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1 year ago

A B2B startup that seeks to help companies manage travel and expenses. The startup is building a booking tool that works for all travel types, from flight and hotel to car and rail.

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1 year ago

A chat bot that helps you find the cheapest flights to your destination, set alerts for when prices drop, and handle tons of other travel-related tasks. The startup is focused on helping travelers manage their itineraries and get the most out of their travel.

876
2 years ago

A startup that helps consumers get their money back from airlines for delayed flights.

426
1 year ago

A tool for online booking of flight, train and bus tickets in India, with a free mobile app.

369
1 year ago

Allows people to book free trips on flights, trains, and buses.

207
5 months ago

A lightweight, secure, and encrypted VPN that works over cellular data and Wi-Fi.

171
1 year ago

A "smart home monitoring" startup focused on energy efficiency. It's currently in a pre-launch stage, with a device that allows users to remotely turn off lights and lock doors with a smartphone, and the company says it has acquired $2.4 million in seed funding

163
2 years ago

A tool that helps people find specific flights, using data from travel agent websites. It’s a fairly simple concept but it will be interesting to see how they implement it as they try to become the Yelp for flights.

162
1 year ago

Helps users find the best deals on flights, hotels and car rentals. The startup allows you to search for flights, hotels, car rentals and more, and then allows you to filter the results by price, location, amount, and whether you’d like to pay with cash or credit card.

140
2 years ago

The startup helps companies scale their drone usage by allowing flight data to be transferred from one drone to another and to the cloud.

135
1 year ago

A startup that sells a USB-connected device that allows you to remotely control your home’s lights and television, and allow users to launch and log into apps on their phones.

134
2 years ago

A startup that sells a service where they help you plan a vacation and then they arrange all of the flights and hotels for you

128
2 years ago

A platform that allows people to monitor and control their home environment. Their central product is an IoT hub that collects data from things like lights, thermostat, and leak detectors, then sends it to a smartphone app.

128
2 years ago

A startup that helps you make your house a solar-powered, internet-connected network, allowing you to control lights, appliances and other devices through an app.

127
2 years ago

A tool to help people find out which of their friends are on the same flight as them.

124
2 years ago

A lightweight alternative to a Mac, PC, or laptop on which you can perform any kind of computational work

124
2 years ago

A dashboard that tracks the number of open jobs and hires, highlighting the best places to find work.

122
2 years ago

A startup that sells a $100 smart plug that does everything from controlling the lights in your home to allowing the owner to read text messages on their smartphone from anywhere.

121
2 years ago

The Delhi-based startup is building a platform that helps users book flights, hotels, and car rentals with a single app. The company claims it can slash travel costs by as much as 80 percent.

120
2 years ago

A company that makes LED light bulbs that instantly turn on when they detect motion. It wants to make the bulb’s visibility an even more important feature.

120
2 years ago

A solution for managing airline reservations, with an app and a tool that helps airlines minimize the time it takes to manage their inventory and the amount of work that goes into changing the status of a flight.

119
2 years ago

A smart home system that uses AI to manage lighting, connected devices, and thermostats.

118
2 years ago

A startup that helps people book travel packages that combine flights, hotels, cars, and tours

117
2 years ago

A startup that helps people find and hire people for jobs that are not traditional office jobs, like bartending, dog-walking, or light house-keeping.

117
2 years ago

A new airline that runs flights from the US to cities in the Philippines and Indonesia, using a fleet of Boeing 787-8s

117
2 years ago

A smart home server that can automate and integrate a person’s personal devices (lights, thermostat, etc.). The company is also an app developer, with a marketplace for other companies to integrate with their products.

116
2 years ago

A platform that connects people to travel agents, booking flights, hotels, and car rentals. It’s building a tour-planning tool that’s similar to Google’s Allo.

115
2 years ago

The company’s first product is a suite of LED bulbs that can be controlled via a smartphone app. The bulbs are built with a Wi-Fi enabled hub and have a built-in motion sensor allowing the user to turn the light on and off, dim, or change its color.

115
2 years ago

Builds a “smart” light bulb with an app that gives you suggestions for what color to use based on your mood and the time of day.

115
2 years ago

A startup that allows travelers to easily access and compare the prices of flights from all major airlines in a single interface.

114
2 years ago

This startup is building a mobile application that allows you to book hotels and flights from your phone.

113
2 years ago

Sunlight is an app that allows media companies to schedule video to go out live on their website with a single click. Sunlight’s CEO says that the app has already helped his company grow by up to 30%.

112
2 years ago

A travel booking app that helps travelers find the cheapest flights.

111
2 years ago

A company that helps users find and book lodging for a unique event in a city. Right now, you can book a flight, but you can also book a hotel for a one-night stay or a week.

110
2 years ago

A product that makes it easy for people to plan their trips and book their flights.

110
1 year ago

A software company that helps people plan trips, like booking flights and hotels.

109
2 years ago

A new app that helps fans book flights, hotels, and other travel services from any location around the world.

108
2 years ago

The startup is building a B2B website for hairdressers to sell clients on services like color, highlights, or trim, and to manage payments.

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

The startup is building a service that they describe as “the Uber of air travel”. It replaces the “front-end” that users deal with when they book a flight and instead of a travel agent, will connect them directly with an itinerary.

