There's a School for that
When we heard that we were going to be a part of the inaugural cohort of Y Combinator’s newest thesis, Startup School (SUS), we were ecstatic. To be fair when you hear YC as an entrepreneur your ears perk up. But their latest foray into startup disruption is brilliant and we were sold from day one.
As entrepreneurs we have found the learning curve is astronomical. Whether you are learning how to run reports, what kind of resources you need, or what kind of vision you are trying to sell there is always something new. Each lesson brings with it another challenge – finding the other answers that you did not see. It’s fun, and it is part of the reason we wake up each day. We spend many hours bouncing ideas amongst ourselves, but when we get the opportunity to connect with those with years more experience that is when the juices really start flowing.
That is why we are so excited to see YC’s SUS grow. Their thesis is simple: getting entrepreneurial advice should be simple. Hundreds of thousands of people have great ideas, ideas that beget business, but accessing the “insider information” on how to start a company and what decisions to make when all seem locked behind the big, secretive doors of incubators and VC firms. Admittedly incubators and VCs are the best at what they do, they have to be, and YC doesn’t plan to undercut themselves, but what they are trying to do is help more entrepreneurs come equipped so that when they do eventually knock, they’re prepared for the questions and thoughts that will come answering.
Being a part of the inaugural cohort for SUS was exactly that. It was an incredible learning experience with mentors and peers alike. Each entrepreneur brought great insight and questions which allowed everyone to learn in a forum that promoted growth. We cannot wait to see what our peers will go on to do and how YC, yet again disrupts the entrepreneurial space. In fact, we like to think we have front row seats.