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500 Startups Batch 9 Announced, 3 Indian startups & 11 with women co-founders

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Silicon Valley based accelarator 500 Startups has announced its 9th batch with 29 companies. Of them,  three are from India. This year’s list has 3 novel fashion startups and 11 of them have at least one woman on the founding team.

InterviewMaster from Bangalore, SourceEasy and TargetingMantra from Delhi are the Indian startups in the list. Here is the complete list:

AbbeyPost: AbbeyPost is a vertically integrated brand that delights customers with beautiful, well made Plus Size wardrobe classics that fit perfectly.

ArtCorgi: ArtCorgi makes it easy to commission original, personalized art from up ­and ­coming artists.

Bohemian Guitars: Bohemian Guitars is rethinking music products to create a more affordable, stylish, and sustainable way to make and enjoy music.

Bonafide:Bonafide is community powered fraud prevention for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

click2stream:Security camera video analysis platform in the cloud.

Coinanalytics : This start-up brings Big Data to the Bitcoin ecosystem by building a cutting­edge analytical framework.

Giveit100: Choose something you want to get better at and share a 10 second video of your progress every day.

GogoCoin: GogoCoin is the easiest way to buy bitcoins instantly.

GoRefi :GoRefi helps homeowners refinance their homes online, from start ­to ­finish.

Hobobe: Hobobe is the world’s leading resource for researching, finding and booking the best travel experience in China.

InterviewMaster :Interview Master is an easy to use video and mobile recruitment solution that improves the quality of hires, increases recruiter productivity, and enriches a job candidate’s experience.

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KangaDo :Like a collaborative TaskRabbit for parents, KangaDo is a mobile service that helps busy Moms & Dads chat and organize activities with friends, family, and caregivers.

Monetsu :Monetsu Technology is a software startup creating innovative solutions for crypto­currencies.

Neuroware: They develop OpenSource software solutions for digital currencies.

Pinshape :Pinshape is a 3D printing community that helps you explore, share, sell, and order 3D printable shapes.

Pop Up Archive :Pop Up Archive makes sound searchable with smart transcription tools that are built on unique language models from audio collections across the U.S.

Puzzlium :Puzzlium’s mission is to release people’s creativity to make the world smarter.

Share Some Style :The first and only personal styling service that sends a stylist to your home.

Solidarium: Solidarium connects Brazilian makers with consumers and retailers from all over the world.

sourceasy-newlogo Sourceasy :Sourceasy is a full stack private textiles sourcing service.

Sporthold: SportHold is the free prediction game for all sports, a game that gives players the opportunity to prove their sports knowledge to the world.

Stitch: Stitch is the (clean) Tinder for adults over 50, giving them companionship.

Survmetrics: Survmetrics is the online survey platform where you can create awesome and engaging surveys that improve user experience exponentially and thus generate higher response rates.

Targeting mantra

Targetingmantra: TargetingMantra is a mind­reader that figures out what people are interested in and surfaces relevant content to them.

Teaman & Company :Combining an incredible inventory of colored gemstones from all over the world with a growing catalogue of designs, Teaman & Company is setting out to be the face of custom colored gemstone engagement rings and artisanal jewelry.

Thinknum: Thinknum is a web platform for financial analysis. Collaborate on investment research with users from around the world.

Totspot : Mobile marketplace for moms to shop and sell fashion for kids.

Vessel:Vessel offers the most advanced and powerful mobile A/B testing platform allowing product managers to run deep ­layered A/B experiments on their native mobile apps.

Zootrock: ZootRock generates relevant, trending content for your social media accounts to help you increase engagement and followers.

Now Learn English in Hindi With reCaptcha Inventor's Startup Duolingo

Duolingo, one of the hottest learning startups around is launching in Hindi. On the new iOS version of the app, users will be able to learn English in Hindi. You can also learn a set of languages such as Spanish, French, Italian and German on the app.