108
1 year ago

“The world’s largest decentralized flight management system”, helping pilots and air traffic control systems coordinate location and navigate flights. The startup says that its technology is already replacing “50% of an airline’s total operations” with a fleet of more than 30,000 aircraft.

108
2 years ago

A startup that allows people to build their own virtual reality spaces, with custom lighting, sounds, and music.

107
2 years ago

A Japanese app that provides a calendar-based way to track frequent flyer miles and award flights.

106
2 years ago

A travel booking app to compare prices and book flights to various destinations.

105
2 years ago

A startup that brings the power of an “off-the-shelf” product like Uber or Airbnb to the small business owner. It makes the process of hosting, booking, and paying for a service as easy as booking a flight or an Uber.

105
2 years ago

A new way to book travel. Instead of booking a flight, the travel planning app lets users plan their trip route and pick the times they want to travel.

104
1 year ago

 A “boutique” loyalty program that offers extra perks like free flights, hotel stays, spa visits, concert tickets, and more to frequent shoppers. The company is currently profitable and has a $7 million valuation.

104
2 years ago

This is a startup that’s building a ‘smart’ lock that will let you control your home’s lighting remotely.

103
2 years ago

A startup that helps people find and book flights around the world. "We're not trying to be a travel booking site but more a package." The platform lets users see prices and deals from a variety of airlines, which is useful for travelers.

103
2 years ago

The startup is looking to build a marketplace for corporate travel expenses. It’s a platform for companies to connect with people who can manage their travel arrangements, from managing flights to booking hotels.

102
1 year ago

A startup that lets you get the best price on a flight and allows you to book it on your phone. The startup says they have completed over 750,000 flights.

102
2 years ago

A software company that makes it easy for organizations to save energy with their buildings, turning off lights when the room isn’t needed and using the heat generated by other machines.

101
2 years ago

A startup that helps people find the best deals on flights. Inspired by Tinder’s “swipe left” interface, buyer’s hunt for the best fares and sellers compete to get the most attention.

101
2 years ago

This is a “tech-for-good” project that wants to build a marketplace where people can donate their old smartphones and tablets to be refurbished and repurposed into solar-powered lights for developing countries.

101
2 years ago

We've had plenty of success with travel apps that make it easier to find flights and hotels. Now with Spring, we're doing the same for car rental.

99
1 year ago

A startup for people to manage their sleep, including a sleep journal, lighting controls, and noise alerts.

99
2 years ago

A startup that’s building a location-based search engine for restaurants, highlighting the cuisine of a city via an interactive map.

98
1 year ago

"Idea" is a series of articles that provide a comprehensive overview of the startup scene in a given area. The goal is to highlight the most interesting and unique startups in a given city.

98
1 year ago

The app will allow people to search and buy flights at any time of day, choosing from direct flights, travel agencies, or their preferred airlines.

98
2 years ago

A company that brings internet of things-style technology to the previously non-internet-connected, like home appliances. It’s a home monitoring hub that allows you to control things like your lights and heating from your smartphone.

97
2 years ago

A startup that sells energy saving lightbulbs that use less energy

96
2 years ago

Pinlighter is an online service for drugstores that gives customers a fast, easy, and personalized way to comparison-shop for prescription drugs. The startup, which has raised $2.3M, was founded in October 2015 and now has more than 1,000 customers in the Chicago area.

96
2 years ago

A startup that helps you plan your trip to the beach, from finding the cheapest flight, to finding the best hotel.

96
2 years ago

A tool to make it easy for customers to control the power of their lights with their phones.

96
2 years ago

A startup that helps employees make travel plans (specifically flights) for their organization.

96
2 years ago

Ideabook is a blog that highlights the interesting startups, interesting ideas, and interesting people at Y Combinator.

95
1 year ago

A company that makes eyewear that gives you a heads up about bright sunlight, helping you protect your eyes from UV rays.

94
2 years ago

A startup that helps customers find the best deals on flights, hotels, and car rentals across a wide range of travel sites.

93
9 months ago

The startup lets you book rooms in hotels, flights and rental cars virtually. It’s looking to compete with companies like Hotel Tonight and Expedia.

93
1 year ago

A way to find the cheapest flights by comparing travel prices in real time.

92
2 years ago

A “digital assistant” for managing all of your travel bookings, including flights, hotels, cars, and more. The company is currently in talks with major airlines and booking sites to integrate the product.

91
2 years ago

This startup is building an AI-powered and hyper-personalized digital assistant to help consumers with their day-to-day tasks like booking travel, flight status check, and tracking packages.

90
2 years ago

 Another company making its own version of the Nest Thermostat that also offers a smart lighting system.

90
2 years ago

A “complete-home automation platform”, with a home security, lighting, and HVAC system in one box. The startup is one of the first companies to be accepted into the InnovateHER program, and has a partnership with Amazon Alexa.

88
2 years ago

A tool that helps people find the best travel deals, picking up on the long tail of unadvertised fares. The startup is pitching itself as a sort of early booking agent, where customers can search for flights and then call in to a travel agent.

