Taplytics (YC W14) Lets You Run A/B Tests On iOS Without Waiting For App Store Updates

"Y Combinator-backed Taplytics is launching its A/B testing platform for iOS applications today, which allows app makers the ability to test different experiences and quickly push out minor fixes, like visual bugs or typos, without having to wait on the App Store’s slower release cycle.

The company was founded around nine months ago by Cobi Druxerman, Aaron Glazer, and brothers Andrew Norris and Jonathan Norris. The team, who has known each other since high school, came up with the idea for Taplytics based on their own experiences building apps together over the last couple of years. For example, before Dropbox rolled out its own automatic photo uploader, members of the team built a handy app called “Cloud Photos,” which let you easily snap and save your photos to the cloud."

Celery (YC S12) Raises $2 Million To Help Makers Accept Pre-Orders And Take Payments When Ready To Ship

"It’s now easier than ever for hardware manufacturers to crowdfund new products, thanks to platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. But what happens when those crowdfunding campaigns are over? Increasingly, hardware startups hope to carry forward the momentum from successful campaigns to accept pre-orders for their products.

Y Combinator-backed Celery wants to be the platform they use to easily integrate pre-orders into their websites. And it just raised $2 million to do so."

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Experiment.com (YC W13) Gains Big Venture Backers To Bring Crowdfunding To Science Research

Frustrated  by unpredictable and often political funding for science research, a handful of young researchers think they’ve found the answer: crowdfunding.

The researchers–who have backgrounds in synthetic biology, rocket science and other disciplines–built much of  their startup, Experiment.com, while at the Y Combinator accelerator in 2013.

Top investors including Index Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz have now invested in the San Francisco-based startup, which launches its platform today.

Trouble With Your Code? AirPair (YC W14) Connects You Live With Expert Programmers

"Learning the fundamentals of programming is easy. But becoming an expert? That’s damn hard. There are a million and one languages, each with their own nuances, strengths, and weaknesses. Worse yet, the programming hype train is always chugging away; just when you think you’ve mastered the world’s greatest language, everyone will be talking up some new language or framework or database and your boss’ boss will be asking why you’re not using that, instead.

AirPair connects you with expert programmers, on-demand."

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Zapier (YC S12) is adding 28 apps to the service in 28 days

Zapier is a service that connects the web apps you use and lets you easily move your data and automate tasks. This month they're integrating with one app every day. Days one through three featured integrations with Slack, Facebook and Balanced (YC W11), a payment processor for marketplaces. 

Since February is the month of love, we thought we'd show you how much we love you by adding a new app to Zapier every day—that's 28 apps in 28 days, to be precise.

You'll see integrations with major consumer internet services, like Instagram, SoundCloud and reddit, and business-oriented services that solve major problems for their users, like Intercom, Sqwiggle and HelloSign.

DataRank (YC S13) raises $1.4M for its online analytics platform for brands

Recent Y Combinator grad DataRank, which helps companies track online conversations related to their brands and perform other competitive analysis, has closed on $1.4 million in seed funding, the team is announcing today. The funding is led by New Road Ventures, and also includes participation from FundersClub and other angel investors.

Founded in October 2011 by Ryan Frazier, Chuong Nguyen, and Kenny Cason, and headquartered in Fayetteville, Ark., DataRank lives far outside the Valley, but its unusual home base is one that turned out to be more practical over the years, as the company shifted from its original focus of being a financial tool to one tracking data for consumer product companies.

That’s because the world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer, Walmart, is also headquartered in nearby Bentonville. Today, there are roughly 1,400 consumer product companies with research teams in the area surrounding Walmart, explains Frazier, who is DataRank’s CEO. “Being able to walk into those places – sitting down, showing them your product and getting immediate feedback, has been immensely helpful,” he says.

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Asseta (YC S13), A Marketplace For Used Manufacturing Equipment, Raises $535K

Asseta, the B2B marketplace for used manufacturing equipment which was sort of the odd one out in Y Combinator’s summer 2013 program last year, has now scored a seed round of $535,000. Investors included Ace & Company, Beenos Partners, Matt Huang, and others, as well as help from the WeFunder and AngelList crowdfunding platforms. The latter two were responsible for $271,000 of the funding.

Framed Data (YC W14) Helps Developers Understand The People Behind Their User Numbers

With more marketing tools like Facebook’s ad platform around, getting smartphone users to install your app is increasingly straightforward. A study recently found that the average American user has 25 apps on their smartphone. But figuring out how to convince users to keep returning to your app instead of letting it languish on their mobile is much harder. Y Combinator-backed Framed Data, which just launched out of closed beta and counts Twitch.TV as a client, wants to make it easy for developers to parse user behavior, even if they don’t have a data scientist on their team.