Y Combinator

  • YC-Backed Seed Wants To Reinvent Business Banking

    YC-Backed Seed Wants To Reinvent Business Banking

    Seed thinks that business banking is opaque, expensive, and behind the times. The company, which is part of the Winter 2015 Y Combinator class, wants to shake up banking, bring it into the API era, and rip out unnecessary fees to make it, according to its CEO Brian Merritt, as “easy as possible to start and manage a business.” Read More

  • YC Startup Direct Match Aims To Make Bond Trading As Easy As Stock Trading

    YC Startup Direct Match Aims To Make Bond Trading As Easy As Stock Trading

    Jim Greco sat in front of his computer at Jeffries Investment Bank headquarters in New York and thought about the futility of his bond trading job. He was about to pull up a file on his PC and then make a physical phone call to another institution to place an order for a bond transaction. Something needed to be done. Unlike the stock market, the bond market doesn’t have a… Read More

  • 500 Startups Keeps Its Commitment To Invest In Women In Tech

    500 Startups Keeps Its Commitment To Invest In Women In Tech

    “The best thing women in tech can do is to invest in other women,” 500 Startups managing partner Christine Tsai told me by phone earlier today. That’s exactly what the early-stage investment firm has been trying to do over the last five years, and it seems to be succeeding. Its commitment starts with the makeup of the organization itself, but extends into the portfolio… Read More

  • YC-Backed SigOpt Helps Customers Optimize Everything From Online Ads To Shaving Cream

    YC-Backed SigOpt Helps Customers Optimize Everything From Online Ads To Shaving Cream

    SigOpt, a startup incubated by Y Combinator, has a big vision — co-founder and CEO Scott Clark told me that he aims to “optimize anything that has tunable parameters.” Some of that might sound familiar, especially since there’s a well-known tech company with “optimize” in its name, but Clark said that SigOpt goes beyond A/B testing. Put simply, it… Read More

  • Microsoft Wants To Buy Love In Silicon Valley

    Microsoft Wants To Buy Love In Silicon Valley

    Y Combinator and Microsoft announced a program this week that will pour free access to the Azure cloud computing platform onto the incubator’s current class of startups. The deal includes $500,000 in credits to Microsoft’s cloud computing service Azure, and three years of access to its Office 365 suite of productivity tools. Half a million worth of Azure usage is nothing to… Read More

  • Rainforest Raises $4M To Build Scalable QA

    Rainforest Raises $4M To Build Scalable QA

    Quality assurance testing is a problem that can quickly escalate beyond the resources of startups and often requires entire divisions at larger companies. It’s increasingly easy to build apps with more functionality, powered by more sources of data, with more situations a user might encounter. Read More

  • Y Combinator’s Giveffect Has Built A Shopify-Meets-Salesforce For Non-Profits

    Y Combinator’s Giveffect Has Built A Shopify-Meets-Salesforce For Non-Profits

    Non-profit startups have come into focus at Y Combinator in the last couple of years. And in an extension of that, the incubator is also backing companies that offer services to the wider non-profit sector. Giveffect, part of its current cohort, has built a suite of cloud-based software that focuses specifically on the needs of non-profit businesses, covering services like accounting… Read More

  • YC Backs Standard Cyborg, A Startup Building Affordable Artificial Limbs

    YC Backs Standard Cyborg, A Startup Building Affordable Artificial Limbs

    An artificial limb can cost more than a car. And there are an estimated 2 million amputees in the United States alone. So for Jeff Huber, an entrepreneur who had dabbled in education and advertising who happens to also an amputee, this market was close to heart. While an undergraduate at North Carolina State University, he had long thought about how to make prosthetics at a fraction of… Read More

  • YC-Backed Yhat Gives Data Science Teams A Head Start

    YC-Backed Yhat Gives Data Science Teams A Head Start

    Yhat founders Greg Lamp and Austin Ogilvie were working with a team of data scientists at OnDeck, a successful small business loan startup, when they noticed a problem. The data science team was coming up with cool ideas, but the engineers couldn’t implement these applications, as fast as they could produce them, simply because they lacked the tools to do it. That’s when they… Read More

  • YC-Backed Cleanly Offers On-Demand Laundry Delivery In NY

    YC-Backed Cleanly Offers On-Demand Laundry Delivery In NY

    Laundry is truly one of the pain points of living in New York City. No one wants to spend their time at a laundromat, waste time dropping off dry cleaning, or lugging a bag full of clothes up to the fourth floor of a walk-up apartment. But finding a laundromat nearby that offers fair pricing as well as pick-up/drop-off can be difficult. YC-backed Cleanly wants to change that. Read More

  • GroupAhead Gives Member-Based Organizations Their Own Mobile App

    GroupAhead Gives Member-Based Organizations Their Own Mobile App

    There are a number of ways member-based organizations can network online – Facebook, shared calendars, Meetup.com, etc. – but these groups today still struggle to keep members engaged and informed about upcoming events and other activities. A startup called GroupAhead is working to solve those challenges by introducing a platform that allows any organization to have their own… Read More

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