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Office Hours with Adora Cheung

Adora Cheung is a partner at YC and she also cofounded Homejoy, which went through YC in the Summer 2010 batch. If you have questions for a future office hours episode, just tweet them our way.

When to Raise a Series A

One of the hardest questions to answer when considering an A is “when is my company ready?” I’ve been returning to this problem nearly every day since we started the Series A program and I’ve started to build a framework for how to solve it.

Process and Leverage in Fundraising

In running our Series A program, we uncovered a way to materially influence the leverage a founder has in any round: process. Process is important because it gives founders the best opportunity to create a market for startups that favors the founders in the most important aspect of raising money: getting the right investor.

One Order of Operations for Starting a Startup

This guide can help you walk the path from nothing to a launched minimal viable product (MVP). This is by no means the only path to an MVP and I don’t know if it’s the best path, but it is a path that I’ve seen work for a number of YC companies.

Frequently Asked Questions From YC Applicants

We’re approaching the S18 application deadline so we thought it’d be helpful to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the YC application and program itself.

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YC Partner Panel at the Seattle Female Founders Conference

YC Partners answer questions from the audience at our Seattle Female Founders Conference. On stage: Kirsty Nathoo, Kat Manalac, Holly Liu, and Adora Cheung. Moderated by Sharon Pope.

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Pitch Practice with FlavorCloud, Holly Liu, and Adora Cheung

Rathna Sharad pitches FlavorCloud to Holly Liu, YC Visiting Partner, at our Seattle Female Founders Conference. Adora Cheung, YC Partner, then repitches FlavorCloud to Holly.

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