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3 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.

4,117
3 months ago

An algorithm that helps people identify the most effective ways to get to their destination via public transportation.

833
1 year ago

A tool for sharing public files and folders in groups.

308
2 years ago

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

294
1 year ago

A startup working to help the Chinese government monitor citizens’ social media activity. The startup provides the government with a “centralized feed of public activities”.

256
2 years 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.

254
2 years ago

A company that offers free, unlimited public Wi-Fi

220
2 years 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.

211
2 years 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.

202
2 years ago

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

189
2 years 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”.

188
2 years ago

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

182
2 years ago

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

181
2 years 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.

180
3 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.

179
1 year 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.

176
2 years ago

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

174
2 years 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.

173
1 year ago

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

173
3 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.

172
3 years ago

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

168
3 months ago

A German startup that’s building a library of public domain content for publishers to help them better understand their audience.

166
1 year 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.

164
3 years ago

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

163
2 years ago

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

162
3 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.

161
2 years 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.

158
3 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.

155
3 years ago

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

155
2 years 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.

153
3 years ago

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

152
2 years 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.

152
3 years ago

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

151
3 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.

150
2 years ago

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

150
3 years ago

A startup that is a directory of certified public accountants

149
3 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.

149
3 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.

148
3 years ago

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

147
3 years ago

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

146
3 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.

146
3 years ago

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

146
1 year ago

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

146
3 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.

144
3 years ago

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

144
3 years ago

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

144
3 years ago

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

142
1 year 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.

142
3 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.

140
3 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.

140
1 year 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.

140
3 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.

139
3 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.

138
3 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.

138
3 years ago

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

138
3 years ago

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

138
3 years ago

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

137
3 years 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.

137
3 years ago

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

136
3 years ago

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

136
1 year ago

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

136
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.

135
3 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.

135
3 years 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.

134
2 months ago

A company that makes a smart card used to access public transit in London.

134
3 years ago

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

133
3 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.

133
3 years ago

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

133
3 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.

132
3 years 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.

130
3 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”.

129
3 years ago

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

129
1 year 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.

128
1 year 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.

128
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.

127
3 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.

125
3 years ago

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

125
2 years 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.

124
10 months ago

An online tool that allows any member of the public to report a dangerous or illegal activity. The company says it has had over 75,000 reports of bad behavior.

124
8 months ago

A company that makes tools for construction and public works

123
1 year 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.

121
3 years ago

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

120
2 years ago

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

120
3 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.

119
3 years ago

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

119
2 years ago

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

119
3 years ago

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

118
3 months ago

A startup aiming to create a map of the world’s public transit systems.

118
3 years 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.

117
3 years ago

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

115
2 years ago

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

113
2 years 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.

113
1 year ago

A startup that partners with the National League of Cities to help cities use technology to manage their public safety functions.

108
1 year ago

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

107
3 years 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.

106
3 years 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.

103
3 years 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.

103
2 years ago

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

103
2 years 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.

102
3 years 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.

101
3 years ago

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

101
2 years 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.

100
3 years 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.

99
2 years 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.

97
2 years ago

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

97
3 years 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.

96
2 years ago

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

96
2 years ago

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

96
8 months ago

A startup that provides ticketing and monitoring for public transit and rideshare services.

94
1 year ago

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

93
2 years 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.

92
2 years 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.

91
1 year ago

A cloud infrastructure provider, part of Techstars, that provides public and private clouds, container services, and machine learning solutions.

89
2 years 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.

87
2 years 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.

86
2 years 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.

85
2 years 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.

83
2 years 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.

82
10 months ago

A company that’s built a toolset to allow developers and businesses to build private blockchains that aren’t open to the public.

82
2 years 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.

81
10 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.

81
9 months ago

A startup that makes it easier for small companies to lease out public spaces in their buildings to corporate clients.

81
2 years ago

A wireless network for Internet of Things devices in public places

80
2 years 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.

80
1 year ago

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

80
2 years ago

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

79
3 months ago

A startup that aims to create a platform where the government can share public data with private sector companies. The startup wants to help government avoid the $25M/year it spends on public records handling.

79
2 years 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.

78
1 year 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.

