WuFoo – Kevin Hale
- Online HTML forms builder
- Can embed form directly into website, including CSS.
- Can process online payments: through PayPal, Google Checkout,
- Business model: hosted, monthly subscription fee: free - $199/month.
- Y-Combinator seed funded: $18k + angel money $100k. Profitable. Based in Tampa, FL
Yoics - Instant networking
- Built into various devices to network-enable them. For example, surveillance cameras.
- Can load the yoics client onto other PC’s
- Business model: license the technology to manufacturers.
- Bootstrapped by 2 founders. Raise money from there.
DropBox – founder Drew
- Share files across computers. Synchs files across computers. Files show up in a folder, using standard file management. Files are synched across network.
- Can easily “export” files by dropping them into the dropbox folder.
- Files also available over web. Files are automatically versioned. Can restore to previous versions of files or undeleting.
- 9 person start-up: Windows, Linux, Mac.
- 2 gigabytes free. 50 gig: $20/month or $100/year.
- Developed prototype in 4 months (while working at another start-up). $15k in Y Combinator + $5k loan for 9 months total.
Disqus – Jason
- Management system for blog comments.
- Central place to track all my comments on web sites. Can also follow comments from other disqus users.
- As a publisher, can manage/moderate/view comments from all websites.
- Supports blog platforms, but needs a plug-in that you drop into
- Biz model: subscription model. Also looking at going to bigger publishers.
- Financing: Y Combinator funded 1 year ago: $15k in summer 2007.
Mighty Quiz - Kelly Bennet
- Trivia site – you can make your own quizzes.
- Can plug into blogs or social networks.
- People can create questions. Other people can rate questions (thumbs up/down)
- Authors can write questions. Can add questions to categories. Automatically pulls in images from Yahoo images.
- Portable, available as a widget.
- Cyworld (social network) imports Mighty Quiz widget.
- Y-Combinator funded: $10k. Raised few hundred $100’s K. Based in San Francisco.
SlideShare – Rashmi Sinha (CEO)
- Share power point presentations online.
- Space on the web to upload and share presentations.
- Presentations converted to YouTube-like video format. Users can comment on presentations.
- Typical use case: people upload a presentation, then link to their website/blog.
- “Meet Henry” presentation: a preso format for advertisements. Has created a category
- Can also synch presos with audio. (mp3 file or podcast) to create a slidecast.
- Traffic: 9M unique visitors last month. SlideShare avail on LinkedIn. Some traffic from organic search.
- 2000 presos uploaded / day (not counting LinkedIn)
- Funding: $0 funding. Built prototype while working at other companies. Launched, written by TechCrunch. Revenue from other funding. 2 years into company, secured angel funding then Series A.
Posterous – Garry Tan (co-founder)
- Blogging by e-mail. No sign-up required.
- Blog directly from e-mail account. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Automatically expands links into pictures/video widget.
- Use it as a way to share pictures and videos with family.
- Raised $50k from Y-Combinator from Boston session. Launched in the summer.
- Biz model: premium services.
Rescue Time – Tony
- Time management software
- Measures which software and websites you’re using. Provides aggregated stats to manager. Lets people know how they compare to their average team member.
- Tracks apps (Word, Excel) and individual web sites (active use).
- Can also block different websites
- Lets managers get data by dept, group, etc.
Poll Everywhere - Jeff Dunap
- Text participation during presentations.
- Realtime participation by people sending SMS messages.
- $0.30/participant/month for size of 100’s of people
- For 250 person audience, costs $65/month. Monthly charge =
- Financing: $9k (self-funded), $20k (Y-Comb), cash flow positive, based in Chicago & Boston.