86
1 year ago

This is an AI-powered service for finding the cheapest flights online. The startup currently boasts over 1 million users, and has built a complex machine learning model that it says can find you the cheapest flights.

85
1 year ago

Voice-activated light switches that don’t require a hub or hub-controlled switches.

85
2 years ago

The startup has built an app that uses the same camera and lighting effects found in Hollywood movies to make a video look like it was shot by a camera crew. The startup aims to make it easier for filmmakers to add these effects to their own footage.

84
1 year ago

A messaging app that will help you find and find the lowest price for a flight.

83
2 years ago

One of the key differences between this year’s class and last year’s was the level of public interest in highlighting the work of the companies that were accepted. This year that level was very high, with over 10,000 people visiting the project page. That interest was a major factor in the growth of the class.

82
2 years ago

One of the leaders in the IoT market, Flow creates a large range of connected devices for homes and businesses that automate things like lighting and security.

82
1 year ago

A lightweight, mobile app that allows you to work with the same notes across your phone and desktop, allowing you to sync them all to your Google Drive account.

82
2 years ago

A startup for direct sales of international travel, with a focus on leisure travelers. The startup provides an easy way to book and pay for the flight with a credit card and splits the commission with the travel agent.

80
1 year ago

A company that is building a light and motion sensor system for tracking down and fixing bugs in software.

80
2 years ago

The startup wants to build a kind of digital scrapbook for co-pilots, allowing them to share photos and stories from their flights.

79
2 years ago

 A platform for smart homes that puts together a bunch of different sensors into one device that can control all the lights and appliances.

79
1 year ago

A startup that helps people find cheap flights to and from the city where they’re visiting. The company says it’s already been used by tens of thousands of customers who saved $1,000 on a flight.

79
1 month ago

A tool that helps businesses get the best deal on travel, hotel stays and flight tickets.

79
2 years ago

The startup is building a traveler marketplace for South American cities. It’s a place where travelers can find roommates, book flights, and even share their rooms on AirBNB-like websites.

78
1 year ago

A travel planning app that helps users find the cheapest flights from A to B, with an average savings of over $100.

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
2 years ago

It’s a brand new concept in the world of advertising, using the “perks” of a travel-based credit card to show you ads you’d be interested in on a flight.

77
2 years ago

A startup that wants to help people book last-minute flights and hotels by bringing together factors like price, travel time, and flight delays.

77
2 years ago

A company that promises to make travel booking and finding flights as easy as posting a free, ad-supported message on Facebook. The startup has raised $40 million in funding.

76
2 years ago

A 4-year-old company that makes a programmable, connected-home appliance that can be programmed to do things from turning the AC off and on to turning lights on and off to listening to music and turning the TV on and off. The company has raised $7.3 million in funding.

76
2 years ago

A home security startup that monitors in-home security cameras and allows customers to turn on their lights or lock their doors remotely. The startup, which has raised a $750k seed round from a variety of investors, is already working with a dozen customers.

74
1 year ago

A mobile app that helps people find the best deals on local flights. The startup is already seeing 1,000 downloads every week and is expanding nationally with a $500,000 investment.

74
1 year ago

Allows users to create a “smarter” calendar, with a focus on things like highlighting “no shows”, removing “redundant” events, etc.

74
1 year ago

The A16Z crypto hedge fund has a startup incubator called Alight Labs, which is building a machine learning platform to detect fraud in the industry.

73
1 year ago

This startup is building a way to collaborate on a schedule that combines current project management concepts like Trello with the concept of a “workflow”, a name that describes a way to organize work in a way that’s both intuitive and structured. The company’s first project was building a lightweight but robust version of GitHub’s Jira.

73
6 months ago

The company that makes the Tiny Guide app is building an app that will help the blind navigate the streets of cities. The app uses a combination of technology and human volunteer navigators to point out street names, traffic lights and other landmarks. It also is likely to be the first app to integrate with the Apple Watch.

73
1 year ago

A company that is creating a new kind of wireless charger, which takes the form of a lamp with a cable that plugs into the wall and then into the charging device. The lamp can then charge multiple devices at the same time, and with the lights off the lamp can also act as a nightstand.

72
1 year ago

A travel-service platform that aims to help you book flights, hotels, car rentals, and tours with a single login. And it has over $2 million in funding from investors that included Y Combinator and Union Square Ventures.

72
1 year ago

A new startup that makes your living room into a “smart home”, with smart lighting, connected appliances, and smart security cameras.

72
1 year ago

A home automation company that lets users program lighting and appliances to turn on when they arrive home in the evening.

72
1 year ago

Smart objects that can track and report on temperature, light, humidity, and CO2 levels in a home.

71
1 year ago

A startup focused on, of all things, helping travelers navigate the world. The company wants to help you book hotels, flights, rental cars, and other travel arrangements using an app, a website, and a mobile messaging platform. (1)

71
10 months ago

A platform that helps people find the cheapest flight options. The company was founded in 2015 by Stanford grads Diego Lozano and David Smith.

71
1 year ago

A platform for selling LED lights to businesses. The product is currently only in the prototype phase, but the team is working on creating an online store in the next 60 days.

70
2 years ago

This is a company that makes solar powered bike lights for cyclists to use on dark streets and trails.

