Ginkgo Bioworks (S14) is going public today

Ginkgo Bioworks is the first biotech company YC funded, and today they are going public. To celebrate their IPO, here’s the story of how Ginkgo Bioworks ended up in YC, and what their journey was like as YC’s first biotech company.

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YC’s Fall Tour 2021

We are excited to kick off our virtual Fall Tour, and below is a list of the cities and schools we are visiting. We’ll host talks with YC partners and alumni who’ve built successful companies in different regions and verticals. They’ll talk about how they got started, the misconceptions that exist around starting startups, and they’ll answer questions from founders and future founders in the audience.

Gusto: The People Platform for SMBs

Historically, there has been an undeniable gap in business services in the US. There are nearly six million small and medium businesses (SMBs) in the country, employing 43…

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YC Jobs Series: Women Eng in Startups

This fall, YC and Elpha (S19) will bring together a cohort of women engineers who are interested in finding roles at fast growing startups.

YC will host a month-long series where participants will meet once a week for two-hour sessions. During sessions, you will hear from women who joined startups as early engineers, meet YC alumni and alumni company engineering managers, and build a community of peers. The program will culminate in at least two interviews for each participant.

Venture Debt 101: Basics and Approach

In this guide, YC Managing Director Jon Levy talks about venture debt. He covers what it is, walks through some of its benefits and risks, and gives advice on how to approach the process of taking on venture debt. He also highlights Brex’s newly launched venture debt offering. Brex is a YC portfolio company that provides an all-in-one finance solution to their customers. With Brex’s new offering, they have plans to make the venture debt process simple and transparent.

Inside YC: The Admissions Team

Twice a year, YC accepts applications from startups around the world. The Admissions Team is responsible for designing that process and reviewing the tens of thousands of applications we receive each year.

How do we review that many applications? Mostly, it’s lots of people reading lots of applications! There’s no secret machine learning model that can find companies with great potential. Instead, we build lots of custom software to help our team work efficiently. Our app reading software allows us to quickly read applications, send messages to founders if we have any questions, and decide which teams we want to interview.

11 YC startups hiring for biology, life sciences, chemistry and data informatics roles

YC funded our first biotech company, Ginkgo Bioworks, in 2014. Since then, we’ve expanded aggressively into all areas of biotech and the life sciences. Today, YC funds more…

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