Technical innovation is a cycleespecially in the protagonist-driven world of early-stage venture capital and the imitative nature of startups.
Last proof? Y Combinator announced this week Run UK, a platform where people can sort accelerator startups by industry, batch, and launch date to discover new products. The acclaimed accelerator, which includes companies like Instacart, Coinbase, OpenSea and Dropbox, invites users to vote on newly launched startups “to help them climb the leaderboard, try out product demos, and learn about the founding team,” it said. a Blog post.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because, from my point of view, Y Combinator does not take a very subtle hit on Product searcha platform with almost a decade of history that is synonymous with new startup launches and feature announcements.
Y Combinator doesn’t necessarily agree with this characterization: the accelerator’s head of communications, Lindsey Amos, told me via email that “we encourage YC founders to launch on many platforms – from the YC catalog to Product Hunt to Hacker News to launch YC – to attract customers, investors and candidates.
The overlap is not insulated. While Y Combinator is running a Product Hunt, Product Hunt is looking for Andreessen Horowitz. Meanwhile, a16z is making his own Y Combinator. Not to mention, Product Hunt has investment capital from a16z and has previously gone through the Y Combinator accelerator.
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