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Paul Graham steps down as Y-Combinator president

The Silicon Valley leader taps Y-Combinator alum Sam Altman to take over as president of the startup incubator.

By February 21, 2014


Y Combinator for the world? How USAID lab plans to fight poverty

The goal of the U.S. Global Development Lab is nothing short of harnessing innovation to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030. Crave's Eric Mack asks USAID about the ambitious plan it likens to DARPA.

By April 3, 2014


Y Combinator's Paul Graham defends foreign accent comments

Outrage aside, Paul Graham sticks to the facts as he sees them: Startup founders with strong foreign accents are less likely to win VC funding.

By August 30, 2013


Y Combinator's first nonprofit aims to crowdfund health care

Watsi is hoping to use a Kickstarter model to help fund crucial medical cases around the world. Thirteen health care institutions are using Watsi already.

By March 26, 2013


Y Combinator's stars shine at Demo Day

The leading tech incubator's 74 fledgling companies showed off their wares. Things like telepresence robots, new package delivery systems, mobile game controllers, and more, stood out.

By August 21, 2012


At Y Combinator Demo Day, many echoes of Kickstarter

Startups hoping to leverage Kickstarter's success were everywhere during the semi-annual graduation showcase, looking to get in on the crowdfunding action.

By March 27, 2013


Ron Conway steps back as Y Combinator cuts team funding

Paul Graham, founder of the prestigious incubator for startups, tells CNET the move has been several months in the making.

By November 26, 2012


Y Combinator founder: Startup funding could get scarce

Paul Graham warned that Facebook's tepid post-IPO performance could depress funding levels. He adds that life is now harder for VCs, who have to pick winners from a much bigger pool of startups.

By August 21, 2012


Facebook's IPO will hurt startups, warns Y Combinator founder

The co-founder of the startup incubator sends an e-mail to portfolio companies warning of hard times ahead thanks to Facebook's disastrous performance.

By June 4, 2012


Y Combinator: Disneyland for investors

The incubator's demo day has become a theme park for investors. Startups are the attractions that investors will endure long lines for and pay big bucks to ride.

By March 30, 2012