While many startups want in to Y Combinator, few are selected. Eric Frenkiel, co-founder and CEO of MemSQL shares some tips on applying to the program, what it’s like once your company is in, and the truth about those YC dinners.


With just a 2 percent acceptance rate, it’s statistically harder to get your startup into Y Combinator than it is to get accepted into MIT or Stanford undergrad. The hot incubator/accelerator has spawned some of the biggest startups including Reddit, Dropbox and Airbnb. For those on the outside, looking (to get) in — what’s it like being a “YC” company?

Is this episode of See Founders Run, MemSQL founder and CEO, Eric Frenkiel (YC Class winter 2011) talks about how to make a strong application to YC, how YC works and what those dinners are really like.

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  1. this has static after 30 seconds

  2. Chris Albrecht Thursday, August 30, 2012

    Hey everyone,

    The video has a sound error that I’m looking into right now.

    Apologies for any inconvenience.

  3. Top 2 percent you say. But you can’t put a transcript of the video underneath for people that prefer to read their information?

    1. Hi Jason,

      Thanks for your comment. Transcripts are something that we are looking into and should be available soon.

    2. D-bag. Do *not* release any of your spawn onto this planet.

  4. Chris Albrecht Thursday, August 30, 2012

    Hello all,

    There was a glitch in the backend somewhere during transcoding.

    The error has been fixed and the video should be working just fine now.

    Thank you again for your patience.


  5. Thank you for fixing! Didn’t mean to sound rude. Good job.

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