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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Baidu’s AI Lab Director on Advancing Speech Recognition and Simulation

Adam Coates is the Director of Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI Lab. The lab’s mission is to develop AI technologies that will have a significant impact on the lives of at least 100 million people. We spent a good chunk of this episode talking about Adam’s work in speech to text and text to speech. If you want to learn more you can check out research.baidu.com.

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Padmasree Warrior on Designing Autonomous Vehicles – With Anu Hariharan at the Female Founders Conference

Padmasree Warrior is the CEO of NIO. During this interview with Anu Hariharan at the Female Founders Conference she shared her thoughts on autonomous vehicles and gave advice from her career as an engineer, manager, and founder.

Muzmatch Is the Place Where 400 Million Single Muslims Can Meet (YC S17)

Marriage is central to many Muslims’ upbringings yet ethnic, family, and religious pressures make this a difficult search. Muzmatch offers: chaperones in keeping with Islamic tradition, full privacy, fully verification and relevant search filters. Learn more on Product Hunt and Hacker News.

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Diane Greene’s Advice for Founders

Diane Greene is SVP of Google Cloud and she was also the CEO and cofounder of VMware. She’s a three time founder and shared advice with the attendees of the 2017 Female Founders Conference.

Dropleaf Is a Subscription Service for All-You-Can-Play Indie PC Games (YC S17)

Dropleaf helps players discover games that they can connect with and help developers grow their audience, and business. They’re launching with 41 games (adding 10-20 per month) and an initial price point of 4.99/month. You can sign up, download the client, install some games and get playing!

70MillionJobs Is the Internet’s First Job Board for 70 Million Americans With Criminal Records (YC S17)

There are 70 million Americans with criminal records – 1 in 3 adults – and they pretty much all experience pain in finding a job. 70MillionJobs has built the first job board for the formerly incarcerated. You can learn more on: Fast Company, Product Hunt, and Hacker News.

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Jeff Dean’s Lecture for YC AI

Jeff Dean is a Google Senior Fellow in the Research Group, where he leads the Google Brain project. He spoke to the YC AI group this summer. Watch the talk and read his slides here.

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