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We talk with people who are shaping the future. A show about technology in business, research, and art.

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#89 - Geoff Ralston and Adora Cheung Discuss Startup School
00:26:06

Geoff Ralston and Adora Cheung are both partners at YC.

This episode is about Startup School. It’s a free, online course we’re offering that starts on August 28th.

We’re also offering equity-free grants of $10,000 to 100 companies that participate in the course.

Anyone can sign up for the course at StartupSchool.org.

Read the transcript here.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.


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Topics

0:40 - What is Startup School?

3:40 - Who are the speakers this year?

5:00 - What are the different paths in Startup School?

7:00 - Success stories from last year’s Startup School.

8:55 - Why offer $10,000 grants?

10:00 - What deals are offered to the startups in Startup School?

11:00 - When does the course start?

12:45 - What are the requirements to complete the course?

15:15 - What are the topics that will be covered?

18:00 - What happens during office hours sessions?

22:30 - Who else is working on this course at YC?

Aug 07, 2018
#88 - Office Hours with Michael Seibel
00:51:50

Michael Seibel is a Partner and the CEO of YC.

He cofounded Justin.tv, which was in the Winter 2007 batch and Socialcam, which was in the Winter 2012 batch.

For this episode we took questions from the internet. If you have questions for a future office hours episode, just tweet them our way.

Read the transcript here.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

We're accepting applications from startups for the Winter 2019 funding cycle. Apply here.

Questions

00:25 - Why is YC worth 7% of your company?

6:25 - Generating leverage when fundraising

12:07 - Youssef asks - How did you validate your product market fit?

15:00 - LC Carrier asks - How does YC feel about companies who don't want to raise VC after the program?

17:05 - Edmilson Rodrigues asks - Do companies need to be incorporated already to participate in YC?

18:50 - Alex Rodriguez asks - What do you look for in startups that haven't had good growth but continue to push through (e.g. AirBnB) that makes you accept them?

26:50 - Fedor Paretsky asks - Do you have techniques you encourage to make pitches sound more exciting?

35:05 - David Chen asks - How to find mentors and advisors?

39:25 - building EatNeat asks - What if anything are you specifically looking for in a startup that wants to be a part of the Startup School 2018?

40:00 - Ryan Carl Mercer asks - What's your preferred way organizing your time?

41:05 - John Rigler asks - Can intrapreneurship be effective? I recently returned to IBM, have a patent, and yet have only vague ideas about how to signal and organize other like-minded folks. Could this path sabotage my dreams?

41:55 - Horacio Chávez asks - How would you approach an investor who says "I won't invest unless you have a patent"?

42:35 - Yahya Elamrani asks - Why does it feel like entrepreneurs aren’t marriage material? Should an entrepreneur look for an entrepreneurial spouse?

44:15 - Yahya Elamrani asks - How intense do you really have to be to found a startup?

48:50 - Is there a particular stage of company that's best served by Startup School?

50:35 - How do you get the most out of Startup School?

Aug 03, 2018
#87 - Elad Gil
00:43:19

Elad Gil is an entrepreneur, operator, and investor. He cofounded Color Genomics and Mixer Labs. Worked at Google and Twitter. And has invested in companies including Airbnb, Coinbase, and Stripe.

He just released the High Growth Handbook, which is a guide to scaling startups published by Stripe Press.

It contains tactical advice on key issues for post product-market fit companies such as the role of the CEO, hiring executives, late stage fundraising, M&A, and other topics. It also includes interviews with people in tech, including Sam Altman, President of YC Group.

You can find the High Growth Handbook on Amazon.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

We're accepting applications from startups for the Winter 2019 funding cycle. Apply here.

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Topics

01:04 - Why should an entrepreneur read the High Growth Handbook?

5:35 - On Marc Andreessen's comment, "The companies that charge more tend to grow faster."

6:50 - Myths about startups

7:50 - Leon Coe asks - What types of businesses do you avoid investing in?

9:20 - Things to just say 'no' to

12:40 - Companies that may be too early

14:52 - On Naval Ravikant's comment, "The most successful class of people in silicon valley on a consistent basis are either the venture capitalists, or people who are very good at identifying companies that have just hit product/market fit. They have the background, expertise, and references that those companies really want to help them scale."

17:41 - On Claire Hughes Johnson's "Guide to Working with Claire"

19:40 - Masud Hossain asks - How did most of the companies you interviewed get their first 10 customers?

20:55 - Masud Hossain asks - Is content really king?

22:50 - Narayan Mallapur asks - Where do founders make the most mistakes? Is it on hiring? What steps should they take to avoid these pitfalls

24:55 - Brianne Kimmel asks - What are some lessons learned in highly regulated sectors? When should you hire a General Counsel? How do you prioritize public policy and lobbying efforts?

