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Y Combinator


CB Rank (Investor): 7

Y Combinator is a startup accelerator that invests in a large number of startups twice a year.
Mountain View, California, United States
Categories: Consulting, Finance, Venture Capital
Headquarters Regions: San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, West Coast
Founded Date: Mar 1, 2005
Founders: Andrew Levy, Jessica Livingston, Paul Graham, Robert Morris, Trevor Blackwell
Operating Status: Active
Last Funding Type: Debt Financing
Number of Employees: 11-50
Also Known As: ycombinator
Legal Name: Y Combinator Management, LLC
Child Hubs: Y Combinator Alumni Founded Companies, Y Combinator Portfolio Companies

Investor Type: Accelerator
Investment Stage: Debt, Early Stage Venture, Seed
Number of Exits: 247
Accelerator has Demo Days: Yes
Accelerator Application Deadline: Mar 25, 2019
Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 12
Accelerator Program Type: On-Site

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Y Combinator is a startup accelerator based in Mountain View, CA.

In 2005, Y Combinator developed a new model of startup funding. Twice a year they invest a small amount of money ($120K) in a large number of startups (most recently 68). The startups move to Silicon Valley for 3 months. The YC partners work closely with each company to get them into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors. Each cycle culminates in Demo Day, when the startups present their business plans to a carefully selected, audience of investors.

Successful exits by Y Combinator funded companies includ e: Reddit, Heroku and OMGPOP.

Other successful companies that went through Y Combinator includ e: Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, Loopt,, Weebly and Scribd.

Coverage of Previous Demo Days:
* Winter ’13
* Summer ’13
* Winter ’13
* Summer ’12
* Winter ’12
* Summer ’11
* Summer ’10
* Summer ’09
* Winter ’09
* Winter ’08
* Summer ’07
* Winter ’07


Number of Investments: 2,370
Number of Lead Investments: 530
Y Combinator has made 2,370 investments. Their most recent investment was on Jun 21, 2019, when they invested $5.3M in Nowports.


Number of Exits: 247
Y Combinator has had 247 exits. Y Combinator’s most notable exits includ e PagerDuty, Cruise, and Dropbox.

Funds Raised

Number of Funds: 1
Total Fund Raised: $700M
Y Combinator has raised a total of $700M in a single venture fund, Y COMBINATOR CONTINUITY FUND I, L.P. This fund was announced on Oct 15, 2015 and raised a total of $700M.

Number of Current Team Members: 40
Y Combinator has 40 current team members, including Co-Founder & Partner Jessica Livingston.
Jessica Livingston, Co-Founder & Partner
Paul Graham, Co-Founder & Partner
Trevor Blackwell, Partner
Nicole Christa Cadman, Associate General Counsel
Tim Brady, Partner
Aaron Epstein, Visiting Partner
Nicolas Dardenne, Associate
Kenny Joo, Assistant Controller
Board Members and Advisors:
Sam Altman, Advisor

Number of Lead Investors:1
Number of Investors: 7
Y Combinator is funded by 7 investors. Trinity Capital Investment and Bridge Bank are the most recent investors.

Trinity Capital Investment
Bridge Bank
Sequoia Capital
XG Ventures
Felicis Ventures
SV Angel
Paul Buchheit
Sequoia Capital