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3 years ago

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

225
2 years 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.

200
2 years ago

A payments startup that helps merchants accept all major credit cards by charging them the same price. PayMill charges the merchant a flat 2.5% fee for every credit card transaction.

186
3 years ago

A startup that wants to provide an alternative to the major companies that offer access to credit cards.

158
2 years ago

A developer’s toolkit that lets you build apps that work across all the major operating systems. The startup was founded by ex-Google employees.

158
1 year ago

A startup that helps companies create content in the form of paywalls, with a service that allows companies to make their own sites for paid content. Currently they are partnering with major publications to create content for their site.

158
8 months ago

A startup that aims to bring the “sharing economy” to farmers, who are often left out of the vast majority of transactions related to food, be it restaurants or grocery stores. The founders say that since they can use shared resources, they can cut the cost of a farm by 75%.

156
3 years ago

A platform that helps companies manage their customer service and chat support. They have a contract with a major e-commerce company.

152
3 years ago

A company that helps employees share information about their projects. It’s also an app that powers human resources at major companies.

150
3 years ago

A startup that helps users book doctors’ appointments from their phone, and provide medical history and pictures of themselves. It’s currently live in 10 major cities and has raised $1.6 million.

148
3 years ago

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

147
1 year ago

A self-driving delivery car for food and groceries. The startup is in talks with major food chains to take the software for a spin on the streets.

147
3 years ago

A startup that pairs you with a community of debt-free, budget-conscious people who are willing to split the cost of a car, home, furniture, or other major purchase.

140
3 years ago

This company wants to replace the need for cashiers in grocery stores. It’s not just a vending machine that dispenses goods, but a multi-modal platform that handles payment and inventory. The company has partnered with major grocers, including Publix, Kroger, and Albertsons.

139
3 years ago

This app lets users shop at top retailers with their phone camera. The app allows you to scan a barcode and then shop on the same day. The app works with 25 major retailers like Sephora, Amazon, and Bloomingdale's to manage loyalty and reward programs.

138
3 years ago

A logistics marketplace for e-commerce companies. The startup wants to help buyers and sellers find each other, and has already paired up with a few major retailers.

137
1 year ago

The company has been working with major banks in the region to help them improve the way they price loans and mortgages. It can also help non-bank lenders do the same.

132
3 years ago

The company helps athletes and teams figure out what to do next after winning a major sporting event.

131
3 years ago

These guys have a chatbot called “Alexa” that helps you track down a product you may have ordered. The company has integrated with major e-commerce companies to provide the service to their customers.

130
3 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.

126
3 years ago

A startup that helps people who don’t have access to a bank account get one for free. The startup has partnered with several major banks to allow customers to open accounts even without the usual documentation that banks require to authenticate.

125
3 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.

123
3 years ago

This is a SaaS startup that aims to help small businesses with their marketing and branding needs. The company says it has over 700 customers, with the majority of those customers coming from the tech industry.

122
3 years ago

A plan to solve the problem of 3rd-party open source code, providing a way for developers to get access to source code from major open source software projects without having to pay for it.

120
3 years ago

A company that provides an API for businesses to be able to sell custom branded cryptocurrency gift cards to their customers. They say their customers include Whole Foods, Sephora, Target, and other major retailers.

118
2 years ago

A platform for companies to more easily and securely accept digital currencies, with plans to integrate with all major payment gateways.

118
2 years ago

The founders of this startup are former execs from major media companies including Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters. They’ve built a tool to help brands and agencies keep up with the news, and have launched in over 2,000 companies.

110
8 months ago

Tern is trying to build a mobile payments system that works across all major mobile carriers in Indonesia. It uses B2B marketing to provide merchants with a new way to process payments.

110
3 years ago

A startup that aims to help US cities build 100,000 solar powered charging stations across major highways to help people get around.

107
2 years ago

A mobility platform that connects businesses with the right tools to make it easier for drivers to earn income by delivering packages and other items. The startup’s co-founder, Alex Boussard, says they’ve already seen interest from a number of major companies and has even managed to raise a few million dollars in funding.

107
2 years ago

People are tired of waiting on hold for customer service, so they’re putting their calls into a queue to be answered and retrieved. The startup is aiming to be the de facto customer service app for the next generation of companies, and says it’s already working with several major companies in the space.

102
2 years ago

Builds on the Chariot ride-hailing app for major cities in North America. The company says it’s adding more and more supply every day.

100
2 years ago

A travel rewards app that will let you earn points for purchases from major travel retailers.

