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 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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Robotics and 3D Printing with Voodoo Manufacturing

Oliver Ortlieb and Max Friefeld are two of Voodoo Manufacturing’s four cofounders. Voodoo went through YC in the W17 batch. They try to bridge the gap between prototype and mass production with 3D printing. We’re also joined by Daniel Gross, a Partner at YC.

Cashfree Automates Payouts and Bank Transfers for Indian Businesses (YC S17)

Cashfree is India’s first payment gateway that automates inbound and outbound bank transfers. This replaces the slow, error prone alternative of uploading Excel files for bulk payments or manually reconciling payments received via bank transfers. Using Cashfree, payments that take 2-3 days to process happen instantly, independent of banking hours.

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Experiments in Art and Technology with Artforum Editor Michelle Kuo

Michelle Kuo is Editor in Chief of Artforum. She came in to chat with us about art and technology and, in particular, a group called Experiments in Art and Technology.

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Content Marketing Tips from Experts at First Round Capital and Andreessen Horowitz

Camille Ricketts is the Head of Content and Marketing at First Round Capital. Sonal Chokshi runs the editorial team (part of the marketing operation) at a16z.

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