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Last time I calculated, the odds were about 1/5 what they'd be with 2 or more founders.

But talking about the odds is misleading, because this pool is a mix of a large number of people for whom the chance is zero and a small number for whom it's quite high. So if you're another Drew Houston (who was a single founder when he applied), the odds are very good.

YC passed up on Drew the first time but now Dropbox is a huge success story. What gave him a better chance the second time around?

The first time he applied, it was not for Dropbox but for an SAT prep service.

Was this at a time before YC began favoring founders over ideas? Serious morbid curiosity here and not a troll attempt and I thank you for indulging me.

Was there such a time? Reddit co-founders were accepted and told to come up with a new idea


The next morning, on the train back to Virginia, hung over, somewhere in the middle of Connecticut, I get a call from Paul. He says, "I'm sorry, we made a mistake. We don't like your idea, but we like you guys." We got off the train, and I was able to sweet-talk the Amtrak lady into not charging us to turn around. In our conversation, Paul said, "You guys need to build the front page of the Internet." That was all Paul, and that became Reddit.

I don't know :-)

No, YC has always favored founders over ideas. But one of the main way you judge someone is what ideas they have.

When drew was first applying to YC I didn't know him. But I'm going to presume that, like most young people, 6 months or a year is a lot of time for personal growth.

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