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9 months ago

A startup that allows people to hire a personal assistant in an hourly or per-project basis

352
11 months ago

A global marketplace for local goods that requires zero inventory or storage costs. The startup says it can deliver goods from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world within 48 hours.

187
1 year ago

New York City’s drone delivery startup. The startup wants to get packages from warehouses to homes in a half hour.

155
4 months ago

A tool for teachers to grade their students, with a focus on a 4-hour test.

155
2 years ago

For those who can’t afford to pay for a full-time financial advisor, this startup offers hourly advice via phone or video.

148
1 year ago

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

144
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.

143
2 years ago

This app helps users manage their time, organize tasks, and set goals. Users can track their hours, hours worked, and hours remaining, and be alerted to when they need to be at work. Users can also set goals, like working more or less, or getting more tasks done everyday.

128
2 years ago

A startup that provides a service where they install cameras around a house and then people can pay to rent hours of access to the video recordings

127
2 years ago

A human resources software company that helps companies track their employee’s work hours, track TPS reports, and calculate the number of employees they need.

126
2 years ago

A startup for self-employed people to connect with clients and charge per hour. The startup is launching in June.

122
2 years ago

A startup that provides a service where people can ask therapists questions and get an answer within 24 hours

121
2 years ago

A startup that would help people in the US learn how to code online for $10/hour

119
2 years ago

A company that helps nonprofits and local governments hire digital marketing agencies that are more targeted to their needs. They’re currently offering 5 hours of consulting and digital marketing services for $200.

118
2 years ago

A smart parking meter that allows drivers to pay for parking by the hour.

116
2 years ago

A startup for connecting freelance designers with clients. There are around 5 million professional designers in the US, and they’re frequently hired through agencies or by the hour. The startup is building a marketplace where designers can post their work, which clients can browse and hire.

109
2 years ago

They want to build a self-driving, electric, solar-powered truck that can deliver goods by the hour.

107
2 years ago

A community of users who are willing to pay $1 for a service in which they can stream movies and TV shows (about 1,000 movies and 2,500 hours of TV) using their mobile phones.

106
2 years ago

One of several startups that are building alternative work schedules that let people swap out their hours for the week. They all basically pair an employer with a local worker who can come in for extra hours in exchange for a small fee or a flat rate.

104
2 years ago

A platform to enable a “smart pool”. The startup is building technology that allows for robotic pool maintenance so pool owners don’t have to spend hours performing maintenance tasks.

103
2 years ago

A simple software application that helps users nail down their hourly rates.

103
2 years ago

This app wants to help you find a good plumber for your house, and helps you book them before the job, so you’re not standing in the rain for three hours waiting for a plumber to show up.

102
2 years ago

A startup that provides a service for renting servers, using a model similar to Airbnb Users can rent a server by the hour, day, week, or month They rent out their unused servers, which helps keep them up to date, and clients get cheap hosting

100
2 years ago

Builds mobile apps for small and medium-sized businesses that are typically handled by outsourced developers. It helps the client keep track of their employees and their weekly hours, track expenses, and generate invoices.

99
2 years ago

A company that offers a scheduling software that helps businesses schedule their employees for flexible hours.

98
2 years ago

A startup that helps companies manage their customer service costs by managing the number of customer support hours.

98
1 year ago

A platform that allows users to rent out their cars by the hour for between $5 and $12.

96
2 years ago

A startup that provides a service where you can purchase a gift card that is redeemable for a 1 hour tech support phone call

95
2 years ago

A startup that’s meant to help employers manage their employee benefits and compensation. It’s currently a SaaS business with a free tier that offers access to a basic toolset including a tool that helps employers calculate a person’s hourly wage.

94
2 years ago

A startup that helps its users take advantage of split-work hours that their employers or school offer

94
1 year ago

This startup is building a premium, shared-bikes-for-hire platform in Los Angeles that aims to be an Uber for urban transport. Their bikes will be electric and can be reserved online, on-call 24/7, for one hour or longer.

94
1 year ago

A car sharing startup that lets people rent cars by the hour or by the day. In July, the company had 13,000 people on the waitlist for their limited-time $500,000 raise.

94
2 years ago

A startup that helps real estate agents with "after-hours" showings The startup wants to grow into a managed marketplace that serves as a broker for all home services, from repairs to insurance

93
2 years ago

“WeWork is a glamorous space. It’s a five-star hotel, it’s more like a five-star mall, it’s a five-star resort — it’s like a nightclub. It’s like a ‘cool’ mall. But it’s really just an address,” said David Graeber, anthropology professor at London School of Economics and author of “Debt: The First 5,000 Years” in an interview with “PBS NewsHour”.

