5 episodes

Conversations with YC founders about startups, emerging industries, fundraising, and exits. Listen to get the best stories and insights from founders in the Y Combinator community.

This podcast is hosted by Matt Joseph (YC S15) and produced by Superconnector. To sign up for our newsletter and get the video version of our podcast emailed, visit the following link:

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Conversations with YC founders about startups, emerging industries, fundraising, and exits. Listen to get the best stories and insights from founders in the Y Combinator community.

This podcast is hosted by Matt Joseph (YC S15) and produced by Superconnector. To sign up for our newsletter and get the video version of our podcast emailed, visit the following link:

superconnector.substack.com

    Superconnector #5: From Punk Rocker Neuroscientists to Pretzels & Risotto

    Superconnector #5: From Punk Rocker Neuroscientists to Pretzels & Risotto

    In this episode of the Superconnector podcast, Matt Joseph (YC S15) covers 11 more Y Combinator startups in the winter 24 batch, focusing on AI, Neuroscience, Fintech, and other sectors.
    Chapters
    00:00 Welcome
    00:35 Meticulate: Reimagining Business Research
    02:08 Infinity: Simplifying Cross-Border Banking
    04:30 Tile: The Future of Data Analytics
    06:26 Speck: Automating the Web with AI
    08:57 Pretzel: A Fresh Take on Jupyter Notebooks
    11:00 Senso: AI for Credit Unions
    13:23 Risotto: Slack's New IT Help Desk
    17:08 Piramidal: A Foundation Model for the Brain
    20:43 Topo AI: Revolutionizing Sales Outreach
    22:58 Trieve: Ambitious Infrastructure for Search Teams
    24:42 RetailReady: Streamlining Supply Chain Compliance


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    • 27 min
    Superconnector #4: From Matrix-inspired ego to Clippy-inspired Duckie

    Superconnector #4: From Matrix-inspired ego to Clippy-inspired Duckie

    In this episode of the Superconnector podcast, Matt Joseph (YC S15) examines 11 different Y Combinator startups in the Winter 24 batch across industries like AI, Healthcare, Gaming, AI, Machine Learning, and Fluid Dynamics.
    Chapters
    00:00 Welcome
    00:35 Scritch: Independent Practices for Veterinarians
    05:24 ego: The Matrix-inspired 3D Simulation Engine
    09:51 Preloop: Streamlining Machine Learning Deployments
    12:47 Openmart: AI-Driven Local Business Leads
    14:52 AgentHub: Workflow Automation with AI
    17:19 Omni AI: Reimagining Data Analysis
    20:14 Duckie: Your New AI Technical Support Assistant
    22:56 Eris Biotech: A New Frontier in Cancer Treatment
    26:09 Navier AI: Transforming Fluid Dynamics with AI
    28:43 Veles: Streamlining Enterprise Sales
    30:57 Kabilah: Enhancing Nurse Efficiency and Patient Care


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    • 34 min
    Top 10 YC Startups ahead of W24 Demo Day

    Top 10 YC Startups ahead of W24 Demo Day

    Heading into Demo Day, Matt Joseph reacts to the launches of the top 10 most upvoted startups from YC's W24 batch. You can check out the startups at ycombinator.com/launches.
    Chapters
    00:00 Welcome
    00:51 YC Demo Day Overview
    01:40 Granza Bio: Cancer Treatment
    03:22 Salvy: Brazilian Telco
    05:18 Hona: Better Medical Records
    09:27 Upsolve AI: Customer Analytics
    11:44 Fume: AI Software Engineer
    12:45 MathDash: Making Math a Competitive Sport
    14:08 Paradigm: AI Intern for Email Outbound
    17:41 Apriora: AI Interviewer
    20:42 Momentic: Automating Testing with AI
    21:54 HostAI: Vacation Rental Management
    23:43 Bonus Startup: Garage


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    • 24 min
    Joey Flores (YC W11): Founding Earbits & Inversion Art, Music Streaming Industry, Fine Art Investing

    Joey Flores (YC W11): Founding Earbits & Inversion Art, Music Streaming Industry, Fine Art Investing

    In this episode of the Superconnector podcast, Joey Flores (YC W11) shares his journey from starting music streaming platform Earbits (acquired by You42) to founding Inversion Art, a YC-like accelerator for fine artists.
    We cover his journey as a founder, how he started and sold Earbits, his experience at Y Combinator, his relationship with Netflix founding CEO Marc Randolph, the landscape of the music streaming industry, how he started Inversion Art to help artists expand their careers, the fine art industry, why entertainment startups are uniquely difficult, and his 10 year vision for Inversion Art.
    Chapters
    00:48 - Founding Earbits
    04:48 - Y Combinator Experience
    07:18 - Fundraising for Earbits
    10:32 - LA Venture Capital
    11:04 - Getting Acquired
    12:05 - Connecting with Marc Randolph
    16:02 - Music Streaming Industry
    18:42 - Founding Inversion Art
    25:45 - Fine Art Industry
    27:42 - Why are entertainment startups hard?
    34:00 - 10 Year Vision for Inversion Art


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    • 36 min
    Joel Karacozoff (YC W19): Founding Balto, Getting Acquired, Investing

    Joel Karacozoff (YC W19): Founding Balto, Getting Acquired, Investing

    This episode features an in-depth conversation with Joel Karacozoff, a former D1 college football player who co-founded a fantasy sports company called Balto, then later sold it to fuboTV (NYSE: FUBO), a live sports streaming company. After selling Balto, Joel launched a syndicate that has invested in nearly 40 startups.
    We cover Joel’s journey as a founder, how he started and sold Balto, growth in the fantasy sports industry, his experience at Y Combinator, trends in the streaming industry, his approach to launching a syndicate, whether AI can disrupt the streaming industry, and rising startup valuations.
    Chapters
    00:36 - Football to Founder
    01:16 - Balto’s Origin Story
    02:50 - Fantasy Sports
    06:29 - YC Experience
    08:42 - Fundraising
    10:49 - The Cockroach Method
    11:31 - Ramen Profitability
    12:27 - Getting Acquired
    18:30 - Will AI disrupt VOD streaming?
    21:40 - Lessons learned from Balto
    22:51 - Launching a syndicate
    25:12 - Markets to Watch
    26:57 - Rising startup valuations


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit superconnector.substack.com

    • 27 min

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