From Airbnb to Zapier, and Coinbase to Instacart, much of the tech world’s most valuable companies spent their earliest days in Y Combinator’s accelerator
at noon pacific. Extra Crunch Live is our virtual speaker series, with each session packed with insight and assistance from the leading investors, leaders and creators. This live Q&A is unique to Additional Crunch members, so make sure to register for a subscription here. Ralston handled the YC President role a little over a year ago soon after Sam Altman stepped away to focus on OpenAI. In the months since, Y Combinator has needed to reimagine much about the method it runs; as the pandemic spread around the world, YC (like lots of organizations) has needed to figure out how to collaborate while far apart. In the earliest weeks of the pandemic, this suggested quickly shifting their otherwise in-person demo day online; later on, it meant adjusting the entire accelerator program to be entirely remote.
While still relatively brand-new to the president seat, Ralston is by no means brand-new to YC. He joined the accelerator as a partner in 2012, and his edtech-focused accelerator Think of K12 was totally merged into YC’s operations in 2016.
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