tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:/posts Y Combinator Posthaven 2015-05-25T10:29:49Z Y Combinator tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/859828 2015-05-22T16:19:50Z 2015-05-22T16:19:50Z YC Digest - 5/15-5/21 Top Stories from the YC World - May 15-May 21, 2015

YC News
Farewell TC, Hello YC - Susan Hobbs joins Y Combinator

Essays
Party (round) all the time? - by Aaron Harris

Launches
YC S11: InboxSDK launches —The Biggest, Most Unexploited API Frontier in 2015 is now open - Built by Streak  

YC S09: RealtyHop Helps Investors Find Underappreciated Rental Properties - Built by the RentHop team

YC S15: New Story Crowdfunds Houses for Homeless People - Meet YC's newest non-profit 

YC Alum Updates
Semantics3 (YC W13) launches the first push notifications API for e-commerce products 

Build apps for cars on the new Automatic (YC S11) developer platform

analyticsMD (YC W15) launches an index that's like Yelp for hospitals 

Gobble Says It Has Delivered 230K Easy-To-Cook Meals Since Launching Last Year

Fundraising
Videopixie (YC S11), A Video Production Startup That Connects Buyers And Creators, Raises $1.1M

Meteor (YC S11) Raises $20M To Build The One JavaScript Stack To Rule Them All

Payments company WePay (YC S09) raises $40 million to go global

Algolia (YC W14) Grabs $18.3 Million From Accel For Its Search API On Steroids

Mobile Optimization Startup Taplytics (YC W14) Has Raised $2.4M In Seed Funding

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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/856708 2015-05-18T15:37:01Z 2015-05-21T18:27:02Z New Story (YC S15) Crowdfunds Houses For Homeless Families

Meet New Story, a non-profit in the Summer 2015 batch of YC. New Story crowdfunds houses for homeless families living in danger.

Here’s how it works:

  • New Story partners with organizations on the ground that identify families living in conditions exposed to dangers like rape, theft, and sanitation borne disease.

  • New Story tells the stories of these families on their crowdfunding platform.

  • Donors can give directly to a family, and when the home is built 2-3 months later, donors receive a video of the family they helped moving into their new home.

  • Local contractors build the homes, providing jobs and stimulating the economy.

In their first 6 months, New Story raised over $120k in donations, and funded 20 new homes in Leveque, Haiti. 

Part of what we like about New Story is their focus on creating a better giving experience. They built transparency and personal connection into the platform, along with features that make it easy for donors to share campaigns. 

To help donors understand where their money is going and what it is (or isn't) accomplishing, New Story posted a breakdown of what it costs to build one home on the site. 100% of every donation goes to building homes and so far, the team has funded its operations through private investors and YC. 

New Story is founded by Brett Hagler (who previously founded the socially conscious e-commerce company, Hucksley), Alexandria Lafci (a Teach for America alum with a decade of international development experience), and Matthew Marshall (a UX designer for charitable brands and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper). They believe, as we do, that this tech-powered donor experience is the future of philanthropic giving.

Read more about New Story on TechCrunch

Learn how to create a campaign here

The founders answer questions on Hacker News


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Kat Manalac
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/856562 2015-05-15T15:45:00Z 2015-05-25T07:58:50Z YC Digest - 5/8-5/14 Top Stories from the YC World - May 8-May 14, 2015

YC News
One surprising hack to get into YC! by Sam Altman

Startup School Radio Ep. 2: Justin Kan and Mathilde Collin

Congratulations to PlanGrid's (YC W12) Tracy Young for being listed as one of Fast Company's "Most Creative People in Business 2015" 

Launches
Senic (YC S13) is building Nuimo, a dial for the internet of things 

Fundraising
PlanGrid (YC W12) raises $18 million from Sequoia to digitize construction blueprints - The team has already put over 17 million blueprints in the cloud

Women Power on Display in Career Site The Muse’s (YC W12) $10M Round

We’ve raised money to reinvent global trade - Paul Graham on Flexport: “Flexport is one of those rare startups that will not merely satisfy its market, but grow it. There will be more international trade because of Flexport, and international trade is a very big thing for there to be more of.”

