Hacker News Highlights: February 2017

Some of our favorite recent posts on Hacker News: Split across two HN comments, an essay about an unusual approach to programming. A user’s story about meeting Raymond Smullyan. A HN user goes on tangent about playing D&D with Gary Gygax’s family and how it cured him of social anxiety. Ask HN: What’re the best-designed things you’ve ever used?

YC W17 Launch: Lively, Scaphold, Marketfox, Floyd, ServX, Fibo, and Wifi Dabba

We’re in the middle of YC’s W17 batch. As companies launch they’ll be doing a Q&A on Hacker News – aka Launch HN – in addition to being included in a roundup on the blog. Here are the companies that have recently launched: Lively, Scaphold, Marketfox, Floyd, ServX, Fibo, and Wifi Dabba.

YC’s Online Class (Sign up at StartupSchool.org)

We’re excited to announce our new online Startup School, with classes beginning on April 5. Anyone can sign up at StartupSchool.org for the 10-week massively open online course (MOOC), starting today. We want to teach everyone how to start a startup and help them along the way with guidance from people who’ve started companies.

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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.

YC at Stanford and UC Berkeley in March

We’ll be visiting Stanford and Berkeley this month. If you’re starting a startup or considering applying to YC, we’d love to see you there. YC partners and alum will share their stories, dispel some of the myths about starting companies, and answer questions. You can also sign up for one-on-one office hours at each location. Get feedback on what you’re building or ask us questions about YC.

YC W17 Launch: MDAcne, Supr Daily, Bitrise, and Bulletin

We’re in the middle of YC’s W17 batch. As companies launch they’ll be doing a Q&A on Hacker News – aka Launch HN – in addition to being included in a roundup on the blog. Here are the companies that have recently launched: MDAcne, Supr Daily, Bitrise, and Bulletin.

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