76
4 months ago

Launched in May, the company’s mission is to bring the benefits of public transportation to the Indian market in a way that’s affordable and fun.

76
2 years 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.

75
2 years 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.

75
2 years 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.

75
1 year 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.

75
9 months ago

A messaging app that helps people overcome their fear of public speaking by helping them practice their speaking in groups.

75
2 years ago

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

74
10 months ago

A platform that helps people with disabilities track where public transportation is, and check schedules.

74
1 year 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.

72
2 years ago

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

71
2 years ago

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

71
2 years 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.

70
2 years ago

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

70
1 year 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.

70
1 year 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.

70
1 year 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.

70
2 years 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.

69
2 years 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.

68
1 year ago

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

68
1 year ago

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

68
2 years 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.

67
1 year ago

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

67
1 year 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.

67
1 year 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.

67
1 year ago

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

67
1 year 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.

67
2 years ago

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

66
2 years 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.

66
1 year 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.

65
1 year 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.

65
1 year ago

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

65
9 months ago

An online forum for people who want to share what they’re working on, with support for public or private projects.

65
2 years 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.

63
2 years ago

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

63
1 year 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.

63
1 year ago

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

63
11 months ago

A platform that aims to improve the public relations and marketing industries by providing tools for freelancers and agencies to schedule, track, and manage projects.

63
7 months ago

This company is a portal for scientists looking to post their findings to public databases, where they can be found by other researchers.

63
2 years 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.

61
1 year 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.

61
8 months ago

A startup that wants to use digital media to help those who work in the public sector communicate more effectively.

61
1 year 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.

60
1 year ago

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

60
1 year 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.

60
1 year 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.

59
1 year ago

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

59
1 year ago

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

59
7 months ago

A public transport app for urban areas in India. It allows users to get the best schedules and buy tickets directly from their phones.

59
1 year ago

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

58
9 months ago

A mobile application that uses AI to identify, track, and alert you to public health threats.

58
1 year ago

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

57
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.

57
1 year 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.

56
1 year ago

A digital newsstand for publications, starting with the New York Times.

56
1 year 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.

55
1 year ago

A company that aims to monetize public data via its API, which allows developers to make products that interact with existing public data sets. The company says they’ve already collected over $2 million via the API in the past year.

54
11 months ago

A VR tool for helping people with autism practice social skills, allowing users to navigate public spaces and navigate other people.

54
9 months ago

 A startup that wants to build a platform to make it easier for the government to manage and maintain its own infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and public transportation.

54
8 months ago

A health insurance carrier that’s building a hybrid public-private insurance exchange that connects with Medicaid, Medicare and private carriers.

54
2 years 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.

52
1 year 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.

52
1 year 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.

52
1 year ago

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

52
1 year ago

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

52
9 months ago

A startup that’s building a way for manufacturing companies to sell their products to the public, and not just to a small group of large corporations.

52
1 year 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.

51
1 year ago

A startup that helps users connect to nearby bike-share and public transportation stations.

51
8 months ago

A startup that wants to build video games to help people get over their phobias of public speaking and public speaking itself

51
1 year 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.

50
1 year 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.

50
9 months 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.

50
1 year 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.

49
1 year 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.

48
1 year ago

A coworking space for the public sector.

48
2 years 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.

47
2 months ago

A language learning platform that uses in-person formats to coach people on skills like public speaking and interviewing.

47
1 year ago

A new way to communicate, where users can communicate through a single interface to different social networks. The idea is to create a way for users to communicate with each other, but for conversations to be public.

46
1 year ago

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

45
4 months ago

A software platform that allows users to create their own personal cryptocurrency portfolio. Already has a number of clients including a publicly traded company.

45
1 year 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.

44
1 year ago

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

44
11 months ago

A startup that wants to be the place where people buy and sell physical products. It’s currently having trouble finding a funding partner to eventually take it public.

44
1 year 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.

43
1 year ago

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

43
1 year ago

A startup that allows users to connect with the media library of their favorite publications, and instantly download the latest issue of their favorite magazine on their phone.

43
11 months ago

An API for on-demand food delivery that draws on public data to let businesses deliver food on-demand based on location, time, etc.

