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    • 4.6 • 185 Ratings

We help founders make something people want.

    When Should You Trust Your Gut? | Dalton & Michael Podcast

    When Should You Trust Your Gut? | Dalton & Michael Podcast

    When you’re making important decisions as a founder — like what to build or how it should work — should you spend lots of time gathering input from others or just trust your gut?

    In this episode of Dalton & Michael, we talk more about this and how to know when you should spend time validating and when to just commit.

    Apply to Y Combinator: https://yc.link/DandM-apply
    Work at a Startup: https://yc.link/DandM-jobs

    • 12 min
    Building Confidence In Yourself and Your Ideas | Dalton & Michael Podcast

    Building Confidence In Yourself and Your Ideas | Dalton & Michael Podcast

    One trait that many great founders share is conviction. In this episode of Dalton & Michael, we’ll talk about finding confidence in what you're building, the dangers of inaccurate assumptions, and a question founders need to ask themselves before they start trying to sell to anyone else.

    Apply to Y Combinator: https://yc.link/DandM-apply
    Work at a Startup: https://yc.link/DandM-jobs

    • 21 min
    Stop Innovating (On The Wrong Things) | Dalton & Michael Podcast

    Stop Innovating (On The Wrong Things) | Dalton & Michael Podcast

    Startups need to innovate to succeed. But not all innovation is made equal and reinventing some common best practices could actually hinder your company. In this episode, Dalton Caldwell and Michael Seibel discuss the common innovation pitfalls founders should avoid so they can better focus on their product and their customers.

    Apply to Y Combinator: https://yc.link/DandM-apply
    Work at a Startup: https://yc.link/DandM-jobs

    • 11 min
    Should Your Startup Bootstrap or Raise Venture Capital? | Dalton & Michael Podcast

    Should Your Startup Bootstrap or Raise Venture Capital? | Dalton & Michael Podcast

    Within the world of startups, you'll find lots of discourse online about the experiences of founders bootstrapping their startups versus the founders who have raised venture capital to fund their companies.

    Is one better than the other? Truth is, it may not be so black and white. Dalton Caldwell and Michael Seibel discuss the virtues and struggles of both paths.

    Apply to Y Combinator: https://yc.link/DandM-apply
    Work at a Startup: https://yc.link/DandM-jobs

    • 14 min
    How To Build A Tech Startup With No Technical Skills | Dalton & Michael Podcast

    How To Build A Tech Startup With No Technical Skills | Dalton & Michael Podcast

    Based on the thousands of companies YC has funded over the years, the biggest common element between all successful startups is having technical talent on the founding team. But what do you do if you don't know how to code? You may think you can get by using no-code tools, part-time consultants, or dev shops to bring your startup idea to life. But that thinking is wrong.

    In this episode of Dalton & Michael, we’ll discuss exactly why that is and why recruiting a technical co-founder is the single biggest way to create value as someone trying to start the next big thing.

    Apply to Y Combinator: https://yc.link/DandM-apply
    Work at a Startup: https://yc.link/DandM-jobs

    • 15 min
    Key Startup Metrics with Tom Blomfield | Startup School

    Key Startup Metrics with Tom Blomfield | Startup School

    In this episode of Startup School, YC Group Partner Tom Blomfield discusses one of the most important elements of running any startup: metrics! Tom shares what key metrics to track and how to use them to make the best decisions for your company.

    Apply to Y Combinator: https://yc.link/SUS-apply
    Work at a startup: https://yc.link/SUS-jobs

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
185 Ratings

185 Ratings

Mac-Holmes ,

Essential for founders

This podcast has been a guiding light as an entrepreneur in technology. The insights Craig and the team are able to pull out of a wide array of founders has helped shaped my approach to product development, leadership and fundraising. As someone who hopes to join a future YC batch this is an essential starting point to get in the right mindset for navigating life as a founder.

jondwillis ,

the laughing

laughing that sounds this annoying can only be emitted from snarky venture capitalists

podcast once-lover ,

Want to know the techbros and problems with it?

Start here. Don’t need to go to Silicon Valley to experience it.

Some good advice.
But it’s easier to laugh at people and talk like this than to humbly be constructive or to build successful global/publicly listed companies. That’s why they are here in the business of mansplaining.

Tech is to serve people and other industries. It’s just a tool and business model, even SaaS at the end is just a tool for either analytics, marketing outreach, or project management, document processing etc. The fact that it is wrongly glorified and has been slapped by the reality of bad performance for the past 2 year says that these people don’t truly understand (global) market dynamics, in human relations, systems or policies. Have they even gone out of their bubble?

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