Advice


The YC Seed Deck Template

I’ve written about pitching before, and realized that what we were missing is a clear template of how founders should lay out their story through slides. This deck is a template for how I think companies should build seed decks.

I’m a Cofounder of Gusto, Here’s the Advice I Give Every Startup Founder

I drove down to Mountain View to meet the new YC Winter ’18 batch and share some seed-stage lessons we learned as we grew. I’d love to share these here and hope they’ll be helpful for other entrepreneurs as well.

Big Deals

There are few things more dangerous to startups than Big Deals. Founders lie to themselves by believing that catching a single Big Deal will automatically create a huge company. I’ve seen this belief kill a large number of startups.

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Fundraising Advice from Female Founders

During the Seattle Female Founders Conference we hosted a panel where Kristen Hamilton (Koru), Beth Kolko (Shift Labs) and Amy Nelson (The Riveter) spoke with YC CFO and Partner Kirsty Nathoo about their fundraising experiences.

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.

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