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Wired Tells Us How YCombinator Works

YCombinator LogoAn interesting article appeared recently on Wired Magazine talking about YCombinator. If you’ve been following the incubator for a while, there’s not much new but it gives a nice account of how the demo day works, the internal meetings, and a bit of what it feels like to be part of the lucky ones that make the cut and are accepted into the program.

Link to the story “YCombinator is Bootcamp for Startups“:

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/05/ff_ycombinator/

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What Office Hours at YCombinator Looks Like

If you ever wondered what would be like to chat with Paul Graham about your startup, here’s your chance to take a peek at what’s like to be questioned, contradicted, and enlightened during YCombinator‘s famous “office hours”.

At TechCrunch Disrupt, they asked Paul to give a few startup founders some on-stage advice as if he were talking to his own incubator companies. The result is pretty entertaining and makes you think about the questions he poses and what you would answer.

The two key questions that came up during every single interview, are “what problem are you solving” and “who needs your product desperately”. Think about that for a moment and write down your answer. Now watch the video and see how others tried answering these same critical questions.

Click the image below to watch and enjoy!

TechCrunch Disrupt Office Hours