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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How to Build a Product: Part III with Jason Lemkin, Solomon Hykes, Tracy Young, and Harry Zhang

Jason Lemkin, of SaaStr, sits down with Solomon Hykes, CEO and co-founder of Docker, Tracy Young, CEO and co-founder of Plangrid, and Harry Zhang, CEO and co-founder of Lob, to discuss their experience building products in our third installment of How to Build a Product.

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How to Build a Product: Part II with Aaron Levie

For our second talk on How to Build a Product, we are joined by Aaron Levie, CEO and co-founder of Box.

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How to Build a Product: Part I with Michael Seibel, Emmett Shear, and Steve Huffman

In the first of four lectures on How to Build a Product, Michael Seibel, CEO of Y Combinator, interviews Steve Huffman and Emmett Shear on how they built their products as founder-CEO’s of Reddit and Twitch, respectively.

How to Create an Employee Handbook

We talked to Katie Evans-Reber and Steffi Wu of Gusto (YC W12) about their new guide on how to create an employee handbook. You can download it for free here.

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Live Office Hours with Yuri Sagalov and Sam Altman

Yuri Sagalov, CEO of Amium, and Sam Altman hold Live Office Hours with three startups: MoonlightWork, Canny and Tuml. They’ll discuss their ideas and their thought processes around building their companies.

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How to Get Ideas and How to Measure – Stewart Butterfield & Adam D’Angelo

In today’s lecture, we’re joined by Stewart Butterfield, founder and CEO of Slack, and Adam D’Angelo, founder and CEO of Quora. Sam and Stewart will explore the process of getting an idea, followed by Adam on tracking metrics for your company.

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Startup Mechanics with Kirsty Nathoo

Kirsty Nathoo is a Partner and the CFO at Y Combinator. She has worked with thousands of companies through all stages of their life; from incorporation to hiring to fundraising. In this lecture, Kirsty will talk about Startup Mechanics.

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