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Hard Tech Startups

Some people think YC only funds straightforward software startups. That’s definitely not the case — YC’s largest exit to date is a self-driving car company, Cruise Automation, and we’ve funded many other hard technology companies like Gingko Bioworks, Oklo, Helion, Rigetti Computing, OpenAI, Perlara, uBiome, Verge Genomics, X-Zell, Athelas, Auro Robotics,...

Welcome Craig, Fred and Mark!

We're excited to announce three additions to the YC team: Craig Cannon is joining YC as Director of Marketing. Prior to YC, he cofounded Comedy Hack Day and was Graphics Editor at The Onion. Craig also holds a cycling world record.Fred Benenson is joining YC as an admissions manager.  Previously he was VP of Data at Kickstarter and their second employee....

Requests for Startups Refreshed

We’ve refreshed the Requests for Startups. Here are the additions:Food and FarmingAn estimated 40% of the world’s workforce works in agriculture.Better food and farming could increase the world’s health, unlock the potential of numerous workers, and improve living conditions for billions of animals.We believe economics will dominate - reducing cost...

YC and Founders Pledge

Many of our founders ask us about how they can donate part of their equity or post exit proceeds, and now we have an answer: Founders Pledge.  With Founders Pledge, founders can sign a pledge to donate some portion of their personal equity and then figure out the recipients for the donation later. Founders Pledge handles all the legwork. As a charity...

YC Office Hours in Prague - Sept 22

YC is hosting office hours in Prague on September 22. YC's Dominika Blackappl will meet founders for 25-minute sessions. She is an industrial and user experience designer who cofounded and led 5 startups. Prior to that, she ran her own design firm and spent time at IDEO.She's interested in speaking to any types of companies, and can be particularly...

YC EdTech Office Hours - Sept 29

YC's Tim Brady and Geoff Ralston are hosting office hours with edtech companies on September 29. Office hour slots are 25 minutes each and will be especially helpful for founders who are considering applying for the next batch of YC. Sign up here. Please sign up by end of day on September 21. If you're selected, we'll reach out with your time slot on...

YC Changes

TL;DR:*Michael Seibel will be the new CEO of YC Core, which we are now just going to call "YC".*Ali Rowghani is now the CEO of the YC Continuity Fund.*I’m going to be the President of YC Group, which includes YC, YC Continuity, YC Research, and our new online class. We’ll add more organizational units over time.*We’re going to replace the Fellowship...

A List of Y Combinator Companies

We published a list of launched YC companies we've funded since 2005. See it here.The list was opt-in, so not every company we've ever funded is listed. Quick stats (which you can find here):- As of today, YC has funded 1,382 companies (including Fellowship companies)- Total market cap of YC alum: $70B - Total money raised by YC companies: $10B - Number...

YC Office Hours in NYC - Sept 14

We're hosting office hours in NYC on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.Sign up here to meet with the YC team. YC Office Hours in NYCWeds, Sept 14, 2016 from 9am-1:30pm ET.Office hour slots are 20 minutes each. If you're selected, we'll reach out with your time slot and the location by end of day on Monday, September 12.Sign up here >

YC Office Hours at Hack the North - Sept 17

We're hosting office hours at Hack the North at the University of Waterloo on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Sign up here to meet with the YC team. YC Office Hours at Hack the NorthSat, Sept 17, 2016 from 1pm-4pm ETOffice hour slots are 20 minutes each. If you're selected, we'll reach out with your time slot and the location by end of day on Thursday,...

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