YC Digest - August 21-August 27

Top Stories from the YC World - August 21-August 27, 2015

YC News
Applications for YC W16 are now open

YC stats





Essays
Financial Misstatements by Sam Altman

Launches



YC Alum



YC Digest - 8/14-8/20

Top Stories from the YC World - August 14-August 20, 2015

Illustrated Guide to Y Combinator's Demo Day S2015

Nine Years of Demo Days: How YC has changed by Jared Friedman (Scribd, YC S06)





Essays
The Post-YC Slump by Sam Altman











YC Alum




A Female Founder at Y Combinator: My Experience by Julia Kurnia of Zidisha (YC W14)


YC Digest - 8/7-8/13

Top Stories from the YC World - August 7-August 13, 2015

YC News
A Conversation With Y Combinator’s President Sam Altman

Essays
Presumption of Stupidity by Aaron Harris

Projects and Companies by Sam Altman

YC S15 Launches
Auro Robotics Is Testing A Driverless Shuttle System On College Campuses

bitcodin Encodes Videos 100X Faster, At Netflix-Grade Streaming Quality

Branch8 Lets Merchants Sell Via Multiple E-Commerce Sites With Fewer Headaches

Convox Makes It Easier For Companies To Use AWS

L. Condoms Provides Safe Sex, On-Demand

Markhor Takes The Middleman Out Of Designer Shoemaking

MicroHealth Helps Manage Treatment For Patients With Chronic Illnesses

Nebia, a Shower Head Start-Up, Receives Funding From Timothy Cook of Apple

















YC Digest - 7/31-8/6

Top Stories from the YC World - July 31-August 6, 2015

YC News
Luke Iseman Joins YC Full-Time to Support Hardware and Biotech

Welcome Simon

Startup School Radio

YC S15 Launches
Cofactor Genomics Is Studying RNA Testing To Diagnose Disease Earlier

Vernox Labs Uses Predictive Analysis To Help Construction Projects Actually Finish On Time

80,000 Hours Helps Top Graduates Choose Careers That Matter

Oolu Supplies Affordable Solar Energy To Off-Grid Villages In West Africa

Shotput Is Like AWS For Warehousing And Fulfillment

Locent Is An E-Commerce Platform That's Powered Entirely By Text Messages

GrowSumo Helps Companies Create And Manage Partner Programs

Saida Helps People In Emerging Markets Get Credit Through Their Mobile Phones


YC Alum








YC Digest - 7/24-7/30

Top Stories from the YC World - July 24-July 30, 2015

YC News

Essays
What Makes Founders Succeed by Jessica Livingston

Private Infrastructure by Aaron Harris

YC S15 Launches






YC Alum


Taplytics (YC W14) adds new ‘smart push’ to get the right message to the right person at the right time


Alumni Investors

As we have said many times before, we work hard to keep a level playing field for all investors in the YC ecosystem. Helpful early-stage investors that come after YC are crucial to the ongoing success of our companies, and we believe high-quality companies and fairness are the ways to attract them.

Some YC alumni are starting to raise venture funds, and as the YC community gets bigger and more successful, we expect to see more instances of this. 

On the whole, we’re delighted about this.

But we want to be very clear that alumni that raise venture funds are treated as investors and not alumni—for example, they come to regular demo day, not alumni demo day.

We also want to be clear that none of these funds have any special access from YC (though the YC network is pretty tight, and many of the social relationships are strong). Sometimes this point gets lost in the noise and people get confused, so we thought we’d double-clarify this.


Livecoding.tv (YC S15) Is Twitch For Coding

Livecoding.tv is launching today as part of the Summer 2015 batch of Y Combinator. 

Livecoding.tv is a livestreaming platform where you can watch people code products live. It's like Twitch for coding. 

Read more about them in TechCrunch

"The way Livecoding works is pretty simple. Developers stream live video of themselves coding, and users watching can ask questions or give feedback.

Since launching a beta in February, Livecoding has seen 40,000 people sign up across 162 countries. Users have streamed in a variety of spoken languages, including Portuguese, Russian, and German, and coding languages, including C#, Python, and PHP.

Anyone who wants to stream about coding can do so, from expert coders to 11-year-old kids building their first Java game."

