The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's Most Exclusive School for Startups

Twice a yr within the center of Silicon Valley, a small funding company referred to as Y Combinator selects an elite staff of younger marketers from all over the world for 3 months of extreme paintings and guide. Their brand-new - or three-person start-ups are given a doubtless very unlikely problem: to show a uncooked suggestion right into a practicable enterprise, quickly.

Each YC consultation culminates in a demo day, while traders and enterprise capitalists flock to listen to pitches from the recent graduates. anyone of them may possibly grow to be the subsequent Dropbox (class of 2007, now worth $5 billion) or Airbnb (2009, $1.3 billion).

Randall Stross is the 1st journalist to have fly-on-the-wall entry to Y Combinator. He tells the entire tale of ways Paul Graham all started this extremely specific establishment, the way it chooses between thousands of aspiring Mark Zuckerbergs, and the way it teaches them to head from notion to profitability in checklist time.

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