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10 months ago

The company was founded in 2013 in San Francisco, CA.

351
5 months ago

A way to hire nannies in San Francisco.

161
11 months ago

A home delivery service for groceries, fully automated. Currently working in San Francisco.

158
1 year ago

A startup that tracks how often your employees are socializing and drinking, to monitor if they’re overdoing it. Based in San Francisco.

150
11 months ago

A startup that helps track and connect people who want to apply for jobs in a specific city, and allows them to see the job openings, apply and schedule interviews, get feedback on their applications, and communicate with recruiters. Available in the San Francisco Bay Area.

148
11 months ago

A company based in San Francisco that allows retailers to build private brands for their customers.

128
1 year ago

In 2018, the firm moved its headquarters from San Francisco to New York City.

124
1 year ago

A chatbot that organizes your orders and delivery for you. It currently has a team of 3, has raised about $1 million, and is focused on San Francisco for now.

123
1 year ago

A company that helps users schedule, organize, and share their ideas. The startup currently has a few dozen customers in New York City and San Francisco.

120
1 year ago

A mobile app that helps people find the best and cheapest public transportation in their city. Called "Uber for Transportation", it's already in beta in New York and San Francisco.

116
1 year ago

A San Francisco-based company that wants to make it easy for people to take photos and videos of their food. The startup is focused on helping people create the perfect Instagram photos to show off what they’re cooking, eating, or buying.

114
1 year ago

A digital dashboard for people to keep track of their personal and professional goals. The startup is based in San Francisco, and has just closed a $2.5 million round led by former Dropbox executive Adam D’Angelo.

108
1 year ago

A startup that helps users find parking spots in San Francisco.

105
1 year ago

A mobile app that helps people find local cafes and restaurants. The startup, based in San Francisco, is pitching its app as a Yelp for food.

105
1 year ago

A San Francisco startup aiming to become the first credit union to offer free checking and savings accounts to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces.

105
1 year ago

HousingBridge is building a new kind of mortgage broker, which essentially performs mortgage origination services for large banks. The company is headquartered in New York and has offices in Chicago and San Francisco.

103
1 year ago

A startup based in San Francisco that aims to help people more easily track their personal finances. The startup is building an app with an “expense tracker” that lets you add and organize expenses and bills.

102
1 year ago

A software platform that allows customers to find out where they can buy products and then subscribe to them in advance. The startup is building an e-commerce platform for physical products, with an emphasis on beauty. The company is based in San Francisco.

102
1 year ago

A simple tool for cafes and restaurants to manage and track the flow of their daily payments, with the ability to see trends and gain insights. The team came up with the idea while working at a local cafe in San Francisco.

101
1 year ago

A startup that helps entrepreneurs in San Francisco to get paid faster, and in the process, cuts down on fraud and lost payments.

101
1 year ago

A real estate app meant to help people find, research, and purchase houses. The startup is currently focused on the San Francisco Bay Area.

100
1 year ago

A property management startup in the San Francisco Bay Area.

100
1 year ago

A San Francisco-based startup in the education marketplace space that wants to help lower-income students afford higher education. The startup tells me it’s had over $200,000 in investments, has more than 10,000 students, and has been used by more than 3,000 colleges and universities.

100
1 year ago

A company that provides global data analysts with insights into consumer trends in real time. The startup is growing its team and expanding globally. It has raised $2 million to date from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and CrunchFund. It will be based in San Francisco.

98
11 months ago

This app helps people find parking spots in downtown areas and is available in the San Francisco Bay Area.

98
1 year ago

According to a report by TechCrunch, the San Francisco based coworking space, WeWork, is looking to raise another round of investments at a valuation of $8 billion. WeWork has been growing rapidly, and has been a major success in the US. However, the multi-billion-dollar valuation has not been met by the pace of growth, and many question how sustainable it will be.

96
11 months ago

An Uber-like app that helps people find reliable childcare. The startup is based in San Francisco and already has hundreds of parents on its waitlist.

96
1 year ago

A San Francisco-based startup that wants to help you build your own customized products, from custom business cards to custom furniture. The startup is building a catalog of products, and shipping internationally.

95
1 year ago

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

95
1 year ago

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to more than 200 companies that have received a total of more than $80 billion in venture capital funding as of Q3 2017.

