By Jason Shen


This advisor all started as a sequence of private notes to assist pals and associates attracted to using to Y Combinator. Its major function is to light up the YC technique and to equip you with principles and ways to convey out the simplest on your program. learn it as you'll peruse prolonged notes from an extended 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 used to be my first time utilising to YC, and Ridejoy is my first tech startup. Im nontechnical, yet occurred to have technical buddies (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 neighbors and YC alumni whilst getting ready our software, so i needed to make this consultant to provide again. operating with YC has certainly been a game-changer for me and my startup wouldn't exist with no it. I essentially desire that this consultant leads you to an analogous position, and offers you the advantages Ive received.

Disclaimer: This advisor is predicated on completely my own event and judgement, conversations with YC alumni, and issues that Paul Graham and folks have written and/or acknowledged approximately stepping into YC. Act in this suggestion at your personal discretion if issues pass good, congratulations! If issues move poorly, you settle to carry me innocuous (though if youre relatively distraught, I might purchase you a beer).


Jason Shen is the co-founder of Ridejoy - a Y Combinator-funded group market for ridesharing. His web publication, The paintings of Ass-Kicking, has been featured through Lifehacker and ReadWriteWeb. Jason studied biology and philosophy at Stanford the place he led the men's gymnastics workforce to an NCAA nationwide championship.


Get to the purpose Fast

Y Combinator acquired over 2,000 functions for YC in S11 and an analogous 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 functions, paired opposed to time constraints, ability the 1st run-through of your app is particularly very short.

Tedious, hand-wavey and commonly illustrative math follows:

According to PG, each companion reads each app. companions examine 700-1000 apps (after the 1st culling through YC alums) over a interval of approximately 10 days. Assuming an eight hour day with five minute breaks each one hour capability every one program, on usual, will get approximately 2 mins of every companions time. (440mins according to day / ~85 apps according to day = 5.2 minutes in keeping with app)

The takeaway here's it is advisable get to the purpose quick and make each resolution subject. on the finish of the day, not anything concerns other than that they are saying oh shit, this staff is admittedly smart/over-the-top hardworking/resourceful/can get issues done/likes every one other/could effectively construct a superb startup. imagine always approximately how one can galvanize with substance, now not kind (unless the fashion is on your product). provide numbers in the event that they appear huge, and clarify issues within the so much favorable approach possible.

Note: Its very important that you just dont ever lie or say anything fake. yet simply as you dont speak about your paintings week within the related solution to your boss as on your good friend on the bar be very conscious of the way your program comes throughout. they should first take note you and secondly imagine youre official. and you have got little or no time to make your case.

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  • Introduction: consultant To Y Combinator
    • Acknowledgements
    • Readme
  • Chapter 1: historical past
    • YC, Ridejoy, and Me
  • Chapter 2: Why observe
    • The method
  • Chapter three: easy suggestion
    • The effortless Stuff
  • Chapter four: The staff
    • In solid corporation
    • Evaluating the Founders
  • ...and a lot more

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You can even do that with distinctive inflections, and detailed rhythms of speech. you want to you have to be fascinating and shrewdpermanent, i guess. the remainder of the questions? Our responses have been one-liners which urged that we had started industry examine, yet didn’t have any consumers. not anything insightful. yet we did obtain a follow-up query from Robert Morris… Hyperink Books Hyperink Books sixty seven Guide to YC advisor to YC via Jason Shen via Jason Shen bankruptcy 12: Supplemental fabrics bankruptcy 12: Supplemental fabrics Robert Morris: Why should still i feel that this can paintings? We gave him a well-grounded yet complex solution, as fits an MIT Professor. the simplest proof most likely comes from contemporary net defense examine. for example, Vigna et al. has effectively used anomaly detection to spot safety vulnerabilities in internet functions. whereas we're attacking a distinct target (identifying insects, now not vulnerabilities), our present paintings borrows seriously from strategies used effectively in anomaly detection platforms. seeing that our versions might be knowledgeable on extra distinctive person metrics than has characteristically been tried (e. g. person mouse events and clicks, in place of simply HTTP request strings), we see the genuine query as no matter if we will distinguish among anomalous consumer job (which may well represent a trojan horse, or another factor) and the noise which you'd anticipate in user-based information. We didn’t obtain a follow-up query, even if it’s uncertain even if that’s a great factor. Concluding concepts i am hoping you came upon this helpful. It was once enjoyable to dig via our previous software, quite as we now have due to the fact passed through a whole pivot: Taazr grew to become Proxino. issues switch; such is the character of time, and confidant YC functions. As ultimate suggestion, i might specialise in brevity and concision on your solutions. the folk at YC learn via an excessive amount of those, in any case. I’d additionally do not forget that rules are fungible, and folks will not be. YC cares in regards to the founders. And when you remove whatever from this publish, it may be that teams with imperfect purposes can get into Y Combinator. So be encouraged. better of good fortune to candidates for the iciness batch. Hyperink Books Hyperink Books sixty eight Guide to YC advisor to YC by way of Jason Shen through Jason Shen bankruptcy 12: Supplemental fabrics bankruptcy 12: Supplemental fabrics A profitable YC software: Dropbox Y Combinator investment program, summer time 2007 program cut-off date: 12 middle of the night (PST) April 2, 2007. Please attempt to resolution every one query in below a hundred and twenty phrases. we glance at on-line demos just for the main promising functions, so don’t skimp at the program simply because you’re hoping on an outstanding demo. We don’t make any formal promise approximately secrecy, yet we don’t plan to permit someone outdoors Y Combinator see those purposes, together with different startups we fund. we advise you retailer on a regular basis through clicking at the replace button on the backside of this web page. or you might lose paintings if we restart the server. Username: dhouston corporation identify: Dropbox corporation url, if any: http://www.

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