Winter 2009 Companies (YC W09)

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Companies YC Investment Matching Investment (YC VC, Start Fund)
16 $320,000 $0
General Description
Adioso

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: adioso
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: travel-related services
Adioso is a travel search engine that supports broad, open-ended, natural-language queries, built to satisfy the needs of budget-conscious travellers with flexible date & destination options.

Its natural language search interface allows date-flexible and destination-flexible searches, like ‘San Francisco to NYC late October’, or ‘Austin to anywhere under $200 next week’.

It also provides a routing engine that interconnects flights from low-cost airlines to allow budget-conscious travellers to identify the lowest-cost route between any two places domestically or internationally.

Adioso seeks to be the perfect travel search companion for backpackers, vagabonds, nomads, or anyone with an appetite for spontaneous travel.

Airbnb

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: airbnb
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: brianchesky
  • Status: live
  • Market: travel-related services
Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique spaces around the world online or from an iPhone device. Whether the available space is a castle for a night, a sailboat for a week, or an apartment for a month, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to showcase these distinctive spaces to an audience of millions. By facilitating bookings and financial transactions, Airbnb makes the process of listing or booking a space effortless and efficient.
Cloudkick

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: cloudkick
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by rackspace for $50m
  • Market: cloud storage
Cloudkick is a centralized web-based control hub for cloud servers.
Cloudkick offers: graphs that visualize bandwith analyses and other traffic metrics, monitoring of critical server components, nodes and tags for metadata.
Divvyshot

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: divvyshot
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by Facebook
  • Market: photo sharing and social networks
Divvyshot allows groups of friends to share their photos easily, at their full resolutions.
Echodio

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: echodio
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: dead
  • Market: online music
Echodio makes it easy to keep iTunes music libraries in sync, securely backed up and streamable from anywhere.
Foodoro

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: foodoro
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: food discovery, catering, and restaurant technology
Foodoro is a marketplace where people can buy specialty food directly from artisanal Foodmakers.
Heyzap

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: heyzap
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: games and game features
Heyzap is a social, casual, and massively-multiplayer online games monetization and distribution platform founded in 2009 by Jude Gomila and Immad Akhund.

Heyzap provides website publishers a number of ways to integrate games into a website or blog, including the Heyzap Arcade, Heyzap Widget and the Heyzap API. These games allow websites to increase traffic, user retention, and visitor monetization via microtransactions.

For game developers, Heyzap provides an API enabling their games to become more social with improved authentication, sharing, inviting, and in-game payments. This enables developers to distribute their social games across the wider web and onto multiple social networks and the Heyzap Network of 290,000 websites.

Nambii

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: nambii
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: proximity-based mobile apps
Nambii is an online dating service with iPhone applications that allow users to send and receive flirts with people around them.
Picurio

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: picurio
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: photo sharing and social networks
Picurio is web-based photo sharing and photo management software.
PocketFunGames

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: pocketfungames
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: dead
  • Market: games and game features
pocketfungames is a game developer for the iPhone that focuses on games with strong social components.
Propable

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: n/a
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: real estate infrastructure
Propable was a suite of online management and investment analysis tools for property investors.
reMail

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: remail
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by google
  • Market: search tech and messaging (contacts, email, sms, text)
ReMail is an email app that downloads all your email to your iPhone and offers a comprehensive email search.
Skysheet

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: skysheet
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: web-based business productivity and collaboration
Skysheet is a web-based spreadsheet, in stealth mode as of March 2009.
TheSixtyOne

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: thesixtyone
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: online music
thesixtyone is Digg for new music, a social filter for the tsunami of indie creativity hitting the web. Like Digg, the homepage is community driven. Listeners who sign up are given a daily number of ‘hearts’ they can use to vote on songs they like. If songs you heart become popular, you earn reputation points, level up, and unlock community abilities. Listeners can also earn achievement badges for various activities, like hearting songs in under-explored genres or reaching a playcount milestone. All tracks are fully streamable and can be organized in tag-based playlists. To lubricate the experience, they’ve invented an ajax navigation system that allows listeners to enjoy seamless audio playback across pageviews.
Voxli

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: voxli
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: dead
  • Market: games and game features
Voxli offers browser-based group voice chat for gamers and teams.

Users of Voxli can voice chat with up to 200 people at a time without leaving the browser or setting up a voice server. Each group voice chat exists at a persistent URL, which can be shared with friends via email or IM. Voxli works on Windows and Mac, and supports push-to-talk (walkie talkie) functionality outside of the browser.

Wattvision

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: wattvision
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: green energy technology
Wattvision offers a simple idea: Monitor your energy consumption in realtime from the web. To do this you need a Wattvision WiFi Sensor, but if you have a digital power meter at your home, you don’t even need an electrician to install this for you.
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