Super-fast VPNs, data organization tools, auto-generated videos to bring your company’s Instagram stories to life… The founders of the open-source Y Combinator Winter 2022 have some cool ideas. And because they are open source, some of these companies allow you to enjoy working together. Here are all the open source companies featured on Demo Day in the Winter 2022 cohort.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
What does it do: Tuva cleans up cluttered medical data to help the healthcare industry build scalable data products.
Promises include: Tuva aims to become an open standard for transforming healthcare data and building a data network for benchmarking and research across multiple locations.
How it differs from its competitors: Tuva uses machine learning to further develop its technologies.
based: Co-founders Koko (George) Zuloaga and Aaron Niederheiser have been in the medical data space for ten years. They are using this experience to help digital healthcare companies prepare their data for analytics and machine learning.
Our thoughts: Have you ever been to a doctor and waited for several minutes while the nurse’s Windows 2000 computer struggled to open your card, only to find that it had the one you were taking? Not having up-to-date drug information ? We can only imagine how difficult it is for medical technology companies to organize all this, so it looks like Tuva Health is doing a great service by making its software open source. To remove this nurse from Windows 2000…
Location: Mountain View, California
What does it do: FireZone is building an open source alternative to OpenVPN and Cisco AnyConnect using a new VPN protocol called WireGuard. The company aims to provide remote workers with access to private networks.
Promises include: Obviously, using WireGuard makes FireZone faster than its competitors.
How it differs from its competitors: Speed! Cryptography! It’s also worth noting that other members of the NetMaker group also develop open source software based on WireGuard.
based: Co-Founder Jameel Bowe Kheer Served 8 Years for a Direct Competitor of Cisco! Spicy! Kheer also spent two years in the “little hacker house” which… we don’t want to know what the little hacker houses smell like, but we appreciate the out-of-the-box idea.
Our thoughts: Faster VPN alternatives? We love it. However, we’re a little more fixated on the tiny hacker house. What is happening there?
Location: Palo Alto, California
What does it do: Growthbook is an open source platform that helps companies make data-driven product decisions with feature tagging and A/B testing.
Promises include: The Book of Growth focuses on feature highlighting and experimentation, working on the idea that this is the best way to build products at scale.
How it differs from its competitors: Growthbook says LaunchDarkly’s current SaaS solution requires the company to submit all of its data, which comes with high costs and security concerns. Growthbook claims to be solving this problem by leveraging the company’s existing data infrastructure and business metrics.
based: Co-founders Jeremy Dorn and Graham McNicol served respectively as Chief Architect and CTO at Education.com. After leaving Education.com in 2019, both started working on Growthbook.
Our thoughts: Startups will feel more comfortable using open source software to make product decisions rather than sending all their data to a third party vendor.
Location: San Francisco, California
What does it do: The last is an image and video data warehouse that allows enterprise machine learning teams to easily design continuous pipelines that ingest, organize, and process image data.
Promises include: Committed to helping companies save time and money by streamlining the final workflow.
How it differs from its competitors: Ultimately, it is the industry’s first out-of-the-box data storage for images and videos. Instead of using SQL, the Eventual query interface is a lambda function that you can write in your programming language of choice.
based: Jay Chia and Sammy Sidhu have a background in deep learning, having worked together on Lyft Level 5 to create the autonomous driving technology acquired by Toyota.
Our thoughts: If these founders can drive cars autonomously, organizing data with machine learning should be easy, right? (In any case, this business venture is less likely to result in an accident.)
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
What does it do: NetMaker is an open source tool based on the WireGuard VPN protocol.
Promises include: NetMaker claims to be up to 15 times faster than OpenVPN.
How it differs from its competitors: NetMaker and its companion FireZone are fast alternatives to existing open source VPN software.
based: CTO Dillon Karnes and CEO Alex Fisley left their software development jobs to develop NetMaker. Previously, Feisley was a senior engineer at IBM, a consultant at Deloitte, and a contractor at Red Hat.
Our thoughts: Without testing the products, we can’t say which is faster: NetMaker or its FireZone partner, but we do know that NetMaker’s CTO has a dog named Pepper. The ball is in your firing zone.
Location: Mountainview, California
What does it do: According to the Toolchest website, “We felt the pain of implementing and scaling computational biology tools. We are here to build the best core bioinformatics tools.”
Promises include: Toolchest says this will allow drug discovery companies to get test results up to 100 times faster.
How it differs from its competitors: Users do not need to migrate their data or learn how to use the new platform. Toolchest implements and scales computational biology tools in just three lines of code.
based: CTO Bryce Kai is an academic who studies computational chemistry and mathematics at Stanford. CEO Noah Lebowicz previously led software development at the now-acquired startup Microbiome.
Our thoughts: toolchest is so open source that its signature three lines of code are literally only on the front page of their website.
Location: San Francisco, California
What does it do: Unai is developing a VR headset and virtual world to help people feel connected in the virtual world.
Promises include: Unai wants VR interactions to look, feel and sound like real life.
How it differs from its competitors: Unai believes that “virtual presence” is “the first killer use case” for virtual reality, not games.
based: Maxim Perumal created Relativity, an open source VR headset, at the age of 15. Now as CEO of Unai, Perumal is recruiting a team of former senior engineers from companies such as Apple, Nvidia, Intel, Activision, Meta and Sony.
Our thoughts: Because Unai is still secretive, it’s hard to tell what makes its technology different from regular headsets like the Meta Quest 2. But we can’t underestimate Unai’s biggest advantage, which is that Mark Zuckerberg isn’t the CEO.
Location: Victoria, Canada
What does it do: Instant Domains claims it takes companies less time to create a social media profile, buy a domain, launch a website, and start generating revenue.
Promises include: Instant Domains is encrypted and promises never to collect data about its users.
How it differs from its competitors: You can technically set up a Squarespace or even Wix site pretty quickly, but Instant Domains says it’s even faster and easier. It may not be as flexible as other code-free website builders, but it’s cheaper ($10/year for a domain plus an additional $5/month for extra features). Some business owners may not need all the bells and whistles on other platforms.
based: Instant Domains is the result of Instant Domain Search, a spin-off project created by CEO Beau Hartshorne in 2005 that currently generates nearly $1 million in annual revenue. Hartshorne is joined by CTO Dirkjan Ochtmann, a 20-year veteran software engineer and skilled open source maintainer.
Our thoughts: Hot Conclusion: Squarespace is expensive. I usually encourage people to just create a free WordPress site and attach their own domain, but if Instant Domains can achieve what it wants, maybe we need to build a cheap website – no need to fiddle with a panel. , Instant Domains is a bit like Linktree but has built-in custom domain management.
Location: Seattle, Washington
What does it do: Uberduck calls itself “Canva for Programmable Video” and creates videos that can be automatically generated via an API.
Promises include: In just minutes, Uberduck creates dynamic videos that can be personalized with customer data. Uberduck can also be used to design ads and social media posts. You too…can you clone your voice? Deepfake yourself? Use wisely.
How it differs from its competitors: Uberduck has a Discord community of around 3,000 members who work together to turn AI research into app development tools.
based: Samson Cooley has a PhD in statistics and has worked for organizations such as Amazon and the National Institutes of Health. Coela was joined by co-founders William Luer and Zach Weiner, who was once a member of the editorial board of The Atlantic (are tech journalists founders of pipelines?).
Our thoughts: Finally a startup that calls itself Canva For. [use case]It really makes sense compared to Canva.