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My Favorite Companies to Watch Out for from YC W19

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It is a marketplace to connect home chefs with nearby customers.
Why I found it interesting - This is model is interesting because it is unlocking previously non-existent supply of food. Home chefs with excess capacity (groceries, time) can now monetize their kitchen without much of the overhead costs in a traditional restaurant. This means that not only is this marketplace increasing supply but also driving down food delivery costs.
It provides non-dilutive capital to emerging e-commerce brands and takes a % of their sales.
Why I found it interesting - I am a big fan of exploring alternative capital investment models. A lot of startups raise big $$$ and end up spending a large % of that money towards paid campaigns and customer acquisition. Basically, this means selling your equity to acquire new customers. This new model, recently popularized by Clearbanc,
lets founders get cash for marketing without selling equity in return for a revshare. I recently read somewhere that if you are confident in yourself, debt/rev share is cheaper than selling equity and Woke lets e-commerce brands do just that.
A creative studio to develop immersive interactive films
Why I found it interesting - Anyone who has met me/spoken to me on the phone knows I am extremely passionate about interactive media. I envision a future where media content like TV shows and movies are extremely interactive and immersive, letting users control story arcs, characters, and even camera angles in real time. Recently, Netflix launched a choose-your-own-adventure show Bandersnatch (and have another one with Bear Gryllis in the works). RCT Studio lets you create such interactive, immersive experiences using a real-time text to render engine which can analyze scripts, storylines, characters, and arcs to generate infinite choices and possibilities for scenes.
It combines travel planning tools in a simple Google Docs-like interface to provide a single trip dashboard for easier planning and collaboration.
Why I found it interesting - Travel planning is a massive pain. As the industry is becoming more vertical and segmented, the number of tools we use to prepare/plan the trip is ever increasing - check 5 websites for cheap plane tickets, hotel aggregators, individual hotel websites, and airbnb for accommodation, Yelp for food choices and places to go and so on and so forth. Travel Chime is simplifying the process and making it more delightful. Not entirely sure about their business model (and its potential scalability) but I am excited to use the product.
It is a bespoke launch system to carry small satellites into orbit.
Why I found it interesting - Launching a small satellite can cost anywhere between $10 million and $400 million. Loonify is using commercially available hardware to build stratospheric balloons to ensure lowest cost per kg for payload and zero in-atmosphere emissions.
It is a electric scooter rental company
Why I found it interesting - With the rise of scooters, an interesting new 'subculture' emerged - stealing/hacking scooters and converting them into personal vehicles. Legal and moral implications aside - this shows a consumer demand for ownership and long(er) term rentals instead of just renting for a ride. Unicorn lets you rent it for $50/mo which comes out to $1.67/day for unlimited rides - WAYYY cheaper alternative for regular riders.
It is building a flying motorcycle that can go from SF to MV in 10 mins
Why I found it interesting - It is a flying motorcycle. Enough said.
Honorable Mentions
It lets companies and their employees customize their office perks
It is a live online sales academy that is free upfront and ISA after getting a job

It helps customers create modern mobile apps using a simple google sheets backend


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