The popular free language learning startup, launched  by Luis Von Ahn, the inventor of reCaptcha and Carnegie alum Severin Hacker, has 28 million users worldwide. The app has been downloaded over 17 million times on iOS and 15 million times on Android.

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Learn Hindi Onilne/ on Mobile with Duolingo

The app will always be free to its users, the company said.

The startup had raised $20 mn Series C funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. It had earlier raised $15 mn in Series B funding from NEA in 2012 and Series A from Union Square Ventures in 2011. Actor Ashton Kutcher and author Tim Ferriss are also investors in the company.

Instead of charging users for the app, the company makes money by getting users to translate texts (like how they used reCaptcha to crowdsource digitization of printed books) which is sold to media companies like CNN and BuzzFeed.

I tried the app and found it extremely useful. It is nicely gamified and uses audio-visual cues to help you learn quickly. Since I already know Hindi English,  I’m going to pick up Spanish and report on that very soon. Until then, watch Luis Von Ahn’s Ted Talk hereHasta la vista!

Preparing for GRE, GMAT? Learningpod Makes Practice Easy

LearningpodPractice makes perfect. And Learningpod makes it easy for you. The New York based startup will help you prepare for a test or learn things quicker with its library of practice questions.

It can help you prepare for exams such as GMAT and GRE. There are questions in various topics such as Art & Design, Engineering, Mathematics, Society & Culture.

The company takes question content from publishers like Kaplan and open education partners like OpenStax College, and distributes on its website.

Currently, Learningpod has over 47,000 questions including common core and Higher ed items, and is free for students and teachers.Learningpod1

What’s nice about it is the ease with which you can use it to prepare for tests. You can also share the question on your social stream, in case you’d like some help.

Learningpod lets you create questions and practice sets as well. The team is also making an authoring tool that standardizes the format and a question bank that centralizes this information and data so that it can be used by multiple companies and individuals.

What’s clever about Learningpod it also gives you an embed code that can be used to quickly share pods, or question sets. So for instance, if an educator want to quiz a class, he can create questions, publish it and quickly make it live on a website or share it with students.

With Henry At Your Service, Ecommerce Gets The Much Needed Guided Search

There are two ways to look at any ecommerce site :

A) show/sell what the site has , or

B) understand what customers want and then show/guide them what the site has to offer.

So far, most of the ecommerce companies have taken the first approach, but that often leaves customers with a lot of confusion (translates to low conversion rate)..

Israeli startup Henry At Your Service enables ecommerce companies to help customers make decisions; and improve conversion rate for ecommerce sites. The service helps customers with guided questions and presents results based on the options chosen.

Hello Henry!
Hello Henry!

How Henry At Your Service Works

The integration  is done using javascript (and the service doesn’t need to talk to site’s database to collect product/taxonomy details).

We collect data via sophisticated web crawlers. We don’t use any of the storage volume of the e-commerce sites, rather all the information (catalogs) is stored in our database. [Meir Rosilio, Cofounder]

The service is currently being used in an Israel based ecommerce store and Meir claims that 97% of consumers chose to use Henry and not the regular search. Also, consumers that use Henry spent over 5 Minutes while looking for a product.

For sure, this is a great concept that focuses on customer needs and has a universal appeal. Not that ecommerce sites do not offer advanced search like this (few days back, FinYogi and WebEngage collaborated to launch mobile buying guide), but a guided tool does provide a packaged experience.

As far as monetization model is concerned, the Israeli startup charges on commission done per sale thru’ the service.

Peer to Peer Network ManyShip Wants to be the AirBnB for Posts & Parcels

If you love sending stuff to relatives living abroad, you are going to love ManyShip. If you love receiving stuff from folks back home, you’re gonna love ManyShip more.

ManyShip is a peer-to-peer social shipping platform where travelers with extra space can offer to carry packages for you and in turn make money for their service.

