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1 year ago

A startup that builds hardware startups. The founder, Jibran Salfi, built his first hardware startup at age 20, and has since been working at Nest Labs. He was the first employee at Nest Labs, and was part of the team that built the original Nest thermostat.

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2 years ago

A video platform that chooses the best pieces of footage from a video to create a GIF. The startup, which was founded in May 2014, says it has been offering GIFs for free since last year.

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1 year ago

A startup that helps users find and connect with events near them. Since launching in May, the startup has seen over 2,000 new users join their platform.

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1 year ago

Indeed.com launched in 2003, but has since grown into a market leader. Indeed.com has also been acquired by The Walt Disney Company in December 2018.

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2 years ago

The startup behind Pachube has expanded into the market for connected devices that allow users to collect and share data. The company has launched two other products since the acquisition: the Pachube Watch, which is a customizable wristband that can be paired with smart devices to collect fitness data and share data with other devices, and the Pachube Photo, which is a way for users to capture and share their photos with other users.

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2 years ago

A tool for helping companies manage and sell their stock options. The company has been operating since 2011 but only recently pivoted to become a provider of grant management software.

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2 years ago

This list does not include every startup that has accepted into YC, but only the startups that have launched since the program started.

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2 years ago

A software platform that helps small businesses, freelancers, and independent contractors obtain loans and invoice financing. They have a $50,000 seed round with a 4x growth rate since their launch in May 2019.

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2 years ago

The startup’s founders say that since launching a year ago, they’ve had over 6,000 paying customers.

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2 years ago

A way to hook up with a freelance designer for in-house design, build a site, and then manage it all from one app. The company says it has $6 million in funding and has been profitable since 2014.

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2 years ago

This startup is building a way to bring the power of analytics to the micro-economy. The startup has been in stealth mode since 2016.

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2 years ago

A startup that’s building a service that will help companies keep track of when they need to calculate payroll taxes for their employees and what’s changed since that time.

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1 year ago

A tool for managing a sales team, helping reps track and forecast sales. The company says it has been in private beta since April and is currently focused on small businesses.

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2 years ago

A startup for buying and selling donated furniture, which it says is worth more than $30 billion, has been in operation since 2012.

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2 years ago

The app is meant to help people feel connected to their communities and to learn about local government, news, and weather. It’s being built by the tech team of a Philly-based newsroom and has been in the works since 2013.

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2 years ago

This startup is building software to allow retailers to offer a new way to pay for goods and to pay their employees. The software removes the need for cashiers, since customers can just request a payment from their phone.

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2 years ago

 A mobile app that helps men find their soulmates  that has been downloaded by 9,000 people since its launch in February.

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2 years ago

An AI-powered platform that allows artists to create unique video content, and also that provides a way for them to sell their videos for revenue. It is based on an idea for YouTube-based video sharing that was pitched in 2016, but has been in development since then.

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2 years ago

A startup that helps companies replace traditional human customer service with a chat bot. The startup has been in beta since February.

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2 years ago

A sports team management company that’s been in business since 2012. It works with teams in both the US and Europe in terms of managing their rosters, travel, and other team-related needs.

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2 years ago

The startup wants to help smaller businesses get a loan through peer-to-peer lending, and has already closed more than $50 million in loans in an eight month period since it launched.

100
2 years ago

A startup that builds custom devices for businesses, such as a GPS-powered shelf for a refrigerator to keep track of stock, or a phone-controlled washing machine. It has raised $4.2 million in investments since it was founded in September.

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2 years ago

A company that helps small businesses in the US grow faster by delivering online marketing, sales, and customer support. They have raised a total of $2.8 million since launching in 2018.

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2 years ago

In an effort to identify people who are interested in starting a business, the Y Combinator Summer School offers select entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from Y Combinator fellows while also receiving mentorship from Y Combinator partners. Since the school’s launch in 2011, over 400 students from around the world have participated.

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2 years ago

An AI-powered personal assistant that finds the cheapest ride for the user. The startup has over 500,000 rides booked since launching in April, with a 2% take rate.

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2 years ago

A former McKinsey consultant is building a visual search engine that allows users to search for and visualize data. The startup has raised $20MM since August.

