Startup Investor School: The Basics of Seed Investing

Last year, for the first time, we taught a MOOC (massively open online course) for startup founders called Startup School. This year, we’re adding a new course called Startup Investor School which will teach the basics of seed (early) stage startup investing to anyone interested. Applications are open starting today.

Masters of Scale: Reid Hoffman Interviews Sam Altman

In the latest episode of Masters of Scale, Reid Hoffman’s podcast, Reid and Sam Altman discuss how people don’t stick with products they don’t love, all growth hacking eventually stops working, and stories from Y Combinator’s very first batch (Sam’s company was the very first to be accepted into Y Combinator).

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Providing Fair Financial Products for the 56% of the US Without Access to Them – Jake Rosenberg of LendUp

Jake Rosenberg is the cofounder and CTO of LendUp (W12). They provide access to quality credit cards and loans without hidden fees or debt traps. Their customers are the 56% of Americans that have what is described as a “subprime” credit score, meaning they can’t be approved for credit by most banks.

Open Application for YC Growth Program

We are delighted to invite interested founders to apply to the YC Growth Program. The Growth Program is designed for companies with between 50 – 150 employees that are scaling rapidly. The deadline for application is February 23, 2018.

YC Series A Program

In the last year, YC companies have raised over $550mm across 62 Series As. Near as we can tell, that’s the highest number in any portfolio anywhere in venture investing. We expect that number to go up each year as we fund more companies.

Mistakes in Time

I often think about things I want to learn and the reasons I cannot do so. I come up with plenty of excuses, from not having a practical need for learning that thing to not being smart enough to learn it. My biggest excuse, though, is that I simply don’t have the time.

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It’s Surprising How Much Small Teams Can Get Done – Sam Chaudhary of ClassDojo

Sam Chaudhary is the cofounder and CEO of ClassDojo. They’ve raised $30M and have 30 employees. Karen Lien is an Edtech Principal here at YC.

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