Welcome Craig, Fred and Mark!

We're excited to announce three additions to the YC team: 

Craig Cannon is joining YC as Director of Marketing. Prior to YC, he cofounded Comedy Hack Day and was Graphics Editor at The Onion. Craig also holds a cycling world record.

Fred Benenson is joining YC as an admissions manager.  Previously he was VP of Data at Kickstarter and their second employee. He has a masters from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program and also studied philosophy and computer science undergrad there.

Mark Thurman is a software engineer interested in esoteric programming languages and distributed systems. He graduated from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Previously he worked on backend systems and API design for Evernote and App.net. In his free time he enjoys reading, traveling with his family, and cooking.

YC Open Office Hours for Black and Hispanic Founders

Startups are often best at solving the personal problems of their founders. The more diverse the founders, the more types of problems can be solved -- and the more people who will be positively impacted by technology.

As a result, we're piloting a program called "Open Office Hours". We are reaching out to underrepresented communities in the startup world and giving them direct access to YC.  They can ask us questions, get advice, and grow their network.

Each company who participates will get 20 minute office hours with a YC partner. They can do them in person at our office in Mountain View, CA or remotely on Skype.

Our first Open Office Hours event will happen on 9/24-25.  We will start with Black and Hispanic founders and if successful we hope to launch future Open Office Hours for Women, Veterans, and International founders. 

We'll start taking sign-ups on Wednesday 9/16. For this pilot we'll be starting with 50 slots.  Learn more and apply by following this link: http://www.ycopenofficehours.com/

The deadline to apply is Monday 9/21.

Work at a YC Startup v2

Hiring is the biggest problem our startups face once they finish YC.  In the past, we've held Work at a Startup events with the goal of connecting our companies to great programmers. Unfortunately, scaling recruiting events is very hard and requiring applicants to show up in person significantly reduces the pool of potential hires. As a result, we're bringing back the Work at a Startup idea but this time we're going to use a new YC startup to power it.

Triplebyte (YC S15) is launching a common application to apply for a job at any YC startup.  You don't have to go to an event or submit a resume. Emailing thousands of resumes to our portfolio companies is not a good solution. It puts programmers who don't have impressive resumes at a disadvantage and puts the burden on our YC companies to filter through thousands of applicants. With the new YC common application, you answer some simple programming questions online, followed by a 15 minute phone screen, and then a set of online technical interviews. If you pass, they'll help you search across all YC startups, select up to five you'd like to work for, and help you get a job.  

Not only does this help us address a problem that all YC startups face as they grow, it also provides a fair and open process for people from diverse backgrounds to move to the Bay Area and join the startup world. Apply to work at a YC company here.



YC Demographics

We want to be sure we’re not discriminating against founders in our funding decisions at YC, so we decided to look at some data.

Based on analyzing a random sample of 5% of YC winter 2015 applicants, 11.8% of the founders who applied were women and around 3% percent of the founders were either Black or Hispanic.

Of the founders we funded in our most recent batch, 11.1% of the founders are women (about 23% of the startups have one or more female founders), 3.7% of the founders are Hispanic, and 4% of the founders are Black. 

The good news is that there is no disadvantage to applying to YC as a female or minority founder.  The bad news, of course, is that applicant percentages are low relative to the entire population. 

We believe the ecosystem can support a lot more startups from many different backgrounds; this will not be a zero-sum game.  We will continue and strengthen our outreach efforts. As more good people start startups and apply to YC, more startups will get funded.