The tech-savvy home cleaning service has raised $38 million so you never have to sweep a floor again, if you don’t want to.
Homejoy is bringing the “lean startup” approach to philanthropy. The company announced the establishment of the Homejoy Foundation today, which will give financial grants to veterans and military families in need.
This isn’t your mama’s takeout. Caviar expands to Seattle and New York.
Lob has built an API that powers printing and mailing, to make it easier for organizations of all sizes to set up enterprise-scale printing infrastructure. This Y Combinator backed company is already profitable, and has raised a hefty $2.4 million seed round.
You know all those brilliant startup ideas you have, that you just don’t have time to execute? Now there is a way to turn those ideas into reality, without dealing with silly little things like accounting and legal issues.
The Y Combinator-backed company helps small businesses and their employees get instant, customized quotes, make comparisons, and complete the application process online.
This “search-as-a-service” startup has closed $7.5 million, just six weeks after announcing a $1.7 million seed round.
Guest Post Scrappy entrepreneurs are always looking for an edge in the application process. However, there are no shortcuts or hacks. The YC partners are too smart for that.
Standard Treasury, Apptimize, and StatusPage are among the highlights at Y Combinator’s demo day.
The best and brightest of Silicon Valley crowded into the Computer History Museum today for Y Combinator’s demo day. Of the 49 promising startups, here are the most exciting consumer-facing businesses.
Editor’s Pick Welcome to the new breed of incubators: startup accelerators that give startups everything they need in one central location. It’s literally a startup ecosystem in a box.
“File system as a service” startup Filepicker.io has rebranded as Ink and announced the close of its $1.8 million seed round from Andreessen Horowitz and Highland Capital Partners.
Editor’s Pick “Mobile analytics is a brand-new field, and no clear winner has emerged yet,” Segment.io cofounder Peter Reinhardt says. “So we made it incredibly easy to try them all.”
“We’ve begun shipping production units,” cofounder David Cann told VentureBeat via email today. “In fact, we’ve already shipped the first 100. We’ll ship another 1,000 units by September.”
App integration startup Zapier has launched a new API status dashboard, a tool that can help developers and companies identify downtime for about 200 APIs.
Today, we saw some scattered investments in the $4-10 million range. Here’s a shortlist of the hottest tech and clean energy deals.
Got a craving for Katz’s pastrami or Magnolia Bakery’s cupcakes? Goldbely will deliver straight to your city apartment.
A custom T-shirt startup is generating a huge buzz at Y Combinator’s demo day. Today, it announced it made $700,000 in sales in the month of April alone.
Microryza is a crowdfunding platform for scientific research projects.
SiftScience has raised $5.5 million from high-profile investors, including Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, Union Square Ventures, First Round Capital, and more.
The new Silicon Valley handshake is a four-step digitally-enhanced process.
To make it easier for roommates or colleagues at a small company to order items for a shared kitchen, Instacart has launched a new feature called “Shop with Friends.”
Guest Post A market where only angels swoop in to provide necessary seed and early-stage capital is problematic … the angel market is much less efficient than established venture capital.
Education technology startup Clever has raised $3 million to integrate online learning software with student data.
Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, made a public appearance this weekend to make one thing very clear. He is not worried.
Founders Dwight Crow and Christopher Berner were acqui-hired by Facebook today. Terms were not disclosed, but what is clear is that Facebook is not getting into the business of helping you buy and sell cars.
How do you succeed online in the crowded, noisy, and sometimes scammy local search market? If you’re Stik.com, you succeed by focusing on transactions that are infrequent, expensive, and have a high cost of failure.
Travel storytelling and discovery app Tripl just executed a genius guerilla marketing idea: handing out fake parking tickets at Y Combinator’s demo day that promo the company’s app — and investor-readiness.
Paul Graham is the genius behind Y Combinator, one of the first startup incubators and the birthplace of immediately recognizable companies such as Reddit, Scribd, Disqus, Dropbox, Posterous, and many, many more. So if he gets worried, people listen.
[vimeo 39558190 w=558 h=314] In today’s VBWeekly video we invade the VentureBeat writers lounge to ask our reporters about the Y-Combinator Demo Day event. We asked Meghan Kelly and Sarah Mitroff about the presentations that made them laugh; later we ask them what company they think has the best chance for success. Finally, we asked the Magic 8 Ball if tomorrow’s VB Mobile Summit will be a success. And it says ‘Yes”!
Boutiques are the last type of store you’d expect to get technical, but Shoptiques co-founder Olga Vidisheva is confident she can bring the tiny shops to your digital doorstep.
The problem with kids these days is … actually a problem with smartphones. Parents are hard-pressed to find a safe way let kids have the smart-gadgets they really want. Kyte, however, believes it has found a solution for Android phones.
Crowdtilt wants you to take the pool of money your friends gather for a vacation and put it online. The company does crowdfunding for small groups of people who already know each other; friends and family looking to pool their money for a common cause.
Apple’s virtual-assistant Siri isn’t available on Android phones, so copycat apps are popping up all over the Android Marketplace. Sonalight, however, promises to not just be another voice-activated assistant app, but rather a life-saving voice-activated assistant app.
You’re jamming out to your favorite track on Spotify, and then all of a sudden a song that makes your want to scream starts playing. Instead of running over to your computer and frantically pressing keys and clicking at your screen to make the madness end, Flutter lets you wave at your webcam to change the track.