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Past Startup Ideas



1 year ago

Merkle is an AI-driven search engine that helps you find the best way to spend your money based on the things you’ve bought in the past. They’re based on a “Netflix for shopping” approach.

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2 years ago

Helps small business owners find the right talent, like accountants, lawyers and consultants. Things like word-of-mouth, LinkedIn, past client referrals and referrals from the company’s own customers are used to get business owners to the right talent.

117
2 years ago

 A small startup backed by Google Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz is building a tool for pastors to share their sermons online.

116
2 years ago

A CRM for retailers that uses machine learning to predict consumer behavior and then recommend what products to sell based on their past purchases

115
2 years ago

A real estate company that helps buyers find homes in the best neighborhoods, comparing homes to similar homes in the past.

115
2 years ago

In the past year, the startup has raised $1.5 million. The company’s clients include Nestle and Samsung. The company’s platform allows companies to monitor and control their customers’ mobile data usage.

111
1 year ago

A startup that offers one of the few ways to sell tickets to online conferences, and tickets to events in the past year, with a 2.8% take rate.

110
1 year ago

A startup that helps people track the money they’re spending online, including all their subscriptions and subscriptions to services like Netflix. The startup’s co-founder said it’s been profitable in the past year.

107
2 years ago

A social network for remote companies that let’s you see what your colleagues are working on, see what they’ve been working on in the past, and share feedback.

106
2 years ago

A startup that uses the power of past sales information to predict returns on investments, helping investors make better financial decisions.

105
1 year ago

In the past year, there have been a few notable exits from Indian startups and their founders. Vani Kola, co-founder of Zomato, sold her company to local rival Swiggy for an estimated $50 million.

105
2 years ago

TechCrunch’s IPOs have been pretty good over the past decade. The 14 most recent IPOs have collectively brought in $2.4 billion as of April 2018, according to research from Pitchbook.

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2 years ago

In the past year, the startup has grown to have over 500 media outlets and over 1,000 reporters and editors, covering everything from sports to politics, and local to international. They’re aiming to grow that to 10,000 members and double the number of journalists that cover the news.

99
2 years ago

A SaaS platform that helps B2B companies figure out when their employees are most productive and when they are most likely to leave. The startup says that their clients have saved a net of $20 million over the past two years.

99
2 years 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.

98
2 years ago

A way for businesses to track their e-commerce spend over the past 12 months, then see what they could have saved.

96
2 years ago

A startup for on-demand car services in Singapore. The startup’s founder says he’s been offering the service with Uber for the past year and says it’s a $1 billion market in Singapore.

95
1 year ago

CEO and co-founder, Josh, is a self-proclaimed "Serial Entrepreneur." He's built startups in the past five years, including a few that were acquired by larger tech companies.

92
2 years ago

For the past two months, the startup has been building a platform that helps people find jobs, with a focus on the job seeker. The solution is built on an AI that scours through job listings, and a platform that allows job seekers to better manage their resumes.

89
2 years ago

This startup is building a new kind of network for startups, one that allows them to share their financial data, such as their expenses, with other investors. In the past six months, the startup has raised $3 million from investors.

88
2 years ago

A game a la “Whack-a-mole” that’s designed to help people get out of their own way. It’s designed to help people get past their own limitations to help them focus on the things that matter most in their lives.

87
2 years ago

A solution for companies to streamline the billing process for their customers. Avastas has signed up 20 customers in the past month, including one of the 10 largest banks in the US.

86
2 years ago

A La Carte is a service that connects companies with independent contractors, and allows them to earn extra income via their own websites. They say that in the past few years they’ve signed up over 500 businesses in the Greater Boston area, earning over $2 million in additional revenue, and have scaled their operations to 3,800 independent contractors.

80
1 year ago

A toolbox and SDK that helps web and mobile developers build mobile games, apps, and e-learning experiences. The company has about 1,300 customers building over 200 apps and games, with over 30 acquisitions in the past two years.

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1 year ago

An AI-based platform for marketers to create and distribute large-scale email campaigns at scale. The startup wants to help marketers copy and paste some of the work they do in traditional email marketing to email marketing automation.

78
1 year ago

A tool for finding out how many people have downloaded your app, and how many have used it in the past week. The founders say that it’s been integrated into 75 different apps, and that they’ve seen a 20% increase in user retention and engagement once they started using it, with a 50% increase in revenue.

