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Emily Weiss on the Insights That Grew Glossier – With Amy Buechler at the Female Founders Conference

Emily Weiss is the founder and CEO of Glossier. Amy Buechler is Batch Director at YC. Amy interviewed Emily on stage at the 2017 Female Founders Conference about how Glossier got started and the insights that led to its success.

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Jessica Livingston on What’s Different about “Unicorns”

This is Jessica’s talk from the 2017 Female Founders Conference. She highlighted nine key differences that “unicorn” founders must fulfill. They must: 1. Be lucky 2. Have the right motives 3. Hit a big need 4. Do something basic 5. Be willing to work on a dubious idea 6. Not be afraid of a big idea 7. Be driven and resilient 8. Focus: Life’s Work 9. Be able to evolve into a manager

Sixty is a Freelancer Marketplace for SaaS Companies (YC S17)

Sixty lets you summon an expert to solve your web app problem in minutes. Say you get stuck creating a data tracking plan with Segment, can’t figure out how to work Zapier, or you have trouble implementing Stripe Connect. You can use Sixty to summon a best in class expert to a screenshare, and they’ll solve your problem in minutes.

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Making Music and Art Through Machine Learning – Doug Eck of Magenta

Doug Eck is a research scientist at Google and he’s working on Magenta, a project making music and art through machine learning. If you want to learn more you can check out Magenta.Tensorflow.org.

Growth Guide: How to Set Up, Staff and Scale a Growth Program

“Growth hacks” can be extremely helpful in driving viral growth early in a product’s path to product market fit. However, sustaining long-term growth and reaching hundreds of millions of users requires a scientific approach to growth. In fact, growth experts resoundingly say that “growth hacking” isn’t in their vocabulary or something they relate to their work. “Hacking” implies a haphazard / gut-driven approach, and the reality is quite the opposite. Startups that have seen amazing growth have developed teams and processes that are intentional, exceedingly metrics-driven, and thrive on experimentation. We talked to 25 of the experts who have driven this growth programs and have included their advice in this guide.

Why Should I Start a Startup?

A lot of people ask themselves why they should start a startup. My answer to why you should start a startup is simple: there is a certain type of person who only works at their peak capacity when there is no predictable path to follow, the odds of success are low, and they have to take personal responsibility for failure (the opposite of most jobs at a large company).

Get Automated Leads from a Database of 70 Million People with Slik (YC S17)

Slik is a better, cheaper, sales prospecting engine. They’ve built up a database of over 70 million people and created a simple way to filter through that database so that salespeople can save time and automate their process of gathering leads and figuring out who to reach out to.

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