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.


Why Should I Start a Startup?

A lot of people ask themselves why they should start a startup. My answer to why you should start a startup is simple: there is a certain type of person who only works at their peak capacity when there is no predictable path to follow, the odds of success are low, and they have to take personal responsibility for failure (the opposite of most jobs at a large company).

Welcome Eric, Gustaf, and Jocelyn

We’re excited to welcome Eric, Gustaf, and Jocelyn to the YC Team. Gustaf Alstromer is joining YC as a partner. Eric Migicovsky is joining YC as a Visiting Partner. Jocelyn Robancho is joining YC as the Assistant Batch Director.

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 Aaron, Gustaf, Lyle, Immad and Marcus

We’re excited to welcome three new visiting partners and three new part-time partners to YC.

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