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2 years ago

SITU is building a messaging app to help people connect with their local government. It’s meant to make government more approachable and transparent to the public.

3,379
8 months ago

A tool for sharing public files and folders in groups.

186
11 months ago

A company that wants to make it easier for public companies to raise money from private investors.

175
1 year ago

This is a startup that uses a mobile app and a camera to find street-level recycled products and sell them to the public. They started with old library books and DVDs, but are now selling all sorts of things.

173
1 year ago

A company that’s trying to solve the problem of how to get information from a decentralized public database like Ethereum to a centralized database.

134
2 years ago

A startup that is building a platform for training teachers in the US public school system. The startup wants to make school more attractive and profitable.

130
2 years ago

A mobile app that helps people find the best and cheapest public transportation in their city. Called "Uber for Transportation", it's already in beta in New York and San Francisco.

123
2 years ago

A startup that wants to repurpose drones to help monitor traffic patterns and street corners for the police, fire department and other public safety agencies.

122
1 year ago

This company is building a better way to help people get around crowded cities by providing real-time information on public transit options.

122
1 year ago

A SaaS platform to help companies quickly build and manage apps using public and private cloud. The company is currently cash-flow positive with over 100 paying customers.

122
1 year ago

A platform for managing publications, which focus on business and science-related content. The company has raised a total of $50 million, including a $22 million Series C in August 2017.

121
2 years ago

A mobile app that helps people find nearby parking as they drive for their carpools, ride-hailing, or public transit.

120
2 years ago

A startup that helps e-commerce businesses expand globally. The company says it has helped over 1,000 merchants expand into more than 60 new countries. The company has already launched its first product, a global e-commerce marketplace, to the public and has launched in six countries.

120
2 years ago

An AI-based machine learning project to help identify specific threats to the public water supply in a specific area.

119
1 year ago

A company that offers free, unlimited public Wi-Fi

119
1 year ago

A startup is building a platform to organize and share photos and video of food. They’re already organizing the food into a public database.

119
2 years ago

A startup that makes it easier for medical professionals and public health workers to track and share data about outbreaks

118
2 years ago

A startup that lets people write to their local news outlets and broadcast their thoughts and ideas to the public, akin to what the Snapchat Discover platform does for millennials. The twist, of course, is that these broadcasts are live and recorded.

117
1 year ago

A platform for online tutoring with a focus on helping teachers and parents out of school. Tutor-to-tutor videos are on-demand, and the startup is also working on a way to make the private video chats public and shareable.

117
2 years ago

A way to use the public API of a company to send out notifications about its products.

114
2 years ago

A small team that wants to build a decentralized, public-blockchain-based accounting system that’s easy to use for small businesses in emerging markets.

114
2 years ago

A startup that sells physical books and online courses to help people with public speaking

113
2 years ago

A startup that sells a tool for creating videos that are designed to be shown on screens in public

110
2 years ago

A company that is building a platform to help people get involved in public policy and political engagement.

109
2 years ago

A startup that is a directory of certified public accountants

108
2 years ago

A startup that enables a group of people to share their carpools and public transportation with one another. It’s a bit of a meta application in that the startup is building an app to help companies integrate carpooling into their business models.

108
2 years ago

A startup that creates a way to share useful content from a company’s public site with potential customers.

108
2 years ago

An encrypted messaging app, “built for the public sphere”

108
1 year ago

A startup that allows you to get access to a private concierge while you’re in a public place. The app wants to make it easier for people to get private help when they need it.

108
2 years ago

A platform for law enforcement to send crime alerts to the public

106
2 years ago

A startup that wants to help users make more money by selling their excess household items to the public.

106
2 years ago

A network of public and private buses that connect to each other and to bike lanes, helping commuters get where they need to go.

105
2 years ago

A food delivery app that has a rewards program. The app is currently in private beta with the public beta expected in 2020.

103
2 years ago

A digital health platform that provides a much better, more complete view of a person’s health. The company has been in stealth mode for a couple of years and is now publicly launching.

