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Self Startup Ideas



1 year ago

A startup that is building a network of solar power microgrids, allowing users to self-generate their own power.

1,433
9 months ago

A new way to market yourself to investors

1,192
1 month ago

A company that builds a financial management software for self-employed individuals

497
1 year ago

A “self-learning” bot that changes the color of the background of your Facebook profile pic based on your mood.

236
1 year ago

A new company, made possible with the launch of the new iPhone X, is developing a smartphone that looks like a watch and can be used to take selfies.

204
1 year ago

A “do-it-yourself” set of financial tools for people looking to manage their finances.

182
1 year ago

A startup that provides a gamified platform to help businesses understand and improve products and services to their customers. The startup sees itself as a kind of “Twilio for data”.

178
1 year ago

A startup that helps small businesses take advantage of a new type of insurance: self-funded insurance.

156
2 years ago

A solar-powered $15,000 jacket that generates energy from the sun and has a built-in battery to charge itself.

143
2 years ago

A company that makes a fully-functioning smartwatch that charges itself.

143
2 years ago

 A “quantified self” app for fitness enthusiasts to track their workouts and use the data to improve their habits

139
2 years ago

A self-service platform for hiring and retaining employees, which works on SaaS model.

138
2 years ago

This startup is building a self-learning platform to help teach people the fundamentals of coding. The startup’s founders say that the product they have built is already powering over 20,000 students in 300 schools.

137
1 year ago

A self-storage company that provides monthly payment structures to make customers feel like they’re paying less in rent than they actually are.

135
1 year ago

A self-driving, electric semi truck. The company says they’re trying to “make it a safer, cleaner way to transport goods”.

135
2 years ago

A startup that lets you use your smartphone’s camera to take a selfie with your face sitting in the middle of a cloud.

133
2 years ago

A platform for self-hosting, on-demand virtual reality content, allowing users to access VR worlds without a headset.

133
2 years ago

A peer-to-peer lending company that focuses on college students. The company says it’s in talks with a few large consumer finance companies and would like to see itself included in student loan refinancing programs. They’re based in Delaware.

133
2 years ago

Digital training for self-driving cars, with courses that teach people how to become better drivers.

133
2 years ago

A platform for the self-storage industry that allows customers to share photos of their storage units, enabling renters to get in touch with customers and find out about the facilities.

132
2 years ago

This company is building an alternative to the social networks that people use to connect with others. Rather than posting updates about yourself, you can post updates about other people.

132
2 years ago

A startup for self-employed people to connect with clients and charge per hour. The startup is launching in June.

130
2 years ago

A self-serve platform that connects independent contractors and clients across North America. The startup says their platform helps to reduce the overhead of managing a workforce, while providing an easy way for employers to find talent.

130
2 years ago

An online platform for salespeople to self-publish content, and for buyers to find content that they are looking for.

129
2 years ago

A mobile app for small businesses to find the best deals for their products. The goal is to get people to comparison shop within the app itself, rather than using Yelp, CVS, or the Amazon Alexa hub.

129
2 years ago

A startup that lets you take a selfie and choose where you want it to appear – like Facebook’s ‘Camera Effects’ – in an Instagram-like interface that’s meant to show you how you look, not what you look like. The company has raised $2 million in seed funding.

128
2 years ago

A self-serve platform for saving money on auto insurance or just comparing rates, which they say is “faster, cheaper, and more comprehensive then any other website”. They currently have $2.5 million in monthly recurring revenue and are looking to launch in Miami and Atlanta.

128
1 year ago

This authentication app is made for Airbnb and other service providers. It lets you use your phone to make a secure token to authenticate yourself to an app.

128
2 years ago

 A tool for self-employed agents to track their work and expenses, helping individuals, from photographers to coaches to dog walkers, keep track of their business.

127
2 years ago

A self-employed system that helps small businesses buy and sell products and services on the internet.

126
2 years ago

A self-service dashboard for companies using multiple accounting software.

125
2 years ago

A startup that wants to let you take a selfie of yourself, and send it to a friend who’s also taking a selfie, and then you two can see each other’s faces in real time.

125
2 years ago

A startup that works with restaurants to provide them with the tools they need to “self-serve” their customers. The startup wants to make it easier and more profitable for restaurants to provide meal delivery.

125
2 years ago

A do-it-yourself insurance company for self-employed people. The company, which launched a year ago, is using tech to help people underwrite their own risks.

124
2 years ago

The startup replaces the traditional “explainer video” with “explainer video docs” in which the video is just a version of the product itself.

124
2 years ago

A self-driving car platform for developers and auto manufacturers. The startup wants to make it easy for carmakers to integrate self-driving technology into their vehicles.

123
2 years ago

A startup that helps people take charge of their emotional health by gamifying their self-care routine.

123
2 years ago

They want to build a self-driving, electric, solar-powered truck that can deliver goods by the hour.

123
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that wants to help hotels automate their check-in and check-out process, using a self-check-in mobile app. They’re taking on competitors like Vogue and Rezidor.

120
2 years ago

A startup that wants to make your money work for you, without having to do the work yourself. The company’s first product is a small device that makes it easier for people to open their credit card accounts, and has plans to expand to other financial products like insurance.

119
2 years ago

A startup for startups looking to grow internationally. It’s a more self-serve approach than other startups, but the founders believe that they can provide the best service for a given price.

