Company Launch

bxblue Is the Only Marketplace for Payroll-Secured Loans in Brazil

Before bxblue, Brazilians who wanted a payroll-secured loan had to talk to bank agencies or count on freelance street brokers who often directed them to loans that paid the agent the highest commission. bxblue is taking a shady offline practice and replacing it with a transparent online marketplace.

CocuSocial Is a Marketplace for Cooking Classes That Are Hosted at Restaurants and Hotels (YC S17)

Traditional cooking classes are expensive and intensive, but CocuSocial wants to make them affordable, easy to access and fun. In one year, CocuSocial has become the largest cooking class provider in New York City. You can learn more on TechCrunch, Product Hunt, and Hacker News.

Audm Brings You Longform Magazine Articles in Audio Form, Read Aloud by the World’s Top Narrators (YC S17)

As more of the world falls in love with digital audio, listeners will gravitate toward the best storytelling. But many of the best storytellers aren’t all making podcasts — they’re writing for The Atlantic, WIRED, Esquire, BuzzFeed News, The Daily Beast, Foreign Policy, and Audm’s two dozen other partners. Audm is eliminating the gap between writing for the printed page and reaching the exploding digital audio market.

HealthWiz Lowers Employers’ Healthcare Costs by Guiding Employees Through Their Healthcare Decisions (YC S17)

Health Wiz brings transparency and information to a messy healthcare system that allows employees to better navigate their benefits, resulting in less wasted spend and a faster return to health. They are rolling out three paying customers in August have a waitlist of additional customers that will launch in the fall.

PAYFAZZ Is Building Mobile Banking and Payment for Indonesia’s Unbanked (YC S17)

64% of Indonesia’s population is unbanked — that represents 120 million adults and 80 million children. Yet, half of the adult unbanked population in Indonesia currently have a smartphone. With PAYFAZZ any Indonesian with a smartphone can get access to mobile banking.

Muzmatch Is the Place Where 400 Million Single Muslims Can Meet (YC S17)

Marriage is central to many Muslims’ upbringings yet ethnic, family, and religious pressures make this a difficult search. Muzmatch offers: chaperones in keeping with Islamic tradition, full privacy, fully verification and relevant search filters. Learn more on Product Hunt and Hacker News.

Dropleaf Is a Subscription Service for All-You-Can-Play Indie PC Games (YC S17)

Dropleaf helps players discover games that they can connect with and help developers grow their audience, and business. They’re launching with 41 games (adding 10-20 per month) and an initial price point of 4.99/month. You can sign up, download the client, install some games and get playing!

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