29:05 - Media cycles

30:55 - Marius Chawa asks - What are the top three things a startup "must" achieve before VC firms would line up to fund them?

34:45 - Taylor Caforio asks - My company is at our early MVP stage. What is he best way to find a balance between giving our earliest customers the 6 star treatment while also having swift and exponential growth in the back of our minds.

36:54 - Tanmay Khandelwal asks - When you are sprinting in growth stage, how do you predict engineers required and hire accordingly?

38:41 - TD Bryant II asks - When your organization is experiencing exponential growth, how do you choose which functions to outsource vs build/hire?

41:50 - Andrew Pikul asks - Who is your favorite Dragon Ball (Z/GT/Super) villain?

Jul 27, 2018
#86 - Jocko Willink and Mike Sarraille
01:24:37

Jocko Willink and Mike Sarraille served together as Navy SEALs and now work together at Echelon Front, a company Jocko cofounded.

We met up to talk about a new initiative they’ve set up called Overwatch. Overwatch is a talent acquisition firm that matches employers with veterans from special operations forces and combat aviation. You can learn more about Overwatch at EFOverwatch.com.

They’re also hosting an event called the Muster in San Francisco on October 17th and 18th. You can sign up at ExtremeOwnership.com.

If you’d like to hear more from Mike and Jocko, check out Jocko Podcast Episode 134.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

We're accepting applications from startups for the Winter 2019 funding cycle. Apply here.


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Topics

01:04 - Intros

5:07 - Mike and Jocko on how they transitioned out

9:37 - How the military prepares people for the private sector

13:47 - What is Overwatch?

23:32 - Preconceptions about veterans

28:24 - Advice for companies looking to hire veterans

31:03 - Jocko's next book, The Dichotomy of Leadership

33:58 - Mike and Jocko's working relationship

45:20 - How to set up your team so everyone can contribute

55:02 - What Mike and Jocko are trying to improve about themselves

58:45 - Alex Badalyan asks - What are some military tactics startups could adopt to increase team effectiveness and throughput?

1:00:47 - Allen asks - From your experience as a SEAL and in the business world, do two or more co-founders/leaders have a higher success rate? What are your thoughts on a solo leader/founder with a strong team and culture?

1:06:56 - Armando Neves asks - I liked Jocko's episode on strategy and the way of the Samurai (The Book of Five Rings), how much of the warrior mindset is he implementing on a day to day basis?

1:11:17 - Ryan Carl Mercer asks - Favorite MRE and thank you for your service sir.

1:14:59 - Spencer Clark asks - Is culture more decided by micro or macro policies & interactions?

Jul 20, 2018
#85 - YC Partner AMA at the Female Founders Conference
00:24:30

Recorded live at our Female Founders Conference in New York, an AMA with Kat Manalac, Kirsty Nathoo, Adora Cheung, Holly Liu, Jessica Livingston, and Carolynn Levy.

This panel was hosted by Sharon Pope, Head of Marketing Programs at YC.

We’re also posting the other talks from the Female Founders Conference today. You can see all of them and read the transcripts at blog.ycombinator.com

If you’d like to learn more about the Female Founders Conference, head over to femalefoundersconference.org

Jul 11, 2018
#84 - João Batalha and Luís Batalha
01:14:10

João Batalha and Luís Batalha are cofounders of Fermat’s Library.

Fermat’s Library is a platform for annotating papers. Each week they send out a paper annotated by their community. Some recent papers were Birds and Frogs by Freeman Dyson and Von Neumann's First Computer Program by Donald Knuth.

They’ve also built a Chrome Extension call Librarian for the arXiv which allows you to get direct links to references, do BibTeX extraction and make comments on papers.

You can find them at FermatsLibrary.com.

Read the transcript on our blog.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.


Jul 06, 2018
#83 - Scott Aaronson
01:14:59

Scott Aaronson is the David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin, and director of its Quantum Information Center. Before teaching at UT, he taught Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. His research interests center around the capabilities and limits of quantum computers, and computational complexity theory more generally.

If you’ve listened to our other episodes about quantum computers and are curious to learn more, check out Scott’s book Quantum Computing Since Democritus.

And if you want to read Scott’s blog you can find that at scottaaronson.com/blog/.

Read the transcript on our blog.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Jun 29, 2018
#82 - Henrique Dubugras of Brex and Anu Hariharan
00:43:22

Henrique Dubugras is the cofounder of Brex, which provides corporate cards for startups.

Anu Hariharan is a Partner at YC.

Brex went through YC in the Winter 2017 batch and just closed their Series B, which was led by YC Continuity.

In addition to discussing how the Brex team built out their service, Anu and Henrique also cover the specifics of what it takes to build a fintech startup in 2018. And Henrique shares advice for young founders, as he started his first company at 16.

