Justin.tv API Hack Day at YC: 9/5

Can you find the median of two sorted lists of cocktail weenies in O(log(n))? If the answer is yes and you live in the Bay Area, then you should join us Saturday, September 5th from 12 - 9pm at the Y Combinator offices for our Official Justin.tv API Hack day!

We're hosting this hack day so that you can get a chance to work directly with our API Developers on your Justin.tv app and get a great feel for the API. Rest assured, there will be plenty of programmer fuel on board and four $300 Amazon gift cards will be awarded to the best use of the API.

So just head over to our Event page and register with us before 11:59PM on August 31st and we'll see you and your creative juices at the Y Combinator offices for some Hack Day Awesomeness.


 

Speaking at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend

 

Women 2.0 joins forces with Startup Weekend this August 28th - 30th, 2009! We provide the space and brain fuel — you bring the energy and innovation to build something big over the weekend. Sign up now for your spot at Startup Weekend!

 

 

I'm so excited to be part of a panel that helps kick off the Women 2.0 Startup Weekend on Friday night in SF! The weekend sounds like fun and these sorts of events are a great way to meet fellow founders. If you are thinking of applying to YC, please be sure to say hello.

YC Demo Day(s)

Demo Day was last week! This was the ninth time and it was probably the best yet. Noticeable differences were the decrease in attendee "drop-offs" and the number of investors who stayed afterward talking to the founders. I think there were about 200 investors who attended over the two days. That's just about the capacity of our space so we may need to switch to three days this winter, because I don't like having to turn people away.

Because there were so many startups presenting this time, we cut the demos down to 4 minutes. It actually worked well-- there was no one who couldn't explain what they were doing in 4 minutes and the investors seemed to like the new format a lot. Everyone did a great job presenting, too.

Here are some photos shared on FanChatter: http://demoday.fanchatter.com/

Picwing (YC S08) and the importance of print photos

"Memory is pretty visual to me, and photography is kind of a way to freeze in time the memories you may have of something," explained Edward Kim, co-founder of Picwing as he took me on a photo-shoot through his neighborhood near Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco.  "You can always look back at old photos and relive those moments from the past, like going to Disneyland with your family when you were young."

Enrique Rodriguez, co-founder of Picwing explained that there's something special about receiving a real physical print as a opposed to a digital email version of a photo.  People take time to select the right photo they want to print for that exact reason.

full article at vator.tv

FlightCaster: How to Get Early Notification on Flight Delays - The Middle Seat Terminal - WSJ

By WSJ Staff

WSJ reporter Sarah Nassauer writes:

Sitting at a boarding gate, watching a storm roll in, waiting to take off in a plane that hasn’t yet arrived from its previous destination, knowing that the airline’s promise of a ’15 min delay’ is only taunting you, can make one feel pretty helpless.

A new company launched this week aims to give fliers a heads up on flight delays long before the airline themselves makes an announcement, hoping that frequent fliers can know to rebook flights earlier and occasional fliers can know if they will be home for dinner.

FlightCaster Inc. aims to predict the likelihood of a flight arrival delay up to six hours before airlines notify passengers by crunching data on weather, a flight’s prior inbound airplane’s status, FAA updates, historical data and other information.

With flight number in hand, the predictions are free on the company’s Web site. Or get the information on iPhones or Blackberrys for a $9.99 fee (discounted to $4.99 through Aug. 20, today).

Evan Konwiser, a co-founder at FlightCaster says the company’s early internal data shows predictions on major delays — over an hour — are accurate about 85% of the time, with accuracy getting better closer to departure time. The company plans to release more data on accuracy in the coming week, he says.

The fact that airlines only tell flyers about a delay once they’re 100% sure to happen makes FlightCaster useful, says Mr. Konwiser. For frequent travelers on the company’s dime he hopes they use the earlier predictions to decided, “should I fly today or get into a train today when getting in cab from client’s office.”

There are ways the savviest travelers already do some of this without a tool like FlightCaster.
To start, airlines and many travel sites like Orbitz.com or TripIt.com offer to send out flight delay alerts by email, text message or phone call.

Flyers can track airports with flight delays on Web sites like the Federal Aviation Authorities Flight Delay Information site.

But the real sleuths track planes before they arrive for departure. If your plane hasn’t yet left Chicago, you probably aren’t taking it from Miami to New York anytime soon. Check the arrival board at the airport to get the inbound flight’s number or call the airline.

Then you can track that flight on an airline’s own Web sites or other flight tracking services like FlightStats or Flight Aware.

At least one airline has started providing similar information as part of its flight status alert tool. Continental Airlines shows where a departure aircraft is coming from, gives that flight’s number, and allows flyer to check the status of that flight on their Web site and in the flight status mobile application.

For now, FlightCaster can only be used for U.S. flights, but the company hopes to add international capability and information on available alternative flights in the future.

JobSpice: The Solution to Your Resumé Nightmare

Every idea has its time, and with the unemployment rate rising, JobSpice is right on schedule. Think of it as Google Docs for your resumé: it's an online service that makes creating and distributing resumes easy, without the hassle of cutting, pasting and tabbing yourself to death in Microsoft Word. Simply plug in your work and education info, and it will let you choose from a litany of pre-made templates; better yet, it won't lose your formatting if you submit the document online, and it makes tracking different versions of your resumé easy.

JobSpice