Valley-based startup accelerator Y Combinator celebrated its 15th demo day yesterday, with 75 fledgling startups pitching their ideas to a dazzling collection of idea-hungry VC firms and pageview-hungry press outlets. Here’s what we think some of the companies do, based on their rather unpronounceable names.
Markupwand: Daily deals flash site for Harry Potter cosplayers.
Tapin: A British female rapper.
Amicus: It means friend in Latin, so maybe it’s like Buddy Media, except for a time-shifted, papyrus-based social network.
Scoutzie: A reason to be sad Harper Lee is alive to see the tech boom.
Vayable: Mobile payments network for sex workers.
Hubcilla: A place to store your ferrets.
Microeval: A store for tiny anvils.
BufferBox: Vagina shining service, “like shoe-shining, but for vees.”
IMGFave: Sony attempts a Twitter client.
Plivo: A store for buying virtual plows for Farmville.
Airbrite: A modern-day, super high tech Light Brite.
Everyday.Me: A social network for narcissists.
Spinpunch: A punchbowl on a lazy Susan.
Mth: A social network for never-nudes.
ProFig: Like PETA, but for figs.
Coco Controller: Ice-T.
Zapier: Birchbox for swords.
Collections.me: A social network for hoarders.
Keychain Logistics: An excel-like tool for mapping out which Claire’s keychains you and your friends had in middle school.
Survata: For people that call their yoga teacher a “guru.”
Referly: A referral program for door-to-door weed dealers.
Instacart: Artistic filters for MarioKart screenshots.
Virool: Spittle that forms at the edge of your mouth when you spend too long looking at a screen.
BigCalc: An iPad-sized calculator.
Knowmia: An encylopedia for bulimics.
Kamcord: What Kimmy from Full House calls her DVR.
Tomoguides: Sushi app where you have to care for your sushi like a Tamagotchi.