Although I’ve been a member of Hacker News for 13 years, I knew surprisingly little about the Y Combinator program and its founders.
After reading these, Y Combinator felt less mysterious and more like a grad school program for startups with Paul Graham serving as professor.
by Randall Stross
The Launch Pad answers the question, “What is it like to apply for and be accepted into Y Combinator?”
Randall Strauss follows 64 startups through Y Combinator, describing their application process, interviews, product development process, conversations with YC advisors, and presentations on Demo Day.
by Paul Graham, Cofounder of ViaWeb and Y Combinator
In Hackers & Painters, Paul Graham describes the type of people he sees as ideal startup founders – hackers.
Beyond programmer personalities, Graham digs into the ideal startup locations programming languages for hackers.
by Dave Goldblatt, CEO of Wavechat
20 YC Lessons is a collection of presentation slides from Startup School.
This book is not polished, but provides a lot of surprising advice from successful YC startup founders.
by Jessica Livingston, Cofounder of Y Combinator
Founders at Work is a series of interviews between Jessica Livingston and successful tech founders like Steve Wozniak, Joel Spolsky, Craig Newmark, Caterina Fake, and many others.
I love that Founders at Work is a direct collection of thoughts from successful founders.