PaveIQ (YC W16) Takes the Technical Work Out of Google Analytics

Google Analytics can be confusing for small and medium-sized businesses without a dedicated analytics team. Often times non-technical users are overwhelmed with their dashboard and have no idea of what it all means. Moreover, tracking critical things like conversions require technical support. As a result, companies struggle and give up or end up losing money on ineffective marketing strategies.

PaveIQ is a company launching out of our current Winter 2016 class that helps businesses make the most out of Google Analytics. Frustrated with setting up analytics for his own website, ex-Googler Jash Patel started PaveIQ along with his co-founder Eric Ho.

To make things easy, PaveIQ sets up Google Analytics, analyzes the data, and returns specific insights designed to increase revenue and improve marketing strategies. These reports inform users which marketing and advertising efforts are working, which are not working, and ways to improve.

Current analytics solutions available are only built for technical users but PaveIQ does all the legwork with just a few buttons, removing any need for technical knowledge or support. Business plans start at $49/month.

Learn more about PaveIQ here.

Gigwell (YC W16) Offers an End-to-End Solution for Booking Professional Talent

Live music events have grown in popularity but the tools for artists and musicians have not caught up. Gigwell is a company launching out of our Winter 2016 class that streamlines the entire event management process.

Josh Constine recently wrote about Gigwell on TechCrunch:

"It’s dumbfounding how an industry as huge as live music still relies on a patchwork of backwards, outdated technologies. Word document offer letters, PDF riders, endless back-and-forth emails, spreadsheets, physical checks. Fax! It makes the whole process a headache that takes forever when organizers could be focusing on making the experience better for attendees and making performers more money.

One guy got so sick of it he coded his own solution. It’s called Gigwell. The Y Combinator startup offers a complete concert booking software suite that handles everything from asking artists to play to paying them.

If Gigwell takes off, it could do more than streamline booking for big agents. Gigwell could grow the live music revenue pie for artists, who make 70 percent of their income from concerts. That’s because if Gigwell makes it easy enough for anyone to book a show, there’ll be fewer artists pinching pennies in basements and more making the big bucks on stage."

Read the full story on TechCrunch here.

Toymail (YC W16) Lets Kids Exchange Voice Messages With Friends and Family

Parents worry that giving their children a smartphone too early will contribute to attention problems and possibly expose them to inappropriate content. At the same time, parents also want their kids to stay connected to friends and family for social and security reasons.

Toymail is a company launching out of our Winter 2016 class that offers an elegant solution by allowing kids to use their WIFI-enabled plush toys to communicate with friends and family. Parents can send voice messages through the app throughout the day while the kids simply respond with their toy.

Aaron Souppouris wrote about Toymail recently in a story on Engadget:

“Talkies build on the basic functionality of the original line with a number of new features. As before, you connect the toy to WiFi, download an app, and you can then send messages between the two. But now it's opened up a bit. You can send messages to multiple contacts through a Talkie, play back the last 10 messages you've received, and record messages offline for sending later. Also new is the ability to talk to other kids (provided they're approved contacts) toy-to-toy, without going through an app.”

Read the full story about Toymail here.

Tovala (YC W16) Helps You Cook Perfect Meals With Its Countertop Smart Oven

Whether you’re constantly busy, on the go, or just don’t feel like cooking, eating healthy can become a hassle. Takeout doesn’t give you any control over ingredients or portion sizes, and meal delivery plans can be unexpectedly time consuming in preparation and cleanup. 

Tovala is a company launching out of our Winter 2016 class that allows you to enjoy home cooked meals  using its smart oven and food delivery plan. All you have to do is choose a meal on the app, scan the barcode when it arrives, and just sit back while it cooks. And better yet, you’re left with no dirty dishes.  

Sarah Buhr wrote about Tovala recently in a story on TechCrunch:

"Tovala is a new startup out of Y Combinator that came up with what they hope to be a less expensive alternative to professional combination ovens. The Tovala is a smart oven that can bake, boil and steam meals at up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit in 10 to 30 minutes.

The meals come prepackaged from Tovala or can be made using a crowdsourced recipe platform.

Tovala utilizes a combination of dry and wet heat cooking technology instead of microwave technology to quickly cook food and get the right overall temperature for each meal. You can cook several different types of foods such as chicken, rice and asparagus in the same unit at the same time, for example, using Tovala’s technique."

Alex Konrad from Forbes also wrote about Tovala in a story:

"In practice, it looks part Jetsons, part Easy-Bake Oven for millennials. “You’re probably the 200th person to make that comparison,” says Rabie, Tovala’s cofounder and CEO.

The technology behind Tovala isn’t science fiction, Rabie says, nor is it a toy. The hardware, manufactured in China, uses cooking methods that already existed in commercial kitchens, which pay tens of thousands of dollars for large, low-tech versions of Tovala’s hardware already. What’s new is that the startup designed software to scan and process each meal automatically, with a network of chefs behind its meals."

Tim Moynihan from Wired also gave it a try and wrote about his experience:

"We started with Beef Wellington and a side of carrots and roasted garlic—a 18-minute cook time—and it had the balance of juicy meat and crusty goodness down pat. The beef was cooked to medium, warm in the middle, juicy and flavorful and tasty. The pastry was flaky and sog-free, and the carrots were tender without being mushy. Nailed it.

Our second course of herb-stuffed chicken with a side of asparagus was a revelation: Juicy, delicious bird with great seasoning. Restaurant-quality good."

You can also learn more about Tovala through their Kickstarter campaign.

Protonet (YC W16) Runs All Your Collaboration Tools From a Small Orange Box

Running a small business is already tough enough without having to tack on the complexity of managing and maintaining collaboration tools. Simple and easy-to-use solutions are often web-based but hosted off-site, creating headaches for companies that have to deal with strict compliance rules or who want control over their own data. Solutions that do allow for user control are often created for larger enterprises and require additional IT personnel to set up. 

Protonet is a company launching out of our current Winter 2016 class that addresses these two problems. As an Iranian-born refugee, co-founder Ali Jelveh saw an increasing trend in the centralization of information by a few corporations, resulting in businesses and consumers losing control of their own data. In fact, he feared that this continuing trend would limit technological advancement while disenfranchising others. Together with his co-founder Christopher Blum, the two software engineers envision a future where cloud technology can be run and owned by anyone.

To do that, Protonet has created a small little orange box that removes all the complexities of having to set up one’s own infrastructure. It provides easy file sharing, project management, and integrated group chat functionality, all hosted on-site with zero setup required. This allows a small business to run its own private cloud without the need for specific IT knowledge or personnel. The only step is to simply unbox the device and connect it to the office internet.

Current on-site solutions start at $7000, not including the cost of hardware, IT support, or additional add-ons. Protonet’s out-of-the-box solution costs anywhere between $1699 to $5199 depending on storage size and hardware configuration. Protonet has already democratized cloud infrastructure for more than 2,000 companies in Germany, and is now launching availability in the United States.

Learn more about Protonet here.