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Here are the 82 startups from day 2 of Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Days

Team TechCrunch was back for Day 2 of Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 Demo Days where we heard from another massive chunk of startups that are taking disruption very seriously, even if they’re aiming to upend companies that only launched in Y Combinator a few classes ago.

The total class of on-record Demo Days launches came to 166 startups, after 82 presentations today. If you missed out on our tireless coverage yesterday, check that out too. We also picked our 11 favorites from yesterday’s batch here.

Here’s what we all saw today:


  • Asher Bio: Starting off YC Day 2, this startup is trying to help your body stave off cancer. Asher Bio is building immuno-therapy drugs that ramp up your immune system to take on cancer cells. Existing therapies can lead to severe side effects, but the ex-Pfizer co-founders claim their early tests on mice have shown that they are “close to solving” the problem with 1,000x more precision than existing solutions.

demoday talar

  • Talar: No more grocery shopping or grocery placing — Talar delivers grocery and meal-kits directly to customers. Dubbing itself a “last-meter delivery” business, the company actually delivers groceries directly into customer’s fridges. The company charges a $10 delivery fee as well as a 10% mark-up on each product it delivers. Talar has launched in San Francisco and has 90 customers today.
  • spotLESS Materials: This startup created a liquid-infused coating designed to keep surfaces clean and repel anything, from water to poop. The coating itself is a super slippery surface that virtually nothing can attach to. spotLESS launched just two weeks ago and already has contracts and pilots in place worth $166,000. Some partners include the U.S. Navy and Pennsylvania State, which is using it in their bathrooms.
  • Vendr.com: With so many SaaS companies saturating Silicon Valley, there’s a need for another SaaS company that will manage your other SaaS subscriptions. Purchasing software is a broken system, in that different customers pay different prices for the same software. Vendr created a self-serve process to help companies purchase, renew and manage their software subscriptions, and they’re targeting high-growth early-stage companies as early customers in what they say is a $10 billion market. 
  • Trella: Trella connects shippers to truck drivers in the Middle East to improve efficiency and increase transparency. The company says that shipping costs 3x as much in the Middle East as it does in the U.S.
  • Business Score: Business Score is helping companies automate background checks on other businesses. The startup is looking to stamp out tired manual processes that largely mean picking up the phone and scouring documents. The single API taps data sources across the web to build out real-time profiles that can help customers scan businesses in an effort to prevent fraud, qualify leads and onboard new clients.
  • Fit to Form: For women that struggle to find clothes that fit, Fit to Form has created an online shopping platform for locating clothes that fit women according to their exact measurements. The startup, like many in the batch, is founded and led by a pair of Stanford computer science graduates. Fit to Form says there are 52 million women in the U.S. that spend $660 per year online shopping — a big opportunity to solve the “online shopping industry’s biggest challenge.” 

demoday shiru

  • Shiru: Shiru creates protein designed to replace dairy and eggs. Shiru leverages computational design to make new versions of the core ingredients that go into the food products we consume daily. Already, Shiru has identified seven viable protein candidates and has three letters of intent from major food and ingredient companies. 
  • Coco: Most money transferred from Venezuelan migrants back to their families goes toward food. Coco allows Venezuelan migrants to send food home rather than money. Coco says it is already making $10,000 in monthly revenue. The startup partners with mini markets to make food purchases and takes a 20% cut of their sales, allowing a commission-free outcome for customers. Coco’s founding team built the first bitcoin exchange in Venezuela. 
  • Arpeggio Bio: This startup provides an RNA-profiling technology for watching how medications work within the body. They call it a “debugger for cell biology.” With $750K in revenue this year, the company says they’re working with four of the top 10 pharma companies, including Novartis. 
  • Canix: The cannabis industry is growing rapidly, but unsurprisingly the farmers and government regulators are still figuring out how to navigate compliance smoothly. Today, farmers are having to manually tag every single marijuana plant they grow. Canix is building compliance software that helps farmers easily scan bar codes and send data to the government.
  • Gen1E Lifesciences: One of several biotech startups to pitch Tuesday morning, Gen1E claims to cure inflammatory diseases. The company uses computational chemistry to identify drugs that work for specific illnesses. The company is launching with a focus on ARDS, which currently has no treatment. Gen1E says they are targeting a $100 billion market for inflammatory and age-related diseases. 
  • Embrace: Designed to help developers push better code, Embrace makes it easy for mobile developers to identify bad code and fix bugs faster. Already, companies like Wish, Goat, OkCupid, Headspace and Boxed use Embrace. The company has grown to $1 million in annual recurring revenue. 
  • Microverse: This company calls itself a Lambda school for software developers in emerging countries. The Microverse model doesn’t employ teachers, but uses a peer-to-peer learning model to prepare its student-engineers for the professional world. The company makes money with an income-share agreement, in which students pay 15% of their salary to the startup (although it did not specify for how long). The founder says that 50,000 people have applied to Microverse since it launched in January 2019, and 100% of its first cohort graduated with a job and is now paying them back. Microverse says it’s making an average of $6,000 per student. Because there are no teachers to pay, the founders are claiming 90% margins. 
  • Wingman: Wingman is a bot for phone sales representatives. It listens to sales calls and generates cue cards in real time to suggest possible answers/responses. Charging $80-$100 per month per rep, they’re currently seeing $5K in monthly recurring revenue, with 55% month-over-month growth.

demoday kraftful

  • Kraftful: Kraftful is aiming to help the companies making smart home devices make apps that are less awful. The startup was founded by former IFTTT team members and is looking to makes “white label” apps that can offer uniform UIs with regular updates. They are working with IoT companies on a SaaS pricing model and say they already have a $300K LOI from one firm.
  • Encellin: This biotech startup has developed what it calls a “shark cage” to protect sells. The company, led by two PhD founders, will enter the clinic next year with a human trial focused initially on diabetes treatment. Ultimately, Encellin will go after all chronic disease with technology that treats missing, damaged or diseased cells with next generation cell transplants.
  • Proof Trading: This is an institutional equities broker that aims to get investors better prices. Already, Proof has letters of intent from six top-tier funds. The total addressable market is $7.4 billion per year.
  • Mudafy: This tech-enabled real estate startup considers itself the “Compass for Latin America.” In LatAm, selling and renting homes is a broken system, and an innovative solution could prove to be a $20 billion opportunity. Buyers and renters are hindered by bureaucratic policies that enforce high interest fees and expensive deposits. Mudafy wants to improve the renting and buying process with its software operations platform. 
  • Globe: Globe provides Airbnb-style home rentals, done by the hour. As an example use case, they mention traveling professionals that need private/quiet locations to work or take calls. The company says its current customers book an average of 2x a week.
  • Cuboh: Restaurants have kind of been bombarded by the app-ordering economy and have a handful of tablets dedicated to each delivery app. Cuboh is building an app that integrates the order volumes from these apps into a single experience so that restaurants don’t need multiple employees approving multiple orders on multiple tablets. 