43
9 months ago

This company helps people in low-income countries purchase a monthly cycle of pills for their family members. The startup will also implement a new payment system for the public, that can be used by the public to purchase cycles and pay for them in a similar way to how they pay their phone bill.

43
1 year ago

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

42
9 months ago

A startup that gives people and businesses the ability to take advantage of public transportation in cities around the world.

42
6 months ago

A B2C startup that installs free Wi-Fi on public transit buses, trains, and subways. The company can also help you find a coffee shop or restaurant while in transit.

42
6 months ago

Startup that takes a concept like crowdfunding – selling a project or idea to the public – and turns it into a digital marketplace for a wide variety of funding options.

41
4 months ago

A connected tool for helping researchers in academia manage their scientific publications.

41
5 months ago

Fueling bikeshare programs by connecting public bike stations to transit schedules.

40
1 year 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.

39
8 months ago

A distributed computing network that’s built to create and share machine learning models. It’s similar to a public cloud in that it’s meant to be shared among all the people who need to use it, but it provides free access to most of its resources.

39
1 year ago

A publicly traded company for building and selling airline loyalty programs.

38
25 days ago

This startup is building a way to build a community experience out of a single app. Users can use it to create a private or public forum.

38
1 year 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.

36
8 months ago

Co-working space startup that charges a membership fee for access to its space for startups, but also offers service on-premise for larger companies. The company is planning to go public soon, and is valued at $1 billion.

36
7 months ago

A way for city governments to sell public land.

36
4 months ago

This is a games platform for the US public school system, built to be a “fun, engaging tool that uses data to transform learning”. Games are now offered in more than 1,000 schools.

36
2 months ago

A payments platform for government agencies, especially those in the public sector.

36
7 months ago

A startup that allows users to search a database of public records to find out if they’ve been reported to the IRS. The startup is working with the IRS to build a developer platform that will allow users to do the same.

34
7 months ago

A real-time public transportation app for New York City. The startup wants to transform New York City’s MTA and provide real-time information on different buses, trains, and subways to users.

34
6 months ago

A luxury concierge service for shopping. The company’s same-day delivery service will be available to the public.

34
4 months ago

A digital platform for journalists to syndicate their work. Features include original content and interviews as well as customization of the look of articles for different publications.

34
11 months ago

A web-based tool for public officials to request tax breaks for private companies. It’s pitched as a way for cities to bring in more startups, and helps make the regulatory process easier.

31
3 months ago

A travel arranging service that’s similar to Expedia or Hotels.com. The company is currently in a closed beta, looking to raise money to expand to a public beta.

31
8 months ago

A dating app that allows users to make real-time introductions to people they meet in public or at work.

30
5 months ago

A company that provides a solution for organizations that want to manage and store sensitive information on the blockchain. The company provides tools that can be used to create and manage private and public blockchains.

30
2 months ago

An easy and affordable on-demand ride service provider, for both employees and the general public.

30
3 months ago

A game that teaches kids about the world’s most successful public companies

29
4 months ago

A toolkit for cities to use to improve their public transportation.

26
5 months ago

An organization that connects public school teachers with classrooms in need.

24
5 months ago

A startup that builds software for the creative industries, to help musicians, artists, and more make their work more accessible to the public.

24
4 months ago

This startup manages publicly-accessible drones that can be used to take aerial photos, providing real-time bird’s eye views of events.

24
7 months ago

A company that’s building a platform for monitoring and analyzing political campaigns, and a data analytics tool for tracking all of the money that goes into, and comes out of, political campaigns. The founders say they’ve tested their product with hundreds of campaigns, and are now focused on building out a platform for the public to use.

23
1 month ago

The startup is creating a “social network for the general public to get behind the scenes of the fashion industry,” with a focus on the work of emerging artists

23
2 months ago

A tool to help skilled professionals learn how to code. They are launching a website where computer science students could publicly share their projects they’ve built.

22
2 months ago

A community for family photographers, not just selling their photos but helping them grow their businesses by providing help with printing, selling on Etsy, and public relations.

22
6 months ago

A startup that lets people take pictures of any public or semi-public toilet and share them.

21
5 months ago

A real estate listing platform that aims to make it easier for people to buy and sell homes in a local market. They’re currently in a public beta, with plans to launch in Q4.

