Learnings of a CEO: Matt Schulman, Pave, on Hiring
Pave Founder and CEO Matt Schulman has created one of the most comprehensive and thorough recruiting processes, which has made him one of the most successful recruiters in the YC community.
Learnings of a CEO: Wade Foster, Zapier
Today, Zapier automates work by connecting with over 5,000 apps. The company has been profitable since 2014 and is valued at $5B – with 700 employees working remotely. Wade, Zapier CEO, shared his learnings growing into the role of a growth-stage CEO.
Learnings of a CEO: Max Rhodes, Faire
Outside of the YC community, little has been documented on best practices to be an effective CEO. We want to help founders everywhere scale and build enduring companies — and today, we’re launching a new series to do just that: Learnings of a CEO.
From Self-Doubt to Starting Up: Words of Wisdom for Women Founders From YC Continuity Partner Anu Hariharan
by Lindsay Amos3/30/2021
We’ve been talking about the unique challenges facing women founders for years,but the pandemic was particularly hard for women looking to start their owncompanies. According to recent data,funding to women-founded companies dropped from 2.8% in 2019 to 2.3% in 2020.
Promise Co-Founder and CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins on Being a Force for Good
by Lindsay Amos3/26/2021
Pheadra Ellis-Lamkins, Co-Founder and CEO of Promise ,had witnessed technology’s impact on the work communities in which she’d been apart — and not always for good. In the labor force and the environment sector,she’d seen technology replace jobs, relegating janitors and receptionists tocontract work. In the music industry, she’d seen artists’ content devalued withadvances in digital innovation. “I went into tech to understand it,” she said.
Apply to YC Summer 2021
by Lindsay Amos3/15/2021
The deadline to apply to the Y Combinator Summer 2021 batch is Friday, March 19 at 8pm PT. Due to COVID-19,Summer 2021 will be the third batch in a row to be fully remote.We occasionally get questions about what a remote batch is like. Our 2020 Yearin Review is helpful here,and I thought I’d include some quotes from when I asked founders from Summer2020 (our first all remote batch) about their experience.
Edlyft Co-Founder and CEO Erika Hairston: How Community Can Elevate Tech
by Lindsay Amos2/25/2021
Edlyft co-founder and CEO Erika Hairston never imaginedherself as a “techie,” but was drawn to computer science while at YaleUniversity—not that it was a cinch for her. “I actually really struggled throughthe major and almost dropped it,” she says. While she ultimately persevered andgraduated with her computer science degree from Yale in 2018, she also builtappreciation for what it’s like to be truly intimidated by a subject matter.
Squire Co-Founder and CEO Songe LaRon: Powering Barbershops of the Future
by Lindsay Amos2/23/2021
Songe LaRon didn’t have experience working in the barbershop world when he firsthad the idea for Squire , a business management andpoint-of-sales software focusing on barbershop owners. He did, however, havefirsthand knowledge of the customer experience.Beginning at the age of six or seven, LaRon started frequenting the barber withhis dad. Twenty years later, he realized the industry hadn’t evolved much. “Itwas very inefficient,” he said.
Apply to YC on Your Schedule
by Lindsay Amos1/14/2021
We want to better support founders by giving them access to YC whenever it’sbest for them, regardless of our batch timeline. While it has always been anoption to apply year-round to YC, we’re now formalizing it with an earlydeadline.Now, founders can apply for an early interview to the Summer 2021 batch. If wereceive your application by Wednesday, January 27 at 8pm PT, we will consideryou for an early February interview (instead of regular interviews, which beginin late April).