demoday LUCID

  • Lucid Drone Technologies: Lucid builds drones that spray buildings with cleaning liquids and leases them out to cleaning companies for around $3K per month. They’ve currently signed contracts worth about $33K in monthly recurring revenue.
  • MyPetrolPump: This refueling service delivers gas to cars, trucks and generators for B2B customers in India. Since launch, MyPetrolPump has become profitable and grown to a monthly gross merchandise volume of $500K across its 1,400 B2B customers. 
  • Narrator: Narrator is a full-service data team for startups of any size. The team behind Narrator built WeWork’s data infrastructure, and wants to target more startups as early customers. The company says they’re generating $91,000 per month with this business model, but they aren’t stopping there. Narrator wants to build as a cross-company universal standard for data and grow out this library of shared analyses. This strategy allows the company to repurpose the analyses they produce and offer it to new customers. 
  • GitStart: GitStart allows you to send small coding tasks (from JIRA, etc.) to its global network of developers. They charge a fee for each task — but if the developer does a good enough job that you’d like to hire them more permanently, GitStart also makes a commission.
  • Hey Healthcare: More and more Americans are gaining insurance coverage for mental health services, but nearly half of therapist offices don’t take insurance, according to the team at Hey Healthcare, which is building automated medical billing software for therapists. The startup helps therapists get registered and bill insurers, they have already helped process $100K in insurance claims with early customers.

demoday paymongo

  • PayMongo: This FinTech startup targets the Philippines. Specifically, the company is bringing innovation to the payments infrastructure in the country, where the technology is years behind. Companies integrate directly to PayMongo’s APIs or, they can use their pre-built checkout forms, shareable via URLs. The company has signed up 900 merchants since it launched in June.
  • KubeSail: This cloud-hosting provider wants to be as powerful as AWS and as easy as Heroku. KubeSail is a deployment platform built on top of Kubernetes that’s experiencing 23% month-over-month growth. Today, about 3,200 developers have launched cloud applications on KubeSail. 
  • Zenith: This company is building a new virtual world that blends AI, VR and its backend tech to immerse users in new lives online. Zenith, which raised $120,000 on Kickstarter in one week, is the first cross platform world to exist on VR desktop and console. Essentially every screen you own is a window into their world. The company plans to monetize by taking cuts of every item bought or sold on their platform, like property and clothing. The founders have worked at Google and Unity, and co-produced with Oculus.
  • Multis: Multis is a bank to help companies use cryptocurrencies (for things like recurring payments to remote workers) and earn interest on their savings. Twelve weeks after launch, the company says they’re managing more than $2.8 million in crypto. They charge a 1% fee on every transaction, and $900 per year.
  • Vahan: The competing entities of the on-demand economy have some pretty major recruitment needs. Vahan is tackling the issue in India, helping companies like Uber and Zomato reach out to potential recruits via a WhatsApp bot. The startup is earning $20 per successful hire they recruit for their customers.

demoday draftbit

  • Draftbit: This tool is for building apps that are high quality and built from scratch, the company said. Using Draftbit you can build apps visually with production-ready source code. The tool entered beta in February and has worked with 5,000 teams since. The idea is that by using Draftbit, software developers can build apps more collaboratively. 
  • Rejuvenation Technologies: If this startup gets its way, it’ll make it so we all live longer. Through extending the protective cap of DNA that functions as an aging clock, called telomeres, Rejuvenation Technologies aims to reverse aging. Rejuvenation’s drug extends telomeres and is already testing in animals, and says that one dose given to a mouse appeared to turn back the clock the equivalent of five years in humans. The founders envision a world where people take the drug to extend their healthspan and lifespans. 
  • Carve: Carve is a marketplace where people rent cars from dealerships. Right now, 12 million cars are idly sitting at dealerships, depreciating in value. Car sales have declined by 30% since 2014, and if dealerships want to stay alive, they’ll need to find new creative ways to make money. Carve’s founders also believe the rental car industry as it stands doesn’t need to exist, creating a $12 billion opportunity. 
  • Apurata: Apurata provides small loans for Latin America. They did 1,488 loans in July, earning an average of $21 per loan. The company’s founders say that banks in Latin America approve only 9% of loans, whereas Apurata is currently approving around 26% of applicants. 
  • TrustedFor: LinkedIn is just such an awful platform that there’s space for a startup to disrupt it by just remaking it. TrustedFor is building “LinkedIn 2.0,” a platform for professional profiles that is centered around recommendations from people that the users have actually worked alongside. The startup is leveraging the YC network pretty heavily to get associated companies on board.
  • Data Mechanics: Claiming to be “the new Hadoop,” Data Mechanics is a tool for engineers. Their solutions automate performance tuning and other maintenance work for Apache Spark, an open-source computing framework. Ultimately, they plan to expand to provide an end-to-end platform in which data engineers write code and they run it for them. The service is currently live.

demoday Listle

  • Listle: Listle is a platform to listen to audio versions of stories on the internet. Listle, which launched in July 2019, has created a library of 900 audio articles. For customers, it costs $8.99 per month.
  • Digi-Prex: This monthly medication delivery platform says it is up to 15% cheaper than local pharmacies. The company is targeting patients with chronic diseases in India and using WhatsApp to acquire its customers, of which it now has 5,000. With 60 million Indians spending $150 per month on prescription medications, the company identifies a $9 billion opportunity. 
  • Cloosiv: A Starbucks-style mobile ordering experience for smaller coffee shops, aggregating many indie shops into one app, Cloosiv currently has more than 250 coffee shops, and is adding roughly three new shops per day. We wrote about Cloosiv here.

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  • Figments: Figments is looking to take the eSports market by storm with a network of virtual influencers that the team hopes can become the “WWE for eSports.” The team is creating characters with fictional storylines and is bringing custom voice acting to tailor the characters to different users around the globe.
  • Vouch: Vouch provides business insurance to startups because “bad things happen to good startups,” the founder explained. Using Vouch, the insurance process starts at $200 per year which is apparently much cheaper than most products available on the market. Vouch also has risk management tools so companies can focus on company-building. Vouch has launched in Utah and will be in 10 states by the end of the year.
  • Tandem: Tandem is a virtual office for remote teams that lets people see who is online, what they’re working on and who is available to talk. The software takes a Discord-like approach to letting users see what work apps their co-workers are in. Currently, Tandem has more than 450 active teams using the product and is seeing 50% weekly growth. Already, companies like Airbnb, Spotify, Dropbox and WeWork use Tandem. 
  • The Custom Movement: This company wants to make custom sneakers at more accessible price points. “If you’re rich or poor, you should be able to afford cool sneakers that you love,” says the founder. The Custom Movement wants to build out the world’s first marketplace for custom sneakers made by independent artists, following the assertion that “Nike is evil.” Within a few weeks of launch, Custom Movement has 70 artists selling 7,000 sneakers on its platform, and has brought in $26,000 in sales.

