September 27, 2014

3 Pieces of Advice for YC Applicants

Today I received an email from a hopeful Y Combinator applicant, asking for advice. Several others have asked me for guidance applying, so I thought I would share my response here:

Hey, Sam!

Couple tips for the YC app:

- Be honest and real. The partners will know if you’re bullshitting.

- Know your metrics. Be able to describe which ones are most important and why.

- Describe how your startup can become a billion dollar business, but don’t try to fit a square peg in a round hole. Think big and be pragmatic.

Hope that helps. :)

P.S. Before you apply, read Mattan Griffel’s essay, The Value of Y Combinator & Accelerators.

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