Read the transcript on our blog.

Jun 27, 2018
#81 - Announcing Work at a Startup
00:26:22

Jared Friedman is a partner at YC and before that cofounded Scribd (YC S06).

Matt Long a software engineer at YC and before that cofounded Crocodoc (YC W10).

Today we’re talking about a project Jared, Matt, and several other people at YC have been working on. It’s called Work at a Startup and it’s like a common application for engineers to apply to many YC companies simultaneously.

We’re also hosting a Work at a Startup Expo on July 28th in Mountain View where you’ll be able to meet 35 rapidly growing YC companies. You can learn more and apply to attend at workatastartup.com/expo.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Jun 22, 2018
#80 - Office Hours with Adora Cheung
01:01:50

Adora Cheung is a partner at YC and she also cofounded Homejoy, which went through YC in the Summer 2010 batch.

For this episode we took questions from the internet. If you have questions for a future office hours episode, just tweet them our way.

Questions

0:41 - topherPedersen asks - How many users did you have when you applied to YC? Also, how much revenue had you generated?

2:55 - Hatlii asks - How do you keep going if you can’t raise any money?

4:54 - Alejandro Ruperti asks - When/how do you decide to walk away from something you started?

10:41 - Chris Melnick-MacDonald asks - What advice and lessons did you learn in entering the #Canadian market?

13:16 - Yahya Elamrani asks - Do I have to work on culture in the very early stage?

15:39 - Adam Sanders asks - What was the best decision you made for Homejoy?

16:53 - Ujjawal Chauhan asks - Would love to know what’s the one thing she’d do differently in hindsight if she were to start over again?

20:35 - Nikita Butakov asks - What are some unique data science / machine learning challenges faced by Homejoy?

22:07 - Alejandro Ruperti asks - From @tferriss : how has a failure or apparent failure set you up for a later success?

32:37 - Siamak Freydoonnejad asks - What are the best practices when doing a cold reach out to an investor?

33:14 - 😎rliesaurus @ ✈️ 🇪🇺asks - Is Uber for X still a thing people would invest in, in the US?

36:21 - Fedor Paretsky asks - How have YC's views on cryptocurrency/blockchain-related startups changed since Coinbase?

42:56 - Manav asks - What type of companies is YC seeing more of this time around?

46:45 - Yahya Elamrani - What are the best marketing strategies for year one for a b2c startup?

53:55 - Yahya Elamrani asks - What would you say to a founder from a third world country where there is a big lack in tech talents (and you can't compete with big corps due to lack of resources) in term of hiring?

55:50 - Aspiring Angel asks - What’s the best way for investors interested in startup seed/angel funding get started? How does location affect the process?

Jun 13, 2018
#79 - Liz Wessel
00:48:14

Liz Wessel is the cofounder and CEO of WayUp. WayUp is a job and internship platform for college students and recent graduates. They were part of the Winter 2015 YC batch.

Read the transcript here.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

May 31, 2018
#78 - Simon Benjamin
01:19:05

Simon Benjamin is a Professor of Quantum Technologies at Oxford. He is also the Principle Investigator for Oxford’s project on Quantum Optimisation and Machine Learning.

This episode is more technical than last week’s episode with John Preskill. We start by covering some fundamentals then go into different approaches for constructing and scaling a quantum computer.

Read the transcript here.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

May 25, 2018
#77 - John Preskill
01:33:34

John Preskill is a theoretical physicist and the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech.

He once won a bet with Steven Hawking, which as he writes made him “briefly almost famous.” John and Kip Thorne bet that singularities could exist outside of black holes and after six years Hawking conceded that they were possible in very special, “nongeneric” conditions.

In this episode we cover what John’s been focusing on for years: quantum information, quantum computing, and quantum error correction.

Read the transcript here

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

May 16, 2018
#76 - Carola Schönlieb
00:41:45

Carola Schönlieb is an applied mathematician at the University of Cambridge.

She’s also a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute and the head of the Image Analysis group at Cambridge’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

In this episode we cover mathematical approaches to image processing.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

May 09, 2018
#75 - Sean Mitchell
01:03:10

Sean Mitchell is the cofounder and CEO of Rezi. REZI helps landlords find high quality, long-term tenants in 48 hours. They were part of the Winter 2017 batch.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

May 04, 2018
#74 - Linda Xie and Avichal Garg
00:50:01

Linda Xie is the cofounder of Scalar Capital, a cryptoasset fund. Before that she was a Product Manager at Coinbase (YC S12).

Avichal Garg is a Managing Partner at Electric Capital, a value fund for digital assets. He’s also an Expert at YC. Prior to that he was the Director of Product Management at Facebook.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

May 02, 2018
#73 - Patrick Moberg and Holly Liu
00:55:55

Patrick Moberg is the cofounder of Playdots, which is a mobile game studio in New York. They make Dots, Two Dots, and Dots and Co.

