An Inside Look at Y Combinator
Every year, thousands of startups apply to Y Combinator, hoping to join the ranks of alumni like Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit. But the application process is tough - 99% of applicants don’t get in.
Those startups that get accepted join a unique and powerful accelerator. They get into a 3 month program that helps many of them change the trajectory of their business. They work with experts and startup veterans to develop their product, sharpen their vision, and hone their marketing strategy prep for the acclaimed YC demo day.
For many, the most valuable part of YC is the community of alumni they join. A community which by the way includes Bulletin, Burrow, Cleanly, REZI, Paperspace, WayUp, and The Lobby... the founders of which have joined us on previous Stacklist panels.
Thinking about applying? Then join us on February 20th as Y Combinator alumni share their advice on the application process, and what to expect before, during, and after the intensive 3-month program.
About the Speakers
- Austin Woolridge is the CEO and co-founder of Players’ Lounge (YC W18), a platform for gamers to play their favorite games in head to head competitions and tournaments for cash prizes. Players’ Lounge services millions of dollars in prize money each month and has been featured in ESPN, Sports Illustrated and Tech Crunch. Austin holds a bachelor degree in History from Wesleyan University, where he was a four year starter on the men's soccer team. He is also an accomplished music producer, scoring hits for French Montana, Fabolous, Pusha T, and Kid Ink.
- Yarden Horwitz is Co-Founder at Spate (YC S18). Spate is your machine intelligence solution for finding the next big consumer trend in food, fashion & beauty. They analyze millions of consumer behavior signals from across the web to identify new trends and understand why they're trending. We provide the data-backed insights needed for consumer brands to confidently activate on new trends in product and marketing.Yarden is an ex-Googler who was part of starting Google's Trendspotting division (ie Google Skin Care Trends Report, Google Hair Care Trends Report).
- Peter Pezaris is Founder & CEO of CodeStream (YC S18), a service that helps development teams discuss, review, and understand code. Prior to CodeStream, Peter was Founder & CEO of Glip, a team collaboration platform acquired by RingCentral in 2015, and
Multiply.com, a social commerce platform acquired by Naspers in 2010. He also founded Commissioner.com, one of the first online fantasy sports platforms, which was acquired by CBS in 1999. A seasoned entrepreneur and tech executive, Peter is a recognized expert in the collaboration and social networking space, pioneering several of today's most commonly used features in real-time messaging. Peter holds BS degrees in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.
- Darya Moldavskaya is Co-Founder at ReverCare (YC S19). ReverCare is designed for a working professional who is stretched thin on time and overwhelmed with caregiving responsibilities for her elderly parent. ReverCare helps her find, vet, and book appointments with affordable elder care professionals: elder law attorneys, geriatric social workers, and aging-in-place specialists. Prior to ReverCare, Darya spent five years as a labor market consultant at Mercer. She has worked with large employers on developing technologies to help implement HR strategy around benefits and diversity & inclusion.
6:30 - 6:50: Drinks & Networking
6:50 - 7:50: Panel
7:50 - 8:15: Audience Q&A
8:15 - 9:00: More Drinks & Networking
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