tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:/posts Y Combinator Posthaven 2015-01-30T19:45:02Z Y Combinator tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/805027 2015-01-30T17:30:29Z 2015-01-30T19:45:02Z YC Digest 1/23-1/29 Top Stories from the YC World - 1/23/15-1/29/15
Getting the Band Back Together: Why The Justin.TV Mafia Returned to Y Combinator

DoorDash (YC S13) is now delivering in San Francisco! 

Pushbullet (YC W14) Can Now Send Your iOS Notifications To Your Mac, Raises $1.5M

5 Startups Changing the Way We Eat Through the Seasons - featuring Instacart (YC S12) and GrubMarket (YC W15) 

Cofounder management by Aaron Harris

Pachyderm (YC W15) Launches Out Of YC To Be The Data Processing Tool For The Docker Generation

YC-Backed Pomello (YC W15) Helps Teams Determine Whether Job Applicants Will Fit In

Bluesmart (YC W15) Raises $2 Million For Its Self-Tracking Suitcase

How SF-Based Shuttle Startup Chariot (YC W15) Crowdsourced Its New Commuter Route

With $2.1M In Funding, GrubMarket (YC W15) Connects Consumers With Local Farms And Food Producers

Final (YC W15) Raises A Million For Its Fraud-Fighting Credit Card

Spoil (YC W15) Takes the Hunt Out of Gift Giving

AnalyticsMD (YC W15) Applies AI To Optimize The ER

Y Combinator
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/804407 2015-01-29T17:10:06Z 2015-01-29T17:10:06Z AnalyticsMD (YC W15) Applies AI To Optimize The ER

"AnalyticsMD, which is launching out of Y Combinator‘s latest batch, is a startup tackling a difficult but very worthwhile problem: how to boost the operational efficiency of hospitals and improve patient care by helping staff make better choices about how resources are allocated. Its founders liken their product to an “air traffic controller for the hospital and healthcare system”.

Their real-time analytics platform predicts changes in demand so that resources such as extra staff and beds can be brought in before they are needed to prevent scenarios such as emergency room waiting times spiraling outside target limits or the quality of patient care suffering. The HIPAA compliant SaaS software has been rolled out to several paying customers in the U.S. healthcare sector so far, including a major San Francisco Bay Area hospital system."

Read the full story on TechCrunch
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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/804140 2015-01-29T01:48:32Z 2015-01-29T01:51:07Z Spoil (YC W15) Takes The Hunt Out Of Gift-Giving

"Y Combinator-backed Spoil is looking to take the pain out of gift-giving with the launch of its personalized gift concierge service...

Give Spoil a description of a friend, acquaintance, or relative’s interests and personality, and they’ll send them a gift picked out by a dedicated shopper who knows a specific category of products very well.

As a gift-giver, you don’t know what your recipient will get until they do. All you know is which gift tier you paid for on the site, with prices currently ranging from $35 for the entry-level package to $500 for the “Black” tier...Spoil co-founder Cristian Asenjo compares using the service to getting someone a gift card. You know how much you’re putting on the card, and you know roughly where they’d like to spend that much money, but you’re not picking out the exact gift they’ll receive."

Read the full story on TechCrunch
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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/803500 2015-01-27T21:54:44Z 2015-01-29T01:51:20Z Final (YC W15) Raises A Million For Its Fraud-Fighting Credit Card

"Credit card startup Final, which is focused on combating fraud online and off while giving consumers more control over their spending, has raised $1 million in seed funding from investors including Ludlow Ventures, T5 Capital Partners, Y Combinator and other fintech angels, in advance of the launch of its 2015 pilot program.

The company tells us it already has 37,000 consumers signed up on the waitlist to try the new card when it becomes available.

Final was founded a year ago by a team whose background includes experience in I.T., mobile payments, and various startups, including Boulder-based Simple Energy."

Read the full story on TechCrunch
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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/803303 2015-01-27T16:45:06Z 2015-01-27T16:45:07Z With $2.1M In Funding, GrubMarket (YC W15) Connects Consumers With Local Farms And Food Producers

YC W15's GrubMarket now delivers to the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego, Sacramento, and Detroit. 

