The venture capital firm named Y Combinator can’t get a trademark on its company name. In public filings at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the venture capital firm sought in November of last year a trademark on the phrase “Y COMBINATOR”. The trademark office subsequently rejected the application as generic. The company then apparently fired its attorney and […]
The venture capital firm Y Combinator held today its semi-annual Demo Day. This time it’s for YC W15. Most of these startups either presented at today’s demo day or have already launched in the press. Below are all the currently known companies in YC W15. Additional startups will be added as they are known to our list of companies […]
Below are the Y Combinator partners, the people that decide YC applications and advise startups. In addition to these people, YC alumni also frequently sit in on interviews and influence the decision-making process. Partners That Advise Full-Time Name Description Paul Graham Paul Graham is a programmer, venture capitalist, and essayist. He is known for his […]
Box and Dropbox are different companies serving distinctly separate markets. Dropbox provides cloud storage and value-added features mostly for consumers. Box is secure content sharing, management, and collaboration primarily for businesses and enterprises. Both companies have services for the other’s customers: Dropbox has Dropbox for Business, Box has Box Personal. Box had its initial public […]
Startup.com is a documentary from 2001 that serves as a case study from the dot-com era. govWorks had the plan to make money by collecting municipal fees like parking tickets online on behalf of local governments. In 1998, that was an exciting new idea. Over the next three years, govWorks would grow to more than 250 employees, […]
Y Combinator held today its semi-annual Demo Day. This time it’s for YC S14. Most of these startups either presented at today’s demo day or have already launched in the press. Below are all the currently known companies in YC S14.
Y Combinator held today its semi-annual Demo Day. This time it’s for YC W14, which contains 64 companies. 57 of these startups either presented at today’s demo day or have already launched in the press. Below are all the known companies in YC W14.
Y Combinator hosted on Saturday a Female Founders Conference. The all-afternoon event was attended by an estimated 450 women and held at the Computer History Museum. A four-hour video of the complete conference and schedule of speakers are both embedded below.
Soylent is a dry powder shake mix designed as a meal-replacement drink. The mix contains “an assortment of… vitamins deemed medically necessary for a person to live.” Soylent, a product of Rosa Labs, started as a Crowdhoster campaign that resulted in over $1.5 million pre-orders. The meal-replacement drink also just raised a $1.5 million seed round. Rather […]
Bayes Impact is a nonprofit that deploys data science teams to work with civic and nonprofit organizations on solving social impact challenges. We leverage the power of the data revolution to positively impact communities. Bayes Impact works on a select number of high-impact high-feasibility projects. We rely on full-time fellows that focus on one project at a time with the support of leading industry and academic mentors, advisors, and volunteers.
Joberator will help employers find developer talent by encouraging computer science students to refer their developer friends, of whom they have more intimate knowledge than any professional recruiter. Incentives for personal referrals are created by employers who list the bonuses they are willing to pay those who recommend candidates who are eventually hired.
Prophecy Sciences is helping people find their ideal work environment by tapping directly into the neurocognitive processes that underlie performance. We believe that people are most productive when they're happy, motivated, and surrounded by the right people. We use a powerful combination of cognitive games, biometric signals, and machine learning algorithms to compile actionable insights about you and your teammates. Not only do our tools allow you to predict people's performance, they also allow you to visualize group dynamics and simplify how you create and manage your teams.
Science Exchange is an online marketplace for scientific experiments. Science Exchange helps research scientists manage outsourced experiments and deals with all the paying/billing administration, quality assurance and dispute resolution.
WakeMate makes personalized alarm clocks that sync with both a user's body and their cell phone, enabling the iPhone alarm system to sound at the end of a REM cycle.
The application/ wristband system also provides a full sleep analysis on their Analytics Platform.
The WakeMate uses a science called actigraphy to analyze your sleep. Actigraphy uses an actigraph (the WakeMate unit) placed on a subject's wrist to monitor the motion. The motion data is then analyzed to determine sleep patterns and circadian rhythms of the subject.