99
8 months ago

A video game where users build a virtual city and help determine its fate from within the game. While other games have used this format before, the most successful example is Clash of Clans, which has over 1 billion monthly active users. It’s a familiar model, with the startup working with major publishers like Disney and Warner Bros. to reach that audience.

98
2 years ago

Another way to track your health and wellness. The startup is currently working with a major health care group in NYC.

96
2 years ago

A company that helps major brands like Target and Chipotle via a “three-second check-in” that lets customers add a fast, simple rating to a product to build a sentiment score for it.

93
2 years ago

A platform that helps customers shop for and compare products, and integrates with their CRM, and has already integrated with 10 major CRM providers.

90
2 years ago

A company that provides a platform for artists to share their work and connect with fans. They currently have over 400 artists, and plan to announce a partnership with a major US publisher in the coming weeks.

89
1 year ago

Founded by a former product manager at Google, OnSwipe is building a platform that helps major brands and retailers drive sales. OnSwipe is working with a number of major brands, including Neiman Marcus, Neiman Marcus, and Target, as well as a number of retailers, including Build-A-Bear, Lowe’s, and Home Depot.

88
8 months ago

A company that manufactures a line of cheap smartwatches aimed at the developing world. The majority of its customers are in Latin America.

86
2 years ago

A new way of paying artists, based on a kind of marketplace model. The major difference is that the company doesn’t take any commission from the artists. The startup instead takes a 30% cut as a fee for the use of the platform.

85
2 years ago

A startup that wants to help retail businesses streamline their shipping operations. It’s working with major retailers like Walmart, Walgreens, and Kohls.

84
2 years ago

A decentralized exchange which trades tokens on a decentralized order-book using a hybrid of centralized and decentralized orders. It will handle the majority of trades on the decentralized exchange, with the rest handled by an off-chain arbitrator.

83
8 months ago

A way to give and receive digital currency without having to buy a wallet. The app is built to support all of the major cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dash, Litecoin and more.

82
2 years ago

A startup that helps merchants manage the process of returning items. This startup is run by CFOs for major retailers.

81
2 years ago

A SaaS for managing and tracking the performance of a dealership’s fleet. The startup has grown to 3,000 dealerships, including Hertz, Enterprise, and other major companies.

80
8 months ago

A tool for sharing news and stories that can be shared and read on mobile devices. The startup is aiming at major news outlets and publications.

79
2 years ago

A startup that’s creating a new way to arrange catering for events. The company is building a platform that makes it easier for event planners to book caterers and decorators in most major cities.

78
1 year ago

A fitness activity tracker that’s aimed at seniors, developed in partnership with a major health insurance company.

77
2 years ago

A payments startup for small businesses in India, which wants to make it easier for SMBs to accept payments from major banks.

74
1 year ago

In 2011, TechCrunch announced the first Startup Battlefield in San Francisco, and the event has grown to become a major tech event for entrepreneurs and investors. This year, TechCrunch is launching two Startup Battlefield events in the San Francisco Bay Area and one in Los Angeles.

74
1 year ago

Non-VC-backed startups also happen to be a major focus for the accelerator.

73
2 years ago

As a company that offers a service to connect freelancers with employers, Cofoundr has an exclusive relationship with a major content distribution platform.

72
1 year ago

A startup that wants to make it easier for musicians to publish and sell their music without having to make major changes to their current workflow.

71
8 months ago

A payments app that, as the name suggests, allows you to pay with your phone in a store. The company already has $3 million in funding and has worked with major retailers like Sephora and Nordstrom.

69
29 days ago

A company that builds services on top of the banking APIs of major banks.

69
1 year ago

A company that helps you put together the best-case scenario for your next major purchase.

68
6 months ago

A startup that brings a majority of features offered by the office 365 productivity suite to the desktop, including tasks, calendar, contacts, and more.

68
1 year ago

A startup looking to build the most comprehensive website for pro-wrestling fans, available on all major social media platforms.

67
2 years ago

A dating app for millennials that uses location as a major factor in the matchmaking process

66
9 months ago

A startup and website that “helps you find your product’s next major life stage” (marketing, retail, sales)

65
7 months ago

A company that enables people to rent out their spare bedrooms. They charge a small monthly fee to rent out a room, while keeping the majority of the rent.

64
1 year ago

An API platform meant to help people build their own personal “banking” and “insurance” platform. They’re already working with a number of major companies.

63
1 year ago

A platform that specializes in “insurance for the uninsurable”, or people who aren’t in major risk pools but can still get coverage.

63
1 year ago

A machine learning tool that helps designers hire faster. The startup has been built over the last year and is still in beta. They say they have hundreds of customers, including the Washington Post and Major League Soccer.

