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.

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Growth Office Hours: Round 2

Anu Hariharan and Gustaf Alstromer are partners at YC. This episode is a follow-up to Anu’s Growth Guide and the first Growth Office Hours.

Announcing YC’s Growth Stage Program

Today, we are excited to announce the YC Growth Program, our first formal program for later stage startups. If we imagine Y Combinator as the university degree for startups, the Growth Program is grad school. The program is designed for founder-CEOs of post-Series A companies with between 50-100 employees who are in the early stages of company-building. The basis of the program is a 10-week dinner series, with each dinner focused on a specific issue that every startup has to overcome in order to scale successfully.

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Be Wary of Solving a Small, Rare Problem – Des Traynor of Intercom

Des Traynor is the cofounder of Intercom. He stopped by to talk about product strategy and what he’s learned as his role at Intercom has evolved.

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Making Physical Retail as Easy as Opening an Online Store – Ali Kriegsman and Alana Branston of Bulletin

Ali Kriegsman and Alana Branston are the founders of Bulletin. Bulletin is a platform that allows brands to share the cost of a physical store.

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There’s an Art to Getting Brilliant People to Surprise Themselves – Kevin Slavin of The Shed

Kevin Slavin is the Chief Science and Technology Officer of The Shed, which is an art center in New York that’s opening in 2019. Before The Shed, Kevin founded the Playful Systems group at MIT’s Media Lab.

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Preston Silverman on Building out a Marketplace in Education – at YC Edtech Night

Preston Silverman is the founder of RaiseMe (Imagine K12, S12), a platform that allows colleges to award micro-scholarships to students throughout high school for doing the things that prepare them for college success.

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