95
1 year ago

A two-sided marketplace for recruiting, with employers and job seekers trading feedback and contact information. The company is based in the San Francisco Bay Area but also has offices in Los Angeles and Philly.

95
1 year ago

 A new type of meal-kit delivery service that aims to save consumers money by offering discounts when they order in bulk. The startup already has a few thousand customers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

95
1 year ago

A San Francisco-based startup working to make it easier for people to share their photos, videos, and other media while on the go. The startup has an iOS app and plans to launch an Android app soon.

95
1 year ago

Smartphones, tablets, and laptops have all become computers. This startup wants to make the home a computer. The company is based in San Francisco. The company’s name comes from the idea that a home computer is the center of the home.

94
8 months ago

A tool that helps companies hire talent in the San Francisco Bay Area, connecting them with candidates.

93
1 year ago

The startup is launching a digital platform to improve the quality of on-demand clinics. The platform aims to offer a way for doctors to easily post their services and for consumers to find a nearby clinic that offers appointments they need. The company is currently operating in the San Francisco Bay Area.

92
1 year ago

Rebuild is a software company that’s building a platform to help cities rebuild after disasters. The startup is based in San Francisco and has raised $2 million.

92
1 year ago

A startup to help people find a doctor with a doctor in their neighborhood. The San Francisco-based startup, which was launched in May, is a crowd-sourced network of doctors and patients that offers a list of doctors who accept Medicaid.

90
1 year ago

A company that maps the world’s urban areas using satellite imagery. It’s currently working with six cities: London, New York, San Francisco, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Hong Kong.

89
1 year ago

A tool for brokers to help sellers find properties. It’s first product is an apartment finder in San Francisco. The company has raised $5.5 million in funding.

89
1 year ago

A startup that helps people who are non-native English speakers navigate the US immigration system. The startup is based in San Francisco and is hiring.

89
1 year ago

An online platform that helps people find and connect with others with similar interests (i.e. a Google search for people who like to ride bikes in San Francisco).

89
1 year ago

The startup is looking to digitize the process of back-office data entry. Based in San Francisco, the startup is currently focused on the insurance industry, though it's looking to expand into the retail and hospitality markets.

89
1 year ago

An insurance company focused on the life-sciences industry. It’s currently starting a pilot in the San Francisco Bay Area.

88
1 year ago

If a company has an international lease in place, it can often forget to update it when it moves to a different jurisdiction. This startup, which is based in San Francisco, aims to make that process easier.

88
1 year ago

A coffee delivery service in San Francisco that is “delivering a new experience” to the coffee industry. The startup is a joint venture between a coffee roaster and a delivery service like Postmates.

87
1 year ago

A suburban hacker space, the Haus will provide low-cost hack and maker spaces for people to build “things”. The business, which is also an answer to the trend of “maker spaces” in cities like San Francisco and New York, is built around a single shared space, where members can come to build and learn.

86
1 year ago

This is an app that helps consumers find an apartment for rent by allowing them to search and compare all listings in San Francisco and beyond.

86
1 year ago

A company that lets teachers stream class lectures to the students in the classroom — and vice versa. The startup is currently working with 45 teachers and 10 school districts in the San Francisco Bay area.

85
1 year ago

A B2B platform that helps restaurants manage their food delivery operations. The startup, in operation in San Francisco and New York, has raised $5.6 million to date.

84
1 year ago

A startup that is building a “social to-do list” for small- to mid-sized businesses. The startup is currently working with 250 businesses in San Francisco, and plans to expand to other U.S. cities. It charges $20 per month for its platform.

84
1 year ago

A San Francisco-based startup that’s helping teams communicate by answering questions and getting help from a system that understands what each person is working on.

82
1 year ago

A company that helps athletes and other team members make sense of their training data. The startup was founded in November and is currently available in San Francisco, New York City, and Boston.

82
1 year ago

A startup that offers an online subscription service to pay for parking in downtown San Francisco. The startup also offers a mobile app that allows customers to pay for parking without going into an office.

81
1 year ago

A startup based in San Francisco that wants to help people get data on loans.

80
1 year ago

This personal finance startup plans to help people make better financial decisions–based on AI and behavioral science. It hopes to use machine learning to help users make better decisions based on data, rather than allowing people to just “use their gut”. The company is based in San Francisco, but is looking to hire a CTO.