119
2 years ago

A self-service platform for independent auto service shops.

119
2 years ago

A startup that is building a mobile app to help connect owners of both old and new cars in a seamless way, using data from the car itself and from the cloud to provide information.

118
2 years ago

A company that provides a toolkit for self-storage facilities to manage their inventory. The startup was developed by former YC founders.

118
2 years ago

A self-funded, fast-growing accelerator for retail ventures and consumer brands.

118
1 year ago

Self-storage startup that’s growing at 20% month-over-month.

118
2 years ago

A platform for self-driving car manufacturers to build their own maps and run their own fleets

117
2 years ago

A startup that bills itself as a “Facebook for travel”, it allows users to share travel plans with family and friends

116
2 years ago

The startup, called Picaboo, speaks to you via your webcam to make it easier to get the perfect selfie by applying a filter to your face.

116
2 years ago

A startup that allows people to take a selfie and instantly find the nearest photofinisher to have it printed.

116
2 years ago

The startup is building a self-learning AI that can help brands predict customer behavior and determine what products to sell.

115
1 year ago

A tool for help with self-promotion and capturing content content on social sites.

115
2 years ago

A startup that powers the internet of things by allowing any connected device to be programmable for voice control, whether that be a home security system or a self-driving car.

114
2 years ago

A tool for setting up radio stations, which is self-funded, but a side-project.

114
2 years ago

A platform that allows groups to set up private social media accounts and run them as a group. The teams you’re a part of can choose their own rules and restrictions, so it’s a sort of Slack with a self-controlled community.

113
1 year ago

A bike-sharing startup that has raised $5 million and launched in Seattle. The company bills itself as the Uber of bikes, and promises bikes that arrive within five minutes of being requested.

112
2 years ago

A 3D facial recognition tool that allows users to take selfies and instantly identify who they are and where they are. The idea is that it can help businesses reduce the risk of theft.

111
2 years ago

Pitching itself as “YELP for your personal life”, this startup attempts to make home-sharing a lot easier.

109
2 years ago

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

109
2 years ago

This startup is building a cloud-based, self-service administration platform for accounting, tax, and payroll. Their goal is to allow companies to scale their accounting practices and save them money.

108
2 years ago

A fingerprint-based unlock system for phones. The startup is trying to make fingerprint sensors more secure by having users open their phones in a certain way and secure them. This is a startup that has been around for a while, with a version known as SnapLock, but it is now rebranding itself as Fingerprint Lock.

108
2 years ago

A self-driving Uber for trucking companies.

108
9 months ago

A “self-serve” platform that enables developers to build out their own bitmap font, so they can quickly build out a new font without needing to hire a designer.

108
2 years ago

A company that wants to make self-driving cars into a commodity product. They want to offer the same experience to driverless cars that people use in cars today.

107
2 years ago

A startup that builds out self-service enterprise-grade analytics for businesses. FastForward provides tools for a profitable, high-volume marketing campaign.

107
2 years ago

Young startup that’s building a self-driving, electric semi-truck. Traveling 80 miles on one charge, the truck is meant to be used for local deliveries.

106
2 years ago

Notebook, an online service for learning and notes, has a self-serve platform, through which users can send handwritten notes to their favorite teachers for grading.

106
8 days ago

A portable battery that can charge your smartphone up to 100 times without charging itself. It relies on solar power to charge.

106
2 years ago

The company has a fleet of self-driving delivery vans that can deliver anything from groceries to dry cleaning to furniture. The startup has 100 drivers in its first city of Los Angeles and plans to expand to other cities in the US and abroad.

105
2 years ago

This startup is building a smart door lock that learns to open itself based on who’s trying to enter.

105
2 years ago

A self-service platform that makes it easy for people to create and vet and review video ads.

104
2 years ago

This is a startup that makes hardware that makes it easier to pick up and carry your coffee without scalding yourself. The company is currently only selling to the US, but they’re looking to expand internationally, and have raised $1.3M in funding from DFJ.

104
1 year ago

A self-driving car startup that’s raised a $5.5 million Series A.

104
2 years ago

A self-hosted online classroom for teachers, allowing them to bring their classes online. They’re looking for co-founders to help build out the platform.

102
1 year ago

Building a platform to allow people to make music together. The company wants to bring the “self-expression that comes from music-making together with the community that comes from sharing music on the Internet.”

102
2 years ago

This is a project management platform with two components. The first is the product, a team collaboration tool that connects members to the other tools they use for project management. The second is the company itself, which focuses on building software to help teams achieve their goals.

100
2 years ago

A startup that helps people who are self-employed or in small businesses understand their taxes. It’s building a better tax calculator and tax software for small businesses, with some initial funding from Accel Partners.

100
2 years ago

A startup that bills itself as the “Uber for teachers”.

100
2 years ago

This startup pitches itself as a “social network for developers”, with an emphasis on the “social” part.

99
2 years ago

An enterprise-grade dashboard for managing customer service. It’s for in-person contact with a customer. It will be a hybrid of a self-service solution and a dedicated service.

99
1 year ago

A “tech startup” which, in their words, “builds and operates a network of high-speed automated parking garages for self-driving vehicles.”