62
7 months ago

In 2018, YC Labs selected a total of 36 startups from the batch to continue on to the next phase of the program. The majority of the founders were based in the US, with three from Israel, two from Canada and one each from Germany, Singapore, Thailand, Netherlands, Hong Kong, France, Hungary, India and England.

62
1 year ago

A video game that helps users learn about the world’s major religions

61
1 year ago

A favorite among beer enthusiasts, this startup has spent years building a database of beer shops and bars in major cities across North America.

61
1 year 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.

61
1 year ago

A company that helps film festivals grow and they’re currently in beta with one major festival and one smaller one.

59
8 months ago

An employee rewards platform that works across all major business software applications, from Slack to Salesforce to Trello. The startup wants to make it simpler for employees to get paid for their contributions.

59
1 year ago

This startup is building a platform to bring better, more efficient financial services to the world’s unbanked. They’re currently in talks with a major bank to launch their service in the fall.

58
4 months ago

A startup for buying and selling tickets for events at major universities.

58
1 year ago

An ad platform that can be embedded into any website, allowing advertisers to track their ads across all major social media platforms.

57
1 year ago

A platform that helps companies find and hire quality workers, including job seekers and employees with criminal records. The company has partnerships with more than a dozen major companies, including Comcast and Gap.

57
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that provides a full-stack CRM for nonprofit organizations. The founders claim the product has a 3x conversion rate compared to other major players, and is focused on helping nonprofits do more for less money.

56
1 year ago

Many people don’t realize that the costs of insurance, medical care, and even funeral services are tax deductible. While these are often major expenses, they are often taken for granted and not considered tax-advantaged savings.

56
1 year ago

A new way to book travel, with a single app that works across all of the major booking platforms. RedMart is building a collaborative travel app that encourages groups to book together at a lower cost.

56
1 year ago

WeWork is a team of more than 200 people focused on expanding its leasing business, which consists of its office space in major cities. It also has a real estate investment business and a few other initiatives.

53
1 year ago

A “name your price” platform for short-term rentals. For example, you can rent a bike or a car on demand in any city in the world, so long as it’s in a major metro area.

53
1 year ago

One of the few publishers that takes a look at the big picture of the web, New York Times Magazine looks at the major tech trends of the coming year.

53
5 months ago

A tool for teams to make decisions in a divided way that produces a better outcome. It lets groups come to decisions by voting on a majority vote but also has a “synthesis vote” that lets each individual in the group vote on the decision.

52
3 months ago

A daily email that helps you identify major political events and news stories to make sure you don’t miss anything.

52
1 year ago

The Y Combinator “demo day” event is a major launchpad for program companies. It takes place in January each year at Y Combinator's offices in Mountain View, with companies pitching their ideas. The event is open to the public and takes place on-site.

51
1 year ago

A startup for finding clean air near you, focusing on air quality in major U.S. cities.

50
1 year ago

The company’s CEO, Will Clark, is a former member of the U.S. Air Force and a former personal trainer, and the company’s co-founders are also experienced entrepreneurs. The company, which launched in 2013, is looking to address a major issue in the fitness industry: it’s difficult, expensive, and time-consuming to get fit.

50
1 year ago

A web-based platform for managing a fleet of self-driving vehicles, integrating with all the major systems including Waymo, Uber, and Tesla. The startup’s platform is built on the open source OBD2 standard and uses the same kinds of sensors as Tesla's Autopilot.

49
1 year ago

A startup that has built a platform that helps brands manage the production of their own merchandise. The startup works with major brands to create new product lines, bringing a level of scale not seen at the moment in the apparel industry.

49
1 year ago

 Providing an order-ahead app for major retailers.

48
1 year ago

Maven built a platform to help companies choose the right furniture and decor items for their space. The startup is looking to build selection into every major furniture store and home improvement store in the country, but has just a few hundred customers.

47
11 months ago

Rides, a ridesharing company that focuses on providing a cheaper and friendlier alternative to Uber and Lyft. The company was founded on an idea that the majority of people want ridesharing but don’t want to pay the higher prices of Uber and Lyft. Rides is currently operating in Atlanta, GA, with plans to expand to other cities.

47
9 months ago

A startup that brings together three key ingredients: In-app messaging, chatbots, and AI. The company says it is working with hundreds of small businesses to help them better engage with customers via messaging, and that a majority of its customers are repeat customers for its chatbot services.

47
9 months ago

A company that wants to sell you a credit score for your own house, offering the data that the other major credit companies have on it.

