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How to Manage a Board

by Anu Hariharan7/15/2019

With special contributions from Nic DardenneOne of the most common questions we hear from founders is “How do I manage myboard?” It’s something that provokes anxiety, because this is the first time thefounder/CEO is subject to external supervision, and the board has powers thatinclude the firing of the CEO and the senior management. It is natural to feelthis way.

Apply to the Fall 2018 YC Growth Program

by Ali Rowghani7/31/2018

We are excited to invite interested founders to apply to the Fall 2018 batch ofthe YC Growth Program . Ifyou would like to be considered for admission, please complete this application. It should take about 20 minutes tocomplete. The purpose of the application is to learn about your company and toassess your fit for the program. The deadline to apply is August 20, 2018.

Open Application for YC Growth Program

by Ali Rowghani1/30/2018

We are delighted to invite interested founders to apply to the YC Growth Program. If you would like tobe considered for admission, please complete this application. It shouldtake about an hour to complete and all questions must be answered. The purposeis to get to know your company and to assess your fit for the Program. Thedeadline for application is February 23, 2018.

Growth Guide: How to Set Up, Staff and Scale a Growth Program

by Anu Hariharan7/20/2017

with special contributions from Gustaf AlstromerAdvice from 25 preeminent growth experts at top startups“Growth hacks,” like Hotmail’s inclusion of a signup link in its user’s default email signature, can be extremely helpful in driving viralgrowth early in a product’s path to product market fit (PMF).

Scaling Growth | Gustaf Alstromer (YC Partner + Airbnb) & Ed Baker (Uber)

by Y Combinator6/22/2017

Gustaf Alstromer, YC’s newest Partner (formerlyproduct lead for Growth at Airbnb) joined a panel with Ed Baker, (former Head ofGrowth at Uber), to share tips on growth experiments and team dynamics at ascaling company.Topics discussed:What is a north star metric for growth? If you talk to anyone on the growthteam, and ask them, “what number are we trying to grow.” They’d be able to saythat number.

The Job of a CFO at a Scaling Company | Sarah Friar (CFO of Square) & Jason Child (CFO of Opendoor)

by Y Combinator6/20/2017

Anu Hariharan, YC Partner on the Continuity Fund, sat down with Sarah Friar andJason Child to dig into the job of a CFO at a scaling company.Topics discussed:Look for a strategic partner in your CFO. You shouldn’t think about who you needtoday, you should think about who you will need in the near future. Break bread,determine if you’d be able to work with this person and respectfully disagree inthe heat of an IPO. Look for someone who is the yin to your yang.

How to Build Your Board | Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin

by Y Combinator6/15/2017

Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin, talks through how he built his board of directors,and shares lessons-learned.Topics discussed: * What you’re really looking for: What to look for in an investor who’s joining your board — good board members should love your mission, listen more than they talk, and attend every meeting in-person. Glenn also discussed why it’s good to bring on a fellow operator who can relate to you as a peer (talking about Selina Tobaccowala joining the board).