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2 years ago

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

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2 years ago

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

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2 years ago

A new way to crowdsource ideas for new products, with the goal of helping fledgling startups get ideas for new products off the ground. The startup is building a platform for companies to crowdsource ideas in exchange for equity.

223
3 years ago

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

215
1 year ago

A company that provides hourly workers with technology and training to get their own small business off the ground. Come Up Now has grown from a handful of contracts to 200 employees in the past six months.

182
5 months ago

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

180
2 years ago

A mobile app to help tourists book trips in real time, in a way that’s similar to using a mobile app to book a ride-share or a hotel. The company has a large following of users, and a potential to build a global brand from the ground up.

175
3 years ago

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

173
3 years ago

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

173
3 years ago

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

167
1 year ago

This startup helps small-business owners, with a small team and a single lawyer, get their businesses off the ground.

166
2 years ago

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

159
3 years ago

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

158
3 years ago

A company that helps businesses sell and market their products on Amazon and their own website. It has 12,000 customers in India, and a team of 30 on the ground in a new office in Mumbai.

157
3 years ago

The concept of the accelerator is a young one, with the first accelerator programs emerging in the late 1990s in Silicon Valley and New York. In general, accelerators help startups get off the ground, providing capital, mentorship, and networking opportunities.

148
2 years ago

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

148
2 years ago

Jet.com is a startup that will sell anything from household items to clothes to groceries to a single user, with no membership fees or minimum purchase requirements. It’s been called the Amazon of online shopping that will work on the ground. The company says it has 1.1 million active buyers already, and a $3 billion run rate.

147
3 years ago

A company that aims to disrupt the transportation of hazardous cargo by using drones to fly through the air and drop off material to the ground.

145
3 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.

142
3 years ago

A startup that wants to help programmers collaborate online and on-the-ground.

138
3 years ago

A group of entrepreneurs working to redesign the dating app from the ground up.

137
2 years ago

A startup that helps doctors and patients find common ground, reducing the stress involved in insurance and billing questions.

136
3 years ago

A startup that provides software to help people get their business off the ground

133
3 years ago

A solution for the $4 trillion global oil market where producers don’t have reliable inventories and retailers don’t have a clear picture of demand or low prices. Oil can be stored in underground tanks and is more valuable if it’s in the right place. Oil Tracker aims to connect all the different stakeholders in the oil market.

133
3 years ago

A startup that launched in May, Empowered Launchpad is a marketplace for a variety of services including legal, accounting, and engineering, with the goal of making it easier for startups to get off the ground. They’re already working with 100 companies around the world.

132
3 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.

128
3 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.

127
3 years ago

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

127
3 years ago

A messaging app that was built from the ground up to be used by people who are hearing impaired.

126
3 years ago

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

126
3 years ago

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

126
7 months ago

A platform that connects customers with flight attendants and pilots and helps them book flights and arrange ground transport.

126
3 years ago

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

123
3 years ago

A company that aims to help folks in remote areas join the internet via satellite. It uses a combination of an on-the-ground antenna, GPS location and signal strength, and mobile coverage to triangulate a tower near the user and then send them a tiny satellite modem.

121
1 year ago

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

120
1 year ago

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

120
3 years ago

A mobile platform that helps users find nearby parking via mobile device. The startup is building the technology from ground up, with a new API that can be used by parking lot owners and app developers to get parking data.

119
3 years ago

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

118
3 years ago

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

118
3 years ago

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

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10 months ago

A tour guide app that aims to reduce lag time and provide a more accurate travel experience by crowdsourcing a network of people already on the ground to answer questions and provide tips en route.

112
2 years ago

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

110
2 years ago

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

101
2 years ago

A platform for building your own online community, from the ground up.

100
2 years ago

An underground “mixing” app that uses the concept of the blind date to pair people up based on shared interests and provide a means for them to meet.

100
10 months ago

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

98
3 years ago

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

97
2 years ago

This startup is building a new brand of “personal concierge” for the rich and famous that will help them choose the right house to buy, which groundskeeper to hire, and which type of vacation to take.

97
9 months ago

A platform for companies to manage their customer relationships with a customer relationship management (CRM) system. The startup says the software has been built from the ground up to be simple and intuitive.

94
2 years ago

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

93
3 years ago

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

92
2 years ago

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

90
2 years ago

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

89
11 months ago

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

89
2 years 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.

88
1 year ago

A crowdfunding platform that specializes in helping startups and small businesses get off the ground by lending them money and by providing them with a platform to raise money.

83
11 months ago

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

83
9 months ago

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

81
2 years ago

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

78
9 months ago

A startup that’s building out a platform for people to post information about the condition of the ground underneath their house.

76
2 years ago

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

75
2 years ago

An e-commerce platform for speciality retailers, which worked with a B2B company to get a project off the ground.

75
10 months ago

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

75
3 years ago

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

73
2 years ago

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

73
1 year ago

A company that sets up a meeting with a group of people who might have similar interests, similar values and similar goals, to help them find common ground.