demoday lazy lantern

  • Lazy Lantern: The startup analyzes your historical web app analytics and uses that knowledge to alert you if something unexpected happens (like traffic to a certain page suddenly spiking). You plug it into your existing analytics systems, and it’ll notify you via Slack if it detects an abnormality. They’re currently working 40 companies, and say they’ve received a letter of intent from Snap.
  • Vitau: The online pharmacy craze is still in its infancy even after high profile M&A in the space, and Vitau is looking to get at the forefront of that market in Mexico. The startup is launching a subscription pharmacy for patients with chronic diseases. Just by approaching their first target market of those prescribed diabetes medications, they say they’re entering what could be a $12B market.
  • Wren: This greentech startup helps people take action against climate change. Here’s how it works: users sign up on Wren and begin tracking their carbon footprint. Then, the company plants trees to make up for its users’ carbon footprint on a monthly basis. The company launched two months ago and has recently launched Wren as an employee benefit.
  • Sequence Bio: Sequence Bio is a genome project looking to leverage genetic data to discover new drugs. The company says the best data comes from genetically isolated populations and those with uniform medical records — Newfoundland has both. So far, Sequence Bio has collected over 800 samples and is working with pharma and biotech companies to license data for drug development. 
  • Curtsy: Curtsy is targeting Gen Z clothing buyers with its mobile marketplace for resale items. The founder says that Gen Z shoppers have different buying habits than previous generations, in that they seek fashion built for rotation. Buyers want to sell last week’s outfit to fund next week’s outfit, and need a marketplace to rotate out items. Cutsy believes it can offer this service and eventually make $2 billion in the U.S. 
  • Refinery Labs: The startup is building a drag-and-drop interface system for deploying new features using linkable code blocks. Refinery says the functionality it adds is automatically scalable, secure, and stable. 2 weeks after launching, they have 43 paying companies onboard. 
  • TradeID: Yesterday, we saw a Robinhood clone for India, today we’re seeing that same model built for Indonesia. It’s also using fractional shares so that people can get skin in the game with minimal buy-in. The team says they’re live and compliant in Indonesia and have logged $500k in transactions since launch.
  • Lofty AI Lofty AI is building what they claim to be the first reliable method for tracking neighborhood demand to help real estate investors make more informed investment decisions. Lofty AI recommends properties to investors and if the investors decide to purchase, they enter into a contract that gives them 20% of the profit. However, if the value of a property goes down, Lofty says they will cover all of the investors losses.

demoday Z Imaging

  • Z Imaging: This startup is creating augmented reality guided tools for surgical procedures. The aim is to make surgery easier and more accurate by providing surgeons with an internal view of the body. So far, Z Imaging has received letters of intent from leading hospitals worth about $360,000. For hospitals, Z Imaging charges $15,000 per month. Z Imaging is in the pre-FDA submission phase but expects to conduct a clinical study this January, and hopes to receive FDA approval by the end of next year. 
  • Tensil: This startup turns machine learning models into custom chips that can replace GPUs. AI companies depend on machine learning, and are spending $3 billion on GPUs. This company produces auto-generated chips that it says are 50% smaller, 10 times faster and 20 times more energy efficient than GPUs. 
  • FeaturePeek: FeaturePeek is working on a tool to help developers/designers get feedback earlier in the development cycle. They build a test environment for every GitHub branch/pull request. Users can comment directly on the page, and use the built-in tools to take screenshots. They are looking to charge users $16-19 per user per month. We wrote about FeaturePeek here.
  • Khabri: The podcast platform wave has washed over plenty of internet-immersed markets, but platforms like Apple Podcasts and Spotify lack traction in India. Many users are stuck with YouTube audio but Khabri is looking to build up a network of exclusive podcasts with 2,500 creators. The team already has 60,000 DAUs who use the app an average of 20 minutes per day.
  • Mindset Health: This startup founded built by two brothers is seeking to treat IBS using hypnotherapy. Mindset Health says they’ve already helped over 280 people improve their IBS, earning $5,600 in monthly recurring revenue. They claim IBS is a $3 billion market in the U.S. Mindset plans to scale its service to provide treatments for other issues, including anxiety and chronic pain.

demoday carry

  • Carry: Carry is a corporate travel assistant that helps you plan, book and offer support — all via Slack, but using real humans. This month, Carry has booked $160,000 worth of corporate travel. Current customers include Segment, Orthly, Stanford Graduate School of Business and others.
  • Treble.ai: A customer support platform that lets companies get feedback from users through SMS and WhatsApp. The company describes itself as similar to Qualtrics and Zendesk, but with one big difference: Qualtrics and Zendesk were built for desktop web and email. Treble is built for mobile-first, chat-based communication. Treble says there are 100,000 companies that serve their users through mobile apps, and it wants to be the startup that manages their customer support. The startup scored Colombian logistics unicorn Rappi as their largest customer, and is seeing $16,000 in MRR. 
  • AudioFocus: This team helps users hear their friends in noisy environments like restaurants and conferences. Their app builds a fingerprint of your friend’s voice (or “voice prints” as they call them) based on a few minutes of recorded speech, then filters out other sounds and voices that don’t match this fingerprint and plays this edited audio stream to the user through headphones.
  • Mighty Health: Mighty Health is creating an app that replicates some of the experiences of cardiac rehab centers. Insurance companies are paying for people who have suffered from heart problems to get healthier and avoid further hospital trips, but many patients complain about the cardiac rehab programs being too far away or too inconvenient to access. There’s an app for that.
  • Asayer: Asayer’s software shows video of everything a company’s customers do on its software to identify bugs. It’s like looking over your user’s shoulder, the company’s founder explains, making it much easier for teams to instantly identify where the problems in their code are. Asayer’s vision is to go after the $10 billion market of people developing web apps. Asayer launched in June and says it has tripled its revenue since then.
  • Gmelius: Gmelius is a Gmail tool built to help teams manage projects, operate a help desk and automate daily processes. The team aims to replace Mailchimp, Asana, Trello, Zendex and many more by integrating with your Gmail inbox. Gmelius currently has 100,000 daily active users taking with $180,000 of monthly recurring revenue. 
  • Mipos.dev: This team is building a restaurant operating system for Latin America-based businesses. The Latin America point-of-sale market for businesses is worth $2 billion. Online ordering apps represent 20% of restaurant sales in Latin America, but restaurants don’t have passable hardware or software options to manage this growing demand. Multiple tablets are needed for multiple services and there’s no centralized software to help businesses manage online ordering. mipOS wants to be a one-stop-shop management system for restaurants. 