76
1 year ago

A startup that builds an e-commerce platform for the cannabis industry. The team has been operating in the Asian market for the past three years.

76
1 year ago

Ideas is organized by YC staff and features the companies that have been accepted into the program. Past speakers include the founders of Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit.

76
1 year ago

A monthly subscription service for home laundry detergent that offers recommendations for how much to buy, when and how to use it. The startup has already sold more than $2 million in the past year from its first customers–with over 25,000 subscriptions.

75
1 year ago

A live broadcast company for athletes and sports teams. The founders say they want to focus on live streams because of the way they’ve grown in the past few years. Their product is currently a free service, but the founders say they plan to add a paid service to compete with Facebook’s suite of sports and entertainment streams.

74
1 year ago

 A startup that helps you find the best deals on events and tickets by analyzing past purchases

72
1 year ago

First Round Capital is one of the earliest and most successful seed stage investors, having backed over 100 companies in the past 15 years.

69
1 year ago

A data analytics startup that helps businesses make better purchasing decisions based on their current and past data.

69
1 year ago

A startup that helps make buildings cool. In the past two years, it’s built a community of more than 60,000 people who have collectively built more than 100 buildings in more than 35 countries. The community is a nice complement to the three office buildings that are open to tenants in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

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1 year ago

A startup that helps small businesses find and train new employees. It’s sort of like a LinkedIn for small businesses. In the past year they’ve hired over 300 people through the job board, and have a waiting list for others.

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6 months ago

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

58
6 months ago

An outlet for people to find and share their favorite movies from the past. Think of it as a place to reminisce and connect with movies you love.

57
1 year ago

A system that helps you figure out if a new product is a good fit for your business based on past purchases. It helps you identify the things you buy and where you buy them, then uses that information to make recommendations.

56
1 year ago

A startup that lets you create a marketing video from past client work and then showcase it to potential hires.

53
1 year ago

We’ve covered many e-commerce startups in the past year, but this one is different. An e-commerce startup that is focused on helping people find the right products for their needs.

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1 year ago

Everyone is doing it: Amazon, eBay, Walmart, then you have Home Depot and Lowe’s. But Meijer, a Midwest-based retailer that operates grocery stores and a number of other retail chains. Meijer is looking to use the e-commerce trend to stay ahead of its rivals and has begun selling products that haven’t been available in stores in the past, like wine and cheese.

51
1 year ago

In the past year, the startup has built an in-house production facility and is rolling out a new production line that will allow it to produce larger batches with less waste and lower costs.

50
1 year ago

A startup that helps teams make decisions by using machine learning to predict the future based on past decisions.

50
1 year ago

“From the outside, our team is probably the most diverse in the YC batch [of the past five years],” says cofounder Raman Harsh, an MIT alum. “There are no limits on race, ethnicity, religion, or gender.”

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1 year ago

In the past year, the startup has signed up over one million users and is now working on an enterprise version for larger companies.

48
10 months ago

An investment platform that looks at past investment returns to give investors more information on companies they might want to invest in.

46
6 months ago

This is the list of companies that have been acquired by other startups in the past year.

46
1 year ago

This software product, which connects people who suffer from chronic pain with doctors who can treat them, has its sights set on making chronic pain a thing of the past.

45
1 year ago

A marketing automation platform for B2B SaaS companies, touting a 1,500% growth rate in the past year.

44
11 months ago

While this is a new company, the founders’ past experience and work on other startups and products and their location in São Paulo, Brazil, makes it an interesting choice.

43
1 year ago

A travel service that leverages machine intelligence to anticipate your needs better. It takes into account past similar trips and predicts your next trip in real-time.

42
5 months ago

In the past year some over 500 new startups have launched in Seattle’s startup scene and the number of new startups in the city has increased by a factor of 10 since 2013. We’ll be looking at some of the most exciting startups in the city in the coming weeks.

42
1 month ago

An AI-powered tool to help people plan their morning. It’ll suggest things like a workout, breakfast, coffee, etc. for each user based on their location, time of day, and what they’ve done in the past.

42
1 year ago

A startup that helps users register for local events, including concerts, art shows, meetups, and sports games. The startup is growing quickly, with over 30,000 events registered in the past year.

39
9 months ago

In addition to being a founder, Zebra has also built and launched eight startups in the past.

