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Postscript wants to be the Mailchimp for SMS

Email is certainly not dead despite many such exclamations, but there’s no questions that it’s a bloated, seeping hog of a platform that’s incredibly difficult for businesses to develop meaningful relationships with customers on. Postscript, a startup launching out of Y Combinator’s latest class, wants to learn from what email marketing got right and translate that to the next frontier of B2C communications: SMS. It basically wants to be the Mailchimp for texts. “We are witnessing the decay of e...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Tech, Eu, Shopify, Postscript, Adam Turner, Alex Beller, UPS Postscript

May Mobility Snags $22M Investment, Will Expand to New Cities in ’19

May Mobility, an Ann Arbor, MI-based startup developing self-driving shuttles, today announced that it has raised a $22 million Series A funding round. The company has raised approximately $33.5 million since its inception in 2017.The new investment was co-led by Millennium New Horizons and Cyrus Capital Partners, with participation from LG Technology Ventures, Thayer Ventures, and return investors BMW i Ventures, Maven Ventures, Toyota AI Ventures, and Y Combinator. According to a press releas...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Vc, Innovation, Venture Capital, Mobility, Bmw, Detroit, Series A, Ann Arbor, Thayer Ventures, National blog main, New York blog main

Fixes: ‘I Want My Fifty Bucks’: Building Apps That Deliver for the Poor

Technology engineers have long served big profitable businesses well, while apps focusing on what more altruistic organizations need remained sparse. But that’s changing.
Tags: Y Combinator, News, New York City, Corporate Social Responsibility, Instant Messaging, International Rescue Committee, Ben, HOROWITZ, Banking and Financial Institutions, JPMorgan Chase & Company, Computers and the Internet, Mobile Applications, Financial Solutions Lab, San Francisco Bay Area (Calif, Legal Aid for the Poor (Civil

Investors are pouring money into Latin America’s logistics and shipping businesses

New technology companies are poised to transform the shipping and freight industry across Latin America. Startups like Liftit, a Colombian provider of trucking services, and Nowports, a Mexican freight shipping startup, are angling to be the next Convoy and Flexport — at a time when shipping and logistics business in Latin America is booming thanks to increasing trade coming from China. In the first half of 2018, Chinese foreign direct investment in Latin America increased to a whopping $15.3 bi...
Tags: TC, Uber, Y Combinator, Technology, Mexico, China, Boston, Africa, Tech, E-commerce, Colombia, United States, Santiago, Chile, Mexico City, Transport

Two former members of Google’s skunkworks division have launched a biomanufacturing company

Biomanufacturing technologies — taking modified versions of existing organisms and bending them to the will of humans — has moved from the world of science fiction to becoming a new reality. Across the startup landscape companies are launching to make synthetic spider silk, or make leather substitutes, or meat substitutes, or novel chemicals and pharmaceuticals. What all of these companies have in common is that they need to be able to rapidly experiment with different organisms and processes fo...
Tags: Travel, Google, TC, Y Combinator, Oil, Articles, Companies, Mit, Pharmaceuticals, North Carolina, Chemicals, Google Ventures, Duke, Biofuels, Biotechnology, Bill Maris

Glide helps you build mobile apps from a spreadsheet without coding

The founders of Glide, a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2019 class, had a notion that building mobile apps in the enterprise was too hard. They decided to simplify the process by starting with a spreadsheet, and automatically turning the contents into a slick mobile app. David Siegel, CEO and co-founder at Glide, was working with his co-founders Jason Smith, Mark Probst and Antonio Garcia Aprea at Xamerin, a cross-platform mobile development company that Microsoft acquired for $500 million in...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Mobile, Cloud, Y Combinator, Enterprise, Microsoft, Developer, Tech, SIEGEL, Google Sheet, David Siegel, Google Sheets, Glide Apps, No Code Development

Fixes: Making an App to Make a Difference? Good luck

Technology engineers have long served big profitable businesses well, while apps focusing on what more altruistic organizations need remained sparse. But that’s changing.
Tags: Y Combinator, News, New York City, Corporate Social Responsibility, Instant Messaging, International Rescue Committee, Ben, HOROWITZ, Banking and Financial Institutions, JPMorgan Chase & Company, Computers and the Internet, Mobile Applications, Financial Solutions Lab, San Francisco Bay Area (Calif, Legal Aid for the Poor (Civil

Y Combinator’s latest batch of startups is too big for one Demo Day stage

Y Combinator has been steadily ushering in more and more startups into its classes, but this year the poll position accelerator is having to make some major logistical adjustments to accommodate just how massive its group of startups has become. YC has more than 200 startups in their winter 2019 batch (!!) By comparison, the spring 2018 group was just 132 teams. (For the statistically inclined, that’s at least a 51 percent increase batch-over-batch.) In order to accommodate this truly wild am...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, San Francisco, Tech, Mountain View, Yc, Sand Hill, Max Morse

