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.


Hacker News Highlights August to November 2018

Here are some of our favorite Hacker News comments from August to November: A thread on bad codebases ranging from war stories to horror stories, developing Crash Bandicoot for PS1, meeting Ricky Jay, Victorian culinary trading cards, and a TV meteorologist experiences tech envy.

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Michael Seibel on Starting a Startup, Finding Product Market Fit, and Fundraising

Michael Seibel comments on five of his essays. The essays are: Why Should I Start a Startup?, One Order of Operations for Starting a Startup, The Real Product Market Fit, Users You Don’t Want, and Why Does Your Company Deserve More Money?

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Andrew Kortina of Venmo and Fin on Technological Determinism and Work’s Relationship to Dignity

Andrew Kortina is the cofounder of Venmo and Fin. Fin is a high quality, on-demand, personal assistant and executive assistant service.

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Brian Donohue on Operating Instapaper Through an Acquisition

Brian Donohue is President of Instapaper and a Product Engineering Manager at Pinterest.

Y Combinator is Hiring a Visiting Partner in the Life Sciences

YC started funding bio companies in 2011 and since then the number of bio companies we’ve funded per batch has risen exponentially, now over 141 in total. To support our growing number of bio companies, we are hiring a Visiting Partner to work with them.

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A Conversation with Werner Vogels

Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon, joins YC Software Engineer Kyle Corbitt to share his experience and insights on tech and startups.

Gaming AMA with YC Visiting Partner Holly Liu

YC Visiting Partner Holly Liu recently did a Gaming AMA with Startup School founders. It was so good that we wanted to share it here.

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