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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VMware Cofounder Diane Greene with Jessica Livingston at the Female Founders Conference

Diane Greene is SVP of Google Cloud and she was also the CEO and cofounder of VMware. Jessica Livingston is cofounder of YC. Subscribe iTunes Google Play Stitcher…

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Morgan DeBaun on Reaching 20M Millennials – With Kat Manalac at the Female Founders Conference

Morgan DeBaun is the founder and CEO of Blavity. Kat Manalac is a Partner at YC. Kat interviewed Morgan on stage at the 2017 Female Founders Conference about how Blavity got started and how she built a media company that reaches over 20M millennials each month.

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Emily Weiss on the Insights That Grew Glossier – With Amy Buechler at the Female Founders Conference

Emily Weiss is the founder and CEO of Glossier. Amy Buechler is Batch Director at YC. Amy interviewed Emily on stage at the 2017 Female Founders Conference about how Glossier got started and the insights that led to its success.

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Jessica Livingston on What’s Different about “Unicorns”

This is Jessica’s talk from the 2017 Female Founders Conference. She highlighted nine key differences that “unicorn” founders must fulfill. They must: 1. Be lucky 2. Have the right motives 3. Hit a big need 4. Do something basic 5. Be willing to work on a dubious idea 6. Not be afraid of a big idea 7. Be driven and resilient 8. Focus: Life’s Work 9. Be able to evolve into a manager

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Q&A with YC Partners at the Female Founders Conference

At our fourth annual Female Founders Conference, YC Partners answered questions from the audience. The Partners on stage were Kat Manalac, Jessica Livingston, Adora Cheung, Anu Hariharan, Carolynn Levy, and Kirsty Nathoo.

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Aileen Lee and Kirsty Nathoo at the Female Founders Conference

Aileen Lee is the founder of Cowboy Ventures. Kirsty Nathoo is CFO and a Partner at Y Combinator. This conversation was recorded at our fourth annual Female Founders Conference.

Illustrations from the Female Founders Conference

Alli McKee of Stick.ai illustrated several talks during our fourth annual Female Founders Conference. She outlined the key points from each talk along with some of her favorite quotes. You can watch the full conference on our YouTube channel.

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