Our focus at Dorm Room Fund is to make it easier for students to start building their startup while still in school. But more than just getting started, we aim to help student founders transition from the university ecosystem to the greater startup ecosystem. We do that by providing our students a strong network of founders, world-class mentors, and introductions to accelerators and investors who can offer more than money.
Y Combinator shares a similar goal of getting startups through the first phase, and it’s been awesome to see the impact they’ve had on many Dorm Room Fund startups to date.
This year, Y Combinator’s S17 batch includes 7 startups from the Dorm Room Fund community, representing the single largest group within YC. We can’t wait for these founders to present at Demo Day next week. Keep an eye out for these 7 startups and their incredible founders!
Millennials, especially those of color, lack a space to have thought-provoking discussions in a way that is more human and less hurtful, racist, sexist, and heteronormative. As a result, Brandon Hill (Stanford ‘16), Elizabeth Davis (Stanford ‘17), and Tremaine Kirkman (Stanford ’16) built Greo — a social video app for topic-based discussion.
The team is unlocking the power of self-expression by creating a new type of social network — one powered by video, designed for authenticity, and built for our generation.
HealthWiz guides cost-effective and convenient healthcare decisions. The two Nates — Nate Maslak (HBS ’17) and Nate Fox (HBS ’17) — are lowering employers’ healthcare costs while offering employees a benefit that helps them understand what’s wrong and how to quickly access the best treatments. Their healthcare concierge answers employees questions and makes the most of their existing healthcare benefits.
Understanding the value of residential property is a critical task for local governments. The valuations they produce inform the collection of a $225 billion tax base. Just Appraised uses Machine Learning to streamline residential property valuation for tax assessors and improve the efficiency and accuracy of the process. The team is composed of DRF alum, Imran Khoja (Stanford GSB ’17) and co-founder Travis Noll (Stanford GSB ‘17).
The Nimble team — Lauren Dachille (Stanford GSB ‘17), Jill Greenberg (Stanford GSB ‘18), Rebecca Odim (Stanford GSB ’17) — is helping school districts use data to make smarter teacher hiring decisions. Their applicant tracking tool links application data with readily available, measurable outcome data, creating an algorithm that predicts teacher performance and retention before point of hire. In short, Nimble shapes hiring decisions based on quality, not chance.
Understanding unstructured information is tough. Computers can’t yet comprehend language the way that humans can, and so automating human tasks and processing unstructured information are still lagging behind in progress. Ajay Patel (Penn ’17) & Alex Sands (Penn ’17) have built Plasticity to help computers understand language to build smarter AI. In doing so, they’re empowering developers everywhere by launching as an API.
Everyone learns differently. When it comes to learning how to code, two major problems exist — 1) education platforms are still optimized primarily for desktop despite emerging markets going mobile-first, and 2) these learning experiences are standardized and impersonal.
Derek Lo (Yale ’17) & William Murphy (Brown ’17) are building Py to solve these problems. The team has built a mobile-learning platform teaching people around the world how to code on the go with personalized, adaptive learning. They’ve already surpassed 100K downloads, and are on their way to teaching everyone how to code.
Totemic Labs is creating a hardware device to assist with looking after seniors so they can remain in the comfort of their own homes and their loved ones can have peace of mind about their well-being. Using wireless signals and sensor fusion, their system can detect activities and falls throughout a home without the user having to wear anything, charge anything, or have privacy invading cameras. Founded by DRF alum Neal Khosla (Stanford ‘15), Brad Eckert (MIT ‘15), and Kiran Joshi (Stanford PhD), Totemic tackles safety for the elderly.