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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The Future of Bike Sharing with Ofo Cofounder Yanqi Zhang and Anu Hariharan

At our Global Growth Conference Anu Hariharan interviewed Yanqi Zhang about bike sharing.

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Baidu’s COO, Qi Lu Discusses AI with Daniel Gross

At our Global Growth Conference Daniel Gross interviewed Qi Lu about artificial intelligence.

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Tencent’s Chief eXploration Officer, David Wallerstein on WeChat, QQ, and Gaming

At our Global Growth Conference Anu Hariharan interviewed David Wallerstein about his experiences and learnings at Tencent.

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Building Dota Bots That Beat Pros – OpenAI’s Greg Brockman, Szymon Sidor, and Sam Altman

We discuss OpenAI’s Dota bot which competed at The International. Greg Brockman is the CTO and cofounder of OpenAI. Szymon Sidor is a Research Scientist at OpenAI. Sam Altman is the President of Y Combinator and Co-Chairman of OpenAI.

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Cindy Mi on Building VIPKID, the World’s Largest English Learning Platform for Children

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.

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The Most Important Decision is Getting Started – Laura Behrens Wu

Laura Behrens Wu is the CEO and cofounder of Shippo. She shared the story of founding Shippo at the 2017 Female Founders Conference.

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Casey Neistat and Matt Hackett on Live Video’s Struggle for Interestingness

Matt Hackett and Casey Neistat are the cofounders of Beme, which was acquired by CNN last year. You might already know Casey from his YouTube channel which now has over 8M subscribers. And before Beme, Matt was a Hacker-in-Residence at betaworks and the VP of Engineering at Tumblr.

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