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Plasticity wants to help chatbots seem less robotic

 Y Combinator backed Plasticity is tackling the problem of getting software systems to better understand text, using deep learning models trained to understand what they’re reading on Wikipedia articles — and offering an API for developers to enhance their own interfaces. Read More

Lambda School aims to cash in by upskilling untapped talent

 As the saying goes, the future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed. Also not evenly distributed: Access to the expensive education typically needed to stand a chance of obtaining one of the jobs of the future. Y Combinator backed Lambda School is hoping to change this, with a new approach to funding higher education. Read More

Honeydue is a money management app for couples

 Honeydue is a mobile app that aims to reduce money-related arguments between couples by offering tools to share information on respective account balances and spending.  Read More

Escher Reality is building the backend for cross-platform mobile AR

 Y Combinator-backed, MIT spin-out Escher Reality is building a cross-platform toolkit and custom backend for mobile AR developers — aiming to lower the barrier to entry to building “compelling experiences”. Read More

YC-backed Muzmatch definitely doesn’t want to be Tinder for Muslims

 Don’t describe YC-backed Muzmatch’s dating app as a ‘Tinder for Muslims’. Co-founders Shahzad Younas and Ryan Brodie are very clear about what sets their target audience apart from the casual dating/hook-up crowd: a genuine intent to find a partner in order to get married.  Read More

Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky and Airbnb growth lead Gustaf Alstromer join Y Combinator

 Y Combinator is officially adding three new team members to its roster this morning. Gustaf Alstromer, formerly product leader of Airbnb’s growth team, is joining YC as a partner. Meanwhile Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky is taking a visiting partner role and Jocelyn Robancho is coming on board to assist with organizing YC’s startup batches. Though Alstromer and Migicovsky… Read More