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How to Hack Into Y-Combinator Via the Front Door

by Larry Chiang on May 27, 2011

Larry Chiang investigates and experiences entrepreneurship and pre-entrepreneurship. He covers the front-lines via Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s channel “What They Don’t Teach You at Business School”. He has a JBA not an MBA. Its a Jedi in Business Administration. After Chiang’s Harvard Law keynote, Harvard Business wrote: “What They Don’t Teach You at Stanford Business School“ (the same title as his NY Times bestseller). If you read his scandalously awesome “How to Hack at AfterParty“, “What a Supermodel Can Teach a Stanford MBA” and “How to Get Man-Charm”, you will like his latest post:

How to Hack Into Y-Combinator Via the Front Door

By Larry Chiang

Y-combinator is a business incubator. It gets founders a decent dose of cash and access to more VCs.

Based in Mountain View, California, it was started by Paul Graham. Paul presented at TechCrunch Disrupt in NYC in a new and unique format. The audience was allowed to listen in on ‘office hours’. These founder interactions simulated the real office hours that Graham does with the incubator portfolio companies.

Its an incredible program that many of the people I mentor either have been in, will go to or would like to get in. Hack in by having great answers and prepare a ton.

Paul Graham focus on these questions
– What problems does your startup solve?
– Who would pay for this?
– Do you have beta (early) customers?

I recommend answering these questions via a YouTube video. Email me the link to your answers and I will post the best ones and give you feedback

Watch the TechCrunch video below and check out Jason Kincaid‘s post on this

If you liked this…
Larry’s mentor Mark McCormack wrote this in 1983.
His own book came out 09-09-09. It is called ‘What They Don’t Teach You At Stanford Business School

*** BONUS ***
a party invite for you…

This post was drafted in an hour and needs your edits… email me if you see a spelling or grammatical error(s)… larry@larrychiang com

Larry Chiang started his first company UCMS in college. He mimicked his mentor, Mark McCormack, founder of IMG who wrote the book, “What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School”.
Chiang is a keynote speaker and bestselling author and spoke at Congress and World Bank.

Text or call him during office hours 11:11am or 11:11pm PST +/-11 minutes at 650-283-8008. Due to the volume of calls, he may place you on hold like a Scottsdale Arizona customer service rep. If you email him, be sure to include your cell number in the subject line. If you want him to email you his new articles…, ask him in an email :-)

You can read more equally funny, but non-founder-focused-lessons on Larry’s Amazon blog .

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