Thanks for running pressureNET! Whenever we show some data analysis, you can bet it will be on our blog at http://cumulonimbus.ca. However, you'll note that there's not much there so far. For the majority of the life of the project, we haven't had enough data to do anything interesting with it. Now, however, especially with Sandy (we gained 1,400 users yesterday alone), our data will be of immense value. We're working with a couple of researchers at universities (U Washington, and McGill) to best use and analyze the data. The answer to your question, though, is:
You can see our data by purchasing our weather prediction app that we'll build at YC this Winter. ;)
[Side note: we also plan on building a web version with a nice HTTPS API so that you can access the backend yourself. However, there are severe privacy issues to solve first and we're still working on that. Sorry about the delay, but until we find funding, pressureNET is a free-time-only project that moves a bit slowly]
[Edit: For pressureNET contributors like yourself, by the way, I plan on giving the predictions away for free. Anyone who does not/cannot contribute would have to buy the app. Or something like that]
I posted this as a separate submission, but it didn't seem to catch on. Since this is the only hurricane-related post on the front page, I'm going to add it here: startups, apply to YC and keep your change until you're making money. Those of you who have some money to spare, however, please consider donating to the Red Cross. Here is a link to the disaster relief donation page:
IMPORTANT: Hi everyone, I'm a french guy who applied to YC because I want to move to the Bay area to launch my start up.
Feeling concerned about what just happened in the east coast with Sandy, I would like to go to NY and help out, maybe with friends too. I contacted the american consulate in my city who might help.
This message is to ask you all for some financial support. I need to raise money to get there and help as much as possible. Depending on the amount raised, I'll either bring people along or go by myself. I have lived there in the past so I should have friends able to provide accomodation.
Any help will be appreciated, as well as any amount.
Maybe YC could handle the money management so you guys know where the money is going, or I can give my Paypal account.
If not enough money is raised, than it'll be given to local organisation (reimboursing would be a bit complicated).
Come on guys and let's start the YC SANDY PROJECT!
Thank you all for support
I thought about it, even New Jersey, but it is much easier and less expensive for someone like me from abroad to go to NY, where I have friends who can supply with accomodation. Also I have lived there so I know the city which makes it much easier too. Depending on what happen, I'll definitely make sure the other areas get a part of what we raise.
"Hummed my application to YC through a harmonica, Trimline phone, and an AOL Dialup account - during a hurricane!" ;)
Though in all seriousness, I think this is a nice touch PG. In the poll thread people seemed to have jumped into the shark take a little too quickly. Compassion is an important virtue and its nice to let people deal with their current crisis without worrying about getting their application in.
Speaking as someone who isn't part of this run, and therefore is sort-of-impartial, I think you're doing the right thing, and I'm really glad you're giving these people some breathing room during difficult times.
If nothing else, you'll get a crop of /really/ disaster-aware backends.
Not sure why it isn't clear and/or was downvoted "to Bolivia". I'm right now in Queens with wife/baby/spoiled-food/no-heat/no-power at home so don't give me that "too soon to joke" crap :).
The video is a funny scene from a classic movie about a fringe culture. Arnold is playing with Lou Ferrigno's confidence.
Arnold says that they should have extended the Mr. Olympia contest (the deadline) because Lou (the competing startup) still needs to get in shape. Arnold then pours more salt on the wound by saying that on second thought Lou would still lose because Arnold (the venture-backed, TC-covered startup) would also have that extra time (extended deadline).
Arnold was actually a funny guy way back before he thought teachers/cops/fire/ems should get less benefits and Hitler was "admirable".
Btw I do think the extending the deadline is a great thing but didn't vote for/against it because it helps me, and I passionately believe in not voting about things that are in my personal interests.
Do agree about apriori biased jury but since most of the people voting for extension are unaffected/unbiased that margin spoke loudest. Plus I control my own destiny more than some arbitrary date divinely hurled from the California clouds.
Kind of a debate class thing. I prefer to argue to the Aramaic death about things I don't care about.
Getting into YC isn't really a competition, at least according to what pg has said publicly many times. They'd be happy to take as many qualified companies as they can, and the real problem is that sometimes qualified companies are masked by incompetence at presenting themselves in the written app and the interview. Which is why it's so awesome that Gleb and others have put together guides to the process.
I think those guides are awesome. It's not a straight up competition, but I believe if two similar startups are doing something very cool but one is more polished, it will make the other one look less impressive.
Sort of like that line of George Costanza: "If you're funny and he's funny, then what am I? A short bald guy with glasses who suddenly doesn't seem so funny."