99
1 year ago

This Israeli startup is building a self-driving vehicle that, unlike Uber's autonomous cars, is purely electric and doesn’t need a human driver at the wheel. The company is planning to launch a service in Tel Aviv in July.

99
2 years ago

a mobile payments system for India. The startup is pitching itself as a cheaper alternative to the likes of Google Wallet and Paytm.

98
2 years ago

This startup’s goal is to help hotels and other hospitality businesses save money by using the same technology that powers self-driving cars to know where their employees are, and be able to send them on a break.

98
1 year ago

“A self-service machine learning tool”

98
2 years ago

Saving autonomous mapping startup HERE from bankruptcy. A consortium led by the German car maker and German insurance company has acquired the self-driving mapping software startup, with the group looking to merge HERE’s mapping data with Nokia’s mapping assets and use it to build its own self-driving car platform.

97
2 years ago

A “one-stop shop for all-in-one accounting and tax management”, with a web app and mobile app for self-employed individuals and small businesses.

97
2 years ago

A self-service platform for working with real estate agents, allowing agents to provide a profile for clients, schedule appointments, and track the status of those appointments.

97
2 years ago

A startup that’s building a self-checkout system for grocery stores. The company says that they’re already working with over 20 grocery chains.

96
2 years ago

A platform for the self-employed that automates their payroll process, so they can spend more time doing what they love. It’s a great story about how an app is designed to solve an employee’s problem, but can also be built with their customers in mind.

95
2 years ago

This startup helps small businesses build websites from scratch using HTML5, CSS, and Google Fonts. The startup takes care of things like a logo, social media, fancy blog posts, and of course, the website itself. The startup is based in New York.

95
2 years ago

A self-service multi-channel marketing platform that works across social, email, and traditional channels.

95
2 years ago

A tool that helps people find the best travel deals, picking up on the long tail of unadvertised fares. The startup is pitching itself as a sort of early booking agent, where customers can search for flights and then call in to a travel agent.

94
2 years ago

The company’s product is the same thing as the company itself — a platform for "instant" test-driven development. They’ve raised $25 million in funding to date.

94
2 years ago

A platform for “radical self-expression” for people with disabilities.

92
2 years ago

A startup that helps users create digital assets and manage them. It's a sort of self-hosted Dropbox for the digital world.

92
2 years ago

A tool for managing a company’s fleet of self-driving cars. The startup is building a system for letting a driver take control of a car during a traffic jam, or for when a driver wants to take a longer break.

92
2 years ago

This is a tool meant to help employees get better at their jobs with an emphasis on self-improvement. They have a free trial and have raised $4.6m in a seed round.

92
2 years ago

A “self-learning” personal assistant that learns your preferences from your habits and adjusts to serve you better. The startup is in the middle of a $3 million seed round.

89
1 year ago

In the spirit of the “Uber for X” model, a startup that aims to “turn every car into a self-driving vehicle” for ridesharing services.

89
2 years ago

A social media tool that allows users to upload selfies and then tag them with certain details. The startup wants to make it easier for people to tag a photo with information, whether it be the date or a description.

88
1 year ago

A company that provides software that helps small businesses to operate better, faster, and more efficiently. It’s a cloud-based service that helps small businesses staff sales, accounting, and other functions. The startup has raised over $4.6 million in funding, and found itself in the news recently for an employee lawsuit.

88
2 years ago

A device for the elderly that monitors what’s going on with their blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen levels. The company also wants to build a “elderly safe” home that automatically adjusts itself to the needs of the elderly.

87
1 year ago

A self-driving car startup that plans to partner with ride-hailing companies to help get people to where they want to go.

87
2 years ago

A self-driven car service for people who want to be driven around

86
2 years ago

A startup that’s building a “self-service digital environment” for legal firms and law students with a heavy focus on helping them find the right law firm for them.

86
24 days ago

 An online platform that helps users build and manage a team of freelancers, with the company itself acting only as a middle-man. It’s a more sustainable alternative to traditional freelancing platforms like Upwork, and the company wants to use its own experience to help other companies build their own.

86
1 year ago

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

85
1 year ago

An online marketplace that helps self-storage facilities offer their customers more than just storage. It also helps them manage their books, marketing, and operations.

84
2 years ago

A digital tool that helps people manage their finances. The startup is pitching itself as a tool to help people manage their cash flow and manage debt.

83
1 year ago

A smart mirror that can tell you when you’re looking tired and how you can improve your self-care habits.

83
2 years ago

A software-as-a-service platform that allows merchants to have a fully functional self-service checkout lane via a webpage.

81
1 year ago

The company aims to build a digital platform for self-driving vehicles that will allow users to manage their vehicles through a mobile app using a dashboard-like interface.

81
1 year ago

The startup is developing a new product in the self-serve kiosk market and is looking for seed funding

81
10 months ago

A food delivery app that uses a self-driving car as the delivery vehicle.

80
2 years ago

A platform of the future for self-driving cars, with a marketplace that lets companies sell their services to automakers.

79
2 years ago

While the idea of a self-driving car might look like far-fetched science fiction, the reality is that the technology is already at work on the roads of the United States and Europe. However, it is still too expensive for consumers to access. The startup, which is still in stealth, is working to make the technology accessible at a consumer level.

79
1 year ago

The startup is pitching itself as a “Google Docs for people who have a hard time in meetings”.