93
2 years ago

A delivery service that gives customers the option to order a dozen or so items from a list of popular restaurants, which will be delivered to the customer’s home or office within an hour.

92
2 years ago

Patent: A “system and method for checking work hours in a time-tracking system”. The startup is looking to extend this service to software projects.

92
1 year ago

A company that helps small businesses sell telecommuting services. They’ve sold over 20,000 hours of telecommuting time.

91
2 years ago

A startup helping companies that use a lot of data or have a lot of data. The startup is looking to offer 24/7/365 support, with an automated phone call within two hours of an issue being raised.

86
1 year ago

A platform that lets you rent a bike for an hour or 24/48 hours.

86
2 years ago

This is an application to help people find a doctor and get an appointment within 24 hours. The startup is seeking to partner with hospitals to help users find doctors for in-person visits.

85
7 months ago

A digital alternative to a courier service that provides delivery within a few hours.

84
2 years ago

A startup that’s on-boarding its users to its $99 per month 1-hour coaching service.

82
1 year ago

A start-up that wants to replace the messy and outdated process of filling out tax forms with a website that will do the whole job for you. Taxcobo’s CEO says his company can save you 10 hours of work a year, or about $1,000, and its employees are former tax professionals.

80
2 years ago

A startup for providing storage space to people who need extra space, with monthly fees starting at $30 — and no hourly fees.

78
1 year ago

 This startup is building an app that will help people find cheap flights for a flight that’s longer than three hours.

78
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
8 months ago

A startup that uses artificial intelligence to predict where a person will get dengue fever within 72 hours and suggests a preventive treatment to them.

77
2 years 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.

76
8 months ago

A software platform that optimizes the compilation process in software development. It’s a more efficient way of building software, and can help developers cut hours off of their product creation process.

76
1 year ago

A food delivery app in the US that is working with a handful of restaurants to get deliveries in under an hour. It has already raised $6M.

74
2 years ago

A software company that sells software that allows companies to manage their workforce data, including payroll, benefits, and hours.

72
1 year ago

Helps employers manage and track employee’s work hours and performance for per-project billing.

70
1 year ago

A food delivery service for restaurants. The startup offers customers a subscription model, giving them access to a $20-30 menu of food available between the hours of 8am and 2am.

69
2 years ago

A retail solution that allows customers to order groceries from a variety of retailers and have their goods delivered to their doorsteps within a few hours. In the first year of operations they had 10,000 customers and raised $1 million in seed funding.

68
8 months 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.

68
1 year ago

This startup is building a way to keep track of employees’ work hours, salaries, and benefits. It’s building a proprietary software that allows companies to do this, and takes the place of a payrolling system.

67
1 year ago

A tool to help users manage their work hours, with a built-in calendar to help users schedule their time off.

67
1 year ago

A startup that helps you determine how much energy you’re using in an hour or a day. The app is free, and in the US will soon be free for all users.

66
1 year ago

A 24-hour customer service bot that's capable of making appointments, booking hotels, and purchasing airline tickets.

65
1 year ago

A company that wants to help companies and their employees work together after hours, whether that’s an early morning meeting or a weeknight hack.

65
1 year ago

This startup wants to be the Airbnb of after-hours travel for dentists. Dentists can use the service to help students and interns for practice trips, and offer their own services to travelers looking for a dentist while on vacation.

64
11 months ago

Smile is a startup based in Tel Aviv that has built a tool that can help people get trained in coding in only six hours. The company is run by a former CTO of Israeli company SapientNitro.

64
10 months ago

Social Hour is a platform for businesses to engage with their customers. Using their platform, businesses can create a social experience for their customers that includes live video, video Q&A, polls, and more.

64
1 year ago

Nota is building a tool that helps companies calculate their cost of goods sold on on each unit of product they sell. The startup built a tool that can predict and measure the cost of goods sold within an hour.

59
1 year ago

A full-stack SMS API for India. The startup says it can process 10 million messages per hour.

55
1 year ago

The venture is looking to build out a platform for companies to use to monitor their employees’ working hours.

55
1 year ago

A startup that is building a tool that helps companies map out employees' preferred work hours and locations so they can more easily schedule work from home.

53
9 months ago

WeWork, which lets you rent out desks and office space by the hour, is expanding its services to include space for meetings, presentations, and training.

