Aaron Harris

Aaron is a Partner at YC. He was cofounder of Tutorspree, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2011. Before Tutorspree he worked at Bridgewater Associates, where he managed product and operations for an analytics group. He has an AB in History and Literature from Harvard.


YC’s New Guide to Raising a Series A

Over the last two years, YC companies have raised 190 Series A’s and over $2B of capital. We collected information about every one of those rounds while working with founders before, during, and after close. We’ve published some of what we learned in our Series A Guide. We’re excited to release it today.

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How to Cope With Founder Depression

YC Partner Aaron Harris on how to cope with founder depression.

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Who Should Founders Listen To For Advice?

Aaron Harris on who founders should listen to for advice.

The Cost of Preemptive Deals

We looked at 120 US Series A rounds from our portfolio over the past 18 months to see whether or not preemptive offers were generally more or less dilutive than process driven rounds. On average, founders taking preemptive offers are taking ~1.4% more dilution for less money.

“Angels,” Angels, and VCs

I’ve recently noticed an uptick in the number of “angels” that aren’t actually angels. These investors are institutional funds (read, LP dollars), the details of which aren’t generally disclosed until the founder sees a strange entity name on the signature lines in the docs.

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When to Shut Down a Startup

YC Partner and Tutorspree cofounder Aaron Harris on when to shut down a startup.

Investor Funnels for Series As

Our third batch of the YC Series A Program is wrapping up and the companies are kicking off fundraising. As we gear up for those raises, we wanted to share some things we’ve learned.

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