Summer 2012 Companies (YC S12)

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Companies YC Investment Matching Investment (YC VC, Start Fund)
76 $1,520,000 $11,400,000
General Description
9Gag

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  • Status: live
  • Market: memes and jokes
9GAG aggregates memes and jokes from around the web. 9gag lets you create your fun collection effortlessly. It’s the best place where fun creators and bored people meet. Unlike ordinary fun sites which are full of disturbing ads, 9GAG aims at spreading happiness to the world in an elegant way.
Airbrite

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  • Status: pivot and rename to Celery trycelery.com
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Airbrite is ecommerce software for tablets. Airbrite makes software designed to replace inflexible legacy software on ecommerce stores.
Amicus

  • Location: New York, NY
  • CrunchBase: amicus
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  • Status: live
  • Market: charity and philanthropy
Amicus is a volunteer recruiting platform for non-profits. Amicus empowers cause-driven organizations to leverage the social networks of their supporters, raise more money, attract more members, and win more votes.
Authy

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  • Status: live
  • Market: platform as a service
Authy makes it easy to add optional two factor authentication to your application. You just add some API calls to your app and your users will be able to use their phones as a second layer of authentication. Two factor authentication means you need something extra besides just a password to access a site or service: something you have, something you know, or something you are. Something you have could be a security card or a dongle.
BigCalc

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  • Status: live
  • Market: analytics tools, data visualization, and big data
BigCalc makes software that financial firms can rely on to help them make fast, algorithmically-driven trading decisions. The BigCalc platform for financial modeling scales to enormous datasets, and does simulations that typically take 22 hours in 24 minutes.
Boosted Boards

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  • CrunchBase: boosted-boards
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  • Status: live
  • Market: devices, hardware, components (manufactured goods)
Boosted Boards is developing the world’s lightest electric vehicle. We launched on Kickstarter and we’re now taking preorders on Boostedboards.com.
BufferBox

  • Location: Mountain View, CA
  • CrunchBase: bufferbox
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  • Status: acquired by google
  • Market: logistics, shipping, and warehousing
BufferBox has developed an automated, self-serve kiosk to eliminate the frustrations and hassle involved with failed parcel deliveries. BufferBox has successfully deployed our first kiosk that allows for 24/7 pick-up of parcels at a convenient location.
Canopy Labs

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  • Status: live
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Canopy Labs helps mid-sized businesses prioritize their sales leads and identify high-value customers by providing a self-serve product that is actionable and quick.
Celery

  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • CrunchBase: celery
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  • Status: live
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Celery is the easiest way to accept credit cards now and charge when you’re ready. Our founding team previously built e-commerce and mobile experiences for LinkedIn, Groupon, and Foursquare. We believe every maker has the potential to turn a dream into a business; we know pre-orders play a crucial role in funding those innovations; and we believe the future depends on the creation of these innovative companies.
Circular

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  • Status: live; rename to Tendenci
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Circular offers an infinitely scrolling feed of content based on people you follow and topics that interest you.
Clever

  • Location: San Carlos, CA
  • CrunchBase: clever
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  • Status: live
  • Market: education
Clever builds educational applications that just work. School integration doesn’t have to be painful. Use Clever to get real-time student data. Our mission is to make powerful educational software easy to build and easy to deploy.
Coco Controller

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  • Status: live
  • Market: devices, hardware, components (manufactured goods)
Coco Controller is a Kickstarter project that adds directional controls and game buttons to almost any phone, including the Galaxy SIII, iPhone, and most standard Android handsets. Created by Harvard drop-outs Connor Zwick and Colton Gyulay, the project aims to be a usable, useful addition to the mobile gamer’s arsenal. Coco Controller is made by Milkshake Labs.
Coinbase

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  • Status: live
  • Market: financial services and payment processing
Coinbase is a bitcoin-based money transfer services that enables people to send and receive money, instantly and securely, anywhere in the world.
Collections.me

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  • Status: live
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Collections.me is a file manager connected to the cloud. Collections.me is super fast and always available whether you’re online or offline.
Data Nitro

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  • Status: live
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Data Nitro enables you to to use the popular programming language Python in Microsoft Excel. The plugin is free for individual non-commercial and enterprises will pay for the privilege. So far it’s only available for the Excel 2007 and 2010 for Windows. The company has no plans to support OSX.
Double Robotics