On-Demand Laundry Service Cleanly Hangs Up $2.3 Million In Seed Funding

Smarking (YC W15) Raises $3 Million to Help Parking Providers Fill Every Space

YC Alum Updates
Sidecar and Meadow (YC W15) partner to bring you faster on-demand weed delivery

Recurse Center (YC S10) is building a research lab focused on discovering better ways of making software

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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/854520 2015-05-11T17:53:13Z 2015-05-25T10:29:49Z One surprising hack to get into YC! People often ask us what they can do to improve their chances of getting into YC.  The truth is there isn’t much other than “have a good idea, a market that may become huge, and a great team”.

However, there is one thing that helps, and so we’re making it official.

If you’ve worked at a YC company, and get a good recommendation from the founder of that company, we’ll give your YC application extra consideration.  References are very helpful in any decision about who to work with—there’s so much value in understanding how someone performs and improves over years on a job. 

You certainly don’t need to do this, of course.  Most of the founders we fund are totally unknown to any YC partner and have never worked at a YC company.  The fact that we are willing to look at people totally unknown to us is key to why we do well, and not something we’ll ever stop doing.

(If you’re an engineer interested in working at a YC startup, go here: https://triplebyte.com)

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Sam Altman
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/853352 2015-05-08T16:20:42Z 2015-05-08T16:20:42Z YC Digest 5/1-5/7: Work at a YC Startup, SUS Radio and Zenefits Top Stories from the YC World - May 1-May 7, 2015

YC News
Work at a YC Startup v2 - Apply for a job at a YC startup without a resume. 

Startup School Radio is now a podcast - Hear YC partner Aaron Harris get stories and practical advice from founders and investors. Learn how they got started, what went wrong, what surprised them, and what happened as their companies grew.

Launches
YC S15: Former YC Partner Harj Taggar Is Building The New Technical Hiring Pipeline With TripleByte 

Essays
Things that aren't work by Aaron Harris 

Fundraising
Zenefits (YC W13) Just Raised $500 Million At A $4.5 Billion Valuation 

Updates 
Estimote (YC S13) now lets you track the indoor location of several people in real-time with their cloud-based API

Zidisha (YC W14) launches in Haiti

YC Alum Stories
From Communal Living to Peer-to-Peer Construction Rentals - EquipmentShare (YC W15) in WSJ

This Man Turned His Dirty Laundry Nightmare Into a Startup - Cleanly (YC W15) in Fast Company

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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/852639 2015-05-07T18:00:04Z 2015-05-23T04:09:41Z Work at a YC Startup v2 Hiring is the biggest problem our startups face once they finish YC.  In the past, we've held Work at a Startup events with the goal of connecting our companies to great programmers. Unfortunately, scaling recruiting events is very hard and requiring applicants to show up in person significantly reduces the pool of potential hires. As a result, we're bringing back the Work at a Startup idea but this time we're going to use a new YC startup to power it.

Triplebyte (YC S15) is launching a common application to apply for a job at any YC startup.  You don't have to go to an event or submit a resume. Emailing thousands of resumes to our portfolio companies is not a good solution. It puts programmers who don't have impressive resumes at a disadvantage and puts the burden on our YC companies to filter through thousands of applicants. With the new YC common application, you answer some simple programming questions online, followed by a 15 minute phone screen, and then a set of online technical interviews. If you pass, they'll help you search across all YC startups, select up to five you'd like to work for, and help you get a job.  

Not only does this help us address a problem that all YC startups face as they grow, it also provides a fair and open process for people from diverse backgrounds to move to the Bay Area and join the startup world. Apply to work at a YC company here.



