by Y Combinator3/16/2019
Shipper is on a mission to invent a new standard for online shipping in Indonesia. They have assembled the largest asset-light delivery network with 200+ logistics partners to make shipping simple, reliable, and cost effective. With over 17,000 islands, 2,500 logistics providers, and a fast growing e-commerce market, Indonesia is one of the most challenging markets to build a great online shipping experience and Shipper is primed to be a part of the solution.
Nabis is a leading distributor of cannabis brands to retail dispensaries. They’ve built one of the first logistics software platforms in the industry to help scale 35 of the largest brands in California, and currently ship their products to nearly 90% of retailers in the state. Nabis founders Vince Ning and Jun Lee were previously engineers at Microsoft and Facebook, and Vince is a 2nd time YC founder whose last startup was acquired by Amazon. Nabis has raised $2.5M in seed funding from Y Combinator, Babel Ventures, Soma Capital, Liquid 2 Ventures, Clark Valberg, and other YC alumni.
Pulse Active Stations is a connected network of smart health kiosks in India. In just one year, over 150,000 people have paid to test their vital signs like heart rate, BMI, body composition and other vitals at their kiosks. They’re growing organically at 30% month over month. The majority of Indians do not have access to adequate healthcare. By locating Pulse kiosks in public spaces like train stations and malls, Pulse Active Stations is the first point of contact that 1.4bn Indians will have with healthcare services.
XGenomes is developing technology to read DNA sequence information, with 1000x better accuracy and 10x lower cost than existing technology. This is central to research and development, industrial biotechnology, ancestry, and a growing number of clinical applications, like prenatal genetic testing and cancer mutation detection. The technology that is pervasive today requires complex preparation steps that reduce sensitivity and accuracy, and do not capture the full breadth of the encoded information. XGenomes sequences directly on unprocessed single molecules of DNA, which reduces time, effort, and expense, and provides extremely long reads that capture the structural organization of chromosomes. Today, only 0.007% of the world’s population has been sequenced. XGenomes imagines a future where all life forms are sequenced and every person is sequenced many times in their lifetime. Read more about XGenomes in TechCrunch.
Portal Entryways upgrades handicap accessible doors so they can be opened, hands-free, by any smartphone. Existing solutions for handicap doors, like buttons, are inaccessible because they don’t accommodate the unique physical needs for over 30 million people in the US with mobility disabilities. The Portal Entryways app automatically opens doors installed with a Portal receiver when users approach. Current customers are universities and other campuses that have a large number of handicap accessible doors, including the largest university in Utah. With 12 facilities installed since launch in September and 250 more devices to be deployed by the end of February, Portal Entryways aims to be the new standard for handicap accessible entryways for the roughly 25 million motorized doors in the US. Read more about Portal Entryways in TechCrunch.
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