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7 admirable startups that are driving social change featuring Bayes Impact (YC S14)



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Congrats to the YC Crunchies nominees!

Congratulations to the YC companies and founders nominated for the 8th Annual Crunchies Awards. 
Vote here!  

Best E-Commerce Application

Fastest Rising Startup

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Best Design

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Can't Stop, Won't Stop

Angel of the Year

Founder of the Year

Best New Startup of 2014

Best Overall Startup of 2014

Congrats to YC's Sam Altman + the YC founders named in Forbes' 30 Under 30

Image: Walter Smith for Forbes

Congratulations to YC's Sam Altman and the YC founders named in Forbes' 30 Under 30. 

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GrubMarket (YC W15) aims to bring farmers markets straight to your door

GrubMarket joins the YC W15 batch and announces their Chicago expansion: 

A young San Francisco company called GrubMarket hopes it can keep consumers connected to local food suppliers with an ecommerce platform that lets farmers and small food businesses sell their goods, even in mid-winter. The company expanded operations to Chicago in December in its first push beyond the west coast.

“I am a big fan of local food and supporting local farms,” said founder and CEO Mike Xu.

GrubMarket is a member of of the San Francisco accelerator Y Combinator's current class. Xu said the company has raised $2 million from the program and other investors since launching in February. The platform includes 280 vendors who sell to the Chicago and San Francisco markets, Xu said. The majority of those are in the Bay Area.

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune

Top Stories from the YC World - 12/18-1/01

YC Digest - 12/18-1/01
> Applications for the Female Founders Conference are open


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Essays
Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In by Paul Graham: "The US has less than 5% of the world's population. Which means if the qualities that make someone a great programmer are evenly distributed, 95% of great programmers are born outside the US." 

> We're all communication hoarders by Aaron Harris: "There's a class of product yet to be successfully created that can sift through all of my communication, across all platforms, that finds what is actually meaningful." 

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YC-Backed Omniref (YC W15) Is Rap Genius For Code

YC W15's Omniref announced their launch today on TechCrunch

"While the open source movement has made getting up and running with a software project incredibly easy for those who know what to look for, the reality is that not every project can be updated to support the latest versions of the code they’re built on.

Over time, this means that you see thousands of projects running on some old version of a library that seemingly no one is familiar with anymore.

Y Combinator-backed Omniref is building a code reference tool that could help developers get assistance from others building on the same code. Originally launched as a code search tool for Ruby in November 2013, the site has since added a Q/A feature resembling Genius’s annotation feature, as made famous by Rap Genius."

Read the full story on TechCrunch

Female Founders Conference 2015 applications are open

We’re delighted to announce the second Y Combinator Female Founders Conference, on Saturday, February 21 in San Francisco. 

Once again, we’ll bring current and future founders together to share their stories, give advice, and make connections. 

At YC, we have the honor of working with a lot of incredible female founders, and this is our chance to introduce some of them to you. If you are thinking about starting a startup or are in the midst of running one, we hope hearing stories from other women will inspire you to take the leap (or keep going!). 

We'll also be joined by distinguished guests like Kimberly Bryant (Black Girls Code), Ruchi Sanghvi (the first female engineer at Facebook and founder of Cove, acquired by Dropbox), and a few more, whose stories we're excited to hear ourselves.  

If you're a woman interested in learning more about building startups or non-profits, we encourage you to apply.

YC Digest -12/10-12/17

Top Stories from the YC World - 12/10-12/17

Amazon Not As Unstoppable As It May Appear - Instacart (YC S12) in the NYT 



Essays
> "How You Knowby Paul Graham: "Your mind is like a compiled program you've lost the source of. It works, but you don't know why." 

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Hiptic Games (YC S11) Launches Its GameThrive Push Notification Service

Congrats to Hiptic Games on the launch of GameThrive

Hiptic Games, a Y Combinator alum that’s been operating in stealth since the summer 2011 batch, has launched GameThrive, a push notification service that aims to help developers engage players when they’re least likely to be annoyed.

Originally built for the team’s own needs, the service combines push-notification delivery automation with analytics tools to avoid overwhelming users to the point where they delete an app. Looking at things like playing habits and response rates to different notifications, the service schedules messages for in-game deals or events at times when players will be mostly likely to engage with them and come back to the game.

Read the full story on TechCrunch

Bettir (YC W15) Wants To Chat With You About Your Blood Pressure

Meet Bettir, the first YC Winter 2015 company to launch. Bettir is an app that lets you record your blood pressure and get daily feedback from experts. 

Chances are you only get your blood pressure checked maybe once or twice a year at the doctor’s office. You sit down in a relaxed setting near the waiting room while a nurse wraps a black velcro unit around your upper arm and pumps away. Perhaps the reading comes out a little high, but nothing to worry about. At least until you find yourself in a high stress situation, your blood pressure spikes and you end up having a stroke.

Going to your doctor twice a year isn’t the ideal way to get an accurate reading, says Bettir CEO Mike Chen. He and his four other co-founders, David Merriman, Ben Godlove, Nic Novak and Michael Rubin, were all friends at Oberlin when they started discussing the idea of going the startup route together. The band formed and through some health research, Bettir was born. It’s now Y Combinator-backed and ready to ship.