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11 months ago

A startup that helps small businesses manage their expenses. The company helps businesses track their expenses, and it promises that it can save businesses thousands of dollars in the long run.

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1 year ago

In January 2018, Instagram launched IGTV, an app designed to let people watch longer videos.

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11 months ago

A company that builds a visualization tool for doctors to track long-term health data.

123
1 year ago

A startup that provides a service where you can hire a professional to watch your pets so you don’t have to worry about them when you are on vacation or at work for long stretches of time

115
1 year ago

An AI-powered dating site for people looking for long-term relationships.

114
11 months ago

A replacement for traditional backpacks that allows people to carry their belongings along with them when they move.

107
1 year ago

A startup that sells the homes of people who are traveling abroad for long periods of time and stay

106
1 year ago

 A platform for connecting ridesharing services along with their drivers. The startup is targeting the US market, but has already expanded into Europe.

106
11 months ago

A tool to help people quit smoking. The startup’s product, Patch, is designed to help people quit smoking through animations and imagery that help them break their habit. It’s designed to be used alongside other cessation products.

106
1 year ago

A way to make your phone’s battery last longer. The startup uses a sensor that tells the phone when it is being charged and when the battery is running low. It then adjusts the phone’s power management settings.

105
1 year ago

A solution for people who want to sell their belongings but can't because of landlord restrictions.

101
1 year ago

"We believe that the world’s 2.5 billion farmers deserve access to information they can trust. We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to improve their lives. We believe that, in the long run, this is good for the planet."

101
10 months ago

A startup that collects data on your phone and then turns it into a map of crowdsourced traffic conditions along major roads and highways.

100
1 year ago

A remote-work solution for business partners and freelancers, letting them work from anywhere. It’s a sort of “Uber for freelancers”, and is based on the idea that most clients don’t want to hire someone for a long-term gig, but instead need someone to tackle a project for a few days or a week at a time.

98
11 months ago

An AI-powered robot that can answer questions and track trends for business owners. The robot can capture data and use it to make decisions, and can work alongside human employees.

98
1 year ago

This startup is building a tool for HR managers to give employees feedback that they can follow along with in real time.

97
1 year ago

The startup is building a way to turn any website into a real-time, web-based video viewer that can send viewers the ability to follow along with a video in real time.

94
1 year ago

A platform for people to sell their old belongings on Craigslist. The startup wants to take the pain out of selling your things while also guaranteeing that they’ll show up at your doorstep.

94
11 months ago

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

94
1 year ago

The startup is a “first-of-its-kind” trading platform for trading the shares of small cap companies that don’t have a long history of trading.

93
1 year ago

Future of Food is building an API that will allow food manufacturers to build custom labels for their products, allowing buyers to scan a QR code along with their smartphone and get product details and pricing.

92
1 year ago

An iPhone-based app for tracking your health and habits, along with the data from your FitBit. The app averages out your personal data and presents a picture of how healthy you are overall.

91
1 year ago

A startup that wants to add interactive games to a TV broadcast of a big game, and bring sports fans to the game and keep them engaged for longer than the halftime show.

91
1 year ago

A startup that aims to help people who travel by air and face long delays. It’s a platform for travelers to stay connected and informed during delays.

90
11 months ago

A long-haul trucking company that aims to make the process of shipping goods more efficient.

90
1 year ago

In the past, a person could get insurance through a company and then write off the cost of that insurance. With the advent of the individual market, many companies are no longer offering insurance because the rate they would have to charge is too low.

89
1 year ago

A startup to help workers make better business decisions, with a focus on helping them make the right strategic decisions in the long term. It’s currently part of the Techstars accelerator program.

89
1 year ago

A year-long class for the unemployed, teaching them how to get jobs through the new economy.

89
1 year ago

A way to stay in touch with a company long after they’ve been acquired.

87
1 year ago

A blockchain-based payment platform for digital content. The startup wants to replace the current system of content being bought and sold with a new one that’s decentralized, with long-term protection for the content and payment for publishers.

86
1 year ago

The startup is building a platform for genomics data that is both more accessible, and more useful in the long run than other existing options. They are digitizing research from thousands of articles to make their platform the definitive source for scientific information.

84
1 year ago

A startup that offers companies and employees a remote access to their company’s data from any device, as long as it's connected to the internet.