78
1 year ago

A platform that helps users find great deals from local businesses, but don’t have to go to the store. The startup sees itself competing with Groupon, although it hopes to target smaller businesses and compete with Groupon’s recent move to focus on higher-margin, bigger deals.

77
1 year ago

A startup that’s building a “self-serve” payment system for restaurants. It’s a product of the food-tech world, with the goal of streamlining the process of paying for orders.

77
1 year ago

A self-funded startup that’s looking to solve the problem of acquiring large amounts of data without having to pay a lot for it: they sell data as a service.

75
1 year ago

A direct-to-consumer subscription service that focuses on providing tools for health and self-improvement. Offers access to workout plans, meal plans, and other content.

75
2 years ago

A company that wants to change how people pay for electric vehicles. It’s currently working with several large corporations and making a name for itself in the space.

74
2 years ago

A startup that provides rewards for companies who manage their own self-service reporting and analytics for employees.

74
1 year ago

A startup that calls itself the Amazon of homeopathic products. The company sells and ships over a hundred products to consumers, including aromatherapy oils that help people relax. It’s the leading homeopathic e-commerce site in the UK.

74
1 year ago

The "Y Combinator Blog" is a blog that provides updates about YC companies along with news about YC itself and the startup community.

73
1 year ago

A self-lending service with a digital wallet and chatbot integration.

73
26 days ago

A tool for managing and customizing Gmail, combining the power of Gmail itself with an interface for adding features that make it faster and easier to work with.

73
1 year ago

An AI that can teach itself to write new code.

72
1 year ago

A startup that advertises itself as “the Airbnb of villages.” The company is building a marketplace for rural villages in India, where villagers can rent out their rooms for short-term stays.

72
1 year ago

A program for graduating students to match them with jobs and internships, pitching itself as an alternative to unpaid internships.

71
1 year ago

A startup that uses technology to connect the self-employed with customers and clients.

70
1 year ago

A “machine-learning” startup that builds self-driving cars that can navigate in most environments and drive itself.

69
9 months ago

A startup building a self-driving platform for agricultural applications, from crop and animal management to robot delivery of goods.

69
3 months ago

A pitch from a pair of former YC founders, who say they’re using self-driving cars to help Detroit’s homeless.

69
1 year ago

GoPayroll is a payroll software platform that allows small businesses to self-fund their payroll. The company is also building a freelance marketplace.

68
1 year ago

A platform that lets you create and manage bids for your project's bids for a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself.

68
1 year ago

A self-serve tool for selling goods on eBay.

68
4 months ago

A social network that helps people with disabilities share photos, videos and events with those without. It’s a self-contained platform that helps those with disabilities get social media posts and content out to the world.

68
2 years ago

An automated, crowdsourced, Wikipedia-like knowledge base for self-driving cars. The startup currently has over 100,000 self-driving car test vehicles in the US and Europe.

67
1 year ago

This personal finance startup wants to help people build a complete and accurate picture of their finances. The startup itself is based on a DIY personal finance blog.

64
1 year ago

San Francisco-based startups, the city is famous for being “the capital of startups.” However, in recent years, the city has begun to lose its startup scene to other locales in the Bay Area, particularly Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco itself.

63
27 days ago

A self-serve marketplace for dentists that allows dentists to set up a website, add their practice information, and give patients access to their services via a phone app.

63
1 year ago

The startup is pitching itself as a “social ATM” that will let you make payments in person and online through a single app

62
4 months ago

A self-serve marketplace for marketing services.

61
1 year ago

A platform for managing online communities, the startup says it “dedicates itself to creating healthy, productive, creative online communities.”

59
1 year ago

 A tool for building mobile applications for iOS and Android. AppLocale bills itself as the “Swiss army knife of mobile.” It is a full-stack UI toolkit with a drag-and-drop builder, APIs, and SDKs.

58
1 year ago

A startup that’s building a “book-making app” for creatives and writers, with a focus on lifestyle and self-improvement.

58
6 months ago

This startup is building a “self-driving” robotic delivery system that drives around a city and drops off packages at people’s houses

58
1 year ago

A self-service platform for managing your student loan.

57
9 months ago

A self-serve meal delivery program in Bangalore, India

57
1 year ago

The startup wants to make self-controlled health management a reality by bringing patients to doctors once they’ve self-monitored and measured their health regularly.

56
1 year ago

A startup that helps diabetics create self-monitoring and self-management plans for their conditions.

56
1 year ago

A digital ecosystem that helps people connect with one another in the community, including a marketplace for self-storage, equipment rentals and more.

54
1 year ago

This startup is building a device that allows anyone to send a text message from their computer to a phone number. The device itself is a wristband with a camera and a way to send a photo via a text message.

54
10 months ago

A platform for self-driving car startups to work with automakers and test their new technologies, and for automakers to do the same for self-driving startups.

54
1 year ago

A new business centered on the self-employed. The startup is working on a way for freelancers to provide services to clients in advance, and then be paid after the work is complete.

53
1 year ago

An alternative to the pay-per-click model of web advertising that’s based on a subscription model rather than a pay-per-click scheme. It’s pitching itself as a way for both marketers and consumers to get the information they want.

53
1 year ago

A company that helps businesses buy back unused inventory from itself, then resell those that are still in good condition.

53
10 months ago

A startup that’s building a self-driving, electric vehicle that can charge on the go.