39
8 months ago

A startup that helps people get health insurance by selling them insurance for their household. In the past two years, the startup has signed up more than 100,000 subscribers.

39
1 year ago

A content marketing platform that enables users to create content marketing campaigns. The startup has raised $1.4 million in funding in the past.

38
10 months ago

A company that wants to bring back the art of letter writing. Letter is a SaaS platform that helps you write a letter, send it, and get a response. It’s like the P.S. of the past.

38
1 year ago

This startup is building a tool for beer lovers to find, learn about and share reviews of craft beers. The startup has in the past month added beer reviews from a handful of beer experts and bloggers to its platform.

37
10 months 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.

37
11 months ago

A startup that is building a “smart” brush to automate brushing. They have a patent on a brush that can recognize when a toothbrush runs out of toothpaste, and it can tell the user what toothpaste they’re running out of.

35
8 months ago

This is a software platform for housing associations, which give communities disabilities and demographic data. In the past year, the company has grown to serve over 3,200 housing associations.

35
6 months ago

A software platform that serves as a middleman between businesses and their customers. The startup enables businesses to send messages to customers via text, email, or text-to-speech. It says it has monthly recurring revenue of $45,000 and has onboarded 150 businesses in the past year.

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1 year ago

A hardware company that makes it easier for people to possess and grow their own cannabis. They’re supplying this solution to dispensaries in Colorado, where Gov. John Hickenlooper has shown support for legal weed in the past. The company is already in business in Canada, and is looking at expansions into other states.

33
1 year ago

A video series that helps people make better decisions by evaluating their past behavior to predict what sort of decisions they’ll make in the future.

32
1 year ago

A B2B software company that helps hardware manufacturers and distributors sell to retail stores. The company’s founders say that in the past year it’s already signed and closed on 125 deals and has more in the pipeline.

32
1 year ago

A workplace culture survey system. The startup is building a platform that helps recruiters recruit better by pulling together data from a variety of sources, including surveys, transparent reviews from past employers, and social media.

31
11 months ago

 A startup that wants to help people use their own existing content as a source for their brands. It’s essentially a feed builder for social media, where a user can build a feed from their own feed. The startup’s founders say they’ve reached 10,000 users right after launching, and have doubled in size in the past month.

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7 months ago

is a startup that wants to bring personalization to CRM, allowing people to see what their friends are doing and make recommendations based on what they’ve done in the past.

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5 months ago

After launching in March, the startup has already signed up 7,000 customers (from only 5,000 in the past month). A customer can top up a phone to 100% in just a few minutes. The company charges 50 cents a day and $1 a month for unlimited recharges.

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3 months ago

A startup that helps people build a profile of their past selves and present selves by creating a “personal timeline”.

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11 months ago

Tired of waiting for your toothpaste to dry PictureTec wants to eliminate that problem with a device that heats your toothpaste up to allow you to brush it out completely. The device has a small fan that heats up to just under boiling, which they say keeps the toothpaste from drying out too quickly.

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1 year ago

Has launched in the past year in the US, in areas in which cannabis has been legalized in the past year in states like Ohio, New Jersey, Texas, and California. The company’s founders say they can apply their technology to any state/state-regulated cannabis industry, and are already in business in the US.

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7 months ago

A SaaS startup based in San Francisco, California. The company has been growing rapidly, claiming to have “signed up more than 20,000 people in just the past month”. Its app lets users schedule and pay for deliveries, including food and household items, with a delivery fee.

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5 months ago

A startup focused on helping retailers build smart merchandising systems that can predict which products will sell based on a shopper’s past buying behaviors.

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2 months ago

A chatbot that helps people move past the initial stages of working with a new doctor.

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3 months ago

In the past year, the startup has funded a bunch of startups, including the one above, and has been the largest VC in Philadelphia since coming to the city in 2014.

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1 month ago

A virtual reality toolkit for creative and professional video editors on Mac and PC. Studio is a video editing tool for desktop and mobile. It’s aimed at prosumers and professionals alike, and is developed by a team that’s been working on it for the past 5 years.

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9 months ago

In 2018, the United States has the largest number of startup founders in the world, and has been for the past few years.

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6 months ago

Seed of an AI that learns to predict the stock market. The startup is working on creating a program that can learn to predict the price of a stock based on previous moves. The startup will use machine learning to predict the price of a stock that has been traded in the past.

