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This Week at YC

June 2nd, 2024

And we’re back! There was no newsletter last week due to the holiday, but that means I’ve got even more to share this week than usual.

Here’s some of what’s new lately:

It’s something we say a lot around here: if you build something you need for your job, chances are good others need it too. This week I chatted with Jacob Eiting, co-founder of RevenueCat, about how he and his co-founder found a pain point in their own lives as developers, fixed it, then grew that into tools now used by 30,000+ applications.

In this latest Dalton & Michael, the pair talk about the rare moments that bring a tremendous amount of opportunity for startup founders, and who tends to find those opportunities.

There’s a new episode of Office Hours! In this episode the Group Partners look back on Paul Graham’s 2013 essay “Do Things That Don’t Scale”, how it changed the startup world, and share some examples of YC founders that lived out that mantra. 

Be well!

Greg

🌎 YC Community

Highlights and news from around YC
‘Little Tech’ sets its sights on Washington
Politico
"Most people in DC think 'tech' is big tech.

That’s why ⁦Luther Lowe and I headed to DC to make the case for Little Tech: the competitive equalizer to Big Tech

We want thousands of unicorns and we choose to make a voice for the founders without one."


- Garry Tan on X/Twitter
How Shuo Wang, co-founder of Deel (W19), became one of America’s most successful self-made women
Forbes
Meet the YC alum storing carbon in our roads
Sifted.eu
Scale AI (S16) raises $1B as valuation doubles to $13.8B
TechCrunch

🚀 The Launchpad

Some of the most recent YC companies and product launches 
No-code chemical process optimization software for pharma and biotech.
S2024
We automate repetitive tasks in trucking - think Zapier for logistics.
S2024
Apten helps businesses automate communication with customers and leads over SMS text
S2024
Prevent errors. Build better hardware. Move faster.
S2024
We help offline LatAm SMBs manage and accelerate their cash flow.
S2021
Indulge in the most tantalizing binge-worthy comic series, at your fingertips.
W2023
Find more YC companies and discover new products

🔥 Hacker News

Top posts from this week
  1. TTE: Terminal Text Effects (chrisbuilds.github.io)
    1822 points by makapuf | 266 comments

  2. After 6 years, I'm over GraphQL (bessey.dev)
    1234 points by mattbessey | 684 comments

  3. I sold TinyPilot, my first successful business (mtlynch.io)
    1008 points by mtlynch | 314 comments

  4. Controlling the Taylor Swift Eras Tour wristbands with Flipper Zero (blog.jgc.org)
    971 points by jgrahamc | 258 comments

  5. Engineering for Slow Internet (brr.fyi)
    969 points by jader201 | 372 comments

  6. AI headphones let wearer listen to a single person in a crowd by looking at them (www.washington.edu)
    954 points by keploy | 429 comments

  7. Kino: Pro Video Camera (www.lux.camera)
    863 points by louis-paul | 361 comments

  8. Ex-OpenAI board member reveals what led to Sam Altman's brief ousting (www.businessinsider.com)
    783 points by blackmanta | 805 comments

  9. Don't DRY Your Code Prematurely (testing.googleblog.com)
    763 points by thunderbong | 392 comments

  10. Show HN: ChatGPT UI for rabbit holes (delve.a9.io)
    752 points by maxkrieger | 162 comments
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