Welcome Amy, Susan, Colleen, and Steven

I’m delighted to announce four new additions to the YC team.

Amy Buechler is joining us as an associate, working closely with founders in the current investment cycle.  Previously, she got an M.A. in Counseling Psychology at the Wright Institute, led study abroad programs through the Bali Institute, and managed commercial real estate. 

Susan Hobbs is joining us as Director of Events.  Previously, she was at TechCrunch for four years where she focused on programming for the TechCrunch events, including Disrupt.  Before that, Susan was the first non-engineering hire at both Codian and at CoTweet.

Colleen Taylor is joining us as Editorial Director.  Colleen was most recently at TechCrunch, where she served as the editorial director for TechCrunch TV.  Previously, she worked as a reporter at GigaOM, the Financial Times' Mergermarket newswire, and the semiconductor industry newsletter Electronic News. 

Steven Pham is joining us as our office manager.   Steven was formerly Garry Tan’s Chief of Staff and has a BS in Biomedical Engineering.

Welcome to YC!

YC Digest - June 5-June 11

Top Stories from the YC World - June 5-June 11, 2015

Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia of Airbnb kick off YC S15 with the first Tuesday night dinner talk of the batch

YC News
Episode 5 of Startup School Radio is live on iTunes and SoundCloud: Ep. 5 features Dave Tisch and Alan Tisch of Spring, and Olga Vidisheva of Shoptiques 

YC Alum Updates
Product Hunt (YC S14) launches Product Hunt Games

SendHub (YC W12) launches Inbox - Gmail for Texting

Pachyderm (YC W15) Raises $2 Million To Power Big Data Processing For The Docker Era

YC Digest - 5/22-6/4

Top Stories from the YC World - May 22-June 4, 2015

Sam Altman kicks off the first Camp YC 

"Culture starts when you're just two people." - Jessica Livingston on FounderLine

Startup School Radio Ep. 4 featuring PlanGrid and Campus Job is live on SoundCloud and iTunes

Eden (YC S15) Launches To Offer On-Demand Electronics Repair And Installation

Eden, part of the YC Summer 2015 batch, brings on-demand tech support to your home. They announced their launch today on TechCrunch:

"There is no doubt that the technology of today, from smartphones to connected devices to WiFi everywhere, is making our world a more convenient and navigable place. But in many ways we’ve grown dependent on this type of lifestyle, which makes a busted device or a malfunction a debilitating experience.

YC-backed Eden is launching to solve this.

The company offers on-demand tech pros that will come to you, based on a specified time and location, and solve your tech problems. This ranges from fixing a cracked iPhone screen, mounting a TV or setting up a home theater, installing IOT devices (such as the Nest or the August Lock), solving WiFi issues, troubleshooting computer issues, and much more."

All Eden Tech Pros are verified experts who have gone through a 6-point background check, and if you're not happy with their service, you get your money back. 

Eden is taking on Geek Squad, Best Buy's tech support service that makes over $2 billion of annual revenue, despite getting an average score of 2 stars out of 5 on Yelp! According to TechCrunch, "Combining the larger SMB market with the consumer market, the industry is valued at about $30 billion annually."

Eden is founded by Joe Du Bey, Kyle Wilkinson, Guy Morita, and Susie Sun. 

Eden is currently available in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ask the founders questions on Hacker News and Product Hunt

YC Digest - 5/15-5/21

Top Stories from the YC World - May 15-May 21, 2015

YC News
Farewell TC, Hello YC - Susan Hobbs joins Y Combinator

Party (round) all the time? - by Aaron Harris


YC S15: New Story Crowdfunds Houses for Homeless People - Meet YC's newest non-profit 

YC Alum Updates


New Story (YC S15) Crowdfunds Houses For Homeless Families

Meet New Story, a non-profit in the Summer 2015 batch of YC. New Story crowdfunds houses for homeless families living in danger.

Here’s how it works:

  • New Story partners with organizations on the ground that identify families living in conditions exposed to dangers like rape, theft, and sanitation borne disease.

  • New Story tells the stories of these families on their crowdfunding platform.

  • Donors can give directly to a family, and when the home is built 2-3 months later, donors receive a video of the family they helped moving into their new home.

  • Local contractors build the homes, providing jobs and stimulating the economy.

In their first 6 months, New Story raised over $120k in donations, and funded 20 new homes in Leveque, Haiti. 