Holly Liu is is a Visiting Partner at YC. Before that she cofounded the gaming company Kabam.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Apr 27, 2018
#72 - Miles Brundage and Tim Hwang
00:46:18

Miles Brundage is an AI Policy Research Fellow with the Strategic AI Research Center at the Future of Humanity Institute. He is also a PhD candidate in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University.

Miles recently co-authored The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation.

Tim Hwang is the Director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative. He is also a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute and a Fellow at the Knight-Stanford Project on Democracy and the Internet. This is Tim's second time on the podcast; he was also on episode 11.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Apr 25, 2018
#71 - Claire McDonnell and Jennifer Kim on Building an Inclusive Company Culture
00:45:07

Claire McDonnell is cofounder and COO of True Link Financial (YC S13). True Link is a financial services firm that offers money management, investment, and insurance products, primarily for retirees.

Jennifer Kim is currently advising startups. Prior to that she was the Head of Employee Experience and Development at Lever. Lever makes recruiting software and they were part of the Summer 2012 batch.

Kat Manalac is a partner here at YC.

Apr 20, 2018
#70 - CoinList Cofounder Andy Bromberg and Ramon Recuero
00:53:51

Andy Bromberg is the cofounder and CEO of CoinList. Coinlist provides financial infrastructure for token creators and investors.

Ramon Recuero is an engineer at YC. He's the author of the Decentralized Future Series, which you can read here.

If you'd like to listen to more podcasts about crypto, here are episodes with Juan Benet (IPFS) and Dalton Caldwell (YC) and Olaf Carlson-Wee (Polychain Capital) and Aaron Harris (YC).

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Apr 18, 2018
#69 - Anne Wojcicki of 23andMe and Sam Altman
00:28:53

Anne Wojcicki is the cofounder and CEO of 23andMe, which provides direct-to-consumer genetic testing.

Sam Altman is the president of YC Group. He interviewed Anne for a series called How To Build The Future, which you can check out on our YouTube channel.

Apr 13, 2018
#68 - Cost vs Quality in Edtech - Keith Schacht, Avichal Garg, and Geoff Ralston
00:55:01

Keith Schacht is the cofounder of Mystery Science, which makes lessons that inspire kids to love science. They were part of the Summer 2017 YC batch.

Avichal Garg is an Expert at YC and prior to that he was the Director of Product Management at Facebook.

Geoff Ralston is a Partner at YC and before that he cofounded Imagine K12, an edtech accelerator that’s now makes up YC’s edtech vertical.

Apr 06, 2018
#67 - 3D Home Printing for the Developing World - Alexandria Lafci and Brett Hagler of New Story Charity
01:02:35

Alexandria Lafci and Brett Hagler are cofounders of New Story Charity.

New Story Charity builds homes and communities in the developing world. They were part of the Summer 2015 YC batch.

They just 3d printed their first home in Austin, Texas. You can check it out at 3DHome.org.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Apr 04, 2018
#66 - Breaking Down HackerRank's Survey of 40,000 Developers with Vivek Ravisankar
00:53:44

Vivek Ravisankar is the CEO and cofounder of HackerRank, which was in the Summer 2011 batch.

They surveyed 40,000 developers on things including their favorite frameworks, what they want in a job, and how they learned to code. You can read the report here.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Mar 30, 2018
#65 - Funding Is an Outcome of Building a Good Business - Porter Braswell of Jopwell
00:50:07

Porter Braswell is the CEO and cofounder of Jopwell (YC S15).

Jopwell is a career advancement platform for Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Mar 21, 2018
#64 - Researching Psilocybin's Effects on Depression - Dr. Rosalind Watts
00:53:37

Dr. Rosalind Watts is a clinical psychologist at the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London.

The Psychedelic Research Group focuses on two main areas: first, the action of psychedelic drugs in the brain and second, their clinical utility, e.g. as aides to psychotherapy, with a particular focus on depression.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Mar 15, 2018
#63 - The Number One Goal is Getting Started - Avni Patel Thompson of Poppy
00:47:49

Avni Patel Thompson is the founder and CEO of Poppy (YC W16). Poppy lets parents book the best caregivers with just a text.

We recorded this episode at our Female Founders Conference in Seattle. We’re also hosting female founder events in New York and SF this year. You can sign up to our newsletter to get updates about those events.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Mar 02, 2018
#62 - Dan Lewis, CEO of Convoy, on the Future of Freight
00:52:02

Dan Lewis is the CEO and Cofounder of Convoy.

Convoy matches shippers with freight carriers, which helps the trucking industry run more efficiently because currently, over 40% of the trucks on the road are empty.

