Y Combinator

Startup Hustler Pitches via Parking Tickets Outside Y Combinator Demo Day

Oh, snap. (Photo: Peter Sullivan's Instagram)

Today was Y Combinator Demo Day. While Paul Graham-approved crème de la crème were inside, pitching their racing hearts out, Peter Sullivan was outside, slapping fake tickets that proclaimed, “You have illegally been subjected to make a big investment decision based on a two-minute demo pitch” on the cars outside.

Mr. Sullivan is the CEO of the social travel startup Tripl, conveniently available for download via a QR code on the ticket.

We can only hope for Mr. Sullivan’s sake that Silicon Valley investors pay more attention to pesky parking tickets than many a wealthy driver.

startup rundown

Startup News: Kickstarter Expands to the U.K.; Bing Volunteerism Comes to Harlem

(photo: bing.com)

Stay tuned Kickstarter announced via tweet yesterday that, starting this fall, U.K. residents will be able to use the crowdfunding platform to launch their own projects. Currently, although people anywhere can give money to projects on the site, only individuals based in the U.S. can launch projects and receive funding.

Advise away Tout’d, a new digital forum for personalized recommendations, launched last week. As a social media platform and referral space, the app for iOS and Android enables users to ask for advice from friends as well as share recommendations ranging from restaurants and gadgets to professional referrals.

Sell now Join M&A professionals this Thursday at General Assembly for the first Startup Exit event on the East Coast. With a focus on social commerce and online retail and fashion, the evening will feature a fireside chat with Etsy’s Director of Strategic Finance, Carrington Williams, and well as a panel featuring the CEOs of Thrillist, dotBox and OpenSky. Tickets are required. Read More

Fresh Capital

Stockholm-Based Tripl Raises $300K Debt Round, Moves to NYC

Tripl's very international team.

UPDATE: Tripl will officially move to New York starting March 19, cofounder Peter Sullivan informed us via Twitter.

Tripl, the vacation planning and sharing startup based in Sweden, just filed a form with the SEC that shows the company has raised $300,000 out of a $500,000 debt round after coming out of beta three months ago. The funding was filed in New York, where two of Tripl’s three cofounders are based. “So much exciting news ahead….” the startup teased on AngelList three weeks ago.  Read More