"If you love farmers market produce but hate going to the farmers market, then GrubMarket is a thing you should check out. Its marketplace connects consumers with locally sourced and organic food from nearby farms and producers in a number of cities around the country.

GrubMarket hopes to take advantage of a couple of larger trends that are happening among consumers. First, a growing number of consumers have become more conscious of where their food comes from, and are trying to support local producers. The second big trend is consumer laziness, and a general desire to have all things delivered to them.

To capitalize on those trends, GrubMarket offers up a marketplace through which consumers can buy food from local farms and producers. Once they’ve chosen from various different options, GrubMarket does the work of picking up those products from local producers and delivering them to consumers."

Read the full story on TechCrunch
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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/802958 2015-01-26T21:53:15Z 2015-01-26T21:53:16Z One Codex (YC S14) wins the CDC's "No-Petri Dish" Challenge

Congratulations to the One Codex team! Read about the "No-Petri Dish" Challenge on their blog

"We're excited to announce that the CDC's Advanced Molecular Detection initiative has named One Codex as the winner of its $200K "No-Petri-Dish" Challenge! We are thrilled to be recognized by a world-leading public health agency and excited to begin offering solutions for next-generation public health and epidemiology.

The "No-Petri-Dish" Diagnostic Test Challenge asked participants to develop a fast "straight-to-strain" method for identifying a type of E. coli known as STEC (a common cause of severe foodborne outbreaks). Current tests available to public health officials fall into two major categories: "culture-based" tests, which require growing a bacterial culture and can take days or weeks to complete; and faster, but significantly less informative tests for specific pathogens or toxins (e.g., PCR-based tests).

Our approach uses next-generation sequencing (NGS) data to offer fast, high-resolution diagnostic results. We developed a unique solution that is effective even for metagenomic samples with extremely low concentrations of E. coli or other pathogens (<= 1X coverage). This ultimately promises to help public health officials identify, track, and monitor outbreaks in near real-time."

Read the full post here
Read the CDC's announcement here
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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/802857 2015-01-26T17:19:56Z 2015-01-29T01:51:40Z How SF-Based Shuttle Startup Chariot (YC W15) Crowdsourced Its New Commuter Route

YC W15's Chariot is opening its third route today in San Francisco. The "Cole Valley Cruiser" will offer trips from the Cole Valley and Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods to Downtown SF and SoMa.

"If you live in San Francisco, you’re probably well aware of how bad the public transportation system is here.* While the growth of on-demand transportation services like Uber and Lyft has eased some of the pain of traveling around the city, those options aren’t exactly cost-effective for the average commuter just trying to get to and from work.

A private shuttle startup called Chariot is hoping to improve transportation options for San Francisco residents, and it’s doing so by letting them tell it where they need service.

Chariot launched a beta version earlier this year to run a series of private shuttle routes between neighborhoods that are poorly served by current public transportation options in the city. The company hopes to provide a service that will be faster and more convenient than public bus lines, at a price to consumers that is competitive with those options. It does this by running 15-passenger vans on regular routes users can sign up for through its website or a mobile app."

Read the full story on TechCrunch
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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/801638 2015-01-23T20:13:09Z 2015-01-23T20:13:10Z Bluesmart (YC W15) Raises $2 Million For Its Self-Tracking Suitcase

Excited to welcome the BlueSmart team to the YC W15 batch:

“Imagine a world where you never lose your luggage,” says CEO of BlueSmart, Diego Saez-Gil. He motions to a compact carry-on suitcase sitting beside us and tells me he can track this piece of luggage anywhere.

Saez-Gil’s Y Combinator-backed startup makes these hardshell suitcases. It can locate, lock and weigh your belongings from an app on your smartphone.

It operates on a detachable, Bluetooth-enabled motherboard with a built-in GPS. Weight sensors embedded within the handle let you know if your suitcase meets International travel guidelines. There’s even a built-in 37 Watts lithium-ion battery and a USB plug so you can power your smartphone up to 6 times while on the go." 

