Lanyrd (YC W11) acquired by Eventbrite

After 7 years and $135 million, popular online ticketing service Eventbrite is finally making some acquisitions.

Eventbrite has acquired Lanyrd, a startup that provides a social directory of conferences and other professional events, and Latin American ticketing service Eventioz.

London-based Lanyrd’s database includes thousands of events around the world. You can see what events people in your social and professional networks are attending and/or speaking at, and browse events by topic or location. Users can use Lanyrd to track what’s going on at an event, share their schedule, and find content about the event afterwards.

Lanyrd wrote in a blog post this morning that it will continue to operate independently of Eventbrite, but will offer deeper integrations.

“One thing that was very important to us: Eventbrite has no plans to shut Lanyrd down,” the company said. “Our vision for improving events has always been about making events better — for attendees, organisers, speakers, and companies [ …] Eventbrite’s vision sits well with ours.”

Alexis Ohanian interviews (YC W13) founder Chase Adam: Meet the future of philanthropy

Alexis Ohanian sat down with Chase Adam of recently is one of the most impressive non-profits I've seen and also the first to go through the ranks of Y Combinator. The work they're doing to crowdfund life-changing medical care for anyone in need for as little as $5 at a time is absolutely awesome.

How awesome? 100% of every donation funds medical care and the org is so dedicated to complete transparency they've got a live public spreadsheet online with every financial record.

Meet the future of philanthropy. With accountability like this, you'll never drop another nickel in a random jar.

Read the full article at LinkedIn

ZenPayroll (YC W12) now processes more than $100M per year of payroll for thousands of employees

Payroll systems like ADP and Paychex are a necessary business evil; they're difficult to navigate and expensive. Three founders in Silicon Valley have designed a more attractive, cloud-based solution called ZenPayroll and in just eight months, they've seen a lot of traction. 

The startup is now processing over $100 million for the businesses that use it.* Its CEO, Joshua Reeves, won't reveal how many companies are using ZenPayroll, but he says "thousands of employees are getting paid through it" and that his biggest customer represents less than 2% of that $100 million milestone.

Read the full article on Business Insider

World Economic Forum names YC alums Airbnb and Codecademy as 2013 Technology Pioneers

AirbnbCodecademy and Nest Labs feature among the 36 firms recognized this year as Technology Pioneers by the World Economic Forum.

The new “champions” were nominated by the public, Forum members, constituents and collaborators for their ability to transform how businesses and society at large operate in the future.

selection committee that includes Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group and Loic Le Meur, CEO of Le Web, then decided the final shortlist.

Read the full article at TNW

Estimote (YC S13) featured in Upstart Business Journal: Bringing Bluetooth low-energy tech to the masses

Krzych built a Krakow, Poland ad network called AdTaily that was purchased in 2009 by the largest media group in the nation. His partner and CTO Lukasz Kostka is a computer scientist with expertise in smart cities and big data.

And it wasn’t that they lacked focus for their idea. Estimote is solving a problem that all retailers face. With so many products available online, customers often visit brick-and-mortar stores to see items in person and try them on, but head home to find a better deal or more options online.

Estimote’s network of wireless sensors on products within a store sense a shopper’s location and populate her smartphone screen with the product, its specs, color choices and sizes. There are deals personalized to the shopper and an option to pay for the item in the app and have it shipped home or delivered at the front of the store (for example, in an Ikea store).

The Bluetooth low-energy technology that makes the sensor operate automatically will be built into Apple’s new iOS 7 coming this fall and to mobile operating systems announced by Google and Nokia.

Read the full article in Upstart

Prizeo (YC W13) featured by Forbes as one of 12 companies transforming industries


Prizeo leverages celebrities’ influence to raise awareness and funding for some of the biggest philanthropic causes. Funding is raised by raffling once in a lifetime prizes offered by celebrities. Prizes include a shopping spree with Khloé Kardashian Odom as well as a chance to meet Muhammad Ali. Prizeo has raised $2.5 million in funding and is democratizing fundraising by brilliantly leveraging celebrity power.

Read the full list on Forbes

Heap (YC W13) Raises $2M For Their “Capture Everything” Analytics Tool

Heap, a company looking to battle the likes of Google and KissMetrics in the analytics space, has raised a seed round of $2M from some of the bigger names in the Valley.

As I’ve written before, Heap’s approach to analytics is somewhat backwards from what many web developers might be used to. Rather than having to be told what data to capture, Heap just captures everyaction a user does on your site. Every click, every page view, every interaction that their Javascript snippet can capture (though they avoid capturing things that would be directly detrimental to a user’s privacy — they don’t record what a user types into a form, for example, just that they typed something.)

The idea there is that if you need to analyze how well something on your site is working, you don’t have to add any new code or set up a test and wait a few days for the data to come in — you already have that data. Want to check if your users are incorrectly clicking an image expecting it to take them somewhere? Just open up Heap and check the historical data for mouse clicks on that image.

Read the full article on Techcrunch

Weebly (YC W07) expands to new 36K sq ft SF HQ, will expand to 600 employees

Weebly, the service that lets you, your grandma and anyone else build a website for free, is growing fast. The startup launched out of Y Combinator in 2007 and today hosts over 15 million sites, which together see more than 100 million unique visitors each month. But they also expect this growth to continue, as Weebly co-founder David Rusenko tells us that his company has signed a lease on 36,000-square feet of a historic warehouse in SOMA in downtown San Francisco, which will become its new headquarters.

Not only that, but as the anchor tenant of this new space, the company has the option to expand to 50,000-square-feet, which Rusenko says the company plans to do. As a comparison, Weebly’s new office will be nearly five-times the size of its current space in Pac Heights, which is a puny 11,000-square-feet.

Besides the fact that the warehouse that will play home to their new headquarters is apparently the “last brick-and-timber warehouse in SOMA to be converted to a more modern setup” — and is where many of the grapes would be shipped from Napa to make wine in San Francisco, Rusenko says — the reason for the move is that Weebly plans to hire hundreds of new employees and it’s going to need somewhere to put them.

Weebly plans to move into the new space sometime in early 2014 and over the next couple of years plans to grow to up to 600 employees globally — most of whom will be located in San Francisco, the co-founder tells us. When Weebly moved into their current offices in 2011, the company was just 19 employees, a team which today has grown to 80.

Read the full article on Techcrunch

Soundfocus (YC S13) chosen as Gizmodo App of the Day: World's first music player tuned to your hearing

SoundFocus: SoundFocus is “the world’s first music player that tunes to your hearing,” according to its creators, led by SoundFocus CEO Alex Selig, who himself suffers from hearing impairment.First, you test your hearing acuity, roughly speaking, in three zones — lows, mids, and highs. In addition to everything on your phone and in your Apple iTunes Match account (although it can’t apply its EQ to the cloud-stored songs), SoundFocus includes artist radio stations using Spotify’s catalog, if you’re a premium subscriber, programming the artist stations using technology from The Echo Nest (publisher of You also get access to all your Spotify on-demand tracks. SoundFocus can work its EQ magic on Spotify songs, just not on iTunes Match songs, so we recommend turning off iTunes Match in your iOS settings if you’re going to use this app as your main player. [Free]