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March 13, 2022

If you’re considering applying to Y Combinator, here are a few things you need to know and why it’s worth it. It’s essential that you’re an entrepreneur with a great idea and the drive to be a success.

Is Y Combinator Worth It?

“Is Y Combinator worthwhile?” This question is asked by many early-stage companies we talk to or work with. Many of these companies are applying for or going through the startup accelerator program.

First, a little background. YC was founded in 2005. I was working in venture capital at that time. I didn’t know much about it at the time. But I did read Jessica Livingston’s book “Founders at Work”. That was my first introduction to Y Combinator.

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Y Combinator was a group of mentors who helped early-stage startups get off the ground. So you go through a batch and you’re there with a bunch other founders. It can be as many as 100 companies. You must go through an accreditation process.

It’s a kind of MBA for the real world, or an MBA to start a business. It’s an incredible program. You learn a lot about how to start an early-stage business, how you can raise money, how you build a product, and how to recruit people. YC teaches you so many amazing skills.

Y Combinator pays approximately 7% in compensation, but you also get capital. You pay for both the experience and the capital.

To make it easier, I have highlighted some core benefits. I believe YC is a great program. It’s definitely worth it.

Y Combinator Benefits

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The YC accelerator program has many benefits for both professional and personal life. Here are a few:

  • Support from Other Founding Founders- This is the first benefit. Being a founder is one of the most lonely things you can do. It’s difficult, and there aren’t many people who can help you in the beginning.
    It is very helpful to be able to count on others who are in the exact same situation as you. Their energy, experience, and encouragement can be a great help.

Support from Other Founding Founders This is the first benefit. Being a founder is one of the most lonely things you can do. It’s difficult, and there aren’t many people who can help you in the beginning.
It is very helpful to be able to count on others who are in the exact same situation as you. Their energy, experience, and encouragement can be a great help.

Joint Problem SolvingThe second benefit of being a part of Y Combinator is the problem-solving. This is because you have access to all the other founders who are going through similar situations. This helps with joint problem solving.

Additionally, you have the mentors at YC who have seen the same pattern over and again and can offer valuable insights and advice.

Kruze sees the same thing, and that’s a fact. We now have over 550 clients, and that doesn’t include the many companies that have outgrown or been acquired. Mentors can be very helpful.

Y Combinator is a hotbed for mentorship for startups. Click To Tweet

This is also helpful.

Joint Problem Solving The second benefit of having multiple co-founders is problem-solving. This is because you have access to (as well as) all the other founders who are going through similar situations. This helps with joint problem-solving, allowing you to find solutions more quickly and efficiently.

You also have mentors at YC who have seen the same pattern over and again. Kruze sees the same thing, and that’s a fact. We now have over 550 clients, and that doesn’t include the many companies that have outgrown or been acquired.

Mentors can be very helpful. Y Combinator is a hotbed for mentorship for startups. This is also helpful.

Alumni Network-The alumni network at Y Combinator is extensive and includes many successful companies. There are now over a thousand companies in the world that have been through the program, and the number is constantly growing.
So, alumni can help you to leverage the power of the network. It’s something that is difficult to replicate without an MBA. The Y Combinator alumni experience is one of the most valuable aspects.

Potential Customers – I mentioned this in the alumni section. However, there are many potential customers for your startup here in YC, especially if it’s a B2B service. It’s a great way to get your ideas out to fellow batch mates and people who have just completed the program.
This is a great way to help startups get off the ground. However, the reverse is true. I have heard from clients at Y Combinator that they feel pressured to purchase services from other YC businesses.
This may not be ideal if some are not the best at providing that service.

Potential Customers – I mentioned this in the alumni section. However, there are many potential customers for your startup here in YC, especially if it’s a B2B service. It’s a great way to get your ideas out to fellow batch mates and people who have just completed the program.
This is a great way to help startups get off the ground. However, the reverse is true. I have heard from clients at Y Combinator that they feel pressured to purchase services from other YC businesses.

This may not be ideal if some are not the best at providing that service. However, with a little bit of research, you should be able to find someone who can provide you with the quality service you need.

Money The next one is pure money. While you do receive some capital for the YC program, you also get this halo, or blessing. They also teach you how to raise capital and speak the language of venture capitalists.
We have seen consistent results that companies that have been through Y Combinator raise more capital and also have higher valuations than companies that are not Y Combinator-eligible.
It works. I know that you will have to give up some percentage points of your company in order to participate in the program. But, almost always, you’ll make up the difference, on the flip side.
Raising more money at a higher valuation is always an advantage, and it’s something you should continue to do.​​​​​​​

Talent – Talent is another important benefit of YC. You have that halo and recruiting your earliest team members can be one of the most difficult things. The Y Combinator halo can help recruits in the same way that a venture fund gives them confidence and perhaps it’s what pushes them over that edge to sign on the dotted line and begin working with you. This can help recruit the first few people.

Another aspect that is often overlooked is the fact that sometimes some companies in YC don’t make the cut. This is just the reality of early-stage companies. Paul Graham says, “Make something people want.”

Sometimes companies join the program without making something people want. These founders can be a great source for talent. You can add them to the team.

They’re likely to be looking for a job and you already share the values of Y Combinator. This is also a great benefit.

Press – The media believes in the YC halo effect. They know that many great companies have come through the program and received great coaching, which makes them more likely to write about your company.
And early press, ideally positive, can be very helpful. It can make investors feel more confident. It can make your employees feel more confident.
It can also help you get your name out to customers. The press that comes with Y Combinator is great.

Relationships to Service Providers – Another benefit is that you can rely on other members of the YC program to help you find quality service providers. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a reliable service provider who will deliver what they promise.
The Y Combinator program is a great resource for startups, and it’s worth relying on the recommendations and referrals of others in the program. Their experience can save you both time and money.

We are certain that they have the right level of coaching. We know they are serious. We also know that they have raised capital.

The Kruze partnership is a great opportunity for both us and the founders who are reaching out to them. Kruze has a wealth of experience and knowledge that can be beneficial to any company, and we are excited to work with them.

Those are the benefits.

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I think Y Combinator, in short, is a great program.

It was something I wished I had done at one point in my career. Kruze is a bootstrap business, so we have never raised any money. It wasn’t something we considered when we started the company.

But, it was something I really wanted to do. I have so many friends who have gone through it. It was a great experience for me.

I have had so many clients who have gone through it.

YC offers many benefits. You can raise more money, get great mentorship and coaching, and you have an alumni network.

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I encourage companies to apply to Y Combinator and go through the program at the early stages. It will benefit your company and give you a better chance of starting a startup. It is hard to start a startup. Kruze is a startup and I know this.

You want to get every bit of help you can. Y Combinator is a great program that will help you tremendously and give you a better chance of being a successful business.

Conclusion

So, is Y Combinator worth it? The answer is an unequivocal yes. If you’re an entrepreneur with a great idea and the drive to make it happen, then Y Combinator is one of the best resources available to you.

With access to funding, mentorship, and networking opportunities, participating in Y Combinator can help your startup take off and reach its full potential.

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