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NameWebsiteCause / impact mechanismWhat they doFounder 1 backgroundFounder 2 backgroundFounder 3 background
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Segoviahttp://www.thesegovia.com/PovertyPayment systems for developing world, founded by GiveDirectly peopleMichael Faye: Cofounder and Exec chariman of GiveDirectly, enterprise tech at McKinsey, UN Millenium Project, PhD Busiess EconomicsPaul Niehaus: cofounder givedirectly, ass prof economics, reseaercher at JPAL and other orgs, anti-corruption specialist
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Talahttp://tala.co/PovertyCredit via mobile
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RML Information Serviceshttp://www.rmlglobal.com/PovertyAgricultural information for poor farmers
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Bayes Impacthttp://www.bayesimpact.org/MultipleData science for goodPaul Duan: Datascientist at eventbrite, studied applied math, economics, and CSEric Liu: Business degree, worked in VCAndrew Jiang ahd been working with City of New York implementing civic solutions and recognized big gap between what tech companies are using and what's availabel to civic orgs. They brought together a bunch of data scientists to work on important problems.
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Google.orghttp://google.org/MultipleGoogle's philanthropy projects arm
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watsihttps://watsi.org/Global healthDirectly fund healthcare for peopleChase Adam: private sector intelligence, national health program in Haiti, peace corps in costa ricaJesse Cooke: Technology consultant for various big clients
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Wikihousehttp://www.wikihouse.cc/Housingopen source building system
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Sendwavehttps://www.sendwave.com/PovertyNo-fee transfers from US and Canada to africa for remittancesLincoln Quirk: CS, game development, founded news aggregation web appDrew Durbin: Economics and environmental studies undergrad followed by several startups (developing world solar, cart for developing world people to transport goods better)
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Spacexhttp://www.spacex.com/Global catastropic risksAims to make humanity multi-planetary
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Tesla motorshttps://www.teslamotors.comClimate changeelectric cars, better batteries
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Solar Cityhttp://www.solarcity.com/Climate changesolar panels
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One Laptop Per Childhttp://one.laptop.org/developing world educationNicholas Negroponte: co-founder and director of MIT Media Lab and prof of media technology
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Gram Powerhttp://www.grampower.com/about-us/developing world energysmart meters to detect electrical system tampering and theftYashraj Kaitan: solar cells, cube satelitesJacob Dickinson: embedded system design, electronics
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Pagahttps://www.mypaga.comdeveloping world financemobile payment systemTaya Oviosu: technology private equity, deloitte technology consultant, software engineeringJay Alabraba: M&A, program manager at microsoft, various project management, BS in electrical and computer engineering, MBA
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Enezahttp://enezaeducation.com/developing world educationonline coursesKago Kagichiri: Software developer, previously founded a previous tech consultancyToni Maraviglia: teacher, previous education company
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GiveDirectlyhttps://www.givedirectly.org/povertycash transfers to poor families in east africa, they use mobile money systems to do the transfersMichael Faye: Cofounder and Exec chariman of GiveDirectly, enterprise tech at McKinsey, UN Millenium Project, PhD Busiess Economics
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bKashhttp://www.bkash.com/povertydigital payments, has funding from Gates Foundation
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Premisehttp://www.premise.com/prediction?, economic development?They have local people in developing countries collecting data on prices of goods using their smartphones

Related paper using their data: http://www.jblumenstock.com/files/papers/jblumenstock_dev2015.pdf
David Soloff: capital markets, data infrastructure, startups, quant modelling, product design, strategyGregory Smirin: VC analyst, COO of climate corporation, senior leadership at various tech companies
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Epidemicohttp://epidemico.com/global health, pandemic riskJohn Brownstein: Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics, Chief Innovation Officer of Boston Children's Hospital, developed HealthMap.org, Yale epidemiology
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Bluedothttp://bluedot.global/global health, pandemic riskKamran Khan: Infectious disease physician and associate prof of medicine in infectious diseases.
