Winter 2010 Companies (YC W10)

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Companies YC Investment Matching Investment (YC VC, Start Fund)
28 $560,000 $0
General Description
140bets

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: n/a
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
140Bets is the best sports odds from the best people.
500Friends

  • Location: Berkeley, CA
  • CrunchBase: 500friends
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: e-tail infrastructure
500Friends is a venture backed company that provides online retailers with simple tools that enable them to engage the hundreds of millions of users of social networking sites.
Answerly

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: answerly
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: answerly
  • Status: live
  • Market:
Answerly is a Q and A search engine that resolves any question by connecting ‘askers’ with answers, online experts and local service providers.
Browsarity

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: browsarity
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: charity and philanthropy
Browsarity.com is a browser application that allows people to donate to charity while shopping online. Users pick a charity upon signup, and a percentage of their purchase at affiliated retail sites gets donated automatically.
Cardpool

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: cardpool
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by blackhawk network
  • Market: gift card technology
Cardpool is a gift card exchange marketplace where anybody can buy, sell, or trade their new or pre-owned gift cards.

Customers can buy gift cards up to 30% off their face value, sell their gift cards for up to 90% of their face value in cash, trade their gift cards for an Amazon.com Gift Card, or donate their gift card to charity. Cardpool provides free shipping for both buyers and sellers, a 100-day return policy, and policy of only selling gift cards that have no expiration date and no monthly fees.

ChromaOm

  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • CrunchBase: chromaom
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: aepstein
  • Status: renamed as COLOURlovers
  • Market: visual design
CHROMAom: Color Enlightenment.
COLOURlovers

  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • CrunchBase: colourlovers
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: aepstein
  • Status: live
  • Market: visual design
COLOURlovers is a community of color enthusiasts, naming colors, creating color palettes and sharing color inspiration ideas. There are basic palette making tools as well as professional tools to help develop color palettes. More than 900k palettes are shared in the COLOURlovers community and can be downloaded in several formats including Adobe Swatch Exchange, GIMP and MSFT formats.
Crocodoc

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: crocodoc
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: rdamico
  • Status: acquired by box
  • Market: web-based business productivity and collaboration
Crocodoc makes it easy to view, comment on, and share documents on the web.
datamarketplace

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: data-marketplace
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by infochimps
  • Market:
Data Marketplace helps people find, buy and sell data online. It helps users seeking a specific data to creating a request for free, explain their needs, add an optional deadline and budget, and in turn allows aggregators respond with relevant data for purchase. All of the data on Data Marketplace is available for immediate purchase and download. They provide data in standard formats (e.g. Excel, CSV, XML, JSON).
Embedly

  • Location: Boston
  • CrunchBase: embed-ly
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
Embedly, Inc. provides a service which makes every URL on the internet embeddable for any website or web application in which it is posted. Currently, we serve over 500,000 embeds per day to over 200 sites.
Embedster

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: embedster
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
Embedster allows bloggers to serve an ad for any YouTube they display on their site. Even if you just have a link to the video, Embedster can serve up a slick overlay that plays an ad before following the link.
Etacts

  • Location: Palo Alto
  • CrunchBase: etacts
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by salesforce.com for $5m
  • Market: search tech and messaging (contacts, email, sms, text)
Etacts is a CRM for people – it helps you keep in touch with people in your address book.
Fabricly

  • Location: New York
  • CrunchBase: fabricly
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: fashion and clothing
Fabricly wants to reverse and improve the model, by crowdsourcing designs and using a voting process to only manufacture pieces that people actually want, all while saving customers a bundle.
Gamador

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: gamador
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: dead
  • Market: games and game features
Gamador is a social game developer that has released three games so far. The company says that it differentiates itself from other developers by releasing quick, smart games at a very rapid pace (they can develop a game in about a week).

The company has built its own analytics platform for social games called Rankador, which they liken to a ‘PageRank for social games’.

Greplin

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: greplin
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: rename to Cue (cueup.com); Cue acquired by Apple
  • Market: search tech and messaging (contacts, email, sms, text)
Greplin is a personal web search engine that indexes information stored in online services.
Infoharmoni

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: infoharmoni
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: analytics tools, data visualization, and big data
Infoharmoni is a data visualization startup.
LaunchHear

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: launchhear
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
LaunchHear is the best way for bloggers to get early review copies of new products.
Mertado

  • Location: Palo Alto
  • CrunchBase: six-times-seven
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by groupon for $10m
  • Market: e-tail infrastructure
Six Times Seven is a backed social shopping company. The main product – Mertado – is both a Facebook Application (http://apps.facebook.com/mertado) and a Facebook Connect site (http://www.mertado.com) that allows users to shop in the Facebook environment.

Mertado offers personalized limited time deals. Customers can recommend deals to friends and for the right recommendations, both the customer and his/her friend earn Mertado Cash that can be used towards future purchases.

Movity

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: movity-com
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by Trulia for $15m
  • Market: real estate infrastructure
Movity.com operates as a real estate search portal.
NewsLabs

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: newslabs
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
NewsLabs offers a platform that looks to help ‘old school’ journalists adapt to the web, by giving them help with advertising, SEO, and other issues they may not have had to deal with before.
Notifo

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: notifo
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: dead
  • Market:
Notifo is a mobile application and platform which allows any web site or service to easily create mobile notifications. While it’s currently only an iPhone app, the plan is to eventually work on Android and BlackBerry devices too.
Nowmov

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: nowmov
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: thomaspun zaius jfb
  • Status: live; pivot to nowbox; pivot to delight.io
  • Market: video technology
Nowmov is a site that presents you with a stream of interesting YouTube videos, no effort on the user’s part required.
Optimizely

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: n/a
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: psychometric tools
Optimizely is A/B Testing you’ll actually use.
SeeingInteractive

  • Location: College Station, TX
  • CrunchBase: seeing-interactive
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live; renamed to OwnLocal
  • Market:
SeeingInteractive provides Web-based software for newspapers that make money.

SeeingInteractive makes software that works with companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter so that newspapers can remain at center of local.

Swagapalooza

  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: n/a
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: alex3917
  • Status: live
  • Market: event planning (real world)
Stuff We All Get
Tweetflow

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  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
Tweetflow, the multi user tweet publisher!
Zencoder

  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • CrunchBase: zencoder
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: jon_dahl
  • Status: acquired by brightcove for $30m
  • Market: video technology
Zencoder is web-based encoding software as a service, designed to quickly convert any video into web and mobile compatible formats. It is for web sites and applications that accept uploaded videos and need to encode them to standard formats.
Zenedy

  • Location: n/a
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  • Status: live
  • Market:
Zenedy lets you learn something new every day with new articles written daily about topics discovered from all around the web.
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