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Michael Seibel
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/850015 2015-05-01T15:45:03Z 2015-05-01T15:45:03Z YC Digest - 4/24-4/30 Top Stories from the YC World - April 24-April 30, 2015

Watch
PlatziConf brings YC to Mexico: Watch the livestream here starting at 9am CDT on Saturday, May 2 

Essays
Subtle Mid-Stage Startup Pitfalls by Jessica Livingston

The days are long but the decades are short by Sam Altman

Launches
DroneBase (YC W15) Lets Any Business Rent A Drone And Pilot

Fundraising
ShipBob (YC W15) Raises $1M To Help Small Businesses Deliver Orders On Time

Campus Job (YC W15), Connecting College Students With Employers, Raises $7.8 Million In Series A

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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/849117 2015-04-29T21:48:08Z 2015-04-29T22:00:33Z DroneBase (YC W15) Lets Any Business Rent A Drone And Pilot

YC W15's DroneBase is a marketplace for drone services founded by Dan Burton and Eli Tamanaha. 

Read more about DroneBase on TechCrunch:

"DroneBase lets you commission a drone and its pilot for commercial jobs. You just submit your request online, DroneBase finds someone who can do the gig, they come fly and send you the media and data needed.

DroneBase has the potential to both disrupt old ways of getting aerial imagery or doing heavy industry inspections, but also open up options to businesses that couldn’t afford it. Now after graduating from Y Combinator, DroneBase has raised a seed round from Union Square Ventures, SV Angel, Rothenberg Ventures, and Launchpad LA."

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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/843698 2015-04-20T21:36:08Z 2015-05-23T04:10:13Z Rickshaw (YC W14) Provides An API For Local Deliveries

Rickshaw, the same-day delivery platform, launched today on TechCrunch after operating in stealth since the Winter 2014 batch of YC: 

"Ever since Uber launched to enable users to hail a ride with a mobile app, any number of on-demand and same-day delivery services have emerged. In most cases, those companies end up building out their own logistics infrastructure and hiring their own delivery drivers.

But why keep reinventing the wheel if the delivery and routing part of the service isn’t a part of your core competency? That’s the thinking behind Y Combinator-backed Rickshaw, which hopes to enable companies to outsource the logistics layer of the local delivery process in a way that will make same day pickups and drop-offs more efficient for all.

Rickshaw was founded by Divya Bhat and Gautam Jayaraman, two MIT grads who have backgrounds in operations research and computer science. They began building Rickshaw, Bhat says, after she considered working on a startup that would require a fleet for deliveries. Rather than building such a fleet just for their own usage, or reaching out to others to rent capacity on their delivery fleets, the Rickshaw founders thought it made more sense for to work on solving the delivery problem for a bunch of different companies."

Read the full story on TechCrunch

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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/840158 2015-04-13T17:01:01Z 2015-05-11T17:49:30Z Welcome Luke and Rick We are happy to announce two new additions to the YC team.

Rick Morrison is joining us as a part-time partner.  Rick is the founder and CEO of Comprehend Systems.  Comprehend makes multi-datasource analytics and collaboration tools for the life sciences industry.  Rick will focus on advising our enterprise companies.

Luke Iseman is joining us to help our hardware companies.  He was the cofounder of Edyn from W2014, and he cofounded the boxhouse open-source shipping container home project.  Luke will be responsible for all of our hardware partnerships as well as advising hardware companies on how to get their prototypes and products built.

Welcome, Luke and Rick!
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Sam Altman
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/835459 2015-04-03T19:36:01Z 2015-05-24T14:55:30Z New Hacker News Guideline The HN team members are some of the most thoughtful people about online communities I’ve ever met. So I’m always excited when they have a new idea to try.

This idea is simple. We’re updating the guidelines to add: "Avoid gratuitous negativity."

Critical thinking is good; shallow cynicism, on the other hand, adds nothing of value to the community. It is unpleasant to read and detracts from actual work. If you have something important but negative to say, that's fine, but say it in a respectful way. 

Negativity isn't the problem--gratuitous negativity is. By that we mean negativity that adds nothing of substance to a comment. This includes all forms of meanness.

