Y Combinator

Y Combinator

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Headquarters Location

United States, Mountain View


Y Combinator is the renowned VC, which was created in 2005. The fund is located in United States, North America. The main office of this VC is situated in Mountain View.

The fund was established by Andrew Levy, Jessica Livingston, Paul Graham, Robert Morris, Trevor Blackwell. We also identified another 25 core personnel in our database.

The fund generally invests in more than 49 deals every year. At the time of investment by Y Combinator, a typical start-up valuation would be 500 millions - 1 billion dollars. The highest number of exits from this fund were in 2019. The fund's activity peaked in 2019. Besides, in 2019 the fund was active. Deals in the range of 5 - 10 millions dollars are most common for this fund. In real terms, this VC performs 3 percentage points less exits than other funds. In comparison with other funds, Y Combinator makes 18 percentage points less than the average number of lead investments.

The country of its foundation and the country of its most frequent investments coincides - United States. Besides this, the fund also invested in 26 other countries. Among the most popular portfolio start-ups of the fund, are Airbnb, Stripe, Dropbox. The average start-up age at the time of investment by this fund is 2-3. We can highlight the most popular investment areas for this fund, such as E-Commerce, Health Care. In addition, there are 97 more industries where it has achieved success. The fund has no specific requirements for the number of founders in a start-up. If there are 5+ founders in the start-up, the probability of getting the investment is low.

The usual method for the fund is to invest in rounds with 3-4 other investors. Besides Y Combinator, start-ups are typically funded by FundersClub, Tikhon Bernstam, Kima Ventures and 571 more VCs. The fund often co-invests with ZhenFund, Yunqi Partners, Winklevoss capital, overall with 841 funds from our list. The investors in the following rounds are usually Yuri Milner, Vy Capital, Transmedia Capital, and 1003 VCs in total.

Year Founded


Fund Activity


Mail Rule [rules by which you can get an email of an interesting for you fund employee, knowing only the name and surname of this employee]

Domain name: ycombinator.org; User name format in descending order of probability: first

Group Appearance [how often fund is operating separately from groups with shared interest]

99.2% of cases

Investments per Year [average amount of rounds in which fund participates each year]


Follow-on Index [how often fund is ready to support its portfolio startup at next rounds]

11.6% of cases

Average Multiplicator [the average ratio of the last valuation of portfolio startups to their total amount of financing raised]


Average Portfolio Company
Exit Age [the average age of portfolio startups at which they go public or become acquired]

4.4 years

Decision Makers / Strategy
Similarity Index [see explanation at unicorn-nest.com/dataset-what-we-tweet-vs-what-we-invest]

0.11 out of 1

Success / Strategy Similarity
Index [the matching between fund's investment strategy and its proved successes in the form of portfolio startups high valuations]

0.55 out of 1

Number of Unicorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $1B]


Number of Decacorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $10B]


Number of Minotaurs [amount of portfolio companies, which raised more then $1B in total]


Funds Investing in Previous

FundersClub, Kima Ventures

Funds Investing Together

ZhenFund, Yunqi Partners, Winklevoss capital

Funds Investing in Following

Vy Capital, Transmedia Capital

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