Sh*t 500 Says

Jess Erickson

October 31, 2012

There are no words to describe our newest batch of accelerator companies.

Ok, there are a few:




But most of all – #500STRONG. (one day that will be an official word – just wait and see!!)

In celebration of their announcement, the Fall 2012 batch masterminded and created this video, “Sh*t 500 Founders Say.” We hope you like it as much as we do.

Without further adieu – here are the 33 companies in the Fall 2012 batch of 500 Startups!

A baby registry that works like Pinterest. Put anything on the web onto your baby registry. Makes pregnancy less overwhelming and more fun.

AngelList: https://angel.co/babylist
Founders: Natalie Gordon
San Francisco, CA
Fun Fact:
Created by Natalie when she was pregnant.

We’re a marketplace for groups to easily order great food.

Founders: Tracy Lawrence, Jeff Schenck
Santa Monica, CA
Fun Fact:
We’ve fed over 17,000 people!

Video thumbnails are archaic. Cinemacraft’s videogram service produces an interactive pictorial summary of the video (comic). Makes video thumbnails come to life.

AngelList: https://angel.co/cinemacraft
Founders: Sandeep Casi
Tokyo, Japan

Club W
Curated, personalized wine subscription service.

Founders: Xander Oxman, Mark Lynn, Geoff McFarlane
Denver, CO
Fun Fact:
We’ve shipped over 60,000 bottles of wine in a little over 6 months.

We create transparency in commercial real estate by gathering information that is hard to find, difficult to compile or currently unavailable.

AngelList: https://angel.co/compstak
Founders: Michael Mandel, Vadim Belobrovka
New York, NY
Fun Fact:
We have employees from 5 different countries.

Cubie Messenger (Android, iPhone) is a free messenger for the creative to chat and draw. Over 4M users and growing.

AngelList: https://angel.co/cubie
Founders: Yenwen Feng, Cjin Cheng
Fun Fact:
Cubie’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNUwDXUKZfE

Cuponomia is a marketplace to search, discover and share deals and online coupon codes in Brazil.

AngelList: https://angel.co/cuponomia
Founders: Vinicius Dornela, Antonio Miranda
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fun Fact:
We hate that we can’t find coupons and deals in Brazil the same way we do in the US.

Curious Hat
We build mobile exploration tools for curious children.

Founders: Luca Prasso, Erwan Maigret
San Mateo, CA (by way of Italy and France)
Fun Fact:
We prove that Italians and French can get along very well and create great apps. (as long as they don’t talk about soccer, cheese or wine!)

Dealflicks offers movie tickets and concessions for up to 60% off. We’re like Priceline or Hotwire, but for movie theaters.

AngelList: https://angel.co/dealflicks
Founders: Sean Wycliffe, Zachary Cancio, and Kevin Hong
Oakland/San Francisco, CA
Fun Fact:
For over 2 months after quitting his job, Kevin (co-founder) continued to get up every morning at 5am, put on a tie, and drive to “work” to avoid breaking the news to his strict Korean parents.

The easiest way to issue invoices and estimates.

Founders: Harald Trautsch, Gerald Aichholzer, Robert Beisteiner, Michael Kunz
Vienna, Austria
Fun Fact:
We are the vegan CrossFit machines.

Fashion and beauty portal for women.

Founders: Ricardo Lerch
Fun Fact:
Fashion is cool by default.

We look at videos and pictures and help brands measure their visibility.

AngelList: https://angel.co/gazemetrix-1
Founders: Deobrat Singh, Saurab Paruthi, Debayan Banerjee
Delhi, India
Fun Fact:
Two of us do not have US visas yet!

Hunie is a community that helps designers get constructive and honest critiques from fellow designers.

AngelList: https://angel.co/hunie
Founders: Damian Madray
From: Silicon Valley, CA

Iconfinder is the world’s leading site for icons.

AngelList: https://angel.co/iconfinder
Founders: Martin LeBlanc Eigtved, Steffen Thilsted, Nick Bruun
From: Copenhagen, Denmark
Fun Fact: More than 100 million icons have been downloaded from Iconfinder.

Rotten Tomatoes for books.

AngelList: https://angel.co/idreambooks
Founders: Rahul Simha, Vish Chap, Mohit Aggrawal
From: Canada/India
Fun Fact: The founder of Rotten Tomatoes (Patrick Lee) is one of our investors!

Sell your digital creations with just one click. Gumroad for India.

AngelList: https://angel.co/instamojo-1
Founders: Sampad Swain, Akash Gehani, Harshad Sharma
From: Mumbai, India
Fun Fact: Instamojo was our side project.

We help brands promote their iPhone apps. Instead of screenshots or movies, brands can embed interactive iPhone app demos on any web page.

AngelList: https://angel.co/kickfolio
Founders: Chris Nolet, Edward Dowling, Diesel Laws
From: Melbourne, Australia
Fun Fact: We hung out at 500 Startups for 4 hours to meet with Dave. And then our demo failed.

LaunchGram aggregates news about products and launches coming soon in verticals such as movies, electronics, video games,and cars.

