Startups For Students Guide
In the past two years, we’ve met over 6,000 students during our virtual outreach tours. We compiled a list of the questions they most frequently asked about startups, and created this Startups for Students Guide.
From Self-Doubt to Starting Up: Words of Wisdom for Women Founders From YC Continuity Partner Anu Hariharan
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. ...
Syndicated rounds: When you can’t find a Series A lead
by Janelle Tam6/24/2020
Series As usually require a founder to secure a single large investor: a lead.This is because the Series A is usually a company’s first priced round, which iswhen crucial terms around governance and control (like board composition) aredecided.Having a lead makes it easier to agree on terms: you negotiate 1:1 with the leadand everyone else follows. It also simplifies the fundraising process: all youhave to do is convince one person to believe in your vision.
Advice for job seekers on resumes and standing out
by Ryan Choi5/19/2020
In my role here at YC, I spend a lot of time with job seekers doing 1-1s andresume reviews. Below are my most common pieces of advice.Mail me your resume (firstname.lastname@example.org ) if youwant feedback or pointers.
Startup HR: What’s important?
by Renee Mars5/7/2020
In the early stages of working on a startup, there is little time to spend onareas other than product development and talking to users. However, as you startto hire people and build a team, there are HR fundamentals worth investing in.Having basic HR practices in place can help your startup scale quickly and mayeliminate unforeseen and often costly problems down the road.The People PersonMany founders ask me “when is the right time to hire a HR person?”.
YC’s Director of Events on Hosting a Virtual Event
by Lindsay Selvitelle4/17/2020
It’s likely that the responsibility of hosting virtual events no longer fallssolely on the webinar expert in your organization. It’s now a necessity for allteams to host their own virtual events to stay connected with customers,employees and followers. The uptick in virtual events at YC — and amongst YCcompanies — has reminded us that the details matter. For an audience to find anevent truly valuable, you have to remove distractions and over prepare for thehiccups.
YC's New Guide to Raising a Series A
by Aaron Harris2/26/2020
We started YC’s Series A Program two years ago to fix aproblem faced by every startup raising an A: VCs understand how Series A’s workand founders do not. This asymmetry of information puts founders at asignificant disadvantage. Much as YC had done for seed stage financings – wedecided to resolve that asymmetry in order to help founders.We also made another commitment: to share as much of what we learned with asmany founders as possible.