The YC Directory

We recently launched the YC Directory. The directory lists 2,000+ publicly launched YC companies and makes it simple to filter by batch, industry, status, region, and company size. Potential investors and partners can use the directory to easily find and contact the companies wit … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 2 days ago

Understanding Startup Stock Options

Ben Beltzer (@benbeltzer7) shares a great resource on understanding and evaluating stock options. He is a former founder and current employee of Berbix (S18). | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 6 days ago

YC W21 Remote Batch

YC W21 batch will be remote. Amid the global pandemic, the safety of our founders and staff is our top priority. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 13 days ago

Engineer #1 at Vanta (YC W18): Tom Denham

Check out Y Combinator’s Work at a Startup, where there are thousands of jobs at well-funded and vetted YC companies, ranging from seed-stage to later-stage, including Brex, Segment and Instacart. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 15 days ago

Open Office Hours: Sign Up for Office Hours with YC Partners

We’re delighted to announce that YC is hosting online office hours for startup founders every Friday throughout the month of September. If you’re in the early stages of building a company, we’d love to meet you -- anyone from idea stage through Series A, and any non-profit is wel … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 1 month ago

YC Build Sprint and 20 Equity-Free Grants

We’re excited to announce our first-ever YC Build Sprint. This is a 4-week period to work intensively towards a defined goal alongside a community of thousands of other founders. The sprint will kick off on August 24 and be administered through our free Startup School platform. A … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 1 month ago

Career and Resume Advice: Student Edition

With the launch of YC's list of startups hiring for fall 2020 interns, I've been getting a lot of requests for advice from students about their upcoming fall plans. I provided some resume tips previously, and now I want to answer some frequently asked questions that are relevant … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 1 month ago

YC S20 Virtual Demo Day

On August 24 and 25, YC will host our 31st Demo Day live over Zoom. After considering community feedback from our first, rapidly planned online Demo Day in March, we’ve decided that a live Demo Day is an important part of founders’ YC experience. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 1 month ago

A New Standard Deal

We are making two changes to our standard deal in conjunction with a recent fundraise. Starting with the Winter 2021 batch, our deal will be $125,000 for 7% equity on a post-money safe, and we will reduce the amount of our pro rata right to 4% of subsequent rounds. In the coming … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 2 months ago

Syndicated rounds: When you can’t find a Series A lead

If you’ve run a full Series A fundraising process and haven’t found a lead, pulling together a syndicate can be a good Plan B. (We’ve even seen a few cases where pulling together a competing “offer” from a syndicate triggered a term sheet offer from a lead.) If you’re in this pos … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 3 months ago

Engineer #1 at ReadMe (YC W15): Marc Cuva

Marc Cuva is the lead Product Manager at ReadMe (YC W15) where he was also the company’s first full-time engineer. Learn more about Marc's impact on the company vision, his transition to product, and the mentorship he’s gotten from ReadMe’s founder to further his development. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 3 months ago

Get advice on your resume and reaching out

To help job seekers amid this crisis, I’m spending a lot of time doing 1-1s and resume reviews. Below are my most common pieces of advice.Mail me your resume (ryan@ycombinator.com) if you want feedback or pointer | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 3 months ago

YC's Startup School Relaunching as Continuous Program

We’re excited to announce that Startup School (SUS) is relaunching today as a continuous program. This change will allow us to serve many more founders than the traditional annual course we’ve been running since 2017 and better support startup founders year-round.In addition to t … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 3 months ago

Startup School Relaunching as Continuous Program

We’re excited to announce that Startup School (SUS) is relaunching today as a continuous program. This change will allow us to serve many more founders than the traditional annual course we’ve been running since 2017 and better support startup founders year-round.In addition to t … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 3 months ago

Be Wary of Solving a Small, Rare Problem – Des Traynor of Intercom(2017)

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. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 3 months ago

Pinduoduo and The Rise of Social e-commerce

Across the globe, as the novel coronavirus moves us from communal spaces into the confinement of our homes, our social experiences are forced to adapt. Beyond the social networks we already know and use, we are finding new ways to integrate social into our online lives. At Y Comb … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 4 months ago

YC S20 Remote Batch

We have decided to run the S20 batch remotely, because amid the COVID-19 crises, the safety of founders and YC staff is our top priority. Interviews for the batch will be remote, and office hours, evening talks, and meetups throughout the batch will all take place over video conf … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 5 months ago

Employee #1: Airbnb (2016)

A conversation with Nick Grandy, Airbnb’s first employee. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 5 months ago

YC startups that are hiring

Many YC startups are actively hiring on Work at a Startup across engineering, product, design, marketing and more. We asked founders to shoot a 30-second video describing their businesses and open roles. Meet them here. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 5 months ago

Finding your next role through Y Combinator

At YC, we want to help those who have been impacted by recent layoffs. As always, anyone is welcome to create a profile on Work at a Startup, which makes it simple to browse the 400+ YC companies that are actively hiring, including larger ones like Segment, Brex and Instacart. YC … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 5 months ago

YC Alum Advice for Managing Remote Teams

We hosted a virtual panel with YC alum on best practices for managing a remote team. We aggregated the advice shared by alum, including Sid Sijbrandij & Darren Murph of GitLab (remote team of 1,200+), Wade Foster of Zapier (remote team of 300+), Ian Tien of Mattermost (remote tea … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 5 months ago

YC S20 Batch Updates

We want to make sure founders know that the YC Summer 2020 batch will take place. Our online application is open now and we will run our application review process as we always do, with some modifications to how we run interviews. Additionally, depending on the circumstances this … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 6 months ago

YC W20 Online Demo Day moved up due to investor interest

Over the last few days, a large number of investors have accelerated their outreach to our current batch of founders. They are moving quickly to make investment decisions, and we’re going to match their pace and accelerate our schedule by one week. YC W20 online Demo Day will now … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 6 months ago

Why Should I Start a Startup?

