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Apoorva Mehta at Startup School NY 2014
This is an AI-generated summary of a YouTube video "Apoorva Mehta at Startup School NY 2014" by Y Combinator!

The key idea of the video is that persistence and solving a problem you truly care about are crucial for success in the startup industry, as demonstrated by the stories of failed product ideas and the success of Instacart.

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    Instacart receives $44M funding and expands to NYC, while a speaker learns about the startup industry through meetups, conversations, and books.
    • Instacart, a company that offers same-day grocery delivery from multiple stores, recently received $44 million in funding and expanded to New York City.
    • Instacart is a software company that delivers groceries to your door within one hour by utilizing a network of shoppers who pick up groceries from various stores.
    • The speaker wanted to start a company, but realized he needed to learn more about the industry, so he attended founder meetups, talked to founders and investors, and read books about startups.
  • ๐Ÿ’ผ
    ๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸŒ‰: Amazon employee quits job to pursue entrepreneurship in San Francisco, faces challenges with failed product ideas.
    • The speaker quit his job at Amazon to focus on his ideas full-time and moved to San Francisco.
    • The speaker and their co-founder tried multiple product ideas but continuously failed, leading to doubts about their decision to leave Amazon and pursue entrepreneurship.
  • ๐Ÿšซ
    ๐Ÿ’ผ Building a social network for lawyers without understanding their needs led to failure, highlighting the importance of solving a problem you truly care about when starting a company.
    • The speaker and their team created a social network for lawyers without knowing much about lawyers, and after building the product and talking to lawyers, they realized it was a terrible idea because lawyers don't like technology.
    • Starting a company should be about solving a problem you truly care about, not just starting a company, as the speaker learned from his failed attempt to connect lawyers.
  • ๐Ÿ›’
    Instacart was created to solve grocery shopping inefficiency, quickly became profitable, and received a response from YC alumni for a late application.
    • Instacart was created in 2012 to solve the inefficiency of grocery shopping and became profitable quickly, with the founder realizing the unique aspect of friends using the product without being forced to.
    • Despite the application deadline having passed, the speaker contacted YC alumni for introductions to the partners and received a response from Garry Tan, giving them hope to fill out a late application.
  • ๐Ÿš€
    After multiple rejections, a founder got into Y Combinator by sending a six pack of beer, and learned to be resilient and take advantage of YC dinners for progress updates.
    • After multiple rejections, the speaker finally got the attention of YC partners by sending them a six pack of beer and was eventually accepted into the program.
    • Lessons learned from getting into Y Combinator: be resilient as a founder and don't lose steam after failure, and YC dinners can be chaotic but helpful for progress updates.
    • I helped a woman deliver a large order of soda to Y Combinator by clearing out three Safeways and packing the car to the brim.
  • ๐Ÿ›’
    Instacart's early success was due to YC founders as main customers, a banana mishap, unscalable beginnings, and securing investors despite past failures.
    • In the early days of Instacart, YC founders were the main customers, providing easy feedback for quick product iteration.
    • A customer ordered 10 bananas on Instacart, but due to confusion between the picture on the app and what the shopper thought was ordered, 10 bushels of bananas were delivered, causing the customer to be agitated until the company sent him a banana bread recipe.
    • Start-ups should do things unscalably at the beginning, as it gives them a competitive advantage over larger companies, and once the product has demand, they can figure out how to scale it.
    • Raising a seed round is difficult for founders, especially in a space with past failures, but Instacart was able to secure investors who believed in them despite their unscaleable approach.
  • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ
    Instacart ๐Ÿ“ˆ rapidly expanded to 10 US cities by adding Trader Joe's and other stores to their catalog, solving a difficult problem of providing same-day delivery without infrastructure.
    • Instacart added Trader Joe's to their offering by buying every single item, taking pictures of them, and putting them into their catalog, using the same technique for adding other stores and realizing they had the best product in the market.
    • The company launched in Chicago, Boston, and DC and experienced rapid growth, expanding to 10 cities in the US with a 10% weekly revenue increase for 20 weeks.
    • Scaling a company to provide an Amazon-like experience for same-day delivery without any infrastructure is a difficult computer science and operations research problem, but an important one to solve as retailers come online for the first time.
  • ๐Ÿ’ผ
    The journey of a founder is exciting but filled with failures and persistence is key to success.
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Apoorva Mehta at Startup School NY 2014
This is an AI-generated summary of a YouTube video "Apoorva Mehta at Startup School NY 2014" by Y Combinator!