500 Startups’ Next Class Leaves the Nest (Plus, a Full List of the Companies)
Dave McClure’s seed fund, start-up accelerator and incubator — 500 Startups — hatched another class of companies into the world on Tuesday.
Some from the seed funding program and others from the accelerator, 27 companies presented to a packed house at 500 Startups’ HQ in downtown Mountain View, Calif.
This class was heavy on consumer services products, focusing on things like shopping and product discovery. A surprisingly large number of food- and restaurant-related services also demoed. And, of course, it wouldn’t be an incubator demo day without at least a few companies building services for tech companies.
McClure emceed the whole session, noting that 500 Startups had invested in 175 companies to date and plans to continue a focus on adding international start-ups to its ranks.
Below is the list of companies and products announced. The list is complete, thanks to a lack of “off the record” conditions such those imposed at Y Combinator Demo Days.
Email response templates and tracking.
Make a video site on your own domain.
Expedia for wedding vendors.
iOS app discovery platform.
Big data for local.
“The easiest way to get feedback and editing on your writing.”
Video interviewing service for recruiting.
Visual bug tracker for the Web.
Easy mobile apps for restaurants.
Ad network for email.
Protecting Web sites from outside hackers.
Culture Kitchen SF
“Ethnic cooking classes taught by the grandmas you wish you had.”
Capture and share family stories.
One-to-one marketing for restaurants through receipt digitization.
Social marketplace for experiences.
Connecting people through single dates.
Crowdsourced gift selection and purchasing.
Managing unique high-end events.
“Awesome music with no hassle.”
“Professional networking done right.”
HotelTonight for live music and theater.
Purchasing help for men’s accessories.
Location-based fashion discovery and sharing.
Makers of Pic Collage, a Top 10 photo app.
Next-generation ODesk meets Heroku.
Mobile apps for small business.