Female Founders Conference Re-Cap [Video]

Y Combinator hosted on Saturday a Female Founders Conference.  The all-afternoon event was attended by an estimated 450 women and held at the Computer History Museum.  A four-hour video of the complete conference and schedule of speakers are both embedded below.

Apple iOS 7 iBeacon Is A Big Opportunity: A New Platform for Micro-Location Using Bluetooth LE [Video]

Apple iOS 7 iBeacon is a big opportunity for startups and developers.  iBeacon’s potential is like iPhone App Store in 2008: early iBeacon-enabled products will get all the attention.  New markets could result from novel and innovative uses for this technology.  iBeacon has specific opportunities for both apps and devices.  Apple’s iBeacon Bluetooth profile is part of Apple’s […]

Dropbox Acquires YC Startups Loom And Hackpad

Dropbox has acquired Hackpad and Loom, two startups both from YC W12.  Loom’s team will work on Dropbox Carousel, according to the announcement on Loom’s company blog.  Hackpad will continue to be supported for both existing and new customers, as indicated in Hackpad’s announcement.  These acquisitions are the third and fourth acquisitions of YC-funded startups by Dropbox, which itself has the highest […]

Pebble App Challenge Finalists Announced

Pebble Smartwatch has announced the sixteen finalist apps in its first-ever Pebble App Challenge.  The developer of each of these apps will receive a Pebble Steel.  These sixteen apps will also compete through the first week of April to determine the winner of the $5,000 prize.  Each app submitted to the contest has its own app details page […]

Virtual Reality: Real Products for Cyberspace

Virtual reality got me interested in technology in the early 1990′s.  Two decades ago, “cyberspace” was still an exciting new concept.  I’ve met several virtual reality pioneers over the years, including VPL Research co-founder Jaron Lanier, hardware hacker Mitch Altman, and cyberpunk sci-fi author Rudy Rucker.  The vision for virtual reality was the ability to put on a […]

YC W14 Demo Day

Y Combinator held today its semi-annual Demo Day.  This time it’s for YC W14, which contains 64 companies.  57 of these startups either presented at today’s demo day or have already launched in the press.  Below are all the known companies in YC W14.

Kamcord Gameplay Sharing Now In Unreal Engine For iOS / Android

Kamcord is now natively supported in Unreal Engine 3 for iOS and Android.  Developers using Unreal Engine can offer Kamcord’s free platform to record, replay, and share in-game experiences.  Monster 500, a kart-style racing game already on iTunes AppStore and Google Play, is a great example of Kamcord integration with Unreal Engine 3.  I wrote about Kamcord in November […]

Companies

General Description
AirPair
  • Batch: ycw14
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • CrunchBase: airpair
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
AirPair is an extensive network of experts with deep knowledge across many technology stacks and solutions. AirPair accelerates software development by "pairing" experts with engineers in real-time via video and screen sharing - leading to faster development, better software, and reduced costs.
Cambly
  • Batch: ycw14
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • CrunchBase: cambly
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
Cambly provides instant access to native English speakers over video chat. Language partners help you practice conversation skills, pronunciation, and any other English skills you'd like to improve.
Embedster
  • Batch: ycw10
  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: embedster
  • 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.
Flagr
  • Batch: ycw06
  • Location: Oyster Bay, NA
  • CrunchBase: flagr
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: dead
  • Market:
Flagr enables users to share places, adding photos, video and descriptions from their mobile phone. They can then create maps and embed them on any website.
Fliggo
  • Batch: ycs08
  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: fliggo
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: merged with Vidly
  • Market: video technology
Fliggo is instant video communities.

Fliggo offers anyone the ability to create their own video-uploading site, and share the videos either privately or publicly. Fliggo hosts and streams the videos, and gives site owners easy management tools to customize and monitor activity on the site. While the basic service is free, Fliggo charges for commercial features such as serving ads on a site or controlling the domain that it is on.

