The deadline to apply to Y Combinator was Friday, 8pm. That morning, I offered to provide feedback
to hopeful applicants (warning: the advice might be worth the price paid 😛).
It was fun and energizing to learn about what people are building and how they plans to turn their dream into a reality. After reading several apps, there were a few things I found myself repeating that might be useful for others whether you’re applying to YC or not:
1. “Word-of-mouth” isn’t a growth strategy. It’s a hope. YC is looking for a sound plan or proof that you know how to acquire users.
2. Be aggressively succinct. YC partners spend a few minutes reading each application and will likely skip answers more than 6 sentences.
3. You have competition. Claiming that you have “no competitors” is often untrue and a negative signal. Competition = market validation.
Best of luck to everyone applying, and I’m happy to do mock interviews in April for those that land an interview. 😊