Y Combinator Continuity

August 2021

About

YC Continuity is an investment fund dedicated to supporting founders as they scale their companies. Our primary goal is to support YC alumni companies by investing in their subsequent funding rounds, though we occasionally invest in non-YC companies as well.

Like YC’s early-stage partners, the entire YC Continuity team has strong operating experience. We work to create opportunities for founders to continue their personal growth and scale their companies successfully.

We also run the YC Growth Program, which brings together founder-CEOs who are leading rapidly growing companies.

How We Invest

We invest in companies that show strong product-market fit, generally in Series B or later rounds. Our investments range between $20–100M in size. We have both led rounds and participated as co-investors in rounds led by others. We do not have strict valuation parameters, but look for companies with clear business models and customer traction.

Our Portfolio

Boom
Brex
Checkr
Coinbase
Convoy
Deel
DoorDash
Faire
GitLab
Gusto
Groww
Instacart
Ironclad
LendUp
Lob
Mattermost
Monzo
Pave
Podium
PostHog
Rappi
RevenueCat
Segment
Snapdocs
Stripe
Triplebyte
Vouch
Whatnot
Zapier
Fivetran
Vanta

Team

Ali Rowghani

Ali Rowghani is the managing director of YC Continuity. He served as COO of Twitter from 2012 to 2014, where he was in charge of Twitter’s product, design, business development, developer platform, and media teams. He was hired as Twitter’s first CFO and served in that role from 2010 to 2012. Previously, Ali spent nine years in several roles at Pixar Animation Studios, including CFO and SVP of strategic planning. Ali holds a BA and MBA from Stanford. He is on the boards of several YC companies, including Checkr, Gusto, Ironclad, Lob, Mattermost, Segment, Deel, and Pave. He is also a Restoration Hardware (NYSE: RH) board member.

Anu Hariharan

Anu Hariharan is an investing partner at YC Continuity. Previously, she was an investment partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where she worked with the management teams of companies including Airbnb, Instacart, Medium, OfferUp, and Udacity. Before that, Anu was a principal in BCG’s private equity practice, and a senior software engineer at Qualcomm. Anu has an MS in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Wharton. She led YC Continuity’s investments in Boom, Brex, Convoy, Faire, Groww, Gusto, Instacart, Monzo, Rappi, and Vouch, and sits on the boards of Brex, Convoy, Faire, Groww, Gusto, Monzo, Vouch, RevenueCat, and Whatnot.

Arnav Sahu

Arnav Sahu is an investor at YC Continuity. Previously, he was an investor at Spark Capital, where he invested in, and partnered with Rapyd and Ada. Before that, he was on Cisco’s corporate development team, where he drove strategy, business development, M&A, and venture investments in enterprise infrastructure and the IT stack. At Cisco, he invested in Turbonomic, Puppet Labs, Upskill, Kespry, and helped lead the acquisitions of Viptela, ThousandEyes, Sentryo and July Systems. Arnav has a BA in economics and international relations from Cornell University.

Blake Stockman

Blake Stockman is YC Continuity's technical talent manager. He previously worked in technical recruiting at Scale AI (S16), Flexport (W14), Uber, Facebook, and Google, including spinning up new offices and scaling organizations across the US, Europe, and Asia. He holds a BA in psychology from University of California, Merced.

Brendan Browne

Brendan Browne leads leadership and executive talent for YC Continuity. He was VP of talent acquisition for LinkedIn from 2010 to early 2021 and helped scale the company from 900 employees to 16,000 employees and an IPO. Previously, Brendan led HR and recruiting for Deem and recruiting at Microsoft Research (MSR). He started his recruiting career at Sapient and has a BA from Villanova University.

Christine Sun

Christine Sun is an associate at YC Continuity. Previously, she was an investor at Siris Capital, focusing on technology businesses. Prior to that, she was an analyst in the M&A group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Christine graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in economics.