YC is hosting interviews in New York in a couple of weeks; here’s what you need to know ahead of time

For years, the popular accelerator program Y Combinator has interviewed applicants to its program in the Bay Area, reimbursing teams for their travel expenses. It will continue to do so, but the outfit tells us they are also hosting interviews in New York on February 23rd for the first time, and that plans to interview applicants in both Tel Aviv and Bangalore are in the works. We were in touch yesterday with YC Partner Dalton Caldwell, who heads up admissions for the organization, to get a f...
Tags: Y Combinator, Accelerator, New York, Tel Aviv, Tech, Bangalore, Yc, Bay Area, Dalton Caldwell

Taali takes its popped water lily snacks from Y Combinator to the world

Aditya and Aarti Kochhar Kaji didn’t set out to start the snack food business Taali Foods when they were studying for their business degrees at Harvard. The couple both hail from Mumbai and met at the University of Pennsylvania . They were married before starting at Harvard’s Business School and initially were interested in other areas — Aarti was exploring a career in venture capital and Aditya Kaji was looking at the food and beverage industry broadly in his classes at Harvard, Kochhar Kaji ...
Tags: Amazon, Food, TC, Y Combinator, New York, Texas, Whole Foods, California, Entrepreneurship, India, Tech, Companies, Harvard, Pennsylvania, United States, Venture Capital

Startups Weekly: Spotify gets acquisitive and Instacart screws up

Did anyone else listen to season one of StartUp, Alex Blumberg’s OG Gimlet podcast? I did, and I felt like a proud mom this week reading stories of the major, first-of-its-kind Spotify acquisition of his podcast production company, Gimlet. Spotify also bought Anchor, a podcast monetization platform, signaling a new era for the podcasting industry. On top of that, Himalaya, a free podcast app I’d never heard of until this week, raised a whopping $100 million in venture capital funding to “esta...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Uber, Y Combinator, Spotify, Web Summit, Funding, Tech, CMO, Palo Alto, Venture Capital, Tencent, Reddit, Bird, Silicon Valley

Hired buys Y Combinator grad Py, launches assessment tool

To better measure aptitude of applicants, online career marketplace Hired has acquired Py, which helps companies like Opendoor and Niantic identify talent with app-based interactive courses on Python, iOS development and more. As part of the deal, Hired will launch a new feature called Hired Assessments, leveraging tools from the Py platform, as well as a tiered subscription model. The base-level package, called Hired Essential, will provide enhanced search functionality, tools to help ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Education, San Francisco, Tech, Yale, Grant, Hiring, Dorm Room Fund, Hired, Comcast Ventures, Lo, Niantic, Allan Grant

How students are founding, funding and joining startups

Shawn Xu Contributor Share on Twitter Shawn Xu is a managing partner at The Dorm Room Fund. There has never been a better time to start, join, or fund a startup as a student.  Young founders who want to start companies while still in school have an increasing number of resources to tap into that exist just for them. Students that want to learn how to build companies can apply to an increasing number of fast-track programs th...
Tags: Energy, Startups, TC, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Y Combinator, Business, Pinterest, Microsoft, Drew Houston, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Stanford, Ipo, Boston

As threats proliferate, so do new tools for protecting medical devices and hospitals

Six months after an episode of “Homeland” showed hackers exploiting security vulnerabilities in the (fictional) Vice President’s pacemaker, Mike Kijewski, the founder of a new startup security company called Medcrypt, was approached by his (then) employers at Varian Medical Systems with a unique problem.  “A hospital came to the company and said we are treating a patient and a nation-state may attempt to assassinate the patient that we’re treating by using a cybersecurity vulnerability in a me...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Technology, Samsung, CIO, Encryption, Cryptography, Information Technology, Healthcare, Computing, Healthcare Industry, Food And Drug Administration, Vice President, Medical Device, Experian

Showing the power of startup women’s health brands, P&G buys This is L

The P&G acquisition of This is L., a startup retailer of period products and prophylactics, shows just how profitable investing in women’s healthcare brands and products can be. A person with knowledge of the investment put the price tag at roughly $100 million — a healthy outcome for investors and company founder Talia Frankel. But just as important as the financial outcome is the deal’s implications for other mission-driven companies. This is L launched from Y Combinator in August 2015 with...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, New York, India, Africa, San Francisco, Tech, Ceo, Companies, Uganda, United States, South Dakota, President, United Nations, P&G, Procter & Gamble

