Hack Hack Hack Hack It Apart
Yesterday, we called it. The fact that Pebble the e-paper watch had raised $3.5 million with more than a month to go meant that KickStarter had hit the tipping point, surpassing even Double Fine Adventure’s previous high-score of $3,336,371. Maybe we shoulda waited awhile. Between now and then, Pebble has raised another million and change. The new total is $4,625,453 from 32,120 backers with 30 days to go.
At this rate, Pebble is going to raise $34 million before the jig’s up and Kickstarter should just secede from the Union and start minting their own currency. Maybe cfundrs or crowdsies™ or something.
Tired of reading about Pair, the Y Combinator Demo Day darling, but having no partner to test it out with? Singletons, meet your solution.
For the uninitiated, Pair is a social network built for two. It lets you send texts, photos, videos with that special someone. In other words, everything you can do already, but contained in a handy PG-13 app. “Hey Pair, Go Ahead and Centralize My Entire Relationship,” Pando Daily’s newest blogger wrote yesterday. Oh yeah, it also invented something called a “thumbkiss” where your phone vibrates if you and your Pair partner touch the screen at the same time. Perhaps you’re starting to understand why we called it more of a monogamy-enforcer than “the perfect sexting app“?
Alley vs. Valley
Bravo is no slouch in the whetting one’s appetite department. Along with the news yesterday that Randi “Sister of Mark, Singer of Songs” Zuckerberg would be the executive producer of a new reality show, the House That Andy Cohen Built also released a short, but tantalizing preview wherein geeks were likened to rock stars and Silicon Valley to high school, “but it’s only the smart kids and everyone has a lot of money.” Sold! Sign us up for the schadenfreude when reality TV’s potent cocktail of ambition, desperation, and actual cocktails collides.
Thankfully, Drew Olanoff at The Next Web was kind enough to single out some of the potential players so we can start doing our due diligence. According to Mr. Olanoff the show will “star” The Next Web’s Silicon Valley video director Hermione Way. Her brother Ben Way, founder of The Rainmakers, Kim Taylor, digital director at Ampush Media, and Dwight Crow, founder of Carsabi.com also all appear in the preview.
Gesturing Towards Bethlehem
By the tweets of it, everyone, their mom, and Jennifer 8. Lee showed up for Y Combinator’s biggest Demo Day evah last night to watch the parade of hoodies try to convince folks they have the next Airbnb. To make sure no one got bored, the thoughtful editors of the Daily Muse even put together a BINGO card of expected phrases (that could also work well as a Mad Libs): “We make it easy to disrupt the future of ________. Please ignore the label-less Y axis on our chart of ______. So if you’re _______ come talk to us. “
But one company that seems to have emerged from the fray is Pair, an app built for two that lets couples send each other messages, pictures, and thumbkisses, which is when both users press their thumb to the screen at the same time, making the phones vibrate. It sounds like a mobile version of OurSpot, the social network (population: 2), we told you about in January, minus the good vibrations, of course.
Things To Do When You're Drunk
Typing, scrolling, clicking–they’re all just so exhausting. Luckily Flutter, a Y Combinator incubated startup demoed at today’s Y Combinator Demo Day, lets you control your computer simply by holding your hand in front of it, ‘cuz we live in the future.
Teach Me How to Startup
There are a whole lot of ways you can cultivate a great startup idea–hiring talented team members, learning to master the pivot with poise, and scoring a hefty round of funding are just a few. But what’s another popular way to hit on a moneymaking idea and embrace the fearlessness needed to pursue it? Get drunk. Really drunk.
Paul Graham’s plan to give away his best billion dollar ideas? That was so last week. The man who pioneered the practice of the startup idea freebie has taken his “Don’t worry about coming up with your own concept” theory to its logical extreme. Now, you don’t even need an idea. At all.
On the Y Combinator blog yesterday, Mr. Graham, a partner in the prestigious incubator, let the world know about a little experiment they’re trying with this the next cycle of applicants: “If the only thing holding you back from starting a startup is not having an idea for one, now nothing is holding you back. If you apply for this batch and you seem like you’d make good founders, we’ll accept you with no idea and then help you come up with one.”
Betabeat first alerted you to the phenomenon of investors giving away their best ideas like so many party favors last June. But it appears repeat offender Paul Graham is at it again!
Back in 2008, Mr. Graham kicked off the practice by posting a list of startups Y Combinator would like to invest in. “We don’t like to sit on these ideas,” he noted, “Because we really want people to work on them.” But his latest offering to the shared pool puts that list to shame.
On his personal blog recently, Mr. Graham posted seven (count ‘em, seven) different “Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas” that could make you (yes, you!) a billionaire.
Teach Me How to Startup
Drchrono, the company that is working to get more doctors using easy tools on the iPad and in the cloud, just announced a $2.8 million round of funding led by Yuri Milner. The Russian tech mogul must really like these guys! Mr. Milner invested just over $1.2 million in Drchrono’s seed rounds back in July and August; now he’s recruited Google’s search guru Matt Cutts as an investor. Betabeat interviewed Drchrono’s Daniel Kivatinos back in May, while the company was stilling finishing up the Y Combinator program. “Investors in Silicon Valley are the best you can find. If they see amazing ideas, they will move fast to cultivate that idea but invest if they can,” he told us at the time. Drchrono makes iPad apps for doctors to handle things like billing and patient check-in.
On his blog yesterday WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg (who is not personally responsible for Betabeat being down just now, but sorry about that) noted something unusual about Y Combinator’s newest venture partners, namely their lack of venture experience.