Travelers can go to the site and make a post detailing their trip, how much extra space they have and how much they want to be paid to carry a package for someone.

People wanting to send stuff can search for the right traveler and hit them up with a request. Travelers earn rewards, money, and make connections around the world. Senders get the job done for cheaper!Manyship

The site has an intuitive user interface and makes things easy for both travelers looking to earn some extra bucks on the side and for people wanting to send stuff abroad. Search is a tad slow but isn’t too painful.

Although I couldn’t find anyone flying out from Chennai or Delhi, I was happy to find people from Bangalore going to a couple of destinations in the US. As the service picks up, you’d be likely to find more and more people coming into India or going out of India willing to carry stuff for you.

For me, the service has many things going for it. It saves time and money. It’s also environment friendly. “By connecting the millions of people traveling each day on local, national, and international levels, we aim to create a global network of people sending goods and helping others by becoming ManyShip travelers,” says Michael Bennett, the co-founder of ManyShip.

Prasad Kopanati, the other co-founder of the company is a software developer based in the US.

The natural question that comes to mind is: What about flight safety? Who guarantees safety of goods? Well, these questions were asked of AirBnB too, when they first asked people to rent out their homes to strangers. Trust networks have a way of getting better. Moreover, since travelers make money, they have an incentive to keep their ratings up.

Paris based Jib.li is attempting something very similar.

Peer to Peer Network ManyShip Wants to be the AirBnB for Posts & Parcels

If you love sending stuff to relatives living abroad, you are going to love ManyShip. If you love receiving stuff from folks back home, you’re gonna love ManyShip more.

ManyShip is a peer-to-peer social shipping platform where travelers with extra space can offer to carry packages for you and in turn make money for their service.

Travelers can go to the site and make a post detailing their trip, how much extra space they have and how much they want to be paid to carry a package for someone.

People wanting to send stuff can search for the right traveler and hit them up with a request. Travelers earn rewards, money, and make connections around the world. Senders get the job done for cheaper!Manyship

The site has an intuitive user interface and makes things easy for both travelers looking to earn some extra bucks on the side and for people wanting to send stuff abroad. Search is a tad slow but isn’t too painful.

Although I couldn’t find anyone flying out from Chennai or Delhi, I was happy to find people from Bangalore going to a couple of destinations in the US. As the service picks up, you’d be likely to find more and more people coming into India or going out of India willing to carry stuff for you.

For me, the service has many things going for it. It saves time and money. It’s also environment friendly. “By connecting the millions of people traveling each day on local, national, and international levels, we aim to create a global network of people sending goods and helping others by becoming ManyShip travelers,” says Michael Bennett, the co-founder of ManyShip.

Prasad Kopanati, the other co-founder of the company is a software developer based in the US.

The natural question that comes to mind is: What about flight safety? Who guarantees safety of goods? Well, these questions were asked of AirBnB too, when they first asked people to rent out their homes to strangers. Trust networks have a way of getting better. Moreover, since travelers make money, they have an incentive to keep their ratings up.

Paris based Jib.li is attempting something very similar.

Truecaller Looking For More Partners in India, its Fastest Growing Market: Alan Mamedi, Co-Founder [Interview]

Earlier today, Truecaller confirmed that it has raised $18.8 mn from Sequoia Capital India. The company, which has 45 million users worldwide, has over 25 million users in India and is adding 75,000 users every day in the country. “One out of four smartphone users in using Truecaller in India,”  Alan Mamedi, Co-Founder and CEO of Truecaller told NextBigWhat in an interview. The company is looking to partner with exciting services from India. Edited Excerpts.

Alan Mamedi and Nami Zarringhalam founded Truecaller in 2009
Alan Mamedi and Nami Zarringhalam founded Truecaller in 2009

How many users do you have in India?

In total, we have 45 million users and 25 million comes from India. We are adding around 75,000 users in India every day from India.

What specifically do you have in mind for the Indian market?

