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Jared Friedman

Jared Friedman
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Jared Friedman is Managing Director, Software and Group Partner at YC. He was co-founder of Scribd, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2006 and grew to be one of the top 100 sites on the web. Jared previously worked at a pioneering AI company and studied computer science at Harvard.

YC stats

  • Jared has read more than 12,000 YC applications.
  • The YC companies he has worked with are worth a combined $103 billion.
  • Jared has advised more than 20 YC unicorns including:
Eight Sleep logoHuman Interest logoAstranis logoRappi logoVetcove logoMeesho logoScale AI logoFlutterwave logoBird logoSolugen logoGem logoVanta logoSubstack logoReplit logoFrubana Inc logoPrometheus logoH1 logoAtoB logoSupabase logoZepto logo

Videos and Essays

How to get startup ideas
32:22
How to get startup ideas
653K views
1 year ago
Advice for Hard-Tech and Biotech founders
24:33
Advice for Hard-Tech and Biotech founders
67K views
Over 1 year ago
Does YC fund solo founders?
1:19
Does YC fund solo founders?
28K views
Over 1 year ago
Ginkgo Bioworks (S14) is going public today
Jared Friedman
Ginkgo Bioworks is the first biotech company YC funded, and today they are going public. To celebrate their IPO, here's the story of how Ginkgo Bioworks ended up in YC, and what their journey was like as YC's first biotech startup.
Ginkgo Bioworks (S14) is going public today
Over 1 year ago
How to spin your scientific research out of a university and into a startup
Jared Friedman
Here is advice for people who have done scientific research at a university and are considering starting a company to commercialize it.
How to spin your scientific research out of a university and into a startup
Over 1 year ago
How biotech startup funding will change in the next 10 years
Jared Friedman
The landscape of funding for biotech startups is changing. What happened for software companies 10 years ago is happening to biotech today. Here's why more people will be able to start biotech companies moving forward.
How biotech startup funding will change in the next 10 years
Over 1 year ago