Garry Tan

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Garry Tan (born March 21, 1981) is the cofounder of Posterous and Posthaven. He was also a partner at Y Combinator from 2011 to 2015.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

He attended Stanford University from 1999 to 2003, and graduated with a degree in Computer Systems Engineering. While in high school and college, he served as a software engineer intern at Sapient,, and Sun Microsystems.[1]


From 2003 to 2005, he was a Program Manager at Microsoft for Windows Mobile. From 2005 to 2007, he helped cofound the financial analysis platform at Palantir Technologies.[2]

In 2008, Tan co-founded Posterous, a blogging platform, which raised $5 million and was acquired by Twitter in 2012. He co-founded Posthaven after the shutdown of Posterous.[3] He joined Y Combinator in 2011 as a designer in residence but was quickly promoted to partner, where he stayed until November 2015.[4] While he was a partner at Y Combinator, he helped manage 54 investments, such as Patreon, SpoonRocket, and Secret.[2] He also helped compile a directory of "the best and the brightest interaction designers and visual designers".[5] On August 1, 2013, he, along with Harjeet Taggar and reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian have raised $39 million for a separate fund called Initialized Capital, which looks for high-quality founders first and then tries to see if they can help or understand the market of a company.[6]

Garry is often remembered by his thoughts on the startup culture on quotes like:

"When you decide to invest your time in something, you should be earning a lot, or learning a lot. Nothing in the middle."

"When you sell your time, you have around 12 units per day to sell. But if you are selling products, your units can be virtually infinite."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Garry Tan". LinkedIn. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Garry Tan - Partner @ Y Combinator". Crunchbase. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  3. ^ "Posthaven Rises From Posterous' Ashes To Launch "E-Mail To Post" As It Reaches Financial Sustainability". Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "Garry Tan Says Goodbye to Y Combinator". Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  5. ^ "Y Combinator Launching Designer Directory". Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  6. ^ "YC Partners Taggar, Tan And Reddit Co-Founder Ohanian Raise $39M For Initialized Capital". Retrieved February 18, 2016.

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