Y Combinator Demo Day: Meet the Copycat Class

By Maeghan Ouimet, inc.com:

The Silicon Valley incubator debuted its biggest and most selective class to date. The unofficial theme: Pick a successful business model and copy it.

Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator debuted its 15th class of start-ups Tuesday at the California History Museum in Mountain View, California. Calling it “the best class yet,” founder Paul Graham noted that it was the largest to date (75 companies) and also the most selective. But the most original? Not quite. If there was one theme in this summer’s class, it was this: Find a great business model and copy it.

Here are five start-ups that took the stage Tuesday with business models you might recognize:

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