Read the full story on TechCrunch

Pre-order a BlueSmart here

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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/801535 2015-01-23T18:18:27Z 2015-01-23T21:18:30Z YC-Backed Pomello (YC W15) Helps Teams Determine Whether Job Applicants Will Fit In

"Y Combinator-backed Pomello wants to push recruiting to be more about getting new employees who will get along with the rest of the team rather than pushing fancy perks and competing on pay.

At least, that line of thinking is what got co-founders Catherine Spence and Oliver Staehelin talking while they were at Stanford Business School. With backgrounds in product management and recruiting, respectively, they each had thoughts on how the process of recruiting could be approached from a different angle.

They started meeting weekly, and had already signed up First Republic Bank as a customer before they finished their minimum viable product in December 2013. With feedback from the bank and other early testers, the team (which by then included Google/Microsoft alum Xian Ke) launched Pomello in its current form last September."

Read the full story on TechCrunch

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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/801528 2015-01-23T18:15:20Z 2015-01-23T18:15:21Z Pachyderm (YC W15) Launches Out Of YC To Be The Data Processing Tool For The Docker Generation

"If you’ve collected a large amount of data that you want to analyze, the go-to method for years has been to follow a programming paradigm called MapReduce, typically using Apache’s Hadoop framework. It’s a tried and true process, but it isn’t simple: Hadoop, which is mostly written in Java, has a reputation for being difficult.

Companies that want to get serious about data analysis often have to hire elite programmers who specialize in writing Hadoop MapReduce jobs. Or, they could contract a third-party company such as Cloudera to facilitate this kind of analysis. Neither of these options are an easy or inexpensive undertaking. This all means that early stage companies or projects often just don’t have the resources or know-how to take advantage of “big data.”

Pachyderm is a new startup launching out of the Winter 2015 class of Y Combinator that aims to make big data analysis much simpler and accessible. Claiming to provide the power of MapReduce without the complexity of Hadoop, Pachyderm is an open source tool that purports to enable programmers to run analysis of large amounts of data without writing a line of Java or knowing a thing about how MapReduce works."

Read the full story on TechCrunch

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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/801340 2015-01-23T17:10:22Z 2015-01-23T17:11:14Z YC Digest - 1/16-1/22 Top Stories from the YC World - 1/16/15-1/22/15

YC W15 Prototype Day

Demo Days - Two Demo Days for YC W15  

Fast Company: The difference between a joke and a billion dollar company isn’t as big as you’d think 

Carolynn Levy talks to Above the Law about the Safe

Forbes: America's Most Promising Company: Instacart

Tule (YC S14) Is A Crop-Hydration Sensor For The Tech-Savvy Farmer

VetPronto (YC W15) Brings Veterinary House Calls To San Francisco

What Doesn't Seem Like Work? by Paul Graham

The Ronco Principle by Paul Graham 

Egomotion (YC S11) Raises $250k To Automatically Tell Your Friends Where You Are, Whether Or Not You’re Driving

Interana (YC W13) Raises $20 Million to Speed Big Data Insights

CareMessage (non-profit YC W14) raises $6M for text-based patient outreach platform

Coinbase (YC S12) Raises $75M from DFJ Growth, USAA, NYSE, and More

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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/799632 2015-01-22T00:35:16Z 2015-01-22T07:33:26Z Tule (YC S14) Is A Crop-Hydration Sensor For The Tech-Savvy Farmer

"Thanks to several technological improvements over the last century, life for farmers is much easier than it used to be. But managing water consumption and distribution on farms is still a fairly manual process. Farmers have traditionally hired farm hands to drive through acres of fields and manually check the health of their crops and wetness of the soil.

Y Combinator-backed Tule (pronounced too-lee) aims to simplify the process with a device that senses plant moisture from a large area of land. It works by measuring something called evapotranspiration, or the amount of moisture released by plants into the air. The sensors collect data from the evapotranspiration and then send it to the site’s servers...

The sensors could also possibly help prepare farmers for the future of global food production. There will be an estimated 9 billion people in the world in the next 35 years. A Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations forecast predicts farmers will need to increase production by 60 percent to meet demands. Shapland says his sensors could increase yield by 30 percent if farmers get the irrigation just right." 
Read the full story on TechCrunch

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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/799339 2015-01-21T17:03:10Z 2015-01-21T22:52:47Z Demo Days There are 114 companies in the current YC batch.  We’ve grown too big for them to all present on one day.

