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.


Tuesday Q&A with Tracy Young & Ralph Gootee of PlanGrid

During the batch we invite a speaker in for every Tuesday dinner. Tracy Young and Ralph Gootee of PlanGrid joined us during the W17 batch. PlanGrid builds beautiful, effective, productivity software for the $8 trillion per year construction industry.

Hacker News Highlights: January 2017

Some of our favorite recent posts on Hacker News: A handful of quantum computing researchers bump into each other. An Antarctic researcher chimes in about their ice shelf discovery. Chrome team co-founder responds to codebase comment. A former Pixar engineer talks about their animation system.

Request for Startups: News, Jobs, and Democracy

If you’re working on a startup or non-profit that addresses news, the future of work, or improving democracy, we’d love to see you apply.

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Office Hours with Daniel Gross

Daniel Gross and Craig Cannon go through questions submitted on Hacker News. Discussed: How important is it to raise money? How worried should startups be about people copying them? We feel pressured to get into machine learning, should we?

YC W17 Launch: UpKeep, Basecamp for Facility Maintenance Teams

UpKeep is building Basecamp for facility maintenance teams. They’ll be on Hacker News today to talk about what they’re building.

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Office Hours with Sam Altman

Sam Altman and Craig Cannon go through questions submitted on Hacker News. Discussed: How do you expand your network? How can a student with no technical background go start a startup? As a B2B company how do you get sales outside of your network?

YC W17 Launch: Simple Habit, Spotify for Mindfulness

Simple Habit is a curated library of the best 5 minute meditations from the world’s leading teachers. They’ll be on Hacker News today to talk about what they’re building.

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