By Jason Shen
ABOUT THE BOOK
This advisor started as a sequence of private notes to aid acquaintances and associates attracted to making use of to Y Combinator. Its major goal is to light up the YC approach and to equip you with rules and methods to carry out the easiest on your program. learn it as you'll peruse prolonged notes from a protracted espresso assembly after which cross use it to make your program stronger.
My identify is Jason Shen and that i utilized with cofounders to YCs summer time 2011 batch we have been lucky to get in. This was once my first time utilizing to YC, and Ridejoy is my first tech startup. Im nontechnical, yet occurred to have technical pals (and roommates) who either labored at startups. Im conscious of how fortunate i'm to be during this position.
We bought loads of aid from acquaintances and YC alumni whilst getting ready our program, so i wished to make this advisor to offer again. operating with YC has certainly been a game-changer for me and my startup wouldn't exist without it. I basically wish that this advisor leads you to the same position, and gives you the advantages Ive received.
Disclaimer: This advisor is predicated on exclusively my own event and judgement, conversations with YC alumni, and issues that Paul Graham and folks have written and/or said approximately moving into YC. Act in this recommendation at your personal discretion if issues move good, congratulations! If issues cross poorly, you settle to carry me risk free (though if youre rather distraught, I might purchase you a beer).
MEET THE AUTHOR
Jason Shen is the co-founder of Ridejoy - a Y Combinator-funded group market for ridesharing. His weblog, The paintings of Ass-Kicking, has been featured via Lifehacker and ReadWriteWeb. Jason studied biology and philosophy at Stanford the place he led the men's gymnastics workforce to an NCAA nationwide championship.
EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK
Get to the purpose Fast
Y Combinator obtained over 2,000 functions for YC in S11 and an identical quantity for W12. There are a complete of ten companions who learn the essays and YC additionally asks a few founders for suggestions, however the sheer variety of purposes, paired opposed to time constraints, skill the 1st run-through of your app is particularly very short.
Tedious, hand-wavey and generally illustrative math follows:
According to PG, each associate reads each app. companions examine 700-1000 apps (after the 1st culling by means of YC alums) over a interval of approximately 10 days. Assuming an eight hour day with five minute breaks each one hour capacity each one software, on typical, will get approximately 2 mins of every companions time. (440mins in line with day / ~85 apps in line with day = 5.2 minutes in step with app)
The takeaway here's it is advisable get to the purpose speedy and make each solution topic. on the finish of the day, not anything issues other than that they are saying oh shit, this staff is absolutely smart/over-the-top hardworking/resourceful/can get issues done/likes each one other/could effectively construct an outstanding startup. imagine consistently approximately how one can galvanize with substance, now not kind (unless the fashion is on your product). supply numbers in the event that they look huge, and clarify issues within the such a lot favorable manner possible.
Note: Its very important that you simply dont ever lie or say whatever fake. yet simply as you dont talk about your paintings week within the similar technique to your boss as on your buddy on the bar be very aware of ways your software comes throughout. they should first take into accout you and secondly imagine youre respectable. and you've got little or no time to make your case.
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CHAPTER OUTLINE * advent: advisor To Y Combinator * Acknowledgements * Readme * bankruptcy 1: history * YC, Ridejoy, and Me * bankruptcy 2: Why practice * the method * bankruptcy three: uncomplicated suggestion * the straightforward Stuff * bankruptcy four: The staff * In solid corporation * comparing the Founders * ...and even more