TwoTap (YC W14) and Semantics3 (YC W13) work together to streamline e-commerce

We love it when YC companies work together.

Two Tap (YC S14) recently announced a partnership with Semantics3 (YC W13). Semantics3 provides product feed data for over 35 million products. With Two Tap integration, it is now possible to directly purchase the products displayed in Semantics3's API results. This makes it so users can buy products within an app or website, without breaking to load Safari or Chrome. 

Read more about the partnership on TwoTap's blog and Semantics3's blog.

Lumoid (YC S13) Wants To Rent You A Camera Now, And Everything Later

Aarthi Ramamurthy is standing outside of her building talking to her first paying customer, and she’s about to make a product decision.

She’s shipped him a camera across country overnight on a rental program, and he’s so in love with it that he wants to buy one from her. He’s wondering if he can apply his rental fee towards the purchase of the camera.

After quickly running the numbers in her head she replies “Yes!” The customer is happy and she makes Lumoid’s first camera sale.

Lumoid, a Y Combinator-backed startup, is a service that lets you rent camera equipment of all sorts and, if you like it, you can purchase it. There are some comparisons to be drawn between rental companies, such as lensrentals.com and others, and the “try before you buy” services, such Rocksbox

But the model doesn’t stop there. 

Comprehend (YC W11) founder Rick Morrison on being an enterprise startup in YC

"When we first founded Comprehend in early 2010, I didn’t consider applying to Y Combinator, even though I was very familiar with YC, Founders at Work, and Paul Graham’s essays. I thought YC only invested in social/local/mobile companies and wouldn’t be interested in, or be helpful to, a startup that sold to life sciences companies, where metrics like ‘viral coefficient’ and ‘daily uniques’ are meaningless and sales cycles can last months.

However, we ended up applying anyway, at the encouragement of a friend, on the reasoning that we had nothing to lose. In retrospect, this was a great decision because YC has been amazing for learning about startups, fundraising, company building and more. Nowadays, I highly recommend YC to anybody starting a company, including enterprise, even those targeting non-traditional markets. If you’re starting a technology startup, they will be immensely helpful.

There’s a lot of articles written about tactics for applying to YC, so I won’t address that here. Instead, I wanted to share the areas where YC has been the most helpful to us as an enterprise startup, both during the program and in the 3+ years since they invested."

Read the full post on Rick Morrison's blog

HireArt (YC W12) founder Elli Sharef on not letting fear stop you from applying to YC

We asked HireArt founder Elli Sharef if she had any advice for YC applicants. 

Her advice: "If you’re thinking of applying my best advice is: Just do it. You may get in or you may not, but at least you’ll have tried. Being scared of rejection should not dissuade you from applying — if you’re going to be an entrepreneur, you’re going to have to put yourself in many situations in which rejection is a real possibility, so this is a great place to start." 

The application deadline for YC S14 is this Friday, March 28. Apply here.


Povio (YC W14), The Polite Photo App That Students Love, Joins YC’s Winter Batch

"It sounds odd to be talking about another photo sharing app, but a young company has – incredibly – come up with an entirely new take on the concept. Povio, a young startup from Slovenia, gained early traction with its clever take on photos and will now join Y Combinator’s winter batch (for which is gets $20k, 3 months’ worth of mentoring and acceleration, in return for 7% equity).

Povio’s take (available for both iOS and Android) on photo sharing is, bizarrely, unique. We literally haven’t seen anything similar (yet).

Why? Because all photo sharing apps today are push-based. You see, normally you have to take a picture for your friends to see in order to then elicit a response from them, whether they want it or not. Photo apps today are about a traditional feed model — you post, and it gets pushed out. The problem with that is it does not work terribly well with shy people – and into that category falls millions of teenagers.

Instead, with Povio, when you’re in the app, you log into your Facebook account and you see a list of your friends who also have Povio. At this point you can “ping” any of them and they’ll get a request from you that lets them easily take a photo and reply back to you."

Gbatteries (YC W14) Launches BatteryBox, A 50Whr Backup Battery For MacBooks & Other Gadgets

"Over the years, users of portable consumer electronics have just come to accept that battery life gets worse over time. But it doesn’t have to: Gbatteries, which is in the current batch of Y Combinator companies, has come up with a new technology called BatteryOS that provides better performance without battery-life degradation.

The first example of this technology is BatteryBox, a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery pack that carries enough power — 50 Whr — to run a MacBook Air for 12 hours, a MacBook Pro for six hours, or to charge eight iPhones."

See the full story on TechCrunch


Unbabel (YC W14) Launches A Human-Edited Machine Translation Service To Help Businesses Go Global, Localize Customer Support

"The sheer number of people not only coming online but shopping, watching, learning and consuming online — from every corner of the globe — is staggering, and every business wants to take advantage. Businesses now know they need to be where their customers are and that they can’t be one-size-fits all if they hope to thrive in today’s global marketplace.

The problem, of course, is that their new, global customer rarely seems to be speaking the same language. Not surprisingly, translation remains a big, expensive problem for businesses today. Most companies recognize the importance of localizing their websites and content, but few have the time, money or inclination to go one step further and localize that rapidly updating content or section of their site, their FAQs or their customer service interactions.

For most sites, these last two points, especially, are usually what break the budget — for those lucky (or smart) enough to even have a line of the budget dedicated to translation spend. This is where Unbabel wants to help. The Y Combinator-backed startup is launching today with a new kind of online translation service that aims to make it easy and affordable for a business of any size to translate all of its online content — from marketing collateral and FAQs to customer service emails, both static and dynamic." 

Read the full story on TechCrunch

Noora Health’s (W14) Training Program For Patients And Caregivers Improves Recovery And Reduces Readmission Rates

"If you’ve ever had a major surgery or medical event, you know that the education around recovery leaves much to be desired. When I had a C-section with the birth of my daughter, the hospital gave me a piece of paper that listed some of the medical issues that could take place if my recovery wasn’t going well. But I really had no idea how to handle the recovery–in fact, I made several calls to my physician (and had an untimely ER visit) because of complications.

Noora Health wants to change this. The nonprofit graduating from Y Combinator is building hospital education platforms for patients and their family members to teach them the skills needed to recover from a major medical event (like a surgery) or manage chronic conditions like diabetes and palliative care. Using an iPad app, Noora Health works with hospitals to offer patients and their families combination of videos, quizzes and interactive content to teach skills to aid in their recovery at home."

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