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1 month ago

 A platform that matches “people with limited English skills” with English-speaking customers.

1,083
1 year ago

A text-to-speech app that translates text into any language, then sends the audio to a bank of speakers with deep learning built into the app.

483
2 years ago

Localization software that helps companies hire workers who can speak, read, and write in multiple languages.

312
2 years ago

A startup that’s building a “smart” conference room intercom system, in which conference room intercom speakers can be upgraded to allow different types of speakers, including video.

231
3 years ago

Speakeasy allows businesses to communicate with their customers via SMS, email, or other messaging software.

216
2 years ago

“We pride ourselves on being one of the few VCs in the Bay Area that can actually speak the language of our portfolio companies, and we are happy to have the opportunity to learn Spanish and Portuguese.”

215
2 years ago

A software development company that tries to reduce the number of bugs in a product by having customers pretend to be nonspeaking computers.

212
2 years ago

An online video platform for conference speakers to share their expertise.

211
2 years ago

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

180
1 month ago

A company that builds speakers, headphones and mobile accessories that sync with your phone and music player.

171
3 years ago

A startup that allows users to stream music from their smartphone to any bluetooth speaker

167
2 years ago

A voice-to-text app that automatically provides a transcription of what a user is saying while they speak, and then uses machine learning to improve the transcription.

165
3 years ago

A startup that helps people learn how to speak English online over Skype

164
3 years ago

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

149
3 years ago

A startup that’s developing a tool for non-English speakers to translate their documents into a format that can be read by a machine.

149
1 year ago

A startup that’s building a standalone smart lock with a built-in camera, motion sensor, and speaker. It’s similar to an August smart lock, but they don’t yet have a product, but they’re looking for $1 million to build it.

149
3 years ago

A voice-activated, speaker-free assistant for your smart home

144
3 years ago

"Idea 2.0 is a tool for entrepreneurs to help them learn about new technologies in the market and network together. It’s the Uber of technology conferences. The conference is in its second year and has had over 1,000 attendees and 300+ speakers from 45 countries. The conference’s format is based on the model of Airbnb, where the host gets to pick the guests. The guest list is highly curated and the speakers are handpicked by the company’s CEO. The conference has been very well received by attendees and has been named a Top 10 conference in the US in 2018.

142
3 years ago

A company that lets you watch TV on your phone, using a smart speaker.

141
2 years ago

An iOS app and web-based service that helps people find the best deals on headphones, portable speakers, and more.

141
3 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.

139
3 years ago

A crowdfunding platform that aims to help entrepreneurs pitch their projects on a more intimate level. It’s a tool to help founders speak directly to the crowd without the need for a large team of people. It’s currently in private beta.

139
3 years ago

A startup that helps users build “smart” homes using the Amazon Echo smart speaker.

137
3 years ago

This startup is building an automatic speaker that turns an existing home stereo into a smart speaker, with the idea that many people have a smart speaker for their home, but not a home stereo to hook into it.

136
3 years ago

Speaking of the “Ikea of finance”, this startup is building a digital platform that lets you build your own financial portfolios.

136
1 month ago

A company that makes tiny speakers that play music through a smartphone. The company’s speakers are marketed as powerful enough to be used as a main speaker in a home, but can also be used to amplify the noise in a crowded space like a concert or a conference. The startup was founded in October 2017.

136
2 years ago

A tool that helps people learn French by speaking with a French-speaking bot.

133
2 years ago

A software/hardware company that builds AI-powered IoT devices like TVs and speakers.

126
3 years ago

A virtual assistant that can respond to people in over 70 languages, and who can also be integrated into the Amazon Echo and Google Home products. The team is also developing a smart speaker that can take in natural language input and respond with a preset answer.

125
2 years ago

A startup that connects users who want to learn Spanish with native speakers. They have over 25,000 users.

125
3 years ago

A startup that helps people who are non-native English speakers navigate the US immigration system. The startup is based in San Francisco and is hiring.

124
1 year ago

A digital voice assistant, or digital assistant, that can be used by anyone to enter tasks, appointments and a slew of other information. A digital assistant is a common consumer feature on many of the most popular smart speakers today.

123
1 year ago

A platform for maintaining a database of information about the world’s languages, the language you’re speaking, where you learned it, and so on. The startup aims to create a common repository of knowledge across the W3 community.

