Summer 2008 Companies (YC S08)

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YCS08 (Summer 2008)

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Companies YC Investment Matching Investment (YC VC, Start Fund)
23 $460,000 $0
General Description
Anyvite

  • Location: Columbia, MD
  • CrunchBase: anyvite
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: event planning (real world)
Anyvite is a free site dedicated to event invitation creation and group organization. Launched in 2008, Anyvite provides users with the most efficient way to create invitations as well as offers the tools necessary to organize and communicate with attendees throughout the event lifecycle.
Backtype

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: backtype
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by twitter
  • Market: advertising/seo technology
BackType is a marketing intelligence platform that helps brands and agencies understand the business impact of social media. BackType also powers social features for over 100 companies, including The New York Times, Slideshare, Automattic (creators of WordPress), Bit.ly and more.
CO2Stats

  • Location: Boston
  • CrunchBase: co2stats
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: green energy technology
CO2Stats aims to help website owners understand the electricity usage and related carbon emissions associated with site usage, and then helps site owners manage their carbon footprint.

The company calculates the greenhouse gas footprint of visits to your site, based on locations of your visitors and servers, computer types, window and monitor sizes, local fuel mixes, download sizes and times.

Every month CO2Stats purchase Green-E certified Renewable Energy Certificates to offset your site’s CO2 footprint. Users can inspect your certificates and other environmental statistics by clicking on your CO2Stats badge.

FathomDB

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: fathomdb
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: justinsb
  • Status: live
  • Market: database technology
FathomDB offers databases as a service, taking care of many of the day-to-day tasks database administrators have to deal with and letting them focus on more complex issues.
Fliggo

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: fliggo
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: merged with Vidly
  • Market: video technology
Fliggo is instant video communities.

Fliggo offers anyone the ability to create their own video-uploading site, and share the videos either privately or publicly. Fliggo hosts and streams the videos, and gives site owners easy management tools to customize and monitor activity on the site. While the basic service is free, Fliggo charges for commercial features such as serving ads on a site or controlling the domain that it is on.

Create the next YouTube or just a private place to share your videos. Sites created with Fliggo are highly customizable, with many privacy and moderation options.

Frogmetrics

  • Location: Brooklyn, NY
  • CrunchBase: frogmetrics
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: analytics tools, data visualization, and big data
Frogmetrics aggregates your data from unlimited locations, automatically finds the most important statistics, and helps you gain insights about your business from your web browser. The company wants to place touch screens in restaurants, stores, and other brick and mortar establishments that can be used to collect customer feedback on the spot. The devices ask customers a few questions at the point of sale about their experience and can collect contact information about customers to generate leads. The information gathered across physical locations is aggregated and analyzed for trends and other statistics.
Ididwork

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: ididwork
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: employment resources
ididwork is an online tool that allows employees to keep track of the work they do over time. Employee logs can then be shared with other employees, and submitted to superiors for review. ididwork can be used by an individual to keep track of work completed, and by the enterprise to increase awareness of employee activity.
MeetCast

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: meetcast
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: web-based business productivity and collaboration
MeetCast is browser-based software that provides a host of features critical to effective real time interaction, including: sharing documents and images, whiteboarding, simultaneous text editing, and screen sharing. MeetCast enables face to face interaction via webcam, and creates a virtual workspace that persists the same URL and conference layout the life of a project. All items shared in a workspace are stored in the cloud for quick access during future meetings.
Ninite

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: ninite
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: platform as a service
BaseShield App Store is a distribution platform for Windows software. Users can download and install applications with one click, and each application runs in its own secure virtual space.

It is an open platform where third party developers can publish their applications. Developers who deploy their apps this way can rely on the built-in installer, update function, security and eventually payment processing.

People and Pages

  • Location:
  • CrunchBase: people-and-pages
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: dead
  • Market:
People and Pages is a service similar to Google Groups, allowing group organizers to manage email lists and publish to the web in one place. Although the screenshots show that it’s part WYSIWYG website creation tool as well, making it competitive with Google Sites, Weebly, and others.
Picwing

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: picwing
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: printing solutions
Picwing is a photo sharing platform that enables users to share their photos through a variety of sources.

Picwing offers a convenient printing service where their users can send photos through email using a camera or computer. These photos are printed and mailed to one or more recipients every 2 weeks.

Picwing also provides digital photo frames built upon a Linux kernel. Users can send an image from their desktop or phone, and within 20-30 seconds see it on a digital frame. The frames are mini Linux machines that the founders hope will eventually be able to support much more than image sharing.

PollEverywhere

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: polleverywhere
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
PollEverywhere is an audience response system that uses mobile phones, twitter, and the web. Responses are displayed in real-time on gorgeous charts in PowerPoint, Keynote, or web browser.
PopCuts

  • Location: CA
  • CrunchBase: popcuts
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: online music
Popcuts is a unique online music store. DRM-free songs are sold for 99cents, but every time a song you bought sells, you get a cut of the proceeds (earlier buyers get a bigger cut).
Posterous

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: posterous
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: a4agarwal
  • Status: acquired by twitter for $10m
  • Market:
Posterous is a simple web publishing platform via email. Text and files can be uploaded to the site via email.

