How Tom Blomfield created two (!) billion-dollar startups

This Week at YC

February 2nd, 2024
We (very) recently opened a new office in San Francisco, and with a new office comes room for new traditions. The newest tradition? Bookface Launch Live.

Here’s the idea: every other Friday, a handful of YC founders get up in front of their batchmates to preview what they’ve built so far. It’s a very early/under-construction look at what we’ll see at Demo Day in a few months. Something you hear a lot around YC is that startups should launch “again and again”; this is a place for founders to get their first of many reps on that front.

This first one was only open to the current YC batch, but I’m personally hoping we get to expand that a bit in the future — because, well, it’s an awesome room to be in. Incredible builders presenting to an audience entirely made of incredible builders, peering into the future together and collaborating to get there even faster. 

Wanna be in that room? Applications for the Summer 2024 batch are open now.

- Greg 

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Featured content from the YC Library

How Tom Blomfield Created Two Billion-Dollar Fintech Startups

There aren’t a ton of people in the world who can say they founded a billion dollar company. There are far fewer that can say they did it twice.

YC Group Partner Tom Blomfield is one of those few — and this is his rollercoaster of a backstory.

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Highlights and news from around YC
Heart Aerospace (W19) secures $107M Series B to build hybrid-electric planes
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MessageBird (S16) rebrands as Bird and slashes prices to take on Twilio
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Wondercraft (S22) raises $3M for its "AI-powered Audio Studio"
Business Insider
"Looking at the ideas coming out of a YC batch is like core sampling what smart founders find interesting to work on right now. [...] "

YC GP Harj Taggar on Twitter
Finvest (W23) will have you invested in US Treasury Bills in minutes
TechCrunch

🚀 The Launchpad

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We help developers implement human-like voice agents in a day instead of months. Plug in your LLM, a voice agent in born!
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Hona gathers and converts medical histories into actionable insights.
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  3. Disney unveils the HoloTile floor (www.ign.com)
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  4. Implementing a ChatGPT-like LLM from scratch, step by step (github.com)
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  5. Making a PDF that's larger than Germany (alexwlchan.net)
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  7. Apple Vision Pro review (www.wsj.com)
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  8. My favourite Git commit (2019) (dhwthompson.com)
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  9. Thanksgiving 2023 security incident (blog.cloudflare.com)
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  10. Meta AI releases Code Llama 70B (twitter.com)
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