demoday voyage

  • Voyage Biomedical: (IMAGE) Voyage Biomedical is creating a system which the company says limits brain damage during an ischemic stroke — where a clot prevents blood flow to the brain — by quickly cooling the brain until doctors are able to remove the blockage. They’ve tested the device on a pig while stopping blood flow to the brain; they say the pig survived, and made a full recovery. Co-founder Robert Schultz is a cardiac surgeon.
  • LineLeap: What OpenTable is for restaurants, LineLeap wants to be for bars and nightclubs. The company is the app experience for alcohol, people can pre-order drinks or pay to skip the line at a particularly packed bar. The teams says that they’ve amassed $30k in MRR and helped 1 customer earn an extra $25k per month just by letting customers pay to skip lines.
  • ReverCare: This company has created a platform for helping people care for their aging parents. ReverCare connects families to social workers, who in turn connect them to eldercare services and help with senior living and care logistics. The company says they are going after a $13 billion market. 
  • Hutsy: Hutsy is a real estate brokerage that aims to make it easier to buy houses through an online experience. Since launching four weeks ago, Hutsy has closed on three homes. Instead of hiring more real estate agents, Hutsy scales through its automation software. 
  • Eden Farm: Eden Farm delivers fruits and vegetables to restaurants in Indonesia. Restaurants are still purchasing poor-quality produce, and Eden Farm thinks it can replace the local middle-man in this equation while simultaneously helping local farmers. The platform provides a way for farmers to forecast the market demand for their produce. This isn’t a new idea; EdenFarm wants to be the Sysco for Indonesia and eventually expand to neighboring areas in Asia. Eden Farms pegs the market opportunity at $30 billion. 
  • Beacons AI: Beacons AI is letting users further monetize their fandom. It’s a payments platform for influencers that allows users to pay to ask these influencers questions and receive short video responses. Beacons takes 25% of every transaction. 

demoday monaru

  • Monaru (IMAGE) People are lightly connected to lots of people on Facebook, Monaru is aiming to help customers foster closer bonds with a few close friends or family members. Monaru is building a virtual assistant for people’s personal relationships. The company’s app prompts people to connect with their closest friends and helps them reach their personal goals for their friendships. 

Shift HealthSubscription-based revenue cycle technology tailored for the healthcare industry. The business is the second from the founders, who claim to have built the best accounts receivable software for hospitals and clinics.

DirectShifts: Connects doctors to hospitals for short-term shift work, with 51 hospitals on board so far. DirectShifts uses technology to decrease the hiring onboarding process to two weeks and makes $5,000 per doctor per month. DirectShifts currently brings in $65,000 in net revenue per month and has a GMV of $435,000. 

Flux This startup enables Latin America-based merchants to accept payments with mobile wallets. Rappi gives people digital wallets, Flux makes it possible for merchants to accept these payments. They are able to process payments without intermediaries like Visa or MasterCard, signifying its intention to grow into not only a service, but a payments network. Flux’s tech is live in 32 restaurants a few weeks after its launch, and the founders say that 800 more are about to go live.

Midtype: Midtype is building backend engineering as a service, meant to allow frontend developers build more without the need for backend engineers. The founders say that 80% of backend features needed by most apps (the databases, payment systems, etc) are the same, so they provide it or make it easily addable.

Waves: Waves is creating a dating app with a focus on matching users with specific sexual fetishes. The company launched a few days ago and already has signed up 750 users. The company says that their market opportunity could be 15 times the size of Grindr.

demoday symplex

Symplex:  The team is developing an AI-based doctor that can diagnose you using your smartphone. The startup says they’ve signed up 15 doctors in the first few weeks, with a goal of expanding into a $2.6 billion market. Here’s how it works: first, you tell Symplex how you’re feeling, then, the company’s machine learning algorithm gauges your condition and provides a detailed initial diagnosis, which is then stored and saved.

Boost Biomes: Boost Biomes has a spray treatment for crops that prevents mold for up to 11 days. Currently, Boost Biomes has more than $1 million worth of letters of intent with customers who will be able to either use the product in the field or after harvest.

Percept.AI: This startup is creating an AI support agent that immediately resolves common customer support tickets. Other solutions can take over 3 weeks of onboarding, quality is often insufficient and the AIs only end up resolving between 10-30% of tickets. Percept.AI says their tech could work to identify 1.2 billion support tickets that go outstanding. They say they can immediately resolve up to 50% of tickets without human intervention, what it describes as an exciting $22 billion market. 

Covela: Covela is an online insurance broker for small/medium businesses in Latin America. The company says it saves customers 40% over competition in the region. 

Stoic: Stoic is an emotional tracking app that checks in with users twice per day to better understand how they are feeling and what obstacles they’re up against. The app guides its “thousands” of users on how to de-stress, feel less angry and improve relationships. Stoic, which charges $70 upfront for an entire year, says its revenue is growing 52% month over month, citing 40% retention rates.

Dover: Dover is a hiring platform that is entirely automated. The software is designed to understand the skillsets your company is looking for and then engages in outbound recruiting. Dover’s candidate sourcing tech has cut humans out of the process, which the company says improves margins. Dover currently has 18 paying customers and is doing $68,000 a month in revenue. 


And that’s a wrap!

Thanks for reading through the full list, we’ll be scouring through our top picks for a post coming soon and we’ll be back at Y Combinator Demo Days next year for their winter 2020 class.

All 84 startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 1

It’s that time of year, Silicon Valley’s investor technocrati and advice-giving Twitter celebrities descended upon Pier 48 in San Francisco to judge the latest summer batch of Y Combinator startups. TechCrunch was there, as well, and we were tapping away feverishly as co-founders pitched to woo investors.

There are 197 companies in total in the summer YC batch, we heard from 84 of them today — in addition to a few off-the-record pitches which we agreed to hold off publicizing as they remain in stealth. We’ll hear from another chunk of them tomorrow, so check back tomorrow for even more startup blurbs.

Demo Day used to be the debut for many of these companies, but as Y Combinator’s prestige has grown so has the likelihood that the batch’s best will be closing rounds at outsized valuations before the first pitches have been made.

We’ll undoubtedly be reporting on some of these rounds moving forward, but for now here are the 84 companies whose founders pitched onstage today at Y Combinator Demo Days – Day 1.


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  • Mighty: Mixpanel’s founder is at Y Combinator with his new startup, Mighty, a $20 per month cloud computer streaming service that’s just for Google Chrome (at the moment). Why pay for a free piece of software? The startup says that by streaming the experience from a beefed-up PC your most-used app will be considerably faster and only use 5% of your CPU. It’s a premium product with a tight niche, but the company has ambitions to support other software types as it builds out the tech.
  • Hype and Vice: This startup combines the latest trends with college brands to make fashion-focused college apparel for women. Working with 11 universities to date, the founders say the company has grown 4x YoY, with margins of 84%; meanwhile, they have 50 additional college licenses in the pipeline.

