Zillionize Invests in UpCodes – Searchable Building Codes Platform for AEC Industry

If you are an architect, engineer, project manager or code consultant then you would know better that how tedious and difficult it is to deal with building codes. These building codes are mostly available as physical books or PDFs which need more efforts to explore required information and collaborate with other stakeholders on a project. Moreover, these building codes are not same for all jurisdictions. They vary from state to state and even from city to city. And sometime these codes also go through amendments which become hard to track. Not being able to follow these codes may cost huge penalties so large builders mostly hire experienced code consultants but what about the ones who can’t afford such expensive consultants?

You don’t have to worry about it now because UpCodes brings a searchable building codes platform which is affordable for all builders.

UpCodes – Searchable Building Codes Platform for AEC Industry

UpCodes is our latest portfolio startup from YCombinator’s Summer 2017 batch that solves all building codes related problems for construction industry stakeholders. UpCodes provides a robust platform powered with AI and machine learning technologies that allows architects, engineers, project managers and code consultants to perform enhanced keywords based search through all building codes with the help of filters based on state, code year collection, additional resources and select referenced standards.

UpCodes allows users to create project pages which can be shared with related stakeholders for better collaboration. Users can also bookmark required sections on projects and can even comment on them. From time to time, states also make amendments in the base codes. UpCodes integrates those amendments nicely into the base codes so that you don’t miss anything important for your project.

UpCodes always keeps its database up-to-date by integrating all amendments and adding codes from more states. Right now, UpCodes support building codes of 40 states and offers both free and paid plans. Using free plan, customers can only view base codes and any updates in the codes. However, paid plans provide more advance features like full search capabilities, mobile optimized viewing, section bookmarking, project page collaboration and local amendments at the cost of $39/month/user (monthly basis) or $33/month/user (yearly basis). Try it!

Zillionize Invests in Lambda School – Online Computer Science Education with Income-Based Repayment

Whether you have programmed before or not but you are really motivated to build your career in programming then what options do you have?

Option 1: Self study through online tutorials or going through online courses from sites like Udemy, Coursera, Pluralsight or Lynda etc.?

Yes, it may work for some people but not for the most. It lacks the physical contact, mentoring and guidance from instructors like we experience in educational institutes, colleges or universities. You always want someone who can guide you through best practices being used in the software industry, who can walk you through most common issues faced by professional programmers in real life, who can review your code and tell you how can you further optimize it. Yes, you can also use various programming communities including stackoverflow.com for guidance from other programmers but it’s time consuming and can also be frustrating some times to get help if your questions get under the radar of moderators.

Option 2: Getting a Bachelor or Master degree?

Well, that’s good and can help in boosting your career but there are two constraints. First, it’s expensive. According to a recent study, a bachelor degree may cost you from $12K to $35K per year depending upon if you choose a state university or a private one. Similarly, a master degree in computer sciences may cost you around $25K per year. Second, it’s time consuming. You may have to study 2-4 years according to the degree you want.

And finally, even after getting a degree or improving your skills through self study, the most important thing you want is a stable career with better earning. Isn’t it?

If so, now you have another option which is less time consuming, focused, without any up-front costs and can help you get a $50K+ per year job. The name of this option is Lambda School.

Lambda School – Online Computer Science Education with Income-Based Repayment

We are happy to announce about our latest portfolio, Lambda School, a fresh graduate from YCombinator’s Summer 2017 batch that aims to change the future of computer science education. Unlike normal institutions, colleges, universities or online education services that make students pay first to learn, Lambda School invests in select number of ambitious and motivated individuals. Once selected, these individuals get full time (9 AM to 5 PM) interactive study with live classes directly from Silicon Valley, one-on-one help, real projects and frequent code reviews by world-class instructors for six months.

Lambda School is not a computer science degree but it’s not a boot camp either. Lambda School is not about self study or going through learning resources. It’s a lot of one on one time with instructors on daily basis to get you ready with the highly demanding skills in the market. Not just technical skills, Lambda School also prepares you for interviews and once the class ends, Lambda School arranges a Demo Night in which all of its hiring partners (companies) can either meet the students physically in San Francisco Bay Area or attend it online for the selection.

Since there are no up-front costs for students at Lambda School so it earns only when you get a job in software-related field paying more than $50K per year and repayment is 17% of salary for 2 years. Repayment is also capped at $30K max, so the most Lambda School could possibly take is $30K.

Even Lambda School’s classes can be virtually attended by anyone from anywhere in the world though it’s more suitable for US residents since income-based repayments don’t work for the ones living outside US. Non-US applicants can also take up courses but they will have to pay up-front at least $10K which are not very good terms for non-US citizens since the startup financial model is not internationalized at the moment.

Currently, Lambda School is offering two courses. One course focuses on Computer Science and Software Engineering that starts on the first of each month and other course that starts after every three months, provides training on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. If you are interested then don’t wait and Apply Now.

Zillionize Invests in Py – Mobile App to Learn Coding

According to a recent forecast for 2017, worldwide mobile phone users are expected to reach 4.77 billion and by 2019, this figure may cross 5 billion. Another study shows that these mobile users spend 43% of their mobile app time on games. Why people spend so much time in playing games on their mobile devices? Because it’s fun.

What if you can experience the same game-like fun from a learning app? Then learning won’t remain a boring thing but become fun for everyone. Sounds exciting? Try Py.

Py – Mobile App to Learn Coding

Py is one of our latest portfolios from YCombinator’s Summer 2017 batch that’s building a mobile-first learning platform through which users can learn coding on the go with the help of interactive courses on Python, Swift, Data Science, HTML, JavaScript, Data Analysis, Java, C# etc. The most amazing thing about Py is its user experience. It teaches coding in a fun way by first sharing the concept with interactive examples and then making users to complete certain challenges. Py also makes you write and run code to see their output. The content used in Py is created and reviewed by people at Facebook, Google, NASA and Yale.