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Digital Therapeuticshttp://www.digithera.co/cbt, health, mobile
Seems like a promising approach for many things
Yusuf Sherwani: med student, management graduate, serial tech entrepreneur
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Alice.sihttp://alice.si/incentives for social impactBlockchain based philanthropy where donors only pay for results
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Project Tidehttp://projecttide.co.uk/Diagnostic devices for the developing worldTB diagnosis for resource-poor areas"Each team member has a wealth of digital health experience. Cyan is founder of the digital healthcare agency Incuna, whose product – Incuna ePatient – is a framework for building patient adherence apps, and is used by thousands of patients across the world to track their conditions; he has also worked closely with the University of Oxford, to design and build The Global Health Network, the world’s largest online community of clinical trial professionals. Matthew is a cross-disciplinary software developer specialising in digital signal processing, he has previously worked at medical device manufacturer, Oxford Instruments. Anant is a scientist by training and has been working across Europe with healthcare payers and providers for the past four years to help them design and implement high value healthcare systems; he is co-founder of the Value Based Healthcare Programme at the University of Oxford. We are also working in close collaboration with Dr. Stephen Lawn at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who is a global expert on Tuberculosis diagnostics." -- https://bethnalgreenventures.com/2015/09/01/startup-profile-project-tide/
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Quit Geniushttp://www.quitgenius.com/Stop smokingCould be very effective, cheap, easily scalable/portableSee digital therapeutics
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Crowd Sciencehttps://crowd.science/Crowdfunded scienceNatalie Jonk: Studied a variety of sciences at university
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Amikohttp://amiko.io/Quantified medicine
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mOmhttp://www.momincubators.com/Medical devicesNeonatal care is a big deal, this could be quite important
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MARK labshttps://www.marklabs.coIncentives for social impactBetter communication of non-profit impact data. Unclear whether this is useful, somewhat depends on how they understand "impact"Kevin Barrow: Said Business School, strategy consultantSamir Seetal: web and mobile developer, MBA
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Sunfunderhttps://sunfunder.com/Developing world energyfinancing off-grid solarRyan Levinson: environmental finance at wells fargo, whole career in clean energyAudrey Desiderato: Modelling clean energy projects for GI Energy, market research for impact investor,
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AccuRx
http://www.accurx.com/
Antimicrobial resistance
tackling antibiotic resistance through helping clinicians make better decisions with antibiotics. EF company
Jacob Haddad: Oxford engineering, economics, and management, Imperial MSc Health Policy, healthcare consultant
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Medisieve
http://www.medisieve.com/
Disease treatmentnon-drug malaria treatment (good for antimalarial resistance?)George Frodsham: PhD biochemical engineering, physicist and engineer, entrepreneurship summer school
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Avalon AIhttp://avalonai.strikingly.com/Medical devicesdetecting dementiaOlivier van den Biggelaar: ML PhDAlejandro Grabovetsky: Cognitive neuroscientist post-doc. Neuroimaging tools
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Stemcentrxhttp://www.stemcentrx.com/Disease treatmentcancer treatment. founders fund companyBrian Slingerland: Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, co-founded boutique merchant bank, finance degreeScott Dylla: PhD cancer biology and immunology. Recognized for oustanding research in stem cell biologyDan Reiner: founder and investor of lots of companies in lots of technical sectors. Grad studies in genetics and biochemistry
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Emerald Cloud Labhttp://emeraldtherapeutics.org/improving scienceremotely execute bio experiments founders fund companyDJ: Organic Chemistry PhD stanfordBrian: Physical Chemistry PhD
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Researchgatehttps://www.researchgate.net/improving sciencediscover research. founders fund companyIjad Madisch: MD, PhD, cell biology, immunology, virologySoren Hofmayer: Infectious diseases, virology, immunologyHorst Fickenscher: applied maths, software engineering, networks
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DynamiCare HealthDisease treatmentsubstance addiction treatmentEric Gastfriend: Harvard MBA, programmer, managed cloud gaming tech startup. Father is an addiction specialist
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Gilead Life SciencesDisease treatmentAnti-viral drug development for important diseasesMichael Riordan: Doctor, Harvard MBA, together with a bunch of medical research academics
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Airbnb
Large-scale consumer surplus
Consumer surplus, to worldwide customers (somewhat poorer than normal YC company)Joe Gebbia: RISD graduate (design), other entrepreneurial projectsBrian Chesky: RISD Industrial DesignNathan Blecharczyk: CS, software engineering, other entrepreneurship
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23andmeImproving medical researchExternality of improved medical research because of the data setLinda Avey: BA biology, 20 years in sales and BD for biopharmaceuticals. Developed research programmes for a couple of pharma companiesPaul Cusenza: Various big business senior jobsAnne Wojcicki: Healthcare consultant at investment fund, healthcare investment analyst, medical research, former wife of google co-founder Sergey Brin
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Oolu Solarhttp://www.oolusolar.com/Developing-world energySolar nanogrid (I think)Nilmi Senaratna: UNEP, Canada International development agency, int dev project implementationDaniel Rosa: international relations, nonprofits, energy researchVincenzo: Master in Sustainable Energy Eng and Entrepreneurship, last-mile solar distribution in africa, solar mobile money payments
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Helion energyhttp://www.helionenergy.com/Clean energynuclear fusion
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Beyond MeatAnimal product alternativesplant-based meatEthan Brown: grew up on farm, masters in public policy, MBA, worked on clean energy.
