Winter 2012 Companies (YC W12)

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Companies YC Investment Matching Investment (YC VC, Start Fund)
57 $1,140,000 $8,550,000
General Description
42Floors

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  • CrunchBase: 42floors
  • Twitter: n/a
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  • Status: live
  • Market: real estate infrastructure
42Floors seeks to be the Trulia for commercial real estate. 42Floors has built a slick website for companies searching for office space. 42Floors has also built a marketplace for service providers such as interior designers and furniture suppliers for when commercial tenants need to outfit their new offices.
99dresses

  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • CrunchBase: 99dresses
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: fashion and clothing
99dresses is a site where women can trade their high end, gently used clothes and accessories, with the aim of allowing them to have a virtual “endless” closet of clothes at their disposal.
A Thinking Ape

  • Location: Vancouver, BC; Redmond, WA
  • CrunchBase: a-thinking-ape
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: games and game features
A Thinking Ape builds and creates technology that changes how people socialize and play on mobile devices. We focus on really challenging technical problems – a few areas in which we’ve innovated include: backend distributed systems to support millions of players, sophisticated analytics infrastructure, virtual economic theory, graphics and animation pipelines, and building complex emergent behavior in online communities. We are currently one of the highest-grossing mobile developers in the world.
Amiato

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  • CrunchBase: amiato
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  • Status: live
  • Market:
Amiato provides immediate A/B Testing with results using SQL. Previously known as Nou Data.
Anyperk

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  • CrunchBase: anyperk
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  • Status: live
  • Market: employment resources
Anyperk is a platform for rewarding employee performance by giving them discounts on products.
AnyVivo / Jellyfish Art

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: jellyfish-art
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  • Status: live
  • Market:
AnyVivo / Jellyfish Art sells living things online and delivers them anywhere in the United States. It has started with jellyfish.
Ark

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  • Status: live
  • Market: search tech and messaging (contacts, email, sms, text)
Ark is a search engine designed entirely for people search, letting you look for others across multiple social networks and other websites by sifting through 30 different filters – such as hometowns, universities, current cities and more.
Brace

  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • CrunchBase: brace
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
Brace is a new way to host your website. We believe that website hosting shouldn’t be complicated. With Brace, updating your website is as simple as saving files in Dropbox. Brace gives you two versions of your website, a Draft version and a Production version. The Draft is for iteration and collaboration. The Production version is optimized for performance and scale.
Carsabi

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  • Status: acqui-hired by facebook
  • Market: daily deals, coupons, and price comparison
Carsabi is an evolved search engine for buying a used car. Carsabi aggressively crawls every online car sale listing it can find, from classifieds to dealers. It already surfaces more deals than industry leader AutoTrader, and has features that let you sort by the biggest savings, not just lowest price.
chute

  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • CrunchBase: chute
  • Twitter: n/a
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  • Status: live
  • Market:
Chute is a visual marketing and media-sharing platform. We also offer products aimed at helping online retailers leverage user-generated content to help improve sales. Chute Commerce allows marketers to transform the traditional shopping experience that consumers have when viewing products online away from a static non-engaging experience to one much more social and highly visual. Chute is Twilio for media content.
CircuitHub

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  • CrunchBase: circuithub
  • Twitter: n/a
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  • Status: live
  • Market: electronics design
CircuitHub is an electronics design facilitator whose mission is to take the frustration out of designing and manufacturing electronics. CircuitHub offers a comprehensive and detailed parts library. By sourcing the right part from the start, makers will experience less hassle when approaching manufacturing. CircuitHub integrates with Altium, Eagle, OrCAD, and Allegro.
Coderwall

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  • CrunchBase: coderwall
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  • Status: live
  • Market: programming tools
Coderwall is a site for developers to profile what projects they are up to and learn from others.
Crowdtilt

  • Location: Palo Alto
  • CrunchBase: crowdtilt
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: financial services and payment processing
Crowdtilt is a simple way for anyone to crowdfund anything.
Cube

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  • Status: live; renamed to slidepay
  • Market: financial services and payment processing
Cube has a concise mission: to change the way that transactions are conducted in person. Cube has an extensible point-of-sale platform that grows with your business. Cube provides a free point-of-sale app for iOS and a credit card terminal that plugs into your iPhone/iPad audio jack.
Dealupa

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  • Status: live
  • Market: daily deals, coupons, and price comparison
Dealupa aggregates daily deals from all over the web and presents them on a website where users can browse according to their interests.
Embark

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  • CrunchBase: embark
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by Apple
  • Market: travel-related services
Embark makes it easy to get around without a car. Embark builds mobile software that makes it simple to get around on mass transit. We currently cover 12 Major transit systems in the United States and the United Kingdom and have applications on iOS and Android.
EveryArt

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  • CrunchBase: everyart
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: visual design
EveryArt aims to address the art world’s middle ground between low-end prints and high-end fine art sales. EveryArt lets regular people commission a piece or art from an artist online.
Exec

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: exec
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: employment resources
Exec is a service that provides companies or individuals access to part-time executive assistants or someone you need just to run errands for you. The service will get everything you need done for $25 per hour.
FamilyLeaf