We opened our first office in New Delhi and recruited our first team member who is partnering with OEMs and others like Twitter India. We will continue engaging the with the community and engaging with the startup community as well.

What is your broad strategy behind these partnerships?

It depends on the kind of innovation we want to create. There are great engineers and entrepreneurs from India who create very useful services. It’s not like we say we want to go with a particular type of partners. It’s more about finding great entrepreneurs.

What would your core objective behind a partnership be?

We want to bring something useful to our community.

So we’ll see more on the lines of your recent partnership with Twitter India?

Absolutely. Last time I was in India, I was getting a lot of text messages and SMS was very unreliable. It’s a very old technology. So we wanted to create something more fun and partnered with Twitter so people can communicate with others in a more open and fun way.

How many people are you in India, expansion?

The office was started last summer. Now that we have Sequoia on board, we will continue to see that team scale. At the moment we have all team of 35 people. We have three Indian engineers in Sweden where all the engineering happens. We have more than 25 different nationalities. It helps us understand different cultures and users better. In India, we will expand our team which will consist of marketing, design and engineering (for projects & working with OEMs).

Why raise money from Sequoia India? They have a global fund as well..

India is a huge market. One out of four smartphone users in using Truecaller in India. We are market leaders in Middle East. We are big in Africa and Indonesia is very interesting. It makes a lot of sense for us to raise money from Sequoia. It works pretty straight forward for us. They have offices all over the world and together, we can continue and grow even faster in other regions in Asia. We want to focus on fast growing markets.

Key learning as a startup?

We follow what many successful companies do. That is, being very active and engaged with the community. You will make mistakes. You will make a buggy product. And you have to be very open about it. For instance, we’d like to know the Indian culture better so that when there is a big holiday in India, we can engage and celebrate together with them. Our ambassador program has also been very successful. Having a very flat structure in the company is always great.

What is your take on privacy?

We always tell our users what we do. Everything is permission based and everything is disabled by default. That’s the way we have been from day one. There are a lot of misunderstanding about how the product actually works. In fact, if you download Truecaller, we don’t collect names and numbers from your phone-book and make them publicly searchable. This is a community based service and is all permission based. We will be working more to make sure that people understand how it works.

Screencast & Share On Your Mac Quicker Than Before With Screenmailer

screenmailerIn the past, like many others, I’ve used various screencasting tools on my Mac while making demos or tutorial videos, but was never satisfied with the tools available. Most tools lacked in some aspect or the other, and when it came to sharing most tools had major downsides. At the most they would upload to a file sharing service like Dropbox after the video was recorded, there was no compression or any other sharing features of that sorts, and the whole process was time consuming.

Screenmailer, a product from a Denmark based startup, tries to solve most of the issues I have faced in the past. It is a free screencasting or screen recording tool for OS X Mavericks users. It records videos, quickly renders them and uploads it to their servers for users to share through private links.

The tool can record up to 45 minutes in a single video and is a lot leaner and smoother to run as it is built natively for the OS X platform.

The best feature of the app is that, it starts processing and uploading your video as you’re recording. For instance 30 minute recordings will complete processing and upload in about 10 seconds after recording completes on a normal Mac with a reliable Internet connection. You can share the video with a link instantly after recording is stopped.

Screenmailer page

How Screenmailer Works

You need to be online to be able to use the tool. Once you’ve logged in, you can start a new recording session or access your previously recorded videos, play them, delete them, email the link, or copy the link.

Post recording, the video is uploaded to the Screenmailer’s servers in Germany and a backup is kept with Amazon’s storage system in Ireland.You will be given a private link for sharing your video with others.

Use Cases

Screenmailer can be used in a variety of contexts.  For example, in order to provide a customer support or guidance, for teachers to record video lessons for their students, slideshow presentations and product demos. The uses can vary according to the situation.

The tool is currently free to use, but the startup also plans to offer a monthly paid service for Pro users. The Windows version of the tool is currently under development and you can register your email with the site to be notified when it launches.

