Demo Day at Y Combinator Offers Glimpse of Web’s Future

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TicketStumbler: Another site that’s already launched: I think of it as the aggregator of ticket aggregators. Basically, the site uses some geolocation tools to show you the top sports events in your area and offer you a selection of tickets from sites like StubHub, RazorGator, and others all in one easy list. Saves you a lot of scouring around.

MeetCast: This is “webcasting made easy”—no-install video conferencing, where you can share and record presentations and then go back and search them.

CO2Stats: Tagline from Demo Day: “the Verisign of sustainability.” Wade profiled the company back in November. The basic idea is that websites install the CO2Stats widget, which, as Wade described it, “measures the amount of time visitors spend on each page, adds it up, calculates the amount of carbon dioxide released as a result, and displays the running total. The idea is to make publishers (and readers) more aware that the Internet—as a giant collection of servers and routers and phone lines and fiber-optic cables and networking devices and home PCs that all run on electricity—has a real environmental impact.” CO2Stats provides the service for a flat monthly fee, and purchases renewable energy credits to offset each client site’s emissions.

Popcuts: Wade wrote about this startup barely a week ago, after its public beta launch. As he described it, the company “proposes to reward music buyers by giving them a slice of the revenue every time someone else buys a song they already bought…”

BackType: Demo Day buzz phrase: “the Google of comments.” The idea is to automatically search and aggregate online comments, whether you are looking for pearls of wisdom from a specific person or on a specific topic. One of the startup’s key hopes: businesses will pay to know the latest chatter about their products.

Job Alchemist: The essential idea beyond Job Alchemist is to add a new and more powerful dimension to online recruiting. One cool feature: companies can post job ads that include photos of their work environment and other features far beyond the basic text in normal online ads. Job Alchemist is also working on a widget that allows web sites to advertise jobs—and gives publishers half the recruiting bounty if the job is filled by someone clicking on the ad from their site.

ididwork: A shareable work log from Reman Child and Shawn Gupta, the founders of expensr, an online personal-finance manager. The idea here is to help employees and employers by allowing managers to give realtime feedback and reviews of worker performance, to track performance over time, and to compare between employees.

Frogmetrics: This company doles out touchscreen pads, which businesses such as restaurants can give to customers to allow for realtime feedback about service, customer satisfaction, quality of food, the effectiveness of advertising, and the like.

Youlicit:This company, which is preparing for relaunch, develops software that makes lists of the most relevant links on any given topic and categorizes them automatically: a search on Africa, for example, might have subcategories such as animals, food, poverty, each with a list of top links in those areas. The concept is to generate authoritative search guides without the need for human editors. Youlicit wants its list guides to rank highly on Google searches, in much the same way Wikipedia entries are prominent.

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2 responses to “Demo Day at Y Combinator Offers Glimpse of Web’s Future”

  1. Luke G says:

    Thanks for coming by, and for writing about it! YC creates this contagious alternate universe of extreme productivity – we all just really like to build & get stuff done.