Streak (YC S11) raises $1.9M from Chris Sacca, Redpoint, Floodgate, Crunchfund. CRM-in-the-Inbox service is growing 71% monthly.

Streak has raised $1.9 million for its CRM service that uses a Google Chrome extension to share your email and track deals through your GMail inbox.

Investors include Battery Ventures, Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital, Redpoint, Floodgate, Crunchfund, and a host of VC partners and angel investors such as David Tisch and Michael Birch, who founded Bebo. Streak will use the funding to expand its team and focus on building out its mobile efforts.

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MyVR (YC W12) raises $1.4M from SV Angel, Chris Dixon, to attack the $85B vacation rental market

MyVR, a San Francisco-based startup that graduated from Y Combinator in March, sees a big opportunity to help owners and operators alleviate the offline pain of managing their vacation rentals and help bring them new (or at least more regular) business. Co-founders Jonathan Murray and Mike Stachowiak are both owners themselves and initially built MyVR as a side project to help solve their own frustrations with the process.

After interviewing hundreds of other owners, they discovered they weren’t alone. So, today, the team of seven is officially launching MyVR, which gives vacation rental owners a website builder along with marketing software that enables them to gain an online presence and manage their marketing in one place.

What does that mean? Users create a site (plans start at $12/month after a 30-day free trial) and upload photos of their rentals and relevant info — like property descriptions, rates, etc. — and MyVR automatically generates a fully-functioning website with full-page photos and a centralized calendar for availability (with online booking coming soon).

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Glassmap (YC S11) launches the way for local businesses to make custom location-aware mobile apps

Glassmap, the YC-backed location startup launched at the beginning of the year as something of a “Find My Friends” app for Facebook users, is today introducing a new vertical for business customers. With the debut of “Glassmap Business Solutions,” as the system is being called, both brands and local brick-and-mortar retailers can take advantage of the technology Glassmap built in order to better target customers on an individualized basis.


One example of how this could be used for retailers, comes from Glassmap’s business solution alpha testers. Some have been experimenting with a feature that could target consumers as they enter rival businesses by pushing a special offer from their own shop.

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Referly (YC S12) raises $1M to bring affiliate commerce to everyone

Referly, a YC-backed company that makes it easy for anyone to earn a bit of money while sharing links to products they adore, just raised $1 million in seed funding.

Investors include New Enterprise Associates, Ignition Partners, 500 Startups, Jeff Lawson (CEO of Twilio), Elliot Loh, Eileen Burbidge, Ullas Naik, Michael Liou, Damien Tanner, Matt Monahan, and Carter Rabasa.

Danielle Morrill, the company’s CEO, is pretty frank about using the funding to go all out or go home. They’ll use the funding to hire a back-end engineer to scale up the service. Referly has about 10,000 users now and is growing 45 percent month-over-month.

“Funding is not actually success. Success is being cash-flow positive, especially if you’re in a transaction-based business,” she said.

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Heyzap (YC W09) launches the easiest way for mobile gamers to play with their friends

Heyzap has convinced more than 8.5 million mobile gamers to download its social app for mobile games in the past year. Now, it will enable gamers to go a step further by making it easy for friends to play with each other. 

Previously, players used Heyzap to manage their games, discover new ones, and see what their friends were playing. The new Heyzap “play with friends” feature makes it easy for users to start playing games together with a few taps on the touch screen.


ReadyForZero (YC S10) now detects when payments happen automatically, making it easier for consumers to get out of debt

Y Combinator-backed financial service ReadyForZero, which focuses on helping Americans pay down their $2.5 trillion in personal debt, is expanding its feature set today to include online payments. The new addition, a part of ReadyForZero Plus, will detect when you have new deposits in your bank account, and will then immediately advise you how to spend that money to more quickly pay off your loans, credit card bills, and more – before it burns a hole in your pocket.

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LendUp (YC W12) raises from A16z, Start Fund, Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Kapor to disrupt payday loans

New Y Combinator-incubated startup is entering the fintech scene today, aiming to disrupt payday loans and consumer finance. LendUp, is leveraging technology to redefine the payday lending experience, bringing a new level of innovation and transparency to an industry that desperately needs disruption. And the San Francisco-based startup is launching today with funding from an impressive group of VC firms and angels including Y Combinator, Kleiner Perkins, Yuri Milner’s Startfund, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Thomvest Ventures, Kapor Capital, Bronze Investments, Founders CoOp, Data Collective, Garry Tan, Harj Taggar, Alexis Ohanian and others.

At a basic level, LendUp is direct lender and has created a way to use small-dollar loans as an opportunity for consumers to build credit and move up the financial ladder. Consumers who have poor or no credit can apply for and receive small-dollar, short-term loans (up to $250 for up to 30 days). But it doesn’t stop there. The company’s mission is to use small-dollar loans as a way to help customers build credit and move up the financial ladder.

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Embark (YC S11) transit apps double in reach after iOS 6 update

Apple’s changes in iOS 6 are already proving plenty beneficial for some of its developers, including mass transit app-maker Embark. The San Francisco-based startup has seen 1.3 million trips routed through its app since Apple decided to ditch Google Maps in favor of its own solution, which lacks integrated transit mapping options. Embarks’ suite of apps, which serve customers across 12 U.S. and international transit systems, have also been downloaded over 100,000 times since iOS 6 arrived, representing a huge upwards spike in traction.

Compare that to the startups previous rate of growth: it’s planned over 40 million trips total, but was doing just 2 million trips a month in January of this year. Now, it’s on pace to do around 4 million a month, achieving well over 1 million in the single week since iOS 6 was released to the public. Embark founder David Hodge tells me that the upwards curve of growth has been tremendous since the launch, with clear inflection point at the time of the iOS 6 release.

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MinoMonsters (YC W11) retools and hits 1.5M players

When a mobile game pivots: Y Combinator-backed MinoMonsters, a Pokémon-inspired game from two of the incubator’s youngest founders made a bold move earlier this summer when they released version 2.0 of the iOS game. This wasn’t a minor feature release – they significantly changed the gameplay. Instead of exploring worlds and performing quests with battles in between, the game’s focus shifted to become entirely about the battles. That strategy, it seems, is working. MinoMonsters has now passed 1.5 million players, and nearly every other metric has improved as well. The team has even taken in an extra bit of funding.

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