by Michael Seibel4/20/2020
We have decided to run the S20 batch remotely, because amid the COVID-19 crises, the safety of founders and YC staff is our top priority. Interviews for the batch will be remote, and office hours, evening talks, and meetups throughout the batch will all take place over video conferencing, as well as on our online platform and forum for YC founders.
We are confident we can produce a great remote batch. We have learned a lot from the final month of the W20 batch (which was entirely online) and from a large number of international teams over the years who have only been able to attend portions of YC in person.
Interestingly, the S20 batch will be YC’s 15-year anniversary. If there’s one constant over the last 15 years, it is change; YC is constantly experimenting and evolving to adapt to founders’ needs. We’ll continue to adapt in the midst of COVID-19 and work hard to serve our S20 founders.
Michael Seibel is a Group Partner and Managing Director, Early Stage at YC. He was the cofounder and CEO Justin.tv and Socialcam. Socialcam sold to Autodesk in 2012 and Justin.tv became Twitch.