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How Plentyoffish Conquered Online Dating (Hint: Its Founder Works Just One Hour a Day)

inc.com — At 10 o'clock in the morning, Markus Frind leaves his apartment and heads to work. It's a short walk through downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, but somehow the trek feels arduous. This is not because Frind is lazy. Well, Frind is a bit lazy, but that's another matter.
Jul 14, 2015

Somewhere between here and selling for $575m, the site-that-runs-itself grew to 75 employees inc.com/magazine/20090… pic.twitter.com/pRd9iFhPFq

Jul 14, 2015

RT @felixsalmon: Somewhere between here and selling for $575m, the site-that-runs-itself grew to 75 employees inc.com/magazine/20090… pic.twitter.com/pRd9iFhPFq

Jul 14, 2015

Here's a fun @PlentyOfFish profile that @chafkin wrote in 2009. Company was bootstrapped & just sold for $575 million inc.com/magazine/20090…

Jul 16, 2015

RT @DelRey: Here's a fun @PlentyOfFish profile that @chafkin wrote in 2009. Company was bootstrapped & just sold for $575 million http://t.…

Y Combinator President Sam Altman Is Dreaming Big

fastcompany.com — "¡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.
Apr 16, 2015

From May issue of @fastcompany: the final chapter of my series looks at @ycombinator's push to go really, really big fastcompany.com/3044282/the-y-…

Apr 16, 2015

"these partners have $5 million salaries. They don’t want to risk losing that" -@sama on risk aversion of some vcs fastcompany.com/3044282/the-y-…

Apr 17, 2015

RT @chafkin: From May issue of @fastcompany: the final chapter of my series looks at @ycombinator's push to go really, really big fastcompany.com/3044282/the-y-…

Apr 18, 2015

In addition to "unicorns" ($1b companies), there are now "decacorns" ($10b and juniorcorns ($500m). genius.it/www.fastcompan…

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Here's What It Looks Like When A Startup Wins Big at Y Combinator

fastcompany.com — "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.
Apr 09, 2015

what it looks like when a startup wins big at @ycombinator Demo Day, starring @Mashgin a cool machine learning co fastcompany.com/3044452/the-y-…

What Happens After Y Combinator: The Marathon After The Sprint

fastcompany.com — 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.
Apr 02, 2015

"Don’t give up. Be a cockroach. Just figure it out." What Happens After Y Combinator: The Marathon After The Sprint fastcompany.com/3044333/the-y-…

Apr 02, 2015

RT @noahr: "Don’t give up. Be a cockroach. Just figure it out." What Happens After Y Combinator: The Marathon After The Sprint fastcompany.com/3044333/the-y-…

Apr 02, 2015

The indefatigable @chafkin has a great @ycombinator series entry today: the marathon after the sprint fastcompany.com/3044333/the-y-…

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Ebola Drugs, Prison Inmates, Real, Live Rockets: Y Combinator's New Launchpad

fastcompany.com — "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.
Mar 26, 2015

YC Demo Day: inmate services from Pigeonly, Bagaveev's rocket ambitions (!), 3-D printed legs, potential ebola drugs m.fastcompany.com/3044060/the-y-…

Mar 26, 2015

For @fastcompany, I write about how @sama and @ycombinator are trying to push Silicon Valley out of its comfort zone fastcompany.com/3044060/the-y-…

Mar 27, 2015

RT @chafkin: For @fastcompany, I write about how @sama and @ycombinator are trying to push Silicon Valley out of its comfort zone fastcompany.com/3044060/the-y-…

Mar 27, 2015

RT @chafkin: For @fastcompany, I write about how @sama and @ycombinator are trying to push Silicon Valley out of its comfort zone fastcompany.com/3044060/the-y-…

The Y Combinator Chronicles

fastcompany.com — 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

fastcompany.com — 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

fastcompany.com — "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.
Mar 12, 2015

some really fun startups in the current @ycombinator group. Today, wrote about @democracyos and YC's nonprofits fastcompany.com/3043388/the-y-…

Mar 12, 2015

RT @chafkin: some really fun startups in the current @ycombinator group. Today, wrote about @democracyos and YC's nonprofits fastcompany.com/3043388/the-y-…

Mar 13, 2015

"Why Y Combinator Funded a Radical Political Party in Argentina” is a real headline fastcompany.com/3043388/the-y-…

Legendary Angel Investor Ron Conway Isn't Looking At Your Idea, He's Looking At You

fastcompany.com — "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."
Mar 05, 2015

for @fastcompany series on @ycombinator: i ask legendary investor @RonConway what he looks for in a startup fastcompany.com/3043196/the-y-…

Mar 05, 2015

Legendary #Angel Investor Ron Conway Isn't Looking At Your #Idea, He's Looking At You #startups #investing klou.tt/v494p4hg0aoo

Mar 07, 2015

RT @FastCompany: With @ycombinator Demo Day fast approaching, we check in with legendary angel investor @ronconway f-st.co/KYnZHkD

The Secret Million That Y Combinator Invests In All Its Startups

fastcompany.com — "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.
Feb 26, 2015

RT @chafkin: For @fastcompany: a look at @transcriptic and the secret $1 million that @ycombinator gives its companies fastcompany.com/3042861/the-y-…

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Aug 27, 2015

Strange that is this article doesn't mention you can get around gogo's in-flight pricing by buying in advance. bloomberg.com/features/2015-…

Aug 21, 2015

because, naturally, the best way to deal with a few half-naked people is to pave over a park. nytimes.com/2015/08/21/nyr…

Aug 18, 2015

Sad I'm missing her reading but happy that @stephcliff's novel finally arrived! Get it if you don't have it yet pic.twitter.com/FhCRgCPstW

Jul 18, 2015

@Choire been mapping this trip out in my mind. my theory is the D never left the station at W. 4th. otherwise, you're joking.

Jul 16, 2015

@DelRey @plentyoffish thanks for digging that piece up, Jason. it was a fun one.

Jul 16, 2015

RT @DelRey: Here's a fun @PlentyOfFish profile that @chafkin wrote in 2009. Company was bootstrapped & just sold for $575 million http://t.…


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