The 10 Hottest TechStars NY Startups, According to Sentiment Analysis [UPDATED]

Timehop, a wild TechStars pivot, takes the sentimental cake.


TechStars New York has had three classes for a total of 37 startups since it launched in the beginning of 2011. The guys at social media sentiment analysis startup Buellr have arranged a ranking of the top ten of graduates from all but the current class.

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“What we’re doing now is culling together sentiment analysis from a variety of data providers,” cofounder Adrian Grant explained. “We then combine them in hopes of normalizing the dataset. Then we rank them by positive mentions, number of mentions, who is saying the comment and various other components that have their own respective weights assigned to them.”

Unsurprisingly, the popular Foursquare app Timehop came in first, even though cofounders Jonathan Wegener and Benny Wong were working on another idea entirely, FriendsList, during the first session of TechStars back in January of last year.

Speaking of working on another idea entirely, that’s how Buellr came about. “We viewed this product, social media reviews, as a ‘day off’ kind of project, in the vein of the movie ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,'” Mr. Grant said in an email.

The rest of the rankings are:

10. Onswipe, which makes publishers’ content look good on mobile browsers
9. Wantworthy, a bookmark list for fashion.
8. SideTour, the marketplace where amateur tour guides, chefs and art buffs can curate activities for travelers and idle locals.
7. Nestio, the apartment hunt organization system.
6. Shelby.TV, which creates a video playlist by pulling links out of your social media streams.
5. CrowdTwist, a consumer loyalty analytics tool.
4. Coursekit Lore, the socially-enhanced classroom management platform.
3. Contently, the marketplace for mercenary bloggers and content-hungry publishers to find each other.
2., which turns any website, app or device into a menu and a way to order food.
1. Timehop, an email reminder of where you were a year ago today.

CORRECTION, April 25: An earlier version of this post said the rankings include all three classes of TechStars NY; that is incorrect. The original rankings also included TechStars graduate Red Rover–but used data for an unrelated company by the same name. “We are building Buellr lean and thus far have gotten some solid feedback. That being said, our internal processes clearly still need to be refined,” Mr. Grant wrote in an email. Betabeat regrets the errors.

The 10 Hottest TechStars NY Startups, According to Sentiment Analysis [UPDATED]