August 23, 2011
Since 2005, Y Combinator (YC), one of the top U.S. startup accelerator programs, has been offering a group of startups a small amount of money (~$18k) with access to the YC network and mentoring. The class of startups move to Silicon Valley for 3 months, during which the YC team works with them to get the company into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors. Today YC launched a huge class of 63 startups from its headquarters in Mountain View, California. 31 of the companies demoed today for a crowd of investors, press, YC alumni and friends.
Here are 31 of the startups that came out of this summer’s program:
Aisle50: Groupon for groceries.
Interstate: Project management software that lets you share development roadmaps with customers.
MixRank: Competitive intelligence for online advertising.
Picplum: This startup, which we covered yesterday, automatically sends premium photo prints for parents with young children. Send your best photos, and PicPlum prints & sends them to grandparents and family once a month. .
Launchpad Toys: Building digital toys that empower kids to create, learn, and share their ideas with friends and family around the world — it’s like Adobe Creative Suite for kids.
Interviewstreet: Interviewstreet helps companies hire the best programmers.
Debteye: Automated debt counseling.
DoubleRecall: A new captcha-like ad type that monetizes 12x better than banners.
Envolve: A customizable chat system for your website.
Quartzy: Provides free inventory and ordering software, aggregating demand and creating a marketplace.
Munch On Me: Daily deals for food.
Paperlinks: Paperlinks is the QR code infrastructure for businesses.
PageLever: Analytics that help businesses be more effective on Facebook. Customers include YouTube, MTV, etc.
MarketBrief: Marketbrief takes SEC filings and puts them through a system of humans and computers to create an easy-to-understand article containing all important information from the filing.
Snapjoy: Stores and organizes the world’s photos.
Opez: Yelp for individual service professionals.
Bushido: Hosted ecosystem and app store for web apps.
Stypi: Google Wave done right.
MongoHQ: Allows you to quickly and easily create MongoDB databases for use in your applications. Offers data hosting and management, performance monitoring, scaling and optimization.
ZigFu: An app store for motion control apps. Develops tools to create gesture-controlled user interfaces and full-body motion games.
Parse: Heroku for mobile — power your mobile apps with our cloud platform. Add a backend to your mobile app without servers.
Science Exchange: Science Exchange is an online marketplace for outsourcing science experiments looking to improve the efficiency of scientific research by making it easy for scientists to access experimental expertise across research facilities.
Verbling: Connects language learners to native speakers for verbal practice through in-browser, real-time live video. If you’re learning Spanish, it will connect you to an Argentine who’s learning English, for example.
MobileWorks: MobileWorks is crowdsourcing, reinvented. Businesses can outsource work to a crowd in 3 clicks and developers can add human intelligence to their applications.
Vidyard: YouTube for Business.
Tagstand: NFC platform that makes it easy for developers and businesses to incorporate near-field communication into their apps.
Kicksend: Real-time file sharing and delivery for friends and family.
Vimessa: Video voicemail — the ease of SMS with the magic of video.
Can’tWait!: Uses trailers to get users to share upcoming media releases they want to watch or buy, and offers it to users when the media is released for sale.
Codecademy: The easiest way to learn how to code. It’s interactive, fun, and you can do it with your friends.
Which one sounds the most interesting to you? Let us know in the comments section below.
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