AngelList: https://angel.co/launchgram
Founders: Andy Sparks, Zach Boerger, Carrie Phillips
From: Columbus, Ohio
Fun Fact: We used to be named Soonzy, but everyone thought it was Snoozy, so we changed it.

Markerly increases publisher page views and engagement by providing next generation social sharing and discovery tools.

AngelList: https://angel.co/markerly
Founders: Sarah Ware, Justin Kline, Rahf Noor
From: DC
Fun Fact: What do you get when a Jew, a Christian, and a Muslim start a company? Markerly.

Retargeting via automated Market Research – Big Data for Opinions.

AngelList: http://angel.co/pick1
Founders: Paolo Privitera, Armando Biondi
From: Italy
Fun Fact: Multinational in a pocket: US company 100% Italian team, Chilean funding (so far).

Online advertising used to suck for SMBs. Not anymore. Privy is an automated, digital ad agency. You set a budget and promo, we deliver the only metric that matters: customers.

AngelList: https://angel.co/privy
Founders: Ben Jabbawy, Jake Cohen
From: Boston, MA
Fun Fact: Team Privy traveled in a velour-lined van to get to 500 Startups.

Qual Canal
Qual Canal tracks conversations about TV shows in social media to deliver insightful audience information to broadcasters, brands, and agencies.

AngelList: https://angel.co/qual-canal
Founders: Anderson Fér (CEO), André Terra (CMO), Fabricio Buzeto (CTO), Flávio Ferrari (Advisor)
From: Brazil

Repairy is a web-based customer relationship and resource management system for car repair shops and dealerships, integrated with a spare parts marketplace.

AngelList: https://angel.co/repairy
Founders: Maksim Fjodorov, Mareks Veinbergs, Arvis Zeile
From: Estonia & Latvia
Fun Fact: We are rapid fast due to Marek’s driving style and his Subaru Impreza STI. After two weeks of programming, we visited 60 repair shops presenting the Repairy concept. The only challenge was maintaining that healthy and smiling look we usually have for sales pitches!

Creating a better way to purchase building materials, so you can Get – Ship – Done.

AngelList: https://angel.co/supplyhog
Founders: Nathan Derrick, Philip Brown
From: Chattanooga, TN
Fun Fact: We come from the GigCity. Our CEO is obsessed with unicorns and mermaids. Sorry, mermen.

Marketplace that connects tea drinkers with tea growers.

AngelList: https://angel.co/tealet
Founders: Elyse Petersen, Christian Kamau, Jane Gonsowski
From: Honolulu, HI
Fun Fact: Employee perks include all-you-can-drink tea, travel around the world, and relocation to Hawaii.

The Trip Planner every traveler falls in love with. Plan your trip on the web, view all the info & maps offline on your mobile.

AngelList: https://angel.co/touristeye
Founders: Ariel Camus, Javier Fernandez Escribano
From: Madrid, Spain
Fun Fact: We have traveled to more than 40 countries combined. Call us if you want to travel around SV!

Empowering Indian professionals through industry expertise and jobs.

AngelList: https://angel.co/tradebriefs
Founders: Sree Vijaykumar
From: Mumbai, India
Fun Fact: TradeBriefs has been interpreted on more than one occasion to be a company dealing with underwear.

Traity measures people’s reputation in worldwide 360 feedback to improve transactions between strangers.

AngelList: https://angel.co/traity-1
Founders: Juan Cartagena, José Ignacio Fernández, Borja Martín
From: Madrid, Spain
Fun Fact: In Traity, people perceive us as the “executive”, the “researcher”, and the “computer geek” (exactly our roles in the startup). We defined those personality types beforehand though – we didn’t intentionally rig the results!

Translate Abroad
Translate Aboard is building a suite of simple translation apps. Use your smart phone camera to instantly translate text without internet.

AngelList: https://angel.co/translate-abroad
Founders: Ryan Rogowski, Huan-Yu Wu, Kevin Clark
From: Providence, Rhode Island
Fun Fact: We have a white Chinese speaker.

UniPay is a mobile payment platform for Brazil.

AngelList: https://angel.co/unipay
Founders: Tahiana D’Egmont, Mayara Campos, Sergio Costa
From: São Paulo, Brazil

WalletKit is a SaaS platform to create, manage and deliver digital passes to mobile wallets.

AngelList: https://angel.co/walletkit
Founders: Kevin Rajasekaran, Ramakanth Dorai
From: Chennai, India
Fun Fact: To get into 500 Startups, we stalked Paul Singh at his hotel in India. We actually figured out the location based on one of his tweets and found him in the hotel lobby. He was in a rush to get to the airport, so we pitched him on the way to the airport, which included getting into his cab. We also came prepared with these sketches of the 500 Partners.

Wideo is an online platform that will allow you to easily create, quickly edit and share your own animated videos.

AngelList: https://angel.co/wideo-2
Founders: Agu De Marco & Agustin Esperón
From: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Delivering extensive information about domain data.

AngelList: https://angel.co/whoapi
Founders: Goran Duskic, Edi Budimilic
From: Rijeka, Croatia
Fun Fact: Both founders are high school dropouts.

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