121
2 years ago

A virtual assistant that helps people speak Japanese. It’s currently on iOS and is working on an Android version.

120
3 years ago

A digital assistant for people with disabilities, allowing them to speak to a device that will respond to them.

118
2 years ago

“A cross-platform software development kit (SDK) that allows developers to easily use and build applications for the Amazon Echo smart speaker.”

118
2 years ago

A speaker that allows you set up a conference call, share a screen, and use it like a conference room.

116
3 years ago

This is a startup that makes it easier for users to read and write in French, Italian, and Spanish. Another benefit is that they can take notes in those languages and they can share those notes with others who speak those languages.

115
2 years ago

A tool for hiring people who are native Spanish speakers.

115
1 year ago

Get a real-time translation of a conversation into the language you’re speaking.

115
2 years ago

Ex-Google engineers are building a new living room device they call the “Echo” that’s essentially a giant voice-controlled speaker. The device is a stripped-down, Google-made version of the Google Home, and can be controlled by voice, music, and TV apps. It’s set to launch in November.

114
1 year ago

An online platform for pre-screening candidates before speaking engagements, meant to be used as a way to filter potentially unsuitable candidates.

114
2 years ago

A platform for customers to find and book speaking engagements with companies, without the need to cold-call.

113
3 years ago

A tool for keeping track of and improving the quality of speaker trainings and events.

111
2 years ago

A tool to help users learn English, enabling them to follow along on a video while a native speaker reads the text.

111
2 years ago

Ideas is organized by YC staff and features the companies that have been accepted into the program. Past speakers include the founders of Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit.

109
8 months ago

A text-based interface for non-English speakers on Slack.

109
2 years ago

More than just a conference app, this startup promises to make it easy for attendees to look for and share information about speakers, panels, and the like.

105
2 years ago

A phone app for sending automated text messages to people who are at an event. Great when a speaker gives an update to a crowd and they are lost for a moment, and also great for sending reminders about things like a doctor’s appointment.

104
2 years ago

A social networking platform to help English learners learn English, and for native speakers to learn Spanish.

102
2 years ago

A mobile app that helps you learn new languages by speaking to a native speaker over video.

101
1 year ago

This startup helps companies build more effective meetings by giving them a way to track who’s talking, what they’re talking about, and how long they’ve been speaking. The result is a meeting that’s more engaged and productive, and the company says that it has helped the company save $1M in travel costs.

100
2 years ago

The company’s founders speak of a future where the internet of things (IoT) and the internet of everything (IoE) converge, allowing users to control the devices in their homes directly from their phones.

99
2 years ago

A $40 Bluetooth Smart speaker. The startup has raised $1.6 million in seed funding from Play Ventures.

97
2 years ago

A “dynamic” service that allows customers to take a picture of a receipt and have it automatically translated to 10 other languages. It also provides translation services for non-English speaking customers.

96
1 year ago

A student who wants to learn a new language can have his or her native speaker record a video of the learner speaking with their lips moving.

95
2 years ago

Pint is a voice-controlled home assistant meant to help users keep track of things like what’s in the fridge and the weather. The startup aims to have a voice assistant that can understand what you mean and act on your behalf, with a smart speaker also available.

90
2 years ago

This startup is building an app that allows speakers and presenters to publish and sell their presentations offline — and to do so on their own terms.

85
2 years ago

A tool that helps with all aspects of booking training and events. It helps you find venues, speakers, and attendees, and generates an end-to-end proposal for pricing and payment.

84
2 years ago

A “smart” speaker that works like a smart home appliance, but which can also control your smart home appliances (like your lights and thermostat). It can work with a variety of IoT devices, and the founders say it will be in the market in the next 12 months.

84
2 years ago

A startup that helps people learn to speak other languages. The startup aims to use gamification and gamified courses to help people learn foreign languages.

83
9 months ago

A computer for the blind and visually impaired. The startup is looking to build a computer that can read braille and speak.

82
2 years ago

A platform for connected, voice-controlled appliances. For instance, a homeowner could speak to the system to turn on the lights in their home.

81
9 months ago

A startup that wants to build a visual way to debate on the internet. The DictateMe platform will allow creators to speak a language into a microphone and then have their words transcribed and displayed as a video, so that people can watch and transcribe a debate, then vote, and finally produce a final video.

