• Startups

    AngelList Receives SEC No-Action Letter Two Days After FundersClub

    Updated at 1:53pm PST with comments from AngelList CEO Naval Ravikant. On March 26th The Funders Club received a no-action letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission stating that it will not recommend enforcement action against the year-old private equity investment platform, making it the first government sanctioned online VC. What has not yet been reported is that AngelList, a competing service used by early stage companies to receive introductions to investors and take some online investment, received its own no-action letter just two days later on March 28th (embedded below). While being first makes for great PR, FundersClub can expect AngelList will be the first of many competitors to…

  • Startups,  The Future

    Facebook Actions Are Coming to Status Updates

    Update: A source close to the company has confirmed this new functionality is available as option in the Facebook status composer. For now this works on the web and m-touch for some users, but not yet on mobile. I think this might be the visual sharing reported by TechCrunch in January this year, but I don’t have the functionality in my own Facebook account so it is hard to tell. —– When I saw this status update in my Facebook news feed I did a double take. Can you spot what’s different about it? I clicked through on the word “coffee” and was taken to the coffee interest page. It…

  • Referly,  Startups

    Numbers in Action

    If you haven’t heard, Referly is switching gears to avoid becoming a “Zombie Startup”, and we’ve already posted a high level summary of our metrics on the front page of our site. This post is part of my ongoing retrospective, which is helping me get some closure while we incubate our next direction as a company. Until 3 weeks ago I woke up early every day, eager to check our internal dashboard, Amazon Associates and Skimlinks and update a couple spreadsheets, set a goal or two for the day to keep us on track, and send an update email to the team with any adjustments to the week’s plans. There’s…

  • Startups

    YC Entrepreneurs Rewarded With a Yawn

    My site was having hosting issues this morning but I really wanted to get this “morning after” post out, reflecting on the reactions to Y Combinator Demo Day yesterday among friends, investors and the press. You can read the full article on my Distribution Hacks blog “YC Demo Day, the Morning After”. —– Apparently, this year it’s particularly in vogue to express a certain ennui about the batch of Y Combinator startups that presented at Demo Day. As I checked in with investors and friends who attended the event, the overwhelming response was that there were tons of solid companies but nothing “amazing” or “10x”. Even the tech press can’t…

  • Startups

    Meet the 9 Female Founders of Y Combinator’s Winter 2013 Class

    This post is part of my continuous coverage of Y Combinator Demo Day for the Winter 2013 Class. You can see all publicly launched companies from today’s presentations here. — It’s always exciting to see more female founders, and the Winter 2013 YC batch brings us some awesome new faces (and some familiar ones). These are only founders from publicly launched companies – feel free to contact me at morrilldanielle (at) gmail if I’ve missed something. Enjoy! Editor’s Note: Updated to include Iolanthe Chronis from Swish. Iolanthe Chronis – Cofounder & CEO at Swish Prior to founding Swish in August 2012 she held roles at Kayak, BetterOffline and Microsoft. Iolanthe…

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    Watsi and the Future of Patronage

    This post is part of my continuous coverage of Y Combinator Demo Day for the Winter 2013 Class. You can see all publicly launched companies from today’s presenters here, Watsi is currently ranked #7. — While Watsi will probably not take in capital on traditional VC terms, I hope they can capture the imagination of some folks in the audience and gain new donors. Today Watsi, a non-profit for funding medical treatments, is presenting on stage at Y Combinator Demo Day by cofounders Chase Adam, Jesse Cooke, and Grace Garey. The company made quite a splash back in January when they were announced as the first non-profit to receive funding…

  • Startup Index,  Startups

    YC Demo Day Winter 2013 Batch – Quick Reference Index

    Today is Y Combinator Demo Day, and I’ve compiled a list of Y Combinator startups from the current batch who have officially launched (27 of 47) and ranked them using the same methodology as this month’s YC Index. It is extremely early days for these companies, this can give you a sense of who is getting attention and seeing early growth and we will use this as a benchmark for them in the index going forward. I will update this post as new companies are launched throughout the day. The companies highlighted in orange would have made it into the top 100 of the Y Combinator Index released for March.…

  • Startup Index,  Startups

    The 500 Startups Index – 369 Companies & Counting

    Last week I published the first Y Combinator Startup Index, which ranks the companies who have gone through the YC program using traffic data, Facebook monthly active users, and mobile data where it’s available to determine how well each company is doing. Update – 500 Startups head honcho Dave McClure left some helpful insights on the Hacker News comment thread related to this post. As with the other index, there are caveats. Web traffic only tells part of the story for any company, and this index doesn’t contain complete information about Facebook app usage or mobile app usage. What’s most useful is seeing how these rankings change over time, so…

  • Posts

    Did I Just See the Future of Advertising?

    Have you ever seen the ability to capture leads directly from search before, with email subscription directly in an ad? I just saw this on Google for the first time while sleuthing around trying to figure out the Decide.com announcement apparently happening tomorrow morning. I can’t currently find a way to create my own lead form in Google Adwords, and I haven’t ever seen this on any other search result. Is this the future, capturing leads without ever leaving the search results? Looks Like It Worked Subscribing to the email newsletter doesn’t take you off Google to Decide.com, you get a confirmation right in your search results. Google on! Not…