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From Student Side Project to Startup

If you’re a student entrepreneur, turning a side project into a startup is one of the most important steps in your journey as a founder. My co-founder Henry and I became aware of the importance of this transition when we started Meetingbird as a side project in college. In making the leap from side project to startup, we focused on three steps in particular that we think hold true for other student founders.

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Kat Manalac’s Whale AMA

Kat answered questions submitted on Whale. Including: Who are some of the most impressive female founders coming out of this upcoming YC batch? What’s the best part of the YC network? What’s the last book you read and favorite 2016 book you’d recommend?

How to Know When Products Actually Use AI

Artificial Intelligence has become a buzzword. People use it in sales pitches all the time and you often see it in ad copy for new gadgets and apps. Here are five questions to ask when evaluating an AI product.

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Dalton Caldwell’s Whale AMA

Dalton answers questions submitted on Whale. Including: How does a great YC application look like? What product categories are you most interested in right now? Kanye for president?

Dilution

There has probably been more capital looking to invest in private technology companies in the past five years than any five-year period before. A non-obvious consequence is that although people raise more money at higher valuations, they still end up selling much more of the company.

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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?

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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?

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