Jing, Screenr and Screencast-O-Matic are some other tools that offer screen recording features.

The app currently lacks the ability to allow users to download the video from within it, a feature which the startup is currently working on. For now you can use video download extensions in your browser to achieve the same.

A major drawback of the tool is the requirement to be connected to the Internet in order to use it, but this is the price you pay for being able to share the video link soon after recording.

Screencast & Share On Your Mac Quicker Than Before With Screenmailer

screenmailerIn the past, like many others, I’ve used various screencasting tools on my Mac while making demos or tutorial videos, but was never satisfied with the tools available. Most tools lacked in some aspect or the other, and when it came to sharing most tools had major downsides. At the most they would upload to a file sharing service like Dropbox after the video was recorded, there was no compression or any other sharing features of that sorts, and the whole process was time consuming.

Screenmailer, a product from a Denmark based startup, tries to solve most of the issues I have faced in the past. It is a free screencasting or screen recording tool for OS X Mavericks users. It records videos, quickly renders them and uploads it to their servers for users to share through private links.

The tool can record up to 45 minutes in a single video and is a lot leaner and smoother to run as it is built natively for the OS X platform.

The best feature of the app is that, it starts processing and uploading your video as you’re recording. For instance 30 minute recordings will complete processing and upload in about 10 seconds after recording completes on a normal Mac with a reliable Internet connection. You can share the video with a link instantly after recording is stopped.

Screenmailer page

How Screenmailer Works

You need to be online to be able to use the tool. Once you’ve logged in, you can start a new recording session or access your previously recorded videos, play them, delete them, email the link, or copy the link.

Post recording, the video is uploaded to the Screenmailer’s servers in Germany and a backup is kept with Amazon’s storage system in Ireland.You will be given a private link for sharing your video with others.

Use Cases

Screenmailer can be used in a variety of contexts.  For example, in order to provide a customer support or guidance, for teachers to record video lessons for their students, slideshow presentations and product demos. The uses can vary according to the situation.

The tool is currently free to use, but the startup also plans to offer a monthly paid service for Pro users. The Windows version of the tool is currently under development and you can register your email with the site to be notified when it launches.

Jing, Screenr and Screencast-O-Matic are some other tools that offer screen recording features.

The app currently lacks the ability to allow users to download the video from within it, a feature which the startup is currently working on. For now you can use video download extensions in your browser to achieve the same.

A major drawback of the tool is the requirement to be connected to the Internet in order to use it, but this is the price you pay for being able to share the video link soon after recording.

How Tint Crossed $1 Million In Revenues 11 Months After Launch [UnPluggd]

tint logoTint is a social media aggregation service that curates and displays various social media content at places like Facebook pages, event display, billboards, websites, etc. The product today has more than 40,000 brands using it and over 3000 paying customers. In 11 months from launch the company made a revenue of $1 Million.

Inspite of this success the startup has had an interesting journey and Tint was not their first product.

After staring up, Tint Co-founder, Nikhil Aitharaju and his team had developed a social bookmarking tool called Hypemarks. The toll bookmarked curated pages as collections and  users could share it among their followers on social media users.

Hustling for Funding

With only 1000 users, the startup managed to raise $350,000 in angel funding by hustling their angel investors says Nikhil. They managed to convince them that their distribution strategy. the strategy involved creating automatic curated pages for celebrity and influencers tweet and emailing them directly to the celebrities and influence to be shared with their followers. The strategy worked. The team mailed investor and NBA team Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban and he tweeted about the product out to his followers, who numbered at 1 million. This strategy helped them secure their angel funding round.

Inspite of the angel funding after 2 months of launch the tool managed to only get 3000 users and was soon about to run out of money. The team were in a dilemma about what next, when a San Francisco based celebrity agency liked the technology and asked if they could use it to power websites. Their first customer was American R&B singer Toni Braxton, her official website was made dynamic using their technology. The tool aggregated all her content from social media feeds like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and fed it to her website giving it a dynamic look.

