Michael Seibel+ Your Authors @mwseibel CEO, Partner at Y Combinator #ycombinator [email protected] Sep. 23, 2018 1 min read + Your Authors

Not sure what I'm supposed to think when companies who go to "competing" startup accelerators email asking for basic startup advice and/or how to get into YC.

Is it really a competitor to YC if they can't help with the basics and/or their demo day doesn't help you raise money? Seems like these things should be a basic part of the core definition of a startup accelerator.

On one hand I want to be helpful and I always reply to their emails offering the same advice I would give to a YC company. On the other hand I want to say "go make your existing accelerator work for the 7% they took!"

I feel less like this when the startup asks a very specific question or presents and interesting problem that perhaps my experience at YC or at my own startups would provide a unique perspective.

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