SocialCam is the latest alum startup returning to Y Combinator

Having spun out of online broadcaster last year, SocialCam has managed to get a strong footing on iOS and Android. It passed 3 million downloads in December, and it’s now sending 3 million notifications a day, with video uploads and following counts up by 700% and 800% in the last few months, according to cofounder Michael Seibel.

But the three-man team is going back into Y Combinator, the early-stage seed fund that had grown out of, instead of taking the more obvious routes of raising venture funding or simply continuing to build on its own.

Welcome Geoff

We're happy to announce that Y Combinator has recruited Geoff Ralston as our newest partner.

I've known Geoff for 13 years.  The company he founded, Four11, was acquired by Yahoo just before Viaweb was. Their product, RocketMail, became Yahoo Mail.  Geoff was in engineering at Yahoo before running a business unit and eventually becoming Chief Product Officer.

More recently he was CEO of Lala, which was acquired by Apple in 2009.  He's a perfect match for YC because he's smart and energetic, and yet informal and a super nice guy.  He's also a founding partner at Imagine K12, the educational technology incubator,  where he's going to continue being a full partner with our enthusiastic support.

DrChrono (YC W11) Raises $2.8 Million to Digitize Doctor's Visits

DrChrono, a start-up in Silicon Valley, is hoping to simplify that with an application that helps both doctors and patients track electronic health records and documents.

“Doctors are beginning to adopt iPads and use them as clipboards,” said Michael Nusimow, the chief executive and co-founder of the company. “They don’t want to be distracted by typing on a computer when talking to patients.”


On Thursday, the company announced it raised $2.8 million in a seed round of funding to continue building out its service. The venture capital came from Yuri Milner, the Russian tycoon who has invested in a number of high-profile start-ups, including Twitter, Spotify and Facebook, and several other noted figures in the tech world, including Matt Cutts, an engineer who works on search at Google. Previously, the company raised $1.3 million from a number of angel investors, including Y-Combinator, Paul Buchheit and 500 Startups.

Y Combinator now accepting applications for Summer 2012 batch

From the words of a recent alum, Nicholas Bergson-Shilcock of Hackruiter

I've said this before, and so have many others, but it's worth repeating: Choosing to apply to YC was one of the best decisions of my life.

Some reasons I love YC:

- My cofounder and I were in the Summer 2010 batch. We've changed our idea, made mistakes, and failed repeatedly. Yet in all that time, pg and co have had and continue to have our backs 100%.

- One thing I've learned in life is that who you choose to surround yourself with matters immensely. Doing YC means surrounding yourself with great people.

- Every single YC partner is a genuinely lovely person. The other week we got a heartwarming and encouraging email from Kate, YC's architect.

- The YC network is unparalleled. In the past week, I've relied on it half a dozen times.

- I don't know how put this, but YC has taste. Where others are political or indirect or care about appearances or do things without thinking about them, pg and co are the opposite: Direct, thoughtful, and good. YC is good in much the same ways pg's essays are good, if that makes any sense.

I cannot recommend YC highly enough.

Get details about how to apply here.

Welcome Garry and Aaron

Y Combinator is pleased to announce two new venture partners, Garry Tan and Aaron Iba.  They're both YC alumni, both formidable hackers, and both really nice people.

Garry was one of the founders of Posterous, which we funded in 2008. He's one of those rare individuals who can both design and program. Garry started out as YC's designer in residence, but we and the startups we funded found him so valuable that we recruited him to work for YC full time.

Aaron was one of the founders of Appjet, probably better known as Etherpad, which we funded in 2007 and was acquired by Google in 2009.  He's one of the best hackers among the YC alumni, so we're delighted we were able to get him for YC itself.

Codecademy and The White House Announce Code Summer+ Youth Education Program

Today, Codecademy in conjunction with The White House announced a new program to educate the nation’s underprivileged and disconnected youth: Code Summer+.

The announcement was made at an event held by Twilio and hosted by US CTO Aneesh Chopra. There, Codecademy’s co-founder Zach Sims explained that as part of Obama’s larger Summer Jobs+ initiative, Code Summer+ will offer a “condensed version of our curriculum to get [youth] on track to become engineers.”

Summer Jobs+ is designed to help the government connect young people with jobs. President Obama announced Summer Jobs+ earlier this month, describing it as “a joint initiative that challenges business leaders and communities to join my Administration in providing hundreds of thousands of summer jobs for America’s youth."

GrubWithUs launches iPhone App, now making it even easier to eat with cool people

The idea behind GrubWithUs can seem strange at first — but once you’ve had your first meal with them, everything just sort of clicks. You pay, you sit, you eat, you meet people, and you leave. They handle all of the annoying bits (the check splitting, the tipping, the … finding people for you to eat with) and you handle the eating. Easy.

Making things even easier, GrubWithUs has just launched a shiny new iPhone app. Emphasis on “shiny”.

Also see coverage in Mashable.

YC alum COLOURlovers launches CreativeMarket: Etsy for mousemade designs (patterns, shapes, photos, fonts, gradients)


If you haven’t heard of COLOURlovers, you’re probably not a design fiend. Judging by its traffic growth over the past seven years, however, it’s built a pretty loyal following among its one million right-brained registered members. The Y Combinator grad also counts community-building experts, like Matt Mullenweg from WordPress and Alexis Ohanian from Reddit, as angel investors. They joined Founder Collective, Charles River Ventures, 500 Startups and others in a $1 million seed round last March.

Today on the company’s blog, “Chief Lover” Darius A. Monsef IV (who goes by the name Bubs and founded the site while still working at Microsoft) announced the private beta launch of an Etsy-like exchange called CreativeMarket that will enable its users to share and sell their “mousemade goods” like patterns, shapes, photos, fonts, and gradients. Although the team works remotely, co-founder Aaron Epstein, the brains behind which eventually merged with COLOURlovers, lives right here in New York. “We’ve been trying to get as many New York people as possible,” Mr. Epstein told Betabeat.

With this new product, COLOURlovers is boldly making the world a more well designed place. If you're a designer, they're a must-watch website for 2012.