  • Lumineye: Lumineye wants to help first responders identify people through walls. In domestic violence disputes, hostage rescue or human trafficking situations, first responders often need help determining where humans are behind closed doors or other barriers. Lumineye’s team of four built a portable 3D-printed radar device that uses signal analysis software to differentiate moving and breathing humans from other objects through barriers like drywall, concrete, rubble and brick. For Lumineye, four pilot programs represent $90K in ARR. They’ve also just signed a $50K pilot with the U.S. Air Force. They’re also signed on to start testing with the FBI this fall.
  • Flo Recruit: This is an applicant-tracking platform for in-person recruiting events. The startup helps companies scale their college recruiting efforts, saving time and money. The company says they have $8,500 in monthly recruiting revenue, counting Y Combinator itself as one of its customers.
  • Gaiascope: Electricity trading is a $15 billion annual market, but it’s hard. Electricity is consumed instantly, which means the supply must always match the demand. That, however, leads to extreme price volatility. Traditional quant models don’t work, so this is where Gaiascope’s algorithms come in. Through its quant fund, Gaiascope enables electricity trading at more predictable prices. 
  • Revel: Many of the venture-backed communities online seem to be geared toward 20-something dudes, but Revel is aiming to create an online-to-offline community group for women over the age of 50. The site is a $15 per month membership that gives you access to the community-hosted groups. Revel went live in the Bay Area last month.

demoday node

  • Node: Node wants to use an Ikea-like assembly process to build sustainable backyard cottages — a market the founders say is worth $100 billion and growing quickly. In the past year 25 cities have passed legislation to allow these buildings. Node ships a flat pack of materials that it says only take a few days to assemble into a turnkey backyard cottage or sustainable vacation home. They’ve sold 11 homes in the past two weeks, and the founders are optimistic that they could reach 50% margins with their tech. Early target markets include Seattle, Portland and Vancouver. 
  • Prolific: A marketplace for finding survey participants on demand. Submit your survey, tell them a bit about your target audience, and they’ll find survey participants accordingly. They saw $185K net revenue in July, with 2.5x yearly growth through word of mouth.
  • Juno College of Technology: JCT is creating the technical university of the future. The startup operates a coding bootcamp, expected to do $3 million in revenue by the end of 2019. Similar to Lamda School, they offer income-share agreements, but “the similarities stops there,” explained the founder. Juno says it places 87% of founders who complete their nine-week long program. 
  • LAIKA: In Latin America, it’s hard to buy pet supplies in person due to a reliance on bus transportation. LAIKA, an online pet supplies service for Latin America, aims to make it easier. The startup has $200,000 in monthly revenues and is growing 30% month over month. 
  • ScholarMeThe startup is building what it calls the “Common App for college financing,” a single form that helps students pay for college. The company prevents prospective students from filling out endless forms to find scholarships, FAFSAs, income-share agreements and loans. 
  • Sable: Getting set up with a bank is a slow process for people new to the U.S. It can take months for foreign-born people to get set up with a credit card and a checking account. Sable launched a mobile bank for international people in the U.S. that wants to expedite that process. The team has collectively worked on distributed teams that launched 14 banking products in the past. The company is currently managing credit cards and live checking accounts. With Sable, users can get set up with a credit card and checking account online in five minutes. In five days of launch, the company has 135 customers and is managing $200,000. Sable is targeting 4.5 million creditworthy internationals, and what it says is a $3.3 billion market in the U.S. alone. The team wants to eventually launch a suite of banking products like mortgages and student loans while they’re at the beginning of their financial independence in the U.S. 

demoday metacode

  • Metacode: “Better code search,” currently for Swift, TypeScript and Javascript. Whereas many code environments only do plaintext search, Metacode sorts results by relevance, displays code in the context of code around it and allows you to filter results by keyword. The company says more than 700 engineers from companies like Pinterest and VueJS are currently using it. The cost is $25 per month per engineer.
  • Fad Mania: This is an app that provides users with an endless stream of games with ambitions of being the next major social network. One of the first games was called Trump Punch, which got more than 100,000 organic users. The team realized most games don’t retain users and decided to create Fad Mania, which develops social-first games. Fad Mania has 1,000 weekly users.
  • Breadfast: This startup delivers fresh bread, milk and eggs to customers in Egypt. Because Breadfast makes its own bread and works with farmers, its business has 35% gross margins with $180,000 in monthly revenue. For customers, Breadfast costs $18 per month per household.
  • Ever Loved: If you thought people using GoFundMe’s to pay for their surgeries were dark, Ever Loved is helping people pay for funeral expenses with a dedicated platform. The crowdfunding site can help families and friends amass cash and the startup will let people pay for services directly from the site, letting them take a slice on both sides of the transaction.
  • Localyze: Localyze provides international employee relocation as a service. Employee relocation is an expensive cost for businesses, yet every year, two million people are moving to the U.S. and Europe for work. Localyze wants to streamline that process with a software that automates some tasks related to immigration, moving and housing processes 50% faster. The platform also connects international employees to services like banking, insurance and transportation. Localyze is currently working with 27 B2B customers and says it produced $16,000 in revenue last month.
  • Safely Deposit: This startup provides on-demand safe deposit boxes specifically for physical papers like estate documents and wills. You mail your documents in via FedEx, they store the physical copy in a safe deposit box while providing you access to digital copies. The cost is $120 per year.

demoday elpha

  • Elpha: (IMAGE) This is a networking and communication platform for women in tech to talk candidly online. Elpha today counts 15,000 members and 6,000 members visiting the site each work. They have 23 paying companies who pay $12,000 per year for access to the platform. Elpha strives to be the first professional network built for and by women.
  • Basis: This is a construction startup that automates workflows and manages bids from subcontractors. To date, Basis has four signed contracts within three weeks of operating. The big vision is to become a full-fledged platform for the construction industry.
  • Hatchways: Learning to code online has kind of been a trope for people that are tired of their careers and are ready to do something new. The issue is that even if they get their skills to a great position that’s really only part of the equation. Hatchways is building a platform to help people who have learned to code online find internships and team projects. The startup is aiming to collect fees on both sides, from candidates looking to find opportunities and companies looking for new talent. They’re starting with software engineers but are also looking to help people get into finance, as well.
  • Puzzl: Puzzl is a campaign tracking platform for brands; it focuses on the in-person parts of campaigns. The platform lets businesses manage their ambassador programs and track metrics without being physically present at targeted locations. Puzzl’s software lets companies track impressions, engagement and conversions for the in-person parts of marketing campaigns. They managed a campaign for Juli Learning code school, another YC company. They’ve made $11,000 in revenue with 33% margins since launching 20 campaigns. Puzzl is currently enabling brands to manage 100 brand ambassadors in what it says is an $8 billion market.

demoday marble

  • Marble Technologies: This startup provides cashier-free checkout kiosks for restaurants, running on iPads. Marble’s founders say their solution increases customer spending by 16%. They have three national restaurant chain contracts in the works, and have processed $3 million in sales to date. They charge $12,000 per location, per year. 
  • Apero Health: Led by a pair of serial entrepreneurs, including the former chief technology officer of Doctor on Demand, Apero Health provides automated claim submission, integrated online patient building and modern APIs to doctor’s offices. 