79
1 year ago

Jeeves is a service that lets people reserve rooms on Airbnb, post photos, and chat with hosts. It’s currently running in San Francisco and Los Angeles and has plans to expand to New York City, Chicago, and Washington, DC.

76
1 year ago

A platform that allows people to see how their city compares to others in terms of access to safe drinking water and sanitation. It’s currently in beta and launching in San Francisco.

74
1 year ago

VentureBeat's list of 2016's 50 hottest startups in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, including a number of YC companies

72
1 year ago

A platform for on-demand valet parking. The startup provides in-car valet parking services for thousands of drivers in San Francisco.

70
1 year ago

An online marketplace for selling used furniture. The startup is currently focused on selling used furniture in the San Francisco area.

69
1 year ago

A startup that makes deliveries like Amazon that come to your door via a private fleet of cars. GetGo is currently in San Francisco.

69
11 months ago

A San Francisco-based startup that wants to disrupt the way that flexible manufacturing is done. Its purpose is to help customers determine the optimal amount of materials needed for products, and help companies manage materials.

69
1 year ago

Builds on the idea of an online store for workers to make money by selling items people need — and allowing them to earn up to $15 an hour. The company says it is currently operating in the San Francisco Bay Area.

67
1 year ago

A startup that lets you rent out rooms for your stuff. The startup is based in San Francisco.

66
1 year ago

This is a mobile application that helps people find the nearest bus stop for their commute. It’s more than just a tool to find routes, the app also provides real-time alerts to riders who are nearby, letting them know when the next bus is arriving. Founded in June, the startup has plans to expand to other cities and has run tests in San Francisco and Minneapolis.

62
1 year ago

A startup that helps make buildings cool. In the past two years, it’s built a community of more than 60,000 people who have collectively built more than 100 buildings in more than 35 countries. The community is a nice complement to the three office buildings that are open to tenants in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

60
1 year ago

A social network for people who want to buy and sell real estate. It’s currently focused on the San Francisco Bay Area, and is intended to compete with Zillow and Trulia.

58
1 year ago

A San Francisco-based startup that wants to help patients understand and manage their health with a mobile app that uses artificial intelligence to help users track and manage their health data.

56
1 year ago

A platform that helps companies build their own “anchor stores” — the “experiences” that people want to do in a particular city. For example, a company like Amazon might want to open up a store in San Francisco, but they’re not the first company to do so. The startup builds out a list of all the other stores in the area, and allows companies to apply to open up a new one.

55
10 months ago

A startup that lets businesses get paid in Bitcoin. The startup has over 30 customers, and is now in the process of opening a San Francisco office.

53
1 year ago

This startup wants to connect investors to early-stage startups. They’re currently doing a soft launch in San Francisco.

52
1 year ago

 A startup that lists the best deals on a given topic, for example, “The best pizza in San Francisco”

51
1 year ago

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, this startup is building an online marketplace for freelance designers to get paid for their work.

49
10 months ago

A startup that helps people find affordable housing in cities like New York City, Los Angeles, or San Francisco (and other cities too).

48
1 year ago

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

45
1 year ago

This company has developed a way to help homeless people decide if an apartment is worth locking down before signing a lease. The app, which is currently being tested in San Francisco, is meant to help people make better decisions about where to live, and could be particularly helpful for the homeless.

43
1 year ago

A San Francisco-based startup that operates a marketplace for people to rent their unused devices like computers, cameras, and drones.

41
1 year ago

This August, TechCrunch reported that Instagram was in talks with Facebook to acquire the company for as much as $1 billion. Instagram, which was founded in 2010, is based in San Francisco, and is a popular photography app that has more than 300 million users around the world. It was acquired by Facebook in 2012, and Facebook has since used Instagram to promote its other products, including Instagram Stories, and advertisements. Instagram has been a big investment for Facebook, and many think it has been one of the company's most successful acquisitions. However, Instagram's popularity has led to a lot of negative press coverage about the user data that Facebook has access to.

41
9 months ago

San Francisco-based startups, the city is famous for being “the capital of startups.” However, in recent years, the city has begun to lose its startup scene to other locales in the Bay Area, particularly Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco itself.