68
1 year ago

A company that creates a bot that helps you find the best deals on flights. The startup is in stealth mode, but is looking to raise $3 million in seed funding.

67
2 years ago

A startup that makes it easy to book flights on Scandinavian airlines. It’s currently a YC summer program.

66
2 years ago

A startup and subscription service that brings the best deals on flights, hotels, rental cars, and more to any phone.

66
1 year ago

A startup that builds affordable, durable, lightweight solar panels that can power devices whether or not the sun is shining.

65
1 year ago

A digital assistant for travel planning, to help you find the cheapest flights, hotels, and car rentals. The startup has raised $2.5 million.

64
1 year ago

A startup that builds sensor-based lights and other devices that can be controlled by a smartphone.

63
9 months ago

A data-driven service that estimates the cost of a trip based on emissions, driving it all the way to booking a flight. Their platform works with airlines and car rental companies to help reduce emissions, as well as help people make smarter travel decisions.

63
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 platform to help you find the best transportation for your needs, including flight, train, ride sharing, and car.

61
1 year ago

A startup that is building a smart home system for the elderly. The system is designed for seniors who need assistance with tasks like opening doors and turning lights on and off.

60
1 year ago

A hardware startup that makes a smart lightbulb that can be controlled via an app.

60
1 year ago

A startup that wants to make it easier to book flights through mobile apps. Yatra is backed by Sequoia’s Sumeet Jain

60
9 months ago

A camera-based artificial intelligence system for the home that offers an AI-powered personal assistant to control your lights and other home automation devices.

60
1 year ago

A digital assistant for the home, bringing together control of lighting, audio, and security into one platform, along with a series of smart gadgets.

59
1 year ago

A company that helps people quickly book flights by way of a flashcard-like app

59
1 year ago

A “artificial intelligence” system that allows homeowners to program lighting, music, and other home automation features via voice commands.

59
10 months ago

Providing 360-degree video for drone companies, including Dji, and has developed an app for flight planning.

59
1 year ago

A digital platform that makes it easy to book flights for consumers, while also providing information on flight delays, prices, and more.

58
1 year ago

A company that provides indoor voice commands for Amazon Echo or Echo Dot in the home, including turning on and off lights, opening doors, and playing music.

58
1 year ago

A virtual assistant with a chatbot-like interface to help schedule meetings, find flights and help with transfers. The startup doesn’t have any funding yet, but has a strong technical team.

57
1 year ago

A cloud-based ERP that helps shed light on a business’s financials and keep control of its cash flow.

56
8 months ago

A social network for moviegoers. They want to bring together Instagram-like photos of movies, and use the same data to highlight attractions in a new way.

56
2 years ago

A startup that sells a shirt that has a built in flashlight

55
1 year ago

A startup that makes it possible to play League of Legends without loading up 20 minutes of video. The app pulls high-level play out of the video and presents it in a condensed format, with highlights and stats.

55
1 year ago

A platform for connected, voice-controlled appliances. For instance, a homeowner could speak to the system to turn on the lights in their home.

54
1 year ago

A startup that is building a service that highlights the best of the media industry, rather than the best of YouTube.

53
1 year ago

A startup that helps companies get energy-efficient lightbulbs into their warehouses. They’ve already sold over 1,000 LED bulbs in a few months.

53
1 year ago

The company wants to do the same thing that Groupon did for local deals, except for flights.

52
1 year ago

A startup that wants to build a network of pay-as-you-go electric cars. LightBlue wants to break down the barrier between electric vehicles and cars, allowing people to make monthly payments and switch between models as they need to.

51
1 year ago

Y Combinator is not a startup accelerator in the traditional sense, as it does not provide capital, mentorship, or other startup-specific services. Instead, Y Combinator provides seed funding and office space for startups that have already been bootstrapped for over a year and a half. Y Combinator has five cohorts a year, each of which lasts for 14 weeks. Participants are required to pay for their own flights and housing, which are taken care of by Y Combinator.

50
1 year ago

A startup, which has raised over $1 million, that helps customers go through the process of hiring a virtual assistant. It highlights the process in a series of animated videos.

50
1 year ago

A new app that helps users easily find the best deals on flights and hotels. Currently focusing on the UK and Europe.

50
1 year ago

A company that helps track flights and manage travel

50
5 months ago

A startup that has started a program to make sure that every employee has a green light to leave their job and go on to another job. The idea is that it can be a good way to keep employees from jumping ship to a competitor.

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 tool for producers and directors to create marketing videos, with a focus on how to use a camera and lighting to tell a story.

49
1 year ago

An API that allows for the creation of smart homes, with data on energy consumption, temperature, and light.

49
1 year ago

A travel startup that has a mobile booking feature. The company also provides a mobile app that shows you flight prices before you book.

48
7 months ago

A team of developers that helps build smart, connected, and modular lighting systems.

48
1 year ago

A tool that helps you discover the best deals on things like car insurance, airfare, and flight miles.

47
10 months ago

The Zon is an app that helps you monitor your home’s energy usage. It’s a simple app that can be linked with any Nest or Honeywell thermostat to track temperature, humidity, lighting, and air quality.