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  • Status: live
  • Market: devices, hardware, components (manufactured goods)
Double is the simplest, most elegant way to be somewhere else in the world without flying there. The minimalist design and intuitive touchscreen controls allow you to freely move around without inconveniencing others. Double arrives fully functional as soon as you open the box – just insert your iPad.
Dreamforge

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  • Status: live
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Dreamforge is simple modeling software for 3D printing. Dreamforge has made 3D modeling software that can be used by average consumers to create things like toys. Most existing 3D modeling software right now has lots of bells and whistles that only experts know how to navigate, but Dreamforge has a streamlined user interface that can be used by anyone.
Easel

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  • CrunchBase: easel
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  • Status: acquired by GitHub
  • Market: visual design
Easel is an in-browser, high-fidelity web design tool that lets you mockup, share and implement your ideas with ease.
Eligible

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  • Status: live
  • Market: medical industry
Eligible has built an API for healthcare eligibility queries that lets doctors process queries in real-time. Before doctors do procedures, they need to check with the insurance company to make sure that a potential patient is actually eligible for the procedure. Eligible has created a software system to speed that up significantly.
Filepicker.io

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  • Status: live
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Filepicker.io builds tools that make it easier for developers to integrate access to cloud services within their applications, including mobile apps on iOS and Android. With the new Filepicker.io Mobile Library, developers can quickly add integrations which let their apps connect to popular services like Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, Facebook, Flickr, Evernote, and more.
FlightFox

  • Location: Mountain View
  • CrunchBase: flightfox
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  • Status: live
  • Market: travel-related services
Flightfox is a platform for crowd-sourced (or human-powered) flight search. Registered flight experts, from all over the world, compete to find you the best flights. First, you start a contest by providing your trip details and committing a finder’s fee. Then, flight experts compete to find you the best flights and cheapest deals. Lastly, you chose a winner, follow their booking instructions, and fly for less.
Fullstack Academy

  • Location: New York, NY
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  • Twitter: fullstack
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: education – programming
Fullstack Academy offers immersive, full-time courses in web development. Fullstack Academy’s JavaScript centered curriculum teaches you the latest technologies on the web such as Node.js, Angular.js, and MongoDB. After completing the course, you’ll be ready for top software engineering jobs at startups and tech firms.
FundersClub

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  • Status: live
  • Market: financial services and payment processing
FundersClub is a web service that gives investors unprecedented access to investment opportunities and the tools to review and invest online with ease and speed. By facilitating investment with industry standard fund vehicles that have been used offline for decades, paired with a web-based screening, payments, and legal documents handling system, FundersClub is able to pool checks from many investors to make aggregated investments on behalf of individuals and institutions that were previously inaccessible to them.
GetGoing

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: getgoing-inc
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  • Status: live
  • Market: travel-related services
GetGoing’s aim is to take the agony out of booking super cheap vacation travel by offering deep discounts on flights and hotels with fully transparent itineraries.
Grid

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  • Status: live
  • Market: web-based business productivity and collaboration
Grid is a spreadsheet app for tablets. Grid’s goal is to reinvent the spreadsheet around touch, utilizing all the tools and sensors available on mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad, and the way normal people (as opposed to Excel power users) actually use them.
HD Trade Services

  • Location: Mountain View, CA
  • CrunchBase: hd-trade-services
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  • Status: live
  • Market: logistics, shipping, and warehousing
HD Trade Services builds products that aim to simplify company operations. HD Trade Services has developed a suite of software for logistics services providers, delivered via portable-friendly tablet and smartphone apps, which lets them track the arrival and departure of products in warehouses to make sure that things are going where they are supposed to, and that products are what their suppliers say they are. Using data entry, the company tracks inventory management, and the location of the products for selling on to trading partners.
Healthy Labs

  • Location: Berkeley, CA
  • CrunchBase: healthy-labs
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  • Status: live
  • Market: medical industry
Healthy Labs builds networks to connect patients so they can learn from each other. Its first project, Crohnology, is effectively a social network for people with Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis (IBD) to share connect, share treatment tips, experiences, and learn.
HiMom

  • Location: San Jose, CA
  • CrunchBase: himom
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  • Status: live
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HiMom lets you stay in touch with your parents. Share precious moments in digital and physical postcards.
Hipset

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  • Status: live
  • Market: online music
Hipset is a music discovery site that integrates with Tracks.by . On Hipset, once you login with Facebook, you get a single Pinterest-style grid view of all the recent posts by all the musicians you Like. You can sort Hipset by content type, like concert footage and studio performances, plus you can view dedicated pages for any artist.
Hiptype

