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3 years ago

The company was founded by Ramy El Bannaoui and Chris Curtis, who had previously founded the company in 2007 and sold it in 2011.

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3 years ago

Startup founders are being more aggressive in the US, with a few companies in the last year getting VCs to fund them at seed or Series A-level, when they may have previously been too early.

169
2 years ago

The most recent Y Combinator batch was the most diverse batch to date, with more women than men and fewer white people than previously.

168
3 years ago

A mobile payments startup, focused on helping the unbanked in India, that’s created by a team of MIT grads that previously worked at a mobile payments company.

162
3 years ago

This’s the second time around for the company, which previously launched a version of its product in China in 2017, and lost most of its customers after the Chinese government blocked its service.

157
3 years ago

This company’s founders were previously in the gaming industry, and want to help make that industry more inclusive. The startup is building a platform to help game developers with user acquisition and retention by building in features for “people of color, women, and LGBTQ people.”

149
3 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.

147
3 years ago

The startup is building a marketplace for people looking to sell or buy items that have been previously owned by celebrities.

144
3 years ago

A group of publications that allow users to create personalized editions. Previously called “my publisher”, the startup is currently focused on personalizing a magazine subscription.

143
3 years ago

The Tampa Bay, Florida-based startup is building a platform that allows users to search for and access previously stolen goods.

143
3 years ago

A company that helps companies book tours and events at museums and galleries. The startup’s founders previously worked at the Louvre, and want to help them grow their business in the UK, US, and Canada.

135
3 years ago

In the summer of 2016, Y Combinator opened a office in London to focus on Europe. The office is headed by Laura Simpson, who previously worked at eBay, and has joined the Y Combinator London team. Y Combinator London is focused on advising and investing in European startups and is led by Stephen O’Grady, who previously worked at Twitter, Google, and Yahoo.

126
3 years ago

A tool for the hospitality industry to manage attendee profiles. One of the founders previously worked at Airbnb.

117
3 years ago

A company that helps small businesses gather data about their customers, and is now expanding to help retailers do the same. The company’s founding team previously worked at Google Analytics.

113
3 years ago

A technology company that creates “smart” thermostats for home and business use, allowing homeowners to control their thermostats via their smartphone. The company is led by CEO and founder Rajat Pahuja, who previously built a business in India called Shubh Loans that went “very profitable,” according to Pahuja.

113
2 years ago

A commerce platform for the Indian market, where many consumers have previously had to go through multiple vendors to make a purchase.

105
3 years ago

A company that helps food trucks get paid for food that was previously ordered but never delivered, taking the hassle out of money transfers and payments.

90
2 years ago

A platform for new-hire onboarding that uses an “heuristic-based” system to determine the employee’s job fit. Previously, most company HR has been based on a 90-10 fit scale with 10 being the best fit, but the company claims it can do better.

87
2 years ago

The California-based company, which previously had raised $16 million, is selling custom-designed power banks, which are basically portable chargers for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices. The company is selling them through its website but is also looking to partner with retailers to sell them in their brick-and-mortar stores.

87
3 years ago

A “a mobile app for anyone who wants to become an artist”, designed for “artists who have previously been turned down by art schools” to help them learn to draw.

84
1 year ago

(We’ve changed the name of this company. It was previously called PRism.)

79
2 years ago

A tool for automating email marketing for businesses. Its founders, having previously built a small email marketing SaaS for startups, were looking for a way to automate the process.

74
3 years ago

Idea: This startup is building machine learning software that helps people create smoother panning and zooming in videos. The startup previously sold a product called Flycam that helps camera operators smoothly move from one part of the scene to another.

73
2 years ago

A B2B SaaS startup focused on helping companies find, manage and automate their supply chain. The company is led by former McKinsey consultant and CEO, who previously started and sold several companies.

71
2 years ago

A hardware wallet for bitcoin. A recent redesign has brought in some features that were previously only available for the Ledger.

69
2 years ago

A startup that wants to use a combination of machine learning and AI to help you better manage your health data. The startup is looking to take a similar approach to a product they previously released, the AmpedSense wearable device.

68
2 years ago

A management platform for connecting sales reps with clients, currently only available in the UK. The company’s co-founder was previously the CEO of the UK’s largest recruitment search engine.

