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Local startup makes it into Y Combinator

mongo hq logoWe’ve learned that Jason McCay and Ben Wyrosdick of MongoHQ have made it into this summer’s Y Combinator group out in California.

For those not familiar with Y Combinator, it’s a start-up funding firm based out of Mountain View. They do two rounds of seed funding each year as well as valuable coaching and resources – much more information is available on their about page. The guys will be participating in the summer funding cycle beginning next month (going through August).

Several companies have successfully completed the program and received venture capital funding, including popular projects like DropBox, Reddit, and Scribd.

The Terminal had the pleasure of sharing office space with McCay and Wyrosdick last year while located at Shift Workspace downtown. Here’s hoping for nothing but good things to happen for both of them during this experience.

Random Shots: Get on board!

Vintage Birmingham streetcar in San Francisco

An old friend of The Magic City. acnatta/Flickr.

No, Larry didn’t have the streetcars re-installed overnight for the morning commute… Just figured I’d share this image with you on this Tuesday morning. It’s somewhat appropriate with today’s air quality alert for Jefferson and Shelby Counties and Birmingham’s mayor calling for transit system overhauls that we get a chance to check out what could be (and what is). While I wish I could say that I planned to take this image and attempt to follow Sen. Obama’s trip to San Francisco this past weekend, I did hope to take a look at one of the cities that put a bid in for the 2016 Summer Games while getting some great suggestions for ways to improve the site at WordCamp SF (while doing research for WordCamp Birmingham – taking place in September). The results – we’ll start sharing tomorrow (after I get over a minor case of let lag).

Thanks for looking out, but…

I think we’d all say that we’re appreciate Staples wanting to look out for those in California not aware of the state’s new law that prohibits the use of cell phones while driving unless you’re using a hands free device.

What they probably don’t want to do though is scare a bunch of folks that aren’t being affected by it, especially those of us here in Alabama and the other 45 states where there is no such law (yet), as pointed out in this piece on The Consumerist.

Thanks for the tip, David.