84
9 months ago

Mentioned in the "2017 YC Demo Day" video, where they discuss the concept of a "mobile printing program" for small businesses. They are now calling their service "Quick Print," and the company is no longer in YC.

84
1 year ago

A startup for consumers with a long-distance relationship.

83
1 year ago

A bug detector that scans for malware, like a virus, and blocks it out before it affects a computer. The company says it is meant to be used alongside antivirus tools to “protect your digital space” and is efficient because it operates at the lowest levels of the operating system.

83
1 year ago

The startup is creating a way for marketers to track their digital marketing campaigns across multiple channels and learn a lot about their customers along the way.

83
11 months 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.

83
1 year 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.

79
1 year ago

A platform that helps people “find and share the best deals” for everything from gym memberships to long-distance driving.

79
1 year ago

Company is building a platform to help people find and get along with friends, and help people find people with similar interests.

77
1 year ago

A platform that lets you see the “live” traffic on a website, so you can see how long a user is on your site before buying and/or cancelling a subscription.

75
1 year ago

The app helps people track the health of their food, from when it was planted to how it was stored to how long it was kept and how it was cooked.

75
1 year ago

A startup that helps people with very complicated or long-term projects find a virtual assistant

73
1 year ago

A tool for managing a company’s fleet of self-driving cars. The startup is building a system for letting a driver take control of a car during a traffic jam, or for when a driver wants to take a longer break.

71
1 year ago

A tool to help users learn English, enabling them to follow along on a video while a native speaker reads the text.

71
1 year ago

A company that wants to help people find a way to use a home like a hotel. People can rent out their home for a day, two weeks, or longer, with Airbnb-like booking options.

70
1 year ago

This startup is building a platform for the fintech industry that aims to help banks manage their lending, investments, and risk. The platform was built to sit alongside the CapitalOne API.

69
1 year ago

A company that helps managers and employees to communicate effectively. It’s a private messaging app with a long list of partners that is easy to use and lets people stay in touch with coworkers.

68
10 months ago

The following startups are no longer in YC but will be returning for the 11th batch in June:

64
1 year ago

This startup is building a platform to help journalists write better. It’s best for longer writing, and it lets you know which writing styles and topics are best for you.

62
1 year ago

A platform for connecting electric vehicle owners to people who can take them on longer trips.

61
10 months ago

A tool that helps you manage your courses and courses of study, along with the borrowing and loan information for each. It’s currently available on the web, but will be coming to iOS and Android.

61
10 months ago

A startup that helps long-distance runners “train like an athlete.”

61
1 year ago

Shoppers are no longer satisfied with the bulky, slow, and expensive payment options available today. Shift wants to provide the option of paying with cash at local stores.

60
11 months ago

The startup is trying to solve the problem of the lack of consumer choice in the longtail economy by introducing a service to help consumers find the best products at the best price.

60
11 months ago

 A company that sells software to help people increase the efficiency with which they commute. People have been searching for ways to get from one place to another faster for a long time. Relay is a startup that wants to make that easier.

60
1 year ago

Building an ecosystem of companies that help people make money on their unused belongings.

59
1 year ago

The startup is a service that helps you find out who your neighbors are, and helps you get in touch with them. You can use the service to find out where they live, what they do for a living, and how well they get along with their people.

58
7 months ago

A startup that aims to solve the problem of long-distance relationships between people who are both working in the tech industry. The app takes advantage of voice and video chat to help people remain connected to one another.

57
1 year ago

DesiChat is a messaging app for long-distance friends in India and Pakistan. After setting up a user account, users can message one another via a phone number, email address, or a Facebook account.

56
11 months ago

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

56
1 year ago

A simple way to put email and messaging in one inbox, and a way to make calls from one platform. Each app is meant to be used alongside the other, and can be combined with other services like Slack and Google Voice.

55
1 year ago

A travel booking app for the US market that’s focused on building long-term relationships, rather than creating new reservations every time. It features a single price which is then split between their members.

55
1 year ago

A platform for people to sell their personal belongings with an eye toward a future that involves not owning any physical possessions.

53
8 months ago

This is a tool that helps people and companies see how long it takes to get things done in different cities

53
1 year ago

A startup developing a new type of LED lamp that uses less power, lasts longer and has a smaller carbon footprint.

51
1 year ago

The "Y Combinator Blog" is a blog that provides updates about YC companies along with news about YC itself and the startup community.

51
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.