103
2 years ago

A startup that promises to improve the reliability of your WiFi, by giving you a constant connection to the internet even when you’re in an area with weak signals. The idea is pretty simple — by bouncing a signal off of a cell tower, the startup is able to provide a stronger signal to the device. At the moment, it’s in a sort of alpha stage — the company will be launching a Kickstarter in early 2016 to help fund a smartphone app, which will then be released for the general public.

103
2 years ago

A mobile app for public health professionals to “ensure all patients are treated in the right place at the right time”

101
2 years ago

A startup that helps users find the closest public school or charter school that’s right for their family. It’s meant to bridge the gap between traditional public schools and new alternative school systems like charters.

101
2 years ago

A startup focused on offering a new way for people to get around. The company is focused on making public transit faster, more reliable, and more accessible, and it wants to do that by buying out bus companies and running them as its own private transportation network.

101
1 year ago

This startup aims to “make data science a core competency for all public and private enterprises”, offering software and infrastructure.

101
2 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.

100
1 year ago

This startup offers a platform to help companies and organizations collaborate on content, from making public records to organizing conferences. Its founders describe it as a “LinkedIn for events”.

100
2 years ago

This startup is using the goodness of Twitter to build up a public database of “interesting” places to eat, with a focus on those that are “off the beaten path”.

99
2 years ago

A venture-backed accelerator that prepares social-media influencers to launch their own online ventures, helping them manage their social-media buzz and their brand and how they interact with the public.

99
1 year ago

A startup that helps you find and use the best public transit to get to your destination.

99
1 year ago

A 2 person startup that’s building a smart phone app that helps people speak in public and reduce their anxiety.

99
2 years ago

A secure, automated email-based system for handling sensitive transactions. They’ve built a tool that uses the public keys of people’s email accounts to take payments and even file taxes. The founders tell us they have $6 million in funding from participants in Y Combinator and have received an undisclosed amount of seed funding from YC.

97
1 year ago

A startup that aims to host livestreamed public discussions about important issues.

96
2 years ago

Plans to allow folks to leave their cars at home and get around on public transport in cities

95
1 year ago

A tech company that makes digital services for the public health sector. They’re focused on getting government agencies to talk to each other.

95
2 years ago

A tool to make it easier for people to organize their documents and data. It’s currently still in a private beta, with a public launch in September.

94
2 years ago

The company is an online pharmacy, with a twist. They are creating a marketplace where doctors can sell pharmaceuticals to the public, and the public can buy these drugs directly from doctors.

93
1 year ago

A publicly traded company that provides a platform for people to make money from their photos and videos by selling them on their platform.

93
11 months ago

A company that offers a digital version of a physical notary public.

93
1 year ago

A new way to make small investments in companies via a traditional stock exchange, where a fund manager buys shares in a private company and sells them to public investors. A good example of a startup that is trying to bring the benefits of high-frequency trading to a more traditional model.

92
1 year ago

A startup that aims to help make the case for Medicare-for-all. The company is building a platform to help explain the economic case for Medicare-for-all to the general public.

91
2 years ago

A company that makes using real estate listings data more accessible to the public.

90
2 years ago

A startup that builds a software platform that lets users track public transit and payment transactions from their computer.

90
2 years ago

A startup that offers a student loan refinancing service specifically for those in the public sector.

90
1 year ago

A digital payments platform for small business owners that enables them to take payments in person, over email, or via mobile. It’s currently in private beta but plans to launch publicly next year.

90
2 years ago

A startup that helps users find and pay for public transportation in the UK, and lets them know when their bus or train is on schedule, and lets them track where they are on their route.

87
2 years ago

A for-profit company that wants to create a social network for “sponsored content” where brands pay to influence public opinion.

86
6 months ago

A privacy-focused cryptocurrency that uses multiple layers of encryption to make transactions hard to trace. The company’s software prevents transactions from being saved to a public ledger.

86
2 years ago

An “API for the public sector,” offering a portal for payments, project management, and services.

83
1 year ago

A startup that aims to make it easier for local governments to take bids for public works projects.

