How to Apply and Succeed at Y Combinator by Dalton Caldwell

YC Partner Dalton Caldwell gives insight into how YC admissions works and what makes for a successful YC experience.

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00:00 Introduction
00:35 Why apply to YC?
2:53 Creating luck
4:38 Reasons not to apply
10:56 Properties of a good application
14:54 The importance of clarity
20:55 Great applications tell a story
22:01 Top tip for applicants
25:00 Your odds of an interview
27:10 No network needed
31:35 What happens in an interview?
38:48 Conclusion

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