Q&A with YC Partners at Startup School SV 2016

We pulled together eleven of the most frequently asked questions from Startup School attendees and had YC partners answer them on stage.

Here are the questions:

1. If you know you want to eventually start a startup, when should you do it? Should you wait to become a domain expert or start now? 0:50

2. What’s a good process for discovering and vetting new ideas that might be worth building? 1:48

3. How do you choose between an idea you love but might be tough to monetize and an idea that has great revenue potential? 3:19

4. YC generally recommends having a cofounder. Ooshma Garg of Gobble didn’t have a cofounder. What convinced you about her application? 3:42

5. What are tools or services you’d recommend for founders that are just starting? 6:20

6. What kinds of things do new founders waste time on? 7:37

7. Is it more important to move fast or perfect your product? 9:46

8. For a startup that’s recently launched, what would you consider a good growth rate? 12:40

9. What do you look for when you’re reading a YC application? What do you look for when you’re interviewing companies? 13:44

10. Is there an optimal time in the lifecycle of a company to apply for YC? 18:48

11. Is there anything you wish you’d known when you first started? 20:56

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