YC Newsletter

Welcome to YC’s Newsletter
 Here are some posts to get you started. If you’re a podcast listener, you might also like the YC podcast.

What’s the Second Job of a Startup CEO? by Ali Rowghani
When startup CEOs start to scale their companies, they need to redefine themselves and their roles or risk stunting the potential of their startups.

Before You Grow by Sam Altman
Startups are defined by growth, but growth isn’t step one in building a great company. If you focus on trying to grow before you make a product people love, you are unlikely to succeed.

On Growing: 7 Lessons from the Story of WeChat by Anu Hariharan
This post dives into the growth strategy that led to key WeChat milestones, lessons learned and gives insight into the method behind the madness as WeChat scaled from 0 to 800M+ MAUs in less than 6 years.

The Startup Zeitgeist by Jared Friedman
After breaking down eight years of YC applications into keywords, we calculated the percentage of applicants that mentioned any given term.

Jessica Livingston’s Pretty Complete List on How Not to Fail
Jessica has seen over 1000 companies go through YC and shares her learnings about what it takes to succeed as a founder.