demoday shortstory

  • Short Story: You could think of Short Story as a Stitch Fix for petite women. Petite women can have a hard time finding clothes that fit them. First, petite women complete a style quiz to notify the company of their preferences. Then, Short Story sends them their first monthly box of clothes. Short Story says the petite women’s clothing market is worth $35 billion. To date, Short Story has seen 74% monthly revenue growth.
  • EncepHeal Therapeutics: Non-addictive prescription substitutes have been a very popular solution for people addicted to drugs like tobacco and opioids. EncepHeal Therapeutics is creating medications to help the 2.5 million cocaine and methamphetamine addicts have a similar option. The company’s medication has shown promising early testing on lab rats.
  • PopSQL: PopSQL provides collaborative SQL query editing. You can store SQL queries you run regularly, grouping them into folders that can be kept private or shared amongst your team. Version history tracks changes so it can be reverted if/when something breaks. It currently has more than 100 paying companies, and is making $13K per month. It plans to build a marketplace for apps that run on top of your company’s database.
  • Kuarti: Kuarti is building the OYO of Latin America. The founder equates the current hotel booking process in Latin America to what it looked like decades ago in the U.S. Kuarti identified a trend of increasing demand to travel within Mexico’s growing middle class. However, there are currently no standardized hotel options in the country. Kuarti wants to provide another hotel booking option for standardized hotel chains that can be reserved online. The company wants to partner with independent hotels, to make small renovations and offer rooms for $35 per night. They’ve partnered with four hotels, have 20 rooms in their inventory and say that users have already booked 275 nights collectively. The founder identifies this as a $2.5 billion market in Mexico alone, and an $11 billion market across all of Latin America, where it hopes to expand. Kuarti is a Mexican company that is part of the business accelerator with which Airbnb started.
  • UpEquity: The startup lets future homeowners put down all-cash offers in what they claim is a $20 billion market opportunity. The founders, Harvard Business School dropouts, have a history in the private equity industry. The startup claims to have more than $30,000 in revenue for the month of August. The tech-enabled mortgage solution says it provides customers better bargaining power than traditional solutions, at competitive rates.
  • Blair: Blair finances college education through income-share agreements. Through ISAs, which require students to pay back Blair a percentage of their future income, Blair finances everything from tuition to cost of living. Since launching a few weeks ago, Blair has already put $250,000 toward the education of 20 students. Blair will deploy its second fund this week.

  • Intersect Labs: Intersect Labs is building CoreML for enterprise, letting its customers easily build machine learning models to help make sense of their historical data and deliver insights without having to hire data scientists. The monthly subscription is aiming to deliver a product that doesn’t require much technical knowledge. “If you can use a spreadsheet, you can use Intersect Labs.”
  • Traces: As privacy-conscious consumers speak up against the proliferation of facial recognition tech, there’s still a clear need for a product that enables smart camera tracking for customers. Traces is building computer vision tracking tech that relies on cues other than facial structure like clothing and size to help customers integrate less invasive tracking tech. It was built by former Ring engineers.

demoday Epic Aerospace

  • Epic Aerospace: Epic is manufacturing inexpensive space tugs to deliver satellites into geostationary orbit. The 21-year-old founder has been building rockets since he was 16, and is now managing a team of seven aerospace engineers with Epic Aerospace. The founder describes propulsion as one of the biggest problems for satellite companies, in that it can take up to two years to qualify new satellite systems and can cost up to $30 million. The problem they’re solving is moving satellites from low Earth orbit directly into geostationary orbit. Epic’s tug is half the cost of the competition and is reusable. They’re currently working with Satellogic, and chasing what the founder says is a $3.1 billion geostationary insertion market. 
  • Soteris: Soteris is a startup building machine learning software for insurance pricing. Within six months of their pilot, they already have two insurers under contract, giving them $500K in guaranteed annual revenue. 
  • Gold Fig Labs: The startup is building a tool for version control on settings pages. The founders come from Firebase, where they were both early employees. The company has signed up 60 companies in the last five weeks, including “multi-billion-dollar tech companies.”
  • Mela: Mela, which refers to itself as the Pinduoduo for India, is an e-commerce platform that enables customers to participate in group shopping and buying via WhatsApp and Facebook. The number of orders on Mela are increasing by 59% per day. 

demoday Million Marker

  • Million Marker: The world is full of nasty chemicals that can mess up your body. Million Marker is building testing kits to help people measure their exposure to certain chemicals. The startup is starting with a urine testing kit that analyzes for BPA and Phthalates, plastics chemicals that can disrupt hormones and lead to fertility issues. 
  • Well Principled: This is an AI-driven management consultant that says it wants to “replace MBAs with software.” Companies spend $200 billion on management consultants every year. Well Principled wants to replace that expensive and cumbersome system with its tech that has culled growth and revenue learnings from academic research and turned it into enterprise software. The company wants to eliminate the need for outside consultants by integrating its software into the daily operations of businesses as they launch new products. Well Principled is advised and invested in by early Palantir leaders, and claims $840,000 ARR from its first Fortune 200 customer. 
  • Dashblock: Dashbloack creates APIs from any web page using machine learning. Drop in a URL, select the data you want from a page, and it will figure out how to automatically extract it and provide it via API. It has have more than 1,500 users since launching two weeks ago.
  • Valiu: This startup provides remittances, or international money transfers, focused on the Latin American market. The company is beginning with a focus on Venezuela, where there are limited options for transferring money globally. The company estimates a $15 million market and is currently growing 35% month over month.
  • Vorticity: Vorticity builds custom chips to make computers 10,000x faster for fluid dynamics modeling. Vorticity’s chips and processes can be applied to industries like aerospace, life sciences and nuclear energy. Boom Supersonics, which spends millions of dollars every year on fluid dynamics work, is Vorticity’s first customer. 
  • PredictLeads: PredictLeads is aiming to help data-driven investors identify companies that are picking up traction. The startup says its data can tell you when the startups that you passed on are starting to gain traction, informing you when they’ve launched new products or are starting to advertise new partnerships.
  • GreenTiger: Billing itself as the Robinhood for India, this startup is allowing users to trade U.S. stocks from India for ₹0 commission. As it is now, Indians don’t have Social Security numbers, preventing them to trade U.S. stocks. GreenTiger provides commission-free trades on NASDAQ and NYSE, and allows users to start trading in two minutes. GreenTiger provides transactional shares, allowing Indian traders to start trading with as little as ₹100. These ex-Microsoft founders describe the opportunity as worth $7.2 billion. 
  • Compound: Compound provides wealth management for startup employees, helping them figure out what their stock options actually mean, forecast their value over time and optimize against things like potential taxes. Launched two weeks ago, they currently have 200 startup employees as customers.
  • Prenda: A startup that provides in-home “microschools” for K through 8th graders. Prenda provides everything a teacher needs to run a microschool, from glue sticks to curriculum. The startup claims microschools are the future of education.