Sharp readers may point out that the HN guidelines have always excluded those things. That's true. But it's still enough of a problem in HN threads that this is a clarification worth making. We tried it out last year when we released special guidelines for Show HNs. It worked well there, so we're extending it to the whole site.

New work and new ideas are fragile. Too much gratuitous negativity might be the difference between someone giving up on a crazy idea and building the next Airbnb. Obviously, we want Hacker News to help startups and people doing new work, not hurt them. Building stuff is hard, and you'll always need a thick skin. But we see no need for Hacker News to make the problem worse.
 
The human trait of being unhappy with other people's success is something we’ve all felt and should all try to avoid. Similarly for piling on to others' mistakes. These things feel good in the moment, but they're harmful and lazy. HN is a community of smart people. Let's all apply our smartness to *not* being like that, and see what new and interesting things emerge.
 
How are we going to enforce this? By asking the community to do so. Gentle reminders by peers are the best way we know to make the culture better.
 
HN can never be all things to all people. If you want to be relentlessly negative on the internet, there are other places you can go to do that.
 
I’m excited about this change; the increase in gratuitous negativity as Hacker News has gotten bigger is the thing I’ve liked the least.
 
To support this, Daniel and the HN team are working on another new idea I'm very excited about--code-named "Modnesty"--to turn more moderation power over to the community. We'll be sharing more on that in the coming months.

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Sam Altman
tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/835220 2015-04-03T15:38:17Z 2015-04-10T23:52:06Z YC Digest - 3/27-4/2

YC W15 at their last dinner (Photo credit: Pretty Instant)

Top Stories from the YC World - March 27-April 2, 2015
What Happens After Y Combinator: The Marathon After the Sprint (Fast Company)

Launches

Essays
The Magic Thread by Geoff Ralston

Silver Bullets by Jeremy Yamaguchi (Lawn Love YC S14) 

Fundraising


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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/834298 2015-04-01T17:15:37Z 2015-05-02T04:42:02Z Congratulations to YC W15

YC W15 at their last Tuesday night dinner. Photo credit: Pretty Instant

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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/833872 2015-04-01T00:11:29Z 2015-04-01T00:11:29Z Neverfrost (YC S14) Wants To Kill Windshield Frost And Keep Rocks From Ruining Your Day

Neverfrost, a company that's been operating in stealth since the Summer 2014 batch, announced their product today in TechCrunch: 

"Neverfrost, a YC-backed company that has been working away quietly up in Waterloo for the past few years, wants to beef up your windshield’s ability to handle the stray rocks that may come its way — and while they’re at it, they want to end windshield frosting and help drivers save fuel by keeping their car’s interior cooler."

Read the full story in TechCrunch

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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/831609 2015-03-27T15:51:33Z 2015-04-15T06:04:43Z YC Digest - March 20-26, 2015 Hello from the YC Team at Demo Day (photo credit: April Buchheit)

Top Stories from the YC World - March 20-26, 2015
The deadline to apply to YC S15 is tonight at 8pm PT!

Here Are The Companies That Presented At Y Combinator Demo Day 1 - TechCrunch

47 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Winter 2015 Demo Day 2 - TechCrunch

Ebola Drugs, Prison Inmates, Real, Live Rockets: Y Combinator's New Launchpad - Fast Company

I Am Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator. AMA - Hacker News

Sam Altman: Why Hardware Could Yield the Next $10 Billion Startups - WSJ 

How Platzi (YC W15) bootstrapped its way into Y Combinator to build the future of education - TNW

A Look Inside Transcriptic’s (YC W15) New Biotech Testing Facility - TechCrunch

Launches
YC S14: Nightingale Launches Its Support Platform For Autism Therapy

YC W15: Pigeon.ly, A Startup Focused On Serving The U.S. Prison Population, Joins Y Combinator

YC W15: SmartSpot’s Tale: From A Farm In Egypt To Building A YC Computer Vision Startup For Fitness

YC W15: Cribspot (YC W15) Helps University Students Find Rentals In Time For School To Start

YC W15: Razorpay Offers Stripe-Style Payments Focused Squarely On Indian E-Commerce Plays

