Function Of Beauty, Backed By Y Combinator, Offers Customized Shampoo And Conditioner

Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 1.06.30 PM It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the myriad of options in the haircare section of your local store, but it turns out that of all those products, the formula within most shampoo and conditioner doesn’t vary much across brands. A new Y Combinator company, Function of Beauty, is looking to change all that. The company lets the user choose a scent and describe their own hair type,… Read More

Ex-TechCruncher Launches Y Combinator’s “Not News” Publication The Macro

The Macro There are plenty of tech blogs. But The Macro can go where no blogs are allowed — deep inside the Hogwarts of startups, Y Combinator. Mixed in with unmentionably candid advice and embarassing tales of failure meant only for the ears of YC’s founders and mentors are stories worth spreading beyond the accelerator. That’s Colleen Taylor’s job. The former TechCrunch… Read More

Garry Tan Says Goodbye to Y Combinator

y-combinator-logo Garry Tan is leaving the accelerator and investment firm Y Combinator after a four-year stint with the outfit.
Tan had previously cofounded the easy-to-use blogging service Posterous, which was backed by Y Combinator and acquired by Twitter in 2012. (It was later shuttered.)
Tan joined Y Combinator in 2011 as a designer in residence but was quickly to promoted to partner. He said in… Read More

Eden On-Demand Tech Help Service Goes Exclusively B2B

Dos Eden, the YC-backed on-demand tech installation and repair service that launched in May of this year, has shifted the focus of the business to the enterprise market, serving offices with tech help as opposed to serving both businesses and individuals. After starting out as a consumer-facing product, sending tech wizards to a specific location to solve a tech problem, like printer installation or… Read More

Legion Analytics Offers A Pandora-Style Interface For Finding Sales Leads

Jamasen Rodriguez, Sinan Ozdemir The founders of Legion Analytics say they’re offering a better way for salespeople to find new customers. The startup is part of Y Combinator’s new fellowship system, an eight-week program for “very, very early” stage companies who receive a $12,000 grant and fly in for office hours and mentorship. What’s wrong with the current lead generation process? CTO… Read More

Legion Analytics Offers A Pandora-Style Interface For Finding Sales Leads

Jamasen Rodriguez, Sinan Ozdemir The founders of Legion Analytics say they’re offering a better way for salespeople to find new customers. The startup is part of Y Combinator’s new fellowship system, an eight-week program for “very, very early” stage companies who receive a $12,000 grant and fly in for office hours and mentorship. What’s wrong with the current lead generation process? CTO… Read More

Instacart Hires Its First CFO: Ravi Gupta

150911-instacart-header-v2-text Instacart is growing up. To wit, the three-year-old, grocery delivery startup – which hit “unicorn” status late last year when it raised $220 million at a reported $2 billion valuation – has hired a CFO for the first time. Ravi Gupta, who spent the last decade as a director with the private equity firm KKR in New York, and the previous two years as an analyst with… Read More

Y Combinator Launches “Open Office Hours” To Give Diverse Founders Access To Its Partners

YC Partner Garry Tan hosting office hours Y Combinator is piloting a new program called “Open Office Hours” The aim is to connect with founders from underserved communities and give them direct access to YC partners either in-person or via Skype, depending on where the founders are based. YC’s office hours effort is led Michael Seibel, the founder whose startup Twitch sold to Amazon for $970 million and whose… Read More

Stanford Partners With Life Sciences Marketplace Quartzy For Campus Lab Supplies

Stanford_Arches2.tif Quartzy is a lab supplies marketplace often used among life scientists at various universities, but particularly at Stanford. The academic institution made that relationship official today. Quartzy will now be deployed in labs across Stanford campus to save the university cash on lab supplies. The Quartzy marketplace launched out of Y Combinator four years back to provide an easier way… Read More

Eden Raises $2 Million To Expand On-Demand Tech Help Service

45 - eden Eden, the on-demand tech help service launched out of Y Combinator, has today announced a new chunk of cash to be added to its previously announced (rolling) seed round. This brings Eden’s total funding to $3.3 million, with this most recent $2 million adding to the $1.3 million the company received in July. Eden is a service launched out of the most recent Y Combinator class that… Read More