Female Founders

Read and watch the founding stories of some of Y Combinator’s female alumni. Learn about things like how they got started, their experience at Y Combinator, their experience as female founders, and what they wish they’d known when they were younger. As you’ll see, their experiences are fascinating, both individually and in their variety.


Leap Spins Out of YC

In 2017, Cadran Cowansage, a software engineer at YC, started building Leap, an online community for women in tech. Today, Cadran and her two co-founders, Abadesi Osunsade and Kuan Luo, are spinning Leap (now Elpha) out of Y Combinator and launching as an independent company.

Elpha AMA with Cat Lee, Angel Investor and Former Head of Culture at Pinterest

Elpha is an online community for women that is built by and for women. We’re kicking off this 6-part AMA series with Cat Lee: Angel Investor & Startup Coach. Former Head of Culture, Partner Marketing and Growth at Pinterest.

Female Founders Conference in Silicon Valley on September 15

Our 3rd Female Founders Conference (FFC) of 2018 is on September 15 in Silicon Valley. This year, for the 5th anniversary of the conference, we decided to host three conferences throughout the U.S., and our final stop will be at YC’s office in Mountain View.

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YC Partner AMA at the Female Founders Conference

Recorded live at our Female Founders Conference in New York, an AMA with Kat Manalac, Kirsty Nathoo, Adora Cheung, Holly Liu, Jessica Livingston, and Carolynn Levy.

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Fireside Chat with Kat Mañalac, Kathryn Minshew, and Alex Cavoulacos

Recorded live at our Female Founders Conference in New York, Kat Mañalac sits down with The Muse cofounders Kathryn Minshew and Alex Cavoulacos.

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Jessica Livingston Shares 9 Things She Learned From Founding YC

Recorded live at our Female Founders Conference in New York, Jessica Livingston shares lessons learned while starting and operating YC.

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Mariya Nurislamova, Founder of Scentbird at the Female Founders Conference

Recorded live at our Female Founders Conference in New York, Mariya Nurislamova shares the story of building Scentbird.

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