demoday Curri

  • Curri: An Uber for construction supplies, Curri delivers construction-related materials, parts and tools on-demand. From refrigerators to small pipe fittings, Curri’s network of drivers can deliver it to your warehouse, job site or anywhere else you may need it for an average delivery of fee of $77. For three months in a row, Curri has grown 112% month over month. 
  • Nomad RidesNomad rides wants to compete with the big rideshare companies, but they also want to kill them. The commission-free rideshare program changes up the business equation by having drivers pay a monthly subscription to Nomad while collecting all of the ride profits. They are targeting college campuses first. In a two-month illegal trial period, the company facilitated 5,700 rides at Indiana University before the startup had to shut down, but they say they’re legal now and ready to try new markets.
  • EARTH AI: This full stack AI-powered mining exploration company built a technology to predict the location of un-mined rare metals. EARTH AI’s mission is to improve the efficiency of mineral exploration to provide enough metals and minerals for current and future generations. The company predicts where metals may exist, actually mines the ore and then sells it. The team credits themselves with discovering the world’s first AI-predicted mineral deposit, and says it has also secured the rights to $18 billion worth of ore.
  • Binks: Binks provides tailor-made clothing for women in India. The company says that the traditional method requires four-plus visits to a tailor; Binks, meanwhile, uses photos and computer vision to calculate fit and make clothing within three days.
  • Lang API: A language translation platform that helps businesses translate the language on their website or app into any language in minutes, Lang says they are building the “AWS for translations” in what is a $20 billion market.
  • Rent the Backyard: Imagine building and then renting out a studio apartment in your own backyard. Well, that’s what Rent the Backyard is all about. Rent the Backyard handles everything from the construction of the studio to selecting the tenant to occupy it. In exchange, the startup takes a 50% cut of the rent. So far, Rent the Backyard has 10 signed letters of intent from homeowners, with more than 1,200 people on its waitlist.

demoday LEGACY

  • Legacy: Legacy is a male fertility startup building a mail-in sperm testing product that helps people test their reproductive health without leaving their home. The company sells a kit that users can use and send back to them, at which point Legacy is able to analyze the sperm and let users know whether everything is in good working order.
  • Lezzoo: Lezzoo wants to build the “super-app of the Middle East,” starting with an on-demand delivery service in Iraq. The company currently delivers food, beverages, groceries and pharmaceuticals to users in Iraq. The founder says they are seeing positive unit economics, including a net profit of 63 cents per delivery. The market is huge — 40 million people live in Iraq, but there is no digital infrastructure in place to serve the needs of an increasingly mobile population. The founder claims there’s a demand for mobile services like Lezzoo, citing that current users are placing two orders per month. Due to the lack of digital infrastructure in the country, Lezzoo is tasked with solving the problems of payments and mapping in addition to scaling its delivery network.
  • Kern Systems: This startup wants to store information in DNA. “Google stores about 10,000 petabytes of data. You could store that in just the DNA in your thumb,” says company co-founder Henry Lee. The company says their first DNA storage synthesizer should be finished in nine months.

demoday courier

  • Courier: After adding one line of code with Courier, developers can, first, send messages through every communication channel to users. Courier then measures users’ response rates on each channel (Slack, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger etc.) and determines where notifications should be directed.  
  • Lokal: Lokal provides local news, information and classifieds for India. Since launching the app 10 months ago, Lokal has grown to 260,000 daily active users and is growing at 27% month over month. “The existing apps only focus on national and state level news,” the founder said. Otherwise, in order to get local news, they need to read a physical newspaper. 
  • taxProper: The company says that 60% of homeowners overpay on property taxes, so taxProper is building software that quickly allows customers to easily appeal their property taxes, helping them enter data about their home and determine if they are overpaying. The startup is charging $79 per appeal.
  • InEvent: This is CRM for corporate events. It’s hard for businesses to create personalized, automated event experiences. This platform lets corporate event planners integrate registration, vendor and travel and expense management. InEvent is seeing $1.15 million ARR in Brazil, and broke into the U.S. corporate event market in May — which it describes as a $7.5 billion opportunity. They’re seeing $13,000 MRR in the U.S.

demoday quirk

  • Quirk: Quirk is a “thought diary” that helps to stop panic attacks by using the concepts of cognitive behavioral therapy. You identify negative thoughts you’re having, and then examine those thoughts to determine which parts are negatively impacting you. It costs $5.99 per month; the company says one month after launch, they have 1,000 paying customers.
  • Zippi: Zippi provides loans specifically designed for gig workers in Brazil, a booming population underserved by traditional banks. The gig workers repay their loans with a percent of their income each week. Zippi is live and fully compliant. To date, they’ve done $160,000 in loans and plan to build and end-to-end neo bank for gig workers in Latin America. 
  • Simmer: Simmer provides reviews for individual dishes, not just for restaurants. Simmer tells you the best reviewed dishes across all delivery apps and services to help you better decide which food to order on-demand. In a one-month pilot there were 1,300 weekly active users on Simmer. This fall, Simmer will launch in three cities. 
  • Actiondesk: Updating spreadsheets is about as unsexy as enterprise workflows get, but Actiondesk is focusing wholly on revamping the data tables with “superpowers.” The company’s solution allows customers to dynamically connect data sources and their spreadsheets so that edits made in the spreadsheet will be replicated in the data source. Users are also able to schedule actions related to the data in their sheets.
  • GradJoy: GradJoy is a fintech platform that wants to help recent grads better-strategize their student loan payments. The company bills itself as “a student loan co-pilot,” and a “robo-advisor for student debt,” offering services meant to help users save money. GradJoy connects loans and financial information to create personalized repayment plans for new borrowers. They’ve completed eight refinances in two weeks, and have amassed more than 1,000 customers within a few weeks of being operative. GradJoy doesn’t want to stop at student debt, but scale out to provide services for other types of debt repayment in the future. 
  • Taskade: This is a collaboration tool for remote teams. You can create lists, outlines and mindmaps, then collaborate and chat about them in real-time. It currently has more than 700 active teams, and over 10,000 active users.
  • Alana: Alana helps large businesses headquartered in Latin America hire and retain blue-collar workers. Their hope is to become the LinkedIn of the blue-collar industry with a better matching process for potential employees and by automating much of the process. The company claims to have experienced very fast growth, working with companies like Hilton, Starbucks and Rappi. They charge a monthly subscription per store or $400 in MRR per location.

demoday Obie

  • Obie: This is a free analytics platform for commercial real estate owners to manage their assets. From there, Obie uses that data to sell insurance to those commercial real estate owners. In the last year, Obie has done $1.4 million in gross premiums.
  • Together SoftwareTogether is building souped-up employee mentorship software that helps new employees get connected with veterans inside their company. The onboarding buddy program handles pairing of employees and can help the duos schedule meetings and work their way through development plans.
  • Holy Grail: Holy Grail says it has built a cheaper and faster way to manufacture batteries. The company is using AI to find the next generation of batteries at what it claims is 1,000x faster and hundreds of million dollars cheaper than traditional R&D processes. Holy Grail’s software designs batteries and predicts their performance — then manufactures them using a robot it built. Traditional R&D relies on trial and error and spreadsheets, and this company thinks it can harness AI to “do something good for the world while also making money.” 
  • Tranqui Finanzas: This startup provides consumer debt consolidation for Latin America, where 45 million employees have existing high interest loans. Payments are made through salary deductions. After launching seven weeks ago, they’re making $6K monthly net revenue.
  • Sorting Robotics: It began its life building a robot sorting Magic: The Gathering cards. Now it’s pivoting to sorting weed. They buy cannabis trim for $120 per lb; their robot separates the sticks/leaves from the flower, which can be resold for upwards of $180 per lb. Four weeks after rolling out their first robot, it’s making roughly $1,000 per day.
  • Pengram: Augmented reality is making itself useful through Pengram’s indoor navigation system. Pengram enables anyone to create indoor pathways using any iOS device and then easily share those pathways with others. Already, Pengram has a $10,000 pilot with building maintenance company Johnson Controls, which uses the tool to quickly located sprinklers, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and other systems they need to find and ensure are properly up to date and working.

