• ThriftDB Wants To Be The Amazon Web Services Of Search

    TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington recently wrote a post praising the fighting spirit of a little startup called Octopart. The New York City-based startup is a search engine for electronic parts that enables users to find esoteric doodads and doohickeys through categorical or keyword searches. Once you’ve found your item, Octopart shows you which distributors sell the part and provides… Read More

  • Octopart, The Little Startup That Hung In There

    Octopart, The Little Startup That Hung In There

    Looking for a transistor or a relay? Or possibly an oscilloscope? More than likely you’ll end up at Octopart, a vintage Y Combinator startup that launched in 2007. The company is a search engine for electronic parts, allowing users to navigate through a taxonomy of structured stuff, or just do a plain old parts name/number search. Once you find what you’re looking for, Octopart… Read More

  • Demo Day: Y Combinator's Spring Chicks

    After Condé Nast, owner of Wired and other magazines/websites, acquired Y Combinator funded Reddit, people took notice. This wasn’t just some quirky incubator where they gave college students a few bucks to kick start their new companies (although it is that, too – their standard deal is $5000 + $5000 per founder, for 6%ish of the company) – real products were coming out of… Read More

  • Octopart: A Million Little Pieces

    I recently tore apart a 40GB iPod photo to discovered, much to my chagrin, that I had ripped the headphone connector in my haste. Unfortunately I didn’t know about Octopart a few days ago but I did find what I needed at iFixIt, much to my relief. Octopart is a web electronics aggregator that finds all sorts of components for the geek in all of us. You type in what you’re looking… Read More

  • Octopart: Search Engine For Gadget Parts

    Today, Y Combinator backed Octopart has launched a vertical search engine for electronics parts, ideal for electrical engineers and hobbyists alike. The engine helps electronics buyers find the best deals by aggregating and normalizing product data from Allied Electronics, Digi-Key, Mouser, and Newark InOne. The site was started by two physics grad students, frustrated by continuously… Read More