81
2 years ago

A platform that helps the 500,000 companies around the world with their live events. It helps them find, book and pay for speaking engagements, build an event calendar, and create a speaker’s profile for their attendees.

79
2 years ago

First Names Only is a startup that connects people who want to learn a foreign language with native speakers of the language they want to learn.

78
1 month ago

A personal assistant app that lets you speak with your doctor and schedule appointments at your convenience.

78
2 years ago

A platform for hiring people to speak at events. The startup uses its own software, which allows companies to advertise their events, and then lets people apply to speak. The startup says it has already reached $1 million in recurring revenue.

76
2 years ago

A voice-activated OS that allows you to speak into your phone and have your device understand what you’re saying.

74
1 year ago

This startup is building a new type of monitor that can be worn while exercising or working out to help you see the world in 3D. The company says the technology is like a Google Glass or Oculus Rift, but is made out of plastic and has a lightweight frame. It also comes with a built-in Bluetooth speaker.

74
6 months ago

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

74
2 years ago

This is a way for people to show up at an event (like a conference) and automatically get access to the speaker’s slides and notes.

69
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.

68
3 years ago

Idea: This is a startup that makes a “smart” doorbell. It has a camera, a microphone, and a speaker. Users can talk to delivery and service providers through the doorbell, and the device can be used to monitor and intervene in domestic abuse cases.

67
1 year ago

A platform that helps universities and colleges reach international students, especially those who are shy or don’t speak English well. It helps them find the right person or organization to help them with anything they need while they’re there.

67
1 year ago

This startup is building a smart-home security system that can be controlled with a mobile app, or with a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo.

66
6 months ago

A social network for women in the US and India that helps young women find the role models they want, speak to them, organize group events and share stories.

66
7 months ago

A “digital assistant” for schools and districts with a real-time video calling system where teachers and administrators can speak with each other, for example to record students’ test scores.

65
6 months ago

A startup that’s working on a GPS-powered wearable assistant, which will allow people to speak and send text messages to their devices in order to get notifications, check out weather, and find their location.

64
1 month ago

Another tool to help people with disabilities communicate. This one’s aimed at people who can’t speak but who have the ability to use a keyboard. The startup is also developing a second product that will translate text from one language to another.

64
7 months ago

A “smart” mic launched in September 2019 that can wirelessly connect to a phone and act as a speakerphone or a speaker. The device is meant to improve call quality and reduce missed calls.

62
1 year ago

A platform for ordering food from your favorite restaurants. The startup offers a platform that connects restaurants with their customers, allowing users to order food directly from the restaurant’s website by speaking to a live agent.

61
1 year ago

A startup that helps AI-powered personal assistants and smart speakers understand the spoken words and phrases of their users, and then build answers in response, rather than just answer questions.

61
8 months ago

A startup that combines artificial intelligence with a patent-pending web-to-mobile translator. The team thinks that it can enable more people to speak English.

61
1 year ago

A startup that wants to make a “smart” speaker that can be “activated” via your smartphone. It’s a new category for Amazon that is beginning to compete with Google Home.

60
1 year ago

An API that allows users to upload videos and get them translated into any language for free. The API was built for Spanish-speaking countries.

59
1 year ago

A company that makes it easier for people to learn new languages. The startup aims to allow users to learn on demand via a program that allows people to listen to native speakers of the language.

58
1 year ago

A startup that works to make it easier for companies to hire remote workers, by helping them find, vet, and interview remote talent. The company is currently focused on the US, with an English-speaking office in Berlin.

58
7 months ago

A platform for home health care workers to connect with patients, share information and get paid. The platform is meant to minimize the time that people spend waiting on hold while they wait to speak with a doctor.

58
6 months ago

A conference series, which has featured an all-female speaker lineup, and a $15 fee.

57
1 year ago

A startup that is helping banks build digital banking services for non-English speaking customers.

56
1 year ago

This is a marketplace for conference speakers. They say they’re the first place people go to find speakers, and that they’ve built a platform that helps organizers get the most out of their conferences.

55
1 year ago

A company that is building a voice assistant for the blind, which is meant to be easier to use than others. “We are designing a system that makes it easier for blind people to navigate their homes, speak to their family and friends, and learn more about the world around them.”

55
1 year ago

While it’s still in the works, this company is building an AI-powered assistant that would allow people to speak to it and get personalized recommendations on what to do in cities around the world, sort of like the way Pandora is personalized music.

