PhysioHealth (YC W16) Rewards Employees for Staying Healthy

Human Resources invest an enormous amount of energy and resources into employee health initiatives given that prolonged sitting is associated with a 40% increase in mortality. However, their efforts are often ineffective because the goals are set by HR staff rather than employees. The goals end up being too broad, and fail to take into account individual variability and employee motivation. As such, employees feel that the expected goals are too daunting or even discriminatory. This wasted effort accumulates as employers traditionally spends $150 to $200 in cash incentives per employee.

PhysioHealth is a company in our Winter 2016 class that allows employees to take ownership of their health while reducing costs for employers. PhysioHealth is an app that introduces 1 minute workouts throughout the day to help prevent back pain and mental stress. PhysioHealth goes a step beyond current apps by providing coaching in a consumer-centric way while gathering data. The app alerts you when you’ve been sitting or standing for too long, and delivers instructional stretching and breathing exercises. But staying active outside the office is also important. PhysioHealth integrates with AppleHealth, GoogleFit, Fitbit, Jawbone, Runkeeper, Swarm and more to suggest new places to exercise or when it’s time for vaccinations.

PhysioHealth offers a rewards network with brands at no additional cost. This complements and increases ROI on cost-heavy wellness programs already in use. They recently ran a pilot and saw a 27% increase in productivity, 23% decrease in lower back pains, and a 54% increase in staying active during the day.

Firdevs and Melike Abacioglu are the two Turkish sisters behind PhysioHealth. They both hold MBAs from Harvard, and are former financial investors & strategy consultants who have experienced the effects of working long hours. While they have worked for and consulted Fortune 500 companies, Melike and Firdevs want to draw attention to employee health and productivity. They currently work with a multi-disciplinary team of psychologists, gamers, dietitians, orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists and yoga experts.

PhysioHealth is available in the US and in Europe.

Learn more about PhysioHealth here.

Castle (YC W16) Analyzes User Data to Stop Hackers

Quickly growing startups often do not have the resources to prioritize security at the same level as more established tech firms. But regardless of a company's size, loss of user data is a top risk to any digital service -- particularly for startups in the finance, health, or B2B spaces.

Castle is a company launching out of our Winter 2016 class that provides top-level security monitoring so that apps, no matter what their size, can protect their users' data.

Castle's technology looks at user behavior to identify who is likely to have their account compromised. Developers simply drop in a line of code into any website or mobile app, and Castle will look for suspicious login patterns without bothering the legitimate user, nor the site administrator. Castle's fully-automated anti-hijack engine identifies potential account compromises based on where the user logs in from and how they navigate the site.

Since its launch last month, Castle now has more than 150 live deployments. Find out more about Castle and its technology at castle.io.

Airmada (YC W16) Helps Companies Make the Most Out of Automated Drones


It is widely agreed that the drone services industry is exploding. The elephant in the room of this economy, however, is that enterprise drone operations as they're done today cannot scale -- and thus are frequently more expensive than competing alternatives. The drone flight itself is already fully autonomous, but it is only a small part of the process.

Airmada is a company in our Winter 2016 class that has created a platform to help companies handle some of the difficult to manage details around commercial drone use. Airmada builds and deploys drone terminals on customers' sites that drastically reduce the cost of operating drones.

TechCrunch's Jay Donovan wrote about Airmada in a story published today:

"There are many problems that are currently holding back commercial use of drones. You have to know how to fly them or set up autonomous flight. You have to transport them to the right location where they are needed. You need qualified inspection and maintenance.

Despite these barriers, there are many companies still in need of drones for everything from precision agriculture, to aerial photography to small maritime deliveries.

[Airmada founders Dan] Danay and [Boris] Lipchin are aiming at all of these categories with their offering, however maritime deliveries are especially ripe for disruption, according to the duo."

Read the full story on TechCrunch here.

CareSkore (YC W16) Helps Healthcare Organizations Assess Risk to Deliver Better Patient Care

Hospitals and healthcare providers are held accountable for the quality of care they provide by the Affordable Care Act. They are penalized for re-admissions, over-utilizations of services, and hospital acquired conditions like pneumonia or surgical site infections. If a patient is readmitted within 30-days after being discharged, hospitals risk having their reimbursement reduced or nullified. Healthcare organizations waste over $180 billion every year due to a poor understanding of their patients’ clinical risks. This risk profiling is typically done by insurance companies, who are often slow and have poor results because they only use claims data.

CareSkore is a company launching out of our current Winter 2016 class that mitigates that risk through individualized, disease-specific workflows and patient care plans. Through a combination of clinical, lab, demographic, and behavioral data from hospitals, CareSkore’s algorithm provides ongoing, real-time, and highly precise predictions for every admitted patient. These predictions are all fully automated and thus create highly customized action plans.

