StartX Start-Ups from Fall 2013 Class


(B) Yesterday StartX, Stanford’s non-profit organization which aims to accelerate the development of entrepreneurship at Stanford, had its demo day for its Fall 2013 Class. Always interesting to learn what the new kids are working on! Eight teams presented their new babies: Apportable, DynaOptics, Everybody Dance Now, Inside Maps, Nightingale, Nurep, Part My Ride, and Travelnuts. Following is a short description of their products:

Apportable: Enables mobile developers to write an app once in Objective-C for iOS and then cross-compile it into a native Android app

DynaOptics: Provides technology that allows an optical zoom camera module to fit inside the current footprint of today’s mobile phones

Everybody Dance Now: A non-profit program that uses dance to cultivate self-esteem, establish healthy lifestyles, and engage at-risk youth to provide an alternative to drugs and violence

Inside Maps: Has a mobile app that enables customers to create 3D models of their homes and visualize furniture inside it before purchasing

Nightingale: Provides a mobile behavioral monitoring tool for parents, teachers, and clinicians of children who have autism

Nurep: Provides a secure mobile live video platform for virtual, on-demand medical device support to operating room staff

Part My Ride: An online car parts marketplace that aggregates parts data from reliable suppliers and provides a single point of contact for buyers to simplify purchasing

Travelnuts: Provides infrastructure that enables hotels to sell extra services, such as hotel transfers and local activities, directly from its own website

There are usually around 10 startups for every class in the StartX program that conducts three sessions every year. From Summer 2010 when its first class began, StartX has already graduated 134 ventures from the program. They have also received follow-on funding amounting to $2.1 million each on the average.

There have been 12 acquisitions since the beginning of the program, with 9 of those happening over the last 12 months: Luma Camera, which was bought by Instagram, WifiSlam (Apple), Loki Studios (Yahoo), Aviate (Yahoo), Shopwell (HarvestMark), 6Dot (ProxTalker), PeerCDN (Yahoo), Nutrivise (Jawbone), Stypi (Salesforce), Accevia, and Thinkbulbs.

Reference: A Silicon Valley Insider, Start-Ups at Stanford BASES 150K Challenge

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