Geoff Ralston

Geoff Ralston is the President of Y Combinator and has been with YC since 2011. Prior to YC, he built one of the first web mail services, RocketMail which became Yahoo Mail in 1997. While at Yahoo, Geoff worked in engineering and ran a business unit before becoming Chief Product Officer. After Yahoo, he was CEO of Lala, which was acquired in 2009 by Apple. In 2011, he cofounded Imagine K12, the first Ed Tech accelerator, which funded companies like ClassDojo and Remind, and merged with YC in 2016. He has an AB in Computer Science from Dartmouth, an MS in Computer Science from Stanford, and an MBA from INSEAD.


Promotions at YC — and Welcome Brad

YC was created to support founders during their startup journey. Now more than ever we support founders throughout the life of their company. Today, we are celebrating some…

2020 — Year in Review

In early 2020 the entire world underwent a transformation. The planet was consumed by a pandemic that altered life as we knew it. Most of our normal routines…

Partnering with CodePath and ColorStack to support future technical founders

YC was founded around the idea that technologists should be at the center of tech innovation. It seems obvious today, but it wasn’t always that way. We believe…

Building for the future

YC was founded in 2005 as an antidote to the classic venture capital firm. PG, Jessica, Trevor, and Robert decided to fund hackers and thereby enable the next…

The YC Directory

We recently launched the YC Directory. The directory lists 2,000+ publicly launched YC companies and makes it simple to filter by batch, industry, status, region, and company size.…

A New Standard Deal

We are making two changes to our standard deal in conjunction with a recent fundraise. Starting with the Winter 2021 batch, our deal will be $125,000 for 7% equity on a post-money safe, and we will reduce the amount of our pro rata right to 4% of subsequent rounds. In the coming years, this will enable us to fund as many as 3000 more companies.

Welcome Aaron and Harj

We’re excited to welcome Aaron Epstein to the YC Team, and welcome back Harj Taggar. After four batches as a Visiting Partner, Aaron Epstein is joining YC as…

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