Kimono (YC W14) Is A Smarter Web Scraper That Lets You “API-ify” The Web, No Code Required

"A new Y Combinator-backed startup called Kimono wants to make it easier to access data from the unstructured web with a point-and-click tool that can extract information from webpages that don’t have an API available. And for non-developers, Kimono plans to eventually allow anyone track data without needing to understand APIs at all.

This sort of smarter “web scraper” idea has been tried before, and has always struggled to find more than a niche audience. Previous attempts with similar services like Dapper or Needlebase, for example, foldedYahoo Pipes still chugs along, but it’s fair to say that the service has long since been a priority for its parent company.

But Kimono’s founders believe that the issue at hand is largely timing."

Eventjoy (YC W14) Is A One-Stop Shop For Organizing Events

"Y Combinator-backed Eventjoy, a service that makes it easier to organize events using online and mobile tools, is officially making its debut today, offering support for online ticketing, event websites, mobile event apps, Twitter walls, and more. The company, previously known as EXMO, had in the past been more focused on its mobile application for event organizers, but is now working to offer a complete solution that can handle everything from accepting payments to polling users after the event has wrapped."

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Abacus (YC W14) Wants To Make Expense Reports Obsolete

"Expense reports are a special kind of hell. Employees are often stuck wondering when, if ever, they will get reimbursed. Managers and accountants, on the other hand, have to deal with extra paperwork and making sure that every meal, bar tab, and taxi fare was actually business-related. Y Combinator-backed startup Abacus wants to keep everyone from murdering each other with an app that ”kills the expense report” instead."

SpoonRocket (YC S13) is launching in San Francisco—$6 meals in delivered to your curbside in 15 minutes

SpoonRocket is gearing up to launch San Francisco for its gourmet food delivery service next week. Renee Frojo of San Francisco Business Times reports:

A food fight could be on the brink of breaking out in San Francisco, as a new meal delivery service is entering the market promising cheaper, faster lunch.

SpoonRocket, the Berkeley-based purveyor of hot, healthy foods on demand, is gearing up to launch in San Francisco next week, entering an increasingly crowded arena of food delivery startups that include Luke’s Local, Munchery, Sprig, Square Meals and Debbie Does Dinner, among a dozen others.

Unlike the others, SpoonRocket promises hot meals delivered in less than 15 minutes for a mere $6 flat — the lowest price in the category, giving it a significant competitive edge. The startup has cut down on the cost of a normal take-out meal by limiting meal selections to two per day — one vegetarian and one non-vegetarian meal designed by executive chef David Cramer.

While there are nearly 20 companies offering a variation of the service in the city alone, convenience in this category will prove to be key as the competition for customers heats up. And ready-to-eat, hot food for cheap offers a pretty good value proposition.

“At the click of a button, food magically appears — you can’t really beat that,” said SpoonRocket Co-founder and President Anson Tsui.

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Instapainting (YC W11) makes it easy to turn any photo into a hand-painted canvas painting for under $100

Surprise! It’s Valentine’s Day, the stealthiest of all the holidays. Sneaks up on you, doesn’t it?

If you’re trying to get a gift today, you… might be a bit short on options. Will you go with the gas station teddy bear? The twice-crushed box of chocolates? A bouquet of acceptable-looking roses for $200?

If your nearly-forgotten flame would be content with the promise of a pretty cool gift in a few weeks, though, you might be set. Instapainting, a YC-backed company launching this morning, turns any photo into a hand-painted piece on canvas for under $100 bucks.

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Renthop (YC S09) launches its successful NYC apartment rental marketplace nationwide

Who likes Craigslist? No one! Who wants to see a startup succeed in providing a better alternative when searching for an apartment? Pretty much everyone! Will RentHop be that startup? I dunno, maybe.

RentHop, which launched in 2009 and has spent the last several years refining its marketplace for apartment rentals, is now moving beyond just that market and has opened up nationwide. In doing so, it will (hopefully) make apartment hunting more bearable to people outside of New York City.

The key to RentHop is in giving each listing a score, based on a lot of different data it has. That includes information about the apartment itself, its location, the property manager, the number of photos it has and how good they are.

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Meet Bellabeat (YC W14), The Quantified Self Startup That Wants To Be The FitBit For Pregnancy

"If there’s ever a time in a person’s life when she wants to keep tabs on everything that’s going on with her body, it’s while she’s pregnant. Every inch added to her waistline, pound gained, heartbeat she hears, and kick she feels is something to be monitored and celebrated.

But even as the quantified self movement has become mainstream when it comes to counting steps and tracking calories, many expectant mothers still largely rely on their doctor appointments to chart out the progress of the lives growing inside of them.

Bellabeat, a startup in the current Winter 2014 class of Y Combinator, wants to help change that by providing a “connected system” that enables mothers to track their pregnancies on their own, while in between doctor visits. Today the startup is launching its first product, a $129 pocket-sized digital ultrasound tool that connects to a smartphone app to let women hear, record, and share their babies’ heartbeat."

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Group Matchmaking Startup The Dating Ring (YC W14) Launches In San Francisco

"I haven’t online dated in a while*, but everyone I know who does it laments the current state of matchmaking technology. When being able to swipe right to express interest in a person is a major technological achievement, you know something is broken.

Y Combinator alum The Dating Ring thinks it has a better way of getting people to meet one another and hopefully start dating, by matching up users in groups of six. After several months of operating in New York City, the startup has brought its group match making service to San Francisco."

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