Women’s networking company Elpha launches out of Y Combinator

Leap, the women’s networking group that was developed by Y Combinator, is spinning out of the company with a new name — Elpha. Co-founded by Cadran Cowansage,  Abadesi Osunsade and Kuan Luo, Elpha is designed as a professional network for women offering content and access to a directory to make it easier for women in the technology industry to connect. In a blog post, Cowansage also indicated that the company will provide access to information about companies that prioritize welcoming women. ...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, New York, Tech, Product Hunt, Hunt, Leap, Kuan, Cockroach Labs, Elpha, Elpha Co, Cadran Cowansage Abadesi Osunsade, Kuan Luo Elpha, Cowansage, Y Combinator Initially Leap, Abadesi

Startups Weekly: Even Gwyneth Paltrow had a hard time raising VC

I spent the week in Malibu attending Upfront Ventures’ annual Upfront Summit, which brings together the likes of Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC’s elite for a two-day networking session of sorts. Cameron Diaz was there for some reason, and Natalie Portman made an appearance. Stacey Abrams had a powerful Q&A session with Lisa Borders, the president and CEO of Time’s Up. Of course, Gwyneth Paltrow was there to talk up Goop, her venture-funded commerce and content engine. “I had ...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, Pinterest, Entertainment, La, Softbank, Funding, Africa, Time, Tech, Washington Dc, Munchery, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Cameron Diaz, Venture Capital, Brazil

Sentinel Healthcare Raises $2M For Hypertension-Monitoring Software

A Seattle-based startup, Sentinel Healthcare, is developing a platform combining software and wearable medical devices that it believes can help healthcare providers monitor patients who have high blood pressure—and perhaps one day predict their risk of heart attack or stroke. In the United States, about 75 million people, or one in three adults, have hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.On Thursday, Sentinel announced it raised a $2 million round of financi...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Deals, Android, Startups, Y Combinator, Trends, Tech, Cms, Mobile Apps, Vc, Hypertension, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda

Electric scooter startup Grin merges with Brazil-based Yellow

Consolidation in the micromobility space has arrived — in Brazil, at least. A few months after Y Combinator-backed Grin merged its electric scooter business with Brazil-based Ride, it’s now merging with Yellow, the bike-share startup based in Latin America Brazil that has also expressed its ambitions to get into electric scooters. If Yellow sounds familiar to you, it may be because, in September, the company raised $63 million in a funding round led by GGV Capital. That was the largest Series...
Tags: Transportation, Y Combinator, Tech, Brazil, Latin America, Yellow, Sergio Romo, Grin, Latin America Brazil, Kate Clark

Cosmic JS wants to simplify web development, so you can focus on content

If you are a web developer, you know how complex many of the traditional web content management systems have been. One of the big problems has been managing the underlying infrastructure for the system. Cosmic JS, a member of the Winter 2019 Y Combinator class, wants to simplify that by taking care of the infrastructure part for you, while providing a flexible front end for content creators. “Our customers benefit from using Cosmic because they can avoid the pain of building and maintaining thei...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Cloud, Y Combinator, Developer, CMO, Cms, Web Content Management, Gibbons, Spiro, Cosmic JS, Website Creation, Tony Spiro, Carson Gibbons

Microsoft acquires Citus Data

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Citus Data, a company that focused on making PostgreSQL database faster and more scalable. Citus’ open source PostgreSQL extension essentially turns the application into a distributed database and while there has been a lot of hype around the NoSQL movement and document stores, relational database — and especially PostgreSQL — are still a growing market, in part because of tools from companies like Citus that overcome some of their earlier limita...
Tags: Startups, Cloud, Y Combinator, Enterprise, Microsoft, Cloud Computing, Tech, Free Software, Nosql, Databases, Data Management, Exit, PostgreSQL, Relational Database, Citus Data, Khosla Ventures SV Angel

Groww, an investment app for millennials in India, raises $6.2M

Groww, a startup hoping to make saving and investment opportunities more widely available to young people in India, has closed a $6.2 million Series A to grow its business. Founded in 2017, the Bengaluru-based company was part of Y Combinator in the U.S. last year and it went on to raise a $1.6 million “pre-Series A” round in June of last year. Groww was started by four ex-Flipkart staffers — Lalit Keshre, Harsh Jain, Neeraj Singh and Ishan Bansal — who realized how difficult investing in India ...
Tags: Android, Fundings & Exits, Y Combinator, Asia, Business, Finance, Singapore, India, Tech, Ceo, Economy, United States, Flipkart, Bengaluru, Sequoia, Kairos

