Top Stories from the YC World - August 21-August 27, 2015
Top Stories from the YC World - August 14-August 20, 2015
Congratulations To The YC Summer 2015 Class
Top Stories from the YC World - August 7-August 13, 2015
Presumption of Stupidity by Aaron Harris
Top Stories from the YC World - July 31-August 6, 2015
Top Stories from the YC World - July 24-July 30, 2015
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 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.
"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.”
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.
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.
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."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."
Top Stories from the YC World - June 19-June 25, 2015
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