47
1 year ago

A connected home solution that is a white label version of the Eufy smart light bulbs. The startup is building an IoT developer platform for other brands to create connected devices. It has a very early version of the app and is looking to raise funding to continue development.

46
7 months ago

A startup that makes a wearable device that can detect the slightest inkling of a heart attack and call 911 immediately.

46
1 year ago

A platform that helps people make lightning-fast alterations to their homes. The startup is trying to reduce the process of finding contractors, arranging payments and paying them.

45
1 year ago

A home automation platform that turns your light switches into smart light switches.

44
1 year ago

This company is looking to make booking flights easier, especially for people with frequent international travel. The startup is currently only available in the UK.

44
7 months ago

This startup is building a new type of monitor that can be worn while exercising or working out to help you see the world in 3D. The company says the technology is like a Google Glass or Oculus Rift, but is made out of plastic and has a lightweight frame. It also comes with a built-in Bluetooth speaker.

44
2 months ago

A startup that is building a platform to help book travel in a new way — instead of searching for flights and hotels, you’ll search for experiences. The startup is partnering with hotels, attractions, and others to build a better experience for travelers looking to do something unique.

44
1 year ago

A startup that enables people to track their vacations, including the cost of flights, hotels, and rental cars.

43
1 year ago

A startup that helps you find the best product photos with the best lighting, and displays them in a grid on your phone for easy viewing.

43
1 year ago

A startup that helps people find the best prices for flights, hotels, and car rentals while also providing a platform for them to post reviews and ratings and get rewarded for their patronage.

43
1 year ago

Seems like the startup is building a lightweight, stylus-driven browser that looks like Chrome, but is actually built from scratch. The company is looking to make it a more natural way to interact with your phone’s browser, and create a more “personal” experience.

43
1 year ago

A small company focused on building automation technology for HVAC, lighting, and other building systems.

43
1 year ago

A tool for building lightweight IoT devices that communicate securely with the internet via IFTTT.

42
1 year ago

This startup wants to remove complexity from the process of booking flights by connecting airlines directly to hotels. The startup currently has a pilot with 10 hotels in Philadelphia, and plans for expansion to the whole of the US by the end of 2019.

42
1 year ago

A startup that allows you to track flights and hotels so you can find the cheapest prices.

42
10 months ago

A way to visualize and filter your airline flight status and real-time updates.

42
7 months ago

A startup that wants to use a “traffic light intelligence” system to help people drive and communicate safely.

42
1 year ago

The startup aims to build a new kind of “smart” light bulb that’s dimmable and can be controlled by voice.

41
1 year ago

LIFX, a light bulb company, raised $20 million in its Series A funding round.

41
1 year ago

The startup is building a platform for sharing and tracking your purchases online, not unlike the existing platforms, but they’re highlighting its use for digital marketing.

41
8 months ago

A web-based tool to help people find a good amount to spend on a flight based on their current itinerary and the amount of transit time that would be required.

41
2 years ago

A startup that helps people with travel planning For example, I need a hotel for my trip to New York, so I go to a travel planner and tell them that I want to go to New York and they find a place for me and then they also find me a flight and maybe even a rental car

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 startup that lets people book flights, hotels, and events. The startup is building a technology platform that allows people to book flights, hotels, and events together, without the overhead of setting up each separate booking through a separate web form.

40
1 year ago

A company that allows customers to control their home’s temperature, lighting, and other systems using an app. The startup plans to launch in NYC first, but they're looking to expand to other cities soon.

40
5 months ago

A flight search tool that works with your phone's GPS and not just flight information from the airlines.

40
4 months ago

A “Netflix for frequent fliers” that helps passengers book flights, hotels and rental cars from the comfort of their living room.

40
1 year ago

A physical device for reading and studying in a low light environment. The startup has a physical device that helps you study in a low light environment.

39
1 year ago

The company wants to create a crowdsourced set of office supplies, including note paper, highlighters, a notepad, a pens, a pen holder, a pencil sharpener, a stapler, a paper clip, a paper clip holder, a red pen, a whiteboard marker, a dry erase marker, a mini eraser, a phone stand, a paper clip holder, a USB, a business card holder, a clipboard, a sticky note pad, a notepad, a pen, a pencil, a highlighter, a pencil sharpener, a dry erase marker, a stapler, a paper clip, a paper clip holder, a USB, a business card holder, a clipboard, a sticky note pad, a notepad, a pen, a pencil, a highlighter, a pencil sharpener, a dry erase marker, a stapler, a paper clip, a paper clip holder, a USB, a business card holder, a clipboard, a sticky note pad, a notepad, a pen, a pencil, a highlighter, a pencil sharpener, a dry erase marker, a stapler, a paper clip, a paper clip holder, a USB, a business

39
1 year ago

A platform for servicing or repairing vehicle systems. If you have a “check engine” light on your car, you can book the job with the startup’s app.

39
1 year ago

A startup that allows users to find and book the cheapest flights to any city.

39
1 year ago

A startup looking to create a new kind of light bulb, which it says will help transform the home into a more efficient and healthier place to live.

39
1 year ago

A startup that makes lightweight, ultra-thin notebook computers. In the past couple of years, the company has sold 150,000 of its computers to companies in the enterprise, education, and healthcare industries.

