YC Digest - June 5-June 11

Top Stories from the YC World - June 5-June 11, 2015

Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia of Airbnb kick off YC S15 with the first Tuesday night dinner talk of the batch

YC News
Episode 5 of Startup School Radio is live on iTunes and SoundCloud: Ep. 5 features Dave Tisch and Alan Tisch of Spring, and Olga Vidisheva of Shoptiques 

YC Alum Updates
Product Hunt (YC S14) launches Product Hunt Games

SendHub (YC W12) launches Inbox - Gmail for Texting

Fundraising
Pachyderm (YC W15) Raises $2 Million To Power Big Data Processing For The Docker Era


YC Digest - 5/22-6/4

Top Stories from the YC World - May 22-June 4, 2015

Sam Altman kicks off the first Camp YC 

"Culture starts when you're just two people." - Jessica Livingston on FounderLine

Startup School Radio Ep. 4 featuring PlanGrid and Campus Job is live on SoundCloud and iTunes

Eden (YC S15) Launches To Offer On-Demand Electronics Repair And Installation

Eden, part of the YC Summer 2015 batch, brings on-demand tech support to your home. They announced their launch today on TechCrunch:

"There is no doubt that the technology of today, from smartphones to connected devices to WiFi everywhere, is making our world a more convenient and navigable place. But in many ways we’ve grown dependent on this type of lifestyle, which makes a busted device or a malfunction a debilitating experience.

YC-backed Eden is launching to solve this.

The company offers on-demand tech pros that will come to you, based on a specified time and location, and solve your tech problems. This ranges from fixing a cracked iPhone screen, mounting a TV or setting up a home theater, installing IOT devices (such as the Nest or the August Lock), solving WiFi issues, troubleshooting computer issues, and much more."

All Eden Tech Pros are verified experts who have gone through a 6-point background check, and if you're not happy with their service, you get your money back. 

Eden is taking on Geek Squad, Best Buy's tech support service that makes over $2 billion of annual revenue, despite getting an average score of 2 stars out of 5 on Yelp! According to TechCrunch, "Combining the larger SMB market with the consumer market, the industry is valued at about $30 billion annually."

Eden is founded by Joe Du Bey, Kyle Wilkinson, Guy Morita, and Susie Sun. 

Eden is currently available in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ask the founders questions on Hacker News and Product Hunt

YC Digest - 5/15-5/21

Top Stories from the YC World - May 15-May 21, 2015

YC News
Farewell TC, Hello YC - Susan Hobbs joins Y Combinator

Essays
Party (round) all the time? - by Aaron Harris

Launches


YC S15: New Story Crowdfunds Houses for Homeless People - Meet YC's newest non-profit 

YC Alum Updates




Fundraising





YC Digest - 5/8-5/14

Top Stories from the YC World - May 8-May 14, 2015

YC News
One surprising hack to get into YC! by Sam Altman

Startup School Radio Ep. 2: Justin Kan and Mathilde Collin

Congratulations to PlanGrid's (YC W12) Tracy Young for being listed as one of Fast Company's "Most Creative People in Business 2015" 

Launches
Senic (YC S13) is building Nuimo, a dial for the internet of things 

Fundraising
PlanGrid (YC W12) raises $18 million from Sequoia to digitize construction blueprints - The team has already put over 17 million blueprints in the cloud

Women Power on Display in Career Site The Muse’s (YC W12) $10M Round

We’ve raised money to reinvent global trade - Paul Graham on Flexport: “Flexport is one of those rare startups that will not merely satisfy its market, but grow it. There will be more international trade because of Flexport, and international trade is a very big thing for there to be more of.”



YC Alum Updates


YC Digest 5/1-5/7: Work at a YC Startup, SUS Radio and Zenefits

Top Stories from the YC World - May 1-May 7, 2015

YC News
Work at a YC Startup v2 - Apply for a job at a YC startup without a resume. 

Startup School Radio is now a podcast - Hear YC partner Aaron Harris get stories and practical advice from founders and investors. Learn how they got started, what went wrong, what surprised them, and what happened as their companies grew.

Launches
YC S15: Former YC Partner Harj Taggar Is Building The New Technical Hiring Pipeline With TripleByte 

Essays
Things that aren't work by Aaron Harris 

Fundraising

Updates 

Zidisha (YC W14) launches in Haiti

YC Alum Stories
From Communal Living to Peer-to-Peer Construction Rentals - EquipmentShare (YC W15) in WSJ

This Man Turned His Dirty Laundry Nightmare Into a Startup - Cleanly (YC W15) in Fast Company

YC Digest - 4/24-4/30

Top Stories from the YC World - April 24-April 30, 2015

Watch
PlatziConf brings YC to Mexico: Watch the livestream here starting at 9am CDT on Saturday, May 2 

Essays
Subtle Mid-Stage Startup Pitfalls by Jessica Livingston


Launches

Fundraising


DroneBase (YC W15) Lets Any Business Rent A Drone And Pilot

YC W15's DroneBase is a marketplace for drone services founded by Dan Burton and Eli Tamanaha. 

Read more about DroneBase on TechCrunch:

"DroneBase lets you commission a drone and its pilot for commercial jobs. You just submit your request online, DroneBase finds someone who can do the gig, they come fly and send you the media and data needed.

DroneBase has the potential to both disrupt old ways of getting aerial imagery or doing heavy industry inspections, but also open up options to businesses that couldn’t afford it. Now after graduating from Y Combinator, DroneBase has raised a seed round from Union Square Ventures, SV Angel, Rothenberg Ventures, and Launchpad LA."

Rickshaw (YC W14) Provides An API For Local Deliveries

Rickshaw, the same-day delivery platform, launched today on TechCrunch after operating in stealth since the Winter 2014 batch of YC: 

"Ever since Uber launched to enable users to hail a ride with a mobile app, any number of on-demand and same-day delivery services have emerged. In most cases, those companies end up building out their own logistics infrastructure and hiring their own delivery drivers.

But why keep reinventing the wheel if the delivery and routing part of the service isn’t a part of your core competency? That’s the thinking behind Y Combinator-backed Rickshaw, which hopes to enable companies to outsource the logistics layer of the local delivery process in a way that will make same day pickups and drop-offs more efficient for all.

Rickshaw was founded by Divya Bhat and Gautam Jayaraman, two MIT grads who have backgrounds in operations research and computer science. They began building Rickshaw, Bhat says, after she considered working on a startup that would require a fleet for deliveries. Rather than building such a fleet just for their own usage, or reaching out to others to rent capacity on their delivery fleets, the Rickshaw founders thought it made more sense for to work on solving the delivery problem for a bunch of different companies."

Read the full story on TechCrunch

YC Digest - 3/27-4/2

YC W15 at their last dinner (Photo credit: Pretty Instant)

Top Stories from the YC World - March 27-April 2, 2015
What Happens After Y Combinator: The Marathon After the Sprint (Fast Company)

Launches

Essays
The Magic Thread by Geoff Ralston