A lot of people ask themselves why they should start a startup. My answer to why you should start a startup is simple: there is a certain type of person who only works at their peak capacity when there is no predictable path to follow, the odds of success are low, and they have t … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 6 months ago

YC Winter 20 Demo Day will be done online

On March 23, YC will host our 30th Demo Day online. With the growing concern over COVID-19, we believe this is the right thing to do for the safety of all attendees, including our team, founders, investors, and the media. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 6 months ago

A Minimum Viable Product Is Not a Product, It’s a Process

An MVP is not just a product with half of the features chopped out, or a way to get the product out the door a little earlier. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 6 months ago

YC's new guide to Raising a Series A

We started YC’s Series A Program two years ago to fix a problem faced by every startup raising an A: VCs understand how Series A's work and founders do not. This asymmetry of information puts founders at a significant disadvantage. Much as YC had done for seed stage financings - … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 7 months ago

Apply Early for YC S20

The deadline to apply for YC Summer 2020 is Monday, March 16 at 8pm. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 7 months ago

YC Bio Tour – 2020

This year, for the first time, we’ll be visiting universities and institutions to meet founders who are focused on building biotech and healthcare companies. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 8 months ago

Startup School 2019 Grant Recipients

As part of our efforts to further support founders in [Startup School][1], we awarded $15,000 in equity-free grants to the most promising companies to go through the course. The quality (and quantity!) of founders who participated in Startup School this past year made the grant s … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 9 months ago

Three Paths in the Tech Industry: Founder, Executive, or Employee (2017)

When people ask me for tech career advice I find it helpful to lay out the three paths I’ve encountered most in my career: founder, executive, and employee. I wrote this post though because when I talk to people about their careers I’m surprised at how often they focus on only on … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 9 months ago

Announcing Startup School Winter 2020

We’re excited to announce the next iteration of Startup School. The 8-week course will launch on January 20, 2020, and you can sign up to participate here. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 9 months ago

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 hours with developers and even standing in as SRE for 24x7 hour shifts... for over a year.In this int … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 10 months ago

An update on YC China

In the summer of 2018, Qi Lu joined Y Combinator to help create YC China, a localized version of our U.S. program. As we worked to establish YC China, we had a change in leadership. With this, our strategy changed back to our tried and true approach of supporting local and intern … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 10 months ago

What Makes the Top% of Founders Different?

Michael Seibel on what makes the top 10% of founders different. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 10 months ago

Intern #1 to YC Founder: An Interview with Jack Forbes of Faros (YC W19)

Jack Forbes, CEO of Faros (YC W19). He shares his experiences moonlighting as an intern at HigherMe (YC W15), playing soccer with YC founders & partners, and what drove him to start a YC company — even after being rejected. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 11 months ago

Consume Information That Encourages You to Do More

YC Partner and Head of Admissions Dalton Caldwell on consuming tech media and being careful to choose things that encourage you to do more. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 11 months ago

Y Combinator Top Companies – 2019

We’re excited to share the list of 2019 Top Y Combinator Companies. We put this list together to help potential employees, partners, and late stage investors get to know a wider set of YC companies. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 11 months ago

Engineer Profile – Employee #2 at ClearBrain (YC W18)

Cynthia Rogers landed at ClearBrain (YC W18) as the second eng hire, and found exactly what she wanted: a great mentor/manager, a strong technical team, and challenging work to keep her learning (but not overwhelmed). Read how she evaluates startups — both technically and cultura … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 11 months ago

How to Cold Email Investors by Michael Seibel

Y Combinator CEO and Partner Michael Seibel on how to cold email investors. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 1 year ago

YC Summer 2019 Batch Stats

At our 29th Demo Day, 175 companies presented over two days. You can read more about the companies on TechCrunch (day one and day two coverage of S19 Demo Day), Forbes, and Crunchbase.Below are stats about the S19 batch.As a reminder, the application deadline for YC W20 is coming … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 1 year ago

The Cost of Preemptive Deals

We looked at 120 US Series A rounds from our portfolio over the past 18 months to see whether or not preemptive offers were generally more or less dilutive than process driven rounds. On average, founders taking preemptive offers are taking ~1.4% more dilution for less money. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 1 year ago

Applying to YC Early Decision – Wren (YC S19)

Earlier this week, we interviewed Rent the Backyard about their Early Decision experience. This week, we talked to Wren. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 1 year ago

YC and Ginkgo Bioworks announce new partnership for synthetic biology startups

Ginkgo Bioworks was the first bio company YC funded, back in summer 2014, which makes us especially delighted to announce a new partnership between YC and Ginkgo.Ginkgo Bioworks programs cells. They program them to produce flavors, fragrances, cannabinoids, food proteins, and mor … | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 1 year ago

Office Hours for Startups Tackling Climate Issues

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@blog.ycombinator.com | 1 year ago

Office Hours for Startups Tackling Climate Issues

We’re delighted to announce that YC is hosting online office hours for founders of startups and nonprofits that are solving climate issues on Tuesday, September 24. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 1 year ago

Aaron Harris on Fundraising and Meeting with Investors

Aaron Harris is a Partner at YC and before that he cofounded Tutorspree. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 1 year ago

The Biggest Mistakes First-Time Founders Make

Y Combinator CEO and Partner Michael Seibel on the biggest mistakes first-time founders make. | Continue reading


@blog.ycombinator.com | 1 year ago