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Y Combinator

Y Combinator

Providing seed money, advice, and connections to startups

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Company Overview

Why We Started This Company

Y Combinator does seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. It pays your expenses while you're getting started. Some companies may need no more than seed funding. Others will go through several rounds. There is no right answer; how much funding you need depends on the kind of company you start.

What Sets Us Apart

At Y Combinator, our goal is to get you through the first phase. This usually means: get you to the point where you've built something impressive enough to raise money on a larger scale. Then we introduce you to later stage investors or occasionally even acquirers.

Our Keys To Success

We think hackers are most productive when they can spend most of their time hacking. Our goal is to create an environment where you can focus exclusively on getting an initial version built. In any startup, the first couple months tend to be the most productive of all. We seem to have succeeded in creating a good environment, because many founders have told us that the first ten weeks of Y Combinator were the most productive period of their lives.


Marc Andreessen
Marc Andreessen
General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz
"Y Combinator is the best program for creating top-end entrepreneurs that has ever existed."
Adora Cheung
Adora Cheung
Founder at Homejoy (YC S10)
"Homejoy would not be where it is today without YC. Not only is the alumni network incredibly supportive, but the YC partners go above and beyond—time and time again—to help founders."
Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella
CEO at Microsoft
"It’s fantastic to see the work Y Combinator is doing to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the startup community and Hacker News is one of my favorite sources of pointers to hackers and their hacks!"