Founder Stories


Congrats Dropbox!

I wrote Dropbox their first investment check, on June 26, 2007. Little did I know back then what a momentous check this one would be: that 11 years later, Dropbox would be the first Y Combinator company to go public.

Founder Stories: Alexander Mistakidis of Gamelynx

Alexander Mistakidis is cofounder and CEO of Gamelynx (YC S17). Discussed: Esports; Student Entrepreneurship; Mental Health; Working at Riot Games; Alexander’s Favorite Games.

YC Alumni Who Paid It Forward

As the YC community grows we have to continually make the choice to help one another. I know that as your company progresses, it becomes harder and harder to respond to that quick question or favor from another YC founder. This holiday season I wanted to give shoutouts to founders in the YC community who went above and beyond to help out their fellow alum.

Founder Stories: Kate Heddleston of Opsolutely

Kate Heddleston is founder and CEO of Opsolutely (YC S16). Discussed: Developer Productivity; Human-Computer Interaction; Kate’s CS Degree; Academic vs. Practical Knowledge; Deciding to Do YC; Learnings from YC; Being a Female Founder; Advice to College Students; Dune.

Founder Stories: Reham Fagiri of AptDeco

Reham Fagiri is cofounder and CEO of AptDeco (YC W14). AptDeco is a peer to peer marketplace for buying and selling furniture. Discussed: Skills Learned During Her MBA; Going From a Bank to a Startup; Starting AptDeco; SF<>NYC During YC; Reham’s Favorite Podcasts.

Founder Stories: Blake Scholl of Boom Technology

Blake Scholl is founder and CEO of Boom Technology (YC W16). Boom is building supersonic passenger airplanes that lots of people can afford to fly. Discussed: Innovation in Aviation; Blake’s Career Before Boom; Being a Hard Tech Company in YC; Meeting with Richard Branson.

Founder Stories: Leah Culver of Breaker

Leah Culver is cofounder and CTO of Breaker (YC W17). Breaker is an end-to-end podcasting company. Right now they’re building an iOS app for listening to podcasts focused on social discovery.

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