Valley-based startup accelerator Y Combinator celebrated its 15th demo day yesterday, with 75 fledgling startups pitching their ideas to a dazzling collection of idea-hungry VC firms and pageview-hungry press outlets. Here’s what we think some of the companies do, based on their rather unpronounceable names.
In the world of startup accelerators, TechStars and Y Combinator are arguably top dogs. Each receives thousands of eager applicants every year, and only accepts an elite percentage of companies into their inner circles. But of course, with the success of the TechStars/Y Combinator models comes a slew of copycat accelerators that may lack the credentials and experience to actually help their applicants.
Back in the old days, getting into startup bootcamp Y Combinator meant having an innovative idea and representing it in a compelling way on your application, no frills required. But with the tech bubble ever-looming, the whole Y Combinator application process is getting quite competitive.
During an interview with Bloomberg West this week, YCombinator’s Paul Graham weighed in on the start-up carnage lying around from the last two weeks. First from Apple’s WWDC keynote, which made a land-grab for territory previously held by some of its third-party iOS developers and then with the news that Facebook Read More