Roboflow accepted into Y Combinator’s Summer 2020 Batch

For the past year, Roboflow, a Des Moines-based tech startup, has been providing software engineers with the tools needed to use computer vision.

The company’s platform has quickly become popular since launching just last year. Since its launch in August 2019, more than 7,000 developers have used Roboflow.

“We’ve had a Fortune 50 company use us for monitoring their oil and gas pipeline, and identify leaks before they happen,” said Joseph Nelson, co-founder of Roboflow. “And then we’ve had students build hobbyist apps like identifying fish populations and fish counts when a new dam was installed so they could make sure environmental regulations were followed in their given county.”

“It’s interesting to have this product that’s applicable from a high school student in California all the way up to some of the world’s biggest companies,” said Dwyer, co-founder of Roboflow.

The company now has three full-time employees, having hired Jacob Solawetz as a machine learning engineer in May.

Getting accepted into Y Combinator

This summer, the company was accepted into Y Combinator’s (YC) 2020 Summer Batch. The Summer 2020 batch of companies was the first fully remote cohort, with the ongoing pandemic leading the YC accelerator to take its program entirely virtual.

“We’ve been kind of running full steam ahead for the last several months, just trying to make as much progress as we can before we get our big chance to present to all the investors in Silicon Valley,” said Dwyer.

“Simply bring together a group of ambitious types that are regularly sharing their progress on a weekly cadence really just causes a clockwork increase in what you realize you can do in a short period of time,” said Nelson about YC.

Looking forward, the company plans to continue to add new tools and features that will allow software engineers to more easily embed Roboflow into their applications.

“Empowering software engineers to use computer vision actually creates new markets and things we couldn’t anticipate,” said Nelson. “The 7,000 use cases that have happened across the platform are diverse, sparse, and exciting and things we couldn’t imagine.”

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