39
1 year ago

Ideas: A chatbot for Slack. A bot for Slack that helps you find the cheapest flight to a destination, among other things.

39
1 year ago

A consumer-facing ecommerce site meant to help travelers find and book last-minute flights.

39
7 months ago

This startup is building a smart home device that can help you turn on lights and get the thermostat balanced while you’re away.

39
2 years ago

Idea: This startup is helping to launch a product called “Tinder for travel” where users can pick and choose flights, hotels, transport, etc. and then a concierge arranges the trip for them.

38
1 year ago

Ink is a platform for live events, with a focus on music. Users are able to create and manage their events within one platform and then broadcast these events to the world. Ink also offers a community feature, where users can share content with each other. The company raised $12.5 million, with 23,000 users in 50 countries, and is backed by Lightspeed and Greycroft.

38
2 years ago

Idea: Crowdsourced AI to predict drone flight paths

36
1 year ago

Autopilot is building a device for the visually impaired that lets them use their phones to control devices like lights, coffee machines, etc.

36
1 year ago

A Facebook Messenger bot for finding good, cheap flights.

36
11 months ago

A video series of side-by-side comparisons of the same products or websites to highlight the differences.

36
7 months ago

A startup that helps you discover the cheapest flight to your next holiday, based on your budget and preferred origin/destination.

36
1 year ago

A platform that helps banks manage their relationships with customers, allowing them to create lightweight versions of their own customer relationship management software to increase number of customers they can serve at once.

35
1 year ago

A startup that helps people find the best prices on flights from different airports, based on the distance between airports. It’s just one of many startups in this growing field.

35
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.

34
1 year ago

A travel app that lets travelers compare prices and book flights, hotels, and rental cars all in one place.

33
3 months ago

A startup that offers a new way to book and track flights, booking on your own time, not when a company sets their own schedules.

33
8 months ago

The startup is building an “Uber-for-airport-bookings” that aims to make booking flights easier than ever. It’s first product is an iOS app that lets you book rooms at hotels through your phone without the hassle of having to book offline.

32
1 year ago

A travel platform that lets users book hotel rooms from the same app they use to book flights.

31
10 months ago

A startup that is building an IoT-based sensor in the home that allows users to track things like air quality, water temperature, and light to get alerts when something is out of balance.

31
9 months ago

This app that uses a real-time algorithm to help you make better travel decisions — like finding the cheapest flights, finding the best hotels, etc. — has a $5 million annual run rate.

31
9 months ago

A company that builds a facial recognition system that can unlock doors, control lights, and other things.

31
6 months ago

A startup that lets you hire a camera operator and a lighting technician to set up a shot, then lets you get instant feedback on the look of your video.

31
4 months ago

The former CEO of a company called “Nexus”, which was acquired in 2016, wanted to build an app that would allow you to book a taxi through your phone in the same way you book a flight.

31
9 months ago

This startup is building a platform to provide independent, unbiased ratings of hotels, flights, and other travel products. The company is building a system that rates hotels and flights on a scale of one to five stars, with a four-star rating meaning a superior experience, and a one-star rating meaning a poor experience.

30
7 months ago

A startup that wants to make it easier to use the Amazon Echo and Alexa. They’re building a hub that allows users to control their lights, thermostat, pool pump and more with voice commands, without needing to install separate hardware.

30
7 months ago

The company is building a simpler, more intimate way to book flights. It’s a “visual” travel planner, with a clean interface that’s easy to use, but it also lets you manage all your travel from one place.

30
11 months ago

A company that offers a platform for booking flights with one-tap booking and automated notifications.

29
5 months ago

World Rugby is building a digital platform that lets fans follow their favorite team and save highlights of games and other content. The company says it can also offer more ways for fans to engage with the team, and has a team of rugby enthusiasts for their first major customer, the New Zealand Warriors.

29
1 year ago

A game for mobile device users that uses a game mechanic called “Twilight Syndrome.” The game’s goal is to help users overcome their fears.

28
9 months ago

A credit card that offers free flight insurance, free baggage insurance and free lost luggage insurance. The startup wants to build a stable of partners for the service, and plans to start in the US and UK.

28
9 months ago

A “re-imagining” of the typical private jet experience, with a pitch to “create a home-away-from-home” experience. The company says it’s already booked more than 100 customers and will charge $1,500 for a flight.

28
5 months ago

A startup that wants to take the smartphone’s camera functionality and make it better. It’ll create a better camera that can shoot better photos, faster, and in brighter light, and handle low-light situations better.

28
3 months ago

A platform that lets people and businesses organize and share content with a focus on the narrative, rather than just the data. Zeego’s tech helps them structure their content in ways that highlight the best parts and make it easy to search.

28
9 months ago

A platform for on-demand laser hair removal that uses infrared light instead of lasers, making it a more affordable option.

27
4 months ago

A lighting company that aims to help people build a home interior that’s “as much art as it is décor.”

27
8 months ago

Whether it’s a home loan or a new business, if you need financing, you look for a lender who won’t make you sweat about late payments and other problems. Greenlight is a new startup that wants to be the go-to-lender for all types of loans, offering better terms and lower fees than traditional lenders.