73
2 years ago

A hardware startup that’s building a ground-based sensor network to monitor air pollution, with an eye towards monitoring air quality in the developing world.

72
1 year ago

A digital tool that helps you know where your car is, even if it’s parked in an underground garage.

72
1 year ago

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

71
2 years ago

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

70
2 years ago

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

70
1 year ago

A startup that helps people who want to start a restaurant in a different country get their business off the ground.

70
1 year ago

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

70
2 years ago

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

69
1 year ago

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

69
1 year ago

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

69
9 months ago

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

68
2 years ago

An on-demand movie streaming service that aims to make using video on demand (VOD) more like using a VHS tape store. The startup wants to lay the groundwork for a business model that rewards users for sharing their own videos.

67
1 year ago

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

66
10 months ago

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

66
1 year ago

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

65
10 months ago

A mobile app for the people who design, build and maintain the world’s communication networks, from the ground up. It’s meant to give them a better way to plan, build, and operate networks around the world.

64
2 years ago

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

62
1 year ago

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

62
1 year ago

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

59
7 months ago

Got a new business Get it off the ground, or re-start it with a new team

59
3 months ago

A tool that helps non-coders create HTML5 apps from the ground up, by focusing on the organizational side of the process.

58
5 months ago

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

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9 months ago

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

56
1 year ago

Hollywood has become a playground for startups. In addition to the traditional funding from venture capital, there are millions of dollars coming from the likes of Peter Thiel and Andreessen Horowitz. There are also a host of celebrities, like Ashton Kutcher and Mark Zuckerberg, who are teaming up with startups.

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10 months ago

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

55
9 months ago

This new company wants to help companies manage their supply chain risk by monitoring it and providing alerts for issues on the ground.

55
1 year ago

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

54
1 year ago

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

51
1 year ago

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

50
8 months ago

A startup that has grown from the common ground between computer science and the arts. Their goal is to create a more efficient way to create, remix, and share art.

48
1 year ago

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

47
1 year ago

A platform for managing the process of getting a business off the ground by helping entrepreneurs answer questions like “What are my options”, “How much money do I need” and “What’s my time frame”.

47
1 year ago

Software that helps game developers get their game ideas off the ground.

46
1 year 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.

45
1 year ago

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

45
5 months ago

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

45
1 year ago

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

43
8 months ago

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

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9 months ago

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

39
1 year ago

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

35
8 months ago

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

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8 months ago

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

31
7 months ago

The founders of this startup have been working in the tech industry for decades, however they have had no success starting companies. Some of their friends on LinkedIn have noticed that they have a lot of business cards and they don’t have a company. They wanted to build a company that helps other entrepreneurs — not just friends and family — to get off the ground.

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1 year ago

A company that sells single-serving coffee packets (i.e. ground coffee) to businesses in bulk (i.e. 20 cups) for $5/bag. The startup has already won over a number of restaurants, and is working on a new product to sell coffee to businesses.

30
2 months ago

A simple onboarding experience for startups, the startup wants to make it easier for new businesses to get off the ground.

29
1 month ago

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

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5 months ago

A team of blockchain specialists is building a decentralized platform for managing a city’s economic activity. The platform is meant to be a middle ground between the government and the market.

25
2 months ago

A company that makes software for hitting golf balls where the wind is. The firm's product uses GPS and other sensors to track how the ball flies to the ground.

25
2 months ago

A social network to help artists promote their work, share knowledge, and connect with one another. The startup is connecting the underground music scene with fans and sharing knowledge.

25
4 months ago

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

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5 months ago

In the past, the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics has run a number of initiatives to support startups in the city, including a grant program and a series of hackathons. Now the office has launched a pilot program to provide startups with a $2,000 grant to help them get off the ground. The program is run through the Mayor's Office of Innovation, and is specifically meant for startups that provide new or novel solutions to the city's biggest problems.

21
2 months ago

This startup wants to use AI to find and predict the next “groundbreaking” scientific discovery. The company wants to bring researchers from all over the world together to solve big problems, and has already attracted more than 1,000 researchers to its platform.

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1 month ago

A tool for people who want to build a company from the ground up, selling products they design and make themselves.

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19 days ago

A startup for managing your money, built from the ground up by a financial advisor.

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5 months ago

Focuses on building tools that provide the data and tools a startup needs to get off the ground.

19
3 months ago

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

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5 months ago

 An online marketplace for indoor farming equipment that connects farmers on the ground with farmers in the air.

18
2 months ago

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

18
1 month ago

The founder of Crest, a food delivery platform (and former YC company), is helping a new startup get off the ground with recipe software.

17
24 days ago

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

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1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

A startup that makes it easier for consumers to buy and sell used tires. Called Restyle, this is a model that’s similar to eBay. The startup is using the champion of online shopping, Amazon, to help it get off the ground.

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1 month ago

A global real-time payment system that connects sellers with buyers. It’s similar to PayPal but with lower fees and a more transparent back-end. Tarshar and his team are currently in talks with a few banks to get the company off the ground.

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