December 5, 2012
Thank you, and so long

Readers: 

This will be the final post of Startup in the City. It has been a spectacular experience putting this simple initiative together: briefly highlight the incredible initiative, talent, and foresight of local entrepreneurs every day. 

Since SITC began, startups profiled here have been acquired (Stamped, Fondu), raised new rounds of funding (Betterment, Songza, Dataminr), been absorbed (News.me, Onepager) and continued to produce amazing products and services. All in about 6 months!

Hopefully this continues to serve as a resource for those curious to learn more about what’s happening inside the NYC startup scene. It will continue to stand as an unfailing flag of support for founders, doers, and makers. 

I’d encourage others to take on similar blogs/publications, perhaps even focused outside of New York City. I’ve learned so much through the process of keeping an open eye and ear to the fantastic businesses being built around me. I will be moving on to pursue other projects along these lines.

Cheers to you, and be in touch.

Eugenia

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December 3, 2012
Centzy

^ What do they do?

A search engine to sort local businesses by price, hours, and ratings.

Why are they special?

  1. Allow users to dictate value: convenience, cost, or reviews
  2. Prices can be drilled down to the product or service of interest from individual businesses within a certain city or zip code
  3. 90% of prices and hours data is unavailable anywhere else on the web, on 300K+ businesses

Are they funded?

ff Ventures, Lightbank, ERA seed ($825K)

Who are their comps?

Goodzer

How do I find them?

Website / Twitter / Facebook 

What else can you tell me?

API, advertising opportunities available for inquiry. Mobile app on its way.
 

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December 2, 2012
Of a Kind

^ What do they do?

Retail limited-edition items by emerging designers.

Why are they special?

  1. Spotlight designer stories to educate about maker passions, influences, and processes
  2. Products come in editions of between 5 and 50 to emphasize uniqueness and rarity 
  3. Promote the work of professionals who may have been overlooked by traditional commerce channels

Are they funded?

F&F seed ($100K)

Who are their comps?

Plum Alley, Muuse

How do I find them?

Website / Crunchbase / Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest

What else can you tell me?

Also provide consulting services. Met Erica at a tech dinner. 

 

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November 30, 2012
Doormates

^ What do they do?

A social network for your local neighborhood.

Why are they special?

  1. Organize building-specific and neighborhood-specific private networks through Facebook authorization
  2. Scrape personal/professional info, mutual friends by individual, or filter by hometown, school
  3. Offer and distribute deals from local merchants

Are they funded?

Angel seed ($350K)

Who are their comps?

Nextdoor 

How do I find them?

Website / Crunchbase / Twitter / Facebook

What else can you tell me?

Check out the other company names they considered here


November 30, 2012
At We Work Soho

At We Work Soho

November 29, 2012
Proper Cloth

^ What do they do?

Make custom dress shirts.

Why are they special?

  1. Choose from over 250 fabrics, 4 different collar styles, 3 cuff styles, accent fabrics, and monograms to help build personal shirts to fit, or browse the gallery
  2. Guarantee a perfect fit; alterations are free if it’s not
  3. Offer to copy the fit of a shirt you already have by mailing it in

Are they funded?

Angel seed ($100K)

Who are their comps?

Blank Label, ShirtsMyWay

How do I find them?

Website / Crunchbase / Twitter / Facebook

What else can you tell me?

Offer in-person fittings at their office at DogPatch Labs.

November 28, 2012
Datadog

^ What do they do?

Performance monitoring, issue tracking, and team collaboration system.

Why are they special?

  1. Aggregate metrics and feedback across a number of SaaS tools, such as from AWS, github, redhat, and pingdom
  2. Individual team members can claim incidents, see if someone else had resolved the issue before, and record the solution
  3. Allow drill-down activity to the minute, analyze all relevant data at once, and capture snapshots of the activity for sharing

Are they funded?

Index Ventures, RTP Ventures, IA Ventures, Countour Ventures, Amplify Partners, NYC Seed Series A ($6.2MM+)

Who are their comps?

Nagios

How do I find them?

Website / CrunchbaseTwitter / Vimeo

What else can you tell me?

Free account for up to 5 hosts.


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