One of the more enlightening sessions at this year’s Money 20/20 payment industry conference (9,000+ attendees) featured new findings from a Foundation Capital…
You're not always "killing it"
It’s no secret that Product Hunt is the Pied Piper of startup land. Founders would probably follow the company anywhere, since the so-called…
Spoiler: It says it's not
Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s most popular business accelerator program for startups, released data to show it’s not discriminating against women, Hispanic and…
Old McDonald had an app
A good deal of modern farming is being done in the cloud, not just the soil, using data science as well as…
San Francisco-based connected audio device maker Beep Devices has raised $4 million in seed financing, and Beep bringing Spotify to its connected audio adapter.
The new “How to start a startup class” from YC’s Sam Altman features the likes of Marissa Mayer and Ron Conway. This may become the gold standard course for wannabe entrepreneurs.
Idealab founder and serial entrepreneur Bill Gross, whose company GoTo pioneered the pay-per-click search advertising that Google later made famous, is launching a crowdsourced startup platform called IdeaMarket
One YC company debuted to raucous laughter and applause at Summer 2014 Demo Day. Here’s why.
A growing amount of Valley investors are eying nuclear startups. Is this a smart trend or the mistakes of the cleantech boom all over again?
Today Product Hunt announced it made it into YC, despite the fact that it competes with the beloved YC entity HackerNews. The two user-generated content sites have overlapping posts and audiences, but Product Hunt’s founder doesn’t think there’s a conflict of interest.
The close of an FCC comment period revealed an important difference in how big and small tech companies are approaching the net neutrality debate.
The French, Y Combinator-backed startup has developed its own ranking algorithms for handling product data in particular, and now it’s offering those insights to its customers.
Y Combinator’s latest class had its demo day on Tuesday. Here’s a handful of companies with interesting perspectives on consumer tech.
A startup called Boostable is helping individual sellers in large marketplaces like Etsy and Airbnb target potential customers on sites such as Facebook. It’s yet another company trying to package up some advanced algorithms for users with little or no IT budget.
Y Combinator’s Demo Day for its Winter 2014 class on Tuesday was marked by a formal goodbye to former president Paul Graham.…
After nine years of leadership, Y Combinator founder Paul Graham is stepping down as president and passing the title on to entrepreneur Sam Altman.
The launch of the new exchanges marks a big shift in how consumers and small businesses purchase health insurance. For tech startups across the country, that means new opportunities for all kinds of services.
Someone exhibiting their startup from Y Combinator’s latest graduating class at Tuesday’s Demo Day will find big-time success, but picking winners based on cookie-cutter two-and-a-half minute presentations can be tough.
Next week is the Y Combinator Demo Day, akin to a startup’s graduation. While it’s a big milestone, savvy startups need to know where to focus next in order to succeed.
Startup CrowdMed is showing that the collective intelligence of the crowd can be a powerful tool in getting to the bottom of medical mysteries.
It’s a super-sized edition of the GigaOM Podcast this week as we talk YC, Yahoo, T-Mobile and discuss how we all (even you) are celebs now.
This is no Farmville. FarmLogs’ software-as-a-service tells you when the rows need tilling, when the fields need watering and when the crops are ready for harvest.
It’s easy to assume that 20-somethings aren’t that into traditional dating, but a variety of tech startups targeting mainly younger users have gained traction recently by quickly connecting people online and then letting them meet up and look for love offline.
Just when many people seemed to think it was dead, new ventures like Svbtle and Medium are trying to reinvent blogging by adding curation and other elements. How they plan to monetize their content, however, remains a mystery.
Snapjoy is officially joining up with Dropbox, the two companies announced Wednesday, bringing its talents for storing photos in the cloud to the larger, more established cloud storage company. Both alumni of Y Combinator, the two companies will be joining forces.
Y Combinator, one of the oldest and most prestigious startup incubators in Silicon Valley, announced a change to its funding structure Monday, taking control of the VC investments made in each of its startup classes, and adding more facetime with local investors.
Tradesy, a new fashion “recommerce” site from the creator of the highly popular site, Recycled Bride, is launching Wednesday with $1.5 million in funding to disrupt the resale business, which has plenty of competitors but no clear winners yet. Tradesy hopes to upset this balance.