83
1 year ago

A tool that curates content from a user’s favorite publications, including news and lifestyle

83
1 year ago

A company that’s building a technology platform to help the public sector figure out the best way to use technology when it comes to delivering public services.

83
1 year ago

A startup for public safety and first responders, that informs decision-makers when there’s a threat or emergency.

81
1 year ago

A company that makes it easy for anyone to get online in the Philippines. The startup partners with telecoms to provide Internet in areas where it’s not a priority, and has also partnered with the government to provide WiFi in the streets and public areas.

79
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.

78
1 year ago

A startup for scheduling social events, with an “invite only” feature that makes it more exclusive than a public event.

78
2 years ago

Building a tool to help publicly traded companies file for an IPO faster, something that’s typically a multi-year process with multiple roadblocks.

77
1 year ago

A platform that lets you book private booths in public spaces.

76
1 year ago

A user-generated marketplace for project management tools, allowing companies to sell them to the public

75
1 year ago

A web-based service that aggregates and provides access to public data about real estate, letting people search for information and data about everything from price and listing inventory, to property tax rates and construction information.

74
1 year ago

A tool to help members of the public report issues with the Metrorail system.

72
1 year ago

A startup that helps brands publicize and monitor social media marketing campaigns. The startup provides analytics tools that track responses to social media posts, and offers an “automated plan” that gives brands a list of potential customers who would respond to a Facebook post. They’re currently working with a few companies.

69
1 year ago

The company is creating a platform for companies that want to take advantage of their networks of publicists, leading to more effective, more affordable marketing.

69
1 year ago

OpenPlans is a software company that helps people find a new home to buy, using data from real estate brokers and public records. They’ve raised over $5 million to date, and are now focused on building a platform for other developers to build on.

69
1 year ago

A startup that wants to build a software-as-a-service platform for public radio stations.

69
1 year ago

A startup that finds neglected public and private properties that can be re-purposed into startup incubators and co-working spaces.

68
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.

68
1 year ago

A platform that helps companies host events, with a large focus on live events. It has a marketplace through which businesses can advertise their events, custom event tickets, and sell tickets to the public. Three big clients include LinkedIn, Twitter, and Visa.

66
1 year ago

A notification system for public safety, allowing first responders and hospitals to be notified when someone tries to harm themselves or someone else.

66
1 year ago

"A startup for public transportation from bike-share to ride-share to carpooling."

66
1 year ago

A new startup that’s looking to use artificial intelligence to help companies develop and test new products and services. They’re looking to build a platform to pull together all of the publicly available data about products and consumers and teach a neural network to help companies predict how people will interact with their products, which they believe is the key to increasing product adoption. Currently, the startup has $2.5 million in seed funding.

65
1 year ago

The first public hardware offering from Spin, a company that makes a 3D printer, will be a small plastic ball that you can use to make jewelry.

64
1 year ago

An API that provides access to public transportation data in real time.

64
8 months ago

A database of all the world’s public companies, which includes their stock market valuation and most recent transactions.

64
1 year ago

A 4-person team has written an iOS app that lets people search and pay for tickets to, and receive discounts on, the city’s iconic public art installations.

63
5 months ago

A database of all the companies in the EU, fully searchable and with a public API.

61
1 year ago

A software platform that stores and shares your memories in a private, secure and public-facing format.

59
6 months ago

A startup that uses AI to bring crowdsourced information to the public sector. It’s based in the UK and works with various governments and NGOs.

55
1 year ago

A platform that brings together investment opportunities from the public markets to the private markets, and vice versa.

52
1 year ago

A digital platform that offers storage, sharing, and analysis of all of its client’s social media content. The company has raised $21 million in funding to build out its public beta product, which went live in May.

52
1 year ago

VentureBeat is an American technology news and media company based in New York City. It was founded in 2009 as a print publication, and has since expanded to include a website and mobile apps, and became a venture-backed startup.

51
6 months ago

A “mission-driven” startup that works to provide education to low-income kids in third-world countries. It’s working with a social enterprise in the Dominican Republic.