65
1 year ago

A startup that uses computers to teach kids about computer science. The founder, who was a 7th grader when he started, previously built an app that teaches kids about the Internet.

64
2 years ago

The startup is built around an ad-hoc infrastructure for sharing small jobs (up to $100) between companies. Previously, small businesses have to either go through the pain of setting up their own internal app or use their own separate contractor management platform (like TaskRabbit). The startup uses its API to help companies manage their workforces, with a platform that allows for bid and project management.

62
1 year ago

The company’s co-founder and CEO, Ryan Williams, previously co-founded an online ticket co-op and a ticketing software company.

59
1 year ago

An enterprise-level CRM for small businesses that uses artificial intelligence to help customize and personalize their marketing. It was previously known as ZOOM.

56
1 year ago

A tool to help people more easily manage their finances, with a particular focus on those who want to save more money but don’t know how to maximize their current investments. The company’s founder is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor in Portland who has previously worked at Intuit and First Republic.

53
1 year ago

The startup has built a suite of cloud-based services for businesses to manage their HR needs. The founders, who previously worked for Google and Microsoft, say their services save businesses around $4 million a year.

52
1 year ago

A program that helps government agencies run background checks efficiently and collaboratively. The startup claims that it saves 10-30% of the time it previously took to run a background check, with a process that’s “10x faster than manual checklists”.

52
2 years ago

A startup that brings the benefits of a “quiet studio” to people who live in buildings that aren’t as soundproofed. The company’s co-founder, who was previously a producer for The BBC, says he uses the studio for “super-advanced brain science and psychology research”.

51
1 year ago

A company that uses cookies to block ads on websites by identifying users who have previously objected to an ad.

51
1 year ago

A startup that is building a ride-hail app for parents to get access to child care facilities and pick up kids from school. Previously, parents had to go to a parent-only school.

50
2 years ago

A chat app for kids that infuses video into the app. The startup’s founders have a background in animation, with one of the founders previously working on the "Finding Nemo" sequel.

49
1 year ago

A company that helps individuals and businesses track their spending habits to make better, more informed financial decisions. The startup is a spin-off of the world’s largest robo-advisor firm, Betterment, and previously worked on a consumer-focused app.

48
1 year ago

A startup building a platform that helps companies hire medical interpreters at a lower cost than previously possible.

47
1 year ago

A startup that specializes in the creation of digital ads for brands. It has previously worked with brands like Coca-Cola, Harley Davidson, and Procter & Gamble.

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7 months ago

A platform to help people save money by focusing on the expenses they can control. Previously known as Quest2, the startup is based in Philadelphia and wants to build a product that will help people cut their spending and put their money to work for them.

42
1 year ago

A startup that connects customer service reps with customers via SMS. The startup claims that customers are getting faster responses and the reps are getting more money per customer than they were previously.

41
1 year ago

A startup that combines an Uber-style marketplace with a “mom and pop” retail store. The website allows customers to buy groceries and household items on-demand, with a built-in rewards program. The founder of the company, who previously worked at Amazon, says the company is on track to expand into 35,000 stores by 2020.

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1 year ago

Hire the Smart, an applicant tracking platform built for fast-growing, low-pay environments. It is one of the few startups in the pool that has been around for over a year. The company previously focused solely on the fast-food industry, but has since broadened its offerings to cover retail and other industries. The startup is also one of the few in the competition that does not currently have a product in production.

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10 months ago

A Y Combinator alum who previously built a startup that helps find new clients for software engineers, saying he’s “not sure what the world of business is like” for product marketing.

28
1 year ago

Previously known as CloudWatt, this startup is building a software-as-a-service to help companies build, test, and build apps faster.

25
8 months ago

A startup that helps consumers keep track of which companies they’ve worked with. A software engineer at the company who previously worked at Facebook is working on the idea.

21
6 months ago

Coding bootcamp for women, especially those who have been previously underrepresented in tech.

12
3 years ago

Idea: Previously, the company was raising money under the name Tender, which would have been a food delivery service that employed the same “crowd delivery” model as Munchery or Peach Now, the company is simply called Tender, and will be an online marketplace for farmers

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3 years ago

Idea: An e-commerce startup that’s building a marketplace for used products, the team of which will be composed of previously incarcerated people.

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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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