So, for the first time, we are going to have two Demo Days, March 23 and 24.  We’re also going to break the companies into categories—biotech, enterprise, consumer, etc—so that investors can focus on what they’re interested in.

We expect that most attendees will attend both days, but if for some reason you can’t, we’ll have option to register for just one day.  Also, videos of the presentations from both days will be available to approved invitees for one week.

You can request an invitation here: http://ycombinator.com/demoday.

Sam Altman
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/797197 2015-01-16T19:00:01Z 2015-01-21T05:40:24Z VetPronto (YC W15) Brings Veterinary House Calls To San Francisco

"A new company looking to make it more convenient for pet owners to see their local veterinarian, VetPronto, is now live in San Francisco. A member of the Y Combinator Winter 2015 class, VetPronto is offering on-demand house call veterinary services for dogs and cats, allowing customers to skip a visit to the clinic or just see a vet at a more convenient time – like on evenings and weekends, for example.

The company was founded last spring by Brian Hur, Joe Waltman, and Soren Berg, the latter two who previously sold their email marketing company to Twitter. Meanwhile, Hur is a former Microsoft systems engineer-now-turned-vet.

Hur explains, “once I got into the veterinary industry, I noticed there were a lot of gaps in technology all the way through. And since getting out and practicing medicine, I’ve really focused on bridging those gaps and making sure that veterinary medicine can be upgraded for the dot-com era,” he says."

Read the full story on TechCrunch
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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/797062 2015-01-16T17:24:11Z 2015-01-20T17:00:04Z YC Digest - 1/9-1/15 Top Stories from the YC World - 1/9/15-1/15/15
How One Founder's Wedding Day Call Led To Millions In Funding From A Top VC - Vidyard (YC S11)

Giddiness, Terror, Cornbread: Here's What a Y Combinator Dinner Is Really Like

YC Demographics

This Company Will Let You Try Out a Box of Fitness Trackers At Home, Warby Parker-Style - Lumoid (YC S13)

Underground Cellar (YC W15) Is A Wine-Buying Site That Rewards You With “Better” Bottles For Free

Don't Talk to Corp Dev by Paul Graham

The Career Path I Didn't Consider (But Should Have) by Jessica Livingston

Instacart (YC S12), a Grocery Delivery Start-Up, Raises $220 Million

Soylent (YC S12) Scores $20 Million From Andreessen Horowitz For Its Drinkable Meals

Y Combinator
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/796570 2015-01-15T17:29:47Z 2015-01-16T20:21:18Z Underground Cellar (YC W15) Is A Wine-Buying Site That Rewards You With “Better” Bottles For Free

"While the Internet is not lacking in places to buy wines online, a new Y Combinator-backed startup called Underground Cellar has come up with an interesting new concept for wine sales, where its customers are able purchase package deals that include random, free upgrades to premium, rare, and private-stash bottles from a number of wineries. These wines can then be shipped immediately to the consumer, or they can stored in Underground Cellar’s own climate and temperature-controlled wine cellar for on-demand shipping...

For consumers, the draw is that you’re able to access expensive, premium wines without having to pay the higher pricing, but for the wineries themselves, being promoted as an “upgrade” allows them to protect their brand image and current pricing structure."

Read the full story on TechCrunch

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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/796188 2015-01-14T20:53:44Z 2015-01-28T19:15:05Z YC Demographics We want to be sure we’re not discriminating against founders in our funding decisions at YC, so we decided to look at some data.

Based on analyzing a random sample of 5% of YC winter 2015 applicants, 11.8% of the founders who applied were women and around 3% percent of the founders were either Black or Hispanic.

Of the founders we funded in our most recent batch, 11.1% of the founders are women (about 23% of the startups have one or more female founders), 3.7% of the founders are Hispanic, and 4% of the founders are Black. 

The good news is that there is no disadvantage to applying to YC as a female or minority founder.  The bad news, of course, is that applicant percentages are low relative to the entire population. 

We believe the ecosystem can support a lot more startups from many different backgrounds; this will not be a zero-sum game.  We will continue and strengthen our outreach efforts. As more good people start startups and apply to YC, more startups will get funded.