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Memphis MeatsAnimal product alternativesin-vitro meatUma Valeti: Cardiologist, lots of entrepreneurship and investment experienceNicholas Genovese: Stem cell biologist, raised poultry, bioprocess technician, cancer biologyWill Clem: PhD biomedical engineering, bone engineering at orthpedic company, family owns chain of BBQ restaurants
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Clara foodsAnimal product alternativeseggs without chickens
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Perfect day foodshttp://www.perfectdayfoods.com/Animal product alternativesmilk without cows
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Miyokos Kitchenhttp://miyokoskitchen.com/Animal product alternativesPlant based food
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QuornAnimal product alternativesPlant-based meat
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Spartan Bio
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
DNA testing in a 10cm^3 cube
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Biomeme
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
Smartphone-based DNA detection
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Orphidiahttp://www.orphidia.com/
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
Test results from single drop of blood
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Seventh Sense Biosystems
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
blood collection without venipuncture
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Diseased Diagnostic Group
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
Malaria diagnosis
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Abaxis
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
point of care blood analysers
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Axela
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
protein, DNA, and RNA analysis
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BioHelix
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
nucleic acid diagnostics
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Cellabs
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
tropical disease diagnostics
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Daktari Diagnostics
http://daktaridx.com/
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
testing for various viruses, including Hepatitis C and HIV in both developing and developed world
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Diagnostics for All
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
diagnostic devices for the developing world
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Global Scientific Solutions for Health
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
consultancy for disease detection and testing networks
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BioFire
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
symptom-driven diagnostics
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InBios
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
immunodiagnostics for infectious diseases
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Alere
Diagnostic devices for the developing world, antimicrobial resistance
point of care molecular diagnostics, including HIV
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Microsens Biotechnologies
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
extraction of pathogens from various samples
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Omega Diagnostics Group
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
various point of care diagnostics
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Quanterix
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
immunodiagnostics
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Quidel
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
various diagnostics
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Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
various diagnostics
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Sierra Molecular
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
sample preservatives to avoid need for refrigeration
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SomaLogic
Diagnostic devices for the developing world
protein based diagnostics
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Lumina Care Solutionshttp://www.luminacaresolutions.com/better treatment of drug-resistant diseases, anti-drug resistance maybe?
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Psy Innovationshttp://psyinnovations.com/Mental healthAnxiety CBT app
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Bitscopichttp://bitscopic.com/Biosurveillance
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Veratecthttps://www.crunchbase.com/organization/veratect#/entityBiosurveillanceNow dead, apparently alerted WHO to swine flu epidemic in mexico
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Impossible foodsPlant-based meat
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Hypermindhttps://hypermind.com/hypermind/app.html?fwd=#welcomePrediction markets
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Augurhttps://www.augur.net/Prediction markets
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Transatomic Powerhttp://www.transatomicpower.com/clean energyImproved nuclear power
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Ginko Bioworkshttp://www.ginkgobioworks.com/??Custom microbe engineering with software and hardware automation
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Modern Meadowhttp://www.modernmeadow.com/Animal product alternativesBiofabricated leather
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Second Genomehttp://www.secondgenome.com/Disease treatmentMicrobome-based drug discovery
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World-wide antimalrial resistance networkwww.wwarn.orgAntimicrobial resistanceCollaboration tech for people working on antimalarial resistance
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Mozilla Science Labhttps://science.mozilla.org/Open scienceLab to push forward open science
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MIT Media Labhttps://www.media.mit.edu/
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Open Science Frameworkhttps://osf.io/Open scienceOpen workflow management for scientists
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Oxford NanoporeImproved basic bioscienceNext-gen sequencing
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IlluminaImproved basic bioscienceNext-gen sequencing
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KernelCognitive enhancementNeurtech for cognitive enhancement
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Aquion energyClean energyBetter batteries
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Spark TherapeuticsDisease treatmentGene therapy
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CellectisImproved basic bioscienceGene editing
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Intrexonhttps://www.dna.com/Synthetic biology for multiple applications, e.g. anti-zika mosquitos
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Veritas Geneticshttps://www.veritasgenetics.com/Personal whole-genome sequencing
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Seven Bridgeshttps://www.sevenbridges.com/Genomic data analysis
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Smarketshttps://smarkets.compredictionprediction marketsJason Trost: Software engineering and finance (trading systems)
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Desktop Geneticshttps://www.deskgen.com/landing/Victor Dillard: MPhil bioscience enterprise at cambridge. Chemical engineering undergrad. Worked at various big companiesEdward Perello: MPhil bioscience enterprise, BSc bioventinary sciences,
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Synthacehttp://www.synthace.com/Operating system for biologySean Ward: research asssocaite in bioinformatics. Co-Founder of Relatable an acoustic fingerprinting company, BSc in CS
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MadeByMedicshttp://www.madebymedics.com/improving healthcare by reducing human errorMichelle: Doctor
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Mendeleyhttps://www.mendeley.com/Tools for researchersPaul Foeckler: Compsci and business at uni, self-employed web developerVictor Henning: PhD social psychology and consumer researchJan Reichelt: dropped out of PhD in management information systems
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Sparrhohttps://www.sparrho.comTools for researchersfind papers, follow automated and curated feeds for particular topicsVivian Chan: PhD biochemistryNilu Satharasinghe: machine learning background
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