We’re excited about the innovation and disruption happening with apps. So we were excited at the thought of Y Combinator’s Demo Day – a showcase for 75 startups raising seed finance from the accelerator programme.
TechCrunch has done a great job of summarising every non-stealth startup that presented (across four posts: one, two, three and four). We thought we’d fillet them for the more consumery apps, hoping for great things. And we got…
Well, we feel a little flat to be honest. Gaming controllers, smart journals, grocery-ordering, video livestreaming, but nothing really jumps out at us as, well, exciting. Although bear in mind there are lots of non-app startups that we haven’t picked out.
Still, here’s the crop: let us know what you think.
Coco Controller wants to add physical analog sticks, D-pads and buttons to smartphones via a game controller that the phone fits into. They’re raising money on Kickstarter as well as from Y Combinator.
Everyday.me is a “smart timeline journal to capture all your life moments”, pulling in content from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and working online as well as on the iPhone.
GRID is aiming to reinvent spreadsheets for touchscreen devices, as opposed to the existing model of porting their interfaces across from desktop computers.
Instacart is a grocery-ordering app for iPhone that currently works in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Mountain View, promising delivery within one or three hours for $9.99 and $3.99 respectively. Web 1.0 survivors may be thinking ‘Webvan!’ and retreating to bunkers…
Kamcord wants to “unlock your mobile gaming moments” by helping people record and share videos of the mobile games that they play – it’s a feature that needs to be included in games, obviously.
Kippt is a service to help work colleagues share links and content with one another, with iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps already available thanks to an API.
Tapin is a mobile video livestreaming app that aims to be “the easiest way to go from seeing to sharing” – although Ustream’s new Broadcast for Friends app may give it some competition.
Tomoguides is working on free mobile travel-guide apps, but with no humans writing them. Instead, it gets computers to do the job, with the aim of mass-producing the apps.
Double Robotics is “a teleconferencing robot with an iPad for a face”. Which at least made us smile.