Startup School 2019: Boosting Founder Success with Kevin Hale and Adora Cheung
This article is a summary of a YouTube video "Kevin Hale and Adora Cheung - Startup School 2019 by the Numbers" by Y Combinator
TLDR Startup School helps founders improve their chances of success by providing guidance on pitching skills, launching products, and overcoming funding obstacles.
Startup School team traveled to 15 cities, interacted with 2,000 founders, and saw a 40% increase in participants, with female founders increasing the most, and analyzed the last two batches to see the impact of Startup School on funding from YC.
Start school applicants have a higher chance of getting into YC, so keep trying even if you don't get in the first time.
Solo founders welcome at Y Combinator, but having a technical co-founder is recommended; describe your startup in 78 words or less on the application.
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Launch your product and focus on addressing user problems to improve KPIs and overcome funding obstacles for start-up companies.
Some people take longer to launch, so plan an MVP that takes just a few weeks to launch, especially for hard tech and biotech companies who require almost double the number of weeks to launch.
Startup school helps founders improve their pitching skills, leading to increased success and emotional support from peers.
Startups should focus on revenue, prioritize launching regularly, talk to users, and be honest with themselves to achieve success and happiness.