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High traffic

On 2009-11-24, Y Combinator (company) was linked from Hacker News, a high-traffic website. (See visitor traffic)

Redirects[edit]

I really don't think this article ought to redirect to Paul Graham, since most people searching for Y Combinator probably mean the same as Y combinator.

I think Y Combinator ought to redirect to Fixed Point Combinator just like y combinator does, and maybe have a separate Y Combinator (company) if it's really essential that the company have an article. As it stands, this redirect seems way too much like a vanity page for the company's founder -- after all, Microsoft doesn't redirect to Bill Gates.

If that doesn't sit well, it would seem appropriate to have a Y Combinator (disambiguaton) article to which both Y combinator and Y Combinator would point, with links to Paul Graham's company (NOT Paul Graham himself!) and Fixed point combinator as appropriate. It should absolutely NOT redirect (without disambiguation!) to an article that only tangentially refers to the company. In other words, if Y Combinator goes to something about the company, it needs a disambiguation link and the article needs to really be entirely about the company. If somebody wants to search for pages that mention the company but aren't about it, well, that's what search engines are for.

I'm going to go ahead and re-point it to Fixed point combinator. If that's a problem, revert it and we'll discuss further.

--bmills 01:51, 21 October 2005 (UTC)

Sounds completely correct to me (hadn't noticed the original re-redirect until now). Though if a disambig is necessary, it should probably simply be at Y Combinator. (Not clear that is it.) Alai 04:17, 21 October 2005 (UTC)
Looks like somebody really wants an article on Y Combinator (the company). I'll add a note differentiating the two. --bmills 18:09, 21 October 2005 (UTC)


Spamming by Y Combinator Companies[edit]

There seem to be a lot of blatant spam articles from many of the companies listed below. While I believe Y Combinator as a firm may be notable, most of these companies with the exception of perhaps Reddit and Justin.tv are not due to the fact they have no press coverage or any other aspects of notability. The articles are poorly created and I think they need to be deleted. I have marked a couple for deletion. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Albertgonzales223 (talkcontribs) 06:55, 31 March 2007 (UTC).

Hey, I think you need to check your facts. Y Combinator is probably the leading startup-program/seed-fund in the world. There are several companies in addition to justin.tv and reddit that have lots press coverage and millions of users. --Ouvriere (talk) 22:15, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

[citation needed] --Orange Mike | Talk 17:30, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

What happened to the list of YC funded companies? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.126.208.20 (talk) 20:04, 28 February 2008 (UTC)

Yes, why was it removed?????? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.110.229.213 (talk) 00:51, 11 March 2008 (UTC)

Updated with a stub to clean up the main article. Too many links across the net refer to this list as an example. Over half of the companies are notable nationally.Willpower101 (talk) 06:49, 10 March 2010 (UTC)

Deletion Discussion: Should YCombinator be deleted?[edit]

So we're about to have an influx of people ready to defend YC's place in Wikipedia and others are going to come to argue that it is not notable. So please keep the discussion civil and within this thread so we can save and review it. Please explain your rationale and back up with logic and facts. --Mystalic (talk) 17:25, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

Google News search for "Y Combinator" turns up 120 articles in the last month. Isn't that kinda enough-said? I've got a Wikipedia page myself and Google News shows only 3 news articles containing my name in the last month. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.101.20.150 (talk) 17:38, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

The prod has been justly removed, now that somebody has finally provided some solid evidence of notability. Believe it or not, I love it when a prod works out like that! Most of the little companies listed on the page, though, fail WP:COMPANY and will probably be removed pretty soon. --Orange Mike | Talk 17:45, 27 August 2008 (UTC)
I removed the prod and added some sources from NYT, USA Today and Businessweek. There's many more mentions on GNews that others could add or use to expand the article. -- pb30<talk> 17:46, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

Here's a few more: Find sources: "Y Combinator (company)" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR · free images Toddst1 (talk) 17:47, 27 August 2008 (UTC)


Please consider the value that this article has to someone like me who is thinking about or in the process of applying to YCombinator for startup assistance. I found this article to be very "encyclopedic" and helpful for doing due dilligance about the company. That especially includes the list of companies they have funded and their outcomes. 71.35.162.190 (talk) 02:34, 30 October 2009 (UTC)

DropBox[edit]