This website adoption of the technology was soon to become their current product Tint. As soon as they realised the idea, the team began shifting the code base from Hypemarks to Tint. But the product was slow in traction.

At that time, website building service, Wix.com announced the launch of their app market and was on the lookout for developers for their app store. Tint caught up on this opportunity and built an app for the app market and in 2 months it ranked among the top 2 apps in the store. The product now has good traction.

Tint

The team decided to start charging their customers for their product and things were now beginning to stabilise for the team. Now they had to scale. In the process they soon realised that large corporations treat higher priced product with better respect than lower priced ones and hence decided to increase their product pricing by 10 times and it worked.

They soon started marketing their product by writing about it and also about their startup journey on their blog. This started getting then a lot of inbound leads and they began to get better traction. As a team the company also decided that the best way to make every single employee motivated is by making  all aspects of the company extremely transparent.

Transparent to a fault?

Nikhil says “All our employees know our bank balance, individual equity shares, financial projections and every other aspect of the company and this transparency helps keep them motivated.”

Today two of India’s biggest celebrities of A R Rahman and Sachin Tendulkar use Tint, adds Nikhil.

At the recently held UnPluggd Nikhil Aitharaju spoke about their startup journey and the lessons learned. Watch the video below.

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Kicksend Launches in India; Now Print Photos from Mobile

kicksendWhen was the last time you printed that picture you took from your mobile phone? At the max, you probably Instagrammed it, or shared with friends on social media.

Photo printing service is mainly used by professionals and enthusiasts. Services like  Canvera that cater to this demand are thriving. For those who are living a digital life, Kicksend comes as a handy solution.

Kicksend, the photo printing service based out of California, has launched their photo print mailing service in India. Now customers in India can order photo prints straight from their mobile devices and get them delivered to family or friends anywhere in the country.

All you have to do is choose photos using Kicksend‘s Android, iOS, Windows desktop apps or their website and once the selections and payment transactions are completed, the photos will be printed and shipped to your chosen location.

The company says that its service has been live and successful in the US for over a year and a half, and adding India to their international printing integrations service was of prime importance to them.

The service, Co-founded by  Pradeep Elankumaran who hails from Chennai, is available currently in USA Mexico and Canada, allows non-technical users to easily print photos using their apps or from the web and have them delivered in days directly to any doorstep.

Kicksend appWith the India launch, users in the country will have access to the similar service they provide in the USA. Kicksend’s print service in India is home-delivery only and prints are delivered in less than four days (usually 2 days) via courier, to any address, anywhere in the country.

Prints can be ordered in sizes ranging from 4X6”, which costs Rs 15.49 each, all the way 8X10”, which costs Rs 131.40 each. Standard shipping takes 5-7 days and costs Rs 52.93.

When we tried using the service, the web app offered to ship for free on the purchase of 10 prints. But the same was not the case with the Android app, where we were being charged a total of Rs 68.42 for getting a single print shipped and delivered.

Update: The service does not provide free shipping in India as of now.

Users will also be able to send albums of full-resolution photos digitally to any email address or phone number and the recipient can choose to save them to their devices or print for themselves.

As India is being integrated into the international print network, users in the US will also be able to print photos to India and vice versa. A feature that will be really helpful and cost effective to Indians living in the USA wanting to send photos prints to family and friends back home.  The service also supports printing to Canada and Mexico.

Earlier in August this year, Hewlett- Packard owned digital photo sharing and printing company Snapfish shut down its services in India along with Belgium, Netherlands and Spain.

Kicksend, founded in 2011 by Pradeep Elankumaran and Brendan Lim, is based out of Silicon Valley in California and is funded by True Ventures, Y Combinator and Digital Garage.

Q. At these printing costs, will customers in India prefer the local brick and mortar print service to the online mail delivered service?