41
4 months ago

A platform for scheduling and managing taxi-cab service via smartphone. The startup is in the early stages of scaling, but the goal is to offer all of the things you could expect from a taxi cab service — like GPS tracking, real-time communication, and a dispatch system. The company is profitable and small but growing in the San Francisco Bay area.

40
10 months 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.

39
17 days ago

A portfolio of companies that helps brands craft messages and create content for social media. The company is based in San Francisco and is recruiting for a sales team.

39
10 months ago

A meat delivery service for restaurants. The startup, which has raised a $500,000 seed round led by Khosla Ventures, is working with restaurants and chains to deliver lunch and dinner to customers in San Francisco, New York City, and Boulder, Colorado.

37
4 months ago

An online platform that connects companies with a shared mission, where they can pool funds, create a common goal, and help each other. Startup is based in Silicon Valley and has launched in San Francisco.

37
2 months ago

A parking app for drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area, which includes a phone app, an app for drivers and a website for drivers to browse available parking spots. The startup has about 3,000 drivers and about 3,000 parking spots.

36
4 months ago

A wearable technology company, based in San Francisco, that makes apparel and accessories that measure in real time and track your activity. It has some of the lowest prices in the industry, and is a contender with the other big players.

34
10 months ago

A startup that’s building a platform that connects you to freelance “artisans” in your local area, allowing you to commission custom craftsmen or other professionals. It’s based in San Francisco and New York.

33
9 months ago

In August 2018, the company raised a $2.5 million seed round from Right Side Capital, and has since expanded to New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco.

33
5 months ago

A San Francisco-based startup that hopes to be the Uber of finance, where anyone can get a line of credit and borrow money from friends and family.

33
5 months ago

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

33
10 months ago

A startup that helps developers build smart-home systems. The startup has raised $20 million in venture backing and currently has a team of 15 in San Francisco.

32
8 months ago

A San Francisco-based startup that’s building a next-generation financial services platform for the growing population of financially underserved people.

32
8 months ago

A new company that solves the problem of building and managing data pipelines and data warehouses. Founded in 2014, the company is still based in San Francisco and raising its Series A.

32
9 months ago

A startup that wants to give people a digital home and help them share that home with others. It’s one of many companies that are hoping to make the sharing economy less of a weird thing only people who can afford to live in San Francisco do. The startup is already using its own properties to earn $5,000 monthly.

31
8 months ago

A startup that wants to take a person’s health, from a doctor’s perspective, and put it in a dashboard. It’s a “free radical”, a company in San Francisco, California, that wants to change the way the world thinks about health. It has a commercial in production with a director who’s won a couple of Oscars, and a book in development.

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8 months ago

In these polls, the respondents were asked to pick the most innovative young companies in San Francisco Bay Area.

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7 months ago

The unique thing about the startup is the way it uses AI to create new content (the company was recently named one of “Coolest Companies in San Francisco”)

27
6 months ago

This healthcare startup wants to help employees avoid the cycle of health insurance premiums and high deductibles. They send a monthly debit card to employees, and can be customized to cover a certain amount of money per month for a certain service, ranging from life insurance to primary care to dental. They’re profitable and growing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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8 months ago

A startup building a shared bike network in San Francisco. The company is looking to build a system that’s simple to use and ties back to the city’s existing Circulator bus system.

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8 months ago

A free, public-access platform for planning and sharing ideas on how to make San Francisco a better city.

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7 months ago

A company based in San Francisco that helps companies like LinkedIn, Google, and Facebook to attract and retain top talent.

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1 month ago

An iPad app that lets people book a reservation to a restaurant. Starting with the San Francisco Bay area and a few other cities.

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9 months ago

A group of entrepreneurs in San Francisco who are building a tool for managing the logistics of selling a house. The app, called Apprise, is meant to help sellers manage their home and prepare it to list on the market.

25
3 months ago

“The Uber of the wine industry”, a wine delivery service for people who don’t have time to sit at a bar and wait for wine to be delivered. It’s currently only in San Francisco, but is planning to expand nationwide later this year.

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1 month ago

This startup is building a connection between developers and local governments to help them build projects faster. They’ve had a great response so far, and the city of San Francisco is using them to build projects like the “people’s hub” on Market Street.