Part of what we like about New Story is their focus on creating a better giving experience. They built transparency and personal connection into the platform, along with features that make it easy for donors to share campaigns. 

To help donors understand where their money is going and what it is (or isn't) accomplishing, New Story posted a breakdown of what it costs to build one home on the site. 100% of every donation goes to building homes and so far, the team has funded its operations through private investors and YC. 

New Story is founded by Brett Hagler (who previously founded the socially conscious e-commerce company, Hucksley), Alexandria Lafci (a Teach for America alum with a decade of international development experience), and Matthew Marshall (a UX designer for charitable brands and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper). They believe, as we do, that this tech-powered donor experience is the future of philanthropic giving.

Read more about New Story on TechCrunch

Learn how to create a campaign here

The founders answer questions on Hacker News

YC Digest - 5/8-5/14

Top Stories from the YC World - May 8-May 14, 2015

YC News
One surprising hack to get into YC! by Sam Altman

Startup School Radio Ep. 2: Justin Kan and Mathilde Collin

Congratulations to PlanGrid's (YC W12) Tracy Young for being listed as one of Fast Company's "Most Creative People in Business 2015" 

Senic (YC S13) is building Nuimo, a dial for the internet of things 

PlanGrid (YC W12) raises $18 million from Sequoia to digitize construction blueprints - The team has already put over 17 million blueprints in the cloud

Women Power on Display in Career Site The Muse’s (YC W12) $10M Round

We’ve raised money to reinvent global trade - Paul Graham on Flexport: “Flexport is one of those rare startups that will not merely satisfy its market, but grow it. There will be more international trade because of Flexport, and international trade is a very big thing for there to be more of.”

YC Alum Updates

One surprising hack to get into YC!

People often ask us what they can do to improve their chances of getting into YC.  The truth is there isn’t much other than “have a good idea, a market that may become huge, and a great team”.

However, there is one thing that helps, and so we’re making it official.

If you’ve worked at a YC company, and get a good recommendation from the founder of that company, we’ll give your YC application extra consideration.  References are very helpful in any decision about who to work with—there’s so much value in understanding how someone performs and improves over years on a job. 

You certainly don’t need to do this, of course.  Most of the founders we fund are totally unknown to any YC partner and have never worked at a YC company.  The fact that we are willing to look at people totally unknown to us is key to why we do well, and not something we’ll ever stop doing.

(If you’re an engineer interested in working at a YC startup, go here: https://triplebyte.com)

YC Digest 5/1-5/7: Work at a YC Startup, SUS Radio and Zenefits

Top Stories from the YC World - May 1-May 7, 2015

YC News
Work at a YC Startup v2 - Apply for a job at a YC startup without a resume. 

Startup School Radio is now a podcast - Hear YC partner Aaron Harris get stories and practical advice from founders and investors. Learn how they got started, what went wrong, what surprised them, and what happened as their companies grew.

YC S15: Former YC Partner Harj Taggar Is Building The New Technical Hiring Pipeline With TripleByte 

Things that aren't work by Aaron Harris 



Zidisha (YC W14) launches in Haiti

YC Alum Stories
From Communal Living to Peer-to-Peer Construction Rentals - EquipmentShare (YC W15) in WSJ

This Man Turned His Dirty Laundry Nightmare Into a Startup - Cleanly (YC W15) in Fast Company

Work at a YC Startup v2

Hiring is the biggest problem our startups face once they finish YC.  In the past, we've held Work at a Startup events with the goal of connecting our companies to great programmers. Unfortunately, scaling recruiting events is very hard and requiring applicants to show up in person significantly reduces the pool of potential hires. As a result, we're bringing back the Work at a Startup idea but this time we're going to use a new YC startup to power it.

Triplebyte (YC S15) is launching a common application to apply for a job at any YC startup.  You don't have to go to an event or submit a resume. Emailing thousands of resumes to our portfolio companies is not a good solution. It puts programmers who don't have impressive resumes at a disadvantage and puts the burden on our YC companies to filter through thousands of applicants. With the new YC common application, you answer some simple programming questions online, followed by a 15 minute phone screen, and then a set of online technical interviews. If you pass, they'll help you search across all YC startups, select up to five you'd like to work for, and help you get a job.  

Not only does this help us address a problem that all YC startups face as they grow, it also provides a fair and open process for people from diverse backgrounds to move to the Bay Area and join the startup world. Apply to work at a YC company here.