AKG Technologies Launches Facebook Ad Tool adSpringr Based on Wharton Professor’s Auto Bidding Algorithm

adspringrPhiladelphia based AKG technologies has launched adSpringr, a tool to help increase the scale, performance and return on investment of Facebook Ad Campaigns.

The tool uses an Algorithmic Bidding, an auto-bidding algorithm written by Dr. Kartik Hosanagar, a professor of Internet Marketing at The Wharton School and CoFounder at Yodle.

Dr. Hosanagar says “The algorithm compute bids in real-time based on multiple factors including targeting settings, click-through rates, conversion rates, CPA, conversion quality, virality, etc., thereby serving the advertiser and achieving best ROI.”

The company developed the adSpringr tool using the $350,000 it raised through angel round from investors in the US, UK and Turkey. The round was led by Prof. David Bell from The Wharton School and Prof. Michael Wolf from University of Zurich.

The tool is  now available at a special launch pricing, where the advertiser will only pay a small percentage of the money saved by using the tool.

AKG’s product arm has also developed NyooTV, a Social Bollywood entertainment platform. The services division at AKG, SocioSquare provides premium social media management to companies like Zee Group, The Mobilestore, 99acres.com, FirstSource Global, DBS Bank and others.

Compass Launches Tool For Startup CEOs to Track Metrics that Matter

Compass_logoFacing a 90% failure rate, startup CEOs have to deal with multiple key challenges from acquiring users to penetrating markets, while nearly 80% focus on one of 3 primary metrics to guide success, according to a new report.

While slightly more than half (55%) of startup CEOs are focused on one of three issues at any one moment i.e acquiring new users, improving the product or creating the right balance of staff and corporate culture, many other difficult tasks compete for their attention, from penetrating new markets to raising money to pricing strategies and beyond, the research by Compass.co says. The report is based on a survey of more than 800 startup CEOs.

The benchmarking solutions company Compass, previously known as StartupCompass and Startup Genome, has launched a new solution for startups and software companies to solve this problem. The new tool, Compass.co, will help users identify issues, set and prioritize objectives, allocate resources and control results.

The tool comes with a contextual dashboard that aggregates a company’s critical data from more than 30 cloud-based sources, including Google Analytics, Salesforce, Mailchimp, Quickbooks, Mixpanel and PayPal, as well as direct inputs.

In the future the company plans to add more industry specific benchmarks, like average shopping card size for e-commerce or DAU/MAU for games, high resolution benchmarks for filtering aspects like customer acquisition cost etc. and additional data sources to the tool.

Compass is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and is also the author of the reports like The Startup Genome Report.

500 Startups Batch 7 Announced; SilverPush From India Makes It

US based accelerator 500 Startups has announced its latest batch. SilverPush, a mobile advertising company from India is one of the 30 startups selected for the accelerator program.

Silverpush helps advertisers retarget the existing users over mobile and social networks. We’d written about them in detail sometime ago (Read how Silverpush is making mobile ads easy). The company, founded by Hitesh Chawla and Mudit Seth, was earlier part of the GSF Accelerator. 500 Startups Batch 7

The new batch has 30 companies from many countries including Sweden, UK, Mexico, India and Brazil. The startup accelerator also made its first investment in the biotech sector. uBiome, a microbiome sequencing company made it to this batch.

Here’s a look at the companies that made it to the 500 Startups Batch 7

3Sourcing: A search engine that helps people find, connect with and hire technical talent.

AdEspresso: SaaS to manage and optimize Facebook Ads for SMBs and media agencies.

Anyadir Education: Social recruitment solution for universities.

Bounty Hunter: A contest platform for brands to run creative contests.

Buzzstarter: A distribution as a service (DAAS) platform that takes content from an advertiser, creates a value reward for sharing, and then has the brands’ most ardent followers make it go viral.

BTCJam: A peer to peer bitcoin lending platform.