YC W15: HigherMe Promises A Smarter Approach To Applying For Retail Jobs And Other Hourly Work

YC W15: Online Learning Service Platzi Wants To Give You Useful Tech Skills, Not Diplomas

YC W15: Instavest Wants To Help Investors Make Smarter Trades

YC W15: SmartHires Helps Startups Find Tech Talent Within The Same Investment Portfolio

YC W15: GiveMeTap Offers Free Water And Footfall Data For Stores, And It Helps Africa

YC W15: Introducing Priime - a new way to edit photos on your iPhone

YC W15: Kickpay Is A Marketplace For Invoices That Helps SMEs Get Paid Quickly

YC S14: uBiome Is Now Doing An Indiegogo Campaign To Check Out Dental Bacteria

YC W15: Taskpipes Is SaaS To Simplify Using Lots Of (Other) SaaS Platforms

YC W15: SlideMail Is An Intelligent Email App For The Rest Of Us 

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tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/829628 2015-03-24T17:38:39Z 2015-05-11T16:44:34Z Pigeon.ly (YC W15), A Startup Focused On Serving The U.S. Prison Population, Joins Y Combinator

YC welcomes Pigeon.ly to the Winter 2015 batch. Pigeon.ly is building a profitable new category of services for the 20M ppl with family in prison. Read more about Pigeon.ly on TechCrunch:

"Hutson says that 1 percent of the U.S. population has a loved one who is in prison, given the scale of the U.S. mass incarceration system. He estimates it’s a $2 billion market. If you look at competitors, Securus sold to a private equity firm in 2013 for about a half-billion dollars while JPay told CNBC it had $50 million in revenues last year. 
While Pigeon.ly is definitely farther along in terms of product and growth than some of its peers in the YC program, Hutson said it was valuable to join the program anyway. YC partner Michael Seibel, who co-founded SocialCam and Justin.tv, heavily recruited Hutson and has been a big advocate for diversifying each batch of companies
'Being a minority founder building a company, Y Combinator can help. You need to have the right affiliations. You need to be in the right circles. We looked at this as an opportunity to get access to investors and talent.'"

Listen to Planet Money's episode on Pigeon.ly: Episode 610 The Prisoner's Solution
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    tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/828936 2015-03-23T17:44:04Z 2015-04-02T20:32:59Z SmartSpot's Tale (YC W15): From A Farm In Egypt To Building A YC Computer Vision Startup For Fitness

    SmartSpot is launching out of the Winter 2015 batch of YC. SmartSpot makes a smart mirror for gyms that tracks your form as you work out and provides live correction. They help people improve their exercise form and prevent injury.

    The vast majority of gym-goers don’t know how to exercise properly and safely. Many quit after only a month because they don’t see improvement. Although personal training is one solution, at $80 an hour or more, personal trainers are out of reach for most people. SmartSpot's founders believe that personal training should be something anyone can afford.

    They have launched in 3 gyms in San Francisco where they've worked closely with early users to make a product that can become part of a routine for people with a variety of fitness goals.

    SmartSpot is founded by Moawia Eldeeb and Josh Augustin. 

    Read more about SmartSpot's story on TechCrunch:

    "Moawia Eldeeb grew up with his family on a village farm bordering the Nile, growing rice in the summers and vegetables in the winters. It was the way things had been for years, decades even.

    But when Eldeeb’s brother was born with a rare genetic condition called ectodermal dysplasia, everything changed immediately. Because of the condition, Eldeeb’s infant brother couldn’t sweat. And given Egypt’s humid climate, this meant a certain and swift death.

    His father, who had been applying every year for a green card for the past 15 years, fortunately had won one in the lottery. Roughly two weeks after Eldeeb’s brother was born, they left everything they had ever known behind.

