SPECIAL GUEST GUIDE
About the get-together
The YCombinator Alumni Group ($150B in valuations) meets every two weeks and invites very special guests.
This is a completely off-the-record conversation.
They are a place where we exchange best-practices. In order to ensure an intimate conversation the maximum number of attendees is 50 and it is designed as a Zoom call, not a webinar.
It’s carried out as a fireside chat for 30 minutes plus a 15 minute Q&A.
The typical attendee is a venture-backed early stage YC founder ($1M - $1B raised).
30% of the attendees are women founders.
Could you take us back to your early upbringing, and what initially attracted you to the tech/founder world?
If you were to break down the success of your company into a couple of important moments/milestones, what would those be?
I’m sure you have a big notebook of “lessons learned & pitfalls to avoid”. What were a couple of mistakes that you were able to avoid this time around ?
What keeps you at night now vs. when you started your first business?
Was there an aha! moment before building your company? Were there product pivots?
Do you feel you need to have relevant experience to launch a successful business in a specific industry?
Can you share with us one of your bigger obstacles/challenges during the early years of the company?
What have you enjoyed the most about being a founder? The least?
Can you give us a sense of what your life will look like 20 years from now? Are there overarching goals you want to accomplish?