Rentobo (YC S11) launches the simplest way landlords can fill and manage their vacancies

Looked for an apartment lately? It sucked, right? You showed up and you had to fill out an application and submit all sorts of stupid paperwork — credit check, proof of employment, utility invoice (apparently to prove that you can pay a bill, like an adult), etc. And then, if you’re lucky, your name will be pulled out of a hat amongst the other half-dozen people who applied for the same property.

Well that whole process sucks for landlords and property management companies as well. After all, they’re the ones who collect all that paperwork and sort through all that data. Don’t you wish there were a better way? Thanks to Rentobo, there is.

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Yardsale (YC S11) launches nationwide, so now you can sell all that stuff you've been meaning to get rid of

Yardsale, a mobile app to help folks sell goods to local buyers, is now available throughout the U.S., after a long, long period of testing in the San Francisco Bay Area. The latest version of the app, which hooks into Craigslist and enables users to easily list items for sale, hopes to take on other local marketplaces by reducing the friction associated with creating listings, and then dealing with flaky buyers afterward.

The Yardsale guys believe that everyone has some stuff they’d like to get rid of, if only Craigslist and eBay weren’t such a pain in the ass to deal with. On Craigslist, you’re faced with buyers who’d rather spend time haggling than actually buying your stuff. And when you do agree on a price, you never know whether your buyer will actually show up to, you know, buy the items. As for eBay, well, you are up against a growing number of small businesses, which have cropped up to largely make individual sellers seem irrelevant. In either case, it’s not a good user experience.

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Submittable (YC S12) is the easiest way for publishers to handle submissions

If you’re a publisher looking for submissions (whether they’re stories, essays, videos, or whatever), what’s the best way to manage the process? It sounds relatively straightforward, but once those submissions start piling up, trying to track and sort them can turn into a headache. It’s a problem that Submittable, part of the latest class of startups incubated by Y Combinator, may have solved.

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Codecademy (YC S11) raises $10M round from Index Ventures, others

Codecademy, a New York start-up that is trying to teach the world to code, has closed a $10 million funding round with, among others, London’s Index Ventures.

The start-up has turned in to something of a zeitgeist and has even signed up the Mayor New York, Michael Bloomberg, who said he would learn code this year. London Mayor Boris Johnson, a man more at ease with Catullus than C++, was reported by the British Broadcasting Corp. to be “in awe” of Mr. Bloomberg.

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Zapier (YC S12) launches an IFTTT for business users to move data between all the tools they use

IFTTT, the service that lets you automate common tasks on the web, mostly focuses on consumer services like Dropbox, Twitter, Instagram, and Instapaper. What’s missing among IFTTT’s 46 supported services, though, are business tools like Campaign Monitor, Basecamp, Asana, Stripe and others. That’s where Zapier comes in. The Y Combinator-backed company (the team is currently in the summer 2012 class) offers what is essentially an IFTTT for business users. The service makes it easy for non-technical users to create connections between 34 APIs that don’t usually talk to each other. Thanks to this, you can, for example, see all your Shopify sales on your Google Calendar or get an SMS alert every time somebody signs up for your Campaign Monitor or AWeber email marketing campaigns.

MemSQL (YC W11) launches to make your database fly

With Facebook engineers, it appears the high-performance database apple doesn’t far fall from the tree. On Monday, former Facebookers Eric Frenkiel and Nikita Shamgunov (who also spent six years as a senior engineer on Microsoft SQL Server) launched a startup called MemSQL that seeks to speed relational databases by taking a page out of the Facebook playbook. The company has raised a $5 million in venture capital thus far from First Round Capital, IA Ventures, NEA, SV Angel, Y Combinator, Paul Buchheit, Ashton Kutcher, Max Levchin and Aaron Levie.

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Two New Partners: Kirsty Nathoo and Carolynn Levy

We're delighted to announce that Y Combinator has two new partners: Kirsty Nathoo and Carolynn Levy.

Kirsty has already worked for YC for several years and by making her a partner and CFO we're simply recognizing what had already become de facto the case.  She runs everything to do with money at YC.

Carolynn joins us from Wilson Sonsini, where she had been our lawyer for something like 6 years. We'd been trying to recruit her for a while and we're delighted she finally said yes.

With the addition of Kirsty and Carolynn, YC has now grown to 11 partners total.

Hipmunk (YC S10) raises $15M Series B from IVP and Ignition

We’ve got fantastic news today and are excited to share it with all of you whether you’re a loyal fan, travel enthusiast, part of the tech and investment community or just part of the greater hipmunk family. Two months shy of our two-year anniversary, we are thrilled to announce we’ve raised another round of venture capital—this time led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP). This round, our Series B, will total $15M and includes a re-up from our Series A lead, Ignition Partners. The Forbes Midas List regular and general partner at IVP, Todd Chaffee, will join our board as the fourth member.

When we launched in August 2010, we were a fledgling Y Combinator startup with just Steve and me as co-founders. We hired a few more engineers, and in February 2011, we announced our first round of institutional funding from Ignition Partners. The amazing Brad Silverberg from Ignition joined our board then, and we also gathered the ex-Expedia “mafia” (Rich Barton, Eric Blachford, and Simon Breakwell) who have acted as advisors and provided a wealth of travel industry knowledge. 

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Flutter (YC W12) raises $1.4M from Andreessen Horowitz, NEA to bring Kinect-like gestures to all webcams

Flutter, the startup that launched this past spring out of Y Combinator’s Winter 2012 class, has closed on $1.4 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz,NEA, and Spring Ventures, along with Start Fund and a handful of individual angel investors.

The cash will be put toward further scaling out Flutter’s team and its technology, which provides gesture detection and recognition from standard webcam devices. Flutter’s first app, which is currently available for the Mac, lets you control the play function on media apps such as iTunes, Spotify and Quicktime by simply waving your hand at your computer.

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