Create the next YouTube or just a private place to share your videos. Sites created with Fliggo are highly customizable, with many privacy and moderation options.
HighlightCam
  • Batch: ycs09
  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: highlightcam
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: video technology
HighlightCam takes live video streams and notes when something is actually going on in them - meaning some kind of motion. This allows them to make highlight reels of recorded video streams, as well as alert user of motion on a live stream.
HireArt
  • Batch: ycw12
  • Location:
  • CrunchBase: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: employment resources
HireArt helps employers screen and source job candidates through work samples and video interviews.
HireHive
  • Batch: ycs10
  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: hirehive
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: pivot to hackruiter
  • Market: employment resources
HireHive lets you prescreen job candidates using video. Candidates record in the browser. No scheduling necessary.
Justin.tv
  • Batch: ycs07
  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: justintv
  • Hacker News: justin
  • Status: live
  • Market: video technology
Justin.tv is the largest online community for people to broadcast, watch and interact around live video. With more than 41 million unique visitors per month and 428,000 channels broadcasting live video, Justin.tv is the leading live video site on the Web, enabling users to create real-time connections with others around the world.
Kicksend
  • Batch: ycs11
  • Location: Mountain View
  • CrunchBase: receivd
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: cloud storage
Kicksend allows friends and family to easily share files in real-time on the web, mobile, and desktop. Kicksend's desktop, web, and mobile apps allow you browse through the photos, videos and other files that people have sent you and also allows you to send files effortlessly to multiple people at once. As well as sharing files with one individual, you are also able to create lists of people to securely share with. You can drag & drop sets of files at once and everybody on your list starts securely downloading the file instantly without having to manually approve the downloads.
Knowmia
  • Batch: ycs12
  • Location:
  • CrunchBase: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: education
Knowmia is a new educational platform from the co-founder of Flip Video. Teachers use the site to both find and post video lessons. The software curates video lessons from around the world, and the company also plans to launch "mini courses" of videos curated by teachers. It currently has 7,000 lessons from 900 teachers.
Loom
  • Batch: ycw12
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • CrunchBase: loom
  • 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.
Midnox
  • Batch: ycw12
  • Location:
  • CrunchBase:
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • 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".
Nowmov
  • Batch: ycw10
  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: nowmov
  • 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.
Omnisio
  • Batch: ycw08
  • Location: Atherton, CA
  • CrunchBase: omnisio
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by google for $15m cash
  • Market: video technology
Omnisio was founded in 2007 by Ryan Junee, Simon Ratner and Julian Frumar, and was subsquently acquired by YouTube in July 2008. Omnisio enabled users to annotate and share videos from any website, and enabled markup of the structure within a video.

On May 13, 2008, Omnisio launched a slide-syncing tool using SlideShare for slides and a host of video services.
Padlet
  • Batch: ycw13
  • Location:
  • CrunchBase: padlet
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
Padlet is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device. Think of it like a multimedia friendly, free-form, real-time wiki.
Posterous
  • Batch: ycs08
  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: posterous
  • Hacker News: a4agarwal
  • Status: acquired by twitter for $10m
  • Market:
Posterous is a simple web publishing platform via email. Text and files can be uploaded to the site via email.

Users are not required to create an account to use Posterous. To start, users simply email content to [email protected] and a 'blog' is autocreated and sent back to the user. Registered users can tailor the blog URL, post via the website, subscribe to other users.

Posterous embeds video, MP3s and other media into a player and turns images into image galleries. PDFs and other office documents are displayed in a Scribd embedded widget.

Users can also add friends and family's email address to any Posterous site they control. When the emails have been added, users can post by sending content they want to publish to [email protected]
QuicklyChat
  • Batch: ycs12
  • Location:
  • CrunchBase: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
QuicklyChat is a quick way for coworkers to video chat with each other when they're working remotely. The biggest difference between QuicklyChat and conventional video communication is that QuicklyChat auto-answers incoming calls when the recipient is available. Incoming connections are displayed in an unobtrusive notification window, so you can keep working if you're in the middle of an important thought, without having to think about how to respond to an incoming call.
ReelSurfer
  • Batch: ycs12
  • Location: Menlo Park
  • CrunchBase: reelsurfer
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: video technology
ReelSurfer lets anyone clip and share any video from any website. The vision is to build the most valuable content network on the planet - created by personal libraries of short, relevant videos that are saved, watched and shared with friends.
Scoopler
  • Batch: ycs08
  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: scoopler
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: renamed as JustSpotted
  • Market:
Scoopler is a real-time search engine. It aggregates and organizes content being shared on the Internet as it happens, like eye-witness reports of breaking news, photos and videos from big events, and links to the hottest memes of the day. It does this by constantly indexing live updates from services including Twitter, Flickr, Digg, Delicious and more. When users search for a topic on Scoopler, they get the most relevant results, updated in real-time.

Scoopler has now become JustSpotted, a celebrity-tracking tool, meant to give fans an idea of what their favorite celebrities are up to at any given moment. JustSpotted, like Scoopler, is a data-aggregator, yet JustSpotted collects from Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare - alongside their own data they'll be collecting from users who actual spot celebrities in the wild. All the information we aggregate is publicly available and you can even do a search on Twitter yourself and find sightings of celebrities. We're just the first people to organize it on a map and in such a way that it's easy to consume and ENJOY.'

JustSpotted is about connecting with celebs. All the sightings on our website are naturally occurring events where an everyday person bumps into a celebrity as a chance occurrence. Back in the day, when you saw a celebrity while you were out and about the first thing you would have done was phone or text a friend. In the new age of social media, the first thing you do is share it on Facebook or Twitter. This phenomena is already happening.
SellStage
  • Batch: ycs11
  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: sellstage
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: dead; pivot to Videopixie
  • Market: e-tail infrastructure
SellStage wants to host and stream videos for your products on your ecommerce site. SellStage also adds a lightbox around the video, call-to-action after the video plays, and generates sitemaps optimized for video search crawlers.
Shoobs
  • Batch: ycw14
  • Location:
  • CrunchBase: shoobs
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: event planning (real world)
Shoobs is an online ticketing website that provides events with features similar to a Facebook fan page. Events listed on Shoob can have pictures, audio, video, comments, and more.
SlapVid
  • Batch: ycs07
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • CrunchBase: slapvid
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: dead
  • Market:
SlapVid was reinvented as Cloudant at Y Combinator. SlapVid was a video site built on peer-to-peer technology that allows you to browse, search and watch video pulled from top video sites. When you find something you like you can 'Slap It', which adds it to your own video channel called a SlapStrip. SlapStrips can be shared with friends and added to blogs, websites and social networks like MySpace and Facebook.
Snipd
  • Batch: ycs08
  • Location: Palo Alto
  • CrunchBase: snipd
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: dead
  • Market:
Snipd lets you grab pieces of enjoyable content from any page, save them online, and share without having to copy/paste using a simple bookmarklet. For bloggers and media sites, Snipd's widget enables readership to Snip images, videos, or text enjoyed most within articles.

