As YC has grown, we’ve funded more and more
hardware companies. Hardware companies have very different needs from pure
software companies, and we’re delighted to announce a number of new resources
for YC hardware companies.
First, we’re excited to announce a partnership with Bolt, which we kicked off a couple of days ago. Bolt’s partners and engineering staff will advise YC hardware companies on product development and manufacturing, and YC hardware startups will be able to work with Bolt’s staff at Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop facility with no cost to our companies as part of the partnership. Their facility is the best prototyping shop I’ve ever seen. Also, Bolt's partners are some of the best hardware people I've ever met.
Second, we’re also happy to announce a number of
new deals for our hardware startups--across-the-board discounts & expedited
services, free consultations and prototyping, and volume pricing for YC
startups. These range from 3D printing and rapid injection molding, to
PCB fab & assembly, metalworking, design expertise, RF and carrier
testing, early access to dev kits, product photography & international
Some of our deal partners include Novatel, Proto
Services, The Build Shop, Jatco, Studio Fathom, Fictiv, DIX Metals, The
Collaborationist, and Tempo Automation, and YC startups CircuitHub, Octopart,
Tilt and Upverter. YC hardware startups Pebble,
SoundFocus, MadeSolid, Cruise and Rigetti Computing have offered to help out
with machine & equipment needs. And we’ll be working on many more
deals for YC hardware startups in the coming months; please get in touch with
if you can help our startups make better hardware faster.
Third, we’re building a mini-electronics prototyping
shop in Mountain View, to supplement the much larger Pier 9 lab on the
Embarcadero. This way, hardware startups can do some quick PCB rework as
needed, or make a 3D print anytime during the week.
Our hope is
that all of these together will make the YC experience much more valuable for hardware
We’ll be posting some new hardware RFSs as
well--we’re happy to see all sorts of hardware companies, but we especially
like the ones that are fundamentally new ideas that Kickstarter might not
support (and we don’t shy away from expensive hardware--we’ve funded companies
building things like nuclear reactors and rockets, which will require hundreds
of millions of dollars in funding to succeed).
Finally, I’d like to thank Luke Iseman and Jeff
Chang, both YC alumni, for all the work they’ve done to make all this
happen. We’re lucky to have them in the alumni network. As part of
an effort to publish more advice for hardware startups, they’ll be putting up a
“How to Start a Hardware Startup” blog post soon.