They can scale personal feeds in hours! Translate websites into 100+ languages in a single line of code! They can help developers deploy new applications with zero downtime! You’d think they were superheroes, but better than that – they’re Techstars and here are the dozen companies that took Gotham City by storm on Demo Day…
Data Science is the computer literacy of the 21st century. However, with wages of exploding as a consequence.companies in all industries have a hard time finding data scientists.
DataCamp is an online Data Science school that uses video lessons and coding challenges. DataCamp offers hands-on data science courses by leveraging partnerships with Professors from best-in-class academic institutions (Princeton, Duke and University of Washington) and companies like Revolution Analytics,RStudio and General Assembly. The company’s mission is to build engaging learning interfaces that are as close as possible to what data scientists are doing in their actual jobs.
And the market being what it is, DataCamp is teaching people one of the most valuable skills of the 21st century.
As a result of participating in Techstars, DataCamp have now over 120,000 registered users from almost every country in the world. Interestingly, most of them (about 70%) are working professionals, typically working in technology, finance and health care. These aspiring data scientists have completed over 4.5 million exercises on the platform. Furthermore, we’re talking with some of the largest technology and consulting firms in the US to help them (re-)train their work force.
It’s amazing that after just a few short month, more than 100,000 people started a data science course on DataCamp.
Says cofounder and CEO (and PhD) Jonathan Cornelissen, “We are teaching people one of the most valuable skills of the 21st century, in a fun and engaging way.”
Localize is a translation platform that helps translate a website into 100+ major world languages, helping companies sell to customers internationally.
Amazingly, the company has built a 1-line of code solution for translating web apps and mobile sites.
Yup, one line of code. And you can edit or make changes to the translations, which are then displayed immediately on your site or app in real time. No importing or exporting.
Maybe they should have named it ‘Globalize,’ considering that since entering the Techstars program, they grew from 10 to 150 customers in three months – and can boast 10x revenue growth.
Localize serves 2,000,000 pages per month, growing over 40% per month.
Says @Localize CEO Brandon Paton, “Getting international growth used to be something only large companies could afford. We’re building tools to change that.”
C’est tres bon!
Stream is a new kind of data store, designed for building, scaling and personalizing feeds, allowing users to build scalable newsfeeds and activity streams in a few hours instead of weeks.
The company is founded by the authors of the popular open source Stream-Framework, which has over 250,000 downloads.
As a result of their participation with Techstars, Stream came out of BETA in February – and are now approaching 100 companies that have integrated Stream and are relying on the company’s API.
“Our angel investors include the founders of Crashlytics, the head of developer experience at Twitter, the founders of KeenIO and the CTO of Thomson Reuters,” said CEO Thierry Schellenbach, who hails from the Netherlands and launched his first profitable site at age 14.
Does he have another hit on his hands?
Says satisfied customer Richard Talens (Cofounder,Fitocracy), “Wow, you guys are absolutely awesome. Thanks! :)))) For context, I’m launching a site called “Guild” in January. It’s essentially like Fitocracy (gamified fitness platform that I co-founded) except for all skills, such as personal finance, starting a business, etc. Had tons of problems scaling with Fitocracy and writing/rewriting our stream took months, so this solution is literally miraculous to me. Can’t wait to give you guys my money, ha! Thanks again for an awesome product.”
UniqueSound helps professional composers and sound creatives to show their work and connect with all the sound buyers.In other words, UniqueSound makes quality music accessible for every project, and helping brands, ad agencies, and video producers to get original, affordable music directly from composers.
And there are now already 1000 music composers in Uniquesound’s database.
“We’re crafting a place that composers and music buyers will call home,” said UniqueSound COO Alexandre Imbeaux. “Each and every content needs music composers. Even famous artists like Katy Perry need them.”
Stefan’s Head is the first ever text message-driven apparel brand. Stefan texts once in a while, offering products you’ve never seen before and that you can’t get anywhere else.
You can check out Stefan’s last release here, and do note that quantities are limited – and they don’t last long. And once they’re gone, they’re gone. To order, just text the product name and your size. Payments are handled securely through Stripe
“We’re the right team for this,” said cofounder Sathish Naadimuthu. “We’ve worked together for over a year and have backgrounds in tech, e-commerce, advertising, and design. Between us, we’ve built StumbleUpon’s ad platform, grown JackThreads, and won 3 Cannes Lions.”
The company launched in closed beta in late March, and the response in terms of sign-ups has been incredible.
“With our first product launch, we experienced open rates, click through rates, and conversation rates that are orders of magnitude above even the best in ecommerce.”
They do have a websites, but there’s really only one way to get inside Stefan’s Head: TXT Stefan. 646-759-0904.
LSQ is building a next-generation platform-as-a-service focused on microservice architecture that allows developers to build, deploy and scale their applications. The result is a web application that can be run with almost zero downtime and can be automatically (and infinitely) scaled up to meet demand.
That’s a game-changer, and since entering the Techstars program, LSQ has developed and released two iterations of the product.
Now they’re getting ready to release version 0.3, which will allow developers to deploy their application to the cloud with a single click.
That’s right. A single click!
There are 50+ developers currently testing each release.
“Technology changes too quickly, if you are always trying to be on the bleeding edge you will never get your product out,” said Antonio Pellegrino, LSQ Founder and CEO. “My mission is to help companies get the advantages of being on the edge without wasting unnecessary time and money.”
Sounds like he’s in the right town to get things done.
“NYC is unique in the way that it combines an enthusiastic VC/Tech community with a concentration of diverse industries such as Finance and Fashion. We have connected with a lot of amazing people while in TechStars.”
IrisVR is creating a suite of products that help edit, visualize, and share 3D models in Virtual Reality.
Since becoming part of Techstars, they have seen traction and quite a bit of it. “We’ve had 1200 customers sign up for our beta software – that’s about 1% of all Oculus Rift owners,” said creative cofounder Shane Scranton.
“VR is happening now! Architects, engineers, general contractors, set designers, and interior designers are using IrisVR software to walk their clients through virtual spaces. This improves communication and allows our customers to see finished construction before it is built.Virtual reality is a time saver and a money saver across industries; IrisVR is quickly becoming essential for client presentations and company-wide coordination.”
Spoon University is a food network for the next generation, powered by students, for students, and the goal is intelligent eating.
Since joining Techstars, Spoon U’s traffic has increased nearly 10x; they’ve added 20 new chapters to the network (they were previously on 45 campuses); and have launched the video strategy, which has amassed 300k video views since February.
“Millennials care about food more than any other generation,” said CEO and cofounder Mackenzie Barth (Northwestern University ’13).“There are over 2 million people coming to the Spoon University site every month. We’re building a community and connecting people through the shared experience of food to help young people everywhere eat more intelligently.”
BentoBox is turnkey solution for restaurants, offers beautiful, mobile-friendly websites that restaurants can easily update themselves, complete with hosting and customer support. Establishments can even share schedules, company information, even recipes, privately.
Cartesian Co’s Argentum is the world’s first 3D desktop printer that allows you to make circuit boards in minutes. At the touch of a button, in the materials of your choice.
It’s nothing short of a game changer.
Here’s a company with real superpowers. Keymetrics is a software-as-a-service solution that offers a complete, realtime monitoring system to empower your Node.js workflow. Full Stack monitoring and App management are just a click away, and with the company itself under rapid development, they’ll have even more super powers available in the very near future.
Pilot is a new kind of Internet provider, delivering ultra-fast fiber optic Internet to homes and offices in New York City, with no contracts required, 100% uptime guaranteed – and white-glove customer service.