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.


Don’t Over-Optimize Fundraising

Fundraising is never the deciding factor in the success of a company, founders should instead look to use a regret minimization function when fundraising. Essentially, they should get what they need, avoid doing stupid things, and move on.

A Guide to Preemptive Funding Offers

Unprepared founders can get trapped by the dynamics of a preemptive offer and forced into suboptimal outcomes. If you find yourself in a situation where you think you are getting preempted, here’s what to do.

A Standard and Clean Series A Term Sheet

We wrote a standard Series A term sheet to create more transparency in the market.

Things We’ve Learned About Series As

One year ago, we announced the Series A program (YCA) to bring more transparency and consistency to fundraising. Six months ago, we announced the first Series A Batch. Here’s how it has been going, and a bit of what we learned.

YC Series A Program Investor Access

Our second YCA batch is now in session. These companies are about to start fundraising and we want to give more investors the chance to invest in YC companies. We’ll be doing that through a new portal we built. If you’d like access to that system, or to be considered for it in the future, please apply here.

On Shutting Down

Founders lack a coherent way to think about when to shut down. Founders do not always get to choose to shut down. However, most of the time, it is the founder’s choice. It’s a personal decision. It’s a hard and painful decision. It’s an emotional, fraught decision. However, shutting down doesn’t have to be a blind decision.

Toy Markets

Many of the largest companies in the world started in markets so small they looked like toys. Over time, each of these companies grew their markets or created new ones to dominate. Founders in toy markets who want to raise money need to find the right investors, and tell those investors the right story.

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