53
10 months ago

A wave-generated, self-powered electricity generator

53
10 months ago

A software company that’s building a product for self-employed workers to manage their own time and taxes without the need for a third party.

53
1 year ago

A self-service platform that aims to help businesses negotiate insurance costs.

52
8 months ago

Want to get your employees to pay attention to their company’s social media presence but don’t want to manage the content yourself

52
27 days ago

A self-described “GMAT-killer”, which claims to help students improve their GMAT by more than 200 points.

52
1 year ago

A self-branded purveyor of millennials-focused products, including clothing, furniture, and other items.

51
10 months ago

The idea is to help companies like Uber, Lyft, and others in the ride-sharing space figure out how to spend their capital more effectively. Lyft itself is working with a number of startups to do just that.

51
1 year ago

Pitching itself as a “Yelp for people”, the startup is a curation app for people looking for to work from home gigs.

50
1 year ago

A self-driving car startup working to redefine the process of buying a car.

50
8 months ago

A startup that leverages machine learning to help people who have anxiety and depression more easily know how to cope with their condition. It’s meant to be a self-help tool.

50
1 year ago

This is a tool that helps businesses in the US comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The startup helps companies perform a self-assessment on their health insurance plans to see if they comply with the rules of the law. The code is open source.

49
1 year ago

A company that sells a system for autonomous vehicles to detect traffic and road hazards. The company is also building a self-driving car platform called Drive.AI

49
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.

49
8 months ago

A distributed insurance platform for people to self-manage their health care. The startup offers a way to buy and sell affordable insurance, and also offers a way for people to pay for individual health plans with their own funds.

49
10 days ago

A tool for collecting data from machines and sending it to a central server. The startup can use it to power self-driving cars, for instance.

49
1 year ago

A self-learning AI engine that’s aimed at predicting customer behavior and building loyalty.

48
1 year ago

A startup that wants to build modular, self-contained smart homes

48
1 year ago

This startup makes the “world’s first build-it-yourself” device that connects to a mobile app to consume, record, and transmit data from various medical devices to a mobile phone.

48
1 year ago

 A startup that wants to make it possible for people to pay rent with a self-owned credit card. The startup is completely mobile, allowing renters to pay their rent on the go, and send the payment to their landlord through the app.

48
1 year ago

A startup that wants to replace the ad-tech industry by building a self-serve platform for advertisers to create and manage their own ads and campaigns.

48
11 days ago

A self-financed startup, ArtForAll is building a platform that allows artists to sell their works on the web but also share them with retailers and brands.

48
1 year ago

The company’s site claims that it is “one of the world’s largest network of independent, self-employed freelance professionals”, and that they’ve built a platform to “connect professionals to customers via a global marketplace”.

47
1 year ago

A “self-service” tool for small businesses to create, manage, and share their employee benefits.

47
10 months ago

A new way to get you to your appointments and in the right place at the right time, powered by self-driving cars.

47
1 year ago

A self-serve platform for scheduling dental appointments across the country.

46
1 year ago

A self-driving electric bike that can be rented by the hour that launches in Q4 2019.

46
10 months ago

A platform for self-service cloud storage that’s available on the web and mobile, and is backed by $8.2 million from investors including Sequoia.

46
10 months ago

A self-sustaining research community that connects researchers with researchers, patent attorneys with patent attorneys, and innovators with innovators.

46
1 year ago

A company that helps you better understand your social media habits, so you can better market yourself and your business.

45
10 months ago

The idea is to bring together self-employed people under one roof, enabling them to access services like health insurance, taxes, and retirement planning at a discounted price. A&M currently has 10 people signed up and plans to expand to 40 in the next few months.

45
3 months ago

A company that markets itself as the “Netflix for podcasts”, the startup allows users to get digital access to podcasts for $5 per month.

45
1 year ago

A product that allows people to build mini-websites with content, all of which are connected to Twitter. The startup is using the funding to build more of a team, with the goal of launching the product itself.

44
1 year ago

A machine learning platform for self-driving cars

44
1 year ago

A startup that specializes in HR software for startups, focusing on self-service. The company wants to help people make their HR software work for them, making it easier for startups to get things done without needing to pay for HR services.

44
10 months ago

A company that helps do-it-yourselfers build their own computerized drill press, with plans to offer on-demand service.

44
8 months ago

A self-driving platform for the automotive industry, the startup claims to allow car manufacturers to build cars that can be steered by a human driver, but that can also navigate on their own in the case of an accident.

44
1 year ago

A startup that wants to build a “self-serve” marketplace for home repair and maintenance services.

43
1 year ago

A self-driving car startup that builds its own hardware, to create a platform for car manufacturers to build autonomous cars.

43
1 year ago

This is a startup that’s seen as a smart contract for insurance. It’s a platform for self-insured employers who want to collect and distribute payments to their employees.

43
11 months ago

A startup that wants to bring self-driving delivery and home service robots to your home. It’s a simple 3-step process to get a robot to bring you a clean or cooked meal in under 30 minutes.

43
10 months ago

A self-driving car startup that is building an “airport-as-application” for managing travel.

43
9 months ago

A self-driving platform that helps startups and early stage companies test their autonomous car software. It’s meant to let companies test autonomous car software in simulated environments, with data on how well their cars are handling situations they’d actually encounter.

