How a random employee & TechCrunch Disrupt's random draw on stage, played a part in Geoff Ralston joining YC

Even employees encouraging their founders to apply to YC can lead to serendipitous circumstances's photo
·Sep 18, 2022·

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  • early stage employee(me) reading PG essays does a startup '08-11, fails
  • finds and joins early stage mobile startup June Software / Taptolearn that creates apps of their own
  • introduces founders to YC, and convinces to apply to YC, helps submit the app
  • Startup gets into Imagine k12 (founded by Geoff), flies to SF, helps the founder man stall at TC Disrupt
  • YC decides to do live interviews of few applied companies on stage live at TechCrunch Disrupt
  • PG randomly picks Roby John (my boss) and is called on stage for a live YC interview with Paul Graham
  • PG is impressed with 20% monthly growth
  • that startup coincidentally was already invested by Geoff Ralston's Imagine K12 edtech accelerator
  • while talking shop on the cap table, Geoff Ralston and Paul Graham catch up
  • the startup becomes the first startup to be funded by both Imagine K12 & YC as well as the only within the first 3 startup's to be selected to YC from India
  • Geoff joins YC
  • Geoff goes on to become YC president

#serendipity #ycombinator

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