From Student Side Project to Startup

If you’re a student entrepreneur, turning a side project into a startup is one of the most important steps in your journey as a founder. My co-founder Henry and I became aware of the importance of this transition when we started Meetingbird as a side project in college. In making the leap from side project to startup, we focused on three steps in particular that we think hold true for other student founders.

Founder Stories: Leah Culver of Breaker

Leah Culver is cofounder and CTO of Breaker (YC W17). Breaker is an end-to-end podcasting company. Right now they’re building an iOS app for listening to podcasts focused on social discovery.

YC W17 Launch: Wifi.com.ng

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: Wifi.com.ng

Distill: An Interactive, Visual Journal for Machine Learning Research

The journal Distill launches today. In a nutshell, Distill is an interactive, visual journal for machine learning research. Going forward, Distill will publish both original research articles and expository articles. If you’re interested in submitting, please consult the page about publishing in Distill.

YC AI

In an effort to usher in more innovation with AI, Y Combinator is going to try an experiment in the upcoming batch: a vertical group in YC dedicated to AI companies. If you’re starting an AI company, we want to help you succeed. Apply here and mention this post in your application.

YC W17 Launch: Credy, Upcall, and Kangpe

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: Credy, Upcall, and Kangpe.

Startup School Online: Registration and Deals

Since the announcement of Startup School Online, we’ve received nearly 50,000 signups from prospective founders. While we were hoping to be able to accept everyone into the Startup Founder track, we will only be able to accommodate several thousand companies for this first run of Startup School. Everyone else will be able to watch the lectures and view the course material.

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