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1 year ago

A product that helps people manage their digital content. The startup says they’ve been working with the Y Combinator alumni community since 2013 and has already helped them launch a number of products and services.

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2 years ago

America’s digital magazine is a digital magazine that is central to its mission is to cover the changing landscape of the media industry, and how technology is affecting it. Since February 2014, it has published a new issue every other Thursday and has a print-on-demand model, so subscribers receive their copy directly.

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2 years ago

A startup that helps employers to cut down on errors and save money while hiring, and also helps job seekers find employment. The company is in the early stages of a $3 million seed round and has been in beta since July.

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1 year ago

The most influential students in the YC community are the founders and co-founders of YC startups. These are founders that have gone on to found their own companies in the seven years since YC.

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11 months ago

A startup that connects companies with people who want to enter the service industry. The startup says they have $1 million in monthly revenue and have hired several staff since YC.

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1 year ago

Patagonia has been in the YC program since 2010. The company sells backpacks and other outdoor gear through retail and wholesale channels in the US and internationally.

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1 year ago

The company is working on making the Starbucks app more like the Fandango app, and is working on building a social network for moviegoers. It currently has a few contracts, and has raised $6.2 million since it launched in the summer of 2019.

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1 year ago

An online publisher for local news, Newburgh Free Press has been around since 2014.

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1 year ago

A tool to help people make and sell their own physical products online, particularly since they’ve already gone through the work of designing them.

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1 year ago

In January, the team at this startup launched a video-editing application that looks to improve the quality of videos with a focus on face detection and video stabilization. The startup claims to have gained 1,000 users since its launch.

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1 year ago

A startup that launched in 2009, The Ophelia Project is the original "crowdfunding for women" platform, meaning it enables female entrepreneurs to raise money from female investors. It has raised $133 million since its inception.

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1 year ago

A tech startup whose product is a home-based network of technicians that fixes your home’s issues or installs equipment. The company says that since it launched in early 2019 it has already had several million dollars worth of work.

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1 year ago

A startup that lets customers book appointments online. It has served 800,000 users since launching in August 2018. It will have a team of 10 by the end of the year, with a $2.5 million seed round led by Grishin Robotics.

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1 year ago

A startup that helps travelers with visa and currency exchange; clients include HSBC. The company has served over 3.2 million travelers since launching in 2011.

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1 year ago

This August, TechCrunch reported that Instagram was in talks with Facebook to acquire the company for as much as $1 billion. Instagram, which was founded in 2010, is based in San Francisco, and is a popular photography app that has more than 300 million users around the world. It was acquired by Facebook in 2012, and Facebook has since used Instagram to promote its other products, including Instagram Stories, and advertisements. Instagram has been a big investment for Facebook, and many think it has been one of the company's most successful acquisitions. However, Instagram's popularity has led to a lot of negative press coverage about the user data that Facebook has access to.

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1 year ago

A credit card for people who don’t want a traditional card. The startup gets merchants to opt-in to their service, and since they don’t have a traditional credit history, they don’t have to pay as high interest rates.

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1 year ago

A company that helps people keep track of their health, fitness, and medical records by offering a scheduling and appointment system within the iPhone app. It’s been available since March but has only recently started gaining traction.

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1 year ago

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

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8 months ago

A B2C startup that aims to help users better identify the right tool for a given task. Resolve is a feature-rich, chrome-based extension that can be added to any website. Since Resolve launched, over 100,000 people have installed it, and they’ve already been able to make around $1,000,000 from the app.

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1 year ago

A company that provides remote workers with a way to manage time-tracking via a chat interface. The startup, which has raised $12 million to date, has raised $13 million since launching in March.

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1 year ago

A startup that wants to help people make a living from freelance writing. The company currently has a few thousand subscribers, and they’ve had a few hundred paid customers since launching in Fall 2018.

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1 year ago

A SaaS platform for digital advertising, which allows advertisers to manage their budgets and deliver more personalized ads by understanding the intent of the consumer. The startup says they have $5-6k in revenue since launching in May.

