43 Promising Startups Present At Y Combinator’s Biggest Demo Day Yet
Twice a year, Y Combinator holds special events called Demo Day, when its most recent batch of startups present to a packed room full of top investors. It’s the grand finale of the program, where entrepreneurs have a few minutes to show off what they’ve built in the hopes of raising a seed round to help their companies stay afloat for at least a few more months (and hopefully much longer).
Of course, Demo Day is a bit different from what it was a year or two ago. The spectre of a $0 bank account is further off, as Y Combinator companies are now being offered $150,000 in convertible debt by Start Fund, the fund created by Yuri Milner and Ron Conway’s SV Angel. And there are now more companies than ever — 43 companies presented during Demo Day this afternoon, which means they’re each given a bit less time.
But the spirit is still the same. It’s a whirlwind introduction to some of the most promising tech startups around, and investors are so eager to attend that Y Combinator has had to start offering two Demo Days per session. The investors at today’s session (which is generally more desirable than day two) had something special in common: YC cofounder Paul Graham announced that all investors in attendance had previously invested in a Y Combinator company.
We’ve already covered many of the companies that presented today (and most of the others were off the record). Here’s a handy list of links to our past coverage.
- Comprehend Systems Wants To Make Data Analysis Less Of A Pain
- Convore Wants To Be The Easiest Group Communication App Yet
- YC-Funded HelloFax: Sign And Send Faxes From Your Browser, Without The Hassle
- YC-Backed Tutorspree Is An Airbnb For Tutoring
- YC-Funded Earbits Brings A Twist To Music Startups: Online Radio That Lets Bands Pay For Playtime
- YC-Backed TellFi Is Like “Google Voice” For Companies
- Beetailer Helps Online Retailers Set Up Shop On Facebook
- FitFu Wants To Get You Exercising At Your Desk, And Everywhere Else
- YouGotListings Offers A Broker-Tested Rental Listing Management Software
- DrChrono Makes The iPad A Doctor’s Best Friend In The Exam Room
- Custora Helps Online Businesses Improve Customer Retention
- Taskforce Helps You Organize Your Inbox and Become a Taskmaster
- Meet The People You Follow On Twitter With YC-Funded Conference Directory Lanyrd
- SwipeGood Raises $500K From Michael Birch And Others To Allow You To Donate With Each Purchase
- GiftRocket Lets You Send Gifts That Can Be Redeemed At Specific Locations
- Noteleaf Takes Mobile Meeting Notifications To A Whole New Level
- Grubwithus — We haven’t previously covered them, but they have a compelling service. Restaurants can sign up to offer ‘meals’, where there are a fixed number of seats available for the price of a meal (around $25). Other people — probably strangers — will take up the other spots, so when you meet for that meal you have a good chance of meeting new friends, possible dating prospects, or work connections.
- YC-Funded AppHarbor: A Heroku For .NET, Or “Azure Done Right”
- Youngest Y Combinator Founders Launch MinoMonsters, The Pokemon Of Social Games
- Curebit — a service that makes it easy to create referral marketing campaigns, like the one Dropbox has very effectively leveraged to gain loads of new users.
- Moki.TV Is The Ultimate, Personalized Guide To What’s Streaming On The Web
- Sendoid: Finally, Sharing Big Files Isn’t A Huge Pain
- YC-Backed Like.fm Is A Social Network For Tracking Songs
- Five Stars — Looking to offer businesses a ‘universal loyalty card’, based on an iPhone application. Sounds similar to PlacePop.
- Seattle Startup Thinkfuse Scores $500k By Hanging Around During Y Combinator Demo Day
- Y Combinator Accepts Record 60+ New Startups For Summer 2011
- Paul Graham: Total Value Of Y Combinator-Funded Startups Is $4.7 Billion
- 90% of Y Combinator Startups Have Already Accepted The $150k Start Fund Offer
- Y Combinator And Yodlee Team Up To Give Startups Access To Financial Data