Startup Update: ParkingPanda is in DC; New Features at UrbanSitter, Womply, BiteHunter and PowerInbox

April 26, 2012

2:30 pm

Following the lead of metro-targeted startups like Uber, ParkMe and SeatMe, UrbanSitter is now offering an online payment feature.  With this new feature, the site that connects parents with babysitters through people they know should continue on its path of stellar growth, especially with the infusion of $1.75M in seed funding they closed on this year.

Similarly, Womply now lets you link all major credit cards (not just Visa) to its rewards platform.  Linking a card is fast, free, and secure, and any cash rewards you earn will be pushed right back to your credit or debit card.

BiteHunter, the self-described wingman mobile app for dining and drinking deals, is also getting in on the mobile payment scene.  BiteBuy ™ allows for one-click deal purchases without leaving the app, plus a host of other features, like making restaurant reservations through the app and turbocharged algorithms that organize deal searches so that top-rated deals, highly reviewed restaurants and closest locations show up first.

PowerInbox also launched a new API recently to supplement their PowerApp API, which lets anyone send interactive emails through Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and Outlook.  Their Connect API allows for direct integration with 3 email clients (UnifiedInbox, SMAK, and Fuser) and thus removes the need for those users to install PowerInbox.

Finally, DC drivers, rejoice!  Our Parking Panda friends have expanded to DC as of this past Monday.  The community marketplace for parking now lets parking space owners to rent out their spots to drivers who can book spaces in advance on the web or through their mobile phone.  You’ll also be able to reserve spots with parking garages operated by PMI and Central Parking – at a reduced rate.

If we have covered your startup in the past, and you have some amazing new features or fabulous news to share, please email me at to be included in a future update post. 

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