43
6 months ago

A new hardware platform for the Internet of Things that lets hardware be built with a common set of APIs. The hardware itself is open source, and the company will work with developers to make the hardware work with other software.

43
6 months ago

A way for businesses to manage their employee benefit plans more efficiently, especially for those that are self-funded.

43
8 days ago

A smart and flexible data platform for self-driving cars. Their proprietary technology and algorithms enable cars to understand the world around them. Through a combination of sensors, machine learning, and computer vision, the platform provides a level of situational awareness that’s currently only available to humans.

43
1 year ago

A startup that wants to move from the “iPhone to the iPhone”. Instead of building apps for the iPhone itself, they’re building specialized apps for all of the things you can do with an iPhone. For example, they recently launched an app that lets you control your Nest thermostat with your iPhone and use it as a webcam.

42
1 year ago

A tool for teachers to automatically make links fit the curriculum. The startup has built a tool that generates links to lesson plans, which are then embedded into the lesson plan itself.

42
6 months ago

An AI powered call center that promises to help businesses tackle customer service issues more effectively. The startup calls itself “the first AI-powered call center” and claims to be able to solve customer service issues more efficiently than humans. The startup is currently in closed beta in the US.

42
1 year ago

A tool for self-employed individuals to organize their taxes and financial accounts.

41
1 year ago

The startup is building a service for small businesses to sell their products on Amazon, but for a fee set by the seller (rather than Amazon itself.)

41
1 year ago

A company that will replace existing safety tools for self-driving cars, including collision avoidance systems, with a dashboard that overlays cameras, radar, lidar, and other sensors.

41
1 year ago

A startup that’s developing a self-driving electric vehicle for the cost of a $1,000 taxicab. It’s a smart car that communicates via Bluetooth, offers a variety of car-related services, and can be controlled through an app.

40
10 months ago

A company that is building a service that takes your current job title, cross-references it with your LinkedIn profile, and gives you suggestions on how to make yourself a more valuable employee.

40
10 months ago

A platform that allows a business to rent space in their storefront for shoppers to use to do their own shopping. This is done either by the business itself or by a third party that acts as an agent.

40
5 months ago

A company that makes a smart doormat, which is to say, a smart door mat that can open and lock itself when you’re at home.

40
1 year ago

A social app that lets you set up groups of friends and family to help you out with tasks at times you’re not able to do them yourself.

39
9 months ago

A self-service digital platform that allows companies to manage the sale of their products, inventory, and service agreements.

39
8 months ago

This startup wants to help people who are self-employed get a regular paycheck and benefits.

39
7 months ago

A simple, in-app tool for self-employed individuals to take a self-employment tax deduction. The startup wants to make it as easy as possible for people to deduct taxes, and it’s currently running a small pilot.

39
1 year ago

This self-hire freelance platform is built for the modern workforce.

38
1 year ago

A software developer that works with companies to help them design and build self-service sales and lead management systems. The startup, which launched in 2018, has 150 clients.

38
10 months ago

A self-serve platform for renters, allowing them to find and secure housing via mobile apps, then set up automatic payments and renewals.

38
7 months ago

A product that lets users create their own version of Facebook, with its own user-friendly interface and powerful tools to help you build your fan base, connect with others, and better promote yourself and your content.

38
6 months ago

Self-contained organizations that can be easily launched or dissolved on short notice.

38
5 months ago

A startup that builds hardware for self-driving vehicles, with an app that helps teach other people how to code for self-driving vehicles.

38
4 months ago

A “self-learning” app that learns your writing style and adapts to your preferences

38
2 months ago

Building a point-of-sale system that integrates with bar-code scanners like those in grocery chains or self-checkout.

38
1 year ago

“A self-storage management platform that automates the management of storage facilities, offering storage owners access to easy-to-use, smart service management solutions.” The company currently has $1.5M in funding, with plans to launch in Q4 2020.

37
10 months ago

A platform for self-driving resource allocation, allowing the company to find and allocate the right resources to the right things.

37
6 months ago

A real-time video editor for Facebook live videos, allowing for easy video editing in the browser. The startup calls itself a “Tay” for video, and has built a following of 4,000 users in 2 months.

37
1 year ago

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

36
3 months ago

A company building a self-driving car that can be safely driven by an amateur and can be taught by an experienced driver.

36
8 months ago

A startup that helps companies acquire, manage and distribute online video ads in the US. The company is looking to sell video ads on a self-service marketplace.

35
1 year ago

A free software application allowing people to build miniature, self-driving robots.

34
11 months ago

This company is designing an app that allows people to make their own items of clothing and sell them to consumers on the app. The startup also wants to move into the fashion space itself.

34
7 months ago

A mobile app that allows users to safely take selfies of themselves to supplement their visual memory.

34
3 months ago

A startup that helps track down insurance claims for people self-insured.

34
1 year ago

Our team is trying to disrupt the world of product development by creating a platform that allows startups to focus on great product ideas instead of building the product itself.

33
11 months ago

A self-service analytics platform, which lets businesses gather data from all of their channels, and access advanced analytics on top of that.

33
9 months ago

A company that assists small, local businesses obtain loans. The company doesn’t lend money itself, but instead works with other lenders to provide them with the data they need to be able to make their own loan decisions.

