We originally intended to invite people to YC interviews
on November 13. But we pushed the application deadline
back by 3 days because of Sandy, and it turns out there
is just not that much slack in the system. We need more
time to read applications, so we're going to push back
our deadline too, to November 15.
FYI. Shifting by a couple of days could significantly increase the cost for international applicants because international flight prices often increase steeply in the two weeks leading up-to the the flight date.
Well,I think the tickets and visa stuff should be figured out by the applicants as soon as they submit their app assuming that you should get a call,cancellations might cost cheaper than booking at the last minute
Any applicants (past, present, future) interested in having an informal meetup this weekend? Whether we get good news or bad news on the 15th, getting together would be a great morale boost and it'll be fun to meet everyone! I happen to be in Silicon Valley, but I'll be there in spirit for fellow applicants everywhere else :)
Contact info's in the profile. Good luck to everyone!
Thank you for the update and I look forward to 11/15. From looking at the website, all of the photos are primarily male, so I am hoping to add some female diversity to Y Combinator for 2013. What women wouldn't want to be surrounded buy hundreds of intelligent men for three months? :)
Yeah, hopefully everyone on the east code made it through the hurricane and its aftermath okay! It really gave me a perspective on communities helping each other in the local area, even when the government doesn't come in right away. I'm hoping next time around, we'll be able to have tools that enable people to come together and organize more easily. It makes me feel sorry we've taken this long to launch our stuff. Could have used it.
But more than that, of course, I'd rather there not be a next time.
To the applicants here.
I'm using YouTube stats as a metric whether or not our application was read.
We have 5 videos in the application:
1 team video that was watched by someone from YC;
3 videos about teams' past work - only one was watched from California in the last 10 days, and we can't be sure it's someone from YC because it's a public video;
1 video showing the proof of concept of our product - not watched.
So, I'm guessing this is a bad sign for our application? :)
I'm not part of YC so take this with a grain of salt, but I don't think that not viewing videos is necessarily a bad sign based on comments I've seen from the YC founders about the subject. Videos are mainly viewed to see the chemistry between founders. Someone posted on HN the other day who said that last batch their video had 2 views and they got an interview. As long as your written application has all the relevant info, I wouldn't worry about this stuff.
Sandy made a HUGE impact in the Northeast. I was so appreciative that you extended the deadline a few days for that corridor. Although, that would of meant I could of gone to my best friends wedding...
More time to read applications and give second glances is a plus to ALL of us. Thank you for deciding to alot enough time to make an informed and educated decision about your startup companies.
Something told me, to search YC interviews,was beginning to think that i was on the receiving end of bad news or no news at all. On the contrary,more time should give applicants a overly decent review and decision. Good luck to every one, hope to see most of you and hearing/collaborate during the program,. Also, thanks to YC for the update and present opportunity. !
Thanks for the heads up. I think everyone is waiting impatiently to hear back from you guys. Good call on extending the deadline too.
One question though: I have been checking this site every day for any potential questions from YC regarding my product / startup, just by scanning the "new" and "ask" sections for anything that may be related.
Is there a simpler way to spot if there was a question directed at me?
I remember a few years ago they asked me a question about my application. It was pretty easy to spot. If I remember, the topcolor changed and there was a new menu option that took me to the question (it basically looked like any other story on HN, except only me and pg were commenting).
That was expected (given the deadline change) but the notice is highly appreciated.
Like everyone else, we spent a lot of time going over the application and fine-tuning it. Personally speaking, we are glad you're taking a comparable time reviewing the application given Sandy and all.
Whatever the outcome, us start-ups should always takes things in their stride and focus on the end goal. I've always held the belief that things happen for a reason and if you works hard towards something, you will get it, even if it was not the intended path.
Read news about 3.2M round by Amicus (YC-S2012). Feel very excited! We're solving the same problem in another way - combining micropayments and social graphs for non-profit fundraising.
Looking forward for Day X! Good luck everyone!
Thanks for the update being in the UK with the time difference we were beginning to wonder if it was bad news but gladly we are still in with a chance. Good luck to all of you and hopefully we'll get to meet you in January 2013!