GoCardless (YC S11) launches PayLinks, a bit.ly for payments

GoCardless, the Y Combinator-backed startup founded in 2010 by Oxford graduates Hiroki Takeuchi, Tom Blomfield and Matt Robinson, is today launching a new product called PayLinks which aims to be something like a Bit.ly for payments. With its dead simple interface, anyone can create a shortened, tweet-friendly link in around 60 seconds, the company claims, allowing you to start collecting money online immediately.

These payments can either be one-off requests (throw in on the keg!), regular/subscription-based (subscribe to my blog!), or pre-authorized. The latter, which makes sense for B2B scenarios, lets a company collect a pre-authorized amount over a pre-determined period of time.

Read the full article at Techcrunch

PlanGrid (YC W12) raises $1.1M to be the way all construction projects manage their plans

One more Y Combinator startup from the March 2012 class has bagged a seed round of funding. PlanGrid, which has created a groundbreaking app for the construction industry, has raised $1.1 million from a notable list of backers. They include Suleman Ali, founder and CEO of TinyCo; Sam Altman, founder of Loopt; Paul Buchheit, the creator of Gmail; Matt Cutts, the head of Google’s Webspam team, Ray Levitt, Director of Stanford University’s Construction Engineering department; building-sector-focused Navitas Capital; as well as 500 Startups and Y Combinator itself.

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Grubwithus (YC W11) raises $5M Series A from GRP Partners, Suster to join board

Grubwithus has raised $5 million in Series A funding from GRP Partners and Lebanese entrepreneur Michel Daher, known for Daher Foods. The Y Combinator funded company previously raised about $1.6 million in seed stage funding from actor Ashton Kutcher, Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Start Fund, SV Angel and individual entrepreneurs Yuri Milner, Matt Cutts, Paul Buchheit and Alexis Ohanian. As part of the Series A funding, GRP Partner Mark Suster will join the board.

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Mixpanel (YC S09) raises $10M Series A from Andreessen Horowitz

Congrats to Suhail and Tim at Mixpanel -- they've made something people want, and they've now got the growth capital to take it even bigger. 

Liz Gannes at AllThingsD covers the funding:

All the start-ups I talk to these days seem to be using Mixpanel analytics. That’s the same experience the partners at Andreessen Horowitz had, so they anted up $10 million to lead a Series A round of funding for the company.

Mixpanel CEO Suhail Doshi said he aims for his products to be richer than Google Analytics and easier to grok than Omniture, while measuring modern things like engagement instead of old-school page views. Mixpanel has both Web and mobile products, and is used by companies like Path, Viddy, Socialcam, Jawbone and Airbnb.

Read the full story at AllThingsD

Take a tour of Anyvivo's Jellyfish Warehouse (YC W12) -- soon to be Amazon.com for all pets and plants

AnyVivo, a startup that launched this spring out of Y Combinator’s Winter 2012 program, has a pretty big mission: It wants to be the e-commerce hub for all living things. You might think thatAmazon sells everything, and you’re almost right — but AnyVivo wants to pick up exactly where it leaves off, at pets and plants. Selling and shipping such things is actually pretty complicated from a warehousing and logistical perspective, but AnyVivo says it wants to take on the challenge.

Read the full article and watch the video tour at Techcrunch

Swiftype (YC W12) launches the future of search: Finally site search that rocks

In my four-plus years covering tech, I don’t think I’ve ever met another blogger who was happy with the search feature on their website. The options range from terrible to functional, but it’s never good, and I’ve always found that it’s easier to just search via Google.

Apparently Matt Riley and Quin Hoxie saw the same problem when they were working at Scribd. So they left to build a better website search engine, one that they’re calling Swiftype. The startup was part of Y Combinator’s latest class of companies, and it’s launching today.

Read the full article at Techcrunch and more coverage at Betabeat

And the demo:

Priceonomics (YC W12) raises $1.5M from Andreessen Horowitz, Spark Capital, SV Angel, others

How much should you pay for a used iPhone, TV, or bicycle? Spark Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel and more think you need to know, so they’ve invested $1.5 million into Priceonomics, a Y Combinator winter 2012 startup. The seed round that shall be announced later today (Update: here it is) will go towards hiring front-end developers and back-end engineers to make the site beautiful but simple and beef up its machine learning technology.

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WePay (YC S09) raises $10M growth round from Ignition Partners

Online payment platform WePay just announced that it has raised $10 million in a new financing round. This round was led by Ignition Partners. Two of the company’s existing investors, Highland Capital Partners and August Capital also participated in this round. WePay, which bills itself as the “anti-PayPal,” is a Y Combinator alumni and was founded in 2008. The company raised a total of $9.15 million in two previous rounds over the last two years. In today’s announcement, WePay notes that this is a growth round and is meant to allow it to scale its technology and workforce.

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42 Floors (YC W12) launches Showroom to help make your office truly awesome

42floors, the startup that launched in March out of Y Combinator’s Winter 2012 class, is still only providing itscommercial real estate search product in the San Francisco Bay Area. 42Floors says more regions are on the way, but in the meantime, the company has found another way to go national: The debut today of “Showroom,” a marketplace that provides all the stuff businesses need to move into a new office after they sign the lease on the space.

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Quiet giant Weebly (YC W07) reports over 75M monthly visitors and 11M websites created

Weebly has been doing great, as reported by AllThingsD today:

Web site creation and hosting service Weebly is a bit of a quiet online giant. Founded six years ago, the company has helped users create more than 11 million Web sites, with 75 million monthly visitors.

Though most everything the company provides is free, with no ads, it has been profitable since the beginning of 2009, based on charging a few dollars per month for premium features like larger uploads and selling domain names.

In fact, Weebly is so profitable that co-founder and CEO David Rusenko told me yesterday that it may well go public within the next few years. I think the expression on my face could be described as “Wha??”

“It all comes down to the growth rate,” he continued. “Within a few years, I expect we will have the profile to IPO.”

Read the full article at AllThingsD