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  • CrunchBase: familyleaf
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: photo sharing and social networks
FamilyLeaf allows families to create private social networks where they can share photos, information such as birthdays and addresses, and simple daily updates amongst themselves online.
FarmLogs

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  • CrunchBase: farmlogs
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  • Status: live; rename from Agrisight
  • Market: agriculture and farming
FarmLogs makes farm management software that enables farmers to forecast and measure profits, track expenses, manage risk, and get informed all from one place.
Flutter

  • Location: Palo Alto
  • CrunchBase: flutter-io
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by google
  • Market: user interfaces
Flutter is an app for Mac that lets you control the play function on Spotify or iTunes by simply waving at your computer.
Flypad

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  • Status: live
  • Market: games and game features
Flypad turns your iPhone into a motion-sensing steering wheel for PC racing games
GiveSpark

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  • Status: live
  • Market: charity and philanthropy
Givespark is an app that lets celebrities launch fundraisers for their fans to participate in online.
Grouper

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  • CrunchBase: grouper-2
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  • Status: live
  • Market:
Grouper is a social club that sets up drinks between 2 groups of friends: 3 guys and 3 girls (or 3 guys and 3 guys, etc.). Grouper started in New York in the summer of 2011 and now organizes Groupers in major cities across the US. Members have shared tens of thousands of drinks.
HackPad

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  • Status: acquired by dropbox
  • Market: web-based business productivity and collaboration
Hackpad hopes to be the best wiki software ever.
HireArt

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  • Status: live
  • Market: employment resources
HireArt helps employers screen and source job candidates through work samples and video interviews.
iCracked

  • Location: Redwood City, CA / Dallas, TX / Long Beach, CA
  • CrunchBase: icracked
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: devices, hardware, components (manufactured goods)
iCracked repairs iPhones, iPods, and iPads.
InstallMonetizer

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  • CrunchBase: installmonetizer
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  • Status: live
  • Market:
InstallMonetizer.com helps software developers generate additional revenue from their installations. Most software developers lose revenue from 95% of their free/trial installs. We help them monetize these lost installs. Our publishers experience 60-85% conversion and earn between $0.25 to $1.00 per install. Our backend provides detailed stats to keep developers informed on their earnings.
Kyte

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  • Status: live; pivot to PlaySafeApp.com
  • Market: parenting resources
Kyte is a mobile app that turns any Android smartphone into a kid-safe device, that can only be used to make calls and play games that have been approved by a parent or guardian. Kyte also comes with a parent’s dashboard that lets you see exactly where your kid is on a map, and monitor their phone usage.
LendUp

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  • CrunchBase: lendup
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: financial services and payment processing
LendUp is a website where consumers who have poor or no credit can apply for and receive small-dollar, short-term loans (up to $250 for up to 30 days). We are working on creating installment loans for our customers in the upcoming year. At LendUp, we believe loans should be an opportunity to build credit, not a debt trap. Our mission is to use small-dollar loans as a way to help customers build credit and move up the financial ladder.
Loom

  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • CrunchBase: loom
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by dropbox
  • Market:
Loom puts all your photos and videos in the cloud, allowing you to empty your digital Camera Roll and reclaim lost disk space. We provide a personal media library that is the same wherever you go, and there when you need it. Loom is a fast way to access and manage an entire photo and video library on every device without taking up local storage space.
Lvl6

  • Location: Palo Alto
  • CrunchBase: lvl6
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: games and game features
Lvl6 is a mobile social game developer that has come up with an equation that it says “guarantees that our games will engaging, monetizable and huge hits.”
Matterport

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  • Status: live
  • Market: devices, hardware, components (manufactured goods)
Matterport has created a system that lets anyone quickly and easily create a 3D model of physical objects and interior spaces. MatterPort has constructed a low cost point and shoot camera device that records what a space or object looks like and renders a copy of it automatically.
Medigram

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  • Status: live
  • Market: medical industry
Medigram is a is a HIPAA-compliant group messaging app for the medical community.
Midnox

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  • Status: acquired by facebook
  • Market: video technology
Midnox has built the Luma, an iPhone app that stabilizes the videos taken with a mobile phone in real time. The app also adds full resolution visual filters in real time, which are “non-disruptive”.
Minefold

  • Location: Mountain View
  • CrunchBase: minefold
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: dead
  • Market: games and game features
Minefold provides a hosting service for massive multiplayer games so that players can simply press one button and start playing. So far, it works with Minecraft.
Pair

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  • CrunchBase: pair
  • Twitter: n/a
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  • Status: live
  • Market: photo sharing and social networks
Pair is an app to stay connected with your partner. If you are in a long distance relationship and want to stay connected pair is the service that helps you do that.
Per Vices

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  • Status: live
  • Market: devices, hardware, components (manufactured goods)
Per Vices has created a single device that uses a technology called software defined radio (SDR) that purportedly can run any wireless application out there right now. The goal is to replace every existing wireless device on the market with this one single SDR device.
Pixelapse

