Liz Gannes

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Meet 500 Startups: The New Class

Start-up accelerator 500 Startups today unveiled the 21 early-stage companies it has funded and brought in-house for mentorship this summer. Founding partner Dave McClure and newly promoted partner Christine Tsai gave us a peek at the list. They are particularly proud that 20 percent of the founders in the class are women and 30 percent are from outside the U.S.

Descriptions are from 500 Startups:

AppGrooves is an iOS app that recommends iPhone and iPad apps. We fill the gap between Apple’s App Store and modern advanced EC sites such as Amazon and Netflix.
BugHerd: Log and discuss bugs within your own website with BugHerd, the world’s simplest bug tracker for web designers and developers.
Cardinal Blue is building a better way for people to work together in real-time using photos and chat.
Culture Kitchen connects lower-income immigrant women skilled in cooking authentic, ethnic cuisines with food lovers who want to learn this craft and the story behind food.
DailyAisle is the easiest place for brides to search and book their wedding vendors.
HelloWorld: Simple profiles for developers.
Kibin: Your momma won’t tell you that you’re writing sucks, but Kibin users will give you unbiased feedback on essays, resumes, or breakup notes.
LaunchBit builds tools to help new web entrepreneurs do customer development.
LaunchRock: We launch stuff, mostly companies and products but occasionally iPods in rockets.
Ovia is using the power of video to provide a more human approach to finding the best talent and making the hiring process more effective, because recruitment is all about finding the right people, not just the best resume.
Scoopola is the HotelTonight for live music and theater.
Snapette: Discover and share great fashion products from around the corner or around the world conveniently on your phone.
StoryTree brings families and loved ones closer together by capturing and sharing the stories that matter.
ToutApp is canned responses on steroids with analytics.
Vayable is a marketplace for things to do on vacation.
VidCaster is an easy way to create a video site on your own domain.
Volta is an A/B testing framework for live, outbound phone calls.
vvall helps you complete your memories by collecting moments captured by friends.
Welcu: Complete control of your event planning: Efficient, effective and white label.
Zerply is a non-corporate LinkedIn, built for the generation who has grown up with the web.

Here’s our story on the first 500 Startups class.


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