The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's Most by Randall Stross

By Randall Stross

A behind-the-scenes examine how tomorrow's most well-liked startups are being primed for greatness

Investment company Y Combinator is the main sought-after domestic for startups in Silicon Valley. two times a 12 months, it cash dozens of just-founded startups and gives 3 months of steerage from Paul Graham, YC's impresario, and his companions. Receiving a proposal from YC creates the possibility of a lifetime.

Acclaimed journalist Randall Stross used to be granted exceptional entry to Y Combinator, allowing a distinct inside of travel of the realm of software program startups. Over the process a summer time, we watch as a gaggle of founders scramble to make anything humans want.

This is the definitive tale of a seismic shift within the enterprise global, within which coding ability trumps event, undergraduates expectantly tackle Goliaths, and traders fall in love.

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