Universe, an Instagram for building mobile websites, nabs appropriation from YC

As amicable media sites grow some-more large and all-encompassing, one startup is looking to move behind a accessible customization of Myspace to a new epoch of users looking to conclude their online participation in a singular way.

Universe is a mobile-based website builder for a amicable media era, eschewing difficult templates for simply customizable website “filters” that pin smart designs to a grid settlement where users can drag and dump photos, videos and icons to build adult a mobile-optimized website in mins on a company’s iOS app.

“People use Universe since they wish to build a website on their phone and they wish full control over how that site looks,” owner Joseph Cohen told TechCrunch. “In many ways we are perplexing to collect adult a rod from Tumblr.”

The group launched with $3.2 million in appropriation final year from Box Group, General Catalyst, Greylock Partners and Eniac Ventures. We profiled a startup then; now they’re about to emerge from Y Combinator’s latest startup category with some new appropriation and an augmenting underline set for users.

When a use initial launched it was a single-page home for discerning information and links that we could build in only a notation or two. The site has confirmed a discerning onboarding site creation, but final month, a mobile-focused app began rebellious multi-page sites that could smoke-stack pages together with a elementary CMS with that users could blog directly onto their sites.

“If we demeanour during us like a website builder, a product DNA is some-more like LEGO,” Cohen said.

The combined functionality gives users significantly some-more to go off of and deepens a application for artists regulating a site to uncover off their portfolio. The association has prolonged confirmed that they wish to assistance we emanate a website that we couple to in your Instagram bio; that’s a flattering parsimonious goal, though a startup has usually combined facilities that make this a flattering convincing sell.

The combined application is causing a bonus in trade to a startup’s network of sites with trade augmenting 10 percent week-over-week, while a network of sites built on Universe grows by thousands any week, as well. The app was also recently featured as a App of a Day on a App Store.

In terms of pricing, a use is giveaway for users who are excellent carrying their site on the Universe domain (ex. lucasmatney.onuniverse.com), and $3 per month for those that would like their possess URL. Additionally, users can hack adult an additional $3 to supplement analytics or frame divided a Universe trademark from a bottom of a site.

You can download Universe for giveaway on iOS.

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