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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Be Wary of Solving a Small, Rare Problem – Des Traynor of Intercom

Des Traynor is the cofounder of Intercom. He stopped by to talk about product strategy and what he’s learned as his role at Intercom has evolved.

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Making Physical Retail as Easy as Opening an Online Store – Ali Kriegsman and Alana Branston of Bulletin

Ali Kriegsman and Alana Branston are the founders of Bulletin. Bulletin is a platform that allows brands to share the cost of a physical store.

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There’s an Art to Getting Brilliant People to Surprise Themselves – Kevin Slavin of The Shed

Kevin Slavin is the Chief Science and Technology Officer of The Shed, which is an art center in New York that’s opening in 2019. Before The Shed, Kevin founded the Playful Systems group at MIT’s Media Lab.

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Growth Office Hours with Anu Hariharan and Gustaf Alstromer

Anu Hariharan and Gustaf Alstromer are partners at YC. This episode is a follow-up to Anu’s Growth Guide.

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Microbes, Robots, and Ambition – Robin Sloan on His Novel Sourdough

Robin Sloan is a writer and media inventor based in Oakland. He just released his second novel, Sourdough.

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The Future of Bike Sharing with Ofo Cofounder Yanqi Zhang and Anu Hariharan

At our Global Growth Conference Anu Hariharan interviewed Yanqi Zhang about bike sharing.

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Baidu’s COO, Qi Lu Discusses AI with Daniel Gross

At our Global Growth Conference Daniel Gross interviewed Qi Lu about artificial intelligence.

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