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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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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Mr. Robot’s Co-Producer and Writer – Kor Adana

Kor Adana is a writer and co-producer on Mr. Robot. He started hacking in his teens and later went to school for CS. All the while he was hoping to become a writer for TV. Eventually he left a career in engineering, worked on a few projects, and then met Sam Esmail, the creator of Mr. Robot. He’s been working on the show ever since. Mr. Robot season three premieres tonight on USA.

YC Application Advice from African Startups

Over 250 people attended the YC Lagos Meetup at Paystack HQ. Guests stayed for over five hours to hear eight Nigerian and Ghanaian alum share their stories. Here’s their advice for companies interested in applying to YC.

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The More You Communicate with Users, the Higher Chance You’ll Build Something They Want – Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt

Ryan Hoover is the founder of Product Hunt. You can get a 10% discount on Ship pro plans by using the link in this post. Ryan also just announced the Weekend Fund, a “$3M venture fund to invest in your next favorite thing.”

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