Reducing cost and cycle time as much as possible is one of
the highest-leverage things anyone can do to help startups.  A few years ago, we rolled out deals with
Amazon, Heroku, Microsoft, and Rackspace to make web hosting available for free
to the startups we fund.

As we expand into new areas, we’ll put similar relationships
in place.

I’m happy to announce a partnership with Transcriptic for
our biotech companies.

YC biotech companies will get $20,000 of free credit from
Transcriptic to run experiments on their platform.  Transcriptic is a remote, robotic life
science research lab that lets a user type an experiment into a web browser and
run it in the real world.  Transcriptic
will hopefully do for biotech startups what AWS has done for web startups.

(In the interest of disclosure, Transcriptic is also in the
upcoming YC batch.) 

We’ll be doing sharing some news along the same lines for
hardware startups soon, and as we continue to expand into new areas we’ll
continue to add new partnerships.