21
5 months ago

A platform that lets companies buy and sell goods without having to sell their own goods to the public, and allows for a seamless checkout experience that doesn’t require customers to have a merchant account.

20
4 months ago

A startup that builds AI-powered cybersecurity solutions for retailers. The startup plans to launch in 2019 for merchants and 2020 for the public.

20
1 month ago

A platform that helps small business owners and non-profits raise funds from the public.

20
1 month ago

A community for people who have been through the criminal justice system. The startup hopes to encourage them to use their experience to shine a light on the justice system so that the public is better informed.

20
1 month ago

A social network for public servants. The startup wants to build a platform for professionals to build their careers, connect with other professionals, and share tools to help their colleagues. It’s looking to use the platform to actively recruit the best talent.

20
4 months ago

A self-driving bus that can run on public sidewalks. The startup wants to use the bus to help expand public transportation and reduce traffic congestion.

19
2 months ago

A mobile app to help people find free Wi-Fi in public places.

19
2 months ago

A startup that wants to make it easy for the public to connect with local business owners to locate, interact, and learn more about local businesses.

19
22 days ago

A startup for finding and using equipment in a public nature, such as gyms, parks, or beaches. This startup is also building an app that helps people identify which equipment is for their fitness level.

19
2 months ago

The app that helps people stick to their fitness goals. The company has been profitable since it launched in March 2018 and has plans for a public offering.

18
2 months ago

A startup that combines algorithms to predict the value of real estate using publicly available information.

18
1 month ago

A platform that connects gig workers to customers through an app. Findo lets its users post gigs on a public marketplace for customers to find, and it takes a 30% cut.

18
23 days ago

A startup that wants to improve the sharing of knowledge from the world of science and technology. It wants to create a space where scientists and engineers can share their knowledge and discoveries in a way that’s more accessible to the public and the general public.

18
4 months ago

A startup that’s developing a way to make it cheaper and easier to communicate with the US government: an online portal to fill out forms, and have them approved and digitally signed by an official. The startup will eventually offer the service to the general public.

17
3 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.

16
5 months ago

A platform to securely manage and track the public cloud infrastructure. It’s similar to what Amazon does, but for the private sector.

16
3 months ago

Fishbowl Scientists is a startup that helps companies like Coca-Cola or Unilever track consumers’ uses of their products through their smartphones. The company tracks consumers’ behavior in their homes, their cars, and in public spaces, using sensors and apps.

16
4 months ago

A consumer-facing application that helps women identify which stores are safe spaces for them. The startup is trying to help women feel safer in public spaces by identifying which stores are safe for women.

15
2 months ago

An AI-powered platform that gets people to use their time more effectively. The startup is working with the City of New York to make public transit more accessible.

15
1 month ago

 A social media analytics company with an emphasis on civic engagement due to its founder’s background in political science and public relations.

15
1 month ago

A startup that makes prediction markets for the public good, allowing people to bet on the future.

15
1 month ago

A startup that uses natural language processing to automatically generate articles, news and stories for publications’ content teams.

14
1 month ago

A stock that tracks the performance of the public company’s employees, rather than the company itself.

13
1 month ago

A startup that wants to eliminate the need for traditional office space by letting local stores and restaurants set up shop in public parks, city squares, and other public places. The startup hopes to expand to cities across the US.

11
20 days ago

A startup that provides on-demand management for public spaces. The platform stores data on buildability and maintenance to help cities and property management companies make better decisions about building codes.

10
17 days ago

Built by a group of UCLA Ph.D. students, noXplore is a self-driving car that can be driven by a human driver, who can take the wheel for short periods of time. The company is pitching itself to advertisers who want to run test ads on real public streets but can’t afford a full-scale fleet of cars.

8
26 days ago

This is a content-management platform for online publications. The company aims to help publishers manage content for different platforms.

5
6 days ago

A tool to help people remember their dreams. The startup is currently running a beta and is looking for $50,000 to release the tool to the public.

4
3 years ago

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

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3 years ago

Idea: A “smart” version of a public restroom

-1
3 years ago

Idea: Public Relations for the Non-Profit Sector

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3 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

-1
3 years ago

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

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