26
6 months ago

A hardware startup that wants to make your home a smart one, with smart products like lights and door locks that could detect when you’re at home and turn on.

26
3 months ago

A rendering engine for games that can handle complex scenes and lighting effects at a low cost.

26
2 months ago

This startup is building a new generation of battery-operated LED that’s brighter and lasts longer than traditional LED lights.

26
10 months ago

A smart home lighting and thermostat system that connects to Wi-Fi, so users can control the system from anywhere.

25
7 months ago

Jovi is a startup that helps companies research and manage their employees. It has a pricing model that’s slightly different from other applicant-management startups, with a monthly fee for access to the full suite of services for companies.

25
6 months ago

A startup that’s building a platform that helps automate the management and maintenance of equipment, including heating and cooling systems, lighting, and security systems.

25
6 months ago

A travel booking tool that works like a concierge service for booking an itinerary, from flight, to hotel, to car rental.

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
4 months ago

Metronome is a plugin for Spotify that helps you navigate playlists better by highlighting the songs you haven’t heard yet.

25
3 months ago

A startup that lets people shop for flights in bulk, then get free shipping on them.

25
3 months ago

A startup that helps you find the best time to book a flight, and what time of day is the best for planes to be available

25
10 months ago

A flexible wand that lets you control your phone, your TV, and your lights using different motions

24
9 months ago

A company that helps people find and book flights. The startup is currently focused on the US market and has plans to expand globally. In the past year the company has added features like finding flights from the airport and the ability to book hotels with the same app.

24
8 months ago

A global, autonomous, decentralized network of plane makers, flight attendants, maintenance personnel, pilots, and airplane part suppliers.

24
6 months ago

A startup building a platform for tracking and accessing “big data” from people’s homes, including their thermostat, lighting, blinds, and more.

24
5 months ago

A platform that allows users to control lights, music and other home entertainment systems via their smartphones and computers.

24
4 months ago

A startup for people who take long flights to track their flights with an app that includes social media integration.

23
7 months ago

A “voice-controlled assistant” meant to be the next iteration of Amazon Echo, but with a focus on controlling lights and other in-home devices.

22
9 months ago

The company is building a low-cost, lightweight, and highly efficient way to make 3D printed prosthetics.

21
8 months ago

A platform for developers to build IoT devices that can trigger actions, such as turn on lights and appliances. It’s like Kickstarter for IoT.

21
3 months ago

 A startup that is working to eliminate the “stoplight syndrome” from traffic flow. For those who don’t know, a “stoplight” is when one car slows down while in front of another, causing the one behind to slam on the brakes and back up.

21
6 months ago

A group of friends launched a startup racing to build a go-anywhere, accessible, and affordable modular electric car. The car is a lightweight, urban electrical vehicle, with a range of about 500 miles, a top speed of about 70 mph, and a starting cost of $10,000.

20
5 months ago

This startup is building a platform that lets people rent out their spare bedroom to complete strangers while they’re out of town. Renters use their own laptops and internet connection to control their home’s thermostat, light, and other settings.

20
2 months ago

A way for companies to use the internet of things to automate small tasks around their buildings, like turning the lights on and off.

20
1 month ago

A smart home platform that lets you control all your smart devices from one app. At launch, the company had over 3,000 users for its “Control” platform, which let you control light switches, thermostats, and more directly from one app.

20
1 month ago

This startup is building an app that cuts through the noise of the daily news cycle, by separating the good from the bad. The app, called “The Daily”, takes a different perspective, highlighting the optimistic and the important, but not the trivial. It’s already been featured in the Washington Post, Fast Company, and the New York Times.

20
3 months ago

The Philadelphia Business Journal also has a weekly feature called "Philadelphia Startup Spotlight", which highlights Philly startups. It highlights the company's most recent news and trends, and interviews the CEO.

19
2 months ago

In the last two years, the cost of building a nuclear plant in the US has increased seven times, while the cost of building a solar plant has dropped. Upstart Energy is building a solar plant in the desert of California to compete with utility companies that have built nuclear plants. The startup aims to use an asset-light model and build a plant for around $1.5 billion.

19
2 months ago

This startup is building an intelligent assistant that helps you stay on top of your home's energy usage. The product is a hub that connects to a variety of energy sources and can tell you when to run your dishwasher or change your lights.

19
1 month ago

A mobile app to help you book the cheapest flights in 30 seconds.

19
1 month ago

Expedia is trying to take the mystery out of travel by offering you the ability to book flights and hotels right from your phone.

19
21 days ago

An AI assistant for the home. It can read emails and book flights, answer questions about sports and politics, and even transcribe audio.

19
6 days ago

Flight Share is a SaaS platform that helps airlines and travel agencies collaborate.

19
9 months ago

A shopping cart for traveling. The startup is building a tool to help businesses find flights and hotels with a focus on emerging markets, as they do not have access to the same options as businesses in developed countries.

18
5 months ago

Idea – A social network for people who like to take selfies. The startup helps people take better selfies by giving them the correct lighting, angle, and perspective.

18
5 months ago

The company makes a home security system that uses geofencing to automatically turn on lights and unlock doors when a person is near the house.

18
1 month ago

“A new way to connect with cars”, building a platform to help cars connect to the internet, allowing them to update their location, change their lights, or even unlock the doors without having to touch the key fob.