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  • Status: live
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Hiptype brings analytics and targeted advertising capabilities to the most popular eBook platforms, where these powerful features have never before been possible.
Hubchilla

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  • Status: live
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Hubchilla is Airtime for SMS. Hubchilla pairs up users to text each other based on interest, gender, and location. Where other services such as Airtime and ChatRoulette demand that both people be online and ready to talk at the same time, texting allows for asynchronous communication.
imgfave

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  • Status: live
  • Market: photo sharing and social networks
imgfave is a fun image sharing community. Explore amazing art and photography and share your own visual inspirations.
Instacart

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  • CrunchBase: instacart
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  • Hacker News: apoorvamehta
  • Status: live
  • Market: logistics, shipping, and warehousing
Instacart is like an Amazon.com with a 1 hour delivery. Currently focusing on basics and groceries, the company is looking to expand to other verticals very soon.
Kamcord

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  • Status: live
  • Market: games and game features
Kamcord creates an iOS SDK for game developers that allows users to record and share their awesome gameplays without having to leave their games.
Keychain Logistics

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  • Status: live
  • Market: logistics, shipping, and warehousing
Keychain Logistics directly connects truckers with shippers. Trucking is an extremely fragmented marketplace. Brokers connect shippers with truckers, but they don’t know where the trucks actually are. Truckers are also fragmented and dispersed throughout the country through mom-and-pop shops. It can be hard to find a shipment, especially on a return trip. Keychain Logistics knows where the truckers are and says that one in every 500 trucks are already on the platform.
Kippt

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  • Status: live
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Kippt makes it easy to save and share interesting things you find on the web.
Knowmia

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  • Status: live
  • Market: education
Knowmia is a new educational platform from the co-founder of Flip Video. Teachers use the site to both find and post video lessons. The software curates video lessons from around the world, and the company also plans to launch “mini courses” of videos curated by teachers. It currently has 7,000 lessons from 900 teachers.
LeanMarket

  • Location: Mountain View
  • CrunchBase: leanmarket
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  • Status: live
  • Market: advertising/seo technology
LeanMarket is a real-time advertising platform that discovers the highest performing placements of advertising so that users can build an ideal campaign based off in-depth reporting.
Light Table

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  • Hacker News: ibdknox
  • Status: live
  • Market: programming tools
Light Table is a new type of integrated development environment. Light Table is based on a very simple idea: we need a real work surface to code on, not just an editor and a project explorer. We need to be able to move things around, keep clutter down, and bring information to the foreground in the places we need it most.
MakeGamesWithUs

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  • Status: live
  • Market: education – programming
MakeGamesWithUs is an iOS game publishing company with a twist: its focus is on helping high school and college students to build games. MakeGamesWithUs us will take the kids’ creations, provide professional graphics and art, and publish them in the App Store. The kids will own the code, and the company will own the graphics and take a cut of the sales. The company already has a few games built by students available, including Elemental Fury.
Makr.io

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  • Status: live
  • Market: memes and jokes
Makr.io is a “collaborative Web remixing tool” where users try to one-up each other by posting funny captions on pictures, a la lolcats. Makr.io is a Diaspora project.
Markupwand

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  • Status: live
  • Market: visual design
Markupwand, a product of Goyaka, Inc., magically converts Photoshop designs to beautiful HTML and CSS .
Mattermark

  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • CrunchBase: mattermark
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  • Status: live
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Mattermark is a data platform for VCs with hopes of becoming the go-to software for firms to use when quantifying signals of growing and potentially lucrative startups. The software allows VCs to access data from Twitter, news sites, SEC filings, LinkedIn, AngelList, CrunchBase, and the company’s own proprietary Startup Index in order to spot potential opportunities and track existing startups.
MicroEval

  • Location: Palo Alto, CA
  • CrunchBase: microeval
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  • Status: live
  • Market: employment resources
MicroEval helps you create modern, helpful performance reviews. MicroEval offers a new approach to performance reviews: instead of having a single review every six or 12 months, break it up into quick bits of feedback that can be collected every week or so.
Mth Sense

  • Location: Belmond, CA
  • CrunchBase: mth-sense
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  • Status: live
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Mth Sense focuses on finding solutions to “blind’ ads. Mth Sense offers its users an audience library to target certain demographics and psychographics. Mth Sense looks at consumers’ app usage data to create a profile of their demographics and interests.
MyVR