Snipd content becomes a destination for users, rather than a list of bookmarks because users are able to enjoy what they saved from within pages on the net.

With more and more content to sift through these days, Snipd makes it easier to identify hot-zones in articles. Hot-zones are dumbed-down heat maps for content. Readers can forget skimming and focus on what people are Snipping most on any page. Because a snip is an implicit vote on a piece of content, we aggregate and figure out what area of an article is attracting the most attention.
SocialCam
  • Batch: ycw12
  • Location:
  • CrunchBase: socialcam
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • 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.
StudyEdge
  • Batch: ycs12
  • Location:
  • CrunchBase: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: education
StudyEdge creates content including chapter review videos, concept videos, and practice problems, then delivers it through Facebook and mobile apps. Students can also help each other, with interactive class walls where users can post and answer questions - if you answer a question correctly, you get karma points that you can exchange for cash or prizes.
Submittable
  • Batch: ycs12
  • Location: Montana / New York
  • CrunchBase: submishmash
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: cloud storage
Submittable is a cloud-based submission management platform used by 1000s of businesses, publishers and art organizations to curate and accept payment with submission (i.e. audio, video, manuscripts, images, applications, and resumes).
TapIn.tv
  • Batch: ycs12
  • Location:
  • CrunchBase: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: pivot to Framebase ( www.framebase.io )
  • Market: video technology
TapIn.tv makes an app that will let users instantly create and share live and on-demand video streams from their mobile phones.
Terascore
  • Batch: ycw13
  • Location:
  • CrunchBase: terascore
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: education
Terascore develops an educational tool for teachers to create, administer, and manage tests entirely online. Scores and results are available immediately. Teachers get instant on question quality, difficulty, student performance. Any questions created can be stored in a question bank for reuse.
Terascore aims to move all tests online and in doing so make learning more effective and teachers more efficient. The results are shortening the feedback loop for learning and are better for teachers and students.

Terascore makes creating tests radically easier, as it has a WYSIWYG browser-based test authoring tool. Terascore allows teachers to easily integrate images, links, videos, and math equations into tests to make them more fun, engaging, and relevant.
The Fridge
  • Batch: ycs10
  • Location: n/a
  • CrunchBase: the-fridge
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: acquired by Google; acqui-hired for Google Plus
  • Market: photo sharing and social networks
The Fridge is a platform for lightweight single serving social networks for the functionality of Facebook without being on Facebook.

The Fridge makes private conversation, media, and event sharing dead simple. The Fridge is like Tumblr for social networks. Anyone can easily create shared spaces, invite their friends and socialize/share photos, videos, music, and more.
TiKL
  • Batch: ycw12
  • Location:
  • CrunchBase: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • 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.
Verbling
  • Batch: ycs11
  • Location: Palo Alto
  • CrunchBase: verbling
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: education
Verbling provides users with an innovative way to learn new languages by utilizing video chat technology.
Videopixie
Videopixie is a marketplace of professional video editors and animators. Individuals and companies can use it to get high quality videos created from raw footage they've taken themselves.
Vidly
  • Batch: ycs08
  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: vidly
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: video technology
Vidly, formerly known as TwitVid (or Twitvid.io), wants to be the easiest way to share video on the web. While one aspect is sharing videos on Twitter, the focus is on other social networks as well, with a key focus on the various mobile platforms.
Vidyard
  • Batch: ycs11
  • Location: Mountain View
  • CrunchBase: vidyard
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: video technology
Vidyard is an online video platform for business.
Vimessa
  • Batch: ycs11
  • Location:
  • CrunchBase: n/a
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market: search tech and messaging (contacts, email, sms, text)
Vimessa provides "video voicemail" which is "the ease of SMS with the magic of video."
Virool
  • Batch: ycs12
  • Location:
  • CrunchBase: virool
  • Hacker News: n/a
  • Status: live
  • Market:
Virool is a self-serve platform that will let any YouTube user increase their video views through placement in Facebook and mobile apps.
Weebly
  • Batch: ycw07
  • Location: San Francisco
  • CrunchBase: weebly
  • Hacker News: drusenko
  • Status: live
  • Market:
Weebly is an AJAX website creator that allows you to create pages with template skins and content widgets. Users can easily drag-and-drop content widgets like pictures, text, video and Google Maps in WYSIWYG-fashion.
Zencoder
  • Batch: ycw10
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • CrunchBase: zencoder
  • 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.