demoday Yummy

  • Yummy Future: Yummy Future is basically a robotic Starbucks. The company wants to take baristas out of the coffee-making process, using a box of robots to make complex espresso drinks. It’s not the only one in this space, but the startup is hoping that partnerships with existing marketplace retailers will be the key to its success.
  • Athlane: Athlane is building what it calls “the NCAA for esports,” a new esports league powered by its software. The founders believe they have what it takes to help college esports eclipse traditional sports, citing that the League of Legends finals saw 5X the viewership of the NBA finals in 2019. Athlane hopes college esports teams will compete on their platform because they’ll actually be able to pay their players. Athlane will enable teams to monetize through its AI-powered sponsorship platform, and has secured two contracts with G Fuel and DraftKings. 
  • TRM Labs: Banks are required to trace the source of their customers’ money. TRM helps banks identify and trace cryptocurrency fraud. They charge $20K per user seat. Though they couldn’t say the name, TRM says they recently signed a top-five global bank as a customer.
  • Mars Auto: The startup is developing autonomous trucks for the $50 billion Korean trucking market. The goal is to fully automate warehouse to warehouse truck operations to save the trucking market billions. The company has two LOIs with two of the largest logistic businesses in Korea.
  • Wasmer: Wasmer is an application container that works in edge computing. Powered by WebAssembly, Wasmer is building the next generation of containers that enables developers to run any code on any client.
  • Matagora: Matagora is delivering pop-up physical storefronts for online brands. The startup is partnering with local businesses to fill areas of their store with online-only gear that brands are looking to get in front of people’s eyeballs. Matagora takes a whopping 40% of each sale.

demoday Nonu

  • Nonu: Nonu calls itself the “Hims for India.” The company created a subscription hair loss prevention kit that includes medicines, vitamins and herbal shampoo. The founder says that 80% of Indian men don’t know that prescription medicine can stop hair loss in India, and therefore are getting scammed into spending over a billion dollars on fake hair loss products while continuing to lose hair. With Nonu, all you have to do is take a photo of your balding head, and you’ll receive a monthly subscription of medicine that will show up at your door. Nonu says that within this $7.2 billion market, there are 60 million hair loss patients who can afford this $120 a year subscription in India. Nonu has already amassed 500 subscribers, and plans to expand into tackling sexual wellness. 
  • Dex: Dex is a personal CRM. You sync up your contacts/calendars, and it finds the people you haven’t kept in touch with and reminds you to reach out. You can add notes about a contact — like what you last spoke about, or what’s going on in their life — to help with the conversation next time you see them.
  • Outtalent: This startup helps engineers living in emerging markets get jobs abroad. The company was launched by a pair of brothers from Kyrgyzstan, one of which landed a life-changing job at Google years ago and wants to make the entire process easier for other foreigners.
  • SannTek Labs: SannTek created a breathalyzer that detects cannabis consumption, as well as alcohol consumption. The founders say there’s currently no breathalyzer for cannabis because it’s a technically challenging task. SannTek has developed sensors that can detect whether you’ve consumed cannabis in the last three hours. Once it launches, it will charge police officers $20 per test.
  • BuildStream: The startup is a platform for companies to manage and optimize rented equipment fleets. The team is focusing specifically on the construction industry, trying to minimize idle equipment. Users start by installing off-the-shelf IoT sensors on gear to track the fleet of equipment and pinpoint areas for optimization.
  • Sling Health: Sling Health wants to build more cost-effective virtual care teams. The ex-Forward founders say they want to turn any doctors office into a One Medical model. Next-gen tools can’t scale their engineering teams. Sling’s platform automates back offices with remote medical teams and 24/7 chat support. Sling Health says it has already transformed 12 doctor’s offices and is producing over $17,000 in monthly recurring revenue. The founders say they can save doctors 67% on labor costs while also drastically improving patient experiences with a personalized care team. The tech can apparently manage scheduling, create personalized follow-ups and manage prescriptions.

demoday mofe

  • MoFE: The “Museum of Future Experiences” turns physical spaces into trippy, walk-around virtual reality experiences. They launched in New York three weeks ago, and have sold every ticket available so far to bring in $60K in revenue since launch.

 

That’s all for Day 1, we’ll be posting our favorites from today’s batch soon and we’ll be back tomorrow with the rest of the batch.

YC’s latest VR bet is a team building a cyberpunk anime MMO

There are niche startups and then there are VR companies going after fans of the “cyberpunk fantasy anime aesthetic.”

Ramen VR is one of only a few virtual reality startups that Y Combinator has bet on in the past few years and is only one of two in the company’s most recent batch of bets. It has a niche approach but it’s hoping to build an MMO that can leanly grow alongside the slow-but-steady virtual reality market. Like any content play that’s hoping for VC dollars, Ramen VR wants to eventually be a platform.

“Long-term, our goal isn’t just to create a game, but we’ve seen the issues of VR platforms that tried to be platforms before they had a meaningful use case. If you’re just trying to be a chat room or platform without any users, that doesn’t work,” CEO Andy Tsen tells TechCrunch.

The company’s first title is called Zenith, and it’s an anime-inspired fantasy title that plays with cyberpunk themes as well. The founders are really aiming to give VR geeks the game that they want, one that taps into the 80s futuristic aesthetic with gameplay that pays tribute to popular sci-fi books, movies and games of the era.

MMOs are attracting quite a bit of inbound interest in the venture-backed startup world, part of the reasoning has been because of people seeing the scope a title like Fortnite was able to achieve so quickly after going viral, the other part is the prevalence of developer tools that gaming startups are able to easily plug into their tech stacks. Ramen VR is using Improbable’s SpatialOS to bring persistent online gameplay to its users.

The company just rolled out a Kickstarter to gauge interest for Zenith, they launched a week ago and have raised $132k in the crowdfunding campaign thus far. Backers get access to a VR version of the title as well as a desktop PC copy. The startup plans to roll out across VR devices including PC systems, PlayStation VR and Oculus Quest.

“The whole point is that it’s not just on one device, it’s a world, it’s literally the Upside Down from Stranger Things layered on top of your entire world. At any point, no matter what screen you’re on, you can access that,” CTO Lauren Frazier tells us.

The startup still has a bit of development ahead of them, but the current plan is to launch an Alpha in six months, a beta in nine months and to go live broadly a year from now.