Winter 2008 Companies (YC W08)

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

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: 280-north
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  • Status: acquired by motorola for $20m cash
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280 North is a web application company based on their proprietary application framework, Cappuccino. Along with Objective-J, Cappuccino provides a complete toolkit to develop rich web applications. It’s modeled after a proven desktop development environment, and has been released as an open source project under the LGPL.

280 North’s first application, 280 Slides, enables anyone with a web browser to quickly and easily create beautiful presentations. 280 Slides takes advantage of the web by making it trivial to find and include great media in your presentation. We also built in advanced features like importing and exporting PowerPoint documents, so your data is always portable.

8aweek

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  • CrunchBase: 8aweek
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  • Status: live
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8aweek is a Firefox extension that monitors surfing behavior to let you know when you spend too much time on time wasting sites.
Addmired

  • Location: Palo Alto
  • CrunchBase: addmired
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  • Status: live; rename to Machine Zone (machinezone.com)
  • Market: games and game features
Addmired, Inc. is a Y Combinator funded startup. Their first product, launched in February 2008, is AddHer. In January 2009 Addmired moved into iPhone development releasing a handful of MMO’s including iMob Online, Girl Wars, iVampires & iKnights.
BaseShield

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: ninite
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  • Status: renamed to ninite
  • 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.

Biographicon

  • Location: San Jose
  • CrunchBase: biographicon
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  • Status: live
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Biographicon is a wiki for biographies. Probably the most commonly deleted articles on Wikipedia are biographies (usually submitted by the subject) of people the Wikipedians decided are not “notable” enough. Since there was obviously demand for a universal biography site, Biographicon decided to offer one. They are half way between Wikipedia and LinkedIn.
Chatterous

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  • CrunchBase: chatterous
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  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: search tech and messaging (contacts, email, sms, text)
Chatterous is a communications service that aims to allow groups of friends to stay in contact with each other synchronously through any communications channel. Whether a group member communicates via email services like GMail, their IM accounts, or micro-blogging services like Twitter, all communications are aggregated at one level for the group.
ContestMachine

  • Location: Southfield, MI
  • CrunchBase: contestmachine
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  • Status: live
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ContestMachine is a web service that makes running promotions from any website easy. The service allows clients to run a contest or giveaway from their blog or website and handles the rest of the details, like collecting submissions and contacting winners. The service also allows clients varied options, like choosing entry requirements, start and end times, and the addition of prizes.
Deluux

  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • CrunchBase: deluux
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  • Status: dead
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Deluux aims to become distributed Facebook, or inverted Ning, by relocating the center of people’s online identities to their websites, which exist outside of any one social network. The service will facilitate the distribution of personalized content around the web and help drive traffic to websites. It has yet to launch.
Heroku

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: heroku
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by salesforce.com for about $250m
  • Market: platform as a service
Heroku is a leading provider of cloud computing, offering a Ruby platform as a service (PaaS) focused on ease of use, automation, and reliability.
Insoshi

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  • CrunchBase: insoshi
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  • Status: live
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Insoshi is an open-source open networking platform.
Joberator

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  • CrunchBase: joberator
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  • 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.
Kirkland North

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  • CrunchBase: kirkland-north
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  • Status: live
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Kirkland North is taking an infectious campus-wide game that it ran at Yale and Harvard last year and spreading it to other campuses around the country.

The game, called Turf, pits sections of campuses against each other in a virtual battle for university-wide domination. The founders are currently rolling out individual versions of their online game as a service for institutions including Stanford and Harvard.

MightyQuiz

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: mightyquiz
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  • Status: live
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MightyQuiz powers a collection of user generated quiz questions that can be answered and rated on-site or through a distributable widget.
Mixwit

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  • CrunchBase: mixwit
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  • Status: dead
  • Market: online music
Mixwit describes itself as a combination of Slide and iTunes. While it has more ambitious plans, it currently provides an easy way to make sharable mix tapes with songs found through MP3 search engines Seeqpod and Skreamr.
Omnisio

  • Location: Atherton, CA
  • CrunchBase: omnisio
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by google for $15m cash
  • Market: video technology
Omnisio was founded in 2007 by Ryan Junee, Simon Ratner and Julian Frumar, and was subsquently acquired by YouTube in July 2008. Omnisio enabled users to annotate and share videos from any website, and enabled markup of the structure within a video.

On May 13, 2008, Omnisio launched a slide-syncing tool using SlideShare for slides and a host of video services.

RescueTime

  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • CrunchBase: rescuetime
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  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
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RescueTime is a web-based time management tool that keeps track of what you do and for how long when you are on your computer. Users download a desktop application from RescueTime that does all the tracking work, so there is no data entry needed from the user’s perspective.
Snaptalent

  • Location: London, GBR
  • CrunchBase: snaptalent
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: employment resources
Snaptalent powers a distributed job advertisement network primarily meant for developer listings.

Job ads submitted to Snaptalent are displayed on the service’s participating websites. A unique feature about the network is that it will detect the IP addresses of website visitors and attempt to identify whether they work for a particular company or attend a particular university. It will then serve up targeted ads that have been designated for, say, employees of Google or students of Carnegie Mellon.

Tipjoy

  • Location: Arlington, MA
  • CrunchBase: tipjoy
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  • Status: dead
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Tipjoy is a simple, social payments engine that allows merchants to sell digital content and features, charities to raise money for causes, and individuals to give money to one another.
Trigger.io

  • Location: San Francisco, CA; London, UK
  • CrunchBase: triggerio-2
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  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
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Trigger is “Phonegap Build done right.” Trigger makes a cross-platform mobile development framework targeted at web developers who want to be able to create native mobile apps.
Webmynd

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: webmynd
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
Webmynd lets you create search sidebars with your content.
Wundrbar

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  • CrunchBase: wundrbar
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  • Status: live
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Wundrbar wants to improve upon the search bar experience by providing users with powerful inline commands. The idea is reminiscent of YubNub but Wundrbar strives to appeal to a larger audience and to incorporate functionality that helps people manage their personal online accounts in addition to searching the web.
YumDots

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: yumdots
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  • Status: dead
  • Market: travel-related services
YumDots wants to be the go-to mobile application for finding places to eat when out on the town. Its emphasis on using interactive maps to display information about local restaurants makes it more efficient than other mobile review services like Yelp’s.
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