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  • Status: live
  • Market: visual design
Pixelapse is visual version control for designers. It’s GitHub for designers that also has features similar to Dropbox. We’re a highly technical team of Stanford & Princeton hackers and designers and are changing the way designers collaborate.
PlanGrid

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  • CrunchBase: plangrid
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  • Status: live
  • Market: web-based business productivity and collaboration
PlanGrid saves contractors time by storing project drawings in the cloud.
PopSet

  • Location: Mountain View
  • CrunchBase: popset
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: photo sharing and social networks
Popset is the easiest way to start group photo albums with friends, directly from a mobile phone.
Priceonomics

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  • CrunchBase: priceonomics
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: daily deals, coupons, and price comparison
Priceonomics is an online price guide for anything. Type in anything you want to own and it will tell you how much it should cost, like a Kelly Blue Book for smartphones, laptops, TVs, stereos, etc.
Rescale

  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: n/a
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  • Status: live
  • Market: scientific research tools
Rescale lets any engineer or scientist build, compute, and analyze simulations in the cloud.
ScreenLeap

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  • Status: live
  • Market: screen-sharing and collaborative real-time editors
ScreenLeap enables you to share your screen instantly from any device with a browser and without downloads, installs, or sign-ups.
SendHub

  • Location: Mountain View
  • CrunchBase: sendhub
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: search tech and messaging (contacts, email, sms, text)
SendHub is simple messaging. Your customers subscribe by text. You send and receive texts – for free. We give you analytics on how you’re doing.
Shoptiques

  • Location: New York
  • CrunchBase: shoptiques
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: fashion and clothing
Shoptiques.com brings boutique shopping online. On Shoptiques.com, you will experience personalized shopping with the most unique and fashion-forward inventory from the best local boutiques.
Shopular

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  • CrunchBase: shopularapp
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: daily deals, coupons, and price comparison
Shopular is a location-aware shopping and deals app. Shopular is your best shopping buddy – always looking out for you and making sure you know all the coupons every time you go shopping.
SocialCam

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  • CrunchBase: socialcam
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  • Status: acquired by autodesk for $60m
  • Market: video technology
Socialcam is a new mobile video application coming to both iPhone and Android. Socialcam makes it fast, easy and fun to capture, share and view high quality movies of life’s moments with friends and family.
Sonalight

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  • Status: live
  • Market: search tech and messaging (contacts, email, sms, text)
Sonalight provides text-by-voice apps that let you text hands-free through speech recognition while you drive.
Summon

  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • CrunchBase: summon
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: travel-related services
Summon, formerly named InstantCab, gets you a ride instantly. Currently the service operates in San Francisco. Summon operates with both taxis and vetted drivers. When you install the Summon app, you enter in credit or debit card information, and all of the fares and tips are paid off of this card. Summon only charges you for a ride after you have been dropped off at your final destination.
Swiftype

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  • CrunchBase: swiftype-com
  • Twitter: n/a
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  • Status: live
  • Market: search tech and messaging (contacts, email, sms, text)
Swiftype is building search software for the next generation of websites and applications. Swiftype’s initial product is a site search that is “a PageRank that’s specific to individual websites”. Swiftype also allows site owners to pin and unpin different items to the top of their search results. If you run a news site, that might mean pinning the most popular and best articles, or it might mean promoting content that’s related to an ongoing sponsorship campaign. And Swiftype offers a set of tags that publishers can include in their pages to show which content should be surfaced in the results. Other features include analytics data and auto-complete for people typing in their search. Swiftype is founded by former Scribd employees.
The Muse

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  • CrunchBase: the-muse
  • Twitter: n/a
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  • Status: live
  • Market: news, reading, and publishing
The Muse, a.k.a. The Daily Muse, brings smart content, career opportunities and like-minded community to young professional women.
TiKL

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  • Status: live
  • Market: search tech and messaging (contacts, email, sms, text)
TiKL is an Android and iOS app that turns your phone into a real-time push-to-talk walkie-talkie that also sends texts, voicemail, images, and video. Launched 20 months ago, it now has more than 22 million users without any marketing.
WireOver

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  • CrunchBase: wireover
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  • Status: live
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WireOver is a desktop application for sending and receiving files. It’s easy to use, can transmit files of any size very fast, and uses end-to-end encryption. WireOver’s end-to-end encryption ensures that only your recipient can access the files you send, making it much more secure than most file sending tools. WireOver is free for unlimited size unencrypted file transfers, and charges a monthly fee for end-to-end encryption.
Your Mechanic

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  • Status: live
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Your Mechanic aims to be the “Airbnb of car repair”. Your Mechanic is a website that connects you with the best mechanics in your local community, and commission them to come to your house and fix your car. According to the company, this is on average 30 percent cheaper than the typical mechanic or car dealership.
ZenPayroll

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  • Status: live
  • Market: employment resources
ZenPayroll is beautiful modern payroll. ZenPayroll is adding companies to its pilot program on a rolling basis.
Zillabyte

  • Location: Palo Alto
  • CrunchBase: zillabyte
  • Twitter: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: analytics tools, data visualization, and big data
Zillabyte is an online big-data analysis platform.
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