Crowdtilt (YC W12) raises $750K for Soylent and many others: Open source crowd funding with no restrictions

Crowdtilt has been busy this summer, and details its latest on its blog

It’s been a crazy early summer here at the Crowdtilt office in San Francisco: the first political candidate on Crowdtilt kicked off his campaign for Mayor of Oakland in 24 hours yesterday (“Tilt Oakland Forward”), Microsoft launched a high-concept store built on our API a few days prior, and we debuted Crowdhoster’s first few projects over the last month. The nutritional drink Soylent just raised $750,000 in under a month (ending later today), and the classic blogging platform Xanga is relaunching their site with funds raised through their crowdfunding effort.

Built on the Selfstarter project, Crowdhoster was created to be a free, open-source, no-code-needed way to launch a crowdfunding page for your project or objective. It’s customizable, host-able, and international, and we’ve been pushing updates to it when we have the time. Since Soylent launched using the platform 30 days ago, we’ve had over 1,300 project creators request access to use it! We still view Crowdhoster as a side project, but because of the initial success and subsequent interest we’ve received, we’ve dedicated a few more resources to kicking it up a notch.

During this beta period of opening up Crowdhoster more and more, we will continue to have *no* restrictions on project types… You can use it for a hardware/software project, a food project, an international project, community cause, or for a concert or large-scale event. We’ll send out a short form next week to help us speed up the queue.

In addition, the team is announcing Bitcoin support (via Coinbase), full theme support (see Punisher theme above), international payout support, and new docs on how to get Crowdhoster running yourself.

Crowdfunding projects also need ongoing support, and that's where YC startup Backerkit is coming in — it now works with Crowdhoster to provide an ongoing website for support and sales for successful campaigns. 

All in all, a busy summer for a team fresh off their $12M round from Andreessen Horowitz and Sean Parker

Kippt (YC S12) launches Inc, the way companies can build their own private knowledge base

As posted to the Kippt blog

Our new product, Inc, is built for those companies and teams.

You can share links to your team, make notes (ideas, memos or questions) and discuss about important files. Inc ends up as your private company knowledge base, where ideas, discussions and decisions are archived in one place. And everything is searchable.

If you want to join companies that communicate better, and get rid of annoying company wide email spam or dead “company social networks”, join Inc today with your Google Apps or company email.

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Firebase (YC S11) raises $5.6M Series A from Union Square Ventures and Flybridge

Great news from the Firebase blog today:

We’re thrilled to announce our Series A today!

Firebase exists to help developers build extraordinary experiences. Every day we’re inspired by the things you build, from video sharing services to business collaboration tools to disaster simulation software. This new investment lets us pursue this mission even faster, and it provides the solid financial footing we need to ensure we’ll be around in the long term.

This raise would not have been possible without the amazing people on our team. Firebase would not be here if it weren’t for their dedication and truly excellent work.

Chip Hazard from Flybridge and Albert Wenger from USV will be joining our board. They both bring deep expertise building companies with developer-facing products. Both Chip and Albert sit on the board of 10gen, the makers of MongoDB, and between the two of them they bring experience from Twilio, Crashlytics, and many more.

Videopixie (YC S11) launches the easiest way to create beautiful videos with the help of pro video editors

There are tons of raw video footage out there: Videos taken on vacation or school trips, videos of friends and family, videos taken to show off new restaurants and boutiques. And every day there’s more. But the problem of editing that footage is a problem. For as many of us as there are who like to shoot video, very few of us know how to edit it.

That’s a problem Videopixie is trying to solve, by creating a marketplace devoted entirely to connecting users who have video with those who can edit it. By doing so, it’s providing a way for anyone to have beautiful videos created out of raw footage from professional video editors and animators.

Read the full article on Techcrunch

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Homejoy (YC S10) launches home cleaning as a perk for your employees

As startups compete for the best talent,Homejoy is announcing a way for companies to offer employees an additional perk — a clean home.

Home cleanings may not be a standard perk yet, but they’re not an entirely new idea, either. Last fall, The New York Times wrote that in Silicon Valley, “the employee perk is moving from the office to the home,” with both Evernote and the Stanford School of Medicine experimenting with offering housecleaning to their employees. That can be especially appealing when startups ask teams to work long hours, so they don’t have time to clean their homes themselves.

Read the full article at Techcrunch (YC S12) raises $1.8M from Andreessen Horowitz and Highland Capital Partners, rebrands as Ink, the Y Combinator-backed “filesystem as a service,” is today rebranding itself as “Ink File Picker,” a name that, CEO Brett van Zuiden explains, stands for something much larger than the former, more product-focused title. In addition, the company is announcing a $1.8 million seed round of funding, led by Andreessen Horowitz andHighland Capital Partners.

Others in the round included SV Angel, Google board member Ram ShriramGeoff Ralston (La La Media), Aaron Iba (Y Combinator), Pejman Nozad (Amidzad), Facebook VP of Business Development and Monetization Dan RoseUllas Naik (Streamlined Ventures), Hamid Barkhordar, Bobby Yazdani (Saba Software), Niall Browne (Workday), and Data Collective.

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Priceonomics (YC W12) discovers Airbnb lets travellers save up 49.5% on average over hotels nationwide

Whenever we travel, our preference is to stay at an Airbnb instead of a hotel. For those of you unfamiliar with Airbnb, it’s a website that lets travelers stay at apartments they rent from hosts. Sometimes you rent the whole apartment, sometimes just a private room in the host’s home.

Arguably, the experience of staying at an Airbnb is better than staying at a hotel. (But really that’s a matter of personal preference.) At an Airbnb, you get access to a kitchen, you can stay in a neighborhood with character (hotels tend to congregate around touristy areas), and you can stay at some pretty unique places.

But is it actually less expensive to stay at an Airbnb than a hotel? Can you rent an entire apartment for less than the cost of a hotel? We suspected that Airbnb rentals are less expensive than hotels, but are they really?

So, we decide to find out. We looked at every major city in America and compared the cost of a hotel to the cost of renting an apartment on Airbnb. We discovered that Airbnb apartment rentals cost 21.2% less than staying at a hotel. And if you’re on a budget, you can save 49.5% if you decide to stay in a private room at a host’s house instead of staying in a hotel.

Read the full article at Priceonomics

Binary (YC W11) launches the easiest way to code on an iPad

Writing code on an iPad is a seductive idea with a lot of technical hurdles. That’s why developer/entrepreneur/Y Combinator alumnus Darshan Shankar created Binary, an iPad app that lets you write, test, and run code from just about anywhere.

“This means instead of carrying laptops around, a developer could write an app, test it, and deploy it — all from the iPad,” Shankar explained to VentureBeat via email.

Binary also features tabs, themes, syntax highlighting, and all the handy code editor/IDE features you love so well.

“I use a Bluetooth keyboard with it and do most of my development on the iPad now,” said Shankar. “With Binary, you can write any app — a website, Node.js server, Python server, an iPhone app — anything!”

Read the full article at VentureBeat