Strikingly (YC W13) launches the simplest way to build strikingly beautiful websites for both mobile and web

In today’s web environment, where there are more mobile phones than toothbrushes around the world, and where smartphones are increasingly becoming consumers’ go-to computing devices, publishers who have yet to build a web site may be best focusing their development efforts mobile-first instead of building for the desktop environment. To help publishers reach new users on mobile devices, a new startup called Strikingly wants to enable publishers to quickly and easily build mobile web experiences. The company, which is part of the current Winter 2013 Y Combinator class, is launching a platform that will create a framework for mobile web sites that can take as little as 30 minutes for users — even those with little or no development experience — to build.

Read the full article on Techcrunch

Pixelapse (YC W12) launches to bring Github-style sharing and version control to designers

Sharing and keeping tabs on code is relatively simple for coders thanks to GitHub and the like, but developers aren’t the only folks who could benefit from services like that. Designers could also use a smarter way to manage their projects, and that’s exactly the sort of niche that San Francisco-based Pixelapse is aiming to fill.

The problem first really came to light when co-founder Min Ming Lo spent time working as UX design intern at Google — as it turns out, the process of keeping tabs on designs and mockups there wasn’t pretty.

“They didn’t really have a process to version-control their work,” co-founder/CEO Shravan Reddy said. “Everyone dumped their files in a single giant folder. It was hard to tell whose assets were whose. Giving feedback was a pain— it was kind of a mess.” Reddy went through some similar design headaches at his own job, and it wasn’t long until Pixelapse went from idle thought to Demo Days at Stanford and Y Combinator.

Read the full article on Techcrunch

Screenhero (YC W13) launches screen sharing with multiple cursors: Work together remotely without fighting for the mouse for the first time

We all love the idea of being able to connect and work with people in our always-online day and age, but ironically, when it comes to document collaboration, a lot of the software designed to aid in that — WebEx, GoToMeeting and the rest — is actually more geared to presenting rather than actually letting people work together on things, in real time, or focused on documents within a particular platform, like Google Docs.

Enter Screenhero. Part of the current batch of Y-Combinator startups, Screenhero is launching with a way of letting two (and potentially more) people work on documents, or even each other’s computer desktops, in possibly the easiest way to date, by simultaneously giving each collaborator an independent cursor and mouse, and complete control over a document, as if it were his or her own.

Read the full article on Techcrunch

Cube (YC W12) launches the iPad Point of Sale businesses have been waiting for

With innovations like Square’s iPad register, small businesses and retailers face a slew of options for how to manage in-store sales without having to pay thousand of dollars for older point-of-sale terminals.

But many of these newer offerings don’t do the tracking that many small retailers need after the transaction happens.

That’s where a new YCombinator and Yuri-Milner-backed startup called Cube comes in. Calling itself the “Salesforce for point-of-sale,” it provides a suite of analytics that lets small business owners track their workers and manage their inventory and multiple business locations.

First, it offers a basic credit card terminal that you can plug into your iPhone or iPad’s audio jack (like Square) and a free point-of-sale app.

Read the full article on Techcrunch

Try Cube for your business

Swish (YC W13) launches a Kickstarter for physical products and open and transparent listings

It’s never been easier for would-be inventors to take a harebrained concept and turn it into an actual, sellable product, but the process of getting those products to the masses could still use a little work. Sure, crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have laid the groundwork for a revolution in how these passionate folks sell, but the team at YC-backed Swish feel like there are even better ways to do it.

“Kickstarter is way too much work for small creators, manufacturers and businesses who want to get their projects out into the world,” said Swish co-founder and CEO Iolanthe Chronis. “We’ve built something that’s truly retail just for the little guy.”

Read the full article on Techcrunch

Goldbely (YC W13) launches to bring famous gourmet cuisine all over the country to your doorstep

Foodies are always looking for something new and unique to try, but so much of what we eat is dictated by the local flavor of the areas we live in. Well one startup seeking to provide new experiences to those folks is Goldbely, which aims to make interesting foods available to anyone who might want to try them. The startup, which is part of the current crop of Y Combinator companies, recently launched with a food delivery business that helps customers find unique foods from different areas of the country.

Read the full article on Techcrunch

Order food from famous and delicious restaurants like Katz's Deli at Goldbely

Elastic (YC W11) launches Close.io, sales software designed by sales people

Even the best products or services don’t sell themselves, which makes way for everybody’s favorite professional: the salesman. Despite their often mercenary, compensation-driven ideologies, salespeople are the lifeblood of any organization. Unfortunately, the CRM and communication software tools they rely on are traditionally created by engineers who have never been within 100 yards of a “dial for dollars” power hour, or a dinner meeting potentially worth $500,000. As a result, existing solutions are unnecessarily cold, inefficient, and limiting in their design.

“Pretty much everyone uses Salesforce, but I’ve never met anyone who says they love Salesforce – have you?” Elastic and Close.io engineer Phil Freo says.

Close.io, which launches today to solve this problem, is the first commercialized software product released by of sales-as-a-service consulting startup and Y-Combinator alumni Elastic (FKA, SwipeGood). Frustrated with the solutions available elsewhere in the market, Elastic built a custom solution for its team of 20 salespeople.

Read more at pandodaily.com

YC and Upverter (YC W11) are hosting a Hardware Hackathon Feb 23 in Mountain View

Hardware is back!

Y Combinator has seen a huge increase in the number of hardware startups they fund. And so in an effort to encourage the renaissance and throw some gas on the fire, we are hosting a hardware hackathon. The focus is on getting like-minded hardware hackers into the same space, sharing ideas, designing hardware and ultimately creating more hardware startups.

If you’re hardware savvy and interested in starting a hardware startup, you should apply to come and hack with us!

Want to start a startup? Get funded by Y Combinator.

Read the full details and apply for the hackathon here

Custora (YC W11) to teach online class about Customer Lifetime Value Thursday at 2PM EST

The most common question that online retailers ask us at Custora is, “How can I increase my Customer Lifetime Value.” And not far behind is, “So what exactly is CLV?”

This makes a lot of sense. After all, CLV is by far the most important metric that online retailers should be measuring. Yet despite it’s apparent simplicity — it’s literally just the average amount of profit generated from each user over their lifetime as a customer — there is a lot of hidden complexity.

That is why we’ve decided to host an online class this Thursday, Jan. 31th, at 2PM EST. This class will be a basic introduction to Customer Lifetime Value, along with the opportunity afterward to ask the founders questions about your specific business.

Read the full article at the Custora blog