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There’s an Art to Getting Brilliant People to Surprise Themselves – Kevin Slavin of The Shed

Kevin Slavin is the Chief Science and Technology Officer of The Shed, which is an art center in New York that’s opening in 2019. Before The Shed, Kevin founded the Playful Systems group at MIT’s Media Lab.

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Preston Silverman on Building out a Marketplace in Education – at YC Edtech Night

Preston Silverman is the founder of RaiseMe (Imagine K12, S12), a platform that allows colleges to award micro-scholarships to students throughout high school for doing the things that prepare them for college success.

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Growth Office Hours with Anu Hariharan and Gustaf Alstromer

Anu Hariharan and Gustaf Alstromer are partners at YC. This episode is a follow-up to Anu’s Growth Guide.

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Microbes, Robots, and Ambition – Robin Sloan on His Novel Sourdough

Robin Sloan is a writer and media inventor based in Oakland. He just released his second novel, Sourdough.

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.

No Lean Season (YC W17) Named GiveWell Top Charity

We are thrilled to announce that No Lean Season, a nonprofit from the Winter 2017 batch of Y Combinator, has been named one of GiveWell’s top charities. No Lean Season gives a travel subsidy of $19 to very poor rural farm laborers. This enables a family member to travel to a nearby city to earn extra income during the period between planting and harvesting.

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Keith Schacht and Doug Peltz on What Traction Feels Like – at YC Edtech Night

Keith Schacht and Doug Peltz are the founders of Mystery Science (YC S17), a company that produces K-5 science curriculum designed to instill a love of learning about the natural world. At Edtech Night, Geoff Ralston interviewed Keith and Doug about their journey from idea, to product-market fit, to being used in 10% of US elementary schools.

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