Getting updates to your users and A/B testing your mobile app can be slow and painful. Yet, iterating quickly is so important to a mobile product’s success, as Andrew Chen talked about yesterday.
So we’re excited to announce the availability of Trigger.io Reload today.
Trigger.io Reload allows you to iterate at web speed by pushing updates to the HTML5 code in your mobile app instantly without users having to install an update from the App Store or through TestFlight.
While collective consumption has really taken off in the last year thanks to the Airbnbs and Ubers of the world, carpooling and ride-sharing have been around a bit longer. But for the last few years, a number of ride-sharing startups have been making headway in areas where carpooling traditionally has lacked, like safety — the biggest obstacle standing in the way of mass adoption for collective consumption startups. While there isn’t a whole lot of differentiation among the ride-sharing set, Ridejoy is looking to change that.
For those unfamiliar, the YC-backed startup brings people together for long-distance road trips (which they define as those trips over 50 miles), allowing drivers to “sell” their extra seats to riders for cheap. Now that it has 3K active rides listed at any given time and some money in the bank, the startup is looking to expose its ride-sharing experience to a new audience with the launch of a new iPhone app.
Living in Brooklyn, NY (the place where package deliveries go to die), I know better than anyone the struggle of missing a package, tracking it down, and then traveling however long it takes to recover said package. It’s so much of a pain, in fact, that I often give up the second I see that “Sorry we missed you” sticker.
But a company fresh out of Y Combinator‘s Summer 2012 class is ready to disrupt this mayhem with a clever little box, a BufferBox. It’s a bit like Amazon Locker, where you have all your Amazon packages shipped to a relatively convenient location instead of missing them. However, BufferBox works with all of your packages (UPS, FedEx, USPS, and Amazon).
MicroEval, a startup in the current class of startups incubated by Y Combinator, is taking a new approach to the often painful process of employee performance reviews. The basic idea: Instead of having a single review every six or 12 months, break it up into quick bits of feedback that can be collected every week or so.
If you have ever tried to use SPSS you know the nightmare that it can be when trying to do even simple analysis. SPSS is designed for statisticians to analyze data sets. But even statisticians find it aggravating to perform such tasks as making a neat graphic to show the relationship between variables.
So here’s what happens. You hire a consultant who can do it for you. That’s why IBM, which owns SPSS, has thousands of analysts on its payroll.
Statwing is a Y-Combinator startup that translates the arcane technical terminology into plain english so you can do data analysis on your own.
Y Combinator-backed RegistryLove is officially debuting its universal bridal registry service today, and it already has 3,000 brides-to-be signed up to use it. And 750 of those signups occurred before the website itself was even finished. That speaks to the demand – and also the potential – in the newly hot “weddings” vertical which has recently been under attack from all sides, from wedding websites to photo-sharing apps.
With RegistryLove, the idea is simple: any store, one registry. No single store has everything a couple wants to register for, and many couples would like to include unique items they adore from smaller merchants, or even local shops without an online presence, on their registries.
“So many people are worried that technology is mediating us, but I think it’s just giving us a new way to hang out with our friends,” says Salzberg, co-creator of Makr.io, a “collaborative Web remixing tool” where users try to one-up each other by posting funny captions on pictures, a la lolcats.
We last heard from Salzberg as one of the creators of Diaspora, the highly anticipated, crowdfunded, open-source distributed social network that was going to take on Facebook. Makr.io is a Diaspora project.
ViaCycle, a new Y Combinator-backed startup, wants to be to bike sharing what Zipcar has become for cars. While there are many cities around the world where bike sharing is a fact of daily life, only a few cities in the U.S. currently offer similar programs and the ones that exist are often expensive to operate. The viaCycle team, which has been working on its platform for three years, uses a very different approach from most of its competitors. Unlike other systems, viaCycle doesn’t need special docking stations for its bikes, for example. The team has developed its own hardware that is integrated into the bikes to lock and unlock them through a phone call, text or via the company’s mobile app. This means viaCycle bikes can be locked to standard bike racks anywhere and the cost of getting started is significantly lower than with similar systems.
TNW told you about a service called Snapjoy that was building something quite amazing to store and categorize your photos – here’s what they have been up to.
The site is now available to everyone, and more importantly, its new importing tool is live. That means that those photos you have scattered all over the place can now come to one safe place, and that place is Snapjoy.
Here’s what TNW had to say about the uniqueness of Snapjoy last September:
Every time you load Snapjoy, a random photo in your timeline shows up and you can click to view it. Once you do, you’re given an option to click ‘Shuffle”, and you can then shuffle through as many photos as you like randomly. It’s like taking a random walk down memory lane. If you have a lot of photos like I do (14,888 currently), you could spend hours doing this.
If you’re looking for a new home for your photos, Snajoy is it. Forget your roommate, this is your new best friend.
MobileWorks launched last summer with a simple, yet big mission: Build a viable alternative for Amazon Mechanical Turk and in so doing create a motivated, happy and accurate virtual workforce. While Mechanical Turk has its appeal, as a way to hire cheap labor to complete basic tasks through an online, crowdsourced marketplace, but the system is set up in such a way that workers tend to be anonymous, underpaid, don’t have much incentive to do good work, and largely ignored by Amazon.
So far it seems to be working, as the company announced today that its workers have collectively completed one million commercial tasks since launch. What’s more, companies have effectively outsourced five continuous years of work in the last year by hiring its cloud-based crowd, which the team believes is a testament to how much businesses can accomplish by collaborating with a virtual labor pool.