Startups, Y Combinator Style

    March 17, 2006

In the last week I’ve had the chance to play with a few new services that have begun to appear:

1. Pixoh: an on-line photo editor

2. YouOS: a web operating system

3. Wufoo: a web-based form builder and data collection/reporting service

All three were born out of the desire to solve existing real-world problems. And they’ve all been brought from idea to working prototype in the last few months by very small teams of people (4 or less). They’re working under the guidance and funding of Y Combinator, the Paul Graham, Trevor Blackwell, and Robert Morris created startup incubator in Mountain View.

Each of those services manages to offer something easy to use that’s also groundbreaking in one or more ways. However, this isn’t inatended to be a detailed review of any. I’ll save that for later.

Last night I had the opportunity to spend a few hours at their office meeting with the founders, watching product demos, and exchanging ideas about how they could expand and improve their services. I also spent a bit of time watching Trevor’s latest robot creations, including the self-balancing robotic Segway. Cool stuff. 😉

I had a great time and was impressed by the drive, energy, and creativity of the young entrepreneurs present. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we end up hearing a lot more about them in the coming months as their products become more public and further refined.

Thanks to Paul and others for the chance to drop by and hang out!

Jeremy Zawodny is the author of the popular Jeremy Zawodny’s blog. Jeremy is part of the Yahoo search team and frequently posts in the Yahoo! Search blog as well.

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