Impraise (YC S14) Makes Workplace Performance Reviews Less Painful

Performance reviews are a hassle for everyone involved. Supervisors have to deal with an onslaught of paperwork and meetings, but employees who only get assessments once or twice a year can often feel as if they are working in a vacuum.

A startup called Impraise wants to change the way workplaces approach performance reviews. Part of Y Combinator’s latest batch, Impraise is an app that lets co-workers share feedback as often as needed.

Steffen Maier says that he and Impraise’s other co-founders, Bas Kohnke, Filipe Dobreira, and Arnaud Camus, were inspired to create Impraise because of the lack of feedback they received at their previous jobs.

Parenthoods (YC S14) Debuts A Mobile Social Network Just For Moms & Dads

Becoming a parent is an amazing, life-changing experience, but it can also be one that’s isolating and lonely – especially if your pre-baby social activities involved spur-of-the moment invites, happy hours, and nights out on the town. Parenthoods, a new Y Combinator-backed mobile platform, wants to help with the social isolation parenthood can bring by offering a community for local moms and dads where they can connect with others like them right from their mobile phone.

The company was founded by Siobhan Quinn, a former Foursquare and Google product manager, and Jeni Axline, previously a Director of Production at Say Media. The two are longtime friends who first met at University of Washington, before relocating to San Francisco to work in the tech industry – an industry which today still struggles with gender diversity issues. A majority of tech companies today are founded and run by men, from the executive ranks on down – and that, ironically, includes a number of companies those catering to the “mommy” crowd.

Weave (YC S14) Adds Groups And Events To Its ‘Tinder For Networking’ App

Professional networking app Weave wants to help professionals find others that they’d like to meet with, through a double opt-in selection process. Now it’s making it easier for users going to events or part of professional organizations to find one another with a new feature being added to the app.

Weave takes the Tinder model of swiping left or right to indicate which people you’d like to meet with and applies it to professional networking. Like Tinder, it takes into account a user’s location to ensure that people who get matched up are actually able to have coffee or otherwise meet with one another.

You just download the app, link it to their LinkedIn account, and it will use the data there to generate a profile page. After that’s done, you can go to town swiping left and right and then message the folks you have mutual interest in meeting. It’s a pretty useful little tool that I’ve used to meet up with a few investors and founders that I wouldn’t have otherwise come across. Fun!

Now you can book a seat on a small-plane adventure through Flytenow (YC S14)

There’s an online sharing marketplace for everything these days. The latest vertical to pop up on our radar: private flights.

Boston startup Flytenow is working to do just that, and startup incubator Y Combinator is putting its money behind it as part of its current batch of startups.

The problem for folks who have a private pilot’s license is that flying alone can be expensive (both owning and renting a plane, as well as fuel costs). At the same time, lots of non-pilots would love to take some flights, either for fun or to get from one place to another.

To help both groups — pilots and would-be passengers — Flytenow has built a flight-booking site on which pilots post the trips, called “adventures,” they’re planning to take. They open these trips up to others might be interested in coming along and splitting the costs with them. It’s like posting on Facebook that you’re planning to drive to Los Angeles from San Francisco for a weekend getaway, and a friend or two asking to join and pitch in for gas and snacks money.

PicnicHealth (YC S14) Stores Your Medical Records In One Place And Delivers It To Your Doctor

Noga Leviner, who is diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, searched for a way to manage her records but she said most software tools for records management have been built for hospitals and doctors, and anything built for patients has to be done through manual entry. She was frustrated.

Taking matters into her own hands, Leviner co-founded PicnicHealth, a Y Combinator backed startup based in San Francisco. PicnicHealth makes it easy for people to deal with their medical records, and the service’s target demographic are cancer patients or people taking care of elderly patients.

Read the full story on TechCrunch

Inside the Beep (YC S14) Factory

We're excited to welcome Beep to the YC S14 batch of Y Combinator. Beep’s technology and open platform make it easy to stream music to every room in your home.

Beep is selling a small copper dial that can be placed anywhere in your house and works with any speaker system with an aux-in port. The device connects speakers to your music via Wi-Fi.

TechCrunch took a tour of the Beep factory, and you can see their photo series and video here

Since their launch in February, Beep sold out of their first batch of devices, but are now taking reservations for the next batch: www.thisisbeep.com/reserve

Bikanta’s (YC S14) Tiny Diamonds Find Cancer Before It Spreads

Y Combinator-backed biotech company Bikanta wants to find and stop cancer at its source by inserting tiny, fluorescent diamonds inside your body. The brainchild of Dr. Ambika Bumb, who holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from Georgia Tech, these nanodiamonds can detect molecular abnormalities at a much earlier stage, essentially stopping cancer from spreading any further.

