March 28, 2012
Based in Silicon Valley, Y Combinator is one of the hottest startup accelerators offering seed funding for startups. Founded by Paul Graham just 7 years ago, YC has produced such companies as Airbnb, Reddit, Justin.tv, and more. This spring they put out another large and stellar class of startups. We covered the 31 Y Combinator startups in the summer class last August.
This year, the spring class of companies runs the gamut, with a strong emphasis on mobile technology. A total of 39 startups participated in demo day and we’ve aggregated a list of them below. All the companies will receive a check from Ron Conway and Yuri Milner for $150,000, while some also secured a Series A round. That said, we want to hear what you think of this class of startups. Check out the list below (in alphabetical order) and vote for your favorite Y Combinator startup from spring 2012 demo day.
42Floors – A map-based search for commercial real estate to discover your next office or retail space.
99dresses – A site aimed at women where users can trade gently used clothes and accessories, with the aim of creating a virtual “infinite” closet of clothes at their disposal.
AnyVivo – Sells living things online and delivers them anywhere in the United States (think pets, plants, etc.).
Ark – A search engine designed for people search. It lets you look for people across multiple social networks and other websites by sifting through 30+ different filters (hometowns, universities, current cities, etc.).
Carsabi – A search engine for buying used cars.
Chute – A cloud platform that provides photo and video infrastructure as a service through APIs, iOS and Android SDKs, and component libraries so developers do not have to “re-invent the wheel” every time they want to create a photo handling service for mobile.
Coderwall – A site where programmers quantify their skills and achievements by accumulating badges, rather than in the the typical resume format. Similar to Geeklist.
Crowdtilt – A simple way for anyone to crowdfund anything.
Daily Muse – Built on the idea that text-based job search is on the way out, they look to build compelling, media-rich websites about company culture to hopefully attract talented new employees.
Dealupa – Aggregates daily deals from all over the web and presents them on a website where users can browse according to their interests.
EveryArt – Enables regular people to commission a piece of art from an artist online.
Exec – An app that lets you have an assistant at your disposal within 10 minutes for $25 an hour (i.e., Uber for work).
FamilyLeaf – Allows families to create private social networks where they can share photos, information such as birthdays and addresses, and simple daily updates among themselves online (Web version of Path for families).
Flutter – An app for Mac that lets you control the play function on Spotify or iTunes by simply waving at your computer.
Flypad – An app that turns your iPhone into a game controller and lets you play on your PC or TV screen. Reminds me of Brass Monkey out of Boston.
Givespark – An app that lets celebrities launch fundraisers for their fans to participate in online.
Hackpad – Real-time wiki software that is easy to edit, simple to share, and works in real-time.
HireArt – Offers a hiring application to screen and source job candidates through work samples and video interviews.
iCracked – Offers a network of repair people for tablet and mobile device screens.
Kyte – 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.
Lvl6 – A mobile social game developer that has come up with an equation that it says “guarantees that our games will [be] engaging, monetizable and huge hits.” They create mobile games for iOS and Android platforms.
Matterport – A system that enables anyone to quickly and easily create a 3D model of physical objects and interior spaces.
Minefold – Massive multi-player games such as Minecraft often require users to host their own servers in order to play – this startup offers unlimited cloud servers for players to leverage.
Medigram – Doctors can’t use texts because of HIPAA federal guidelines passed in 1996. The solution is a HIPAA-compliant group messaging app, that only requires a simple download to start using (i.e., chat for doctors).
Midnox – They’ve built the Luma, an iPhone app that stabilizes the videos taken with a mobile phone in real time (i.e., video camera app + hosting).
Pair – A private social network for couples, which is getting a lot of attention lately.
Per Vices – Wireless apps today require dedicated hardware to control them – but this startup is looking to create a new universal wireless platform so all devices can communicate with one another.
PlanGrid – Offers an iPad interface for construction blueprints.
Popset – An iPhone app that lets people passively upload pictures taken with their mobile phones to group albums.
Priceonomics – An online price guide for anything.
Screenleap – Lets people share their screens with others in one step – sending a link – without needing to download any special software. It sounds a lot like Join.me.
SendHub – A group messaging service that spans email, SMS, and other platforms, the company is now sending 120,000 messages per month, up from 6,000 at the start of the year. We covered SendHub previously here.
Shoptiques – An online platform for local boutiques to help them establish an online presence.
Socialcam – An app for shooting and publishing videos from your mobile device. Created by the founders of Justin.tv.
Sonalight – An app that helps you send text messages while driving by voice control (i.e., Siri on steroids).
TiKL – 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.
Your Mechanic – A website that connects you with the best mechanics in your local community, where you can commission them to come to your house and fix your car (i.e., the Airbnb of car repair).
Zillabyte – Identifies key new leads scattered around the web (i.e., Palantir for salespeople).
Which one is most interesting to you? Vote for your favorite Y Combinator startup from the spring 2012 demo day class.
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