46
11 months ago

A live-streaming platform for covering major events and political campaigns.

45
4 months ago

A company that helps users find, book and pay for parking spaces or parking garages in major cities around the world, including New York City.

42
9 months ago

A tool for creating websites and landing pages. The startup’s founders had built a similar tool for their own business, but realized that the majority of their work was spent on the “unfun” tasks of putting together a page.

41
6 months ago

A software company that manages the complicated legal structure of companies and provides a comprehensive platform for managing compliance. The startup is currently in talks with a major insurer for a trial run.

41
1 year ago

Inspired by the need for more and better housing in major cities, e-Housing helps companies host housing options for their employees, creating an “off-site” location for them to meet. It’s set to launch in Boston this summer.

40
9 months ago

A company that aims to make it easier for international students to find and apply to college in the US. The startup is currently in the process of piloting their service in two major cities in the US.

40
10 months ago

The company’s mission is to help companies build mission-critical apps. Its first project is a $500,000 project for a major beer distributor, to help them build an app for their customer base of more than 1.4m people.

39
6 months ago

A tool that enables people to request products from a variety of major retailers. The startup has $78,000 in monthly revenue and 4,000 monthly users

39
6 months ago

A company that helps companies manage their accounts receivables and payments. The founders say that their platform is used by major Fortune 500 companies.

39
2 months ago

A company that’s building an on-demand, on-site car rental service for major cities in the US and the UK. It’s a bit like Zipcar, but the company’s co-founder says they’re focused on “long term” agreements.

39
24 days ago

The startup has already worked with a handful of major retailers on testing their mobile app. The startup is looking to develop a platform for handling a million transactions a day.

36
9 months ago

A company that helps major companies hire talent, specifically in the tech space. The company operates in NYC, San Francisco, and Austin.

35
10 months ago

A product that simplifies the purchase of premium seats to major events and concerts. The company is working with the UK’s biggest music festivals, including Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight.

31
3 months ago

The team behind this co-working space-cum-event space wants to build a community that caters to the growing number of startups that live outside of major urban areas.

29
6 months ago

A personal finance manager with a focus on savings, investments, and budgeting. The startup is currently in talks with a major bank to power its app.

28
9 months ago

A startup that tracks the real-time price of financial products (stocks and cryptocurrencies) across different exchanges. It uses machine learning to find the optimal prices across a wide range of exchanges, and can compete with the information on major exchanges in seconds.

27
3 months ago

This is a startup that wants to help people find the cheapest flights or the best deals, by recreating the best deals from major airlines and aggregating them into one place.

26
3 months ago

 A template and developer platform that works with all major CMS platforms.

26
3 months ago

A software development company for building mobile apps for all the major carriers in the Middle East.

25
3 months ago

Unmetric is basically a dating app for inventors. The founders say that over a quarter of patents are never licensed, and that a large majority of inventors are single. Unmetric wants to help connect inventors with others who may be interested in licensing or collaborating on an idea.

24
3 months ago

Based in San Francisco, this startup is building a platform that will help major brands create their own apps, according to CEO Joe Lonsdale. It allows brands to create their own apps that look and feel like their own, and it also makes money by selling the apps to consumers.

23
3 months ago

A bike dispatch company for San Francisco. The startup has built out a bike-share network and wants to expand to other major cities.

19
2 months ago

In early 2019, Softbank acquired a majority stake in the startup. It’s a software company that helps designers produce high-quality mockups for mobile apps.

17
2 months ago

A B2B startup that allows grocery stores to design packages and ship to customers faster, with fewer errors. The startup currently has a deal with a major grocery chain.

14
13 days ago

A Wi-Fi router company, selling to all major carriers in the US, UK, Canada, and India.

14
2 months ago

What’s specifically interesting about this is the way the team is tackling a major pain point for people who work in fintech. They want to make it a bit more like a person is learning a skill, and their interaction with the app can add a sense of community to the experience.

10
3 years ago

Idea: A voice-activated “interface for the real world”, like a “JARVIS for the physical world”. The founders say it currently “works with every major cloud provider”, and that they’re looking to partner with companies that need the technology to build in-house platforms.

1
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that is working with a major South American bank to help them build a platform for managing their B2B loan portfolio

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3 years ago

A startup that provides a way for companies to sell to customers using chat. The company counts major banks as clients and claims to have a 2.5% conversion rate.

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3 years ago

Idea: This startup is a marketplace for food trucks to find parking in major US cities. It’s led by a team of engineers who previously

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3 years ago

The following is an incomplete list of major startup acquisitions:

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