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Your Whole Goal Is to Not Quit – Courtland Allen of Indie Hackers

Courtland Allen is the founder of Indie Hackers, a place where the founders of profitable businesses and side projects can share their stories transparently, and where entrepreneurs can come to read and learn from those examples.

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Building a Startup Is Not About Building a Product, It’s About Solving a Problem – Avni Patel Thompson of Poppy

Avni Patel Thompson is the CEO and Founder of Poppy (YC W16). At the 2017 Female Founders Conference she shared how she struggled with her first startup but eventually discovered a problem many people had that was unsolved. If you’re curious about applying to YC, Avni recently wrote a great post called “Is Y Combinator for me?”.

Basic Income Research Proposal

For the past year, we’ve been putting together the best possible research plan to study the effects of a basic income in the US. Today, we’re excited to share updates on our progress and the proposed design for a larger-scale study.

Request for Education Startups

We’re deeply interested in education because of its power to transform lives and societies and to maximize human potential. On a micro level, we believe technology can help reverse the trend in K-12 of spending more and more money to achieve the same learning outcomes. We believe tech can also create alternatives in higher education that will prepare adults for the careers they want without the burden of excessive student debt. Here are a few categories of education applications that consistently stand out to us as interesting.

Roofr is a Roofing Marketplace with Instant Satellite Roofing Estimates (YC S17)

Roofr uses satellite imagery to give home owners free estimates for roof replacements. They let property owners accurately estimate the cost of their own roofs in seconds simply by entering the property address. After that, Roofr connects the property owner to a roofing contractor within 24 hours. The Roofr solution saves homeowners on average, 20%.

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The Technical Challenges of Measuring Gravitational Waves – Rana Adhikari of LIGO

Rana Adhikari is a Professor of Physics at Caltech and a member of the LIGO team, who were the first to measure gravitational waves.

The Customization Curve

A few months ago, I was talking to a startup about how individual customers wanted them to do different things. I think about this optimization as operating along three variables: cost of customization, happiness generated, and cost to support that customization. The goal is to find a level of customization that makes as many customers as possible happy while not incurring support costs – through personnel or burn – that would kill your company.

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