47
1 year ago

A tool that lets neighborhoods around the world participate in a mobile barter system, where a group of neighbors can trade items like furniture they no longer use or tools they no longer use. The startup has raised $8 million in funding to date.

47
1 year ago

A platform providing an interface for companies to manage and monitor their products, along with building a marketplace for reselling and supporting them. They’ve raised $2.3 million.

46
10 months ago

A startup for long-term rentals, allowing renters to find a home and a landlord to find the right tenant. Both sides can be verified by credit checks and the landlord can maintain control over the rental.

46
10 months ago

A new way for startups to launch, with a “pay-as-you-go” model for founders and employees. It allows companies to grow without having to engage in the long, expensive process of raising a round.

44
1 year ago

Reviewing B2B contracts is often a long and expensive process. With a cloud-based solution, companies can employ an army of contract reviewers at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.

43
10 months ago

A long-form podcasting app that allows users to record their thoughts and to be able to edit and create a podcast without having to upload each individual episode.

41
1 month ago

A home monitoring system for seniors with the goal of helping them live independently for longer.

41
10 months ago

A app that helps you read and watch long-form content without it taking over your day.

40
9 months ago

A new company that wants to make wireless charging more convenient, and aims to make the charging cord no longer necessary.

37
9 months ago

A way to allow people to make money off their old clothes or other items they no longer use. They take these items to local companies that refurbish them.

34
3 months ago

A startup that claims to be able to get its customers access to long-term care insurance in as little as 10 minutes.

34
9 months ago

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

33
6 months ago

A fitness app that helps users see how long they can stay active in their workouts.

33
8 months ago

A social network for people who work from home, allowing them to meet other people who have the same arrangement, and find a community for a sense of belonging.

32
2 months ago

A startup that tracks how much you’re paying for electricity and other utility bills. The company won’t tell you how much you’re paying, but they’ll tell you what it’s worth and how long you may be paying for.

31
20 days ago

A digital health platform that helps patients manage their health and wellbeing. These apps are taking off in Brazil, but have a long way to go in the US.

30
3 months ago

A messaging app that compresses video to send over text and images, meaning users can send longer videos over shorter messages.

29
6 months ago

A startup that helps people learn how to work with their finances, both in one-on-one sessions, and through a “follow-along” plan. They’re launching their beta in mid-May.

28
5 months ago

A platform that allows people to rent out their own belongings on a short-term basis

28
3 months ago

Making it easier for people to store and sell their belongings on the internet.

27
1 month ago

This is a platform for building out personalized customer service — for instance, a startup called Chum’s can take the clickstream data from the customer’s website and use it to predict what questions the customer might ask and how long the customer will spend on their website.

27
6 months ago

A way to create a directory of Middle Eastern food for travelers, along with ratings and reviews.

26
6 months ago

A startup that helps people navigate the legal process of divorce using a tool that makes it easier to write all the paperwork that comes along with it.

26
4 months ago

For better or worse, a startup that sells “smart furniture”. The startup is building furniture that works alongside existing home automation technology and also lets you control it with your smart phone.

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8 months ago

Philadelphia has a long history of technological innovation in the medical and engineering fields.

25
8 months ago

A company that wants to help companies take “long-form” questions, like “What should I do next” and “How do I get started”, and turn them into short, digestible answers.

25
5 months ago

A platform company that specializes in predictive maintenance and predictive servicing. They’ll tell you how long your car will last, based on the data and condition of your car.

25
1 month ago

A company that says it’s built a program that can help people (especially women) live longer.

25
1 month ago

A startup that uses a little bit of science to track how long a laptop battery lasts between charges.

25
6 months ago

 A product that uses AI to help you plan your day; for example, it can tell you if your morning commute is too long or too short. The startup wants to build out the AI to make the planning process more seamless and to make the product more attractive to consumers.

24
7 months ago

A platform for creating travel packages, with a focus on weeklong trips

23
3 months ago

The following startups have left TechStars Boston since the program’s start in 2011 and are no longer affiliated with the program:

23
1 month ago

A solution for managing restaurant wait times. The startup is one of the few in this space, and is focused on being a single number that shows how long a customer can expect to wait for a table.

23
29 days ago

A startup that lets you see how long it would take to drive from A to B, within a specific budget.

23
6 months ago

A dating app for those who want to find a long-term relationship. The app is for people who are looking for a serious relationship, rather than a hookup.

