Instavest (YC W15) Wants To Help Investors Make Smarter Trades

Instavest launches out of the YC Winter 2015 batch: 

"Instavest, a Y Combinator-backed startup, wants to help retail investors benefit from the smart trades of others. It also wants to help savvy speculators profit by sharing their trading data.

Investors can list their trades on Instavest, including the company, share amount and rationale behind the investment. Other users can invest alongside the people willing to share their own purchases and sales. If you follow a trade, Instavest encourages you to block out a portion of your profits — in the neighborhood of 5 percent — that might arise from the transaction for the original listing entity.

The idea arose when the company’s founders, Saleem Khatri and Zain Allarakhia, ran into a problem: Friends and family wanted to trade with them, but they lacked a tool to do so effectively."

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SmartHires (YC W15) Helps Startups Find Tech Talent Within The Same Investment Portfolio

SmartHires launches out of the W15 batch of YC: 

"Finding good tech talent is a challenge right now. The Obama administration poured $100 million into the new TechHire initiative this last month to fill half a million open IT jobs in the U.S. for that reason. Y Combinator-backed SmartHires (not to be confused with the recruiting site SmartHire or job search site Smart Hires) tackles that challenge with the creation of a startup referral network for strong job candidates.

The idea behind SmartHires is that it’s better to keep talent within investor portfolio networks. “Many startups end up rejecting great candidates but it’s better if they stay in the family,” SmartHires co-founder Stephan Kletzl told TechCrunch.

Kletzl and his co-founder and identical twin brother Christian Kletzl started SmartHires, along with David Pichsenmeister, after seeing how difficult it was to find top talent. “Smart people are getting passed on and added to the rejection list when there might be someone within the hiring manager’s network that needs them,” Stephan said." 

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GiveMeTap (YC W15) Offers Free Water, Footfall Data For Stores, AND Helps Africa

YC welcomes GiveMeTap to the Winter 2015 batch: 

"Despite the growth in reusable water bottles, keeping them refilled is tough. Ironically, consumers either end up buying a plastic bottle of water, are forced to use a toilet to refill, or feel obliged to buy something from a store before asking for a refill of water.

GiveMeTap is a new graduate of the Y Combinator accelerator with a rather clever idea. It sells and produces stainless steel water bottles that you can use to get free water refills from participating local cafes and restaurants, which are located by using the GiveMeTap App (iOSAndroid). You just walk in, find the water station and fill up or ask someone at the counter. The mobile app will even track your water usage.

The really clever part of its model is that business owners are incentivized to join the network because they get free publicity, increased footfall — and here’s the tech part — access to data about how many new customers they are gaining because of the app. Obviously, people with the bottles are more likely to choose a GiveMeTap venue and purchase other goods there."

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Introducing Priime (YC W15) - a new way to edit photos on your iPhone

We're excited to welcome Priime to the YC W15 batch of Y Combinator. Priime is a new photo editor for the iPhone that lets you use filters developed by some of the world's top photographers. 

As Alex Fitzpatrick of TIME pointed out this morning:

Photographer Thomas Hawk calls the app "The best iPhone photo editor I've ever used."   

Read more about Priime's launch on their blog, or download it on the app store here

Kickpay (YC W15) Is A Marketplace For Invoices That Helps SMEs Get Paid Quickly

Kickpay joins the W15 batch of YC: 

"Cash flow is all important for small businesses — it’s the difference between life or death — so it is frustrating when customers don’t pay invoices up front. Nothing puts a strain on finances quite like waiting 30, 60 or 90 days for your money, and that’s not even mentioning the resources spent following up and chasing down payment.

Scenarios like this are where Kickpay, a startup that is graduating Y Combinator‘s latest batch, hopes to make a difference.

Kickpay’s service is essentially a secondary market for invoices. Companies, and in particular more-financially conscious SMEs and startups, post details of confirmed invoices which are sold to investors who can get a quick return on their money. The arrangement gives the seller most of their capital upfront — avoiding the painful, often critical, wait for funds — while Kickpay claimed an investor can get a ‘double-digital’ return on an annual basis."

Taskpipes (YC W15) Is SaaS To Simplify Using Lots Of (Other) SaaS Platforms

Taskpipes launches out of the W15 batch of YC:

"If there was a neat label for startups whose raison d’être is to take the strain out of dealing with other startup services then Taskpipes would be wearing that badge proudly on its lapel.

The YC-backed, U.K. founded b2b startup is attacking what it says is a growing data-management problem for businesses — created by the proliferation and adoption of SaaS platforms. So, in other words, those shiny, cloud-based platforms which promise to streamline your business processes by taking various data-processing tasks off your hands are actually introducing a new headache by fragmenting your data across multiple silos.

That means businesses using multiple SaaS platforms are having to engage in manual data-wrangling when they need to work across these different data buckets, or pull data-sets into other pieces of software for processing. It’s this SaaS-generated data-processing headache that Taskpipes has seized on as another business opportunity."

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SlideMail (YC W15) Is An Intelligent Email App For The Rest Of Us

SlideMail launches out of the W15 batch:

"A new email application launching today called SlideMail is designed to help those of us with bad email habits sort through our inbox, while also intelligently organizing our messages and alerting us to important meetings and other events. While other email apps focus on presenting power users with a “priority inbox” containing their most important emails, SlideMail’s take is a little different. To figure out what matters to you, it watches your email activity, learning what you read, trash and archive, and then adapts to that behavior over time.

SlideMail’s creator, Vu Tran, who previously founded the Y Combinator-backed company Framebase, has returned to the accelerator program for the second time to get this new email app off the ground." 

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Akido Labs (YC W15) Provides A Standardized API Layer For Hospital App Developers

YC welcomes Akido Labs to the W15 batch of Y Combinator:

"Many hospitals in America have made the switch to Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems to manage patient medical information in the last couple of decades. This is supposed to make record-keeping easier and more efficient, but the systems are different for each hospital and often can’t communicate with each other. This makes it hard for health app developers to design apps that run on each unique system.

Currently, if an app uses patient health information, the app developer has to not only spend months convincing the hospital bureaucracy to integrate its EHR system with the developer’s app, but the developer also has to design the app a specific way to work within that unique system in order to get it to send the needed data. This is obviously too expensive and time-intensive for most app developers.

Y Combinator-backed Akido Labs is a third-party service that helps health IT app developers simplify the process within each hospital records system. Akido Labs co-founders Hugh Gordon, Jared Goodner and Prashant Samant previously started the University of Southern California’s D-Health Lab, USC Health System’s digital innovation arm. Gordon was in medical school at the time and noticed the inefficiencies in the current health system." 

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Moltin (YC W15) Wants To Simplify E-Commerce Development

Moltin joins the W15 batch of Y Combinator: 

The three founders of Moltin, a member of the 2015 Y Combinator winter class, like many fellow members birthed their company idea out of necessity, coming up with a way to solve an entrenched problem they were facing.

In this case, they were working for a design agency in England, and they found adding e-commerce functionality like a shopping cart to a website was too hard and often expensive.

They decided to simplify it by creating an API-based framework that would become Moltin. The idea behind the product is to make it easier for developers to add e-commerce functionality with a few lines of code, Adam Sturrock, CCO at Moltin explained.