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1 year ago

A platform for advertisers to manage pay-per-click campaigns for digital media, including banner ads, video ads, and native ads. Its founder, Michael Poulsen, says he’s brought in $10,000 in revenue since its inception in May.

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1 year ago

In August 2018, the company raised a $2.5 million seed round from Right Side Capital, and has since expanded to New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco.

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7 months ago

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

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1 year ago

A unique, third-party app that helps you track your shipping from UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL, and Aliexpress. The company has sold $20,000 in products since October 1, 2016.

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1 year ago

A company that helps teachers get better at teaching. The startup is currently in a pilot with a few hundred teachers in Philadelphia and New York City, and has been in Y Combinator since November. It aims to take out the headache of grading papers and lesson plans.

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1 year ago

A startup that helps companies bring in new talent, by matching them with employees in similar roles and locations. The company has been operating since 2017, and claims to have hired over 1,000 people to date.

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1 year ago

Pivot is a social network for women entrepreneurs. It started in 2016 as a blog that features women in the Philadelphia area, but has since grown to include a community of over 600,000 women.

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1 year ago

A startup founded in 2014 in Tel Aviv, which has since raised $4 million in funding.

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1 year ago

The idea is to provide a home base for travelers, since many are uncomfortable with the idea of being fenced in.

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1 year ago

A startup that lets people sell their old smartphones for cash. It has processed over 10,000 phones since it launched in April.

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1 year ago

The startup provides software to help reduce food waste by connecting retailers with nearby farms. The startup has sold $115,000 worth of the software since its launch in January.

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1 year ago

A startup that is building a marketplace for real estate agents in India. The startup wants to prove that since agents can create more leads for potential sellers, they should be able to charge more for their services.

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1 year ago

The startup launched in March, and has since focused on getting its holistic health and wellness app into the hands of people in the U.S.. The startup is currently working with more than 100 health providers across the country.

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2 months ago

Visionary Enterprise has received funding from Y Combinator since 2009

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9 months ago

The following startups have left TechStars Boston since the program’s start in 2011 and are no longer affiliated with the program:

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1 year ago

A startup that builds software to automate the process of applying for a state tax ID. It was started in early 2013 and has since raised $300,000.

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1 year ago

A platform that empowers artists to create and sell their own merchandise. To date, the company has sold $1 million in merchandise since launching in 2014.

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5 months ago

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

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3 months ago

We can’t get enough of these: more than $500,000 in investment has come in since they launched. They’re building software to help companies run their data centers more efficiently, as well as a professional network for data center workers.

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1 year ago

This startup, focused on Latinos, began as a translation tool for web and mobile applications and has since expanded to other services. It employs over 100 translators and has over 200,000 active users.

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7 months ago

A web-based app that helps you find and organize high-quality, verified local restaurants near you. The app has been downloaded over 5,000 times since its launch in early September.

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1 year ago

A new company that lets users make their own bitcoin by mining it with their computer, which is then split among users. The app was first released in December 2017, and since then has grown to over 500,000 users.

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6 months ago

A workflow management app that helps engineers work across multiple applications, like Slack. The startup aims to give engineers control over the process of adding new workflows, which they can use across different apps. This is an interesting approach to automation since it involves both a central application and a decentralized set of workflow rules.

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11 months ago

The list of 30 companies below is generally regarded as the best of the best in the world at the time of the nomination, but they have since been acquired or sold, or have left the market.

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7 months ago

A high-tech, custom-built vending machine for businesses. The company has been in the business of selling vending machines to businesses since 1923.

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10 months ago

A high-end, high-margin business-to-business e-commerce platform for professional services that started off as a B2B tool for lawyers but has since expanded to business-to-consumer.

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7 months ago

Dyson is a British vacuum cleaner manufacturer that has been in business since the 1950s. The company is known for its trademark bladeless vacuum cleaners and high-end design.

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11 months ago

Since its founding in 2011, this nonprofit has built a library of online resources and tools for the disadvantaged, including an online database of nearly 100,000 student aid resources.

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8 months ago

A platform for buying and selling and exchanging surplus shoes that otherwise wouldn’t get sold. The company has sold about $4,000 worth of shoes since launching in December.

