SpaceBase, 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 […]
Airbnb’s Brian Chesky and eBay’s John Donahoe often collaborate, according to both CEO’s at Fortune’s Brainstorm TECH Conference. On a panel discussion, both men described the lessons they have taught each other about building a great company. Airbnb (YC W09) must continue to learn, and learn fast. The popular share economy service that lets people stay in unique […]
How much longer can Dropbox charge for something everybody else is now offering for free? The answer to that question seems to involve developers. Dropbox DBX was held Tuesday, the company’s first ever developer conference. New developer resources were announced. There was also a Q & A session with questions about the company’s business model and […]
Jellyfish Art, from YCW12, sells moon jellyfish, jellyfish tanks, and jellyfish tank accessories. They also have a Twitter account. Alex Andon began Jellyfish Art based on his research catching jellyfish and building aquariums while finishing his B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science at Duke University. Moon jellyfish require special tanks because they are mostly water. The tank made by […]
Dropbox (YC S07) has acquired Audiogalaxy, according to Audiogalaxy’s blog. Audiogalaxy began in 2002 as a music file-sharing application and evolved into an audio streaming service. Audiogalaxy’s announcement states “the team” is joining Dropbox. The post also indicates Audiogalaxy is no longer accepting new signups, but doesn’t state the fate of Audiogalaxy itself. Acquired teams […]
BufferBox has been acquired by Google, reports an article on Business Insider. BufferBox is “an automated, self-serve kiosk to eliminate the frustrations and hassle involved with failed parcel deliveries. BufferBox has successfully deployed our first kiosk that allows for 24/7 pick-up of parcels at a convenient location” (CrunchBase). BufferBox graduated from Y Combinator’s most recent batch this […]
Below are the Y Combinator partners, the people that decide YC applications and advise startups. In addition to these people, YC alumni also frequently sit in on interviews and influence the decision-making process. Partners That Advise Full-Time Name Description Paul Graham Paul Graham is a programmer, venture capitalist, and essayist. He is known for his […]
||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.
||Directed Edge delivers Amazon-like 'People who bought this also bought...' and 'We think you'd also like'-style recommendations to other sites, using existing data being collected such as purchase or click histories. Recommendations are served in real-time via a REST API, with language bindings in several programming languages to make integration easy.|
||Instacart is like an Amazon.com with a 1 hour delivery. Currently focusing on basics and groceries, the company is looking to expand to other verticals very soon.|