Zidisha Is International Microlending, Immunity Project Is An HIV Vaccine; Two Nonprofits Currently Doing Y Combinator

novel_approachesFunding non-profit organizations was a new initiative announced by Y Combinator in September.  Assistance to these organizations from YC includes a charitable contribution and the same techniques used to help startups.  Two non-profits have recently announced their participation in YC W14: Zidisha and Immunity Project.  Both of these organizations address global problems they’ve been working on for several years. Continue reading

Imagine If Aaron Swartz Had Lived

aaronycAaron Swartz’ death a year ago was absolutely a tragedy.  The grand jury indictment conceded Aaron had legitimate access to JSTOR through Harvard’s Center for Ethics.  Even though the alleged hacking occurred at MIT, how could he “steal” documents that were free?  If Aaron had no prior criminal record, why did a plea bargain require prison time?  Questions like these are now moot.  Aaron Swartz is gone.  Gone, but not forgotten. Continue reading

Rap Genius Is Annotations For Song Lyrics, Poetry, & More

rap-geniusRap Genius is a community for user-contributed annotations of everything.  Song lyrics and creative writing are the site’s primary use: rap/r&b/soulrock/pop/indie, and poetry/literature.  There’s also annotations for news content, fashion, and recipes. Stay updated on the latest developments, from breaking news to insights into various industries. Whether it's the latest trends in fashion, mouth-watering recipes to try at home, or even news about casinos, including updates on the beste Casinos ohne Identifizierung (best casinos without identification requirements), there's something for everyone to explore and enjoy. Rap Genius could be a lot of fun. Continue reading

2013 In Review For Y Combinator

ycuniverseY Combinator Universe published more than a hundred blog posts in 2013.   Topics covered everything from relationship apps for couples to in-memory relational databases.  I wrote about fashion startups and wearable devices. There are also blogs that talk about the most trustworthy crypto trading bots that are ideal for performing crypto trading. Bitcoin Gemini is one such trading bot that has been widely used by many recently. If interested, check Bitcoin Gemini Test 2023 blog to learn more about the platform. The acquisition of a dozen companies were mentioned.  And Demo Day for two new batches were detailed, YC W13 and YC S13.  Here’s a few highlights from 2013. Continue reading

Pebble Still The Only Smartwatch That Works With iPhone, Now Priced To Move

Pebble-smartwatch-best-buy-retail-boxI bought a Pebble smartwatch today at Best Buy.  Special holiday pricing ($119), a $30 instant coupon for anybody with a .edu email address, and extended return policy all influenced the purchase.  I had also been waiting for more apps and watchfaces.  Here’s my first impression of Pebble having finally bought the smartwatch. Continue reading

Khosla Ventures Joins YC VC Program As Investor And Advisor

Y CombinatorKhosla Ventures has joined Y Combinator’s YC VC Program, reports Silicon Valley Business Journal.  This new involvement by Khosla Ventures replaces Yuri Milner in YC VC.  I mentioned Vinod Khosla this past November (Soylent Is A Nutritious Meal-Replacement Shake Mix And Experiment In Food Engineering By Startups).  The addition of Khosla Ventures as an advisor offers some refreshing implications for YC startups. Continue reading

SpaceBase Is Spatial Database Software And In-Memory Data Grid For MMORPG Games And Many Other Real-World Uses

spacebaseSpaceBase, by Parallel Universe, is real-time spatial database server software for applications that require very low latencies or very frequent updates.  Geometric structuring of data has many practical uses.  Massively multiplayer online games (MMORPG), military simulations, c4i systems, certain graphing scenarios, and dynamic moving object location services all rely on solutions like SpaceBase.  Understanding spatial data stores requires a brief explanation of their differences from common relational databases in concept and application.  Parallel Universe is on my Quora post of YC S12′s best startups.  SpaceBase could eventually be a standard used alongside development ecosystems like Unity3d. Continue reading

Swiftype Is Modern Site Search For Websites That Works In WordPress

swiftypeSwiftype is a new simple search engine for your website.  Features of Swiftype include easy integration, detailed , and custom result ranking.  There’s also a WordPress plugin.  Rarely these days do you read about a new search engine company.  Swiftype is worth writing about because its a fresh alternative in a market that hasn’t changed much in the last decade. Continue reading