Anu Hariharan is a Partner at YC Continuity.

Read the transcript here.

Feb 28, 2018
#61 - Sam Altman on Masters of Scale
00:58:22
Reid Hoffman interviews Sam Altman on this uncut interview from the Masters of Scale podcast.
Feb 22, 2018
#60 - Startup Investor School Preview with Geoff Ralston
00:38:38

Geoff Ralston is a Partner at YC and before that he cofounded Imagine K12.

This episode covers Startup Investor School. Startup Investor School is a free, 4-day course designed to educate early stage investors interested in investing in startups. You can sign up at investor.startupschool.org.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Feb 07, 2018
#59 - Providing Fair Financial Products for the 56% of the US Without Access to Them - Jake Rosenberg of LendUp
00:33:49

Jake Rosenberg is the cofounder and CTO of LendUp (W12). They provide access to quality credit cards and loans without hidden fees or debt traps. Their customers are the 56% of Americans that have what is described as a “subprime” credit score, meaning they can’t be approved for credit by most banks.

Ali Rowghani is the CEO of YC Continuity.

Read the transcript on our blog.

Jan 31, 2018
#58 - It's Surprising How Much Small Teams Can Get Done - Sam Chaudhary of ClassDojo
01:00:08

Sam Chaudhary is the cofounder and CEO of ClassDojo. They've raised $30M and have 30 employees.

Karen Lien is an Edtech Principal here at YC.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Jan 24, 2018
#57 - Alex Blumberg of Gimlet Media
00:51:25

Alex Blumberg is the cofounder of Gimlet Media. Gimlet makes several podcasts you’ve probably heard of–StartUp, The Pitch, and Reply All are a few.

Before Gimlet Alex worked on This American Life and Planet Money.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Jan 17, 2018
#56 - Leah Culver of Breaker and Tom Sparks of YC Answer Your Questions About Security and Podcasting
00:58:16

Leah Culver is cofounder and CTO of Breaker, which is a social podcast listening and discovery app. They went through YC in the Winter 2017 batch. Leah’s also an author of both the OAuth and oEmbed API specifications.

Tom Sparks is an engineer on the YC Software team. He also cofounded Cryptoseal which went through YC in the Summer 2011 batch and was acquired by CloudFlare in 2014.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Jan 05, 2018
#55 - Tim Urban of Wait But Why
00:55:24

Tim Urban cofounded the blog Wait But Why with Andrew Finn in 2013.

His posts about Artificial Intelligence, Elon Musk, and the Fermi Paradox have been read millions of times.

We discussed Tim's research strategy, the purpose of Wait But Why, and his thoughts on technologies including cryptocurrencies, A.I., and AR/VR.

Jan 03, 2018
#54 - Growth Office Hours: Round 2
01:00:22

Anu Hariharan and Gustaf Alstromer are partners at YC.

This episode is a follow-up to Anu's Growth Guide and the first Growth Office Hours.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Dec 15, 2017
#53 - Be Wary of Solving a Small, Rare Problem - Des Traynor of Intercom
01:09:54

Des Traynor is the cofounder of Intercom.

Here's his talk Product Strategy Means Saying No and the blog post.

Dec 13, 2017
#52 - Making Physical Retail as Easy as Opening an Online Store - Ali Kriegsman and Alana Branston of Bulletin
00:42:38

Ali Kriegsman and Alana Branston are the founders of Bulletin.

Bulletin is a platform that allows brands to share the cost of a physical store.

They currently have two locations, one in SoHo and one in Williamsburg and there are more to come.

Ali and Alana went through YC Fellowship and then the winter 2017 batch.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Dec 08, 2017
#51 - There's an Art to Getting Brilliant People to Surprise Themselves - Kevin Slavin of The Shed
01:02:45

Kevin Slavin is the Chief Science and Technology Officer of The Shed, which is an art center in New York that’s opening in 2019.

Before The Shed, Kevin founded the Playful Systems group at MIT's Media Lab.

He also gave a TED talk in 2011 called How Algorithms Shape Our World.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Dec 06, 2017
#50 - Growth Office Hours with Anu Hariharan and Gustaf Alstromer
00:33:15

Anu Hariharan and Gustaf Alstromer are Partners at YC.

This episode is a follow-up to Anu's Growth Guide.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Dec 01, 2017
#49 - Microbes, Robots, and Ambition - Robin Sloan on His Novel Sourdough
00:57:28

Robin Sloan is a writer and media inventor based in Oakland.

He just released his second novel, Sourdough.

Kat Manalac is a Partner at YC.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Nov 29, 2017
#48 - The Future of Bike Sharing with Ofo Cofounder Yanqi Zhang and Anu Hariharan
00:35:52

Yanqi Zhang is a cofounder and COO of Ofo.