Builk: Digitizes the construction industry by providing free SaaS for small and medium contractors.

Carreira Beauty: Destination site for Beauty Professionals.

Cityblis:  eCommerce platform to discover unique fashion brands.

EquityZen: A stock market for private companies. Shareholders get cash for their stock and small investors
access investments in large private firms like Warby Parker, ZocDoc, and DropBox.

Goods: A platform designed for the modern wholesaler. Goods provides a service that enables any wholesaler to accept B2B transactions, manage inventory, and create digital catalogs.

Grata: Live, ondemand travel concierge on your smartphone.

LaunchTrack: Intelligent ticketing that turns each ticket into an opportunity to build a relationship with simple communication tools, analytics, and reporting.

MailLift: Twilio for handwritten letters. Real handwritten letters, automated for enterprises. The $42B direct mail industry just got personal.

OLSET: A proactive virtual travel agent that saves travelers time and automatically finds them the best hotels based on their preferences.

Partender: Via a few taps and swipes on iOS, Partender brings bars into the 21st century and reduces the time it takes managers to do bar inventory from 6 hours to 15 minutes or less.

PlateJoy: Creates personalized weekly menus based on health goals, lifestyle, and dietary preferences.

Popbasic: Designs and manufactures limited edition micro collections for women. Each collection includes three pieces of clothing and accessories, sold as a set for under $100 with free worldwide shipping.

Populr: A micropublishing platform that helps business people easily deliver information through single web pages.

RealtyShares: An online investment platform that uses crowdfunding to pool investors into private real estate investments.

Sales Beach: Automates your outbound sales. With our technology, you can send personalized emails to hundreds or thousands of possible contacts in your target industry and turn responses into meetings.

Shopeando: Online retailer for unbranded products in Latin America.

Shopseen: Simplifies running a retail business and help merchants reach more customers.

Sidelines: Crowdsource and deliver comments to improve the quality and engagement potential of discussion/comment sections on sports websites.

uBiome: Direct-to-consumer microbiome sequencing company.

ViralGains: Viral Marketing at scale through technology that measures how consumers watch, share, and talk about video content.

WePlann: Way to discover and book unique vacation experiences.

WishPlz: A web and mobile shopping app that lets you bookmark any product, from any retailer website, and get alerted when the price drops.

Zboard: Designs, builds, and sells the ZBoard WeightSensing Electric Skateboard.

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Travelling Abroad? Use Suggestme to Get Personalized City Maps Home Delivered Before You Start

To make the best of a place you are travelling to, its probably a good idea to know what’s going on there. You need a map. You need information. Maps are available in plenty. But real time information is scarce. A good place to start would be the social media. But then, information on social media is disorganized and there is way too much happening on it to be of any help. This is where Netherlands based startup Suggestme comes into the picture.

Suggestme allows you to discover and organize things to do in a particular destination from which you can generate your own personal travel guide, have it printed and shipped to you before your journey. To make your trip unique, the website will scour the social media to give you information on exactly what is happening in a city. It also gives you the regular- most famous sights and things to do.Suggestme

Its founder Henk Jan Bijmolt says that no two travel guides will be the same ever because the site constantly adapts and evolves in line with social media mentions. Suggestme uses information from Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Instagram through their APIs.

To make money, the bootstrapped startup sells printed maps and offers white label services. In future, the idea is to get businesses to pay to be on the site. The startup, with an 8 member team, is working on city maps to include detailed public transport information as well.

“It is not our goal to have 100 destinations live in one moment, we would much rather that we offer top quality information before moving on to more cities,” said Henk Jan Bijmolt, who sold his previous company Cleafs to affilinet. Currently, it operates in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Istanbul, London, New York, Paris, Prague, Rome and Stockholm. This month, the company has plans to go live in Lisbon, Vienna, and Athens.

We think the service is extremely useful. A mobile app would have been a nice addition. Startups like Trip38 operate in the same space.