Bumb was working on her first post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute of Health (NIH) at Oxford University when she became dissatisfied with current limitations for cancer screening. Current methods are unable to detect small tumors or breakaway tumor cells that lead to something called micrometastatic tumors, which can go undetected at the source and lead to the spread of cancer throughout other areas of the body. Bumb also points out the technical limitations involving signal loss, high background interference and unacceptable toxicity that have sidelined research endeavors. Quantum dots, Quantum dots (one of the two other fluorescence/optical imaging agents) are made of CdSe/Cds/ZnS core materials that are toxic, for example.

Zip Phone (YC S14) Lets You Make Free Calls Over The Internet…Without Launching Its App

A company known as Zip Phone is making it easier to place secure, Wi-Fi enabled phone calls, in order to save consumers from using up the limited number of cellular minutes that come with their smartphone’s voice plan. That’s a more common problem outside of North America where unlimited calling plans are prevalent, though these consumers can still benefit from Zip Phone while traveling to save on roaming charges.

However, what’s interesting about this startup is how the technology itself is deeply integrated with the Android operating system.

Zip Phone’s founder, Anuj Jain, describes the app as something you just install once, then never look at again. Yes, it’s another one of those “invisible apps” – that is, apps that operate in the background, only kicking off when needed.

YC Hacks Recap

Thanks to everyone who participated in YC's first hackathon. We saw so many incredible things built in just over 24 hours. 

You can see the full list of hacks submitted on ChallengePost, or as voted on by the Product Hunt community here.

Congrats to the top three teams:

Athelas: Blood imaging and analysis from your smartphone. 

Nunchuck.js: A library for fast multi-device data synchronization through the browser.

Vrniture: IKEA from the comfort of your own home. 

If you'd like to relive the weekend, you can revisit the liveblog on Forbes or check out these photos by Nico Garcia.
 
Below are some shots we took throughout the weekend. Thank you to Michael Levy and Sophia Dycaico for many of the photos and captions.

The Xavier Team

Team 254, the Bellarmine robotics team and their t-shirt cannon

Erik Herschend from Make Games With Us

Pebble's Katherine McAuliffe

The team from Reaction App: Rachel Kroft and Josh Benjamin

Mark Nadal and Darius Bacon of Sonic

HelloWorld's Ernestine Fu and Jeff Himmelman

The Roost team's Flower Pot Meat Smoker 

YC's Alexis Ohanian and Yuri Sagalov try out Thalmic Myos 

The Expo

Tal Ben Yakar from Wine Me!

Edwin Zhang of Nunchuck.js

Nathan Broadbent of Jugglr

William Chen of Sonic Locator

Katrina DeVaney of BakeLoves

Alec Heifetz and Harini Kannan of StreetSmart

Angel Say and Alex Kern of Vrniture 

Tiffany Zhong of Dash


Jerry Liu of ThisorThat

Sam Altman playing a game built by MGWU students Mitch Malinin, Justin Matsnev & Yahya Bouhlel.
Photo by Nicolai Safai


Finbarr Taylor and Karen X. Cheng of Awesome Baby Name


Aptible (YC S14) Handles The Hard Parts Of HIPAA Compliance

“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,” entrepreneur and technologist Jeff Hammerbacher once said, paraphrasing Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in a sadly truthful characterization of the modern day tech industry.

The thing is, a lot of people who work in advertising-fueled tech products have said that they’re intrigued by the possibility of working on more meaningful applications of technology, particularly in the health space. But the complicated regulatory environment surrounding such products serves as a big deterrent. “Generally, health is just so heavily regulated, it’s just a painful business to be in. It’s not necessarily how I want to spend my time,” Google co-founder Sergey Brin said in an interview earlier this year. “I think the regulatory burden in the U.S. is so high, I think it would dissuade a lot of entrepreneurs.”

A new startup called Aptible just might help make healthcare a bit more palatable for ambitious entrepreneurs. Aptible, which is in the current classes of both the Rock Health and Y Combinator startup accelerators, says it helps handle all of the things a technology company needs to become HIPAA compliant at a fraction of the cost and effort of traditional HIPAA compliance consultancies.