33
9 months ago

A startup that lets you take a selfie and it will show you your ideal hairstyle, skin tone, and outfit.

33
7 months ago

A startup that is trying to build a self-healing device for cars.

33
10 months ago

A company that’s building a platform for a self-driving car company. It’s currently working on a $13 million round of financing to build a platform that allows self-driving car companies to more easily test their autonomous software.

32
10 months ago

This company provides data on the income of self-employed workers in the US.

32
8 months ago

A company that wants to use its machine learning to help you find the best deals at local stores. The company is self-funded and has already built a prototype. The company says it will use the funds from YC to scale its team and move into a warehouse in San Francisco.

31
7 months ago

 A hot dog startup focused on improving the beef supply chain using artificial intelligence and computer vision. The startup is building a “beef-improvement protocol,” designed to be a “clever self-learning system” that can identify the best cuts of meat.

31
7 months ago

This company, which was founded in 2015, helps companies hire workers in the Philippines. It uses a mobile app to connect recruiters with workers and to manage the work itself.

31
11 months ago

A self-service tool for enterprise software that helps salespeople track leads, close deals, and monitor their performance. The startup is building on the success of its previous product, a CRM.

30
8 months ago

A platform that helps small businesses manage a fleet of deliveries using self-driving delivery vans

30
6 months ago

A tool to help small businesses in the UK and Ireland manage their tax filing. The company offers a free, self-service tax filing tool that lets businesses file their tax returns online, and pay their tax electronically.

29
3 months ago

A self-learning AI app for kids. Creates a “self-learning” AI for kids that helps them learn by doing.

29
9 months ago

This startup is building a “self-service” HR system that helps companies be more efficient and more effective.

28
9 months ago

An email newsletter that lets you send it to yourself so you can read it later and improve your skills.

28
6 months ago

A software development startup that uses Slack to streamline the process of creating new apps, and has moved on to building new apps and services itself.

28
9 months ago

 A self-serve platform that allows anyone to create an online store or e-commerce storefront. The startup has 13 employees and is bootstrapped.

27
1 month ago

A tool that helps you shoot video and make GIFs. The design is simple and the tool allows you to record yourself and make GIFs of what you’re saying.

27
7 months ago

Idea – A social network for people who like to take selfies. The startup helps people take better selfies by giving them the correct lighting, angle, and perspective.

26
6 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.

26
1 month ago

A financial services startup that aims to make life easier for the self-employed, providing tools for budgeting, investing, and tax planning.

26
11 months ago

A company that helps people do better by themself, by connecting them with the right professionals.

25
6 months ago

This startup is building an AI system that helps autistic people self-navigate and find the best way to get to where they are going.

25
4 months ago

A self-serve restaurant where customers order from a menu of pre-made meals that’s delivered in 30 minutes. By using robots to prepare meals in advance, the company is able to offer a consistent menu across its locations.

25
6 months ago

A self-driving construction vehicle that can detect objects and avoid them, and has the ability to drive in reverse.

24
5 months ago

A startup for real estate professionals, pitching itself as a Google for real estate agents.

24
5 months ago

One of the most significant investments to come out of Y Combinator in 2014 was a $500,000 seed funding round for Linchpin. The company has since been working on a tool that helps small business owners organize and market their brands. The company is looking to raise a $1.5 million seed round to reach the point of paying for itself.

24
3 months ago

A company that provides a new type of security software that works like a lock (that you can't physically lock yourself out of). The idea is that it prevents people from editing their own content, and also helps to prevent fraud.

24
3 months ago

A self-serving AI bot that will learn how to cook its own meal.

24
3 months ago

A provider of insurance for self-employed people.

24
2 months ago

A project management tool for freelancers and self-employed workers. The startup wants to help people make money and manage their time more efficiently.

24
1 month ago

A startup that helps users show off their photos, videos and selfies to their friends.

24
5 months ago

The startup is building a new standard for what an API is. The company gathers data from over 20 APIs, then organizes it into a single, self-contained API.

22
3 months ago

 A company that provides the tools for the more than 1 million people in the US who are self-employed and earn less than $50k.

22
3 months ago

A startup based in Brazil that says it's building a “self-driving” platform for online dating.

22
1 month ago

WeChat is a messaging app popular in China that’s being developed by a company that’s not even based in China, instead choosing to base itself in Hong Kong. The app is similar to Whatsapp, but with a focus on shopping and gaming.

22
1 month ago

A platform for online learning through self-directed study.

22
5 months ago

A platform meant to help autonomous vehicle companies and people who want to use them self-drive.

21
4 months ago

A self-driving electric bike company that produces a line of electric bikes that fold up into a bag and can be used as a bike-share system.

21
3 months ago

A bus pass for seniors, priced at $20 per month, and automatically renewing itself for 10 months.

20
3 months ago

 A social network for the self-employed, allowing freelancers to connect with each other, share tips and services, and engage on projects.

20
2 months ago

The goal is to improve the educational experience for self-driving car engineers by replacing the monotonous work of copying and pasting data into a spreadsheet with the more creative task of creating a 3D model.

20
1 month ago

A digital assistant to help busy people around the world manage their finances. The startup compares itself to the digital assistants in both Apple’s Siri and Google Now, but with a different purpose built for managing finances.

20
1 month ago

A “self-affirming” dating app that aims to make finding a match easier for people who are self-assured.