53
1 year ago

This is a new way to sell your stuff on an app. Founded in January, Papago helps people sell their items on its marketplace. The marketplace has four categories: stuff, collectables, household items, and vehicles. Members can post their items on the site for 24 hours, and if no one buys it, the item goes back to the seller’s inventory. If someone buys it, the seller gets paid in bitcoin.

52
4 months ago

 A tool for on-demand professionals, like a concierge or personal trainer, to charge customers by the hour and by the project.

52
1 year ago

A toolset for companies to set up a custom, easy-to-use digital product. Rely on a team of consultants who are literate in your industry and can build a custom product within 48 hours.

50
1 year ago

A platform for the sharing economy. The startup’s idea is to “unlock” the sharing economy by making the legal process simple for drivers and allowing them to charge hourly for their services.

50
8 months ago

A company that helps companies that operate in a surge capacity — those that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — manage their power usage and energy costs. It’s a 15 person company that launched in New York City in May, and is profitable.

50
1 year ago

This startup is building a platform that makes it easier for restaurants to manage staff schedules, getting them up-to-date with their shifts and either reducing the number of wasted hours between shifts or giving employees more hours.

49
5 months ago

A startup that provides a visual dashboard of project health and progress. The startup uses AI to crowdsource 3,000 hours of data from 50,000 employees and then provides a visualization of the health of your project.

49
1 year ago

A food delivery startup that only delivers food and drink that’s been on the premises for a couple hours. It’s already expanded into DC and NYC.

48
1 year ago

The startup wants to build a tool to help employers manage their workforces, using algorithms to calculate and monetize various work hours.

47
1 year ago

An enterprise-grade mobile app that makes it easier to hire freelance contractors. The startup’s software tracks hours, overtime, time cards and more, and automates the process.

46
9 months ago

One hour of video editing can take up to 72 hours to complete. This startup wants to streamline that process with a service that analyzes video and applies rules to produce a video edit.

45
1 year ago

A tool that allows employees to track and collaborate on projects. The company says the average person wastes nearly an hour each day on email, so it’s designed to help people get more done.

44
1 year ago

A platform for businesses to help their employees track hours and pay for independent contractors. The startup has already been used by companies like Hewlett Packard, CVS, and DMCI.

44
1 year ago

A startup that provides a platform for companies to manage their workforce by tracking their hours, productivity, and revenue.

44
1 year ago

A micro-job platform where people can earn a few dollars an hour doing a task for a company that already has a full-time employee doing that same task. The idea is that someone can have a few hours of work on Mechanical Turk each day already, and that’s the entirety of their work week.

44
8 months ago

A real-time payroll software that helps employers and employees track hours.

44
8 months ago

A startup that provides a link to an hour of phone time with a mental health professional, for free.

43
1 year ago

On 2 June 2015, an app called "YouNow" was released by a team of developers from the University of Southern California. The app allows users to broadcast live videos to their friends, and allows viewers to tip the broadcasters. The video is only viewable for 24 hours, but viewers can re-watch them at any time.

42
6 months ago

 A tool that helps lawyers and small businesses write wills in under an hour

42
1 year ago

This company lets you rent an office or conference room for a few hours or days

41
7 months ago

Don’t want to spend hours creating content for your website, and don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a content management system

41
4 months ago

This is a startup for organizations and individuals who want to start their own social media accounts that engage their communities, get more involved, and start conversations which can lead to more sales, more volunteer hours, and more donations.

41
1 year ago

This startup makes software for a company that makes custom parts for cars. CNC Solutions creates parts for specific cars, like a wheel hub for an Audi R8. The startup claims that if a company has a client they can't make a part for, they'll be able to turn around an order in six hours.

40
11 months ago

A startup that allows you to keep track of your billable hours on every project.

40
3 months ago

 A way to get a loan in 1 hour with as little paperwork as possible.

40
11 months ago

An API for keeping track of work hours and administering leave tracking.

39
1 year ago

A business management tool for logistics companies, geared towards help desk in particular. The startup wants to help logistics companies be more flexible with their hours and be better at managing the flow of information from customers.

38
10 months ago

An AI that can help companies set up a CRM system in 6 hours

38
10 months ago

A startup for finding a mechanic at all hours of the day and night

38
5 months ago

A consumer drone that can take off and land on its own, fly up to 50 miles per hour, and stream HD video.

38
4 months ago

A startup that helps users find a doctor based on their insurance plan. It’s free, and offers a free 1-hour doctor consultation.