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  • Status: live
  • Market: travel-related services
MyVR is online marketing software that allows vacation rental owners and operators to manage all of their vacation rental marketing in one place. MyVR is the complete marketing solution for your vacation rental home.
NewsBlur

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  • Status: live
  • Market: news, reading, and publishing
NewsBlur is a social news reader built for people who want to enjoy reading the news. NewsBlur is a great place to read the best stories from your friends and favorite blogs.
Noodle Labs

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  • Status: live
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Noodle Labs makes EveryDay.me, which is “EverNote for your life”. Everyday.me is a mobile and web-based notebook, with bells and whistles, which allows you to record your life and save those updates indefinitely. It’s a bit like Facebook Timeline, were it plugged into all of your social networks and were it customized to be a personal journal.
Parallel Universe

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  • CrunchBase: parallel-universe
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  • Status: live
  • Market: database technology
Parallel Universe makes middleware for real-time applications in the MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online), military and LBS (Location-Based Services) markets. Our products include SpaceBase, a real-time spatial database, and a high-performance in-memory data-grid.
Perfect Audience

  • Location: Mountain View, CA
  • CrunchBase: perfect-audience
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  • Status: live
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Perfect Audience is a retargeting platform that lets businesses bring back lost customers and get more sales effortlessly. Perfect Audience also aims to make Facebook Exchange campaigns accessible to a broad range of startups, small ad agencies, and other advertisers.
Plivo

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  • Status: live
  • Market: business communication infrastructure
Plivo is a cloud-based API platform for building Voice and SMS enabled applications.
Profig

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  • Status: live
  • Market: business communication infrastructure
Profig provides transcriptions, call tracking, voice broadcasting, CRM integration, and other custom features to businesses. Its service is geared toward companies and individuals looking for a professional phone solution without the cost and hassle of using legacy hardware and software solutions.
QuicklyChat

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  • Status: live
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QuicklyChat is a quick way for coworkers to video chat with each other when they’re working remotely. The biggest difference between QuicklyChat and conventional video communication is that QuicklyChat auto-answers incoming calls when the recipient is available. Incoming connections are displayed in an unobtrusive notification window, so you can keep working if you’re in the middle of an important thought, without having to think about how to respond to an incoming call.
Rainforest QA

  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • CrunchBase: rainforest
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  • Status: live
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Rainforest QA allows one to create tests for a website in plain English, then run them across all major browsers with a single click. Powered by human intelligence.
ReelSurfer

  • Location: Menlo Park
  • CrunchBase: reelsurfer
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  • Status: live
  • Market: video technology
ReelSurfer lets anyone clip and share any video from any website. The vision is to build the most valuable content network on the planet – created by personal libraries of short, relevant videos that are saved, watched and shared with friends.
Refer.ly

  • Location: Mountain View
  • CrunchBase: refer-ly
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  • Status: live
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Referly is an Online Referral System for Your Social Network. Referly tracks the links you share, and rewards you for your friends’ actions. When you share your favorite products and services, you build a reputation as the “go-to guru” for the things you love, and get rewards for generating purchases.
RegistryLove

  • Location: Cupertino, CA
  • CrunchBase: registrylove
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  • Status: live
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RegistryLove is the first wedding registry to co-operate with independent retailers & big box stores. RegistryLove lets you register products and services from anywhere & consolidate them all onto ONE registry. From traditional department store items, to local gems you wouldn’t find anywhere else, to your dream honeymoon & activities, RegistryLove is a service tailored to you.
Scoutzie

  • Location: Mountain View, CA
  • CrunchBase: scoutzie
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  • Status: live
  • Market: visual design
Scoutzie.com is a curated marketplace for design. We connect top designers from around the world with customers seeking professional design services.
Smartasset

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  • Status: live
  • Market: financial services and payment processing
SmartAsset provides answers to your important financial questions. We recommend specific strategies and illustrate all of your options, so you can make smarter decisions.
Soylent

  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • CrunchBase: soylent-corporation
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  • Status: live
  • Market: food products
Soylent is a drink designed as a meal-replacement product. Soylent contains an assortment of carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins and dozens of other vitamins deemed medically necessary for a person to live by the Institute of Medicine. Soylent also has a custom recipe that’s been designed through testing process. Soylent is a product of Rosa Labs.
SpinPunch

