Y Combinator

Y Combinator created a new model for funding early stage startups. Twice a year we invest a small amount of money ($120k) in a large number of startups (recently 105). The startups move to Silicon Valley for 3 months, during which we work intensively with them to get the company into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors. Each cycle culminates in Demo Day, when the startups present their companies to a carefully selected, invite-only audience. But YC doesn’t end on Demo Day. We and the YC alumni network continue to help founders for the life of their company, and beyond.


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Cindy Mi and Qi Lu Share Advice for Entrepreneurs Building Global Companies

Cindy Mi is the founder and CEO of VIPKID. VIPKID is a 1-on-1 teaching platform where children in China learn english from North American teachers. Qi Lu is the CEO of YC China and Head of YC Research.

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Vinod Khosla on How to Build the Future

Vinod Khosla is the founder of Khosla Ventures, a firm focused on assisting entrepreneurs to build impactful new energy and technology companies. Previously he was the founding CEO of Sun Microsystems, where he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors.

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Frank Lantz – Director of NYU’s Game Center and Creator of Universal Paperclips

Frank Lantz is a game designer and Director of the NYU Game Center. He cofounded Area/Code Games and most recently released a game called Universal Paperclips in which you’re an AI that makes paperclips.

Meet Flockjay, a Company in the YC Winter 2019 Batch

At YC, founders decide when they want to announce that they’re part of the program. Internally we call this a company’s “YC launch”. Meet Flockjay, the first YC Winter 2019 company to announce that they’re part of the batch. Flockjay is a $0-upfront online sales academy that gives diverse jobseekers the tools and training they need to launch their tech careers, without code.

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Starting a Startup After Business School – Reham Fagiri and Kalam Dennis of AptDeco

Reham Fagiri and Kalam Dennis are the founders of AptDeco, where you can buy and sell used furniture. They were in the YC Winter 2014 batch and you can find them at AptDeco.com.

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Leonard Susskind on Richard Feynman, the Holographic Principle, and Unanswered Questions in Physics

Leonard Susskind is a professor of theoretical physics at Stanford University and he’s regarded as one of the fathers of string theory.

Hacker News Highlights August to November 2018

Here are some of our favorite Hacker News comments from August to November: A thread on bad codebases ranging from war stories to horror stories, developing Crash Bandicoot for PS1, meeting Ricky Jay, Victorian culinary trading cards, and a TV meteorologist experiences tech envy.

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