25
6 months ago

This startup is a grocery delivery service that serves the entire San Francisco Bay Area. It has a total of 400 restaurants on its platform.

23
3 months ago

A startup that connects users with people who are willing to buy their used items in the US. The startup will connect you with buyers in your area and help facilitate payments. It launched in San Francisco in July 2015.

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12 days ago

A food delivery app that’s launching in San Francisco this month.

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4 months ago

This San Francisco-based startup wants to create a simple platform for clients to open a bank account and get a loan. It’s a B2B business.

22
2 months ago

This startup is building an automated sales tool that helps you find your most profitable deals, track their progress and communicate with vendors. The startup has two customers so far, but plans to launch in the San Francisco Bay Area in Q3.

22
6 months ago

A voice-activated on-demand taxi service based in San Francisco.

21
9 months ago

A startup that wants to make it easier to find and monitor the data you’re paying for in all your online accounts. The company has launched in NYC, San Francisco, and Los Angeles markets.

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3 months ago

A SaaS startup based in San Francisco, California. The company has been growing rapidly, claiming to have “signed up more than 20,000 people in just the past month”. Its app lets users schedule and pay for deliveries, including food and household items, with a delivery fee.

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27 days ago

A startup that acts as a matchmaker between consumers and local businesses — now.com. Customers can search for businesses and read reviews, while businesses can list their items, pricing and contact information. The company is based in San Francisco.

19
5 months ago

A food delivery service focused on healthy and organic products in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have $40,000 in monthly recurring revenue.

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7 months ago

San Francisco startup that aims to take the “chaos” out of making decisions by providing a mobile app that helps users decide between a variety of options and then buy the one that’s best for them.

17
7 months ago

A startup that connects people who want to host an event with people who want to host an event. The startup has a staff of 20 and is based in San Francisco.

16
3 months ago

It’s a location-based service for ridesharing. The company is currently in beta in the San Francisco Bay Area but hopes to expand from there.

16
2 months ago

This San Francisco-based startup is building a platform for businesses to manage the entire range of legal and regulatory compliance tasks.

14
5 days ago

A startup that says it is an “unconference” that brings together top startup teams to help them connect, learn and grow. The first Unconference was held in San Francisco in early June.

14
10 days ago

A SaaS product that helps businesses optimize their in-store POS systems. The company currently has 12 employees and is based in San Francisco.

13
1 month ago

Tech startup X-Ray Vision is building a smart home security system that uses AI to identify security risks, including things like motion and sound, and send alerts to homeowners. It’s currently in beta testing in New York City and San Francisco.

12
8 days ago

A food delivery startup that’s looking to replace the delivery driver entirely. The startup’s model is to put a fleet of drivers on the road, and use a proprietary system to manage the orders, route, and delivery. It’s using tech from the company that built the Uber app, and is launching in San Francisco in October.

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3 months ago

A tool that tracks and shares the performance of small businesses and helps them manage their cash flow. The startup is currently live in two markets, San Francisco and New York.

11
2 months ago

A company that wants to build an artificial intelligence-powered assistant for the home that can help with many everyday tasks like making a reservation, paying bills, and buying things online. The startup is based in San Francisco.

11
2 months ago

This San Francisco startup wants to make it easier for companies to do things like collect insurance payments, send invoices, and get paid by their customers.

11
2 months ago

A San Francisco-based startup that offers a platform to build games with other companies.

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6 days ago

A company that wants to use its machine learning to help you find the best deals at local stores. The company is self-funded and has already built a prototype. The company says it will use the funds from YC to scale its team and move into a warehouse in San Francisco.

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3 days ago

All of these companies use YC's office space at 1120 Market St in San Francisco, except for the following

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1 year ago

Idea: Find open parking spaces in San Francisco

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1 year ago

Idea: A startup that connects consumers with local, sustainable food products The startup says it’s already working with over 50 local food producers, and has customers in New York City, San Francisco, and Montreal

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1 year ago

Idea: A startup that wants to get people off the couch and get them playing table tennis. The startup’s primary focus is on what they call “casual players” — people who play recreationally, but don’t want to spend a lot of time practicing to get better. The startup offers lessons on how to play the game online, as well as in-person lessons in San Francisco.

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