startup rundown

Startup News: BuddyTV Makes it Easier to Watch the Good Parts of the Olympics; Vayable Announces Y-Combinator Backing

"A Private Night on Alcatraz"—it could be yours on Vayable.com.

The Olympics BuddyTV has added a dedicated Olympics quicklist to its TV guide, allowing users to see a chronological, up-to-date list of all coverage on their available channels–since, despite the numerous apps which cater to online streaming, the majority of viewers still watch the Olympics on television. Quicklist subscribers can also receive real-time alerts Read More

Tourist Season

Vayable Launches a Concierge Service, Because Alcatraz Sleepovers are No Longer Enough for People

Those people on the tour bus sooooo want to join that homeless man-guided walking tour (Photo: blog.vayable.com)

If you’ve ever hoped of touring Paris’s sewer system in the dead of night accompanied by a lovely French homeless man, then you and I have a slightly different definitions of the word “vacation.” But for more adventurous travelers, Vayable might be able to make your unorthodox dreams come true. The San Francisco-based travel start-up announced a few new features today, including concierge and improved international payment services.

Y Combinator-backed Vayable, which launched in April 2011 and opened an office in New York a few months later, offers over 2,500 unique travel experiences to its users in 600 cities around the world. Some special souls have used the site to spend the night on San Francisco’s former prison island –Alcatraz – while others have gone on tours of the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco guided by a homeless man. Read More

The Start-Up Rundown

Start-Up News: Vayable Launch, Airbnb Rebirth, and a Place Where There Are No Strangers

(Vayable.com)

VIABLE? Vayable.com, the world’s first experience sharing platform, launched last week in New York City.  “The company began operations less than four months ago, growing a passionate community in their hometown of San Francisco and has quickly gained popularity in key national and international markets.” New York was a natural next stop, said founder and CEO Jamie Wong, who came up with the idea while working at The Daily Show.

“Vayable.com is a new service that lets anyone discover and book great things directly from others in the community, providing a dynamic and compelling alternative to dusty guidebooks and double-decker bus tours.  Individuals are making money offering diverse experiences such as a private concert in a concert pianist’s downtown Manhattan loft, a fashion model sketching session with an instructor at Parsons, and a tour of Wall Street hosted by a Bloomberg TV reporter.” Read More