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    Should Your Startup Bootstrap or Raise Venture Capital?

    Should Your Startup Bootstrap or Raise Venture Capital?

    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
    The Truth About Building AI Startups Today

    The Truth About Building AI Startups Today

    In the first episode of the Lightcone Podcast, YC Group Partners dig into everything they have learned working with the top founders building AI startups today. They share the ideas that are working particularly well, mistakes to avoid, and take a look at the competitive landscape among the current AI giants.

    • 32 min
    How To Build A Tech Startup With No Technical Skills

    How To Build A Tech Startup With No Technical Skills

    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
    Should You Be Optimistic About The Future of Technology?

    Should You Be Optimistic About The Future of Technology?

    Social media often promotes a doom and gloom outlook about our future society. But is that worldview accurate? In this episode, Dalton Caldwell and Michael Seibel discuss the best ways for founders and aspiring founders to think about weighing optimism and pessimism in their day to day lives.

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

    • 16 min
    AI and the Future of Law: The 10 Year "Overnight" Success Story

    AI and the Future of Law: The 10 Year "Overnight" Success Story

    Casetext started out in 2013 as a crowdsourced law library — a sort of “Wikipedia meets Reddit” for the law. Ten years later, Casetext is one of the biggest wins to date in AI, capable of turning weeks of arduous legal work into hours or minutes. Just months ago it was acquired for $650 million dollars.


    What happened between those two points?


    For this episode of Main Function, YC President Garry Tan sits down with Casetext co-founder Jake Heller to learn the real story of their 10-year “overnight” success: the 3 a.m. origin story, how the company evolved as fast as tech would allow, and the “magic demo” that helped turn Casetext into a rocket ship.

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

    • 17 min

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The best podcast!

Very valuable podcast with lots of free research and information.

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?

Jhub91 ,

Bad audio quality

You are the biggest startup accelerator in the world. Why do your podcast interviews sound like two people shouting at each other from different sides of a basketball court?

Lots of shows do Zoom interviews for their podcasts so it’s not a unique problem, figure out how they do it and go from there.

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