18
24 days ago

A San Francisco-based company that’s building a “virtual assistant” that can make restaurant reservations, book flights and call the cops, among other things.

18
9 months ago

This startup is working to create a new version of the Raspberry Pi, which will be smaller and better suited to control things like smart home appliances and lighting and other IoT devices. Right now, companies like Amazon and Google are building their own mini PC and smart home-computing devices, but RightBit hopes to make it cheaper and easier for other hardware makers to produce their own.

17
3 months ago

A Yelp-style review platform, built to highlight obscure trending restaurants, bars, and other local businesses.

17
2 months ago

A startup that helps you book a cheap flight and hotel room for a conference you’re attending, or a client you’re meeting with.

17
1 month ago

This startup is building an app that helps people design and manage their home automation system (cameras, lights, etc.) from their phone or desktop computer. It basically acts as a way to manage and control smart home devices from a smartphone.

17
5 months ago

A chatbot that helps users find the cheapest flight on their chosen airline and search for the best flights on selected dates.

16
2 months ago

A startup that wants to help people travel with less hassle by providing a “travel concierge”, helping customers book flights, hotels and rental cars, and then handling all communication and payments.

16
5 months ago

A tool that helps users to search and find the cheapest flight possibilities between their city and their destination.

15
5 months ago

A tool for travel that uses machine learning to find cheap flights and hotels and book them on your behalf.

15
2 months ago

A startup that lets people control lights, temperature and other home equipment.

15
1 month ago

The startup is building a service that helps people find travel deals and book flights through a global travel booking platform.

15
1 month ago

A travel booking app that uses AI to show you the best deals on flights and hotels, in real time.

15
3 months ago

Designed to help people search for and filter out the noise in the current news cycle, Signal Spotlight is a quick way for people to get the gist of what’s happening.

14
2 months ago

This startup wants to make your shopping experience smarter by tracking what you’re looking at and what you’re buying. It’s based on a lightweight shopping cart, but has plans to eventually build out a more robust recommendation engine.

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
2 months ago

A “smart” outdoor lighting system that works with an app to automatically turn on and off when people walk into the room. The product is currently in a limited release.

14
1 month ago

A platform that helps people purchase insurance through everyday life (like buying a flight, or a car, or a house)

14
2 months ago

The startup is building a smart home assistant that can help you check the weather, control your thermostat, and manage your home’s lighting, security and home-automation systems in a single app. They’re targeting the $3.2 trillion connected home market.

13
1 month ago

One of Y Combinator’s newest batch of companies, AirShip is a service that plans, books, and schedules flights for travelers. The startup is currently live in 18 US cities. The startup is partnering with Delta Airlines to showcase its solutions.

12
1 month ago

Builds and sells tools to help create and manage campaigns that highlight what’s going on in local communities. These could range from the neighborhood watch group to a local community group trying to raise funds for a new park.

12
27 days ago

A company that’s building a service that helps you get discounted flights by helping you get to know other people who are getting free flights.

12
2 months ago

A startup for people to manage their travel arrangements, including accommodations, flights, and transfers. The company is in the final stages of development for an app, and is planning a landing page and website in the coming weeks.

11
2 months ago

A chatbot (or “bot”) that helps you find the cheapest flight based on your location.

10
1 month ago

A mobile app that helps virtual assistants help you book flights and hotels.

10
1 month ago

In terms of what these startups are trying to accomplish, they all have slightly different goals, but they are all trying to solve the same problem. What they have in common is they are building solutions that are focused around simplifying the experience of managing data, both of the data and the tools used to manage it.

10
2 years ago

Idea: A mobile app that finds the best deals on flights.

9
21 days ago

The company wants to build the “Facebook for travel”. The startup’s software helps Facebook users plan trips, find deals and book flights and hotels with a few clicks.

8
18 days ago

This startup is trying to take the hassle out of finding a flight for an upcoming vacation. Rather than waiting for multiple websites to return the results, FlightHub finds the cheapest flight for a given route, then books it for you automatically.

8
3 days ago

 A travel rewards system for frequent fliers, allowing them to get points for every flight and redeem them for things like vacation packages.

6
17 days ago

A startup for finding and viewing drone flight videos that can be combined with flight data and augmented reality.

4
3 days ago

A mobile app that helps people going to airports find the best flights and prices, using a data-driven algorithm to get them to their destination on time.

0
2 years ago

Idea: An online marketplace for flights that helps sellers maximize revenue and buyers get the best price

-1
2 years ago

A team of engineers have built a product that lets homeowners control their home’s lights, AC, and thermostat via a smartphone — without the need for smart locks. They’re pitching the product as a way to bring smart home technology to more people, and without the need for a significant investment.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that makes a lightweight, packable USB hub with a built-in battery.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that creates single-page websites for companies to highlight what they do.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that makes a lightweight, mobile-friendly way to trade options for retail investors, promising a user experience similar to Robinhood.

-1
2 years ago

A startup that helps people find the best time to travel by providing personalized flight information and pricing The idea is to provide a better customer experience and a better chance at getting a cheaper ticket The startup says that it can save customers up to $300 annually on their air

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