My daily readings 07/09/2014

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    • Weave: Talk To Your Dentist Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 10.09.24 AM


      Weave is a telephone service that better connects patients and their medical providers. Going to the dentist is roughly as fun as, well, going to the dentist. The company wants to make that better by helping dentists keep track of their patient information, and needs, integrating that into their communications system.


      Before Y Combinator, Weave had yearly recurring revenue of $790,000. Post Y Combinator, that figure is now $1.8 million, up 38 percent per month during the period. Weave picked dentists to start because they are wealthy and low on regulation. The product will scale into other health verticals. Weave charges $300 per month per location for its service. There are 190,000 dental offices in North America, indicating that its addressable market is quite large.


      Learn more about Weave on TechCrunch.


    • TradeBlock: Data Tools For The Bitcoin Industry


      “We’re the Bloomberg of Bitcoin” says TradeBlock’s co-founder. It’s a subscription platform of digital currency trading tools that includes a real-time market info, a bitcoin-mining calculator, deep research of trends, and an extra-premium communication network and analysis platform for top bitcoin traders. TradeBlock sells its software to investment funds, exchange operators, and professional traders. With Bitcoin trading volume increasing from $50 million in February 2013 to $5 billion in February 2014, there’s an increasing need for digital currency intelligence, and TradeBlock could position itself as the defacto tool for the industry.

    • Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 10.58.10 AMCambly: Using Smartphones To Learn English


      Cambly provides a mobile app that connects students who want to learn a language with a native speaker who can help them learn. The company is growing fast thanks to the confluence of a couple of big trends — there are billions of people who want to learn English, and there are billions of people with smartphones.


      Cambly charges students $20 an hour and pays $10 to native speakers who wish to talk with them. But they aren’t professional teachers — they’re just regular people, and students are more than willing to talk to them. Cambly is growing at a rate of 30 percent month over month since launch 10 months ago, and shows no sign of slowing down.


      Learn more about Cambly on TechCrunch.


    • Zinc: Find Low Prices Online Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 10.48.18 AM


      Zinc is a browser plug-in that helps shoppers find the lowest price online. After shopping as they usually do, users click the Zinc button, and the app fills the order. Zinc then sources the item from any place online, presumably taking a cut of the differential between the price that the consumer was offered, and its final cost.


      According to a graph shared on a slide by the company, its run rate is over the $2 million mark, and it has accreted 12,000 users in the first six weeks of its life as a public service. Zinc depends on both algorithms and humans to source its deals.


      Learn more about Zinc on TechCrunch.


    • MemeBox: Korean cosmetics-as-a-serviceScreen Shot 2014-03-25 at 11.07.23 AM


      MemeBox is a cosmetics company that vends its products only on the web, and mobile, allowing it to shave costs. Selling between the high end, and the very low end, MemeBox wants to find value at profitable price points.


      The company is currently generating $1.3 million in monthly sales and expects to end the year at a run rate of $150 million. Its lower-cost model of not having retail presence helps it have stronger margins than the traditional model would allow.

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