Does Y Combinator’s advice work for B2B startups?

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JASON LEMKIN

I think so.

First, YC has spawned many of the top next generation of B2B leaders, especially non-enterprise ones, from Stripe to DropBox to Gusto to Plangrid etc. Add in sales-driven B2D like Algolia, Segment, Checkr, Docker, Pageduty, Zapier, Wepay, RainforestQA, etc. and it’s really quite an epic portfolio.

Here’s a top-rated deep dive from the SaaStr Annual with CEOs of Gusto, Plangrid and Amplitude:

The more specific question you are asking is does the content itself help you scale?

I don’t know, but I’d suggest it doesn’t matter:

  • YC has become the Stanford+ of start-ups.
  • You will “go to school” with other amazing founders.
  • You will be challenged by them to be the best-of-the-best.
  • You will meet amazing CEOs, B2B and B2C.
  • And importantly — if you crush it — you’ll get a big valuation bump when you raise your seed round.

All this benefits B2B/B2D CEOs just as much as B2C. Possibly more.


a little more here: SaaStr, Docker, Plangrid and Lob at Y Combinator Startup School: How to Build a Great Product – SaaStr

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Published on July 31, 2017
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