But he's right that you should pitch lots of people. That gets you used to talking about what you're doing. It's really easy when you've been too close to an idea for a while to assume what you're saying makes sense, when it often doesn't without the right context.
I wrote some about our interview here:
This is going on my wall of inspiring quotes.
Damian Katz is a fine human being, and an artist. Never knew much about him before, but as of now, I consider him a role model.
We do so many interviews a day that we don't have the energy to be tricky. The reason we keep asking questions is simply that we have questions.
Considering this, I think both of them would get accepted.
Doesn't matter how good of a hacker you are, if they haven't heard of you or what you do, you still have to impress. I've known a lot of gifted hackers that sound like buffoons when they get sidetracked and a lot of mediocre (but generally very successful) coders that don't get phased by anything.
I think Damien and crew can and will get their pitch down and find a funding source in the near future. My money's on this one being one of YC's shoulda's.
I submitted to HN as I could not find it posted here, and wanted to know the community had to say. I had in mind it would foster a discussion on YC interview tips and experiences, which are sorely lacking arond the web (specially failed interviews, and these teach more than successful ones).
NOTE: There are some public YC interviews on the web, namely: Adioso's (http://tomhoward.co/our-y-combinator-interview-experience) and Directed Edge's (http://blog.directededge.com/2009/11/05/the-interview-with-y...)
This is also an old post (2006), and YC guys probably learned a lot in the mean time. About Damien's comment It's a Flawed Process. Tough Shit Fella, even pg admitted it can happen when talking about competing seeds on his recent interview to Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/1108/best-small-companies-...):
Graham welcomes the competition. "It's better for entrepreneurs," he says. "If we make a mistake and don't fund somebody great, they still have a chance."