Anu Hariharan is a Partner at YC.

Nov 17, 2017
#47 - Baidu's COO, Qi Lu Discusses AI with Daniel Gross
01:02:07

Qi Lu is the COO of Baidu.

Daniel Gross is a Partner at YC.

Nov 15, 2017
#46 - Tencent's Chief eXploration Officer, David Wallerstein on WeChat, QQ, and Gaming
00:58:38

David Wallerstein is Tencent's Chief eXploration Officer.

Anu Hariharan is a Partner at YC.

Nov 10, 2017
#45 - Building Dota Bots That Beat Pros - OpenAI's Greg Brockman, Szymon Sidor, and Sam Altman
01:00:30

Greg Brockman is the CTO and cofounder of OpenAI.

Szymon Sidor is a Research Scientist at OpenAI.

Sam Altman is the President of Y Combinator and Co-Chairman of OpenAI.

Watch their bot compete at The International.

Nov 08, 2017
#44 - Cindy Mi on Building VIPKID, the World's Largest English Learning Platform for Children
00:33:19

Cindy Mi is the founder and CEO of VIPKID. VIPKID is a 1-on-1 teaching platform where children in China learn english from North American teachers.

Anu Hariharan is a Partner here at YC.

Nov 03, 2017
#43 - Casey Neistat and Matt Hackett on Live Video's Struggle for Interestingness
01:02:47

Matt Hackett and Casey Neistat are the cofounders of Beme, which was acquired by CNN last year.

You might already know Casey from his YouTube channel which now has over 8M subscribers.

And before Beme, Matt was a Hacker-in-Residence betaworks and the VP of Engineering at Tumblr.

Nov 01, 2017
#42 - Robotics and 3D Printing with Voodoo Manufacturing
00:50:06

Oliver Ortlieb and Max Friefeld are two of Voodoo Manufacturing's four cofounders.

Voodoo went through YC in the W17 batch. They bridge the gap between prototype and mass production with 3D printing.

We're also joined by Daniel Gross, a Partner at YC.

Oct 26, 2017
#41 - Experiments in Art and Technology with Artforum Editor Michelle Kuo
01:02:58

Michelle Kuo is Editor in Chief of Artforum.

Kat Mañalac is a Partner at YC.

Michelle came in to chat with us about art and technology and, in particular, a group called Experiments in Art and Technology.

Oct 18, 2017
#40 - Content Marketing Tips from Experts at First Round Capital and Andreessen Horowitz
01:12:01

Camille Ricketts is the Head of Content and Marketing at First Round Capital.

Sonal Chokshi is an Editorial Partner at Andreessen Horowitz.

Oct 13, 2017
#39 - Mr. Robot's Technical Producer and Writer - Kor Adana
00:59:14

Kor Adana is a writer and technical producer on Mr. Robot.

Mr. Robot season three premieres tonight.

Oct 11, 2017
#38 - The More You Communicate with Users, the Higher Chance You'll Build Something They Want - Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt
00:49:16

Ryan Hoover is the founder of Product Hunt.

Get a 10% discount on Ship pro plans by using this link.

Oct 04, 2017
#37 - Don't Start a Blog, Start a Cult - Mr. Money Mustache
00:53:06

Pete Adeney, more commonly known as Mr. Money Mustache, retired at 30 after working as a software engineer for about ten years.

He blogs at MrMoneyMustache.com about how he saved money, where he invested it, and how he achieved "financial freedom through badassity".

You can apply to the W18 batch of YC here - ycombinator.com/apply

Sep 27, 2017
#36 - Your Whole Goal Is to Not Quit - Courtland Allen of Indie Hackers
01:00:20

Courtland Allen is the founder of Indie Hackers, a place where the founders of profitable businesses and side projects can share their stories transparently, and where entrepreneurs can come to read and learn from those examples.

Check out the Indie Hackers podcast here.

Sep 22, 2017
#35 - The Technical Challenges of Measuring Gravitational Waves - Rana Adhikari of LIGO
01:18:29

Rana Adhikari is a Professor of Physics at Caltech and a member of the LIGO team, who were the first to measure gravitational waves.

Their detection papers are available here.

Sep 15, 2017
#34 - Elizabeth Iorns on Biotech Companies in YC
00:41:26

Elizabeth Iorns is cofounder and CEO of Science Exchange.

Here's info on the YC Fall Tour.

Apply to the Winter 2018 batch.

Sep 13, 2017
#33 - The Challenges a Repeat Founder Faces
00:48:49

Tikhon Bernstam cofounded Scribd (YC S06) and Parse (YC S11).

Read the transcript here.