    Read the full story on TechCrunch
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    tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/828874 2015-03-23T15:44:02Z 2015-03-25T03:22:35Z Cribspot (YC W15) Helps University Students Find Rentals In Time For School To Start

    Cribspot launches out of the Winter 2015 batch of YC:  

    "Finding a decent apartment can be tough, which is why we’ve seen a recent increase in the number of startups that are aiming to serve a woefully underserved market. But finding an apartment when you’re a college student can be even tougher. Aimed squarely at the university market, a Y Combinator-backed startup called Cribspot hopes to alleviate at least some of the pain associated with finding rentals and sublets.

    Compared to the broader housing market, college rentals are unique in that many units are booked a semester or more in advance. Furthermore, even when listings are available, they can typically only be found on campus bulletin boards or by walking around a college town and looking for “for rent” signs. All of that can make it difficult for students to find housing, especially on short notice.

    Cribspot hopes to change that, by creating the most comprehensive search engine for apartments on or near university campuses. It’s doing that by collecting rental information from thousands of different sources and working directly with landlords who don’t have websites or other ways to find out about their apartments." 

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    tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/828869 2015-03-23T15:37:18Z 2015-03-24T06:19:54Z Razorpay (YC W15) Offers Stripe-Style Payments Focused Squarely On Indian E-Commerce Plays

    Razorpay launches out of the Winter 2015 batch of YC:

    "The rise of companies like FlipkartSnapdeal and Ola have put a spotlight on the e-commerce opportunity in India, where the growth of catchy businesses is being fuelled by consumer demand, improving Internet connectivity and generous VC funding. Now, a new startup called Razorpay — part of the current Y Combinator class — is hoping to ride that trend, by giving more startups and larger tech companies in the country the ability to make it easier to integrate payments into their services.

    Razorpay is not unlike Stripe — a YC alum itself — in that it provides a very simple interface and gateway for businesses that want to take payments for goods or services online. Using Razorpay’s APIs, a company can add payments with a few lines of code, and consumers can then pay using a credit card, a debit card or net-banking (online bank transfers, one popular payment option in India). What makes Razorpay special, however, is that it’s made by an Indian team and specifically for businesses that operate in India."

    Read the full story on TechCrunch

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    tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/827836 2015-03-21T01:02:19Z 2015-03-21T01:02:20Z HigherMe (YC W15) Promises A Smarter Approach To Applying For Retail Jobs And Other Hourly Work

    HigherMe launches out of the YC Winter 2015 batch: 

    "When you’re trying to find the right person for a job, résumés don’t always cut it.

    I suspect that’s true for many jobs, but Rob Hunter, co-founder of HigherMe (part of the current batch of startups incubated at Y Combinator), told me that it’s particularly true in retail jobs and other hourly positions — location, availability, and personality can be more important than the jobs you have or haven’t held in the past.

    That’s something Hunter himself saw when he owned multiple Marble Slab Creamery stores. He recalled hiring an early employee, Kendra, who — like most high schoolers — had an unimpressive résumé. After all, her experience on the soccer team and as a babysitter didn’t say much about her ice cream serving skills, and the typos didn’t help, either."

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    tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/827833 2015-03-21T00:58:01Z 2015-04-01T07:17:15Z Online Learning Service Platzi (YC W15) Wants To Give You Useful Tech Skills, Not Diplomas

    YC welcomes Platzi to the Winter 2015 batch: 

    "A couple of things about online learning service Platzi immediately set it apart from the other companies in Y Combinator’s latest batch. First, it is from Latin America — Colombia to be precise. Second, it is profitable. That’s right, it’s already making money.

    Online learning is hardly a new concept, but two-year-old Platzi is taking a different approach that’s interesting for a couple of reasons.

    Rather than broadening the availability of the traditional education experience using the Internet, like most MOOC (massive open online course) services, it’s focused on developing tangible skills."

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    tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/827826 2015-03-21T00:09:43Z 2015-03-24T04:58:19Z Instavest (YC W15) Wants To Help Investors Make Smarter Trades

    Instavest launches out of the YC Winter 2015 batch: 

    "Instavest, a Y Combinator-backed startup, wants to help retail investors benefit from the smart trades of others. It also wants to help savvy speculators profit by sharing their trading data.

