May 9, 2012
500 Startups announced their next class of 27 startups this morning from around the world. The 4th Annual Funding Games includes a few DC startups (go home team!), as well as a few we have covered before here at Tech Cocktail. Here’s a rundown on who’s who and what’s what:
ActivityHero: Yelp for kids activities founded by Chandini Ammineni, Shilpa Dalmia, and Peggy Chang who are based out of Hacker Dojo in the Valley.
Bluefields: London-based startup that intelligently organizes recreational sports. Founded by Andrew Crump and Piers Rollinson.
Bombfell: A monthly subscription for men’s clothing built to enable guys who lack time or don’t know what to buy to dress well. Founded by Jason Kim and Bernie Yoo in the Bay Area.
CardFlick: One of Tech Cocktail’s showcased startups at SXSW, Ketan Anjaria’s San Francisco startup lets you create and share beautiful digital cards.
Chalkable: A NYC-based app store for school and a platform to make those apps work. Founded by Michael Levy and Zoli Honig.
Fontacto: Virtual phone system that helps entrepreneurs sound more professional and take their business’ calls anywhere. Founded by Daniel Martinez, Joaquin Martinez, Jose Antonio del Rio, and Ricardo Cacique in Mexico.
Groupiter: Founder Chris Dyball created this platform that lets you add group conversations to the files you share on Dropbox. Based in San Francisco.
Happy Inspector: Property inspection app for the iPad that was founded by Jindou Lee, Andrew Mackenzie-Ross, and Philip Mayes in Australia.
Ingresse: Brazil’s first social ticketing company founded by Gabriel Benarrós, Marcelo Henrique, Megan Lin, and Sébastien (“Robi”) Robaszkiewicz, a team that has collectively worked on 26 different startups.
Monogram: Flipboard for fashion that’s like having a personal shopper on your iPad. Based in Seattle and China and founded by non-related friends Leo Chen and Josh Chen.
PocketOffice: A San Francisco startup that wants to make it fun and easy to grow your small business from your smartphone. Founded by Alan Wells and Glenn Allen.
PublikDemand: First Texas-based startup in 500 Startups; founders Courtney Powell, Jim England, A.T. Fouty help consumers launch viral complaints against big companies and use the power of the collective voice to get their problem solved.
Reclip.It: A social catalog for coupon and deal lovers founded by Cheryl Yeoh and Jhony Fung in New York City.
Sqoot: Chicago-based startup that we previously covered powers local deals. Founded by Mo Yehia and Avand Amiri.
Storypanda: A next-gen interactive iPad that bring families together around reading. Founded by James Chutter and Pavel Bains in Vancouver.
Teamly: Founded in the UK and by founders from Scotland, England and California (Scott Allison, Matthew Berman and Edward Robertshaw), Teamly helps you stayed focused, collaborate better, and celebrate your achievements at work.
TeliportMe: The Streetview for every place was founded in Bangalore, India by Vineet Devaiah and Abhinav Asthana.
TenderTree: San Francisco-based startup that helps families find a caregiver for the elderly or disabled. Founded by Andy Agrawal and Dana Wu.
Tie Society: Netflix for ties and more, a try-before-you-buy subscription service for men’s neckwear. Founded by Zachary (Zac) Gittens and Otis Mason Collins, II in DC.
Timbuktu Labs: Founded by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo in Italy, it is the iPad magazine for you and your children.
TokyoOtakuMode: A Facebook page where you can share Japanese Otaku culture like manga and anime.
Toshl: A Slovenia-based startup founded by Matic Bitenc and Miha Hribar that makes finance fun.
TwitMusic: Musicians can effectively share and promote their music on Twitter using this Manila, Philippines-based platform developed by Stefano Fazzini and Christian Fazzini.
UmbaBox: Lauren Thorpe’s DC-based startup Umba Box, allows people to effortlessly discover handmade products by delivering monthly curated packages of women’s goods to subscribers.
Uscoop: A social commerce platform for preps that aggregate small and large all-American brands. Founded in the very preppy city of DC by Jocelyn Gailliot, Madeline Moore, and September Rinnier.
Wanderable: A honeymoon registry for couples who want experiences, not stuff. Founded by Marcela Miyazawa and Jenny Chen in Santiago, Chile and Dallas.
Yogome: Fun and educational games for kids ages 6 – 12 on the iPhone and iPad developed by Manolo Diaz and Alberto Colin in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
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