37
1 year ago

A platform to give users a “just in time” grocery delivery in a few minutes in a city where in many places a delivery can be a two hour wait.

36
1 year ago

A catered meal delivery service for those who work odd hours or don’t like cooking. You can order ahead and even set up a schedule to be meal-ready as soon as you arrive at work.

35
1 year ago

A delivery app that integrates with existing couriers and delivery services that allows people to order food from local restaurants and have it delivered to their front door in an hour.

35
1 year ago

A startup that makes software that enables employers to monitor their employees in a way that allows them to dictate the hours they work, the type of work they do, and when they need to take a break.

35
11 months ago

A new kind of online sales platform for small businesses that’s built around a mobile channel. The startup wants to help small businesses build their own mobile app sales channel in two hours, with a demo version available now, and a full version launching in mid-2020.

35
1 year ago

A visual dashboard for Uber's drivers, letting them see how many hours they've driven, what they've driven, and what they were paid.

34
3 months ago

A “cooler than a fridge” that stores food for 24 hours and uses a combination of temperature, humidity, and time to maintain food quality.

34
3 months ago

Startups can either use a SaaS service or build their own website, but the latter typically takes longer and costs more. The company makes it easy for startups to deploy a fully-functional website within 48 hours for $1,000

34
1 year ago

A self-driving electric bike that can be rented by the hour that launches in Q4 2019.

33
1 year ago

This startup is building a platform that supports the creation of “lifestyle podcasts” by giving creators a way to get their own podcasts up and running in just a few hours.

33
1 year ago

This startup is building a mobile app that will let you buy just about any product — from a couch to a chandelier — and have it delivered to your home in less than an hour.

31
6 months ago

A startup that lets drivers park for free in one hour increments in a few thousand cities. Rather than having to go through the hassle of finding parking spots in a city, Uber drivers can simply show up at the area they want to park and get a pass.

30
4 months ago

A tech company that connects customers with small businesses in a particular geographic area to get small-business items delivered to their door in under an hour.

30
4 months ago

A tool for hiring freelancers, including a way to find hourly rate quotes in a specific industry

30
1 year ago

A new way to pay for parking. Rather than pay by the hour, you pay by the week on a pay-as-you-go basis. The idea is that it eliminates parking tickets and increases utilization, and the company says it’s already in over 500 cities and 30,000 businesses.

29
1 year ago

A startup that wants to make it easy to make furniture with 3D printing. A woodworker or designer can go to their website and select a model, upload their CAD files, and in just a few hours they’ll get a 3D-printed version of their design.

27
9 months ago

A web-based solution that aims to help people go from homelessness to housing in 24 hours. The startup wants to help people navigate the often complex process of moving into permanent housing.

27
4 months ago

A startup that helps students in college and grad school build better resumes by having them share everything from their job board activity to how many hours they’re spending on side projects.

27
2 months ago

A digital platform that allows employees to forecast their hours and spend more time with their families. The company is based in Seattle and has a few thousand users who have used their program.

27
1 year ago

A startup that helps entrepreneurs in the US get their home-based businesses into compliance with the tax code. It’s also a service that has helped 35 lawyers in the Bay Area file taxes in just over 3 hours, typically via telephone.

26
10 months ago

A startup that makes it easier for companies to manage their labor costs and track employees' work hours. They have $2.5M in funding after launching in 2016.

26
11 months ago

A startup that allows customers to book restaurants by the hour. The app is already in use in the UK, and has been linked to the likes of Pizza Express and Jamie Oliver.

25
5 months ago

A company that builds a full website for businesses in just hours. The startup, which was founded in early 2015, also builds mobile apps and website software with speed and ease.

24
3 months ago

A dashboard for restaurants to monitor their food sales, accounting for everything from the inventory of ingredients to the hours that employees work.

24
11 months ago

A 24-hour stream of live video from a startup’s office.

23
7 months ago

A startup whose mission is to help people who have lost jobs or had their hours cut to find other work.

23
3 months ago

A startup that partners with local stores to make a delivery service that can get food to people within an hour. In the past month the company has already launched in London, and is planning to expand to the US.

23
6 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
1 month ago

The app helps users find the best place to work based on hours, location, and specialized skills.

22
29 days ago

A company that tracks employee work hours and reports on trends to employees, employers and managers.

21
4 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 platform for professionals and organizations to share their expertise. One-on-one mentoring is a huge business in the US, with veteran coaches charging around $1,000 an hour.

20
2 months ago

A platform for small business loans in Nigeria. The startup wants to offer loans within 24-hours in Lagos, Nigeria, by connecting underbanked micro and small businesses to banks.

