Do technical founders need business co-founders?

This Week at YC

January 12th, 2024

Let’s say you can’t code, but you’ve got business experience and big ideas for a software startup. With all the no-code tools and dev shops out there... do you really need a technical co-founder?

Short answer: as Dalton & Michael explained in a recent episode of their show, yes

A lot of people wrote in after we released that episode to ask if the inverse is also true: do technical founders need a business co-founder?

The answer to that one is a little more complicated — so for this latest episode, Dalton & Michael dig into it.

- Greg

🌎 YC Community

Highlights and news from around YC
Fortune talks with Garry Tan about YC's new SF headquarters
Fortune Term Sheet
Shimmer (S21), a platform for 1:1 personalized ADHD coaching, raises $2.2M
Qvin's (W16) Q-Pad makes history with first FDA approval for menstrual blood health testing
Femtech Insider

🚀 The Launchpad

Some of the most recent YC companies and product launches 
We help researchers build a knowledge base in minutes.
Meet Ava, the AI BDR with 270M leads who gets you sales meetings on autopilot.
We empower marketing and support teams with LLM generated insights to expand customer relationships.
Build your sales rep a sparring partner in under 20 minutes.
all-in-one hub for copy evaluation, versioning, team reviews, and fine tuning future copies with experiment insights.
Embed an LLM-powered reporting feature into your product, in less than an hour.
Find more YC companies and discover new products

🔥 Hacker News

Top posts from this week
  1. Python 3.13 Gets a JIT (
    1073 points by todsacerdoti | 519 comments

  2. I pwned half of America's fast food chains simultaneously (
    1067 points by MrBruh | 469 comments

  3. Fixing Macs door to door (
    1029 points by jnord | 202 comments

  4. Polars (
    978 points by tosh | 384 comments

  5. FAA orders grounding of more than 170 Boeing 737 Max 9s (
    860 points by ephesee | 836 comments

  6. Google Cuts Jobs in Engineering and Other Divisions (
    841 points by gumby | 1200 comments

  7. Show HN: I made an app that consolidated 18 apps (doc, sheet, form, site, chat…) (
    808 points by harrisonlo | 255 comments

  8. Unity's Open-Source Double Standard: The Ban of VLC (
    800 points by 2pEXgD0fZ5cF | 276 comments

  9. The Internet Is Full of AI Dogshit (
    757 points by thinkingemote | 562 comments

  10. IRS to begin trial of its own free tax-filing system (
    703 points by thelastgallon | 323 comments

Read more on Hacker News
More YC resources: Why YC | Apply to YC | YC Library
Copyright © 2024 Y Combinator, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you signed up to receive emails from Y Combinator.

Our mailing address is:
Y Combinator
320 Pioneer Way
Mountain View, CA 94041

Add us to your address book

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Older messages

What's the best advice you've ever received?

Friday, January 5, 2024

YC's Pete Koomen shares an important lesson This Week at YC January 5th, 2024 And we're back! Happy New Year. In the last newsletter of 2023, I asked you all to write in and let me know if you

Should you be optimistic about the future of tech?

Friday, December 22, 2023

A new 'Dalton & Michael' is here! This Week at YC December 22nd, 2023 Hey all! This'll be the last YC Newsletter to go out in 2023, as the last few days of the year will (ideally) be a

What metrics should founders care about?

Friday, December 15, 2023

New episode of Startup School! This Week at YC December 15th, 2023 Founders and therapy A few weeks ago YC President Garry Tan gave a talk at Stanford as part of the school's Entrepreneurial

When that “weakness” is really a huge advantage

Friday, December 8, 2023

Plus a new episode of Design Review! This Week at YC December 8th, 2023 When you're an early stage startup founder in a world of mega companies, it's easy to see your team's size of just

Why you really DO need a technical co-founder

Friday, December 1, 2023

Based on the thousands of companies YC has funded... | This Week at YC December 1st, 2023 When to launch When is the right time to launch that thing you've been building? The answer is, generally,

The most surprising numbers from Reddit's IPO filing, the demise of SoHo house, and an historic moon landing

Friday, February 23, 2024

View in browser Top News Reddit finally filed to go public today and revealed that it paid its CEO, Steve Huffman, $193 million last year. More on the IPO in "People" and "Data"

YouTube micro-influencers are the key to this small business' success

Friday, February 23, 2024

Plus, all the top tips, news & feature updates you need on your social media journey ‌ ‌ ‌ Image Hey folks 👋 Bufferchat is fast becoming the highlight of my week. On Tuesday, dozens of folks joined

 Offsites: Are they worth it?

Friday, February 23, 2024

In a tough market are offsites too spenny? The Ukrainian startup addressing the global housing crisis and the rise of VC secondaries. View in browser Logo - Zoom_flagship (1) Good morning there,

Google hits pause on Gemini’s people pictures

Friday, February 23, 2024

After a diversity initiative proved disastrous, it's time to loosen chatbot guardrails Platformer Platformer Google hits pause on Gemini's people pictures By Casey Newton • 22 Feb 2024 •

Good news! You're in the right place...

Thursday, February 22, 2024

​ You are in the right place at the right time. This is probably one of the best times to build a business. These are 8 of the most profitable opportunities to build cash-flowing businesses on the

SaaS Tribune Weekly - Feb 22

Thursday, February 22, 2024

SaaS Tribune Weekly - Feb 22 Featured and useful products logo Download and solve practice problems in over 30 different languages. #Online Learning #Online Education #Online

71 new Shopify apps for you 🌟

Thursday, February 22, 2024

New Shopify apps hand-picked for you 🙌 Week 7 Feb 12, 2024 - Feb 19, 2024 New Shopify apps hand-picked for you 🙌 What's New at Shopify? 🌱 Checkout preview now available when creating flat shipping

Messi, Inc.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Being the GOAT has more upside than ever. Lionel Messi's upcoming $200MM fund and incubation studio lays the groundwork for a modern approach to capitalizing on singular talent. ͏ ‌ ͏ ‌ ͏ ‌ ͏ ‌ ͏ ‌

The First $100m ARR AI Security Company

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Tomasz Tunguz Venture Capitalist If you were forwarded this newsletter, and you'd like to receive it in the future, subscribe here.​ ​The First $100m ARR AI Security Company​ Palo Alto Networks,

You Are Invited - AMA with Gaurav Vohra, Head of Growth @ Superhuman

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Register now and send your questions!͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