    Investors can list their trades on Instavest, including the company, share amount and rationale behind the investment. Other users can invest alongside the people willing to share their own purchases and sales. If you follow a trade, Instavest encourages you to block out a portion of your profits — in the neighborhood of 5 percent — that might arise from the transaction for the original listing entity.

    The idea arose when the company’s founders, Saleem Khatri and Zain Allarakhia, ran into a problem: Friends and family wanted to trade with them, but they lacked a tool to do so effectively."

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    tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/827817 2015-03-20T23:47:19Z 2015-03-21T00:13:39Z SmartHires (YC W15) Helps Startups Find Tech Talent Within The Same Investment Portfolio

    SmartHires launches out of the W15 batch of YC: 

    "Finding good tech talent is a challenge right now. The Obama administration poured $100 million into the new TechHire initiative this last month to fill half a million open IT jobs in the U.S. for that reason. Y Combinator-backed SmartHires (not to be confused with the recruiting site SmartHire or job search site Smart Hires) tackles that challenge with the creation of a startup referral network for strong job candidates.

    The idea behind SmartHires is that it’s better to keep talent within investor portfolio networks. “Many startups end up rejecting great candidates but it’s better if they stay in the family,” SmartHires co-founder Stephan Kletzl told TechCrunch.

    Kletzl and his co-founder and identical twin brother Christian Kletzl started SmartHires, along with David Pichsenmeister, after seeing how difficult it was to find top talent. “Smart people are getting passed on and added to the rejection list when there might be someone within the hiring manager’s network that needs them,” Stephan said." 

    Read the full story at TechCrunch

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    tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/827813 2015-03-20T23:32:46Z 2015-03-21T01:19:41Z GiveMeTap (YC W15) Offers Free Water, Footfall Data For Stores, AND Helps Africa

    YC welcomes GiveMeTap to the Winter 2015 batch: 

    "Despite the growth in reusable water bottles, keeping them refilled is tough. Ironically, consumers either end up buying a plastic bottle of water, are forced to use a toilet to refill, or feel obliged to buy something from a store before asking for a refill of water.

    GiveMeTap is a new graduate of the Y Combinator accelerator with a rather clever idea. It sells and produces stainless steel water bottles that you can use to get free water refills from participating local cafes and restaurants, which are located by using the GiveMeTap App (iOSAndroid). You just walk in, find the water station and fill up or ask someone at the counter. The mobile app will even track your water usage.

    The really clever part of its model is that business owners are incentivized to join the network because they get free publicity, increased footfall — and here’s the tech part — access to data about how many new customers they are gaining because of the app. Obviously, people with the bottles are more likely to choose a GiveMeTap venue and purchase other goods there."

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    tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/827745 2015-03-20T20:05:17Z 2015-03-20T20:05:17Z Introducing Priime (YC W15) - a new way to edit photos on your iPhone

    We're excited to welcome Priime to the YC W15 batch of Y Combinator. Priime is a new photo editor for the iPhone that lets you use filters developed by some of the world's top photographers. 

    As Alex Fitzpatrick of TIME pointed out this morning:

    Photographer Thomas Hawk calls the app "The best iPhone photo editor I've ever used."   

    Read more about Priime's launch on their blog, or download it on the app store here

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    tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/827686 2015-03-20T18:22:39Z 2015-03-20T18:22:40Z Kickpay (YC W15) Is A Marketplace For Invoices That Helps SMEs Get Paid Quickly

    Kickpay joins the W15 batch of YC: 

    "Cash flow is all important for small businesses — it’s the difference between life or death — so it is frustrating when customers don’t pay invoices up front. Nothing puts a strain on finances quite like waiting 30, 60 or 90 days for your money, and that’s not even mentioning the resources spent following up and chasing down payment.

    Scenarios like this are where Kickpay, a startup that is graduating Y Combinator‘s latest batch, hopes to make a difference.

