Aaron Epstein

After four batches as a Visiting Group Partner, Aaron Epstein joined YC as a Group Partner in April 2020. Aaron was the co-founder and CEO of Creative Market (YC W10), a marketplace for graphic design assets, which was acquired by Autodesk in 2014. He later spun the company out as an independent startup in 2017 and helped generate more than $100M in sales for independent creators around the world. He has a BS in Business from the University of Maryland.


Welcome S21 Visiting Group Partners

Every batch, we invite founders and executives to advise YC companies as Visiting Group Partners. These advisors bring valuable insights and recent operational experience to YC early stage companies. Throughout the batch, they take on a subset of YC Group Partner responsibilities, including application reading, interviews, group office hours, individual office hours, demo day prep, and more.

We have five Visiting Group Partners joining us for the YC Summer 2021 batch. Welcome back, Reshma Khilnani, Surbhi Sarna, and Nicolas Dessaigne, and welcome to Diana Hu and Calvin French-Owen.

Advice for New Managers

Aaron Epstein is the cofounder of Creative Market. One of the most difficult things about starting a company is that you have to create both a product that…

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