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  • YC-backed Pilot is building a contractor platform geared for the future of work

    YC-backed Pilot is building a contractor platform geared for the future of work

    What’s a six year old startup doing entering Y Combinator? Plotting a new growth trajectory after a pivot. Pilot may be a veteran in Silicon Valley startup terms but it reckons the freelance contractor marketplace model it switched to around a year and a half ago is ideally positioned to serve a future of work that’s increasingly fragmented and distributed. Read More

  • Y Combinator now lets anyone recommend startups

    Y Combinator now lets anyone recommend startups

    After years of accepting tips from alumni, Y Combinator has decided to open up its recommendation network to everyone. The goal is to help increase the number of startups connected to YC by allowing professors, mentors, early customers and anyone else familiar with a team to submit recommendations to YC on their behalf. Kat Manalac, a partner at YC, explained that a lot of founders are afraid… Read More

  • Peter Thiel won’t be involved in YC’s work with the ACLU

    Peter Thiel won’t be involved in YC’s work with the ACLU

    Y Combinator’s recent mashup with the American Civil Liberties Union has raised some questions and concerns. The main concerns are around how YC and Silicon Valley influences will mix with the ACLU and its mission, as well as YC’s connection with Peter Thiel, a part-time partner at YC. “I wish I was excited abt this, but I’m nervous bc principles of tech growth have… Read More

  • Daniel Gross of Apple leaves to become Y Combinator’s newest partner

    Daniel Gross of Apple leaves to become Y Combinator’s newest partner

    Daniel Gross, the founder of YC-backed Cue, a search engine for personal content, is joining Y Combinator as a partner. Coming hot off a stint as a Director at Apple focusing on machine learning, Gross will be bringing some fresh AI flair to YC’s existing team. Gross first found his way to Apple after Cue, formally called Greplin, was acquired by the company for $40 million back in… Read More

  • Suiteness raises $5M to expand their hotel suite booking platform

    Suiteness raises $5M to expand their hotel suite booking platform

    Suiteness, a YC company that makes it easy to book hotel suites for groups, has raised $5M in Series A funding. The round was led by Bullpen Capital & Global Founders Capital, with participation from HVF (Max Levchin’s personal fund), YC’s Continuity Fund, Kima Ventures and Altair Capital. The company will use this capital to continue its expansion, and has announced 10 new… Read More

  • Social investing site Instavest raises $1.7M in seed funding

    Social investing site Instavest raises $1.7M in seed funding

    Part of YC’s Winter 2015 class, Instavest is a startup trying to turn investing — an activity most of us are used to doing privately — into a social activity. The site launched about a year and a half ago with the goal of helping average retail investors learn from others who have more experience in investing and the stock market. Today the startup announced they closed a… Read More

  • Metapacket analyzes outbound network traffic to flag and block malware

    Metapacket analyzes outbound network traffic to flag and block malware

    Metapacket, one of YC’s current batch of startups, is hoping to get its SaaS on corporates’ list of essential threat detection software with a technique to stop malware attacks by analyzing outbound network traffic to determine whether it’s human or not. 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

  • More Than A Dozen Startups Pledge To Cover Breast Cancer Testing Costs Through Color Genomics

    More Than A Dozen Startups Pledge To Cover Breast Cancer Testing Costs Through Color Genomics

    Color Genomics, a genetic testing startup from a few early Twitter veterans, is using its deep ties within the startup community to get more than a dozen startups and venture firms to cover half the cost of breast cancer testing for employees. The company, which tests for the breast and ovarian cancer risk genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, is offering tests at $249. That’s more than an order of… Read More