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Weave (YC W14) is Going Public

by Geoff Ralston11/11/2021

Today, Weave, which was part of YC’s W14 batch, is going public. Brandon, Jared, and Clint worked incredibly hard, stayed the course and, as a result, Weave has become an extraordinary success.

Embark Trucks’ (W16) Road to IPO

by Geoff Ralston11/11/2021

Today, Embark Trucks, once a startup in YC’s W16 batch, is going public. Congrats to Alex, Brandon and the entire Embark team.

GitLab from YC to IPO

by Ali Rowghani10/14/2021

GitLab is one of the most innovative companies to participate in YC’s programs. Beyond building an enormously successful business, they have broken the mold of how startups themselves are built.

Amplitude (W12) is going public

by Geoff Ralston9/28/2021

Today, Amplitude , which waspart of YC’s W12 batch, is going public. Their story of grit, determination, andcreativity, is an epic one.Spenser and Curtis first applied to YC in 2011, but their idea, a new version ofMechanical Turk, did not impress YC’s reviewers at the time, and although theywere clearly brilliant hackers, that first application was rejected.

Ginkgo Bioworks (S14) is going public today

by Jared Friedman9/17/2021

Ginkgo Bioworks is thefirst biotech company YC funded, and today they are going public. To celebratetheir IPO, here’s the story of how Ginkgo Bioworks ended up in YC, and whattheir journey was like as YC’s first biotech startup.In 2014, YC had been funding startups for 9 years, but we’d mostly fundedsoftware companies. While we hadn’t funded many, we thought that the YC modelmight work well for hard-tech companies.

Coinbase from YC to IPO

by Dalton Caldwell4/14/2021

Today, Coinbase has gone public. We are proud to say that Coinbase is a Y Combinator company and a member of the Summer 2012 batch.

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.