Advice


Going Global with Your Startup

It’s worth thinking fairly early on about what it means to have international customers, partners, employees, and offices, and what kinds of international growth and infrastructure to invest in. Here are five things that come up in many of the conversations I have with other startup founders about international issues.

Advice for First Time Founders

YC founders respond to the question: What are some things that you should’ve known as a first-time founder but did not?

A Guide to Pitching Funding and Launch Stories

We tell our clients there are three elements that constitute a good story: timeliness, credibility, and uniqueness. There are two types of stories that easily satisfy all three: funding announcements and launching out of an accelerator.

Sales Advice for Technical Founders

You can have the best product or service, but if no one knows about it or understands the value, you won’t survive. In this post I’ll go over how to identify and prioritize low hanging leads, how to get in front of these leads, and what a successful sales conversation looks like.

YC Application Advice from African Startups

Over 250 people attended the YC Lagos Meetup at Paystack HQ. Guests stayed for over five hours to hear eight Nigerian and Ghanaian alum share their stories. Here’s their advice for companies interested in applying to YC.

Three Paths in the Tech Industry: Founder, Executive, or Employee

When people ask me for tech career advice I find it helpful to lay out the three paths I’ve encountered most in my career: founder, executive, and employee. I wrote this post though because when I talk to people about their careers I’m surprised at how often they focus on only one of these paths without taking the time to consider other options.

YC’s Essential Startup Advice

A lot of the advice we give startups is tactical; meant to be helpful on a day to day or week to week basis. But some advice is more fundamental. We’ve collected here what we at YC consider the most important, most transformative advice for startups. Whether common sense or counter-intuitive, the guidance below will help most startups find their path to success.

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