We are YC rejects (I made it to the interview once!) but have benefited greatly from everything YC has put out to help founders like us. Since YCombinator has shared so much helpful content over the years in all sorts of areas, we decided to put some order around it for everyone’s benefit. The process looked like:
- We collected everything YC has put out scattered across different channels (and developed a system to keep it updated)
- Categorized it using a hybrid NLP-human approach to uncover key macro and micro categories along with identifying the people behind the advice. The goal was to 1. Aid exploration 2. Be able to quickly find the most relevant advice in any given situation.
- Our company (Polymer Search) specializes in converting a spreadsheet (or any structured data set) into a search and insights engine automatically. That was a huge part of why we decided to tackle this. We used our own beta stack to create YCAdvice.com. The spreadsheet is linked from the site in case anyone wants access to the underlying data (free to use).
Would love any feedback and happy to answer any questions.
We did first construct the spreadsheet (where lot of categorization was automatic) but then the real value IMO is being able to understand and make use of that multi-dimensional data really easily. The goal being to explore efficiently and develop rapid intuition for anything. The actual spreadsheet is here so you can see the difference: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xTMF_t_EDG34IjnXo-ho...
We are improving stuff so that Polymer's stack can auto-convert spreadsheets with numerical data and do great visualization etc so it can improve human intelligence beyond just categorical data which is the case here.
Let me know if I can clarify anything. Thank you for checking it out.
In summary, there is a fairly complex process towards making those decisions. Feel free to pm me at ash [at] polymersearch.com if you want to dig deeper.
Also, in the no-code tools area, people use Airtable with integromat/zapier, Webflow to make websites. So, in case you do generate the website, then I think it would be make sense to market/target this as a no-code tool too, it would gather interest from the no-code community quickly .
We are in the process if scaling it further so we can help create many more resources for users and their own data.
Could you do something similar to PG's and Sam Altmans essays?
Paul Graham essays are included and can be found at: https://ycadvice.com/?category=Paul%20Graham%20Essays
If you click on sub-topics after that, you can see all the sub-categories for his essays :)
For Sam Altman, we have all his startup resources at: https://ycadvice.com/?people=Sam%20Altman
I specifically like that I can select topics and share that as a link.