What's your view on a founder of startup that's relatively young (6-12 months) but with some traction applying to YC with an idea for a completely different startup?
Would you consider it a negative that they're quitting on their earlier startup?
If you can talk intelligently about why your previous project isn't working, that's actually a point in your favor.
Getting fired from a job hardly looks good on a resume, but having a failed startup under your belt is almost seen as a badge of honor.
Luckily, I think a community that makes it okay to fail encourages people to not be defensive. They know they won't be labeled a "loser", that they still have a chance to make it.