YC Portfolio Stats

by Sam Altman7/16/2014

We get asked a lot for statistics on the YC portfolio.  Even though some of these aren’t that helpful
[1], here is the latest update on the numbers we get asked about the most.  As always, all the credit goes to the

Total market cap of all YC companies: >$30 billion

Total money raised by all YC companies: >$3 billion

Number of YC companies worth more than $1 billion: 3 [2]

Number of YC companies worth more than $100 million: >20

Number of companies funded by YC so far: 716

Number of companies in the current batch: 85

Acceptance rate of the current batch: <3%

Number of nuclear energy companies in the current batch: 2

[1] Intermediate valuations aren’t worth very much, for
example.  But we don’t keep statistics on
total revenue or jobs created, though I expect both numbers would be

 [2] This is how many companies are currently worth over $1
billion, but even if we never funded another company I think it would at least
double and probably triple or quadruple.

 [3] Similar to the note above, this number should go up a
lot just from our current portfolio—it generally takes companies a few years to
get above this threshold.


  • Sam Altman

    Sam Altman is the CEO of OpenAI. He was the president of YC from 2014-2019. He studied computer science at Stanford, and while there, worked in the AI lab.