Founder Stories


Coinbase from YC to IPO

Today, Coinbase has gone public. We are proud to say that Coinbase is a Y Combinator company and a member of the Summer 2012 batch. Co-founder and CEO…

Promise Co-Founder and CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins on Being a Force for Good

Pheadra Ellis-Lamkins, Co-Founder and CEO of Promise, had witnessed technology’s impact on the work communities in which she’d been a part — and not always for good. In…

Edlyft Co-Founder and CEO Erika Hairston: How Community Can Elevate Tech

Edlyft co-founder and CEO Erika Hairston never imagined herself as a “techie,” but was drawn to computer science while at Yale University—not that it was a cinch for…

Squire Co-Founder and CEO Songe LaRon: Powering Barbershops of the Future

Songe LaRon didn’t have experience working in the barbershop world when he first had the idea for Squire, a business management and point-of-sales software focusing on barbershop owners.…

The Airbnbs

To celebrate Airbnb’s IPO and to help future founders, I thought it might be useful to explain what was special about Airbnb.

DoorDash from application to IPO

DoorDash is the first company that I’ve had the opportunity to follow all the way from YC application to IPO, so to celebrate I thought it would be fun and interesting to share what a great company like DoorDash looks like at the earliest stages.

Vikrum Nijjar: Engineer #1 at Firebase and Founder of Gold Fig Labs (YC S19)

Vikrum Nijjar joined as the first engineer at Firebase, and did whatever it took to help the company succeed: scaling out infrastructure, shipping mobile SDKs, hosting 1-1 office…

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