Talk:Y Combinator (company)

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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 There is one on google spreadsheets here but the author says this is out of date.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)

Named for the Fixed-point combinator? Source?[edit]

Is the company actually named after the Fixed-point combinator of lambda calculus (or is it a technical in-joke on the idea)? If so, is there a source that can be cited? Jimw338 (talk) 13:52, 2 November 2016 (UTC)

Yes, it is named after that, at least indirectly. See http://www.ycombinator.com/faq/#q41 23:50, 31 January 2017 (UTC)