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The questions, for anyone too lazy to view the actual application (such as myself) or who doesn't have a HN account:


- What is your company going to make?

- If this application is a response to a YC RFS, which one?

- Please tell us in one or two sentences about the most impressive thing other than this startup that each founder has built or achieved.

- Please tell us about the time you, keiferski, most successfully hacked some (non-computer) system to your advantage.

- Please tell us about an interesting project, preferably outside of class or work, that two or more of you created together. Include urls if possible.

- How long have the founders known one another and how did you meet? Have any of the founders not met in person?

- Why did you pick this idea to work on? Do you have domain expertise in this area? How do you know people need what you're making?

- What's new about what you're making? What substitutes do people resort to because it doesn't exist yet (or they don't know about it)?

- Who are your competitors, and who might become competitors? Who do you fear most?

- What do you understand about your business that other companies in it just don't get?

- How do or will you make money? How much could you make? (We realize you can't know precisely, but give your best estimate.)

- If you've already started working on it, how long have you been working and how many lines of code (if applicable) have you written?

- How far along are you? Do you have a beta yet? If not, when will you? Are you launched? If so, how many users do you have? Do you have revenue? If so, how much? If you're launched, what is your monthly growth rate (in users or revenue or both)?

- If you have an online demo, what's the url? (Please don't password protect it; just use an obscure url.)

- How will you get users? If your idea is the type that faces a chicken-and-egg problem in the sense that it won't be attractive to users till it has a lot of users (e.g. a marketplace, a dating site, an ad network), how will you overcome that?

- If you're already incorporated, when were you? Who are the shareholders and what percent does each own? If you've had funding, how much, at what valuation(s)?

- If you're not incorporated yet, please list the percent of the company you plan to give each founder, and anyone else you plan to give stock to. (This question is as much for you as us.)

- If we fund you, which of the founders will commit to working exclusively (no school, no other jobs) on this project for the next year?

- For founders who can't, why not? What level of commitment are they willing to make?

- Do any founders have other commitments between June and August 2013 inclusive?

- Do any founders have commitments in the future (e.g. finishing college, going to grad school), and if so what?

- Where do you live now, and where would the company be based after YC?

- Are any of the founders covered by noncompetes or intellectual property agreements that overlap with your project? Will any be working as employees or consultants for anyone else?

- Was any of your code written by someone who is not one of your founders? If so, how can you safely use it? (Open source is ok of course.)

- Are any of the following true? (a) You are the only founder. (b) You are a student who may return to school when the next term starts. (c) Half or more of your group can't move to the Bay Area. (d) One or more founders will keep their current jobs. (e) None of the founders are programmers. (Answering yes doesn't disqualify you. It's just to remind us to check.)

- If you had any other ideas you considered applying with, please list them. One may be something we've been waiting for. Often when we fund people it's to do something they list here and not in the main application.

- Please tell us something surprising or amusing that one of you has discovered. (The answer need not be related to your project.)

I feel like it's valuable just to read this document every once in a while, even if I'm not thinking about applying to YC.

Interesting that the questions haven't changed in quite awhile.

I think this also correlates with YC consistently having statistically significant high success rates. There doesn't seem to be much else to add to what is a fairly rigorous application.

To me that implies that it can be used as a baseline metric if all companies are coming into the process with the same (application) effort.

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