Lessons Learned At Y Combinator

Jon Dahl (Zencoder)
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Y Combinator consistently manages to take smart hackers and turn them into successful startup founders. What lessons can we all learn from the Y Combinator approach to startups? And what exactly does Y Combinator do? We’ll talk about the Y Combinator experience, the YC take on startups, and about the moderator’s experience with his YC-backed startup (Zencoder).

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Jon Dahl


Co-founder of Zencoder, a Y Combinator-backed startup that provides awesome video encoding as a service in the cloud. Before Zencoder, Jon ran a Rails dev shop, blogged at http://railspikes.com, wrote a Master’s thesis on contemporary philosophy, and founded Tumblon, a web-based startup for parents of young children.

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Jon Dahl
04/01/2011 3:29am PDT

Thanks to everyone who attended! Great conversation.

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Alvin Mullins
03/30/2011 3:17am PDT

Jon did a great job of explaining his Y Combinator experience and especially Paul’s philosophies around startups. One suggestion would be to have a moderator to move the discussion along if the speaker doesn’t want to function in that capacity.

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