42Floors (YC W12) brings disruption to the commercial real estate: Inc covers it

Read about Jason's beginnings and how 42Floors is bringing disruption to commercial real estate in Inc Magazine:

Jason Freedman hunches his shoulders against New York City's December chill and walks faster, nudged both by the cold and by being late. He and David Woodworth, co-founders of an Internet company called 42Floors, both stand out a bit with their buoyant, vulnerable Californianess as they swim against the trudging, elbowing crowds.

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Pair (YC W12) raises $4.2M from Yuri Milner, SV Angel, Crunchfund and more

For a social network that’s, for lack of a better term,monogamous, social network for couples Pair has just raised funding from so many high-profile investors I’m having trouble picking who to include in this headline, and seriously running out of the room.

Investors in the company’s recent $4.2 million seed round include Ashton Kutcher’s A-Grade Ventures, Dave Morin, Paul Buchheit, Founder Collective, SV Angel, Lerer Ventures, Michael Birch, Sam Altman, CrunchFund, Tencent, Yuri Milner, Betaworks, Alexis Ohanian, Garry Tan, Harjeet Taggar, Gary Vaynerchuk, Brandee Barker, Brian Pokorny, Elad Gil, and Susan Wu.

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Socialcam (YC W12) nabs angel funding from the A-List: Yuri, Laurene Powell Jobs, Tim Draper, Ashton, more

Socialcam is the #1 free app most downloaded, and has now surpassed Viddy in the iOS App Store. They've also announced a recent angel round, as noted in Techcrunch:

The race to be the “Instagram for video” is hotter than ever, and Socialcam, the app that spun out of video sharing pioneer Justin.tv last year and was part of Y Combinator’s winter 2012 class, is hustling hard for the lead. The company has raised seed funding from a group of angel investors that reads like a “who’s who” list of tech and entertainment industry heavyweights.

I’ve been hearing whispers about Socialcam’s crazy angel round for weeks now, and I’ve finally verified the full list of the startup’s seed backers.

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Per Vices (YC W12) launches a software defined radio (SDR) that will revolutionize wireless

Per Vices is a startup from the latest class that’s looking to disrupt how wireless communications are sent. They’ve built a device called Phi that can interact with any wireless or radio signal. It’s a transceiver that can demodulate and process signal data up to 4 Gigahertz.

In plain English, that means one of Per Vices’ devices can re-route your cell phone calls through your landline connection, if for example you have bad 3G service in your house. In theory, that means you could set up a decentralized wireless network where mobile devices and desktops are sending communications to each other instead of one where all mobile phones have to send and receive signals from carrier-operated cell phone towers. It’s a critical issue the industry needs to solve as data-hogging mobile subscribers eat into the profit margins of the carriers.

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Crocodoc (YC W10) releases HTML5 document embedding for all other web-based services

Y Combinator alum Crocodoc is debuting a new technology today that aims to bring an enterprise-grade HTML5 document embedding service for Microsoft Office and PDF files to web-based products.

Crocodoc launched in 2010 to kill off Acrobat. The startup’s initial Flash-based technology allowed you to upload a PDF, and receive a version of the same document in your browser, which you could then share with coworkers and annotate with notes, highlighting, text, and a pen tool, with changes that show up to other users in real-time. Last year, Crocodoc launched this technology in HTML5 for mobile embedding.

Today, Crocodoc is debuting a new version of this HTML5 embedding technology specifically designed for the scale and demand of consumer and business web and mobile applications. The startup says that using Crocodoc, documents can be embedded into any web or mobile app using a simple iFrame or JavaScript library (no plugins, downloads, or desktop software required). The technology features fast, crystal-clear rendering, and advanced security, including 256-bit document encryption, on-premise storage options, and multiple deployment options including SaaS and private cloud.

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SendHub (YC W12) secures $2M seed funding from Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, Menlo Ventures, angels

Recent Y Combinator graduate SendHub, which bills itself as SMS for organizations, is in the business of replacing the email blast with an SMS message and aims to solve a myriad of real-world consumer, business, and enterprise one-to-many communication challenges.

SendHub has just closed a $2 million seed round led by Kapor Capital, the company exclusively told VentureBeat. Howard Lindzon’s Social Leverage fund, 500 Startups, Bronze Investments, Menlo Ventures, and angels including Eric Ries, Paul Buchheit, and Jawed Karim all participated in the round.

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Ark (YC W12) raises $4.2M from A16z, Charles River, Greylock, Intel Capital, SV Angel and more

At Y Combinator’s Demo Day, a short Ark pitch delivered in the midst of 64 other start-up presentations got the company commitments for $2 million in funding in a single day. And more than 250,000 people have signed up for Ark beta invites.

Less than a month after Demo Day, Ark now tells me that it has raised a $4.2 million seed round from investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures, Greylock Partners, Intel Capital, SV Angel, Atlas Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Expansion Venture Capital, Felicis Ventures, Lightbank, Salesforce, Tencent, Transmedia Capital, and a bunch of individual angel investors.

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Siasto (YC W11) Draws Nearer To The Holy Grail Of Project Management Software

The team that brought us Taskforce last year has returned with much more powerful project management software (think Basecamp killer) with deep integrations into all the tools we already use: Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Dropbox.

Eric Eldon writes more on Techcrunch in their launch:

Siasto might seem a little too familiar at first, as it uses the same concepts as you’ve seen in competing products like Basecamp. You create projects, you add tasks to them, you upload documents, you invite other users, and so on. What’s special is the how the Y Combinator-backed company has organized the interface, and how it’s busy tying in with Google.

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Pebble e-Paper Watch has raised over $4.1M, setting new Kickstarter all-time records

Congrats to Eric and the InPulse team (YC W11) -- they've created something truly remarkable in the Pebble e-Paper watch. 

So far, Migicovsky has raised more than $3.8 million (ed: now $4.1M), making the watch the highest-grossing project since Kickstarter was founded two years ago, a spokesman for the website said. The fundraising will go for another 31 days, and then Pebble gets to collect the money it has raised.

Kickstarter takes submissions from aspiring authors, hardware tinkerers, thespians and video-game developers with good ideas and video cameras to shoot their pitches. Some 1.75 million people have given more than $185 million to 20,000 projects on Kickstarter, a spokesman said.

Migicovsky said he’s more adept at pitching to consumers than to venture capitalists.

“With VCs, they worry about models and size of market and stuff like that,” he said. “With consumers, one of the things I love about the videos, we just showed how you’re going to use it.”

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There are now over 200,000 people in Everyme (YC S11) circles

On TuesdayEveryme launched its iPhone app for people to share with limited circles of friends, family members, and coworkers. Today, CEO Oliver Cameron says the response has been “crazy.”

Specifically, he says that 24,000 people have created Everyme accounts. Because of the way Everyme is designed, that’s only a small part of its social footprint. The app lets you organize anyone in your address book into circles, and they can still participate in the conversation through email or text messaging, even if they don’t have an Everyme account. There are already 200,000 people in Everyme circles, which Cameron says is a measure of the app’s “total audience.”

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