Last week was Demo Day for Y-Combinator's summer batch of startups.
For those not familar with Y-Combinator, it's the most successful startup accelerator in the U.S. According to their website, since 2005 over 700 startups have gone through their program and today these firms have a combined market valuation of over $30 billion.
Well known grads include Dropbox, Airbnb and Reddit. Only 3% of the startups that apply to their program are accepted.
The program lasts 3 months and culminates with Demo Day, when the 70 or so participating startups each get 2.5 minutes to pitch their companies to potential investors.
A wide variety of startups are chosen to be in the Y-Combinator program, everything from biotech to Internet apps to even a couple of companies working on nuclear energy.
This summer's class included quite a few companies focused on independent workers. There were a number of online talent marketplaces as well as several firms focusing on services for independent workers.
Bayes Impact - marketplace linking data scientists to non-profits
Bannerman - marketplace for bouncers and security guards
Lawn Love - marketplace to hire lawn care professionals
Unwind Me - marketplace for massage professionals
Traction - marketplace connecting freelance marketers to brands
Zen99 - provides HR support for freelancers
Tiempo Labs - provides invoicing and time management solutions for freelancers
This much attention from Y-Combinator is a clear signal that Silicon Valley believes the economy is shifting towards more independent workers.