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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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Anu Hariharan on Network Effects

Anu Hariharan is a Partner at Y Combinator. She previously worked at Andreessen Horowitz, where she put together a study on network effects. Discussed: What is a network effect? What’s the difference between a network effect and growth? What are effective tactics for growing a consumer product today?

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Office Hours with Kat Manalac

Kat Manalac and Craig Cannon go through questions submitted on Hacker News. Discussed: How would you go about starting an incubator in another country? If you’re a company launching to the press for the first time, what would you recommend doing?

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Sam Altman’s Whale AMA

Sam answers questions submitted on Whale. Including: What’s the best thing you learned from Paul Graham? What social problems would you like to see startups tackling in 2017? Out of all the founders that have manbuns, who is your favorite?

Fundraising Rounds Are Not Milestones

Raising a round should be a byproduct of success. By deemphasizing investment rounds we would have more opportunity to celebrate companies who develop measurable milestones of value creation, focus on serving a customer with a real need, and generate sustainable businesses with good margins.

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