You can visit the site any time of day or night to learn from developers who are building games, mobile apps and websites. Streamers come to share the projects they are working on, get feedback or help from viewers, and share their knowledge. 

Livecoding.tv was founded by Jamie Green and Michael J. Garbade. What they've built is a new type of educational platform.“Live education is the key to the future,” Green told TechCrunch. “Verticals like design could be very interesting to engage with this model.”

Livecoding.tv is free for both streamers and viewers

Instant eSports (YC S15) Is ESPN for Competitive Gaming

We're happy to welcome Instant eSports to the Summer 2015 batch of Y Combinator. 

Instant eSports is the ESPN for eSports. Their app makes it easy to keep up with eSports news and scores. 

In 2015, the worldwide eSports market reached 134 million viewers, and the viewership is growing every year. The 2014 League of Legends World Championship alone had an audience of 27 million—approximately the same number of people who watched the 2015 NCAA basketball final. This immense following translates to a market opportunity of $612 million worldwide. 

Instant eSports currently supports League of Legends and DotA 2 (with CS:GO and Hearthstone coming soon). The app is available in the App Store and will be coming to Google Play in July 2015.

Instant eSports is founded by long-time gamers Rick Ling, Jonathan Lin, and Sebastian Merz. Both Rick and Jonathan have worked in the gaming industry, and Sebastian was once a professional eSports commentator for ESL. They're avid players of League of Legends, DotA2, and CS:GO.

Cymmetria (YC S15) Uses Virtual Machines To Decoy And Detect Hackers

Cymmetria (YC S15) is launching out of the Summer 2015 batch of Y Combinator. 

They are building an enterprise security system that puts attackers in a rat maze. 

Today, security solutions are either signature based (they look for known attacks) or behavior based (machine learning extracts info from big data). These solutions are static — you build a system in advance and wait for an attacker to reach you. These solutions put defenders in an endless game of cat and mouse, where the attacking side has complete situational awareness, and defenders have none.

Strategically, there is no reason why the defenders shouldn’t have the “home court” advantage, and this can be achieved by the deployment of decoy technology. 

Cymmetria is building a system that can shape an attacker's behavior by leading them toward decoys. You can read more about Cymmetria on TechCrunch
"Their focus is APT attacks. Aka: advanced persistent threats — where attackers, perhaps State-sponsored, are aiming to get into a network and lurk undetected for a long time in order to steal large amounts of data.

'The first value proposition is essentially one alert — one critical alert,' he (founder Gadi Evron) says, explaining how Cymmetria works. 'Current solutions generate thousands upon thousands of alerts every day. We generate one because our decoys are real machines and nothing should run on them except for what we put on them. Which exactly means that if anything now runs on that computer that is not ours that is a 100 per cent indication there is an attacker now in the network. There are no false positives.'

At that point Cymmetria also performs forensic analysis on the attack, and offers an action plan on how to mitigate it — using a company’s existing systems and security infrastructure, with which it integrates."

Cymmetria is founded by Gadi Evron, Dean Sysman and Ran Harel. Gadi worked as VP of Cybersecurity Strategy at Kaspersky, headed PWC's Cyber Security Center of Excellence in Israel, and led the Israeli government Internet security operation. He sits on advisory boards with the Cyber Threat Intelligence Alliance and the Israeli CERT. Dean was formerly an officer and commander in unit 8200 in Israeli military intelligence. Ran was formerly a senior expert for a nation-scale cyber defense system and has over 10 years experience in enterprise security including global banks and financial organizations.

YC Digest - 6/19-6/25

Top Stories from the YC World - June 19-June 25, 2015

YC News
Startup School Radio: Ep 7 with YC's Kevin Hale and Johnny Chin of Bannerman (YC S14) is live on SoundCloud and iTunes

Launches
YC W15: Smyte Launches To Fight Online Fraud


YC Alum Updates

FarmLogs (YC W12) in the NYT: "The problem we’re solving is that the world needs to feed nine billion people by 2050, and we’re not going to get any more farmland." 


Fundraising
Tech In Asia (YC S15) Raises $4M To Grow From Tech Blog Into Startup Hub