20
2 months ago

A startup that helps businesses find and retain top talent by sending candidates into their offices and showing them how their business works. The startup says they are working with 50 clients, with both startups and large enterprise companies, who keep the candidates on call for up to 36 hours.

20
6 months ago

Postmates’ algorithm scours the internet for items that have high demand, and sends them to the customer within an hour.

19
3 months ago

A recruitment platform for small businesses where employees are given the flexibility to choose their hours and when they work, but are also able to receive paid time off and benefits.

19
1 month ago

A way to track the hours employees work, allowing companies to better manage their time.

19
1 month ago

A predictive analytics tool for helping businesses make decisions about their employees. The startup looks at things like how many hours people work and how many days they’re on vacation, and works with companies to help them make better hiring and retention decisions.

19
2 months ago

A communications platform for doctors and patients, allowing them to communicate after hours via email and SMS.

18
1 month ago

This startup is building a service for B2B companies that allows them to create contracts in minutes, instead of in hours or days.

18
1 month ago

A crowdsourcing startup that provides access to a network of freelance graphic designers for companies, who then work on a per-hour basis to create graphics, web content, and logos for companies.

18
1 month ago

A startup that will help you find companies that will give you free rent for your apartment in exchange for a set number of hours a week.

17
2 months ago

This is a startup that wants to be the next-generation of social media, where people can create ephemeral messages that disappear after a few hours.

16
19 days ago

Built to help companies create, share, and use dashboards in minutes, not hours. It was launched in early 2019 and is building a small but growing team.

16
2 months ago

India is the world’s fastest growing market in the food delivery business, and this startup is building an app that wants to take advantage of that. It’s looking to create an on-demand market for delivery drivers, who can earn $20 to $30 an hour.

15
2 months ago

Being a photographer is a full-time job, and the photos you take often end up in a gallery or on someone’s Instagram for a few hours before disappearing. But with this startup, you can make money from those screenshots and still get paid for them after.

15
2 months ago

A platform that lets you quickly create and launch a new website, 24 hours later.

15
2 months ago

A delivery service that promises to deliver items from online retailers within two hours.

14
2 months ago

A startup that allows you to track your next-day flights and automatically book seats, with a time-saving feature that allows you to book the same seat on a flight 24 hours in advance, saving you the hassle of trying to book the same flight two or three days in advance. The app currently has a pilot with Flyte, and is also in talks with other airlines.

14
3 months ago

CollaborateLive is a platform for video conferencing and screen sharing that allows businesses to conduct video interviews with customers and prospects. It’s also a way for startups to hold virtual events, with one-hour slots available for $15.

13
3 months ago

A startup that aims to create an AI-powered personal assistant that works 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

13
21 days ago

A food delivery app with a one-hour delivery guarantee, that targets customers that want to make food and order it in, but don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen making it.

13
1 month ago

A new way of hiring remote engineers, the startup is hiring engineers from any country who can work remotely and will pay them based on a strict fixed hourly rate.

10
2 years ago

Idea: This startup wants to make it easier for people to get matched up with local experts like doctors or lawyers. It currently has 2,200 experts signed up, and is charging $45/hr for up to five hours of work.

9
3 months ago

A startup that allows shoppers to buy a product and have it delivered to their house within an hour. The company is building on the success of its other app, Instacart that lets shoppers order groceries online.

9
12 days ago

A new way to find a doctor, through a website that matches patients and doctors based on their preferences. For instance, if you want a doctor who’s available on nights and weekends, then you can search by location and hours in advance.

5
8 hours ago

A startup that makes it easier to hire contractors. The startup makes it easy to say, “I want to hire a designer to do this,” and they can find one who typically works for a few hours for free.

0
2 years ago

A startup that makes it easier to setup an online store for a new product The startup says it can make a new store online in less than one hour

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2 years ago

Idea: Startups only get 24 hours to raise investment

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2 years ago

Idea: A market for people who want to rent their vehicles to others for a few hours or the day The company has grown to 15,000 drivers in the Boston area They’re aiming to be a trusted marketplace that makes it easier to rent cars, and more profitable for their drivers

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2 years ago

Idea: A platform that makes it easy for interior designers to manage projects and clients. Users of the software say it’s saving them up to 6 hours per week.

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2 years ago

Idea: A startup that makes a $500 software-as-a-service platform for managing storefronts. These give pop-up shops a chance to set up shop in a new city in a matter of hours.

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