Day Flynn-Walsh

Day Flynn-Walsh is a program associate at YC Continuity. Previously, she was the executive assistant to Laura Behrens Wu, CEO of Shippo. Prior to that she worked in people operations at Omada Health. Dayan graduated from Pitzer College with a BA in anthropology.

Karan Shah

Karan Shah is an investor at YC Continuity. He was previously an investor at Accel, where he invested in and worked with the founders of Blackbuck, FalconX, Spinny, Swiggy, the Urban Company and Vedantu. Karan spent some time with Octahedron Capital, a crossover tech-focussed hedge fund and started his career at Avendus Capital, where he worked with leading Indian tech startups such as Flipkart, PhonePe, CarTrade, Dailyhunt, and Swiggy on fundraising and M&A. Karan has an MBA from MIT and studied business and economics at University of Warwick in the UK.

Krishna Korupolu

Krishna Korupolu is an associate at YC Continuity. He was previously on the strategic finance team at Blend, where he led corporate finance and cross-functional projects across sales, marketing, and business development. Krishna also worked as an investor at Darlington Partners and an M&A analyst at Perella Weinberg. He has a BS in commerce from the University of Virginia.

Luis Bacalao

Luis Bacalao is the general counsel of YC Continuity. He served as assistant general counsel of Khosla Ventures from 2016 to 2021. Prior to that, Luis worked at Fenwick & West in San Francisco and Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City. He has a JD from Columbia Law School and an AB in economics and government from Cornell University.

Margot Helm

Margot Helm is an executive assistant at YC Continuity supporting Ali Rowghani. Before YC, Margot worked at several startups, including Financialforce.com and most recently Bugcrowd. She has a BA in psychology from Southern Methodist University.

Matt Bogrand

Matt Bogrand is a principal at YC Continuity. He has a background in both operations and finance, having worked at Dropbox and Blackstone prior to YC. At Dropbox, Matt was a member of the strategic finance team, where he led cross-functional projects across finance, strategy, product, and business development. At Blackstone, he was an analyst in the M&A advisory group. Matt has a BS in commerce from the University of Virginia.

Mia Mabanta

Mia Mabanta is head of talent and growth initiatives for YC Continuity. Prior to YC, Mia led product marketing at Quartz, the business news startup, as the company grew 10X in revenue and headcount. She cofounded a fintech startup, HelloWallet, which sold to Morningstar and spun out of a research paper she worked on at the Brookings Institution, where she began her career as an analyst. Mia has an MBA from Stanford.

Nic Dardenne

Nic Dardenne is a principal at YC Continuity. Before YC, Nic worked as an analyst at Morgan Stanley, focusing on M&A and capital markets transactions for industrial services, consumer retail, and private equity clients. Nic graduated with honors from the University of Southern California, with a BS in business administration.

Simon Lu

Simon Lu is the chief operating officer of YC Continuity. Simon was previously on the investment team and was actively involved in YC Continuity's investments in Checkr, DoorDash, Fivetran, GitLab, Instacart, Mattermost, Segment, Stripe and many others. He was a director at Twitter, where he worked on M&A, corporate strategy and business development, and led teams supporting the developer platform. Before that, Simon was a growth investor at The Carlyle Group, and had prior roles in investment banking and technology consulting. Simon has an MBA from Wharton and a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tiffany Kosolcharoen

Tiffany Kosolcharoen is director of investment research at YC Continuity. Previously, she was a manager with Facebook’s growth team, where she built and led the market intelligence team serving corporate development, payments, messaging, media, and emerging businesses. Prior, Tiffany led consumer business development at Twitter, where she launched new products as Twitter commerce’s first hire. Tiffany holds a BS and MBA from MIT.

Verena Prescher

Verena Prescher is director of finance at YC Continuity. Before YC, Verena was the controller at Felicis Ventures. Prior to that, she was a tax manager in PwC’s asset management practice. Verena graduated from New York University with a BS in economics and accounting.