Summer 2009 Companies (YC S09)

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YCS09 (Summer 2009)

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Companies YC Investment Matching Investment (YC VC, Start Fund)
22 $440,000 $0
General Description
Bump

  • Location: Mountain View
  • CrunchBase: bump-technologies
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by google
  • Market:
Bump Technologies builds mobile applications and APIs that allow two smartphones to identify one another and connect by simply being bumped together.
CarWoo

  • Location: Burlingame, CA
  • CrunchBase: carwoo
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: daily deals, coupons, and price comparison
CarWoo! is an online new-car buying service and marketplace. Buyers come to CarWoo!, state which car they are looking for and CarWoo!’s network of over 3000 dealers compete to sell the buyer the car.
DailyBooth

  • Location: Palo Alto
  • CrunchBase: dailybooth
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: RyanAmos
  • Status: acquired (acqui-hire) by airbnb
  • Market: photo sharing and social networks
DailyBooth lets users follow their friends and update them in real-time through the use of pictures and status updates.
DirectedEdge

  • Location: Berlin, DEU
  • CrunchBase: directed-edge
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: e-tail infrastructure
Directed Edge delivers Amazon-like ‘People who bought this also bought…’ and ‘We think you’d also like’-style recommendations to other sites, using existing data being collected such as purchase or click histories. Recommendations are served in real-time via a REST API, with language bindings in several programming languages to make integration easy.
FanChatter

  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • CrunchBase: fanchatter
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
FanChatter offers a platform for sports teams and other organizations to use social media to engage with their fans.
FlightCaster

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: flightcaster
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by Next Jump
  • Market: travel-related services
FlightCaster predicts flight delays.

FlightCaster can predict your probability of delay hours before the airline or any other app notifies you. FlightCaster uses a patent-pending algorithm that scours data on every domestic flight for the past 10-years and matches it to real-time conditions.

GraffitiGeo

GraffitiGeo allows users to leave brief reviews of restaurants, or for those too lazy to do that, to simply leave a ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’ – it’s like a highly condensed version of Yelp, or a ‘Digg for the world’. These reviews and votes can be cast from the site’s iPhone app or from the service’s homepage. The homepage also features a stream of the latest comments to come in from other users, as well as a profile for each restaurant in the system that includes all of its votes and comments. There’s also a nifty feature that lets you view a heatmap of your current region, so you can quickly figure out the hot spots in town.

The gameplay in GraffitiGeo gives you points for checking into certain locations, similar to FourSquare.

HighlightCam

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: highlightcam
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: video technology
HighlightCam takes live video streams and notes when something is actually going on in them – meaning some kind of motion. This allows them to make highlight reels of recorded video streams, as well as alert user of motion on a live stream.
InstantQ

  • Location: Sunnyvale, CA
  • CrunchBase: instantq
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: food discovery, catering, and restaurant technology
InstantQ allows restaurants to fill tables by varying prices to increase demand. It enables restaurants to send Just-In-Time promotions to customers, increasing traffic on slow nights.
Jobpic

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: n/a
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: dead
  • Market:
n/a
JobSpice

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: jobspice
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: employment resources
JobSpice is a surprisingly easy-to-use, intuitive online tool for creating a resume. Changing styles, managing different resumes for different employers, and creating web-based and PDF versions takes only a few clicks.
Lingt

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: lingt
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by dictionary.com
  • Market: education
Lingt is a service for learning languages that takes advantage of gameplay mechanics to keep users coming back for more.
Listia

  • Location: Sunnyvale, CA
  • CrunchBase: listia
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: daily deals, coupons, and price comparison
Listia, which launched in August 2009, is eBay for free stuff. Unlike giving away stuff on Craigslist, where you get deluged by emails and have to let everyone know who gets the item, Listia manages that for you. Users get a certain number of credits which they bid for the item, so whoever wins the auction is the person who wanted it the most. Users get credits in three ways: every user gets a certain number automatically, and you can get more by auctioning items, by referring friends, and by buying them.
Lockitron

  • Location:
  • CrunchBase: n/a
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: devices, hardware, components (manufactured goods)
Lockitron aims to replace physical keys entirely by letting you control your door lock with your phone. The Lockitron web app and hardware package are as of today available for general users. Apigy?
MeetingMix

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: meetingmix-com
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: web-based business productivity and collaboration
MeetingMix is an online meeting agenda and meeting minutes template that you can share with attendees
Mixpanel

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: mixpanel
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: suhail
  • Status: live
  • Market: analytics tools, data visualization, and big data
Mixpanel is a real-time analytics service that helps improve internet applications by tracking how users interact & engage with them.
Olark

  • Location: Palo Alto
  • CrunchBase: olark
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: e-tail infrastructure
Olark is a lightweight tool to chat with visitors to your website using your existing instant messaging client. Visitors to your website appear as buddies on your Buddy list, their messages to you appear as IMs.
Plurchase

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: plurchase
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: e-tail infrastructure
Plurchase is an online social shopping site. From it, you can visit online shopping sites like Zappos with the additional of a social toolbar on the right hand side of the page. You can chat with other friends online and see what they are looking at on other shopping sites as well.
RentHop

  • Location: New York
  • CrunchBase: n/a
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: real estate infrastructure
RentHop lets you search NYC apartment rentals for free, no registration required! RentHop provides full landlord addresses and contact information with each listing, no broker fees attached.
RethinkDB

  • Location: Mountain View
  • CrunchBase: rethinkdb
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: database technology
RethinkDB is designed to be extremely fast, and implements powerful features that are cumbersome and inefficient with rotational storage. Today’s databases heavily optimize to account for high seek latency-the time it takes for a rotational drive’s platter to move. RethinkDB takes full advantage of solid-state drives, making traditional data storage layouts unnecessary. hexagram 49?
Wakemate

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: wakemate
  • Twitter: n/a
  • 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.

WePay

  • Location: Palo Alto
  • CrunchBase: wepay
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: billclerico
  • Status: live
  • Market: financial services and payment processing
WePay makes it easy to collect and manage money online.

Unlike competitors, WePay allows users to keep their group’s money in a dedicated account, and to share this account with their group. The service is great for roommates, clubs, organizations, fantasy leagues, teams, and much more.

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