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.


YC at Stanford and UC Berkeley in March

We’ll be visiting Stanford and Berkeley this month. If you’re starting a startup or considering applying to YC, we’d love to see you there. YC partners and alum will share their stories, dispel some of the myths about starting companies, and answer questions. You can also sign up for one-on-one office hours at each location. Get feedback on what you’re building or ask us questions about YC.

YC W17 Launch: MDAcne, Supr Daily, Bitrise, and Bulletin

We’re in the middle of YC’s W17 batch. As companies launch they’ll be doing a Q&A on Hacker News – aka Launch HN – in addition to being included in a roundup on the blog. Here are the companies that have recently launched: MDAcne, Supr Daily, Bitrise, and Bulletin.

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Anu Hariharan on Network Effects

Anu Hariharan is a Partner at Y Combinator. She previously worked at Andreessen Horowitz, where she put together a study on network effects. Discussed: What is a network effect? What’s the difference between a network effect and growth? What are effective tactics for growing a consumer product today?

YC W17 Launch: Hogaru, Elemeno Health, Playment, Hivy, and Bulk MRO

We’re in the middle of YC’s W17 batch. As companies launch they’ll be doing a Q&A on Hacker News – aka Launch HN – in addition to being included in a roundup on the blog. Here are the companies that have recently launched: Hogaru, Elemeno Health, Playment, Hivy, and Bulk MRO.

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Office Hours with Kat Manalac

Kat Manalac and Craig Cannon go through questions submitted on Hacker News. Discussed: How would you go about starting an incubator in another country? If you’re a company launching to the press for the first time, what would you recommend doing?

YC W17 Launch: Claire, Peer5, WaystoCap, Symple, RankScience, and Kudi

We’re in the middle of YC’s W17 batch. As companies launch they’ll be doing a Q&A on Hacker News – aka Launch HN – in addition to being included in a roundup on the blog. Here are the companies that have recently launched: Claire, Peer5, WaystoCap, Symple, RankScience, and Kudi.

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Sam Altman’s Whale AMA

Sam answers questions submitted on Whale. Including: What’s the best thing you learned from Paul Graham? What social problems would you like to see startups tackling in 2017? Out of all the founders that have manbuns, who is your favorite?

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