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Y Combinator Top Companies - August 2022

by Y Combinator8/23/2022

Today we’re excited to release an update to the YC Top Companies list. There are now 15 public YC companies, 316 private YC companies that are valued at over $150M, and over 80 are valued at over $1B.

First Five Hires with PostHog

by Y Combinator8/16/2022

PostHog (YC W20) is a suite of open source product analytic tools that companies can host themselves. YC’s Anu Hariharan sat down with the co-founder and CEO of PostHog James Hawkins to discuss hiring their first five employees.

YC Founder Firesides: Gusto on building for new verticals

by Y Combinator8/15/2022

Today, more than 200,000 businesses use Gusto for payroll, employee benefits, talent management, and more. And with the recent addition of Gusto Embedded, developers now use Gusto’s APIs and pre-build UI flows to embed payroll, tax filing, and payments infrastructure into products.

Learnings of a CEO: Wade Foster, Zapier

by Lindsay Amos8/9/2022

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

by Lindsay Amos7/20/2022

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.

New YC video series: First Five

by Y Combinator7/13/2022

Introducing First Five, a new video series where growth stage companies look back on their first five hires, customers, and launches. In the first episode, YC Managing Director Anu Hariharan sits down with Tomer London, the co-founder and CPO of Gusto, to look back on the company’s first five hires.

Same, Same but Different with Vanta and Zapier

by Y Combinator7/7/2022

Both Vanta CEO Christina Cacioppo and Zapier CEO WadeFoster made the decision to take a disciplinedapproach to fundraising.