Michael Seibel

Michael Seibel is the CEO of YC. He was the cofounder and CEO Justin.tv and Socialcam. Socialcam sold to Autodesk in 2012 and under the leadership of Emmett Shear, Justin.tv became Twitch.tv and sold to Amazon in 2014. Before getting into startups, he spent a year as the finance director for a US Senate campaign and in 2005, Michael graduated from Yale University with a BA in political science.


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Request for Startups: Government 2.0

We have refreshed the Request for Startups, which are concepts we believe are important in the coming decades, to reflect this newest addition: Government 2.0. If you are creating a startup with the goal of making America a better place, we want to talk to you.

Fundraising Rounds Are Not Milestones

Raising a round should be a byproduct of success. By deemphasizing investment rounds we would have more opportunity to celebrate companies who develop measurable milestones of value creation, focus on serving a customer with a real need, and generate sustainable businesses with good margins.

VR

Over the past couple of years we’ve seen a number of VR companies apply to YC but because of the lack user base it was hard for them to build software. I think we are no more than two years away from an explosion of new consumer startups and I cannot wait to start funding them at YC.

Welcome Daniel, Nicole, Stephanie, Steven and Tatyana!

We’re excited to welcome five new members of the YC team: Daniel Gross, Nicole Cadman, Stephanie Simon, Steven Chan and Tatyana Veremyova.

The Scientific Method for Startups

When people discuss startups they tend to talk about inspiration and creativity. In reality, executing a startup is a balance between creativity/intuition/instinct and the scientific method: hypothesize > a/b test > conclude > repeat.

Welcome Craig, Fred and Mark!

We’re excited to announce three additions to the YC team: Craig Cannon, Fred Benenson, and Mark Thurman.

Getting Press for Your Startup

Michael Seibel, Y Combinator CEO, on press strategies for startups. The best press advice I ever got was from Mike Arrington and M.G. Siegler while they were speaking…

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