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How GetAccept Achieved 100% Uptime

GetAccept (YC W16) is an e-signature tool with document tracking and smart sales automation. Before launching our platform at the end of 2015 we spent months researching and working to configure the perfect hosting environment for our SaaS application. We aimed for 100% application uptime and full redundancy on all layers. 18 months into the business we have kept to our goal–not a single second of downtime and no service windows. Here’s the configuration we used.

How to Create an Employee Handbook

We talked to Katie Evans-Reber and Steffi Wu of Gusto (YC W12) about their new guide on how to create an employee handbook. You can download it for free here.

From Student Side Project to Startup

If you’re a student entrepreneur, turning a side project into a startup is one of the most important steps in your journey as a founder. My co-founder Henry and I became aware of the importance of this transition when we started Meetingbird as a side project in college. In making the leap from side project to startup, we focused on three steps in particular that we think hold true for other student founders.

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Kat Manalac’s Whale AMA

Kat answered questions submitted on Whale. Including: Who are some of the most impressive female founders coming out of this upcoming YC batch? What’s the best part of the YC network? What’s the last book you read and favorite 2016 book you’d recommend?

How to Know When Products Actually Use AI

Artificial Intelligence has become a buzzword. People use it in sales pitches all the time and you often see it in ad copy for new gadgets and apps. Here are five questions to ask when evaluating an AI product.

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Dalton Caldwell’s Whale AMA

Dalton answers questions submitted on Whale. Including: How does a great YC application look like? What product categories are you most interested in right now? Kanye for president?

Dilution

There has probably been more capital looking to invest in private technology companies in the past five years than any five-year period before. A non-obvious consequence is that although people raise more money at higher valuations, they still end up selling much more of the company.

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