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The Launch Pad - Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's Most Exclusive School for Startups

Randall Stross

Twice a year in the heart of Silicon Valley, a small investment firm called Y Combinator selects an elite group of young entrepreneurs from around the world for three months of intense work and instruction. Their brand-new two- or three-person start-ups are given a seemingly impossible challenge: to turn a raw idea into a viable business, fast. Each YC session culminates in a demo day, when investors and venture capitalists flock to hear pitches from the new graduates. Any one of them might turn out to be the next Dropbox (class of 2007, now valued at $5 billion) or Airbnb (2009, $1.3 billion). Randall Stross is the first journalist to have fly-on-the-wall access to Y Combinator. He tells the full story of how Paul Graham started this ultra exclusive institution, how it chooses among hundreds of aspiring Mark Zuckerbergs, and how it teaches them to go from concept to profitability in record time.

Twice a year in the heart of Silicon Valley, a small investment firm called Y Combinator selects an elite group of young entrepreneurs from around the world for three months of intense work and instruction. Their brand-new two- or three-person start-ups are given a seemingly impossible challenge: to turn a raw idea into a viable business, fast. Each YC session culminates in a demo day, when investors and venture capitalists flock to hear pitches from the new graduates. Any one of them might turn out to be the next Dropbox (class of 2007, now valued at $5 billion) or Airbnb (2009, $1.3 billion). Randall Stross is the first journalist to have fly-on-the-wall access to Y Combinator. He tells the full story of how Paul Graham started this ultra exclusive institution, how it chooses among hundreds of aspiring Mark Zuckerbergs, and how it teaches them to go from concept to profitability in record time.
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Twice a year in the heart of Silicon Valley, a small investment firm called Y Combinator selects an elite group of young entrepreneurs from around the world for three months of intense work and instruction. Their brand-new two- or three-person start-ups are given a seemingly impossible challenge: to turn a raw idea into a viable business, fast. Each YC session culminates in a demo day, when investors and venture capitalists flock to hear pitches from the new graduates. Any one of them might turn out to be the next Dropbox (class of 2007, now valued at $5 billion) or Airbnb (2009, $1.3 billion). Randall Stross is the first journalist to have fly-on-the-wall access to Y Combinator. He tells the full story of how Paul Graham started this ultra exclusive institution, how it chooses among hundreds of aspiring Mark Zuckerbergs, and how it teaches them to go from concept to profitability in record time.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rene Ruiz

Length:

8h 51m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:06


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:35


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:23


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:07


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:54


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:36


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:02


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:59


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:34


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:59


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:52


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:20


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:30


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:51


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:38


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:02


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:03


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:02


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:25


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:19


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:59


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:15


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:04


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:18


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:12


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:55


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:04


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:30


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:00


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:43


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:26


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:01


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

09:53


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:04


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:44


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:56


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:07


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

09:20


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:48


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:58


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:57


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:11


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:43


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

00:35