YC Founders at Work Series: Reddit interview tomorrow at 1:00pm PDT

At 1:00 pm (PDT) tomorrow, I'll be interviewing Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian. Alexis founded Reddit with Steve Huffman in 2005 and was part of Y Combinator's first funding cycle. Reddit was one of a new generation of user-driven news aggregators that has changed the way millions of internet users get their news. I hope you'll tune into Justin.tv (http://www.justin.tv/jessicaycombinator)!

Mobile App Recommender Appsaurus (S07) Raises $850K From Mitch Kapor, Chris Sacca And Others

Hello, Chair, the company that develops a social app recommendation engine within an iPhone app, has raised $850,000 in funding from Harrison Metal Capital, Mitch Kapor, Chris Sacca, and Wilson Sonsini. The startup previously raised money from Y Combinator and David Parker.

Hello, Chair’s Appsaurus competes with the Apple Genius feature, serving as recommendation service for mobile apps on the iPhone.

Full article available here: techcrunch.com


A Twist To Y Combinator’s ‘Demo Day’: Pitching To Programmers

Unemployment may be high, but it’s still tough for young start-ups to find talented computer programmers in Silicon Valley, according to incubator and seed-investment firm Y Combinator. That’s why it’s holding a unique event on June 17 called “Work at a Startup,” in which the firm’s portfolio companies will present their businesses to job seekers. About 125 programmers will hear pitches from 35 Y Combinator companies, followed by a networking reception. (The deadline for programmers to apply is at 12 a.m. PT tonight.)

We caught up with Jessica Livingston, partner at the firm, to talk about the “Work at a Startup” event.

Full article via blogs.wsj.com

The deadline to apply for Work at a Startup is tonight!

YC has just closed a new $8.25 million fund

We're happy to announce we've just closed a new fund of $8.25 million. The investors are a superset of those who invested in our previous fund: Sequoia Capital led again, and in addition we have a number of prominent angels, including Ron Conway, Paul Buchheit, Aydin Senkut, XG Ventures, and Geoff Ralston. It has been pleasant to work with investors who understand startups so well, and we look forward to continuing the relationship.

The new fund is more than four times larger than the preceding one, partly because it's meant to last for several years, and partly because we're going to use it to increase the number of startups we fund. It looks like we will have at least 35 in the summer 2010 funding cycle. (The number could increase, because we now consider late applications till just before the start of each cycle.)

The previous YC funding cycle, winter 2010, had 27 startups. Already 20 of them (74%) are either profitable or have commitments for further funding.

With the summer group, Y Combinator has now funded 207 startups, including Airbnb, Bump, Cloudkick, Clustrix, DailyBooth, Disqus, Dropbox, Heroku, Heyzap, Justin.tv, Loopt, Posterous, RethinkDB, Reddit, Scribd, Songkick, Weebly, Wepay, Wufoo, and Xobni.

PG's panel at Google I/O today @ 3pm

Tech Talks - Albert Wenger, Chris Dixon, Dave McClure, Brad Feld, Paul Graham, Dick Costolo (moderator)

What do notable tech-minded VCs think about big trends happening today? In this session, you'll get to hear from and ask questions to a panel of well-respected investors, all of whom are programmers by trade. Albert Wenger, Chris Dixon, Dave McClure, Paul Graham, and Brad Feld will duke it out on a number of hot tech topics with Dick Costolo moderating.

Date: Wednesday May 19
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Room: 4


Harj and I will be there too. Hope to see you!

Work at a Startup: June 17 @ YC

June 17 2010, 6:00-7:30 pm | Y Combinator, 320 Pioneer Way, Mountain View

If you're like a lot of programmers you may have considered one day joining a startup. But the prospect probably seems a bit mystifying. Most people know what the deal is with working for a big company. What's the deal with working for a startup?

Work at a Startup is a special evening event designed to explain that.

More info and application via workatastartup.org