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Paul Graham’s Hacker Guide to Investors [INFOGRAPHIC]

By | Jun 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Back in 2007, Y Combinator cofounder and partner Paul Graham wrote an essay that focused on the world of investors. More specifically, he outlined an entire guide for hackers on the nature of investors and how to approach them. While the post is from…


What’s the Most Important Trait for Startup Founders?

By | Apr 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Do you have the most important trait that startup founders need? In moments of doubt, you might start asking yourself if you’re qualified to be startup founder at all. As outliers hit it big and your startup is still struggling, it’s easy to wonder: am…


Paul Graham’s Startup Survival Rules 

By | Jan 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm

When things get difficult, sometimes you have to whip out the old survival guide to make sure your startup gets through a challenging phase in your business. That’s why we are sharing this guide with entrepreneurs, based on Y Combinator’s cofounder Paul Graham‘s “Startups…


This 1 Question Can Reveal Your Ideal Career

By | Jan 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm

What seems like work to other people, but not to you? Y Combinator’s Paul Graham, ever skilled at pointing out simple but profound truths, has a question for people who don’t know what career to pursue: “What Doesn’t Seem Like Work?” He gives the…


Why You Should Read More Books in the New Year

By | Jan 1, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Last night, instead of being a fun human being and partying it up at a wild New Year’s Eve party, I spent the evening cooking a pot of blanquette de veau, sitting around in my parents’ living room, and finishing up a few books…


The First 100 Days: Crucial Decisions that Could Make or Break Your Startup

By | Nov 13, 2014 at 7:00 am

For entrepreneurs who are constantly coming up with ideas and wanting to “build a thing”, the actual start portion of a startup is pretty easy. “I’m gonna build a thing,” you tell yourself, and-voila! You’re starting up. What comes next, though, are a series of startup…


Startups: Grow Fast or Die Slow [VIDEO]

By | Nov 7, 2014 at 7:00 am

“A startup is a company designed to grow fast. Being newly founded does not in itself make a company a startup. Nor is it necessary for a startup to work on technology, or take venture funding, or have some sort of “exit.” The only…


Catching Up With Y Combinator Alumn Olark

By | Dec 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Since launching in 2009, Olark’s click-to-chat customer service tool now greets visitors on hundreds of websites, used by clients ranging from Michigan State University to menswear outfitter Trunk Club. Customers use it to get their questions answered (and complaints heard), and companies deploy it…


Poll: Who’s The Top Angel Investor in the US?

By | Apr 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Angel investors play a pivotal role in the backbone of the early-stage startup ecosystem (note: understatement of the century).  Not only do angels provide roughly the same amount of financing as venture capital firms ($20.1B versus $23.3B in 2010), but startups who acquire their funds from…


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Y Combinator Launches 63 More Startups, 31 Showcased At Demo Day

By | Aug 23, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Since 2005, Y Combinator (YC), one of the top U.S. startup accelerator programs, has been offering a group of startups a small amount of money (~$18k) with access to the YC network and mentoring. The class of startups move to Silicon Valley for 3…

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Y Combinator Startup PicPlum and the Future of Photo Sharing

By | Aug 22, 2011 at 9:49 am

The August 12 launch of PicPlum, which sends monthly shipments of photos to your friends or family, sparked debate about the future of printed photos. Some wonder why the forward-thinking Y Combinator is funding a startup based on a dying medium. But talk to…


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Airbnb Apologizes and Looks To Beef Up Safety After Ransacked Apartments

By | Aug 2, 2011 at 1:39 am

I am a big fan of Airbnb. I like the idea of being able to turn any space into a potential rental unit for a would-be traveler. The young but successful business has been built around the notion that most people are good and…



16-Year-Old Entrepreneur Building a Craigslist for Chores

By | Jul 27, 2011 at 11:00 am

For a 16-year-old, Shahed Khan has a lot to brag about: Robert Scoble likes his startup idea and may recommend him to investors; a Y Combinator alumni offered to introduce him to Paul Graham once he has a working demo; and he has spoken…