    Kickpay’s service is essentially a secondary market for invoices. Companies, and in particular more-financially conscious SMEs and startups, post details of confirmed invoices which are sold to investors who can get a quick return on their money. The arrangement gives the seller most of their capital upfront — avoiding the painful, often critical, wait for funds — while Kickpay claimed an investor can get a ‘double-digital’ return on an annual basis."

    Read the full story on TechCrunch
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    tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/827595 2015-03-20T16:30:06Z 2015-03-20T16:30:06Z Taskpipes (YC W15) Is SaaS To Simplify Using Lots Of (Other) SaaS Platforms

    Taskpipes launches out of the W15 batch of YC:

    "If there was a neat label for startups whose raison d’être is to take the strain out of dealing with other startup services then Taskpipes would be wearing that badge proudly on its lapel.

    The YC-backed, U.K. founded b2b startup is attacking what it says is a growing data-management problem for businesses — created by the proliferation and adoption of SaaS platforms. So, in other words, those shiny, cloud-based platforms which promise to streamline your business processes by taking various data-processing tasks off your hands are actually introducing a new headache by fragmenting your data across multiple silos.

    That means businesses using multiple SaaS platforms are having to engage in manual data-wrangling when they need to work across these different data buckets, or pull data-sets into other pieces of software for processing. It’s this SaaS-generated data-processing headache that Taskpipes has seized on as another business opportunity."

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    tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/827588 2015-03-20T16:15:05Z 2015-03-20T16:15:05Z SlideMail (YC W15) Is An Intelligent Email App For The Rest Of Us

    SlideMail launches out of the W15 batch:

    "A new email application launching today called SlideMail is designed to help those of us with bad email habits sort through our inbox, while also intelligently organizing our messages and alerting us to important meetings and other events. While other email apps focus on presenting power users with a “priority inbox” containing their most important emails, SlideMail’s take is a little different. To figure out what matters to you, it watches your email activity, learning what you read, trash and archive, and then adapts to that behavior over time.

    SlideMail’s creator, Vu Tran, who previously founded the Y Combinator-backed company Framebase, has returned to the accelerator program for the second time to get this new email app off the ground." 

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    tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/827578 2015-03-20T16:02:22Z 2015-03-20T16:02:23Z YC Digest - 3/12-3/19 Top Stories from the YC World - 3/12/15-3/19/15
    YC Stats - Winter 2015

    Metro Money: The Down and Dirty on the Laundry Biz - Cleanly (YC W15) in WSJ

    Product Hunt (YC S14) is teaching a class on building online communities today (3/20) at 1pm PT

    Shoptiques (YC W12)  launched their mobile app this week

    Launches
    YC W15:  Akido Labs Provides A Standardized API Layer For Hospital App Developers

    YC W15: Moltin Wants To Simplify E-Commerce Development
     








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    tag:blog.ycombinator.com,2013:Post/827248 2015-03-19T20:59:04Z 2015-03-19T20:59:04Z Akido Labs (YC W15) Provides A Standardized API Layer For Hospital App Developers

    YC welcomes Akido Labs to the W15 batch of Y Combinator:

    "Many hospitals in America have made the switch to Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems to manage patient medical information in the last couple of decades. This is supposed to make record-keeping easier and more efficient, but the systems are different for each hospital and often can’t communicate with each other. This makes it hard for health app developers to design apps that run on each unique system.

    Currently, if an app uses patient health information, the app developer has to not only spend months convincing the hospital bureaucracy to integrate its EHR system with the developer’s app, but the developer also has to design the app a specific way to work within that unique system in order to get it to send the needed data. This is obviously too expensive and time-intensive for most app developers.

    Y Combinator-backed Akido Labs is a third-party service that helps health IT app developers simplify the process within each hospital records system. Akido Labs co-founders Hugh Gordon, Jared Goodner and Prashant Samant previously started the University of Southern California’s D-Health Lab, USC Health System’s digital innovation arm. Gordon was in medical school at the time and noticed the inefficiencies in the current health system." 

    Read the full story on TechCrunch

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