Songkick (YC S07) Reaches 10M Monthly Fans and 100M Revenue

Congrats Songkick!

Songkick is now hooking up over 10 million unique fans every month with their favourite artist – whether it’s at a wild west watering hole in Joshua Tree, a moored boat in Bristol, or a 2000 year old Roman amphitheatre.

When looking back to where we started, it’s amazing that in April over 10 million fans used Songkick. That’s a positive impact on not just fans, it’s about artists too – those 10 million fans bought tickets for shows they wouldn’t have known about otherwise. With over 70% of the average artist’s income coming from live performances, we’re proud to have become an important partner to the artists we love.

Read more on the Songkick blog


Eventjoy (YC W14) launches new iOS app

Eventjoy, which offers fee-free event ticketing, launched their new iOS app today. 

New features include: 

> A full ticketing experience: Buy tickets, access them on demand, and send them to Passbook.

> More social: Share events or communities with friends on Facebook, Twitter, SMS, and email.

> Instant access: Whether or not you purchase tickets you can see event info, engage with other attendees, and get real-time updates from the organizer.

> Better integration with Maps and your calendar

Read more about Eventjoy iOS v2 on their blog

HackerRank (YC S11) Wants To Build A One-Stop Shop For Technical Phone Interviews

When it comes to hiring engineers, many companies now use a real-time web platform like TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield and Y Combinator alum HackerRank to see how candidates write their code. That way, interviewers see not only the code candidates write, but also get an insight into the thought process behind it — and how they handle mistakes.

HackerRank relaunched earlier this year when it added this real-time feature and today, it is announcing an interesting new feature to its hiring platform and some key hires that set the company’s hiring platform up for the future.

On the technical side, it is adding real-time audio to the platform. This new feature uses Twilio’s backend to make it very easy for the interviewer and candidate to set up their calls.

Startup School New York Speakers

We're getting excited for Startup School New York on June 18. There's still one day left to apply: http://startupschool.org/.

Here are the speakers who will be joining us: 

Chase Adam
Founder, Watsi

Shana Fisher
High Line Venture Partners and
Board Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

David Lee
Founder, SV Angel

Apoorva Mehta
Founder, Instacart

Kathryn Minshew
Founder, The Muse

Zach Sims
Founder, Codecademy

Fred Wilson
Partner, Union Square Ventures

HelloSign (YC W11) Launches New And Improved eSignature API

HelloSign launched a new API today:

Today we’re launching the new and improved HelloSign API, the easiest way for developers to build secure, legally binding eSignatures into applications. Businesses want the obvious advantages of taking their processes entirely online. Yet, most documents are still signed on paper, breaking online workflows.

The HelloSign API is built to solve this problem.

Quora in the next YC batch

This month, YC will be participating in Quora's most recent investment round and Quora will be joining this summer's YC batch.  This is a new experiment for us; we've funded later-stage companies before, but none close to Quora's stage.  Our hope is that both the company and the YC community will get a lot of value out of this.

We're not sure if it's something we'll do again; some of our experiments have worked and some of them haven't.  But Adam D'Angelo is awesome, and we're big Quora fans, so we're very excited to welcome Quora to the YC community.

Since it seems out of character for us, we thought we should say something about it.  Also, we won’t count Quora when we periodically announce stats on the YC portfolio.  Although they’re participating in the batch like any other company, they’re already so far along it doesn’t seem fair to include them.

Founder Ethics

One of the most valuable parts of Y Combinator is our community. As of Summer 2014, we have funded over 1,400 founders, and as the YC family grows, the continued strength of our network depends on founders behaving well.

Starting with this batch (YC S14), we'll be asking founders to review YC's statement of founder ethics. We hope putting these values into writing will help the community be as strong 100 years in the future as it has been so far.

PlanGrid (YC W12) adds Android, now used on 125,000 construction projects, adds 20K new blueprints a day

For the last two years, Y Combinator alum PlanGrid has helped modernize the construction industry by moving blueprints to tablets. After originally launching on the iPad, the company will now offer all the same features and capabilities on a wide variety of Android tablets.

At the end of the day, PlanGrid’s mobile app enables construction teams to cut paper out of their blueprint plans. Instead of printing out new versions of a blueprint every time it gets updated and sending them out to all the people on site, images can be uploaded and then viewed on tablets.

By moving blueprints off paper and onto tablets, PlanGrid helps to save construction teams a ton of money. But it also enables PlanGrid users to more efficiently use the blueprints they have, and more quickly update or make changes to them.

Last summer it added hyperlinking between plans stored on the app. Users can also mark up blueprints and quickly share changes or annotations with others.

Since launch, the company has been used on more than 125,000 construction projects, and more than 20,000 blueprints are uploaded every day to its network.