our video was scripted and cheesy.. Wasn't genuine. There was also some editing done. We also didn't mention our product or vision at all... We had a separate demo video for that as its an iOS app ( which wasn't even watched).
I'm guess our team video pretty much turned them off, and they didn't even bother with the demo. Which is a shame as we feel ( and have been told) we are doing something really disruptive. Oh well, we will still move forward and depending on where we are in development there is always next time.
These are two things that I can fix and I'm planning on doing so before I apply next time. I already have users waiting to use the system, I just need to make it.
If anyone is in NYC and wants to work on a website to change the way scientific communication takes place, hit me up:) I'm going to start being more aggressive in picking up co-founders soon as I need the technical help.
I think pretty much all teams are great. Perhaps there isn't a very specific reason for rejection once you get past by the alumni (biased) filters and is evaluated by PG himself.
I dare YC to choose 10% of teams at random next time, not even reading their application. I bet the results will be the same, if not, better than the average.
That doesn't sound like a good idea.
First, the sample size is going to be pretty small if they do that.
Second, there are some team/people that have to simply be made of fail, you can spot from the start that they will simply not make it.