Advice


YC’s Series A Diligence Checklist

When we launched our Series A program a few months ago, we decided that what we learn along the way shouldn’t just be kept inside of YC. We’re going to publish tools and learnings from the program that should help every company create better outcomes. This is the first tool. It’s simple, but effective.

Mistakes in Time

I often think about things I want to learn and the reasons I cannot do so. I come up with plenty of excuses, from not having a practical need for learning that thing to not being smart enough to learn it. My biggest excuse, though, is that I simply don’t have the time.

Going Global with Your Startup

It’s worth thinking fairly early on about what it means to have international customers, partners, employees, and offices, and what kinds of international growth and infrastructure to invest in. Here are five things that come up in many of the conversations I have with other startup founders about international issues.

Advice for First Time Founders

YC founders respond to the question: What are some things that you should’ve known as a first-time founder but did not?

A Guide to Pitching Funding and Launch Stories

We tell our clients there are three elements that constitute a good story: timeliness, credibility, and uniqueness. There are two types of stories that easily satisfy all three: funding announcements and launching out of an accelerator.

Sales Advice for Technical Founders

You can have the best product or service, but if no one knows about it or understands the value, you won’t survive. In this post I’ll go over how to identify and prioritize low hanging leads, how to get in front of these leads, and what a successful sales conversation looks like.

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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