500 Startups Unveils Latest Class Of 34 Startups

October 31, 2011

12:01 pm

Today the Silicon Valley based accelerator 500 Startups lead by Dave McClure and Paul Singh has unveiled its latest set of startups which includes 34 companies from across the United States, which is the largest batch size to date. The latest class of startups offers some diversity as eight of them have women founders,  fifteen have international founders and the majority of this accelerator batch is from outside of Silicon Valley. We noticed some familiar faces from DC, New York and beyond as some of the companies have also participated in our Tech Cocktail mixer events throughout the year.

Let’s take a closer look at the 34 companies that will be working from the 12th floor of 444 Castro Street for the next couple months:

300milligrams – Founded by Mark Kofman and Anton Litvinenko from Estonia, they look to offer a priority inbox for team conversations.
72Lux.com
– Founded by the NYC team lead by Heather Marie, they offer consumers a universal checkout and personalized shopping experience while also offering a white-label version for publishers. This company was previously called Combine Couture and we covered them previously here as they were featured at one of our NYC events.
BrandBoards
– Founded by Detroit team of Kenny Hawk and Tim Schoe, they look to simplify Google Adwords with a focus on live event digital advertising.
BrightNest
– Founded by the team of Denver, Colorado natives, Allen Shulman and Justin Anthony, Brightnest is the Mint.com for home maintenance. It helps homeowners manage their most valuable asset with customized tips and reminders.
Cadee – Founded by Toronto based Sean Rucker, Steve Noone O’Connor and Stephen Taubman, this company looks to help golfers understand and improve their game.
Central.ly – Founded by San Francisco based Chris Bennett, Arrel Gray and Edward Robertshaw, they offer a social media profile for small business owners.  We covered Central.ly previously here as they were showcased at our SF event this past May.
Chorus – The Sydney, Australia based startup founded by Dave Trindall and Dave Kuhn, Chorus offers customer feedback without the hassle. Automatically extract meaning from thousands of customer messages as they arrive in real time.
ContaAzul – Founded by Brazil based Vinicius “Vinny” Roveda Gonçalves and José Carlos “JC” Sardagna, they offer a web based SaaS accounting system for Brazilian small businesses.
Contactually – Founded by Washington, DC-based Zvi Band, Tony Cappaert and Jeff Carbonella, Contractually is a personal assistant for your professional email contacts that connects directly with your CRM.
DressRush
– Founded by Washington, DC-based Aaron Hall, Sara Morgan and Mike Arace they are looking to create a “Gilt for Weddings”. Dress Rush is making Bridezilla’s everywhere clamor to get couture without the cost. They look to offer up to 100% off retail.
eSpark Learning – Founded in Chicago and Silicon Valley by David Vinca, eSpark is “Pandora for education” and creates custom playlists of fun education apps on iPads for elementary school students.
Farmeron – Founded in Croatia by Matija Kopic the product looks to help farmers across the world to manage their production data online and to do automated farm performance analysis using exciting statistics. We covered Farmeron previously here.
Fileboard – Founded by Neitherlands and India based team of Khuram Hussain, Waseem Sadiq and Dinesh Duggala, the service accessed from the iPad helps manage files and attachments across email, Dropbox, Evernote, and other cloud repositories.
Fitocracy – Founded by the team of Brian Wang and Richard Talens, they look to turn fitness into an addictive gaming experience where you level up in real life. We previously covered Fitocracy here as they participated in our New York mixer event.
Forrst – Founded by Brooklyn-based developer Kyle Bragger, Forrest offers a place where  developers and designers improve their craft and companies come to hire them. We covered Forrst previously here. Forrst also was showcased at one of our NYC events.
Gizmo – Founded by Southern Illinois and Windsor, California team of William Kasel and Laura Castaneda, Gizmo offer a cloud-based multichannel marketing platform for mobile, tablet, social, and web.
GoVoluntr – Founded by Silicon Valley based, Young Han and Kevin Zittle, GoVoluntr is a social platform that brings together volunteers, nonprofits, and businesses to solve today’s social problems.
Hapyrus – This Tokyo, Japan based team offers the easiest way of leveraging Hadoop to make your system highly scalable.
HighScore House – Founded by the Montreal-based team of Kyle Seaman and Theo Ephraim, HighScore House turns a child’s routine into a game, making the lives of families easier and more positive than ever before.
Intercom – Founded in Dublin by Eoghan McCabe, Des Traynor, Ciaran Lee and David Barrett, Intercom lets web businesses build powerful, personal relationships with their users, turning them into loyal customers.
LookAcross – Founded by Meetul Shah and Jeff Nordlund in Seattle and Minneapolis, LookAcross helps you to have more conversation by improving your odds of connecting with people.
LoveWithFood – Founded by Singapore born and now Silicon Valley native Aihui Ong, LoveWithFood offers an easy way to find culinary deals & samples, curated by a community of foodies for foodies. For every deal, they donate a meal.
MelonCard – Founded by Chicago-based Robert Leshner and Geoff Haye, MelonCard removed your personal information from companies selling it.
MeMeTales – Founded in Seattle and now in Silicon Valley by the team of Maya Bisineer and Pree Kolari, MeMeTales is a mobile game like reading platform for kids.
MoPix – Founded by the LA team Ryan Stoner & Drew McAulifffe, MoPix looks to define what the movie experience can be on tablet devices and make distribution accessible to anyone with film or video content.
OneSchool – Founded while at Penn State by David Adewumi, Zach Johnston and Pindi Albert, OneSchool is a free mobile app that connects students to the people, places, and things around them.
PayByGroup – Founded in Washington, D.C. by Camilo Acosta, Frank Langston, Dan Oblinger, and Azat Mardanov, PayByGroup looks to make tackling the group purchasing problems by coordinating your friends’ payments to the merchant so you can plan activities hasslefree.
Redeemr – Founded by the Boston-based team of Tim Chae, Murry Ivanoff, Mike Maghsoudi and Kevin Liang, Redeemr helps businesses and celebrities get un-ignored by their social media fans.
Rotadosconcursos – Founded by Brazilian based Helio Guilherme and Henrique Guimaraes e WagnerDonizeth, they look to offer the best test prep to get in to the government positions.
Spinnakr – Proudly made in Washington, D.C. by the team of Adam Bonnifield and Michael Mayernick, they offer website targeting as they look to improve conversions.
Switchcam – Founded in Sydney, Australia by Chris Hartley and Brett Welch, Switchcam recreates the concert experience by combining and syncing fan-recorded videos.
Talkdesk – Founded by Tiago Paiva and Cristina Fonseca, Talkdesk lets your company have a contact center in the browser. It provides information about the caller by integrating with services such as Salesforce and Zendesk.
Tiny Review – Founded by Melissa Miranda and Dick Brouwer who spend time in Peru, Holland, DC and Palo Alto, Tiny Review is like Instagram for Yelp reviews. The fastest and funnest way to say what you think about a place.
WeddingLovely – Founded by Tracy Osborn in San Jose, WeddingLovely is building tools and directories to promote amazing
small and independent wedding vendors.

Demo Days dates have not yet been confirmed, but they will take place sometime in January 2012. Accord to the latest release from 500 Startups and sticking with the Halloween launch it also appears every startup contains zombies. The video below might help explain.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups.

Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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