Advice


A Guide to Preemptive Funding Offers

Unprepared founders can get trapped by the dynamics of a preemptive offer and forced into suboptimal outcomes. If you find yourself in a situation where you think you are getting preempted, here’s what to do.

Things We’ve Learned About Series As

One year ago, we announced the Series A program (YCA) to bring more transparency and consistency to fundraising. Six months ago, we announced the first Series A Batch. Here’s how it has been going, and a bit of what we learned.

On Shutting Down

Founders lack a coherent way to think about when to shut down. Founders do not always get to choose to shut down. However, most of the time, it is the founder’s choice. It’s a personal decision. It’s a hard and painful decision. It’s an emotional, fraught decision. However, shutting down doesn’t have to be a blind decision.

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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Why You Should or Should Not Work at a Startup by Justin Kan

Justin Kan is the CEO of Atrium. He gave this talk at YC’s Work at a Startup Expo. Learn more at WorkataStartup.com

Hardware AMA with YC Partner Eric Migicovsky

YC Partner Eric Migicovsky recently did a Hardware AMA with Startup School founders. It was so good that we wanted to share it here.

How to Monetize a Freemium Business

For every successful freemium business, there are hundreds of companies that have tried freemium but failed. Here we’ll be sharing a step-by-step guide for monetizing your freemium business – covering user segmentation and targeting, monetization campaign set-up and best practices, and model optimization.

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