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3 months ago

People who’ve lost weight in the past can share their weight loss story with the community. Users record how much they weigh and what they’re eating daily and tag their friends to help them stay on track.

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7 months ago

A platform that delivers on-demand, high-quality digital content. The company has spent the past year creating a platform that allows users to upload content to it, and creating an editorial team that curates the content that users like.

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5 months ago

A startup that helps companies with product development, using machine learning and natural language processing to build recommendations for product features. For example, the startup can use a customer email to build a feature for a new product, based on their past purchasing behavior.

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7 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.

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1 month ago

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

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8 months ago

This app is a tool for people with social anxiety, designed to help them manage their anxiety. Past users have said that the app helps them work through their anxiety and to become more social.

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7 months ago

This is a startup that teams up with restaurants to build a shared table that customers can reserve. The tables are in a different part of the restaurant, and the customer can reserve them via their phone. It has a very interesting model, but the market it’s targeting is sticky, and they’re looking to expand past the pilot they’ve begun.

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4 months ago

This company wants to provide a way to get a person’s health history from their doctor’s office, including their past medications and prescriptions.

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1 month ago

A startup that wants to take the “ieatcookies” concept of delivery startups, and instead focus on food delivery for people with diabetes. The company’s founders say that in the past year they’ve already seen over 3 million “clicks” on their website.

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18 days ago

The competition is judged by past members of the YC Fellowship, YC partners, investors and journalists. Past judges include:

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7 months ago

A system that brings together everything from a company’s website, social accounts, emails, past financial records, etc. under one place.

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4 months ago

A startup that promises to help you know what your current income is and where it will be in the future. The startup uses an algorithm that tracks past income and predicts future income using a number of factors, including job history, location, and the current economy.

17
4 months ago

A Washington state-based startup that wants to help investors find the best startups to invest in using a database of startup data from the past five years.

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2 years ago

Idea: A startup helping businesses in emerging markets manage inventory and orders using a mobile app and a desktop dashboard. The founders say they’ve already signed more than 50 customers in the past month (and have been accepted to Y Combinator,) and that the business has been profitable since it launched at the end of May.

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4 months ago

A web-based recommendation platform for restaurants that recommends their best dishes based on past reviews and data from the restaurant themselves. Just Eat is trying to help restaurants find the best dishes to showcase to their customers.

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3 months ago

In the past year, we've seen a number of startups offer their own way to manage contextual data across multiple platforms. These startups are often built to help people avoid the hassle of the various data silos that exist across your various cloud-based applications.

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3 months ago

A tool for managing projects, with a focus on small businesses. In the past year it helped over 60% of its users cash out their businesses.

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27 days ago

A startup that helps people find their perfect wedding band. The team has hired several wedding consultants over the past year, and has partnered with a jeweler in India to help find one.

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12 days ago

For the past five years, the startup has been building a suite of services and software for companies that want to grow their data science teams.

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1 month ago

A startup that tracks the data that can be used to predict future events based on historical data. The startups founders say they have already proven the accuracy of the Georgia Tool Company’s algorithm that predicts earthquakes by looking at past earthquake data.

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3 months ago

This startup is building software to help companies sell their unused (and often untendered) real estate. The startup claims to have negotiated nearly $50M in deals in the past three years.

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19 days ago

In the past year, the largest B2B companies in America have been focusing on AI in the hopes of improving their products and services. AI can help companies with everything from sales to marketing and customer service.

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2 years ago

Idea: A company that wants to help businesses refine their hiring process by looking at past candidates. Specifically, they want to help companies discover talent in their town without having to go through the costly process of headhunting.

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2 years ago

Idea: A platform for insurers to call and text patients regularly about their health and to encourage them to get physicals. The startup aims to be a replacement for the “wellness programs” that many insurers have offered in the past.

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2 years ago

Idea: A startup built on the premise that traditional email newsletters are a relic of the past. The startup wants to bring the “chatbot”

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2 years ago

Idea: A way to make blood transfusions a thing of the past. The startup is working on a nano-fluidic platform which can deliver stem cells to people who have a need for them.

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2 years ago

Idea: A tool for helping companies and employees build their own internal chatrooms. The founder says that the product has been used by YC for the past few years, and is now being offered to other companies as well.

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2 years ago

A startup that provides a service to help people who received medical services in the past to get reimbursement for those services

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