21
6 months ago

The company’s mission is to help the elderly maintain their independence, and wants to provide a “one-stop shop” for emergency and long-term living needs. They’re also bringing an e-commerce product to market for seniors to find and shop for the products they need.

21
3 months ago

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

21
4 months ago

For companies that have been around for a long time, a digital strategy is often easier said than done. But a new startup called Dacora is looking to make sure these companies can maintain their digital presence for as long as their business does.

20
3 months ago

A tool for storing long term notes, pictures and documents that allows you to collaborate with others, share links, and make edits.

20
1 month ago

A startup that connects American consumers to global brands that are no longer available in the US. It’s available in the US, UK, and Canada.

19
28 days ago

This company is trying to make it easier for people to get a loan (either short-term or long term) at a lower interest rate.

19
1 month ago

A digital concierge for long-distance couples.

18
2 months ago

As a long-time Amazon customer, this startup is building an app that helps you re-order your favorite items, including household goods and food, from Amazon. The startup is currently in the pilot phase, with a rollout planned for mid-2018.

17
2 months ago

A platform that allows you to automate communication and scheduling within a company, along with project management.

16
12 days ago

A web and mobile app to help people sort, organize, and track their belongings.

16
5 months ago

A startup that uses facial recognition to track the location of a lost phone or personal belongings. The startup is currently working on integrating with Facebook's new photo service.

15
3 months ago

 A new way to search for long-term care insurance.

15
1 month ago

https://venturebeat.com/2017/01/22/this-list-of-decentralized-startups-is-getting-longer-than-a-long-list-of-cryptocurrencies/

15
4 months ago

App that builds on the long-established tradition of the “goodbye” note. The startup wants to help you say goodbye to people over email or text message with a personalized note.

14
4 months ago

This is a carpooling service for drivers looking to save money on gas and time. It’s also a way for drivers to find fares for ride-share services like Uber and Lyft, as long as they’re willing to take a longer drive.

13
4 months ago

A platform that helps people sell things they no longer want, like old computers.

13
15 days ago

A startup to help people create their own social networks, like inviting friends and family to join along with creating a digital “photo album” that you can share with others.

13
4 months ago

Filmmakers want to keep track of their own costs while they’re making a movie. They wanted a way to track what they’re spending on equipment and how long things take. They also wanted to be able to follow their work in real time. They’re both very common problems, and the startup helps solve them.

12
4 months ago

This company is working on a “P2P” trading platform for the long-tail of penny stocks. What sets it apart from other trading platforms is that it’s built on a distributed ledger rather than a traditional database, meaning that it can respond to market fluctuations in real time.

10
4 months ago

A startup that helps patients with chronic pain find the best treatment. The company, which was founded in May, offers a combination of physical therapy and behavioral therapy, along with a community of pain patients who have been successfully treated by the service.

8
3 days ago

A startup that allows you to see how long it will take to get to a location based on your current location

7
1 year ago

A startup that provides a service for people to create a video of them explaining who they are and what they are looking for in a long-term relationship

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1 year ago

A startup that sells a tool that allows people to create a sort of virtual scrapbook of their life and to share with loved ones who are no longer around

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1 year ago

A startup that provides a website where people can list items they no longer need and sell them to other people

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1 year ago

A startup that is a matchmaking service for people re-entering the job market after being unemployed for a long time

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1 year ago

Idea: A startup for storing, organizing, and sharing documents and files, along with secure chat

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1 year ago

Idea: A coaching platform that helps software engineers achieve their long-term career goals

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1 year ago

Idea: A platform for video collaboration, for example to make a video call with a bunch of people at the same time, along with a tool for editing the video together.

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1 year ago

Idea: A company that helps brands manage their “influencers”, a new media channel that has emerged alongside more traditional ones like print, TV, and radio. There aren’t many tools for brands to use to manage this new channel, and the team wants to solve that problem.

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1 year ago

Idea: A startup that helps companies offer employees an easy way to invest their savings into a long-term retirement fund.

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1 year ago

Idea: A startup for finding designers/developers/analysts/etc for long term projects. It’s meant to be similar to Upwork, but less saturated and more curated.

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1 year ago

Idea: A startup building a mobile app that helps people make year-long commitments to a goal. It’s a self-hosted tool that’s currently free, but looks to monetize with premium features.

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1 year ago

Idea: A startup that helps small businesses build websites that look like they were built by a big company. Envision helps businesses upload a logo and other elements that look like they belong on a big-name site.

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