HelloFax CEO Joseph Walla tried out plenty of adventures before taking on the modern office. HelloFax is quickly becoming a go-to solution for digital natives who are asked to use paper, giving them easy solutions for faxing and digitally signing documents.
As some of Silicon Valley’s investors move toward Latin American to find the next hot startups, international founders still look to the United States for models of entrepreneurship and innovation that can be applied back to their home countries — with or without VC dollars.
While many startups want in to Y Combinator, few are selected. Eric Frenkiel, co-founder and CEO of MemSQL shares some tips on applying to the program, what it’s like once your company is in, and the truth about those YC dinners.
Chicago’s Excelerate Labs may not have quite the outsized demo day as Y Combinator, but the 10 companies that just graduated from is accelerator program were still impressive. Here are the five startups that made the biggest impression on us: Orbeus, Lasso, Cureeo, Pictarine and Whimseybox.
Mobile analytics companies provide app publishers with data about their users. Hiptype, a Y Combinator startup, wants to do the same thing for ebooks. That could be huge for data-starved book publishers — except that for now, Hiptype only works on platforms that support HTML5.
Venture capital firm Khosla Ventures looks to be raising a second seed fund, according to a filing. The filing doesn’t disclose a fund size, but the fund follows behind the first Khosla Ventures Seed fund, which raised $300 million and closed in 2010.
A recent post by Andrew Clay Shafer raised doubts about the abilities of growing number of incubators that are imitating the likes of 500 Startups. The key qualities of these incubators are no different than incubators from 1999, as an old Forbes.com piece of mine shows.
Cardpool, the San Francisco-based startup that lets people buy, sell and trade unused gift cards, has been acquired by Blackhawk Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of grocery giant Safeway. Details about the deal are scarce, but Cardpool co-founder Anson Tsai says his investors “are quite happy.”
Even today, millions of American businesses are still offline — a situation that Texas startup Ownlocal is hoping to change, with new money and a fresh plan that could even help prop up embattled media companies along the way.
Shares in Russian Internet group Mail.ru have fallen to their lowest point since the company went public last year. But since the company has been indirectly fueling Silicon Valley’s latest investment boom, a serious slump could have repercussions far beyond Moscow.
Greenstart, a Y-Cominbator-style accelerator program for greentech startups, kicked off its first program on Tuesday at its new offices in downtown San Francisco, and unveiled its first four startups.
Y Combinator is on the hunt for its next batch of startups, and the competition is stiff: The incubator generally accepts only three percent of the applications it receives. I sat down with YC partner Jessica Livingston to find out what they look for in entrepreneurs.
Silicon Valley startup incubator Y-Combinator held the first of two demo days for its Summer 2011 class on Tuesday, unveiling 63 new companies. It’s the incubator’s largest class yet, and overall, a very impressive one. Here’s five of the most scene-stealing startups from this YC batch.
In the last year Europe has witnessed an explosion of accelerator programs, with more and more launching all the time. But while it looks like good news for entrepreneurs, some worry whether the continent can really support such a glut of activity around startups.
It’s not quite the $150,000 offered to Y Combinator companies, but DreamIt Ventures, a Philadelphia-based accelerator program, is dangling some cash of its own to its startups in an attempt to keep them nearby and ensure that it stays competitive.
The Entrepreneurs Roundtable announced the first 10 companies to participate in its startup incubator program. The New York-based ER Accelerator program, which runs from June through August, gives those companies some startup capital, as well as free office space and access to a number of mentors.
Real estate website Trulia is set to roll out a new feature that will allow users to view crime statistics for 50 metro areas in the U.S. The new feature, launching in June, is a major exercise in real-time big data processing.
Will the popular incubator program for young web and mobile start-ups, Y Combinator, work for cleantech? That’s what a group of entrepreneurial investors, including Mitch Lowe, Dave Graham, and Dillon McDonald, are looking to find out.
Hoping to get funding for your startup? You’ll have better luck if you aren’t going it alone, according to several venture capital investors on a panel session at this week’s Google I/O Conference. Two to three co-founders is a “sweet spot” for investors.
Buoyed by the success of Y Combinator and TechStars, a new breed of startup accelerator programs are springing up everywhere. The latest? The U.K.’s Oxygen, which founder Mark Hales says can bring some much-needed tech innovation to Britain’s second-largest city.
Y Combinator was already a popular accelerator program for young start-ups, but with Yuri Milner and Ron Conway offering $150,000 to all YC companies, it has boosted applications by 40 percent for the upcoming class, said Harj Taggar, the newest partner at Y Combinator.
