 month ago

A new way to manage a startup. The startup wants to create a way for founders to manage their startups in a “better way”, and to create a way for those who aren’t founders to still engage in their startups.

15
2 years ago

Idea: A platform that connects to the APIs of a variety of e-commerce services (Stripe, Shopify, etc.) to help them better manage and analyze customer data. The founders say they have $1,500 in monthly recurring revenue.

14
2 months ago

The startup’s founders say they’ve had to raise over $14,000 to fund their efforts so far. The team is focused on creating a single management platform that can manage every aspect of a business, from HR to marketing to accounting to sales, and it’s already in private beta.

14
2 months ago

A “startup founded on the belief that everyone, regardless of their race or religion, should have a fair and equal opportunity to achieve success and wealth”. The founders say that their business is founded on a bottom-up, local and accessible model that would allow communities to help themselves. The company will start by focusing on the South and the Midwest as their first markets.

14
6 months ago

A platform that uses machine learning to automate the process of setting up and managing virtual desktops. The startup is currently in private beta, and the founders hope to soon release an open source product.

13
5 months ago

Startup founders attend the firm’s "Founders’ Clinic", which is a series of one-on-one coaching sessions with founders. The clinic is limited to 20 startups each year and is usually held in New York in the summer. The clinic is currently led by founder of VC firm Y Combinator Paul Graham.

13
2 months ago

The startup has built