Users are not required to create an account to use Posterous. To start, users simply email content to post@posterous.com and a ‘blog’ is autocreated and sent back to the user. Registered users can tailor the blog URL, post via the website, subscribe to other users.

Posterous embeds video, MP3s and other media into a player and turns images into image galleries. PDFs and other office documents are displayed in a Scribd embedded widget.

Users can also add friends and family’s email address to any Posterous site they control. When the emails have been added, users can post by sending content they want to publish to post@sitename.posterous.com.

Scoopler

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: scoopler
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: renamed as JustSpotted
  • Market:
Scoopler is a real-time search engine. It aggregates and organizes content being shared on the Internet as it happens, like eye-witness reports of breaking news, photos and videos from big events, and links to the hottest memes of the day. It does this by constantly indexing live updates from services including Twitter, Flickr, Digg, Delicious and more. When users search for a topic on Scoopler, they get the most relevant results, updated in real-time.

Scoopler has now become JustSpotted, a celebrity-tracking tool, meant to give fans an idea of what their favorite celebrities are up to at any given moment. JustSpotted, like Scoopler, is a data-aggregator, yet JustSpotted collects from Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare – alongside their own data they’ll be collecting from users who actual spot celebrities in the wild. All the information we aggregate is publicly available and you can even do a search on Twitter yourself and find sightings of celebrities. We’re just the first people to organize it on a map and in such a way that it’s easy to consume and ENJOY.’

JustSpotted is about connecting with celebs. All the sightings on our website are naturally occurring events where an everyday person bumps into a celebrity as a chance occurrence. Back in the day, when you saw a celebrity while you were out and about the first thing you would have done was phone or text a friend. In the new age of social media, the first thing you do is share it on Facebook or Twitter. This phenomena is already happening.

Slinkset

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: slinkset
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by posterous
  • Market:
Slinkset is a white label social news platform that allows anyone to start a social news site and integrate it into their own website.
Snipd

  • Location: Palo Alto
  • CrunchBase: snipd
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: dead
  • Market:
Snipd lets you grab pieces of enjoyable content from any page, save them online, and share without having to copy/paste using a simple bookmarklet. For bloggers and media sites, Snipd’s widget enables readership to Snip images, videos, or text enjoyed most within articles.

Snipd content becomes a destination for users, rather than a list of bookmarks because users are able to enjoy what they saved from within pages on the net.

With more and more content to sift through these days, Snipd makes it easier to identify hot-zones in articles. Hot-zones are dumbed-down heat maps for content. Readers can forget skimming and focus on what people are Snipping most on any page. Because a snip is an implicit vote on a piece of content, we aggregate and figure out what area of an article is attracting the most attention.

Socialbrowse

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: socialbrowse
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: dead
  • Market:
SocialBrowse is a Firefox extension for sharing links. It has been described as ‘a Twitter for links’.
Startuply

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: startuply
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: employment resources
Startuply is a job site focused on jobs at startups. The company argues that the average college graduating engineer goes to Google, Microsoft or another large tech company is that they don’t know about smaller startups, where they may have more responsibility and be happier. Startuply aims to solve this problem.

The company allows free job listings from startups, and gives them the opportunity to create extensive profiles that describe what they do. They also provide startups a widget that they can use to list their jobs on their own websites.

The company was previously called Jowba, which launched in late February of 2008.

TeamApart

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: team-apart
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: screen-sharing and collaborative real-time editors
Team Apart is a free real-time online group collaboration tool.
TicketStumbler

  • Location: Boston
  • CrunchBase: ticketstumbler
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: dead
  • Market:
TicketStumbler is a secondary ticket market search engine and comparison website. They search through thousands of ticket listings from hundreds of brokers and ticket exchanges across the internet and present the information in an organizable format. TicketStumbler allows simple ticket comparison, enabling you to find the best seats at the best prices.
Vidly

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: vidly
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: video technology
Vidly, formerly known as TwitVid (or Twitvid.io), wants to be the easiest way to share video on the web. While one aspect is sharing videos on Twitter, the focus is on other social networks as well, with a key focus on the various mobile platforms.
Youlicit

  • Location: New York
  • CrunchBase: youlicit
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
Youlicit web content recommendation engine leverages the wisdom of the crowds to return the most recommended sites related to a website or topic. To use Youlicit, simply install a plug-in with the Youlicit buttons on your Firefox browser. These buttons light up, while you surf, and by clicking on them, you instantly get highly relevant recommendations, without searching. It also allows you to discover the web via personalized recommendations based on your interests and find other users interested in the same topics as you.
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