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Unfortunately I can't name names, because we consider applications confidential. But one advantage of all the other incubators that have sprung up is that when we miss a good group, they tend to get funded by one of the others, and as a result we hear about it. So if you made a list of the most successful cos funded by incubators other than us, it would not be far off our antiportfolio.



This question was on HN, 319 days ago[1] where I mentioned that I didn't think PG would answer the question because of his answer on Askolo[1] and because they consider applications to be confidential which, is very similar to the answer he has replied (above)[2].

I'm pretty sure my answer from 319 days ago[3] is still similar to a 'current' list as it's too early to tell from other batches etc how successful the 'rejected' startups are.

Anyway here are some of the startups that are known to have been rejected and have gone onto raise funding etc:

- SendGrid - http://www.sendgrid.com/ (went through TechStars and have raised a series B)

- CouchOne - http://www.couchbase.com/

- AfterTheDeadline - Acquired By Automattic

- Light Sail Energy - http://www.lightsailenergy.com/ - Raised money from Khosla Ventures

- SignPost - https://www.signpost.com/ - Raised $1M off Google Ventures

- MyFit - http://www.myfit.com/ - Raised $1M

- Storenvy - http://www.storenvy.com - although they were kicked out of YC[4] but have recently raised $5M[5]

- Mark Zuckerberg's Sister Was Also Rejected By YC[6] (although just because your brother is Mark Zuckerberg, it doesn't make you Mark Zuckerberg. I highlighted it because, it was covered by the Tech Press)

Hope it helps.

[1] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3936639

[2] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5419609

[3] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3936857

[4] http://joncrawford.com/post/20378314843/how-i-got-kicked-out...

[5] http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/12/storenvy-goes-from-getting-...

[6] http://www.businessinsider.com/y-combinator-arielle-zuckerbe...


Well, good enough for me. Even though the interest point is about the reasons of passing on, not just knowing they exist.


pg, going a little further, do you recall any advice you used to give at the early years of YC that now you realize is bad or unnecessary?

(e.g.) In one of your essays you observ that on Demo Day the teams don't show any demos anymore (due to time restrains). And that didn't affect at all the outcome of the pitchs, so maybe your assumption that demos were essential on a pitch was wrong.


I've made lots of individual mistakes, but I can't think of a class of advice I used to give that was mistaken.


Thnaks... Tomorrow I will try to make a list with your clues!




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