TwoTap (YC W14) brings a two-tap checkout global shopping cart to over 100 merchants

Shopping cart abandonment is a massive problem on mobile, and the Y Combinator-backed Two Tap aims to improve this for merchants and affiliate sites.

It’s no secret that mobile checkouts are broken. Not only is putting your credit card info a major hassle on mobile, but many merchants don’t even have acceptable mobile sites. As users now often discover products they want to buy on social sites like Pinterest, making it fast and easy to also buy on mobile is becoming imperative for sellers.

Two Tap is essentially a mediator between the user and the company’s online ordering system. It doesn’t manage any money itself (though it stores credit card data on its PCI-compliant servers). Instead, it presents the user to the merchant and handles the checkout process for them. This way, you just sign in to your Two Tap account and you are done with the checkout in – you guessed it – two taps.

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An AT&T For Dentistry? Y Combinator-Backed Weave (YC W14) Launches To Bring Modern Telecom To SMBs

"Today, with access to the cloud and affordable SaaS-based solutions fast increasing, small businesses are adopting the kind of services and tools that were once reserved for their enterprise counterparts in droves. It’s happening across the board, from business apps, securitya and CRM to BI, accounting and telecommunications. Y Combinator-backed Weave is one of a growing set of companies looking to capitalize on this trend and bring modern software and services to the millions of small businesses that have traditionally been underserved by big players."

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ZenPayroll (YC W12) raises $20 million from Kleiner, General Catalyst

"ZenPayroll, whose service helps small business run their payrolls over the web, is a tiny startup in a field dominated by giants like ADP (ADP), Paychex (PAYX), and Intuit (INTU).

Yet in the past five months alone, ZenPayroll has gone from processing paychecks at a rate of $100 million to $400 million annually. The staggering growth suggests there is plenty of demand among small businesses for its easy-to-use payroll services.

The growth is also a reason why investors like Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and General Catalyst Partners are sinking $20 million into ZenPayroll."

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Kimono (YC W14) Is A Smarter Web Scraper That Lets You “API-ify” The Web, No Code Required

"A new Y Combinator-backed startup called Kimono wants to make it easier to access data from the unstructured web with a point-and-click tool that can extract information from webpages that don’t have an API available. And for non-developers, Kimono plans to eventually allow anyone track data without needing to understand APIs at all.

This sort of smarter “web scraper” idea has been tried before, and has always struggled to find more than a niche audience. Previous attempts with similar services like Dapper or Needlebase, for example, foldedYahoo Pipes still chugs along, but it’s fair to say that the service has long since been a priority for its parent company.

But Kimono’s founders believe that the issue at hand is largely timing."

Eventjoy (YC W14) Is A One-Stop Shop For Organizing Events

"Y Combinator-backed Eventjoy, a service that makes it easier to organize events using online and mobile tools, is officially making its debut today, offering support for online ticketing, event websites, mobile event apps, Twitter walls, and more. The company, previously known as EXMO, had in the past been more focused on its mobile application for event organizers, but is now working to offer a complete solution that can handle everything from accepting payments to polling users after the event has wrapped."

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Abacus (YC W14) Wants To Make Expense Reports Obsolete

"Expense reports are a special kind of hell. Employees are often stuck wondering when, if ever, they will get reimbursed. Managers and accountants, on the other hand, have to deal with extra paperwork and making sure that every meal, bar tab, and taxi fare was actually business-related. Y Combinator-backed startup Abacus wants to keep everyone from murdering each other with an app that ”kills the expense report” instead."

SpoonRocket (YC S13) is launching in San Francisco—$6 meals in delivered to your curbside in 15 minutes

SpoonRocket is gearing up to launch San Francisco for its gourmet food delivery service next week. Renee Frojo of San Francisco Business Times reports:

A food fight could be on the brink of breaking out in San Francisco, as a new meal delivery service is entering the market promising cheaper, faster lunch.

SpoonRocket, the Berkeley-based purveyor of hot, healthy foods on demand, is gearing up to launch in San Francisco next week, entering an increasingly crowded arena of food delivery startups that include Luke’s Local, Munchery, Sprig, Square Meals and Debbie Does Dinner, among a dozen others.

Unlike the others, SpoonRocket promises hot meals delivered in less than 15 minutes for a mere $6 flat — the lowest price in the category, giving it a significant competitive edge. The startup has cut down on the cost of a normal take-out meal by limiting meal selections to two per day — one vegetarian and one non-vegetarian meal designed by executive chef David Cramer.

While there are nearly 20 companies offering a variation of the service in the city alone, convenience in this category will prove to be key as the competition for customers heats up. And ready-to-eat, hot food for cheap offers a pretty good value proposition.

“At the click of a button, food magically appears — you can’t really beat that,” said SpoonRocket Co-founder and President Anson Tsui.

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Instapainting (YC W11) makes it easy to turn any photo into a hand-painted canvas painting for under $100

Surprise! It’s Valentine’s Day, the stealthiest of all the holidays. Sneaks up on you, doesn’t it?

If you’re trying to get a gift today, you… might be a bit short on options. Will you go with the gas station teddy bear? The twice-crushed box of chocolates? A bouquet of acceptable-looking roses for $200?

If your nearly-forgotten flame would be content with the promise of a pretty cool gift in a few weeks, though, you might be set. Instapainting, a YC-backed company launching this morning, turns any photo into a hand-painted piece on canvas for under $100 bucks.

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