Michael Seibel
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/793800 2015-01-09T17:00:03Z 2015-01-09T17:00:04Z YC Digest - 1/2-1/8 Top Stories from the YC World - 1/2/15-1/8/15
7 admirable startups that are driving social change featuring Bayes Impact (YC S14)

Congrats to YC's Sam Altman + the YC founders named in Forbes' 30 Under 30

Congrats to the YC Crunchies nominees!

GrubMarket (YC W15) aims to bring farmers markets straight to your door

Someone else had your idea first by Aaron Harris

Facebook Acquires Wit.AI (YC W14)

Indian Messaging App Hike Acquires YC-Backed Zip Phone (YC S14) 

Y Combinator
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/793345 2015-01-08T18:17:30Z 2015-01-09T12:47:39Z Congrats to the YC Crunchies nominees!
Congratulations to the YC companies and founders nominated for the 8th Annual Crunchies Awards. 
Vote here!  

Best E-Commerce Application

Fastest Rising Startup

Best Health Startup

Best Design

Best Enterprise Startup

Can't Stop, Won't Stop

Angel of the Year

Founder of the Year

Best New Startup of 2014

Best Overall Startup of 2014

Y Combinator
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/791481 2015-01-05T19:19:20Z 2015-01-07T18:19:34Z Congrats to YC's Sam Altman + the YC founders named in Forbes' 30 Under 30

Image: Walter Smith for Forbes

Congratulations to YC's Sam Altman and the YC founders named in Forbes' 30 Under 30. 

Consumer Tech

James Beshara - Crowdtilt 
Ryan Hoover - Product Hunt
Kevin Petrovic and Rujul Zaparde - FlightCar
Ryan Shea - OneName
Evan Stites-Clayton and Walker Williams - Teespring
Stanley Tang and Andy Fang - Doordash


Mattan Griffel - OneMonth

Enterprise Tech

Balwdin Cunningham - Partnered
Calvin French-Owen, Ian Storm Taylor, llya Volodarsky, and Peter Reinhardt - Segment
Ishaan Gulrajani - Watchsend
Nancy Hua - Apptimize
Joanna Huey - Casetext
Dan Kimerling and Zachary Townsend - Standard Treasury
Vivek Ravisankar - HackerRank
Kyle Vogt - Cruise

Food & Drink 

Jason Wang - Caviar
Apoorva Mehta - Instacart 
Rob Rhinehart - Soylent


Jeffrey Rosen - Humble Bundle


Ian Cinnamon - Immunity Project 
Katelyn Gleason - Eligible API 
Max Hodak - Transcriptic 
Cindy Wu and Denny Luan - Experiment.com

Law and Policy

Nikhil Nirmel - Lawdingo
James Richards - Teleborder


Alexandra Cavoulacos - The Muse


Olga Vidisheva - Shoptiques

Social Entrepreneurs

Katy Ashe - Noora Health

Venture Capital

Sam Altman - Y Combinator
Matt Huang - Sequoia Capital

Y Combinator
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/791439 2015-01-05T17:05:41Z 2015-01-05T17:05:41Z GrubMarket (YC W15) aims to bring farmers markets straight to your door

GrubMarket joins the YC W15 batch and announces their Chicago expansion: 

A young San Francisco company called GrubMarket hopes it can keep consumers connected to local food suppliers with an ecommerce platform that lets farmers and small food businesses sell their goods, even in mid-winter. The company expanded operations to Chicago in December in its first push beyond the west coast.

“I am a big fan of local food and supporting local farms,” said founder and CEO Mike Xu.

GrubMarket is a member of of the San Francisco accelerator Y Combinator's current class. Xu said the company has raised $2 million from the program and other investors since launching in February. The platform includes 280 vendors who sell to the Chicago and San Francisco markets, Xu said. The majority of those are in the Bay Area.

