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We talk with people who are shaping the future. A show about technology in business, research, and art.






#85 - YC Partner AMA at the Female Founders Conference

Recorded live at our Female Founders Conference in New York, an AMA with Kat Manalac, Kirsty Nathoo, Adora Cheung, Holly Liu, Jessica Livingston, and Carolynn Levy. This panel was hosted by Sharon Pope, Head of Marketing Programs at YC. We’re also posting the other talks from the Female Founders Conference today. You can see all of them and read the transcripts at blog.ycombinator.com If you’d like to learn more about the Female Founders Conference, head over to...


#84 - João Batalha and Luís Batalha

João Batalha and Luís Batalha are cofounders of Fermat’s Library. Fermat’s Library is a platform for annotating papers. Each week they send out a paper annotated by their community. Some recent papers were Birds and Frogs by Freeman Dyson and Von Neumann's First Computer Program by Donald Knuth. They’ve also built a Chrome Extension call Librarian for the arXiv which allows you to get direct links to references, do BibTeX extraction and make comments on papers. You can find them at...


#83 - Scott Aaronson

Scott Aaronson is the David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin, and director of its Quantum Information Center. Before teaching at UT, he taught Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. His research interests center around the capabilities and limits of quantum computers, and computational complexity theory more generally. If you’ve listened to our other episodes about quantum computers and are curious to learn more, check...


#82 - Henrique Dubugras of Brex and Anu Hariharan

Henrique Dubugras is the cofounder of Brex, which provides corporate cards for startups. Anu Hariharan is a Partner at YC. Brex went through YC in the Winter 2017 batch and just closed their Series B, which was led by YC Continuity. In addition to discussing how the Brex team built out their service, Anu and Henrique also cover the specifics of what it takes to build a fintech startup in 2018. And Henrique shares advice for young founders, as he started his first company at 16. Read...


#81 - Announcing Work at a Startup

Jared Friedman is a partner at YC and before that cofounded Scribd (YC S06). Matt Long a software engineer at YC and before that cofounded Crocodoc (YC W10). Today we’re talking about a project Jared, Matt, and several other people at YC have been working on. It’s called Work at a Startup and it’s like a common application for engineers to apply to many YC companies simultaneously. We’re also hosting a Work at a Startup Expo on July 28th in Mountain View where you’ll be able to meet 35...


#80 - Office Hours with Adora Cheung

Adora Cheung is a partner at YC and she also cofounded Homejoy, which went through YC in the Summer 2010 batch. For this episode we took questions from the internet. If you have questions for a future office hours episode, just tweet them our way. Questions 0:41 - topherPedersen asks - How many users did you have when you applied to YC? Also, how much revenue had you generated? 2:55 - Hatlii asks - How do you keep going if you can’t raise any money? 4:54 - Alejandro Ruperti asks -...


#79 - Liz Wessel

Liz Wessel is the cofounder and CEO of WayUp. WayUp is a job and internship platform for college students and recent graduates. They were part of the Winter 2015 YC batch. Read the transcript here. The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.


#78 - Simon Benjamin

Simon Benjamin is a Professor of Quantum Technologies at Oxford. He is also the Principle Investigator for Oxford’s project on Quantum Optimisation and Machine Learning. This episode is more technical than last week’s episode with John Preskill. We start by covering some fundamentals then go into different approaches for constructing and scaling a quantum computer. Read the transcript here. The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.


#77 - John Preskill

John Preskill is a theoretical physicist and the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech. He once won a bet with Steven Hawking, which as he writes made him “briefly almost famous.” John and Kip Thorne bet that singularities could exist outside of black holes and after six years Hawking conceded that they were possible in very special, “nongeneric” conditions. In this episode we cover what John’s been focusing on for years: quantum information, quantum computing,...


#76 - Carola Schönlieb

Carola Schönlieb is an applied mathematician at the University of Cambridge. She’s also a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute and the head of the Image Analysis group at Cambridge’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. In this episode we cover mathematical approaches to image processing. The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.


#75 - Sean Mitchell

Sean Mitchell is the cofounder and CEO of Rezi. REZI helps landlords find high quality, long-term tenants in 48 hours. They were part of the Winter 2017 batch. The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.


#74 - Linda Xie and Avichal Garg

Linda Xie is the cofounder of Scalar Capital, a cryptoasset fund. Before that she was a Product Manager at Coinbase (YC S12). Avichal Garg is a Managing Partner at Electric Capital, a value fund for digital assets. He’s also an Expert at YC. Prior to that he was the Director of Product Management at Facebook. The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.


#73 - Patrick Moberg and Holly Liu

Patrick Moberg is the cofounder of Playdots, which is a mobile game studio in New York. They make Dots, Two Dots, and Dots and Co. Holly Liu is is a Visiting Partner at YC. Before that she cofounded the gaming company Kabam. The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.


#72 - Miles Brundage and Tim Hwang

Miles Brundage is an AI Policy Research Fellow with the Strategic AI Research Center at the Future of Humanity Institute. He is also a PhD candidate in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University. Miles recently co-authored The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation. Tim Hwang is the Director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative. He is also a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet...


#71 - Claire McDonnell and Jennifer Kim on Building an Inclusive Company Culture

Claire McDonnell is cofounder and COO of True Link Financial (YC S13). True Link is a financial services firm that offers money management, investment, and insurance products, primarily for retirees. Jennifer Kim is currently advising startups. Prior to that she was the Head of Employee Experience and Development at Lever. Lever makes recruiting software and they were part of the Summer 2012 batch. Kat Manalac is a partner here at YC.


#70 - CoinList Cofounder Andy Bromberg and Ramon Recuero

Andy Bromberg is the cofounder and CEO of CoinList. Coinlist provides financial infrastructure for token creators and investors. Ramon Recuero is an engineer at YC. He's the author of the Decentralized Future Series, which you can read here. If you'd like to listen to more podcasts about crypto, here are episodes with Juan Benet (IPFS) and Dalton Caldwell (YC) and Olaf Carlson-Wee (Polychain Capital) and Aaron Harris (YC). The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.


#69 - Anne Wojcicki of 23andMe and Sam Altman

Anne Wojcicki is the cofounder and CEO of 23andMe, which provides direct-to-consumer genetic testing. Sam Altman is the president of YC Group. He interviewed Anne for a series called How To Build The Future, which you can check out on our YouTube channel.


#68 - Cost vs Quality in Edtech - Keith Schacht, Avichal Garg, and Geoff Ralston

Keith Schacht is the cofounder of Mystery Science, which makes lessons that inspire kids to love science. They were part of the Summer 2017 YC batch. Avichal Garg is an Expert at YC and prior to that he was the Director of Product Management at Facebook. Geoff Ralston is a Partner at YC and before that he cofounded Imagine K12, an edtech accelerator that’s now makes up YC’s edtech vertical.


#67 - 3D Home Printing for the Developing World - Alexandria Lafci and Brett Hagler of New Story Charity

Alexandria Lafci and Brett Hagler are cofounders of New Story Charity. New Story Charity builds homes and communities in the developing world. They were part of the Summer 2015 YC batch. They just 3d printed their first home in Austin, Texas. You can check it out at 3DHome.org. The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.


#66 - Breaking Down HackerRank's Survey of 40,000 Developers with Vivek Ravisankar

Vivek Ravisankar is the CEO and cofounder of HackerRank, which was in the Summer 2011 batch. They surveyed 40,000 developers on things including their favorite frameworks, what they want in a job, and how they learned to code. You can read the report here. The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.