5 Y Combinator Startups To Watch From The First 2014 Group
A few days ago the first batch of 2014 Y combinator teams had their demo day. We saw some pretty impressive and valuable startups. Y combinator is known for it’s strict technical requirements and a list of amazing alumni. Their alumni list include Airbnb, Stripe, Reddit , and many more. This year’s early batch is no exception. Let’s take a look at 5 startups to watch out for from their first 2014 batch.
BatteryOS is a battery management system that increases battery capacity and cycle count. BatteryOS is a new way of controlling rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that enables any normal battery to have higher capacity and not degrade over time. The startup didn’t create a new battery instead they created a system that will allow you to use your electronic’s battery to the full power.
I use a macbook pro and a macbook air, and I absolutely hate the battery life. Well it is a lot better than other laptop devices, but it’s just not enough and looking for a walljack at a public area can be irritating. BatteryOS can fix this issue by increasing battery life by 4x without harming the battery. Never experience loss in capacity again. A Li-ion battery powered by BatteryOS doesn’t degrade in capacity over time, and as a result has a 4x higher cycle life than when controlled by conventional methods.
If you’re an online shopper or buy something once in a while, Zinc might come in handy. Zinc is a shopping startup from this year’s Y combinator group. Zinc is a Google extension that helps you find the best price for any product that you are searching for. What’s really cool about this Y combinator startup is how they simplify online shopping. With Zinc, you could simply add any item to your cart from any site. Then Zinc will run through it’s database and find the cheapest item from the cheapest retailer for you. You don’t have to do any work! Zinc accepts bitcoin and dwolla payments.
As the name says it, StyleLend is a startup that allows you to lend dresses in San Francisco! StyleLend is a localized peer to peer community marketplace where fashionable women have access to the infinite dream closet. This is for the ladies out there that attend multiple events, but don’t want to wear the same dress every single time. Dresses can cost a lot, but with stylelend you can now lend a new dress and show it off without breaking your wallet. Rent for as low as $30 dollars in San Francisco. In a way they do have a system like Gilt, where it is kind of private. You have to create an account and login in order to rent or view dresses.
Finally someone makes SMS/texting with real multitasking abilities. For those people who have used the Facebook messenger on an ipad and noticed how easy it is to swipe on the picture of your friend to chat with them without navigating away from your initial screen. This is exactly what HoverChat is trying to create, but for text messages. This is an idea that the big phone companies should have been implementing a long time ago. The problem is that the text messaging market is declining because there are too many other free alternatives out there. Nevertheless this is still a Y combinator startup to watch out for. It’s currently free and available through the google play store.
When I told my mom to rent out her house on Airbnb, she said that it’s too much of a hassle. SuperHost is a startup that changes all of that. They want to make your hosting experience as easy and stress free as possible. For a 3% per booking fee, this startup will automate the hosting process for Airbnb hosts. They will do all the leg work for you from setting up your cleaning services to doing key exchanges, Superhost has you covered. Worried that you might not have time to screen the correct guest list? Superhost will do that all for you and respond to guest’s questions quickly.
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