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.


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Reshma Shetty, Founder of Ginkgo Bioworks at the Female Founders Conference

Recorded live at our Female Founders Conference in New York, Reshma Shetty shares the story of building Gingko Bioworks.

Join us at YC’s Female Founders Conference in New York on June 30

We believe creating a platform where successful women can share their stories and advice with founders who are just getting started is one way to bring about even more successful women-led companies. If you’d like to attend in New York, sign up by June 8, 2018.

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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.

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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.

Seattle Female Founders Conference Live Stream

We’re live streaming the first Y Combinator Female Founders Conference event of the year at 2pm PST.

Join Leap: An Online Community for Women

I’m excited to share an experimental project I’ve been working on at YC over the last 10 months. It’s called Leap and it’s an online community for women in tech to talk about whatever we want.

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