20
1 month ago

A platform for people to write about their careers and books and share their writing with others. Self-published authors get paid for their work, and readers gain access to the work of other writers.

20
3 months ago

A self-hosted, free, open-source program for health-tracking.

19
2 months ago

A “self-service digital advertising platform” that helps publishers and advertisers work together to realize their own campaigns.

19
8 months ago

A startup that allows a person to do “self-service” for their home and car. The application, which is built on the Salesforce platform, allows users to change their locks, adjust thermostats, and get the latest on manufacturer recalls.

18
7 months ago

Self-service tools for SMB’s that want to buy and distribute their own legal cannabis products.

18
2 months ago

A tool that helps authors self-publish their books

17
1 month ago

A simple, self-hosted WordPress site for small businesses. It will be made available for free for businesses with fewer than 10 users.

17
4 months ago

This company helps those in need by paying people a small sum when they take the time to take selfies, record videos, and then share them on social media. It’s a way to collect data on poverty in the digital age, and it’s also a way to raise money for charity.

16
1 month ago

A self-driving valuation platform that uses machine learning to set a valuation on a company before it even launches, using a “simple formula” to estimate a company’s potential.

16
1 month ago

A San Francisco-based startup that is building a smartphone app that connects with a companion device that enables users to plug their phone into a charger, then plug their phone into other devices, like their car, so it can charge itself.

15
2 years ago

Idea: Open source, self-hosted analytics for ecommerce

14
1 month ago

A startup with a very unusual (but interesting) business model. Instead of charging a monthly fee, Mattermark sells itself as a kind of “product research service” to customers, who pay when they find an investment-worthy stock.

12
1 month ago

The company’s mission is to “elevate the art of the selfie to a new level” by making sure it’s a simple and fun experience.

12
1 month ago

A self-driving car platform that can also deploy human drivers in a car, with a pilot program in London’s Greenwich district.

12
3 months ago

Tomo is building a way to make it easier for businesses and other organizations to handle their customer data. They’re a self-hosted app for multiple cloud providers, letting people create databases and use them for marketing, CRM, and analytics.

11
2 days ago

A company that helps nuclear power plants introduce self-driving cars to their facilities, with the goal of saving money and reducing carbon emissions.

11
2 years ago

Idea: A new kind of ecommerce platform for physical goods, where every product page has a video embedded. The company calls itself “a new kind of ecommerce platform for physical goods, where every product page has a video embedded.” Users can watch videos to hear the story behind the product, or if they want, can touch the screen and hear the video narrated by a voiceover.

10
1 month ago

A funding platform for young companies, pitching itself as a startup investment club.

10
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that is building a SaaS product that enables self-storage facilities to access their data in a centralized dashboard to improve operations and increase revenue

8
1 day ago

A startup that calls itself “your logistics concierge”, with a focus on big international companies

7
1 month ago

This startup is building a way to build decentralized apps on mobile devices. The startup wants to make it possible for people to build apps that require access to data that can only be obtained by getting in touch with the organization itself — like an app that helps you find your insurance agent.

5
2 years ago

Idea: A self-learning, natural language processing platform for chatbots that can connect with any API

3
2 years ago

A startup that helps people learn how to self-identify birds in their backyard

-1
2 years ago

A startup that provides a service where you can buy a non-perishable dinner, put it in your freezer and it will cook itself

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that is meant to help businesses manage their data storage costs by using self-serve products and software

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A monthly subscription box for women that gives them the tools they need to be more confident and less afraid The company started off by selling a box of self-defense products (think pepper spray, tasers, whistles, and more

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A company that makes high-tech socks that help athletes recover from foot injuries The startup has $10,000 in monthly sales, counting Y Combinator itself as one of its customers

-1
2 years ago

Idea: The world’s first self-hosted JavaScript IDE

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A self-driving car company that aims to give its vehicles to auto manufacturers for use in fleet operations and shuttle services

-1
2 years ago

Idea: An In-Car Companion App for Self-Driving Cars

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A self-service platform for brands to help them manage

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A self-service toolkit that helps companies organize their internal product development process so they can more efficiently build new features and fix bugs

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that is helping self-employed professionals like doctors and dentists manage their finances.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A voice assistant platform for businesses, pitching itself as a channel through which businesses can interact with customers.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: This startup is building a way to automate the process of filling out web forms. It’s also pitching itself as a way to collect data on form completion rates, and build a more familiar conversational experience with the site.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A “self-driving” AI-based assistant that helps companies identify and solve problems within their manufacturing processes.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A software company that sells a free version of its software for up to 10 team members. The software helps teams track their time and sell their products or services. The startup is self-funded and

-1
2 years ago

Idea: This is the company behind the Bodega app, which calls itself a “Bodega box that comes with a free human.” The startup is building an app for small convenience stores in order to make shopping for milk, eggs, and other items more convenient. Its founders are betting that by bringing in a human to help customers, they’ll be able to differentiate from other convenience stores.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A startup building a mobile app that helps people make year-long commitments to a goal. It’s a self-hosted tool that’s currently free, but looks to monetize with premium features.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that is building a “self-serve platform” for home care services, providing on-demand assistance.

-1
4 hours ago

Real-time feedback for the early adopters of any new product or service. The startup uses polls and comments on the product itself to determine if people like the new product or not.

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