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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.

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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