This Week at YC: Evaluating Startup Ideas

This Week at YC

November 21, 2022

🤔 How do you find and evaluate startup ideas?
YC Group Partner Jared Friedman shares a framework to help you do just that, with examples from YC founders and the inside stories of how they came up with the ideas that turned into billion dollar companies.

👩🏻‍⚖️ Carolynn Levy, inventor of the SAFE
Carolynn Levy, who invented the SAFE, may be the most influential person in Silicon Valley you've never heard of. She rarely talks to reporters. But no one in the world understands startup law better.

🔎 Finding your next role: AMA with YC Recruiters — Dec 2
Exploring your next career move? Come chat with YC Continuity's Talent team: the recruiters who help our later stage portfolio companies grow their teams. We'll share what we're seeing the tech job market, talk through why it might be interesting to work at a startup, and answer any questions you have about your own career.  

🚀 The Launchpad

Discover new YC companies and products

Bengaluru, India
Deep NFT Analytics for pro-traders

HUBUC Travel
Barcelona, Spain
Virtual credit cards for business travel

doola Company Formation API
New York, New York
Create a US company from the command line

San Francisco, California
No-code bot builder for Discord

Bengaluru, India
Interactive videos for product demos

Sunnyvale, California
Deploy apps and infra to your cloud in minutes

Meet YC companies and discover new products on Launch YC

🌎 The YC Community

Highlights from our founders
🔥 Top Posts on Hacker News

💼 Jobs at YC Startups

Browse more open roles at

Mechanical Engineer
Oakland, CA • 3+ years experience
Charge Robotics (YC S21) » Robots that build solar farms

Machine Learning Engineer
Remote • $50k - $70k • 0.50% - 1.50%
Ivy (YC W23) » Run any ML code, with any ML framework, on any hardware

UI/UX Designer
Remote • $50k - $150k
8vdX (YC W22) » AngelList for venture debt

Staff Data Engineer (Flink)
San Francisco, CA / Seattle, WA / Remote • $100k - $400k • 0.25% - 1.60% (YC W21) » Marketplace optimization


💸 Money Moves

The latest raises and rounds from YC companies

TRM Labs (YC S19)
$70M Series B+ • San Francisco, California
TRM Labs’ Financial-Service Backers Come Back For More In $70 Million Series B Expansion

Freshpaint (YC S19)
$9.5M Series A • San Francisco, California
Looking to ease engineers from customer data tasks, Freshpaint raises $14.5 million

Cityfurnish (YC W19)
$2.5M Debt Funding • New Delhi, India
Cityfurnish Raises $2.5 Million In Debt Funding Round

$100M Debt Funding • New York, New York
REZI Lands $100M In Funding To Further National Expansion

Payload CMS (YC S22)
$4.7M Seed • Grand Rapids, Michigan
Payload raises $4.7M for its developer-first headless CMS

Atmos (YC S20)
$12.5M Series A • San Francisco, California
YC, Khosla-backed Atmos lands $12.5M to design custom dream homes

Sematic (YC S22)
$3M Seed • San Francisco, California
Sematic Raises $3M to Build an Open-Source Continuous ML Platform

baraka (YC S21)
$20M Series A • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Valar Ventures leads $20M round in online brokerage platform baraka

OneSchema (YC S21)
$6.8M Seed • San Francisco, California
OneSchema Raises $6.3M to Make Ingesting CSV Data Magical For Developers

Heroic Story (YC S19)
$6M Seed • Los Angeles, California
Heroic Story raises $6M to build tabletop RPG platform for Web3

SigmaOS (YC S21)
$4M Seed • London, United Kingdom
SigmaOS raises $4 million to build a browser for productivity nerds

Supernova (YC W19)
$4.8M Seed • Prague, Czech Republic
Supernova wants to make it easy to move design elements to code bases

Sieve (YC W22)
$4M Seed • San Francisco, California
Sieve's Video AI API Beta and ~$4M Raise
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