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune]]>
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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/790351 2015-01-02T17:00:05Z 2015-01-02T17:00:05Z Top Stories from the YC World - 12/18-1/01 YC Digest - 12/18-1/01
> Applications for the Female Founders Conference are open

> Designers Are Ditching The Mouse For The “Flow” 3D Motion Touch Controller (Senic YC S13) 

YC-Backed Omniref (YC W15) Is Rap Genius For Code

Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In by Paul Graham: "The US has less than 5% of the world's population. Which means if the qualities that make someone a great programmer are evenly distributed, 95% of great programmers are born outside the US." 

> We're all communication hoarders by Aaron Harris: "There's a class of product yet to be successfully created that can sift through all of my communication, across all platforms, that finds what is actually meaningful." 

> Grocery Delivery Startup Instacart (YC S12) Scores $220 Million Investment 

> Mobile Analytics Company Mixpanel (YC S09) Raises $65M Round With An $865M Valuation 

Y Combinator
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/789725 2014-12-31T21:49:59Z 2015-01-01T00:48:00Z YC-Backed Omniref (YC W15) Is Rap Genius For Code

YC W15's Omniref announced their launch today on TechCrunch

"While the open source movement has made getting up and running with a software project incredibly easy for those who know what to look for, the reality is that not every project can be updated to support the latest versions of the code they’re built on.

Over time, this means that you see thousands of projects running on some old version of a library that seemingly no one is familiar with anymore.

Y Combinator-backed Omniref is building a code reference tool that could help developers get assistance from others building on the same code. Originally launched as a code search tool for Ruby in November 2013, the site has since added a Q/A feature resembling Genius’s annotation feature, as made famous by Rap Genius."

Read the full story on TechCrunch
Y Combinator
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/785271 2014-12-18T18:00:23Z 2015-01-23T19:05:03Z Female Founders Conference 2015 applications are open We’re delighted to announce the second Y Combinator Female Founders Conference, on Saturday, February 21 in San Francisco. 

Once again, we’ll bring current and future founders together to share their stories, give advice, and make connections. 

At YC, we have the honor of working with a lot of incredible female founders, and this is our chance to introduce some of them to you. If you are thinking about starting a startup or are in the midst of running one, we hope hearing stories from other women will inspire you to take the leap (or keep going!). 

We'll also be joined by distinguished guests like Kimberly Bryant (Black Girls Code), Ruchi Sanghvi (the first female engineer at Facebook and founder of Cove, acquired by Dropbox), and a few more, whose stories we're excited to hear ourselves.  

If you're a woman interested in learning more about building startups or non-profits, we encourage you to apply.

Kat Manalac
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/784941 2014-12-18T17:01:40Z 2014-12-18T17:01:40Z YC Digest -12/10-12/17 Top Stories from the YC World - 12/10-12/17

Amazon Not As Unstoppable As It May Appear - Instacart (YC S12) in the NYT 

Cratejoy (YC S13) is making it easy for companies to start a subscription service

How 43 Women Are Changing the World for Women in 2015 - Jessica Livingston in Elle

> "How You Knowby Paul Graham: "Your mind is like a compiled program you've lost the source of. It works, but you don't know why." 

> Hiptic Games (YC S11)  Launches Its GameThrive Push Notification Service

Kamcord (YC S12) Raises $15M As It Ramps Up Its Expansion In Asia

Farmlogs (YC W12) Nabs $10m Series B From SV Angel, Sam Altman And Others

Mattermark (YC S12) raises a $6.5M Series A to keep VCs in the know

Clever (YC S12) Gets $30 Million From Lightspeed To Become The Login Layer For Education Apps

Y Combinator
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/784132 2014-12-16T16:40:05Z 2014-12-22T20:56:52Z Hiptic Games (YC S11) Launches Its GameThrive Push Notification Service

Congrats to Hiptic Games on the launch of GameThrive

Hiptic Games, a Y Combinator alum that’s been operating in stealth since the summer 2011 batch, has launched GameThrive, a push notification service that aims to help developers engage players when they’re least likely to be annoyed.

Originally built for the team’s own needs, the service combines push-notification delivery automation with analytics tools to avoid overwhelming users to the point where they delete an app. Looking at things like playing habits and response rates to different notifications, the service schedules messages for in-game deals or events at times when players will be mostly likely to engage with them and come back to the game.

