1

YC Lessons from two Latin Americans who walked into Silicon Valley

21661Points

5 years ago

Platzi was accepted to YC after applying twice. Our customers speak Spanish, we look (very) Hispanic and talk with funny accents. We started everything in Bogotá and México, not the Bay Area. We are not your average Y Combinator company.

Here are a few things I wish I knew before doing YC W15.

Before interviewing

If English is your second language, don’t worry. Everybody is equally terrified. Try to speak slowly. You’ll do fine as long as you can communicate with each other.

But you need to speak English. It’s not that hard. Startups are harder.

Be truthful and authentic. YC doesn’t care where you come from, who you are, or how much you know about startups.

Do you know your market?
Are you growing?
Can your team deliver?
Can you scale?
Are you a good person?
That’s it.

You can’t game it. YC interviewers are lie detectors. Know your company, the good and the bad. If you have been invited to Mountain View, there’s a reason. Don’t leave anything on the table.

You win with growth, good metrics (acceleration > size) and good execution.

During YC

Congratulations, now launch as early as you can! If you already have, talk to your users and iterate.

Y Combinator is Silicon Valley’s User Manual. Read everything. Fast.

Try to live close to YC. Mountain View may be boring, but that’s good, you should be working on your startup anyway.

Your batchmates are a careful selection of the most incredible people you’ll ever meet. Yes, it sounds like an exaggeration, but you’ll have plenty of times to confirm it’s true.

Try to talk to all of them. More so than to the YC partners. Life is longer than a startup and some of them may make history.

YC partners do this for reasons beyond money. Listen to their advice, they’ve seen everything. You won’t surprise them.

Lying to YC partners is a waste of time. They won’t ask for the money back, so tell them everything. All startups are chaotic shitshows. They know. They invented the phrase.

Really, listen to their advice.

And learn to talk slowly. Nope, more slowly.

Just measure one thing. YC partners can help you figure out which one.

If English is your second language, speaking more slowly than you’re comfortable with will make you sound smarter. I don’t know why, but it works.

Fundraising is not a right and it’s possible to raise nothing after Demo Day. Prepare your company to survive that. Be humble while raising money.

Have perspective. Things can get terrible and depressing sometimes. But you were accepted to YC. A program that’s harder to get into than Harvard. You’ll be fine.

Companies can survive competitors. Companies can survive your own death. But companies die when they run out of money.

You’ll be amazed how much YC partners will help you and work with you before, during and after Demo Day. I was.

After YC

Survive.

Keep in touch. Day-to-day operations and fundraising make it easy to lose contact with your batchmates. But remember, some of them may make history.

YC will help your company for as long as it needs help. Even after your batch is over. Don’t be afraid to ask.

The YC alumni network is full of incredible people. At Platzi, we’ve got help and advice from founders and employees at Stripe, Airbnb, Zencoder, Twitch, CodeNow, Gitlab, Zapier, RethinkDB and many more companies. Just ask.

Being a YC alum opens doors, yes, but be humble about it. No one owes you anything.

Hire. Hire talented, good people that love your mission. But hire, for the love of God.

You’ll quickly realize that being a YC founder means nothing unless your company is growing and making things happen. Work on your startup.

You were helped and got where you are thanks to that help. Pay it forward. Help, give advice and recommend other people walking this path. They may make history too.
.

Do you want to learn more? Sam Altman taught in Platzi about starting startups, Kevin Hale about startup design and we have another 20 courses in English, not to mention 70 in Spanish.

Update: this post is getting quite a bit of attention on Hacker News, you can follow the conversation here.

John Freddy
John Freddy
@freddier

21661Points

5 years ago

Todas sus entradas
Escribe tu comentario
+ 2
Order by
1
71Points

Either you are on solo vacation or it’s a family or friends trip, Your travel should be a hassle-free, safe, and a comfortable one. To get all the details about the airlines and airfares of the flight, call us at Allegiant Airlines Contact Number.

1
23Points

Get assistance with Lady Bugs Control, we are there to help the customers with trusted Pest Control services. Call us now!!

1
17Points

It is very difficult to put on paper what you are thinking in your mind. But that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. It is important to have a design before starting any successful business. If you have your startup design, then your chances of success increase. Check This Out

1
139Points

Your posts are very meaningful, the content is quite interesting and impressive, I hope in the near future you will have many good and meaningful articles to bring to readers.
fnaf

1
13Points

A well written Content provided by you. Your writing skills are perfect southwest contact number. i hope so you will write more content like this but if you are searching for flights then contact us or visit our website.

1

I and my bestie often visit that waterpark, we love that place so much, it is clean and waterslides are thrilling.

1
71Points

Due to COVID-19, Delta Airlines have begun making rapid updates to their change and cancellation policies. So, if you are one of those traveler whose trip has been impacted by a coronavirus, let me tell you that you don’t need to worry about your bookings. Also, we will help you to make your Delta Airlines Date Change easily. For this, we’ll update you via our helpline number as soon as we hear of policy changes or updates.

1
12Points

Well, we are here to help you students. Get your quality assignment written by professional writers at affordable rate. Just ask us to help me with my assignment. The services of assignment help are quite extensive and it covers all kinds of the homework help required by the students. It allows the students for submitting the requests, so that the helpers of homework could be able to provide solution within shortest period of time.

1
20Points

If you see any pest activities in your property then immediately seek help from the professionals as early as possible. If you are looking, then contact Pest Control GA and they will help you in getting the best one.

1
20Points

We offer the best and reliable service providers for all the problems regarding pests or rodents created at your place, be it any residential place, commercial space, or constructional site. We are there to eliminate all the unwanted guests at your place. The Pest Control WA is the best partner that is always there for you.

1
20Points

Pests like termites, wood-damaging insects make their colonies wherever they go. So, in order to not get into any such situation, where you feel helpless. Get in touch with one of the leading bug control service provider, Hawx Pest Control.

1
20Points

Florida Pest Control offers lawn treatment services, pest management and outdoor and indoor pest control services. So when in need contact the experts.

1
20Points

If you are getting affected by the various bugs and rodents like rats, mosquitos, silverfish and many more, contact us at the Pest Control Albany NY helpdesk and we will assist you with the most reliable exterminator services within no time in Albany.

1

Are you looking for Assignment Help? Are you not able to choose the best experts? GotoAssignmenthelp is one of the most famous Assignment providers in the world. We provide online assignment help to students in Australia in all subjects. Our online assignment makers provide quality assignment writing services but should be an option for all students. Which is why we are pleased to provide you with nursing assignment help. https://www.gotoassignmenthelp.com/

1

Delta airlines official site offer discounts on current-time prices for the flight tickets. When you booking with us frequently, we provide you good discounts because we love that our customers are happy. Book with delta airlines official site Customer Service desk now.