"Petya is resting in the summer, Sasha and Masha are doing a startup!" - 10 latest projects from Y Combinator

Published on August 25, 2008

"Petya is resting in the summer, Sasha and Masha are doing a startup!" - 10 latest projects from Y Combinator

    My favorite and most respected foundation, Y Combinator, presented fourteen startups that he cultivated at the last summer session. Although according to various sources I met mention of 10 or even 20 startups, there are actually 21 of them, although not all were shown publicly or there is any information about them. Therefore, we will only talk about those who have publicly revealed themselves.

    Ticketstumbler - A search engine for tickets to various events, primarily sports. The system integrates ticket data from other sites and brings them into one tape, allowing you to select interesting competitions by price, place or type. Being, in fact, an aggregator of data, it allows you to receive already known information but in a more convenient and faster way, having a much simpler interface than those portals that supply it with information. Therefore, I think it will stay on the market - being very simple and even, I would say, straightforward, it simply satisfies the specific needs of users, moreover, choosing a relatively large and loyal group of consumers as an audience. This will allow, if desired, to further significantly expand the range of services or launch third-party businesses, developing an audience. Startup received 15 thousand. investment and, I'm sure, not in vain. Although the project does not set itself the task of conquering the world (and killing Google), it is quite indicative - our startups have something to learn from Western colleagues.

    People and Pages- A startup to facilitate the management of groups and mailing lists. Google with its Google Groups project, in fact, in the era of web 2.0 revived interest in communicating via e-mail mailing lists (namely, for the general public, of course, geeks like Linux kernel developers have been using it for a long time), and this startup is designed to to give this way of communication an even more human face. While the project is not open for public use, it’s hard for me to say something about its implementation. This project also chose its path - to take what others are already doing and it is in demand, and to provide an improved service, helping people use what they have not done, or to continue their work but at a higher level, more convenient or easier. A very correct approach, and most importantly - fits perfectly with a startup - without requiring many millions of investments, not time-consuming, you just need to look around and think, but how can we simplify for millions of people something that they do every day, but would like to do it with greater convenience? If you think up and do it, people will be grateful to you, and investors will carry their money directly into your pockets ...

    MeetCast is an online video conferencing service, yes, exactly where leaders like WebEx and GoToMeeting settled. However, there is a place for beginners here (it is not for nothing that many investors call this area very interesting and are ready to invest in all projects that can offer something to this growing market). If in other cases you need to do a lot of actions to start the conference (download software or plug-ins, do something or configure something), then Meetcast offers to abandon any additional actions, but just talk. All conferences are stored on the server and indexed, so that you can search for them in the future and review them. This is relevant for the business sector, especially small and medium-sized businesses, so I think that if the project is really successful and simple, then it will gain popularity in the market. And while we are waiting for its public opening.

    CO2stats- the most ... um, a strange and at the same time innovative service that works in the market of ecology and nature conservation. It allows you to get statistics on your web project based on many parameters (where the server is located, its type, attendance, fuel and electricity prices, etc.) - that is, you can find out how much carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere for providing your project with electricity (although I'm not sure that this is probably how visitors are considered). The second step is your purchase of an energy-saving certificate - as I understand it, you can buy a certain amount of energy produced from an environmentally friendly source and, thus, neutralize the project’s impact on the world. The project is academic, developed by scientists from the universities of Harvard and Yale, but already designed as a startup, while it is already working and, probably makes a profit - about 2500 projects have already been registered, among which are well-known companies such as IBM and CNN. Of all the projects, it is the most original and useful, although it is difficult to understand (at least in our country, the attitude to everything “green” is different).PS I'm not sure that I figured it out correctly on the account of this project, therefore I will be just any comments, clarifications and additions.

    Youlicit- A service for the information search market, but it’s not quite a “Google killer,” although the creators probably thought of such a step (and the project was founded a long time ago, in September 2006). The service will automatically generate search results for a specific topic, while complementing traditional search results with a selection from other sources, grouping information and accompanying the text with other types of information. Similarly, there is a Mahalo service, it must be said that it’s nice and excellent, but Youlicit wants to implement its own search model without the participation of people as editors, and automatically forming a complete and general picture by the entered word or search term. Without a doubt, the future lies behind such a search, and even the giants of ordinary search are aware of this, trying to dilute the results with additional information like news, videos or pictures. First of all, search engine portals do this, or have many of their own but independent services (for example, Google), so the competition in this market is very, very high. However, like the prize for not only the first place, but even for getting into the top ten or twenty.

    Job Alchemis is not exactly a startup, but rather a “dad” for two projects in the field of recruiting.

    Startuply is a specialized resource for finding work and employees in startups - this is exactly what the founder of Y Combinator said not so long ago, “startup for startups”. The scheme is simple - there is a huge market and need, both from employers (yes, we are constantly thinking about how and where to attract employees to a startup), and from people who are tired of working for ordinary companies or corporations and who are intoxicated by the spirit of a startup and they want to try their hand at working on something unique and possibly profitable like Google. This need is successfully implemented by Startply.

    JobSyndicate is a kind of recommendation network (as it was written in one of the reviews, although I did not find it on the site), owners can post widgets with vacancies on their sites and get paid if their visitors follow the link and get a job. This is beneficial precisely for projects that have a well-established community and which are specifically on the topic of vacancies.

    This startup demonstrates a slightly different approach - one company operating in one large market produces small companies that specialize in one particular aspect, satisfying the narrow market demand. And it seems to be a very successful strategy.

    Frogmetrics- A more traditional startup, while not only online. It involves the placement of special feedback devices with consumers in places of service to people, for example, in restaurants, cafes, cinemas or shops. Using the terminal with a touchscreen, users answer several questions about the service, and can also leave contact information for communication. All data is collected and then analyzed, giving a clear picture characterizing the outlet from the position of consumers. I think it’s a good enough idea and I would love to leave feedback where I like to be. And there are so many prospects - starting from integration with social networks, ending with integration with recommendation services and, for example, mobile services for finding the best vacation spots around.

    Snipd- against the background of other projects is quite traditional. It is designed to conveniently "cut out" any elements of the page and then remember this piece or share it between other users. Now it’s easy enough to show or pay attention to any one section of the page, and not to the entire one, forget about how you used to say “on this page about the middle to the left under the picture with oak”, just cut this piece and show it to others . This is the further promotion of the ideas of “snippets”, which were previously individual, but now seem to have moved to the Internet and become social. Let's see what happens, in my opinion, a great tool for designers and researchers, journalists, etc. professionals who collect and process large amounts of information online.

    And the last startup is BackType . This is a search engine that searches and indexes user comments on various blogs and other sites, and allows not only searching in the usual way by keywords, but also building comment lists by the author, tracking the behavior of a user (of course, if he signs up the same way). It seems to me that such a service, with all its usefulness and interest, will be difficult to advance on its own. The most logical combination is seen with related systems, such as the Intensedebate commenting system or even with blog engines or services (like Wordpress and Gvatar).

    Here is such a list. As you can see, among the projects there are confident newcomers who not only went through the launch stage, but also entered the market, or even formed it for themselves. Now it’s difficult to say who will become a leader or just make a profit. But all projects are interesting in their own way, they solve pressing problems of users and are not afraid to do what no one else has done before, or, on the contrary, try to do the same thing in a new way, which many other companies are already doing.

    PS Original material on my blog - Alpha-Beta-Release Blog