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.


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.

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.

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