49
6 months ago

A B2B platform that helps companies create public-facing websites without having to know HTML.

49
1 year ago

A solution for companies to provide real-time expense tracking and invoicing from anywhere in the world. The company is currently charging for the early access of its beta, but plans to launch publicly in early 2019.

46
1 year ago

This startup is building a way to protect the public from fake news, by offering a service that will check and verify which news stories you see on Facebook.

46
1 year ago

A company that helps developers build apps for the iPhone. The startup already has 7 clients, including the Obama campaign, and plans to go public in the first quarter of 2020.

44
1 year ago

A tool for creating and distributing your own live stream video. Ideas are from developers, and are developed via a “discovery pipeline”, where a public vote decides which one of the new ideas will be built.

44
1 year ago

A startup that helps you find the best way to get from point A to B via public transportation or carpooling.

44
1 month ago

An Android app that helps users find nearby public toilets, saving them the hassle of having to carry around a separate mobile device.

44
1 year ago

The company is now offering a free version of its software that handles data collection to help the public understand the safety of local honey.

42
1 year ago

An AI-driven tool for helping banks detect fraud and other financial crimes, and for the public sector to visualize and understand their finances and data.

41
5 months ago

A platform for publicisng events, aimed at booking them at the lowest possible price.

41
1 year ago

A wireless network for Internet of Things devices in public places

40
11 months ago

A decentralized prediction market, looking to use the power of the blockchain to bring more transparency to public wagers. The startup already has a partnership with the NBA to use data on player performance to create more stable markets.

40
5 months ago

A seed-stage startup that’s building a software platform for the pipe industry. They’ll be able to manage schedules, track equipment and provide an interface to the general public.

40
10 months ago

A startup that wants to help companies buy and sell their product or service via a public marketplace. It’s like eBay, but for corporate products.

38
1 year ago

 A startup aiming to compete with Uber drivers by letting the public order rides the same way they order food.

37
1 year ago

A self-driving, electric vehicle startup. The startup is building an autonomous electric vehicle that can be used in public transit. The cars are currently in beta.

37
10 months ago

A startup developing a “mobile-first” platform that allows people to search through publicly available data about the world. One example is a tool that uses machine learning to find your address by looking at where you are based on Google Maps.

36
6 months ago

A tool for businesses looking to make international payments, publicizing that their business has a presence in a foreign country and helping them find a local bank account.

36
1 year ago

A free, public-access platform for planning and sharing ideas on how to make San Francisco a better city.

35
11 months ago

A startup that helps companies find investment opportunities in the public markets in developing countries.

35
5 months ago

A tool for journalists to gather information from a variety of public sources.

35
2 months ago

A tool for looking up information about the public sector (like hospitals), with the goal of helping patients get the best care for their specific ailments.

35
11 months ago

The startup is using app design and marketing startups to build an app that helps investors find value in publicly traded companies.

33
11 months ago

A ticket management platform that allows artists to manage their tickets on the platform, and sell them to the public. The startup is using AI to help promote artist events, and currently has about $25,000 in revenue.

33
10 months ago

A platform for people to raise capital from the public with the goal of solving problems. The company is working on a survey-artifact interface, which they’re using to get feedback about the products they’re building.

33
10 months ago

A team of people that builds software for and with the help of the general public (readers, writers and other types of creators). Its first product was a book, "", which won the 2016 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Best Nonfiction.

33
9 months ago

A tool that helps local governments make policy decisions by letting them track and evaluate the public’s actions.

33
9 months ago

A platform that aggregates credit information from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, from publicly released data. The startup is working with credit unions to automate the process of credit report inquiries, and also offers additional credit report reports for landlords.

33
5 months ago

A startup to help small farmers sell their excess produce. The B2B startup helps farmers find buyers and create a way to share their excess crops with the public.

33
2 months ago

A platform for lawyers to easily collaborate on documents with clients’ lawyers, as well as a way for public records requests to be answered.

33
9 months ago

A startup for public housing residents in Los Angeles. The startup provides home repair services to residents who otherwise don’t have access to those kinds of services.

