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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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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Tencent’s Chief eXploration Officer, David Wallerstein on WeChat, QQ, and Gaming

At our Global Growth Conference Anu Hariharan interviewed David Wallerstein about his experiences and learnings at Tencent.

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Building Dota Bots That Beat Pros – OpenAI’s Greg Brockman, Szymon Sidor, and Sam Altman

We discuss OpenAI’s Dota bot which competed at The International. Greg Brockman is the CTO and cofounder of OpenAI. Szymon Sidor is a Research Scientist at OpenAI. Sam Altman is the President of Y Combinator and Co-Chairman of OpenAI.

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