Startup accelerator Techstars NYC debuted its latest class of companies today, including its first non-profit, two gaming startups, and an intriguing Dropbox rival.
Shift your eyes below for today’s standouts.
Standard Analytics claims to run “the world’s largest repository of structured scientific information.” The company aims to transform scientific data into searchable, structured APIs.
Makers Kit wants to take “the makers movement mainstream.”
Despite participating in a tech startup accelerator, Markers Kit isn’t really a tech company. The firm sells Do-It-Yourself (DIY) kits with the goal of taking the makers movement mainstream. Yet, Makers Kit is still quite an intriguing company. It has sold over 40,000 kits in the past two months and recently landed deals with major retailers like Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and Macy’s.
This represents a key shift for TechStars, as the accelerator widens its reach to profit-generating startups in other sectors.
This company believes that “emotionally intelligent characters are the future of video games.” The company is developing “Sentio,” a platform for emotionally sensitive characters that care about you and play with you. Rival Theory claims that its AI characters learn over time, and soon the company pans to provide this sort of character intelligence to any third-party developer.
After resigning from GitHub following harassment claims, cofounder Tom Preston-Werner today colaunched Codestarter, a non-profit startup that donates laptops to help kids learn to code. VentureBeat covered the announcement in more depth here.
Infinit is going after Dropbox with its surprisingly effortless file sharing tool. The company audaciously claims that “Infinit is the only tool you will ever need to share any file in any context across any device.”
The second gaming tech company in TechStars NYC’s latest class, Hullabalu says it’s creating the future of stories with technology. 150,000 kids play Hullabalu’s iPad apps every month, and the firm claims its apps have topped the App Store charts in 38 countries.
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