Y Combinator Continuity

October 2019

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.

Team

Ali Rowghani

Ali Rowghani is the CEO of YC Continuity. Previously, 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, and Segment. He is also a Restoration Hardware (NYSE: RH) board member.

Anu Hariharan

Anu Hariharan is a 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, Gusto, Instacart, Monzo, and Rappi, and sits on the boards of Brex, Convoy, Faire, Gusto, and Monzo.

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 senior associate 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 senior associate 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.

Sachin Patel

Sachin Patel is an associate at YC Continuity. Prior to YC, Sachin was an engagement manager at McKinsey, where he managed consulting teams in private equity, strategy, and operations projects at financial institution, payment, and fintech Fortune 100 clients. Prior to McKinsey, Sachin held roles at Microsoft and Goldman Sachs. He graduated from Harvard with an AB in statistics and a minor in Mandarin.

Simon Lu

Simon Lu is a principal at YC Continuity. He was a director at Twitter, where he worked on strategic initiatives, M&A, business development and oversaw the developer relations and platform operations teams. Previously, Simon was a growth investor at The Carlyle Group where he focused on technology investments, and he also spent time in investment banking and consulting. Simon has an MBA from Wharton and a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Simon actively worked on many of Continuity's investments, including Checkr, Doordash, GitLab, Gusto, Instacart, Mattermost, Segment, and Stripe.

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.