Y Combinator

Y Combinator created a new model for funding early stage startups. Twice a year we invest a small amount of money ($120k) in a large number of startups (recently 105). The startups move to Silicon Valley for 3 months, during which we work intensively with them to get the company into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors. Each cycle culminates in Demo Day, when the startups present their companies to a carefully selected, invite-only audience. But YC doesn’t end on Demo Day. We and the YC alumni network continue to help founders for the life of their company, and beyond.

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Emily Weiss on the Insights That Grew Glossier – With Amy Buechler at the Female Founders Conference

Emily Weiss is the founder and CEO of Glossier. Amy Buechler is Batch Director at YC. Amy interviewed Emily on stage at the 2017 Female Founders Conference about how Glossier got started and the insights that led to its success.

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Jessica Livingston on What’s Different about “Unicorns”

This is Jessica’s talk from the 2017 Female Founders Conference. She highlighted nine key differences that “unicorn” founders must fulfill. They must: 1. Be lucky 2. Have the right motives 3. Hit a big need 4. Do something basic 5. Be willing to work on a dubious idea 6. Not be afraid of a big idea 7. Be driven and resilient 8. Focus: Life’s Work 9. Be able to evolve into a manager

Sixty is a Freelancer Marketplace for SaaS Companies (YC S17)

Sixty lets you summon an expert to solve your web app problem in minutes. Say you get stuck creating a data tracking plan with Segment, can’t figure out how to work Zapier, or you have trouble implementing Stripe Connect. You can use Sixty to summon a best in class expert to a screenshare, and they’ll solve your problem in minutes.

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Making Music and Art Through Machine Learning – Doug Eck of Magenta

Doug Eck is a research scientist at Google and he’s working on Magenta, a project making music and art through machine learning. If you want to learn more you can check out Magenta.Tensorflow.org.

Get Automated Leads from a Database of 70 Million People with Slik (YC S17)

Slik is a better, cheaper, sales prospecting engine. They’ve built up a database of over 70 million people and created a simple way to filter through that database so that salespeople can save time and automate their process of gathering leads and figuring out who to reach out to.

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Blockchain Investing with Olaf Carlson-Wee and Aaron Harris

Olaf Carlson-Wee is the founder and CEO of Polychain Capital, a blockchain investing hedge fund. Aaron Harris is a Partner at YC.

Feather Rents Furniture to People and Businesses on the Move (YC S17)

Feather is a furniture rental company, setting out to provide stylish, affordable furniture to people and startups that move frequently. You can learn more on: Hacker News, Product Hunt, TechCrunch, and The Verge.

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