Sep 08, 2017
#32 - Hosain Rahman on The "Defibrillator Experiences" of Jawbone
00:29:54

Hosain Rahman is the CEO and Founder of Jawbone. Jessica Livingston is a cofounder of YC.

Jessica interviewed Hosain during our 2014 Startup School and this is the recording of their conversation. If you'd like to check out our 2016 Startup School videos they're in a playlist here.


Sep 06, 2017
#31 - Spotting Ecommerce Trends in Shipping Data – Laura Behrens Wu
00:43:33

Laura Behrens Wu is the CEO and cofounder of Shippo.

Read the transcript here.

Sep 01, 2017
#30 - Artist Lauren McCarthy Will Be Your Home's Brain
00:49:29

Lauren McCarthy is an artist and assistant professor at UCLA.

Her latest project LAUREN, is a human intelligent smart home. Lauren will visit your home, deploy a series of smart devices, and watch over you remotely 24/7. Learn more here - http://get-lauren.com

Aug 29, 2017
#29 - Jack Dorsey On The Books That Helped Him Succeed
00:29:09

Jack Dorsey is the CEO of Twitter and Square. This is his talk from Startup School 2013.

Read the transcript here.

Aug 25, 2017
#28 - Prerequisites for Starting a Company - Phil Libin
00:28:32

Phil Libin is the cofounder and CEO of All Turtles. Prior to that he was the CEO of Evernote. This is his 2013 Startup School talk.

Watch the video here.

Read the transcript here.

Aug 23, 2017
#27 - The CEO Who Pays Employees to De-Locate From the Bay
00:44:54
Aug 18, 2017
#26 - Founders of Science Exchange, Goldbely, and The Flex Company Discuss Fundraising
00:27:32

During the Female Founders Conference Kat Manalac invited three YC founders on stage to share their experiences of fundraising. The founders are Elizabeth Iorns of Science Exchange, Vanessa Torrivilla of Goldbely, and Erica Jensen of The Flex Company.

Aug 16, 2017
#25 - Baidu's AI Lab Director on Advancing Speech Recognition and Simulation
00:30:47

Adam Coates is the Director of Baidu's Silicon Valley AI Lab.

Read the transcript here.

Aug 11, 2017
#24 - Padmasree Warrior on Designing Autonomous Vehicles - With Anu Hariharan at the Female Founders Conference
00:21:48

Padmasree Warrior is the CEO of NIO.

Anu Hariharan is a Partner at YC Continuity.

Aug 09, 2017
#23 - VMware Cofounder Diane Greene with Jessica Livingston at the Female Founders Conference
00:24:28

Diane Greene is SVP of Google Cloud and she was also the CEO and cofounder of VMware.

Jessica Livingston is cofounder of YC.

Aug 04, 2017
#22 - Morgan DeBaun on Reaching 20M Millennials - With Kat Manalac at the Female Founders Conference
00:26:17

Morgan DeBaun is the founder and CEO of Blavity.

Kat Manalac is a Partner at YC.

Aug 02, 2017
#21 - Emily Weiss on the Insights That Grew Glossier - With Amy Buechler at the Female Founders Conference
00:27:12

Emily Weiss is the founder and CEO of Glossier.

Amy Buechler is Batch Director at YC.

Video and transcript are on the YC blog.

Jul 26, 2017
#20 - Making Music and Art Through Machine Learning - Doug Eck of Magenta
00:44:13

Doug Eck is a research scientist at Google and he’s working on Magenta, a project making music and art through machine learning.

If you want to learn more you can check out Magenta.Tensorflow.org

Jul 21, 2017
#19 - Blockchain Investing - Olaf Carlson-Wee and Aaron Harris
00:53:22

Olaf Carlson-Wee is the founder and CEO of Polychain Capital.

Aaron Harris is a Partner at YC.

Jul 19, 2017
#18 - Q&A with YC Partners at the Female Founders Conference
00:22:11

This Q&A was recorded at our fourth annual Female Founders Conference.


Partners: Kat Manalac, Jessica Livingston, Adora Cheung, Anu Hariharan, Carolynn Levy, and Kirsty Nathoo.

Jul 14, 2017
#17 - Aileen Lee and Kirsty Nathoo at the Female Founders Conference
00:26:48

Aileen Lee is the founder of Cowboy Ventures.

Kirsty Nathoo is CFO and a Partner at Y Combinator.

Jul 12, 2017
#16 - Mark Zuckerberg on How to Build the Future
00:25:48

Mark Zuckerberg is the cofounder of Facebook.

Sam Altman is the president of YC Group and he interviewed Mark for a series called How To Build The Future, which you can watch on YC’s YouTube channel.

Jul 07, 2017
#15 - IPFS, CoinList, and the Filecoin ICO - Juan Benet and Dalton Caldwell
02:14:03

Juan Benet is the founder of Protocol Labs (YC S14). They're working on IPFS, Filecoin, and Coinlist.