32
6 months ago

Builds a tool that helps streamline how journalists find and make use of public records.

31
10 months ago

A solution for “scaling” public schools. It lets school districts work with an “empowered community” to decide how schools should be run, including how many teachers and administrators are required.

30
9 months ago

A company that offers a service that allows the public to view details of the companies that supply their electricity. The app displays companies’ ethics and data from their websites and connects to their electricity suppliers through the cloud, giving people the ability to see how much they’re paying for electricity.

30
11 months ago

A platform for managing and tracking the public records of a large group of users. It helps a school, a city hall, or a large organization keep track of its records.

29
9 months ago

A group of designers and developers building a basic platform to help people create and share drawings and designs, similar to how Shapes is used to share images. It is currently in private beta, with a public launch scheduled in Q1 2015.

29
11 months ago

A company that makes software that allows cities to track their public transit performance and generate data that helps other cities learn from other cities.

28
2 months ago

A tool that lets companies list their equity to the public.

28
1 month ago

A company that helps organizations, including governments, organizations, and public sector clients, with software development and services. The company has more than $1.5 billion in annual revenue, with more than 8,000 customers in more than 50 countries.

28
1 year ago

A startup that wants to help people who work in public health figure out how to evaluate different vaccines.

27
11 months ago

A company that manages your rent and allows you to pay it with a credit card. The company says they’ve had over $500,000 in monthly revenue, and they’ve also had clients like the Delaware Public School System.

27
5 months ago

The startup aims to help recruiters find employees, by matching them with people who are looking for a new job — eliminating the need to advertise to the general public.

27
4 months ago

LarxBit is an online platform for buying and selling used cars. It aims to become a global used car sharing service, like Zipcar or Car2Go. The platform monitors cars on public roads, then transfers them to its users.

27
1 month ago

A startup that provides a platform for government agencies to collaborate on information sharing, which helps agencies across the world make better public policy decisions.

27
5 months ago

A startup that builds apps for people who want to compare pricing and options between public transit agencies.

26
4 months ago

An AI civic engagement platform. The startup aims to help develop AI tools that can be used to create citizen-driven initiatives for public health and development.

26
1 month ago

This startup is building a device to help hard of hearing people navigate public spaces.

26
9 months ago

Notememe is a tool for public speaking that is designed to help you remember what you talked about. It’s a visual, like a PowerPoint, with the slides you’ve spoken on organized into the order you’ve spoken.

25
9 months ago

A mobile app that helps people find the closest public transportation. It helps commuters get to their destination faster and more affordably.

25
6 months ago

This app helps artists make their music more accessible to the public.

25
5 months ago

A tool for sharing and discovering public datasets for AI development,

25
8 months ago

This startup is building a library of memes that are geared towards millennials, with the goal of building a youth outreach arm for the Republican Party.

24
2 months ago

A private land registry, which they say is more accurate and cheaper than the public system. They plan to build the registry using blockchain technology.

24
4 months ago

We’re in the middle of a renaissance of public speaking, with the rise of social media, and a rise in the popularity of TED Talks. But there’s a gaping hole where public speaking training and public speaking coaching should be. The founders of VLIVE want to solve the problem by providing live public speaking training and coaching to individuals based on their level of comfort.

23
12 days ago

A place where the public can share the products they find, which they’ve discovered through their fashion and lifestyle blogs.

23
3 months ago

A platform that monetizes the unused power of Wi-Fi routers, allowing companies to sell it back to the public, or use it to create their own Internet service.

22
11 months ago

A tool for users to communicate with each other without the need for a public forum or a message board. It’s a website where users can share a file and a message, and the messages are encrypted and deleted from the system after they have been read.

21
3 months ago

A startup that allows people to set up “virtual” job interviews. The startup is currently in stealth mode and won’t be going public.

21
3 months ago

A startup that helps whitepapers go viral by building a social network around them. WhiteHat Hacker has already had a 100,000 users sign up to its platform, and plans to release an app that lets a user make a white paper available to everyone they share a public email address with.

