paul graham

  • Growth as a false signal in Y Combinator startups Crunch Network

    Growth as a false signal in Y Combinator startups

    One has to appreciate how Paul Graham built Y Combinator into the world’s flagship accelerator. In fact, I have yet to meet a founder who regrets joining the program. But after stepping away from the YC scene for five years and then returning to observe the last two demo days, I wonder if some of the views Paul shared in his original, widely read Essays are being taken to absurd extremes. Read More

  • The Cruel Inequities Crunch Network

    The Cruel Inequities

    There are few people in technology more infuriating than Y Combinator’s Paul Graham, who earlier this month dropped a brilliant summary and analysis of the ongoing refragmentation of modern societies, followed immediately by a blinkered, muddled, wrong-headed essay on technology’s role in economic inequality. The response from his fellow tech VCs was remarkable. Read More

  • Garry Tan Says Goodbye to Y Combinator

    Garry Tan Says Goodbye to Y Combinator

    Garry Tan is leaving the accelerator and investment firm Y Combinator after a four-year stint with the outfit. Tan had previously cofounded the easy-to-use blogging service Posterous, which was backed by Y Combinator and acquired by Twitter in 2012. (It was later shuttered.) Tan joined Y Combinator in 2011 as a designer in residence but was quickly promoted to partner. He said in… Read More

  • Watsi Receives $3.5M “Philanthropic Round” Donation For Nonprofit Healthcare Crowdfunding

    Watsi Receives $3.5M “Philanthropic Round” Donation For Nonprofit Healthcare Crowdfunding

    Ron Conway, Tencent and Paul Graham aren’t getting their money back, and that’s the point. They’re part of today’s $3.5 million round that’s actually a donation to fund the operations of Watsi, Y Combinator’s first nonprofit that hosts crowdfunding of medical treatment for people in need around the world. Rather than constantly hitting up donors for money… Read More

  • Women In Tech: It’s Not Just A Pipeline Problem Crunch Network

    Women In Tech: It’s Not Just A Pipeline Problem

    Why are there so embarrassingly few women in the tech industry? Repeat after me, robotically, defensively: “It’s a pipeline problem!” So says David Cohen of TechStars, echoing many others, e.g. Paul Graham and CNN. But come on, folks. We’re kidding ourselves if we pretend that’s the only obstacle here. The pipeline problem is very real; but so is the trapdoor problem. Read More

  • In 18K Schools And Counting, Clever Confirms $10.3M Raise From Sequoia, As It Looks To Build The Next Big Learning Platform

    In 18K Schools And Counting, Clever Confirms $10.3M Raise From Sequoia, As It Looks To Build The Next Big Learning Platform

    Clever launched out of Y Combinator in 2012 on a mission to help K-12 schools bring the latest education software into their classrooms. By giving districts a central way to manage student and teacher accounts in each learning application, and closely integrating those apps with their existing data systems, Clever saves developers from having to write one-off integrations for every school… Read More

  • Hacker News Attempts To Fix Its Comment Problems With Pending Comments

    Hacker News Attempts To Fix Its Comment Problems With Pending Comments

    In an effort to improve the quality of discussions that crop up on Hacker News, Y Combinator founding partner Paul Graham yesterday announced some imminent changes to the way comments would be posted and appear on the site. In what could be one of Graham’s last big moves, he’s implementing a new “pending comments” system at Hacker News. Read More

  • Paul Graham Shares Lessons Learned From 630+ YC Startups, But Don’t Expect Him To Launch His Own

    Paul Graham Shares Lessons Learned From 630+ YC Startups, But Don’t Expect Him To Launch His Own

    After a long tenure at the helm of Y Combinator — during which a summer “bootcamp” for undergrads turned into a Silicon Valley institution, pioneering the “seed accelerator” model and inspiring a new league of tech-focused business incubators — Paul Graham announced last week that he will soon be passing the baton to the next generation. Taking the reins… Read More

  • Y Combinator Announces Female Founders Conference To Offer Startup Guidance

    Y Combinator Announces Female Founders Conference To Offer Startup Guidance

    Y Combinator, one of the most successful and impressive accelerators in the world, has today announced the Female Founders Conference, an event meant to shed light on the journey to entrepreneurship for many females. Founders from all walks of startup life will come on as speakers, including Eventbrite founder Julia Hartz, Homejoy founder Adora Chung, VMawre founder Diane Greene, and… Read More