Dalton Caldwell is a Partner at YC.

Jun 30, 2017
#14 - Ex Machina's Scientific Advisor - Murray Shanahan
00:52:53

Murray Shanahan was one of the scientific advisors on Ex Machina.

He's also a Research Scientist at DeepMind and professor of Cognitive Robotics at Imperial College London.

His book Embodiment and the Inner Life served as inspiration for Alex Garland while he was writing the screenplay for Ex Machina.

Jun 28, 2017
#13 - Scaling Growth - Gustaf Alstromer, Ed Baker, and Josh Elman
00:34:54

Gustaf Alstromer is a YC Partner and prior to YC he worked on growth at Airbnb.

Ed Baker worked on growth at Uber and Facebook.

Josh Elman is a partner at Greylock.

The conversation was recorded at The Scaleup Offsite, a private event hosted by Y Combinator Continuity and Greylock Partners in April 2017.



Jun 23, 2017
#12 - How Should Business Schools Prepare Students for Startups? - Jeff Bussgang and Michael Seibel
00:33:49

Jeff Bussgang is a lecturer at Harvard Business School and General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners.

Michael Seibel is CEO of YC.

Jun 21, 2017
#11 - At The Intersection of AI, Governments, and Google - Tim Hwang
00:39:10

Tim Hwang is the Global Public Policy Lead on AI and Machine Learning for Google.

Read the transcript on our blog.

Jun 16, 2017
#10 - Office Hours with Ali Rowghani
00:24:25

Ali Rowghani is CEO of Y Combinator Continuity, where he invests in and advises growth-stage startups. Ali directly contributed to the growth of two great companies -- at Twitter, as CFO then COO, and at Pixar as CFO and SVP of Strategic Planning.

Read the transcript on our blog.

Jun 14, 2017
#9 - Sam Altman and Reid Hoffman - From Startup to Scaleup
00:40:52

Sam Altman and Reid Hoffman discuss the key changes founders should think about as they scale their company.

The conversation was recorded at The Scaleup Offsite, a private event hosted by Y Combinator Continuity and Greylock Partners in April 2017.

Jun 09, 2017
#8 - Rick and Morty Writer - Ryan Ridley
00:52:34

Ryan Ridley is a writer on Rick and Morty. Before that he was a writer on Community.

Read the transcript and show notes on the YC blog.

Jun 07, 2017
#7 - Jessica Livingston on How to Build the Future
00:36:32

Sam Altman interviews Jessica Livingston for a series called How To Build The Future, which you can watch on YC’s YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/ycombinator.

 

Read the transcript here: https://blog.ycombinator.com/jessica-livingston-on-htfbt/


May 31, 2017
#6 - Office Hours with Kat Manalac
00:28:02
Kat Manalac is a Partner at YC.

Read the transcript here - https://blog.ycombinator.com/office-hours-with-kat-manalac/
May 24, 2017
#5 - An AI Primer with Wojciech Zaremba
00:55:11

Wojciech Zaremba is a cofounder of OpenAI (https://openai.com).

OpenAI is a non-profit AI research company, focused on discovering and enacting the path to safe artificial general intelligence.

Read the transcript here (http://blog.ycombinator.com/an-ai-primer-with-wojciech-zaremba).

May 15, 2017
#4 - Elon Musk on How to Build the Future
00:21:36

Sam Altman interviews Elon Musk for a series called How To Build The Future, which you can watch on YC’s YouTube channel (https://youtube.com/ycombinator).

Read the transcript here (http://blog.ycombinator.com/elon-musk-on-how-to-build-the-future/).

May 15, 2017
#3 - The Technical Advisor for Silicon Valley on HBO - Ed McManus
00:33:29

Ed McManus was the technical advisor for season three of Silicon Valley on HBO.

He came in to talk about what his experience working on the show.

Read the transcript here (http://blog.ycombinator.com/the-technical-advisor-for-silicon-valley-on-hbo-ed-mcmanus).

May 15, 2017
#2 - Network Effects with Anu Hariharan
00:35:17

Anu Hariharan is a Partner at YC Continuity (https://www.ycombinator.com/continuity) which is an investment fund dedicated to supporting founders as they scale their companies.

Read the transcript here (http://blog.ycombinator.com/anu-hariharan-on-network-effects/).

May 15, 2017
#1 - Hiring Engineers with Ammon Bartram
00:42:26

Ammon Bartram is the cofounder of Triplebyte (YC S15) and Socialcam (YC W12).

Triplebyte (https://triplebyte.com) connects software engineers with companies that are hiring.

Read the transcript here (http://blog.ycombinator.com/hiring-engineers-with-ammon-bartram).

May 15, 2017