On the other hand, sometimes it happens instantaneously. There was one group that decided to change their idea during the last tuesday dinner. I was sitting across from them and we did a back of the envelope calculation about what their revenues might be in the ideal case, and we sort of looked at one another and said "maybe time to try something new." They found the new idea 2 days ago, and it's quite good.
There is no anger or disappointment expressed by PG in the story - just straightforward advice on what the group needed to do.
Thank you for sharing.
Don't think you can say it better than that. Nice article crowdboosters
What I wonder is, what percentage of applications are completely unsuitable for YC?
What percentage of applications can basically be ruled out as competition?
Hehe. As a bear I say Grrr... =D
If we'd been smarter/less naive, we'd have cold-emailed one of the dozens of YC founders who publicly state they'll chat with people who are applying.
I think that folks that complain about being "too old" for YC usually mean that they have lots of commitments that aren't compatible with the requirements of the program.
But, there are plenty of YC founders of all ages with significant others, kids, mortgages and other financial commitments.
People that are looking for an excuse will typically find one.
I hope you're right. In fact, I'm counting on it; being a 37 year old founder who's looking to apply (possibly) for the next Winter cycle. Luckily I'm still single and have no mortgage, just a car payment and rent, so I have a fair amount of freedom to make radical changes in my life if I want. :-)
It's trotted out to explain why people who are older earn more when they have the same experience. It's why our student allowance in Australia is ridiculously low but our unemployment is much higher. It's used as an excuse for only asking the single/childless employees to work late/weekends/not from home.
You're right, it's definitely just an excuse. People generally chose their life commitments in some way, and using them to justify unfair treatment is just incredibly annoying.