Friends were skeptical when E la Carte founder Rajat Suri dropped out of MIT to become a waiter — for research. Two years, later, his startup seeks to tame the “chaotic environment” of a restaurant with features designed to streamline tasks for customers and staff.
Xobni co-founder Matt Brezina is back in the startup game with the launch of Sincerely, aimed at making it easy to print photos taken with mobile phones. Postagram, Sincerely’s first product, prints and sends postcards made from Instagram photos for 99 cents.
Today I attended Y Combinator’s annual Startup School at Stanford University. From the 11 talks from startup founders and funders full of first-person lessons, these were some of the most resonant tips for other entrepreneurs about what to do and what not to do.
Many Y Combinator startups from this summer’s class already have money in the bank, and many hit up the same angel investors. I conducted an informal survey of investors at YC’s Demo Day to ask how many of the companies they had already invested in.
Though every street corner in San Francisco seems to house a startup incubator these days, Y Combinator is at the top of the heap. Tonight, Silicon Valley prince Facebook bestowed its endorsement on YC, announcing a relationship with the program to mentor its startups.
There’s lots of motion in the ocean in the early-stage investing world. TechCrunch has a write-up on the companies that presented at Y Combinator’s demo day yesterday. I had several of my own thoughts as a startup founder.
Rapportive this week announced $1 million in funding from a long list of angel and early stage investors including Dave McClure, Paul Buchheit and Jason Calacanis. The startup makes a Gmail plug-in that gives dynamic social web profile data about the people with whom you’re emailing.
Y Combinator put on a tour de force Thursday in Mountain View, Calif. After five impressive years’ worth of molding fresh batches of startups, it packed 150-odd people with money into a room and schooled them in the art of giving its companies funding.
Y Combinator is capitalizing on its formidable momentum to raise an $8.25 million fund for its startup program. Meanwhile, it said today that 74 percent of the 27 companies from its latest class are either profitable or have received commitments for outside funding.
A long list of investors putting money in a jumbo-seed round earlier than ever is not uncommon these days. It’s not that there’s too few investments driving up demand; to the contrary, there are many young companies taking lots of money from lots of investors.
OK, so let’s just get this one thing out of the way. There are startups named both “Embedster” and “Embedly” in the…
When I think Y Combinator, I think a couple of scrappy college dropout co-founders for whom ramen is more than proverbial and coding is life. They pitch an idea, come out to California, drink in some startupy goodness and maybe make something of it. Not anymore.
Execution in the presence of too much capital, too little capital, or poorly applied capital defines, among other things, the relationship between a startup and its investors. Together, the concepts of slow capital and capital discipline provide a framework for managing this crucial relationship.
Managing group expenses can be a messy thing. Pestering people to pay up is a chafe, and creating a joint bank account takes a lot of work. To build an alternative solution, WePay has raised a $1.65 million seed round from August Capital and angels.
Zecter, developer of the cloud-based media storage and transferal platform ZumoDrive, has raised $1.5 million in funding. New investor Sherp…
No wonder serial investor Ron Conway talked up Scoopler during his panel at the 140Conf last week — he’s an investor in the real-time searc…
The National Venture Capital Association yesterday issued a report card of sorts for the venture industry, and the results were pretty middle-of-the-road. The organization, working with research firm Cambridge Associates, noted that venture returns were still higher than the returns for the stock market over the near and long term, but were falling lower than returns generated 15 and 20 years ago.
The observation helps drive home the argument that the VC industry needs to manage a lot less cash if it wants to keep generating outsized returns. For startups looking for cash, such upheaval after 10 years of VC largess is going to change who gets funded and how much they get.
Some consolidation in the rapidly crowding location-aware mobile social app arena. TechCrunch is reporting that Loopt has acquired rival loc…
This week I was in Camden, Maine, attending Pop!Tech, an annual gathering of thought leaders in technology and design launched in 1996.…
I spent yesterday afternoon in an hours-long strategy session with some former Y Combinator grads. The team is in the final week…
There is a well-established rule in our business that you can’t really found a company part-time. Moonlighting sounds great, but it’s a…
I had breakfast last week with Doug Renert, cofounder of Tandem Entrepreneurs, which represents a great new model for a startup service-provider.…