Py tracks your progress and keeps you engaged by notifying you to practice desired skills for few minutes on daily basis. You can also upgrade to Pro features with monthly subscription that unlocks premium content and also allows you to live chat with trainers for quick help.

Py is available on both Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Give it a try and start having fun with learning.

Indeed, the Leading Jobs Platform Acquired Interviewed

Almost two years ago, Interviewed – an automated job assessment tool was added to our portfolio and Indeed, a leading jobs site also integrated Interviewed’s job assessment tests with their platform to help employers screen candidates in less time. Indeed was a client of Interviewed but now this relationship is going to change because Indeed has acquired Interviewed. After this acquisition, we hope to see a deeper integration of Interviewed services with Indeed’s platform.

“Indeed’s mission is to help people get jobs, and today we make it easy for millions of job seekers to find and apply to jobs all over the world,” said Chris Hyams, president of Indeed. “Interviewed’s technology is a natural extension, allowing job seekers to demonstrate their skills, and enabling employers to quickly and easily identify the best candidates for their roles. We are excited to have the Interviewed team join us to help make hiring more efficient for the millions of employers hiring on Indeed.”

“We are thrilled that Indeed, the leader in online hiring, will be integrating our platform with their extensive service offerings that work to bring the right candidate to the right opportunity,” said the Darren Nix, CEO of Interviewed. “Indeed’s relentless commitment to helping people find jobs makes it a great home for Interviewed’s tools that strive to cut hiring time in half and create a better experience for both job seekers and hiring managers.”

Please read full story at Business Wire.

Flutterwave – Digital Payments Infrastructure for Africa Raises $10M

Just added an year ago to our portfolio startups, Flutterwave – a digital payments infrastructure service as API that allows businesses to send and receive money from cards, mobile money wallets and banks across Africa has raised $10M in Series A funding round led by Greycroft Partners and Green Visor, with participation from YCombinator and Glynn Capital. Congrats to the Flutterwave!

This new funding is in addition to previous investments by the company’s current investors which include, Omidyar Network, Social Capital, CRE Venture Capital and HOF Capital amongst others. Flutterwave will use the capital to hire more talent, build out its global operations and fuel its expansion across Africa.

“Flutterwave is building infrastructure and technology solutions that will help modernize African payments. We are excited to be working with this extraordinary team,” says Joe Saunders, Chairman and General Partner at Green Visor Capital, who also joins Flutterwave’s board of directors.”

“We are excited to work with world-class investors who have helped build global payments giants like Visa and Braintree to achieve our mission of building modern payments infrastructure to connect Africa to the global economy.” adds Aboyeji.

Please read the full story at Medium.

Bevi – Eco-Friendly Smart Water Cooler Raises Another $16.5M

Our portfolio startup, Bevi – an environment friendly smart water cooler for offices with flavors and fizz has raised another $16.5M in Series B funding round. Earlier in December 2015, it raised $6.5M in Series A. With the freshly raised amount, Bevi plans to deploy its products to more locations across the U.S. and we wish them good luck with their expansion plans.

The company says around 1,000 of the Internet-connected beverage kiosks have been deployed in the offices of approximately 370 companies, including Apple, AT&T, Fidelity, GE, and Netflix.

The Series B round was led by Trinity Ventures, which has backed beverage companies like Starbucks and Jamba Juice, as well as tech startups like 3D printing company Markforged. Earlier Bevi investors Horizons Ventures and Tamarisc also contributed to the latest funding round. Bevi says it previously raised $11 million.

Bevi’s machines have a touchscreen that lets thirsty users select still or sparkling water, with a choice of flavors like orange mango, coconut, or a combination of blueberry and cucumber. Inside the machine, a system of pumps and valves take tap water from a hose and funnel it through a choice of flavor mixes and carbonation processes. Meanwhile, sensors and software help Bevi track things like how much concentrate of each flavor is left, how many beverages are being consumed, and so on. That enables the company to proactively refill inventory and fix maintenance issues—and to better tailor options to each client, say if a company’s employees prefer more organic choices or unsweetened flavors.

Bevi had sales of about $100,000 in 2015, and last year its revenue exceeded $1 million, Grundy says.

Please read the full story at Xconomy.

SimpleLegal – Cloud Based Enterprise Legal Management Software Raises $10M

SimpleLegal, a cloud based software to manage accruals, e-billing, legal matters and spend of enterprises was added to our portfolio in August 2013 and they were in seed round till the end of 2015. Since then company was growing on its own without requiring any extra funding. However, after experiencing the unplanned increased growth, they have now raised a Series A round of $10M to keep up the pace. We are very pleased to share about it and wish the very best for SimpleLegal.

This new round of funding is led by Emergence Capital, early investors in Salesforce and a slew of other successful cloud-based software companies (earlier investor RinconVP and Susa Ventures also participated). It is also another feather in the cap of Y Combinator, whose partners seem to have a knack for picking great legal start-ups (see e.g. Casetext, Ironclad, Legalist, Willing, Ross, just to name a few).

“We did raise our A Round earlier than planned. We always knew we were building a venture-backed company focused on growth. But, we also believe that enterprise software companies needed to take a different path than the typical Silicon Valley consumer-focused startup. Where their motto might be move fast and break things, in enterprise software with SOX and other compliance issues, our motto has to be get everything right, then move fast.“, said SimpleLegal CEO Nathan Wenzel.

Please read full story at Above The Law.