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Y Combinator's First Batch: Where Are They Now?
so Graham decided then to put together what would become a “summer camp for startups.”

After giving the applicants just 10 days to submit, Graham received an amazing 227 applications

The fact that the idea for Reddit didn’t even come from Steve and Alexis (it was Paul’s idea) might be a glimpse into what makes the YC program so special.

Especially when your idea fails, as happened with memamp founder Chris Slowe.

That summer Google released their own Desktop Search solution. Not only that, but Apple announced their intention to build and add Spotlight to their next OS X release. Memamp pressed on, but it was too much, especially with the difficulties of trying to write a multi-platform desktop app.

“I was reddit’s first employee about 2 months later,” Chris tells me. Memamp may have been dead, but things were looking up.

Perhaps realizing how out of their depth they were, the TextPayMe team began working for Amazon a year after the Founders Program, as TextPayMe became part of Amazon Payments.

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Reddit  YCombinator 
2 days ago by thotw
How to Apply to Y Combinator
It's a common mistake to say the distinctive thing about your solution will be that it's well-designed and easy to use. That is not an insight. You're just claiming you're going to execute well. Whoever wrote the current software was presumably also trying to. So you have to be more specific. Exactly what are you going to do that will make your software easier to use? And will that be enough? The reason a lot of big companies' software sucks is that they have some kind of natural monopoly. Unless you have a plan for cracking it, it won't make any difference if yours is better.
paul_graham  ycombinator 
13 days ago by rnschmidt
History of Lambda-calculus and Combinatory Logic
Extensive history of the Lambda Calculus.
Interesting historical background.
Extensive references.
history  lambdacalculus  ycombinator 
25 days ago by drmeme
Advice for First Time Founders
Advice for First Time Founders We operate a platform called Bookface for YC founders to connect with each other, ask questions, find intros, and share advice. Recently on Bookface Zach Dixon, cofounder of the gaming company Players’ Lounge (W18), asked a great question: 1. via Pocket
ifttt  pocket  article  business  list  reference  startup  ycombinator 
5 weeks ago by jeremyday
Y Combinator Company List
List of startups incubated at Y Combinator over time, with their current status (ongoing, Exited or Dead).
ycombinator  startup  company  database 
5 weeks ago by eric.brechemier
Lecture 3 - Before the Startup (Paul Graham) - YouTube
"Paul Graham delivers an informative (and highly amusing) talk, addressing counterintuitive parts of startups, in Lecture 3 of How to Start a Startup."
startup  advice  ycombinator 
6 weeks ago by eric.brechemier

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