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Getting the Band Back Together: Why The Justin.TV Mafia Returned to Y Combinator — This past October, Justin Kan and Michael Seibel spent a week reading Y Combinator applications. Kan did his part while hunkered down at London's Ace Hotel; Seibel read the applications from the Philippines while on a round-the-world trip with his fiancee.

The difference between a joke and a billion dollar company isn’t as big as you’d think — Ben Maitland-Lewis and Doug Rogers were desperate. Their Boston-based marketing startup, which sold software for actors and musicians to create DIY press kits, had been muddling along for a few years now. There had been encouraging signs-good feedback, pilot programs, user growth-but not much in the way of actual revenue.

Giddiness, Terror, Cornbread: Here's What A Y Combinator Dinner is Really Like — As Sam Altman walks into Y Combinator's dining room on Tuesday night, he is confronted with a scene that seems almost surreal. The converted warehouse, with vaulted wooden ceilings and the sort of long wooden tables one might find in an Ivy League dining hall, is filled with 300 of the most ambitious tech entrepreneurs in the world.

Can Bitcoin Clean Up Its Act? — "Walk with me," Brock Pierce says as I try to keep pace. "I know almost everybody." Boyishly built, with boundless energy, Pierce, 33, a former Disney child star, is handing out bro hugs and backslaps-"Hey, buddy!"-to a motley crowd of tattooed hackers, middle-aged white guys in amply pleated trousers, and a smattering of well-heeled investors in the third-floor foyer of San Francisco's Union Square Hilton.

The Serious Business Behind Warby Parker’s Jokey Annual Report — Warby Parker, the fast-growing New York eyeglasses startup, will publish its annual report this morning, and the news, provided in an advance copy to Fast Company, was very good.

Jehane Noujaim | Fast Company | Business + Innovation — For capturing the moment. It's about the struggle for change. that's an issue that resonates in squares around the world. Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim wanted to document Egypt's 2011 uprising but was unable to bring professional videographers or equipment into her home country. So she improvised-in effect, becoming a revolution all her own.

Charmian Gooch | Fast Company | Business + Innovation — For shining a light on corporate secrecy. "When people say something is really crazy or ­naive, that's when you know you're onto something," says Charmian Gooch of her latest campaign to end corporate secrecy laws.

The Start-up Guru: Y Combinator's Paul Graham — Of all the things that Paul Graham hates about running a start-up -- and there's not a whole lot about it that he likes -- the customers bug him the most. Everyone has a problem with your product, and people are constantly calling to complain about things you cannot possibly fix.

Alicia Keys Keep a Child Alive Aids Epidemic — Who: Alicia Keys, Cofounder, Keep a Child Alive Day Job: Singer-songwriter. Wake-Up Call: Twelve years ago, near the end of her first world tour, Alicia Keys, now 33, found herself in a room full of South African teens. Some were infected with HIV; others had family who were affected.

Cyborgs Won’t Be The Only Ones To Love Next-Gen Wearables — "Why don't we take you into the war room?" Dennis Miloseski leads me into a small conference room with hundreds of images tacked on the walls, mostly sketches of thin, hollow cylinders, but also a smattering of pictures-a beautiful woman, a delicate silver bangle.
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Jan 29, 2015

new post in @fastcompany's epic @ycombinator series explores why the Justin.TV guys have stuck with YC…

Jan 29, 2015

it's not a thursday unless I'm spilling coffee and ruining a brand new bluetooth keyboard

Jan 22, 2015

new for @fastcompany. I write about @ycombinator's knack for helping to turn small ideas into big ones…

Jan 15, 2015

Part one of my series on Y Combinator for @fastcompany. It's all about the Tuesday dinners.…

Jan 13, 2015

Part 2. (Yes, part 2.) of the @rewritepodcast holiday special is live. The inimitable @davidlidsky turns the tables…

Jan 13, 2015

here's a piece I wrote for @details about money guys, entrepreneurs and radicals trying to take Bitcoin mainstream…

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