Our Favorite Startups from YC’s Winter 2022 Demo Day, Part 1 – MovieUpdates

Day One of Y Combinator’s Demo Day confab for the Winter 2022 batch is over.

We’ve shaken up our coverage this year by breaking things down by industry and geography. Our goal was to avoid a huge list, the kind we’ve put together over the years. MovieUpdates has notes on the ever-growing contingent of companies from Africa, Indian startups, international fintech, and even a discussion of intra-startup competition at the accelerator.

But one thing we don’t change with our Y Combinator coverage is Favorite Collection.

Of course this is just our opinion. Our staff spend a lot of time diving into the technologies startups build, the industries they target, and the parts of the world they hope to serve. As a result, each of us has a different perspective. So our favorites often come from areas we know best and are currently fascinated by.

Of the hundreds of companies we saw today, which one stood out the most for MovieUpdates employees? Read more!

Our favorite startups from YC Winter 2022, day one

The following list is in no particular order. Websites of companies and Twitter profiles of authors are linked.

Alex Wilhelm: Discz music

  • Details: A mobile application aimed at the youth market that combines music with social features. The company reports that its application has reached the top 10 slots in the music category of the App Store. That translates to 15,000 daily active users (DAUs), a neat figure that’s probably big enough for the startup to really learn from its early audience.
  • Why it’s a favourite: If Discz can grow its DAUs, it’s acquisition bait. Every major social agency — even the small one — is in awe of TikTok’s ability to influence culture by shaping what people listen to. Social platforms need a music strategy. Why not buy what Discz is building and what it has already found some early user traction with? Conversely, Spotify is great at delivering music to people, but rather aloof in cultural terms. It could use a social strategy, yes? Guess who I have in mind?

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