53
1 year ago

"Tiny Bot" is a service that allows chatbots on any messaging service to speak to one another, with the goal of allowing businesses to create global chatbots. The company says it can scale up to chat with 1 billion users.

52
1 year ago

A platform for the visually impaired. The app translates text into an audio reading of that text, with the readout played on a phone’s loudspeaker. While the smartphone app is free to download, the smartphone’s loudspeaker is not.

52
5 months ago

A new device that makes it easy to pair devices to speak to each other. It’s meant to make it easier to interact with other devices.

52
1 year ago

A software tool that helps teach users how to speak different languages. The startup has a software suite and is also building devices for more immersion, like games and software with interactive bubble displays.

51
11 months ago

A tool for planning and coordinating a conference, conference call, or meeting. It allows you to invite attendees to the event, schedule times for the event, and manage speaker and panelists.

51
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.

50
1 year ago

A product that turns watches into speakers.

49
5 months ago

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

49
6 months ago

A tool that helps non-native speakers build their own websites and apps.

48
6 months ago

A digital video recorder that records only the audio from TV shows and movies. The device features a rotating disc with a microphone on top and a speaker on the bottom. It connects to the HDMI port on a TV.

46
1 year ago

The startup is building a product that helps users experience their music in a way that’s more similar to how music is experienced in real life. It’s a 360-degree surround sound speaker for headphones that connects to a phone via Bluetooth.

45
1 year ago

A company that provides a tool to make it easier for non-native English speakers to learn English by using one’s own voice to record lessons.

44
16 days ago

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

44
3 years ago

A startup that helps people who are moving abroad find a dentist who speaks their language

43
3 years ago

A startup that provides high quality videos of a therapist or counselor speaking to a client The therapist or counselor gets paid per video viewed

40
5 months ago

A virtual assistant for the Amazon Echo that enables the smart speaker to control Samsung Smart TVs via the SmartThings hub.

37
11 months ago

Firms in the US and UK use the startup’s search tool to find a lawyer who can speak their language and culture, and then the firm handles everything from the initial attorney review to the closing.

36
9 months ago

This app is a version of the book “The Elements of Style” for English speakers. It’s a reference tool for English grammar, punctuation, and usage.

36
9 months ago

A high-end, low-cost version of Amazon's Echo. The startup wants to offer a smart speaker that connects to the internet in order to answer questions, play music and offer information.

34
5 months ago

A platform for professional speakers, who are often paid a percentage of the total speaker fees, to raise money to fund their travel expenses.

34
3 years ago

A startup that provides an app that helps people learn how to speak a new language

33
5 months ago

An Arabic-language startup that’s attempting to build a crowdsourced translation app for Arabic speakers that translates Arabic texts and translates them into English.

31
4 months ago

A company that makes smart pens that can record everything you write and draw. The pen is an integrated camera, microphone, and speaker. A company press release described it as “the world’s first smart pen that enables you to capture the world around you.”

29
5 months ago

A fitness wearable that tracks heart rate and movement, with a built-in speaker that allows users to listen to music or podcasts.

26
4 months ago

A startup that builds and sells speakers based on your phone’s specs, predicting how loud the sound will be.

24
5 days ago

This startup is building a text-to-voice service that will allow anyone to speak on a phone to dictate text.

24
3 months ago

Zuki is a company that aims to improve search for non-English speakers by automatically translating between different languages and then mixing it with the original text. The startup also wants to build an app that provides a new view into the internet, with an emphasis on non-English speakers.

17
1 month ago

A wireless data device that translates between human and machine language, in a similar way to the company’s previous product, the Speakit. The founders say they’ve sold $1.4m of the devices.

14
2 months ago

A way for patients to find doctors that speak their language.

13
3 years ago

Idea: A video platform for language learners to have a dialogue with a native speaker

10
3 years ago

Idea: This is a mobile app that makes it easy to get a ride using your smartphone Riders can also use the app to manage their ride, directly with the driver, without speaking to a dispatcher It’s currently available in the Bay Area, with free rides during the trial period

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3 years ago

Idea: This is a one-on-one video messaging app that allows users to video chat with someone who speaks a different language

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3 years ago

Idea: A startup that enables people to automatically record the music they listen to on their phones and stream it to a connected speaker

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