I found DropBox (a tool for synchronizing folders between computers, data stored online, 2gb free, webinterface, available for windows, linux and mac) which got funding from Y Combinator according to their "About us" web page: http://www.getdropbox.com/about Maybe notable in the Portfolio section!? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 91.34.144.237 (talk) 10:23, 14 September 2008 (UTC)

Pointer to full list of companies?[edit]

Does anyone have a link to a full list of companies funded? apart from the one on the FAQ page which is incomplete. There is one on google spreadsheets here but the author says this is out of date. - SimonLyall (talk) 10:47, 24 November 2009 (UTC)

Why was the list of companies removed? Agreed that some of them where not notable but A LOT more than the three listed are notable. What makes a startup notable in your eyes? Additional funding? Exit? Lots of users? --98.210.156.24 (talk) 03:03, 25 November 2009 (UTC)
The 3 listed are just a sample or the best known ones. The problem with the entire list was that (a) most of it was unreferenced (b) wikipedia is not the place that the primary source list of funded companies should be maintained (c) it cluttered the article. It was also getting worse at the rate of 50 companies per year. - SimonLyall (talk) 06:39, 25 November 2009 (UTC)
I hope to maintain a comprehensive list here with time: startupwiki/ycombinator --Errant Tmorton166(Talk) 12:50, 24 November 2009 (UTC)
The most comprehensive and up to date list I have found is here: [1] — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tcef (talkcontribs) 22:53, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

List of sufficiently-notable YC companies[edit]

The idea of a list of YC-funded companies has been discussed here, and the conclusion seems to be that many of the companies are not sufficiently notable for Wikipedia, and that an exhaustive list of them does not belong on Wikipedia. What I think we should have is a list of Y Combinator companies that are sufficiently notable to have their own Wikipedia articles. I thought it would exist already, but I could not find one. An up-to-date list of every YC-funded company with an article in Wikipedia would help people to understand the influence of Y Combinator, and it could also be useful for finding articles for YC companies that might not be sufficiently notable for inclusion. I'll start the list here, so that it can be added to and discussed before being placed in the article: Scribd, reddit, Airbnb, Dropbox, Disqus, Posterous, Flutter_(company), Weebly, Xobni, Zencoder, Loopt, Cue (search engine), Scoopler, Quartzy, Omgpop, 1000Memories, Pair (app), Listia, Lanyrd, Ark (search engine), Pebble_(watch), AppJet, Etherpad, Biographicon, Heyzap, ZumoDrive, DailyBooth, Directed Edge (company), Cloudkick, WakeMate, Bump (application), BackType, WePay, Convore, Songkick, Earbits, SwipeGood, Hipmunk, Upverter, Gantto, ICracked, AppHarbor --Joel7687 (talk) 21:18, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

I think a category might be easier, just create it and then add it to each of the articles - SimonLyall (talk) 01:07, 23 June 2012 (UTC)
I had considered creating a category, but I wasn't sure if that was the right approach. I also don't know what the best name or supercategory would be. I had also considered making a separate list article, which would have some advantages. I guess I still don't know. --Joel7687 (talk) 02:29, 23 June 2012 (UTC)
Oh you mean put the list in *this* article? Seriously no, it would be a complete mess. You've already got 42 in your list, it's just going to mess up the article and being a overhead to keep uptodate. Half those articles probably shouldn't even exist considering the actual profile of the companies.
Anyway back to the topic, I don't really see the point in creating a list/category and maintaining it. Sure most of the are Internet companies but they are really united except in their very early stages. Imagine a similar list of "Companies founded by ex-googlers" say, sure they kind of go together but not really. If you make something then go for a category but I'm not really convinced. - SimonLyall (talk) 07:01, 23 June 2012 (UTC)
I guess if I do anything with this, I'll start with a category. I think that these companies are more connected than those in your ex-Googler example, because this single company plays an important role in their early stages, and it still has its 2-10% ownership stake in a lot of them. Anyway, I'll wait to create the category and/or list article to see if anybody else thinks it would be useful. Compiling that list has gone a long way in satisfying my curiosity. Thanks for your advice. --Joel7687 (talk) 21:56, 23 June 2012 (UTC)

At this point, I think Y Combinator has become notable enough to justify a page of all YC-funded companies. It's being done by another site right now, and given Wikipedia's mission of supplying the most comprehensive set of information, it would fit. [2] — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tcef (talkcontribs) 22:56, 17 July 2014 (UTC) --Tcef (talk)