Coinbase acquihires San Francisco startup Blockspring

Coinbase is continuing its push to suck up talent after the $8 billion-valued crypto business snapped up Blockspring, a San Francisco-based startup that enables developers to collect and process data from APIs. The undisclosed deal was announced by Blockspring on its blog, and confirmed to TechCrunch by a Coinbase representative. Coinbase declined to comment further. Blockspring started out as a serverless data business, but it pivoted into a service that lets companies use API data. That inc...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Y Combinator, Technology, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Ceo, Author, Information Technology, Aol, Andreessen Horowitz, Api, Cryptocurrencies, Coinbase, Cryptocurrency

Techstars will build and launch startups with new venture studio

Similar to Y Combinator, early-stage technology startup accelerator Techstars has spent much of the last decade supporting and seeding innovative projects, including Plated, ClassPass, SendGrid and PillPack. Now, it wants to take its service a step further. Today, Techstars is announcing the launch of Techstars Studio, a new venture that will have the accelerator developing and launching venture-scale businesses with the support of several corporate partners. Leveraging its large network o...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Y Combinator, Venture Capital, David Cohen, TechStars, Twilio, Sphero, PillPack, Remitly, Sendgrid, Classpass, Cohen, Saldana, Isaac Saldana, Techstars Studio

DealBook: Flipping the Economics of Paying for Education, Because They’re Upside Down

Income Sharing Agreements are gaining the attention of higher education and Wall Street. One early success story is getting a boost from venture capital.
Tags: Y Combinator, News, Venture Capital, Student Loans, Colleges and Universities, Labor and Jobs, Financial Aid (Education, Lambda Schools, Economics of Paying for Education

The electric scooter wars of 2018

This was was undoubtedly the year of the electric scooter. Between massive fundraising rounds, lofty valuations and both Uber and Lyft’s entrance into the space, it’s clear these scooters are here for the long haul. But just because investors have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into these companies in the past year, the electric scooter business is not without its difficulties. In fact, it’s an immensely difficult business with tough unit economics, regulatory challenges on a city-by-cit...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Y Combinator, Washington, San Francisco, Tech, Ford, Scooters, Bird, Silicon Valley, Latin America, Scoot, Ninebot, Sao Paulo

This Y Combinator-backed AI firm trained its chatbot to call you on the phone, and it's fun but a little creepy

Replika, the Y Combinator-backed AI firm that created a chatbot which learns to imitate you, is giving users the ability to talk to their bots on the phone. The new voice recognition feature can call you to ask how you're feeling. The experience is fun, but it can be a little unnerving. One of Replika's aims is to help people deal with their problems, loneliness, and mental health. It is rolling out a bunch of new features to make the experience more sophisticated. Replika, the app that creat...
Tags: Google, Y Combinator, Stanford, Trends, Karen, Netflix, Virgin Galactic, Berkeley, Khosla, Phil Libin, Alexa, Jessica, Sherpa, Replika, SpaceX Blue Origin, Kuyda

Help TechCrunch find the best lawyers for startups

TechCrunch is working on a new project to help you build a better company. We’re looking for the great service providers in the startup world: the lawyers, accountants, recruiters, human resource managers, project managers and other experts you need to help you succeed. We’re putting together detailed lists of experts based on recommendations from our readers, and our own research, so that you can quickly find the right person to bring on — so you can go back to focusing on your core product. We...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Tech, Eric, Cooley LLP

LemonBox, which brings US vitamins to Chinese consumers, raises $2M

LemonBox, a Chinese e-commerce startup that imports vitamins and health products from the US, has raised $2 million to develop its business. The company graduated from Y Combinator’s most recent program in the U.S. and, fuelled by the demo day, it has pulled in the new capital from 10 investors which include Partech, Tekton Ventures, Cathexis Ventures, Scrum Ventures and 122 West Ventures. LemonBox started when co-founder and CEO Derek Weng, a former employee at Walmart in the U.S, saw an ...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Y Combinator, Asia, Microsoft, China, Funding, US, Supply Chain, Tech, Walmart, Software, United States, Computing, Tencent, WeChat

Distinguished VCs back wholesale marketplace Faire with $100M at a $535M valuation

A slew of venture capitalists known for high-profile exits — Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures, Keith Rabois of Khosla Ventures, Alfred Lin of Sequoia Capital and Alex Taussig of Lightspeed Venture Partners — have invested in Faire (formerly known as Indigo Fair), a 2-year-old wholesale marketplace for artisanal products. A quick glance at Faire suggests it’s a combination of Pinterest and Etsy, complete with trendy, pastel stationery, soap, baby products and more, all made by independe...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, Nordstrom, Pinterest, Etsy, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Walgreens, Venture Capital, Peter Thiel, Square, Sequoia Capital, Baby Products, Lightspeed Venture Partners