A Guide to Pitching Funding and Launch Stories

We tell our clients there are three elements that constitute a good story: timeliness, credibility, and uniqueness. There are two types of stories that easily satisfy all three: funding announcements and launching out of an accelerator.

No Lean Season (YC W17) Named GiveWell Top Charity

We are thrilled to announce that No Lean Season, a nonprofit from the Winter 2017 batch of Y Combinator, has been named one of GiveWell’s top charities. No Lean Season gives a travel subsidy of $19 to very poor rural farm laborers. This enables a family member to travel to a nearby city to earn extra income during the period between planting and harvesting.

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Keith Schacht and Doug Peltz on What Traction Feels Like – at YC Edtech Night

Keith Schacht and Doug Peltz are the founders of Mystery Science (YC S17), a company that produces K-5 science curriculum designed to instill a love of learning about the natural world. At Edtech Night, Geoff Ralston interviewed Keith and Doug about their journey from idea, to product-market fit, to being used in 10% of US elementary schools.

YC’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Check out the Y Combinator 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, which features products and services from a wide range of YC companies. We’ve got home goods, gadgets, toys, subscriptions, donations and everything in between. Also, after getting requests for a list of products & services from female-founded companies, we pulled together a Female Founders’ Holiday Gift Guide so you can easily shop for these gifts.

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Sarah Chou on Finding Product-Market Fit in the Education Industry – at YC Edtech Night

Sarah Chou is the founder of Informed K12 (Imagine K12, S12), a company that automates business workflows for K-12 school districts. At Edtech Night, Sarah shared the experience of finding product-market fit after an early pivot, plus her strategies for selling to K-12 schools and districts.

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The Future of Bike Sharing with Ofo Cofounder Yanqi Zhang and Anu Hariharan

At our Global Growth Conference Anu Hariharan interviewed Yanqi Zhang about bike sharing.

13 Startup Ideas

Startup ideas aren’t actually a scarce resource. In fact, they’re only becoming more abundant — as the world moves faster and more new businesses are created, more novel niches appear for profitable, productive companies. With that in mind, we asked YC alumni and staff for startup ideas that they wish existed but aren’t currently working on.

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