  • Location: Mountain View, CA
  • CrunchBase: spinpunch
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  • Status: live
  • Market: games and game features
SpinPunch makes high performance browser games to rival PC and console titles. Our first creation is Mars Frontier- a massively multi-player real time strategy game built in HTML5.
Sponsorfied

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  • Status: live
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Sponsorfied is an online marketplace for sponsorships that connects brands with relevant sponsorship opportunities with the click of a button.
Statwing

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: statwing
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  • Status: live
  • Market: analytics tools, data visualization, and big data
Statwing creates web-based statistical analysis software that speaks in plain english instead of arcane stats jargon. Statwing comes with visualization, a summary sentence, and plain English translation.
StudyEdge

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  • Status: live
  • Market: education
StudyEdge creates content including chapter review videos, concept videos, and practice problems, then delivers it through Facebook and mobile apps. Students can also help each other, with interactive class walls where users can post and answer questions – if you answer a question correctly, you get karma points that you can exchange for cash or prizes.
Submittable

  • Location: Montana / New York
  • CrunchBase: submishmash
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  • Status: live
  • Market: cloud storage
Submittable is a cloud-based submission management platform used by 1000s of businesses, publishers and art organizations to curate and accept payment with submission (i.e. audio, video, manuscripts, images, applications, and resumes).
Survata

  • Location: Mountain View, CA
  • CrunchBase: survata
  • Twitter: n/a
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  • Status: live
  • Market: surveys and forms
Survata is a new type of market research and consumer insights service. Survata customers write surveys and Survata then find respondents to complete those surveys. But, unlike most market research firms, Survata doesn’t use traditional research panels. Rather, Survata collects survey responses via partner publishers around the web. Their users and readers respond to our surveys in exchange for access to premium content.
TapIn.tv

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  • Status: pivot to Framebase ( www.framebase.io )
  • Market: video technology
TapIn.tv makes an app that will let users instantly create and share live and on-demand video streams from their mobile phones.
TasteMaker

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  • Status: live
  • Market: home improvement
TasteMaker aims to make interior decorating affordable and accessible to everyone. The Tastemaker marketplace functions by allowing users to submit a request for proposal, answering questions about their personal taste, budget and practical concerns like room dimensions. Three vetted designers from the Tastemaker community then reply to the request within 48 hours, with ideas custom tailored to a user’s needs and a corresponding flat fee.
TomoGuides

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  • Status: live
  • Market: travel-related services
TomoGuides builds free mobile travel guide apps that let people know about new things that old-fashioned travel guide books can’t: Last minute lodging deals, brand new tours and activities, and the like.
URX

  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • CrunchBase: urx
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  • Status: live
  • Market: advertising/seo technology
URX creates products ads for mobile apps and makes a mobile app retargeting platform that uses deeplinks to link users into the middle of mobile apps that they already have installed. URX seeks to weave together the web of mobile apps and grow the mobile ecosystem.
Vastrm

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  • Status: live
  • Market: fashion and clothing
Vastrm Fashion (pronounced vas` trum) is a provider of mass customized men’s polo shirts. The site empowers men to define the look, fit and function they want in a shirt. The creations are made to order and shipped within 3 weeks.
Vayable

  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • CrunchBase: vayable
  • Twitter: n/a
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  • Status: live
  • Market: travel-related services
Vayable is an online marketplace where people can discover, buy and sell unique travel experiences, including tours, activities and extended trips.
viaCycle

  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • CrunchBase: viacycle
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  • Status: live
  • Market: travel-related services
viaCycle creates advanced bicycle sharing technology that allows easy deployment and administration. By providing both hardware and software components, viaCycle offers a “bike-sharing-in-a-box” solution: a combined system that frees bike-sharing operators from cumbersome kiosks and street-storage, increasing flexibility and reducing costs.
Virool

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  • CrunchBase: virool
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  • Status: live
  • Market:
Virool is a self-serve platform that will let any YouTube user increase their video views through placement in Facebook and mobile apps.
VoiceGem

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  • Status: acquired (acqui-hire) by palantir
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VoiceGem is a simple app for the web and the iPhone that lets you send and receive personal voice messages. It doesn’t cost any money, require special software, have you send or open any kind of attachment, require a special international calling plan or card, require a phone number at all, or need a high-quality microphone system. The initial use case was for communicating with family of all ages.
Zapier

  • Location: Mountain View
  • CrunchBase: zapier
  • Twitter: n/a
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  • Status: live
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Zapier lets SaaS users create integrations that push data between dozens of different web applications without having to write any code or wrangle APIs.
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