About

What is this site?

The Unofficial Y Combinator Applicant Guidebook is an attempt at a comprehensive resource to help people interested in successfully applying to Y Combinator (aka YC). For those who aren’t familiar, Y Combinator is a pioneer in early stage venture funding that has funded and advised hundreds of startups including Airbnb, Dropbox, Wufoo, Reddit, Weebly and many more since its inception in 2005.

Who made this?

I’m Jason Shen – cofounder of Ridejoy, a community marketplace of friendly people sharing rides. Ridejoy was part of the Y Combinator sumer 2011 batch and aims to make ridesharing a viable and prevalent form of transportation.

Why was this made?

I had a fantastic experience going through Y Combinator. I’ve learned a lot about building a great startup from the YC partners, other YC founders, and just through building Ridejoy. People I knew began asking me for help with their YC application and I realized that while lots of people have written about their yc app “lessons learned”, it’s sort of scattered everywhere. So I drafted up a Google Doc what I hoped was a full coverage guide to applying to YC, everything from explaining the idea to showing off your team’s strengths to the video and specific writing suggestions. The feedback I got from the doc was positive and I’ve decided to release it as a full fledged web resource for anyone to access.

This is sweet! How can I thank you / help?

Aw – glad you like it! I spent a lot of time working on this resource and it’d mean a lot to me if you shared this resource with your friends on your favorite social networks (see buttons below).

Additionally if you know of any awesome engineers who might want to work at an early stage startup like Ridejoy, please direct them to: http://ridejoy.com/jobs. Thanks!

I have other questions / want to get in touch

I’m pretty busy these days with Ridejoy but if it’s important, I will try to help. You can contact me using the form below.