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Your Whole Goal Is to Not Quit – Courtland Allen of Indie Hackers

Courtland Allen is the founder of Indie Hackers, a place where the founders of profitable businesses and side projects can share their stories transparently, and where entrepreneurs can come to read and learn from those examples.

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Building a Startup Is Not About Building a Product, It’s About Solving a Problem – Avni Patel Thompson of Poppy

Avni Patel Thompson is the CEO and Founder of Poppy (YC W16). At the 2017 Female Founders Conference she shared how she struggled with her first startup but eventually discovered a problem many people had that was unsolved. If you’re curious about applying to YC, Avni recently wrote a great post called “Is Y Combinator for me?”.

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The Technical Challenges of Measuring Gravitational Waves – Rana Adhikari of LIGO

Rana Adhikari is a Professor of Physics at Caltech and a member of the LIGO team, who were the first to measure gravitational waves.

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Elizabeth Iorns on Biotech Companies in YC

Elizabeth Iorns is cofounder and CEO of Science Exchange. She’s also an Expert here at YC. She came in to answer some of the most common questions we get from founders in biotech.

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The Challenges a Repeat Founder Faces

Tikhon Bernstam cofounded Scribd (YC S06) and Parse (YC S11). He stopped by to share his experience starting a second startup, deciding to do YC a second time, and investing in several YC startups after Parse.

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Hosain Rahman on the “Defibrillator Experiences” of Jawbone

Hosain Rahman is the CEO and Founder of Jawbone. Jessica Livingston interviewed him during our 2014 Startup School and Hosain shared the “defibrillator experiences” from Jawbone’s early days.

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Spotting Ecommerce Trends in Shipping Data – Laura Behrens Wu

Laura Behrens Wu is the CEO and cofounder of Shippo. Shippo powers shipping for platforms, marketplaces, and ecommerce. Discussed: leaving an MBA program to start a startup, going into a new industry, and shipping alligators.

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