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.


Advice for First Time Founders

YC founders respond to the question: What are some things that you should’ve known as a first-time founder but did not?

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Leah Culver of Breaker and Tom Sparks of YC Answer Your Questions About Security and Podcasting

Leah Culver is cofounder and CTO of Breaker, which is a social podcast listening and discovery app. They went through YC in the Winter 2017 batch. Tom Sparks is an engineer on the YC Software team. He also cofounded Cryptoseal which went through YC in the Summer 2011 batch.

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Tim Urban of Wait But Why

Tim Urban cofounded the blog Wait But Why with Andrew Finn in 2013. His posts about Artificial Intelligence, Elon Musk, and the Fermi Paradox have been read millions of times.

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Growth Office Hours: Round 2

Anu Hariharan and Gustaf Alstromer are partners at YC. This episode is a follow-up to Anu’s Growth Guide and the first Growth Office Hours.

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Be Wary of Solving a Small, Rare Problem – Des Traynor of Intercom

Des Traynor is the cofounder of Intercom. He stopped by to talk about product strategy and what he’s learned as his role at Intercom has evolved.

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Making Physical Retail as Easy as Opening an Online Store – Ali Kriegsman and Alana Branston of Bulletin

Ali Kriegsman and Alana Branston are the founders of Bulletin. Bulletin is a platform that allows brands to share the cost of a physical store.

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There’s an Art to Getting Brilliant People to Surprise Themselves – Kevin Slavin of The Shed

Kevin Slavin is the Chief Science and Technology Officer of The Shed, which is an art center in New York that’s opening in 2019. Before The Shed, Kevin founded the Playful Systems group at MIT’s Media Lab.

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