21
9 months ago

A tool for helping companies quickly build their own email marketing campaigns. The startup helps businesses with their email marketing needs and is already working with companies like The New Republic and The New York Times.

20
4 months ago

A next-generation digital library that integrates content from public and private sources into a single searchable interface.

20
2 months ago

A platform that allows people to buy and sell shares in the same company and for the same reasons (like a public stock.) The startup is working with a fund of funds to build a platform for this, and has $100,000 in revenue.

20
2 months ago

An API that operates as a feed of public data that can be augmented with user-specific data and then visualized in real-time.

20
5 months ago

A cloud-based tool that lets companies — be they public or private — manage their security incident response procedures. 6 pilots with 8 enterprise clients.

19
1 month ago

A startup that allows members of the public to share their photos, stories, and videos of the places they’ve been, with some of the proceeds going to the photographer who made the content.

19
2 months ago

A startup that helps companies make their data more transparent to share with the public. It’s meant to give journalists and researchers data to help them uncover facts not often displayed on company websites. The startup says they’ve developed a prototype to help journalists and researchers get data that is more often than not hidden from public view.

18
8 days ago

A startup that designs and manufactures electric bikes and scooters to be used on public transit systems.

18
2 months ago

Working with Y Combinator alum Moovit, which provides navigation to public transportation, the startup is building a platform that enables businesses to automate their commute using public transportation and mobile apps.

17
2 months ago

Google’s self-driving cars aren’t ready for the public yet, but that hasn’t stopped some people from building their own. The startup, which is based in San Francisco, is helping others build their own self-driving car kits in the hopes of creating a viable alternative to the Google car.

16
1 month ago

A system that helps municipalities identify and monitor fraud from public utilities and utilities in their area. It’s designed to help governments cut costs and provide transparency.

15
1 month ago

A startup that owns and operates an offline library, which will soon be open to the public. It’s the world’s first library of digital books that can be made available in a physical space.

14
2 months ago

This startup aims to help customers of the public transit network in Brazil. In order to provide a better experience, users will be able to use their phone to pay for tickets, track their transit schedule, and request rides.

13
1 month ago

A mobile application that mines data from public transportation systems to help cities plan their public transit.

13
1 month ago

A company that helps small businesses and brands to put up a billboard or a sign in a city. It’s a “digital billboard on steroids”, offering clients the ability to capture and store content, create digital versions of their signs, and interact with the public.

12
11 days ago

A predictive modeling tool that aims to help local governments make better decisions about where to invest in public transportation.

12
2 days ago

A platform for public radio stations that allow listeners to donate to their programming.

12
19 days ago

A social networking app for public transit users, which allows users to share their commute times and preferences with other commuters.

11
5 days 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.

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1 day ago

A place for people of all faiths to come together and discuss religion, faith, and spirituality, without the judgment and stigma of the public sphere.

10
1 month ago

A platform for public and private schools that allows students to plan their schedules, collaborate with classmates and teachers, and track their progress.

9
2 months ago

A data analytics platform for public companies, meant to make it easier for them to access, sort, and analyze financial data.

8
11 days ago

A marketing platform that allows companies to target their app installs to influencers, rather than just the general public.

8
5 days ago

Y Combinator’s waiting list is a list of companies that are accepted into the program but haven’t yet received funding. The list is kept in a secret room underneath Y Combinator’s offices in Mountain View, California. The list is closed to the public and is generally used as a way for Y Combinator to vet companies that are accepted into its program.

6
2 years ago

Idea: Data-driven software for prosecutors and public defenders that aims to reduce incarceration and recidivism

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2 years ago

Idea: A “smart” version of a public restroom

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2 years ago

Idea: Public Relations for the Non-Profit Sector

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2 years ago

Idea: A startup that helps people with mobility issues navigate the world. It’s a website that aggregates all the information you might need to find a public restroom or get to a destination nearby

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2 years ago

Idea: A startup that’s trying to make it easier for urbanites to move around their city using a variety of transportation options, from public transit, to ridesharing, to walking.

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2 years ago

Ă‚ Helping companies turn their internal documents into automated public facing content.

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