Read the full story on TechCrunch]]>
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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/780448 2014-12-08T20:14:01Z 2014-12-24T23:33:55Z Bettir (YC W15) Wants To Chat With You About Your Blood Pressure

Meet Bettir, the first YC Winter 2015 company to launch. Bettir is an app that lets you record your blood pressure and get daily feedback from experts. 

Chances are you only get your blood pressure checked maybe once or twice a year at the doctor’s office. You sit down in a relaxed setting near the waiting room while a nurse wraps a black velcro unit around your upper arm and pumps away. Perhaps the reading comes out a little high, but nothing to worry about. At least until you find yourself in a high stress situation, your blood pressure spikes and you end up having a stroke.

Going to your doctor twice a year isn’t the ideal way to get an accurate reading, says Bettir CEO Mike Chen. He and his four other co-founders, David Merriman, Ben Godlove, Nic Novak and Michael Rubin, were all friends at Oberlin when they started discussing the idea of going the startup route together. The band formed and through some health research, Bettir was born. It’s now Y Combinator-backed and ready to ship.

Read the full story on TechCrunch
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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/780394 2014-12-08T19:03:02Z 2014-12-15T16:28:50Z Transcriptic for YC biotech startups Reducing cost and cycle time as much as possible is one of the highest-leverage things anyone can do to help startups.  A few years ago, we rolled out deals with Amazon, Heroku, Microsoft, and Rackspace to make web hosting available for free to the startups we fund.

As we expand into new areas, we’ll put similar relationships in place.

I’m happy to announce a partnership with Transcriptic for our biotech companies.

YC biotech companies will get $20,000 of free credit from Transcriptic to run experiments on their platform.  Transcriptic is a remote, robotic life science research lab that lets a user type an experiment into a web browser and run it in the real world.  Transcriptic will hopefully do for biotech startups what AWS has done for web startups.

(In the interest of disclosure, Transcriptic is also in the upcoming YC batch.) 

We’ll be doing sharing some news along the same lines for hardware startups soon, and as we continue to expand into new areas we’ll continue to add new partnerships. 

Sam Altman
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/778267 2014-12-03T19:02:30Z 2014-12-09T10:24:50Z Welcome Michael, Jon, and Ilya I’m delighted to share that Michael Seibel (formerly a part-time partner at YC) and Jon Levy (formerly a part-time lawyer for YC) are becoming partners.

Additionally, Ilya Sukhar (CEO of Parse, which was acquired by Facebook) is becoming a part-time partner. 

Previously, Michael was a co-founder and CEO Justin.tv and the co-founder and CEO of Socialcam (YC S2012, acquired by Autodesk).  In 2014 Justin.tv became Twitch Interactive and under the leadership of Emmett Shear Kevin Lin sold to Amazon for $970MM.  Michael graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.  

Jon Levy previously counseled public and private companies as an attorney for WSGR and began consulting with Y Combinator in 2008.  Jon also worked in investment banking for many years.  Over the past several years, Jon has become one of the most trusted advisors to many YC startups.  Jon earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and B.A. in English Literature and Religious Studies from Wesleyan University.

Ilya is cofounder and CEO of Parse (YC S2011) which was acquired by Facebook in 2013. He continues to run the company as a subsidiary of Facebook and also works on other platform projects there. Prior to Parse, Ilya was the first employee at Etacts (YC W10, acquired by Salesforce) and an early employee at Ooyala.  He studied Computer Science and Operations Research at Cornell.

Sam Altman
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/774627 2014-11-24T21:07:10Z 2014-12-09T00:43:56Z Flow (YC S13), an intuitive and precise wireless controller, launches today

Flow, a low cost, high precision wireless controller, launched on Indiegogo today. 

According to the team behind Flow (Senic YC S13), "We work on graphic design, video editing or CAD on a daily basis. Keyboard and mouse are great but they are far from giving you the same sensitivity and abilities as your hand. 

The same applies for music, browsing or presentations. We need a tool that gives us flexible shortcuts and perfect control, a tool that makes the things we love fast, precise, intuitive and fun." 

Flow has developed controls for more than 30 applications, including YouTube, Spotify and Photoshop, and early backers will get access to their developer platform in March 2015.

Learn more: 

Pre-order on Indiegogo

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