YC Demo Day

This startup is betting on the downturn

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Our favorite startups from YC’s Summer 2023 Demo Day, Day 1

What follows are our favorites from the first day’s pitches, listed in no particular order.

5 neat AI startups from Y Combinator’s Summer 2023 batch

It’s that time of year again: the week when startups in Y Combinator’s latest batch present their products for media — and investor — scrutiny. Over the next two days, roughly

It doesn’t look like Y Combinator’s summer Demo Day batch will surprise us much

We don't want to shock your system this early on a holiday week, but there aren’t very many web3-focused startups in the upcoming demo day contingent.

YC’s latest batch sure was a lot of ‘maybe AI can do… this?’

Sitting through hundreds of startups on YC Demo Days, you’re not always sure whether you are actually perceiving patterns or if your brain, as coffee battles with monotony, is inventing them in

Don’t ever leak data, but especially if you’re building this

Hello, and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This was Y Combinator week in a sense, with the well-known ac

Our favorite startups from YC’s Winter 2023 Demo Day — Part 2

Over 20,000 applications flew into Y Combinator, which ended up plucking out 282 startups for its latest batch. Now we’re getting our first look at them through Demo Day. The first day’s demos inc

Our favorite startups from YC’s Winter 2023 Demo Day — Part 1

Here’s a crazy statistic: More than half of the companies in Y Combinator’s latest cohort were accepted to the accelerator with only an idea, no minimum viable product or revenue strategy needed.

Y Combinator is back to bet on the Bay Area

Y Combinator, the startup accelerator that has launched the likes of Instacart, Stripe and Airbnb, has broadened its investing lens in recent years, backing companies all over Africa and India, and be

As YC launches new batch, here’s how the early-stage venture market is faring today

Let’s talk median fundraising round sizes and deal values for seed through Series C in the first quarter of 2023.

YC’s Michael Seibel clarifies some misconceptions about the accelerator

Y Combinator's Michael Seibel spoke to TechCrunch’s Equity podcast about Y Combinator amid market change. We extracted four key excerpts from the interview to analyze further.

Y Combinator is still paranoid

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single to

YC batch shows founders remain optimistic about fintech

Taking another look at the recent cohort of startups that went through the American accelerator Y Combinator, you wouldn’t really be able to tell that fintech had lost much of its founder favor.

Has France cracked the YC recipe?

Three of the eight French startups selected for Y Combinator's Summer 22 batch are also former residents of the Station F campus in Paris, so we chatted with its director, Roxanne Varza.

Stanford moonshot promises near-term profitability with no-code magical mushrooms, ft. Plaid of X

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Our 10 favorite startups from YC’s S22 Demo Day: Part 2

This list is for fun, in no particular order -- just startups that stood out to TechCrunch reporters for one reason or another.

YC Demo Day did not have a very long list of creator companies, but here’s who stood out

Creator economy startups are tricky. It can be risky to ask creators to rely on a possibly precarious, pre-seed company to power an important aspect of their business — if you fail, as most star

The biggest moonshots in YC’s S22 batch

Do bigger checks lead to bigger swings? Y Combinator’s latest participants are the second batch to land a $500,00 check as part of the accelerator’s recently refreshed standard deal. And while the

YC’s latest batch cuts African startup presence by more than half

Last month, Y Combinator said that it had intentionally reduced its summer cohort by 40%. According to the accelerator, the decision to downsize the S22 batch — significantly smaller than its most r

Where is Y Combinator startup-hunting in 2022?

YC's smaller cohort had us curious about the second-order effects of admitting fewer companies: What would a smaller batch do to the geographic makeup of the companies at the accelerator?
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