One of the co-founders and Chief Medical Officer of CareSkore is Dr. Puneet Dhillon Grewal, MD. She is also an Internal Medicine physician and Cardiologist. She is currently a Cardiology Fellow at Rosalind Franklin University of Medical Sciences, where she also completed her residency. The other co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of CareSkore is Jaspinder Grewal. He is a computer engineer and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has 13 years of experience working with large health systems, managing technology, and operations.

Currently, CareSkore is available to hospitals, health systems, and integrated delivery networks in the United States. They have also been getting international interest from Europe and Asia.

Learn more about CareSkore here.

WorldCover (YC W16) is Peer-to-Peer Funded Crop Insurance in the Developing World

Right now, farmers in Africa and in much of the developing world who get hit by drought lose more than just their income -- they lose the ability to pay for school fees for their children and provide complete meals for their family.

Unlike in the United States and other parts of the developed world, there is little to no social safety net to fall back on when the rains don’t come. When the rains do come, they are erratic and hard to predict, as climate change is causing extreme weather in many places, especially sub-Saharan Africa. The mere threat of drought makes traditional lending firms see farmers as risky borrowers, and causes them to under-invest in their farms. Making matters worse, traditional insurance is generally not available to these farmers.

WorldCover is a company launching out of our Winter 2016 class that provides a new solution to these issues, with a peer-to-peer funded lending platform that provides customers in developing countries with insurance against natural disasters, and gives investors diversified returns and direct social impact. WorldCover's unique funding and pricing model allows them to underwrite farmers in the developing world profitably and confidently.

WorldCover has first launched its business model in Ghana in West Africa, a population of 27 million people. 95% of Ghana’s agriculture population are smallholder farmers, with less than 5 hectares of land -- exactly the kind of market that has been under-served by existing insurance providers.

Based on its success thus far in Ghana, WorldCover expects that its model could expand to work across the entire developing world, where 500 million smallholder farming households feed 80% of the population. Ultimately, this approach could scale far beyond drought insurance, to provide protection against other risks.

Find out more about WorldCover by visiting their website here.


GetAccept (YC W16) Helps Salespeople Close More Deals

Closing a sales deal often requires a lot of persistence and follow-through. Unfortunately, many deals fall through the cracks at some point before they cross the finish line, thanks to the messy and time-consuming nature of passing the necessary documents back and forth through email.

GetAccept is a company launching out of our Winter 2016 class that helps salespeople take full advantage of their sales opportunities and close more deals cleanly and quickly, with a workflow that helps them design, track and market sales documents through to the point that they're e-signed on the dotted line.

VentureBeat's Ken Yeung wrote about GetAccept in a post published today:
"Sixty percent of proposals never get signed, according to [GetAccept] cofounder Mathias Thulin. He attributes it to a lack of structured workflow for salespeople: 'They don’t know where to follow up or are lazy.' GetAccept aims to automate the process to convert more missed opportunities into signed deals. It incorporates different behavioral decisions you’ve made to push the deal forward, such as sending your sale an email or SMS reminder, along with retargeting display campaigns.

A messaging service is also included, giving salespeople another way to communicate with their leads. The idea is to continue building trust from the point between when a quote is sent over to when the deal is actually signed."

Read the full story and see screenshots of GetAccept in action here.

StealthWorker (YC W16) is a Marketplace for Talented Cybersecurity Specialists

The rising trend of hacking has resulted in damaged brands, fraud, and theft of personal identifiable information (PII). The need for cybersecurity professionals has drastically increased, with over a million cybersecurity jobs still unfilled. Unfortunately, there are not enough qualified people (CISSPs) to meet that demand. Therefore, finding and hiring qualified experts can be time-consuming and costly.

StealthWorker is a company launching out of our current Winter 2016 class that tackles this issue by connecting businesses with qualified cybersecurity specialists on its marketplace. Founder, Dr. Ken Baylor knows how hard it is to find competent security staff after serving as a CISO for over 10 years. Previously, he has led security teams at Symantec, Pivotal Software, Wells Fargo, and McAfee. In addition to holding a CISSP, Dr. Baylor also holds a law degree, MBA, and Ph.D.

Instead of moving cybersecurity experts from one full-time job to the next, StealthWorker allows companies to hire specialists for specific tasks like penetration testing (pen testing). Pen testing is when a third-party acts as a hacker and attempts to compromise a server to steal data. By eliminating a lengthy hiring process, CISSPs are operational within weeks and can add immediate value. This solution drastically reduces the cost of hiring a security team while maximizing a security expert’s efficiency.

StealthWorker is launching in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Learn more about StealthWorker here.

Sharethebus (YC W16) Makes It Incredibly Easy to Organize a Charter Bus Trip

They may not get the same glory that the car does, but buses are an important vehicle in American culture. After all, buses are what people rely on for transportation to many defining moments: political rallies, championship games, music festivals, school outings, group travel to new places. Every year, the charter bus industry moves more than one billion people across the U.S., Canada, and Europe, generating upwards of $16 billion.

