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YC Alumni Who Paid It Forward

by Michael Seibel12/20/2017

As the YC community grows we have to continually make the choice to help oneanother. I know that as your company progresses, it becomes harder and harder torespond to that quick question or favor from another YC founder. This holidayseason I wanted to give shoutouts to founders in the YC community who went aboveand beyond to help out their fellow alum.And before the rest of the stories, I’d like share one of my own.

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

by Michael Seibel9/28/2017

When people ask me for tech career advice I find it helpful to lay out the threepaths I’ve encountered most in my career: founder, executive, and employee. I’mleaving out investor because the best path to being an investor that I’ve seenstarts with being successful (or failing) at one of these three first.Below I’ll outline what I see as the pros/cons and useful strategies for eachrole.

Welcome Eric, Gustaf, and Jocelyn

by Michael Seibel6/21/2017

We’re excited to welcome Eric, Gustaf, and Jocelyn to the YC Team.Gustaf Alstromer is joining YC as a partner. Most recently, Gustaf spent 4.5years at Airbnb where he worked as a Product Lead on the Growth team, a team hehelped start in 2012. Before Airbnb, Gustaf was Head of Growth at Voxer, andprior to that, he was CEO & cofounder of Heysan, which was part of the YC W07batch.Eric Migicovsky is joining YC as a Visiting Partner.

Fundraising Rounds Are Not Milestones

by Michael Seibel2/6/2017

When meeting with founders for the first time I sometimes hear, “We’re a SeriesA company.” Meanwhile, YC alumni I talk to tell me that their angel investorsregularly ask them, “When are you going to raise a Series A?”.I’d like to make the point that success isn’t the same as raising a round offinancing. Quite the opposite: raising a round should be a byproduct of success.


by Michael Seibel1/13/2017

About a month and a half ago I tried the new Oculus and was completely blownaway. Even though there were clear rough points – expensive computer, notwireless, limited apps – I was amazed. The next morning I had two thoughts: 1. Because VR games are so physical, gaming will no longer be perceived as an unhealthy activity. I could have used this growing up. 2.

Welcome Daniel, Nicole, Stephanie, Steven and Tatyana!

by Michael Seibel1/10/2017

We’re excited to welcome five new members of the YC team:Daniel Gross is joining YC as a Partner. Daniel co-founded Greplin (YC W10), asearch engine that let users find content across their online accounts (Gmail,Dropbox, Salesforce, etc). In 2012, the company renamed itself to Cue andlaunched additional predictive search features. Cue was acquired by Apple in2013, where Daniel continued to lead ML efforts across iOS and OS X for threeyears.

The Scientific Method for Startups

by Michael Seibel12/5/2016

When people discuss startups they tend to talk about inspiration and creativity.This leads founders to believe they can imagineer a solution to any problemthey’re trying to solve. In reality, executing a startup is a balance betweencreativity/intuition/instinct and the scientific method: hypothesize > a/b test> conclude > repeat.Inspiration will help you find a problem to solve. Creativity will allow you tobrainstorm potential solutions to that problem.