Y Combinator Trademark Rejected As Generic

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 […]

YC W15 Demo Day

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 […]

Personnel Analysis: Y Combinator Venture Capital Firm

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

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 Dot-Com Era Case Study

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, […]

YC S14 Demo Day

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.

YC W14 Demo Day

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.

Female Founders Conference Re-Cap [Video]

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.

Codecademy Is Free Interactive Computer Programming Lessons For HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python, & Ruby

Codecademy is user-contributed tutorials for HTML/CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python, and Ruby.  There’s a gallery of specific projects, including Build a Cash Register and A Night at the Movies.  Despite some issues, Codecademy has legitimate potential.  Zach Sims, Codecademy co-founder, was recently interviewed by Stephen Colbert on ‘Colbert Report’ (embedded below).

Soylent Is A Nutritious Meal-Replacement Shake Mix And Experiment In Food Engineering By Startups

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 […]

Companies

General Description
Bayes Impact
  • Batch: ycs14
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • CrunchBase: bayes-impact
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
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.
BuildScience
  • Batch: ycw15
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • CrunchBase: buildscience
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
BuildScience manages a building's existing hardware to collect data in real-time and present it on a mobile-friendly dashboard.
CodeCombat
  • Batch: ycw14
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • CrunchBase: codecombat
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: education - programming
CodeCombat is an HTML5 game that teaches users how to program. CodeCombat is a game, not a gamified lecture. The player controls their human forces in the battle against the Ogre horde. Players write JavaScript code to control units and tactics. The game assumes no prior computer science knowledge and teaches users the basics of computer programming: logic structures, conditionals, loops, variables, etc. As players advance, they gain experience, face more difficult challenges, and level up.
Joberator
  • Batch: ycw08
  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: joberator
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: employment resources
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.
Microryza
  • Batch: ycw13
  • Location: Seattle
  • CrunchBase: microryza
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: scientific research tools
Microryza is a crowdfunding platform for science and academic research.
Prophecy Sciences
  • Batch:
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • CrunchBase: prophecy-sciences
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
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.
Quartzy
  • Batch: ycs11
  • Location: Palo Alto
  • CrunchBase: quartzy
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: scientific research tools
Quartzy is an online suite of lab management tools for the academic life science community.
Science Exchange
  • Batch: ycs11
  • Location: Palo Alto
  • CrunchBase: science-exchange
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: scientific research tools
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.
Sift Science
  • Batch: ycs11
  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
Sift Science uses large-scale machine learning to monitor your site's traffic in real time and alerts you instantly to fraudulent activity.
Wakemate
  • Batch: ycs09
  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: wakemate
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: devices, hardware, components (manufactured goods)
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.
Yhat
  • Batch: ycw15
  • Location: New York, NY
  • CrunchBase: yhat
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
Yhat provides data science technology tools and systems that allow enterprises to turn data insights into data-driven products.