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2 months ago

A tool for homes that helps predict and address emergency situations like fires and floods. The startup says it’s already sold over $1 million worth of its fire and flood sensors since launching in early august.

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1 year ago

The founders of this startup have been working on a mobile-first platform since 2010. Now they’re building a mobile-only social network focused on young urban professionals.

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3 months ago

This startup helps brands reach their customers on Instagram, based on a user’s browsing history. They say they have sold over $50,000 worth of ads since launching in April.

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9 months ago

As of 2017, China’s biggest internet companies are Tencent, WeChat, Weibo, and Baidu. These companies have all been spending heavily on Facebook and Instagram ads, which have grown rapidly in the region. For example, WeChat spent $6.5 billion on ads in 2018 and Baidu spent $3.6 billion. Top global brands are also spending heavily on Chinese social media. For example, Coca-Cola has spent $2.2 billion on WeChat ads since February 2018.

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9 months ago

A tool designed to help companies manage their debt, with the service claiming to have helped customers save $12 billion since 2011.

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2 months ago

The Startup Pitch Competition is held annually at Y Combinator. Since 2012, over 150 teams have participated in the competition, where a panel of judges evaluates every team's presentation. The top 20 teams participate in an on-stage interview with a panel of judges, after which two teams are selected to move on to the company presentation stage.

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2 years ago

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

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9 months ago

A startup that has been in stealth mode since February and has just now launched their beta version. It’s a piece of software that helps teams build and scale predictive models using machine learning.

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2 years ago

Idea: A remote digital marketing agency for high-growth tech companies The startup has worked with a few dozen clients since launching last year, and is currently available to startups that are a $1 million in revenue or less

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4 months ago

A platform for developing and running games, with a focus on multiplayer games. They have a low burn rate and a low valuation as a result, but have been revenue positive since September.

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2 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.

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2 months ago

A digital payments startup that offers a way for customers to pay for goods at restaurants, bars, and stores without cash. Payfirma users have transacted $15 million in the United States and Europe since launching in early 2019.

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2 months ago

This startup wants to use machine learning to automatically write reports for companies. The startup has been operating since September and is now working with some mid-sized companies.

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4 months ago

A platform that helps people share the stories of their lives, a project of the social news site Upworthy. The site has been around since 2009 and has a history of making viral posts that go viral.

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3 months ago

This startup is building a smartphone app that aims to help people reduce their use of disposable plastic. The startup has been operating in the UK since 2013 and is now operating in the US.

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5 months ago

A virtual assistant for B2B companies, built by a team that’s been building virtual assistants since the early 2000s. The startup launched in May 2019 and currently has 15 customers.

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1 month ago

Since the economic crisis, companies have been struggling to find the best way to track their internal performance. HR software company TheWorkPlace has launched a new product that turns spreadsheets into actionable information, presenting managers with data on employee performance in real-time.

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1 month ago

A marketing platform that helps brands to drive more effective, targeted, and measurable in-store marketing campaigns. The startup is based in San Francisco and has been running since 2017.

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1 month ago

In 2014, the number of accepted startups from Y Combinator had tripled since launching in the summer of 2010.

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1 day ago

The company is a free software project that helps people maintain their health by giving them access to a large, searchable database of medical information. It was started around a decade ago as a personal health web site, but has since evolved into a global health information platform.

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2 days ago

an online tool that helps companies build, test, and export designs to be printed. The startup has been around since 2016 and has been used by over 75 companies.

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2 years ago

Idea: An AI-powered email platform that integrates with Gmail, with a focus on the “personal touch”. The startup’s founder says there’s a generation of people who grew up on AOL’s chat interface and have since forgotten how to write emails (because they’ve been using chat).

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2 years ago

Idea: A social network for fantasy sports enthusiasts, with a “Play Money” currency that allows users to play for fun and for cash. The company launched in Australia in September and has since launched on Facebook in the US.

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2 years ago

Idea: A customizable webmail service, which aims to be a ‘safer’ alternative to Gmail. The startup has seen over $25,000 in monthly recurring revenue since launching in April 2019.

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