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.


Sixty is a Fully-Managed Freelancer Marketplace for SaaS Companies (YC S17)

Sixty gives SaaS companies an experts.[domain].com that their users can go to for do-it-for-me help from specialist freelancers. They source, vet, and manage the experts. They’ve also built software to connect users and experts together via screenshare for on-demand sessions. Learn more on Product Hunt and Hacker News.

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Making Music and Art Through Machine Learning – Doug Eck of Magenta

Doug Eck is a research scientist at Google and he’s working on Magenta, a project making music and art through machine learning. If you want to learn more you can check out Magenta.Tensorflow.org.

Get Automated Leads from a Database of 70 Million People with Slik (YC S17)

Slik automates prospecting and lead generation. They’ve built up a database of over 70 million people and created a simple way to filter through that database so that salespeople can save time and automate their process of gathering leads and figuring out who to reach out to.

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Blockchain Investing with Olaf Carlson-Wee and Aaron Harris

Olaf Carlson-Wee is the founder and CEO of Polychain Capital, a blockchain investing hedge fund. Aaron Harris is a Partner at YC.

Feather Rents Furniture to People and Businesses on the Move (YC S17)

Feather is a furniture rental company, setting out to provide stylish, affordable furniture to people and startups that move frequently. You can learn more on: Hacker News, Product Hunt, TechCrunch, and The Verge.

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Q&A with YC Partners at the Female Founders Conference

At our fourth annual Female Founders Conference, YC Partners answered questions from the audience. The Partners on stage were Kat Manalac, Jessica Livingston, Adora Cheung, Anu Hariharan, Carolynn Levy, and Kirsty Nathoo.

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Aileen Lee and Kirsty Nathoo at the Female Founders Conference

Aileen Lee is the founder of Cowboy Ventures. Kirsty Nathoo is CFO and a Partner at Y Combinator. This conversation was recorded at our fourth annual Female Founders Conference.

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