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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Scaling Growth | Gustaf Alstromer (YC Partner + Airbnb) & Ed Baker (Uber)

Gustaf Alstromer, YC’s newest Partner (formerly product lead for Growth at Airbnb) joined a panel with Ed Baker, (former Head of Growth at Uber), to share tips on growth experiments and team dynamics at a scaling company.

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How Should Business Schools Prepare Students for Startups? – Jeff Bussgang and Michael Seibel

A conversation about business schools and startups with Jeff Bussgang, a lecturer at Harvard Business School and General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners. Jeff called in to talk with Michael Seibel after Michael tweeted about trends he saw in YC applications from MBAs. Since we recorded this interview, HBS announced a joint degree program that combines their MBA with an MS degree, which you can learn more about on Jeff’s blog.

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The Job of a CFO at a Scaling Company | Sarah Friar (CFO of Square) & Jason Child (CFO of Opendoor)

Anu Hariharan, YC Partner on the Continuity Fund, sat down with Sarah Friar (Square, Salesforce) and Jason Child (Opendoor, Groupon, Amazon) to dig into the job of a CFO at a scaling company.

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At the Intersection of AI, Governments, and Google – Tim Hwang

Tim Hwang is the Global Public Policy Lead on AI and Machine Learning for Google. What that means is Tim interacts with governments to inform Google’s opinions on policy. He also helps educate governments on what things like machine learning actually mean and what the implications might be. In this episode Tim walks us through how governments are thinking about AI and he shares some thoughts on what the future might look like.

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How to Build Your Board | Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin

Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin, talks through how he built his board of directors, and shares lessons-learned.

Learn In-Demand Skills with Py (YC S17)

Py is an education app for iOS and Android that teaches topics like app development, building websites and data science. They launched their Android app this week. You can download the app and learn more on: Hacker News, Product Hunt, and TechCrunch.

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Office Hours with Ali Rowghani

Ali Rowghani is CEO of Y Combinator Continuity, where he invests in and advises growth-stage startups. Questions include: How do you retain executives? What are the most common mistakes you have seen growth stage founders make? What does an ideal board look like?

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