Yet, unlike cars, there have been no major technological advancements for organizing a bus trip. Features such as splitting a fare, watching a vehicle arrive in real time, or receiving a notification when there’s a change in travel itinerary do not exist in the bus industry, which is currently still run on pen and paper and legacy systems.

Sharethebus is a company in our Winter 2016 class that is finally bringing the bus industry into the digital age, making it quick and easy to organize a charter bus trip anytime, anywhere.

For passengers, Sharethebus lets its users quickly set up a bus trip and split the bill between any number of riders. SMS notifications are sent to travelers when the bus is on its way, arriving, and if the departure location is changed; and to provide expert help at any stage of the process.

For event organizers, Sharethebus provides a specialized dashboard to gauge demand for rides from various locations, and set up multiple bus trips to and from the event. It's an ideal way for organizers of everything from music festivals to corporate conferences to bring in more people and foster stronger community bonds among attendees.

Sharethebus is connected to a strong supplier network of bus companies across North America, whose buses spend an estimated 70% of their lifespan unused. These companies are eager to make their fleets more efficient and become more accessible and appreciated by a new generation of consumers. With its partners, Sharethebus has redesigned the entire customer journey from booking a bus online, to managing passengers, schedules, payments, and improving on a trip’s execution.

In just 12 months of operations, Sharethebus has moved more than 50,000 people across 1,000 bus trips, and served more than 200 North American cities. Since launch, Sharethebus has maintained 25% month-over-month growth and worked in collaboration with large event partners including music festivals, colleges, student associations, and conferences.

Sharethebus was founded in by Wolf Kohlberg and Kyle Boulay. Wolf is a bus industry expert who founded a travel agency at 16 in Germany where he organized thousands of bus trips. After moving to North America, he partnered with Kyle Boulay, a designer turned developer who had built strong friendships on past bus trips to music events and was frustrated by the lack of simple solutions for organizing more.

Read more about Sharethebus in Betakit and TechVibes.

PaveIQ (YC W16) Takes the Technical Work Out of Google Analytics

Google Analytics can be confusing for small and medium-sized businesses without a dedicated analytics team. Often times non-technical users are overwhelmed with their dashboard and have no idea of what it all means. Moreover, tracking critical things like conversions require technical support. As a result, companies struggle and give up or end up losing money on ineffective marketing strategies.

PaveIQ is a company launching out of our current Winter 2016 class that helps businesses make the most out of Google Analytics. Frustrated with setting up analytics for his own website, ex-Googler Jash Patel started PaveIQ along with his co-founder Eric Ho.

To make things easy, PaveIQ sets up Google Analytics, analyzes the data, and returns specific insights designed to increase revenue and improve marketing strategies. These reports inform users which marketing and advertising efforts are working, which are not working, and ways to improve.

Current analytics solutions available are only built for technical users but PaveIQ does all the legwork with just a few buttons, removing any need for technical knowledge or support. Business plans start at $49/month.

Learn more about PaveIQ here.

DeepGram (YC W16) is Building a Google for Audio


Call centers in the United States generate more than a billion hours of phone audio every year, at a cost of over $10 billion. Despite this huge investment, less than 25% of this audio is currently made searchable or analyzed.  Other industries, such as legal discovery and sales, also have large amounts of neglected but valuable audio content.

DeepGram is a company launching out of our Winter 2016 class that uses deep learning to index audio and make it searchable for businesses. For example, a company can use DeepGram to analyze their phone support audio dataset and search for moments where their competitors' names are mentioned.

DeepGram has been made possible thanks to the convergence of several relatively recent technical developments: Cloud storage has enabled companies to store their recorded audio cheaply; and advanced GPUs have allowed deep learning to mature, so that it's now possible to build deep neural networks that can capture the complexity of speech.

Speech search is also motivated by market factors. There has been a structural change in phone support from on-site employees to a distributed workforce which makes quality assurance more challenging. Businesses are focusing more on data and analytics, and they want actionable insight from their information-rich audio datasets.

The status quo approach to the audio search problem is to use speech recognition to create a transcript of the audio, and then use a conventional text search to search the transcript. But the inevitable errors in the computerized transcript make this work poorly. DeepGram is far more accurate and efficient: For example, in the image above, DeepGram correctly identifies the word "turbine" where the speech transcript misreads it as "turban."

DeepGram was founded by two particle physicists searching for dark matter. The idea for the audio search engine came from a weekend project of theirs, to record all the audio in a person’s life 24/7. But with so much audio data, it was impossible to find and recall certain moments, and they couldn’t find a search engine that worked well with speech. So, they built an AI-based index and fuzzy search, making their recorded audio accurately and easily searchable. They realized the search engine would be even more useful for businesses with large amounts of audio -- and DeepGram was born.

Businesses can sign up and start using DeepGram now at www.deepgram.com.