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Y Combinator President Sam Altman Is Dreaming Big — "¡Este sábado, a la una de la tarde Pacific time, a las cuatro de la tarde en Colombia, a las tres de la tarde en México, a las diez de la noche en España..." I'm sitting in a cramped living room, listening to Christian Van Der Henst and Freddy Vega host Platzi Live.

Here's What It Looks Like When A Startup Wins Big at Y Combinator — "The only thing you need to remember about this presentation," Abhinai Srivastava began during his time on stage at Y Combinator's Demo Day last month, "is that we recently signed a letter of intent with the potential of $50 million per month." That's how Srivastava, a 35-year-old veteran of Microsoft and Facebook, started his Demo Day presentation.

What Happens After Y Combinator: The Marathon After The Sprint — As she cleans out the hacker house where she and her employees have spent the past three months, Liz Wessel is experiencing a bit of an emotional whiplash. "We're going back to our normal life," Wessel tells me earlier this week, eyeing a mostly boxed-up living room in Los Altos, California, that served as the temporary headquarters of Wessel's company Campus Job.

Ebola Drugs, Prison Inmates, Real, Live Rockets: Y Combinator's New Launchpad — "My name is Nadir. I am CEO of Bagaveev Coporation. And the space race is back." The line, delivered with deadpan intensity by Nadir Bagaveyev, was part of the 31-year-old CEO's 150-second presentation at Y Combinator's Demo Day earlier this week.

The Y Combinator Chronicles — When startup incubator Y Combinator launched in 2005, founder Paul Graham was a little-known entrepreneur advocating strange notions about how to grow a startup. In retrospect, those weird ideas proved revolutionary and YC currently has a network of some 700 portfolio companies with a collective valuation of $30 billion.

How Y Combinator Startups Manufacture FOMO — In late February, Tom Harari sat down to do something he hadn't done for a few months: plot his company's revenue on a simple line graph. Harari's laundry-on-demand startup, Cleanly, had been in growth mode, rapidly expanding its laundry delivery service from two New York City neighborhoods in early January to cover much of Manhattan by the end of February.

Why Y Combinator Funded a Radical Political Party in Argentina — "I got my five guys!" It's a Wednesday morning in mid-February, and Pia Mancini isn't talking about hamburgers. After countless phone calls, emails, text messages, and many, many bad lunches at conferences, she has found a handful of users to test out her company's new collaboration platform.

Legendary Angel Investor Ron Conway Isn't Looking At Your Idea, He's Looking At You — "No one, VC or angel, has invested in more of the top startups than Ron Conway," Y Combinator founder Paul Graham recently wrote. "He knows what happened in every deal in the Valley, half the time because he arranged it."

The Secret Million That Y Combinator Invests In All Its Startups — "This is the heart of the business. This is our server rack." Max Hodak and I are standing in front of a large clear acrylic box about the size of a shipping container.

How, and Why, Y Combinator Got Serious About Diversity — This Saturday, 800 startup types will gather in San Francisco to watch inspirational and biographical speeches by some of the brightest stars in Silicon Valley. Among the speakers are Adora Cheung of the cleaners-on-demand startup Homejoy, Kimberly Bryant of the Google-backed nonprofit Black Girls Code, and Danielle Morrill of upstart research firm Mattermark.
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RT @anjalimullany: Annotate our @Sama story w/ @YCombinator alum @Genius - the finale in @chafkin @davidlidsky's YC Chronicles series :…

Apr 16, 2015

From May issue of @fastcompany: the final chapter of my series looks at @ycombinator's push to go really, really big…

Apr 15, 2015

Gonna try out @Genius's new Beta tomorrow when my @fastcompany story on YC goes live. Excited + a little terrified.

Apr 09, 2015

@waltmossberg I'm sorry, Walt. I didn't realize. Look forward to it whenever it comes

Apr 09, 2015

when do we get to hear from @waltmossberg on Apple Watch? I'm really curious what he thinks.

Apr 09, 2015

every time I accept a LinkedIn request, I'm blown away by the shady attempts to spam people I barely know. It's crazy people put up with it

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