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YC for Hardware

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As YC has grown, we’ve funded more and more hardware companies.  Hardware companies have very different needs from pure software companies, and we’re delighted to announce a number of new resources for YC hardware companies. 

First, we’re excited to announce a partnership with Bolt, which we kicked off a couple of days ago.  Bolt’s partners and engineering staff will advise YC hardware companies on product development and manufacturing, and YC hardware startups will be able to work with Bolt’s staff at Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop facility with no cost to our companies as part of the partnership. Their facility is the the best prototyping shop I’ve ever seen.  Also, Bolt's partners are some of the best hardware people I've ever met.

Second, we’re also happy to announce a number of new deals for our hardware startups--across-the-board discounts & expedited services, free consultations and prototyping, and volume pricing for YC startups.  These range from 3D printing and rapid injection molding, to PCB fab & assembly, metalworking, design expertise, RF and carrier testing, early access to dev kits, product photography & international scaling.

Some of our deal partners include Novatel, Proto Services, The Build Shop, Jatco, Studio Fathom, Fictiv, DIX Metals, The Collaborationist, and Tempo Automation, and YC startups CircuitHub, Octopart, Tilt and Upverter.  YC hardware startups Pebble, SoundFocus, MadeSolid, Cruise and Rigetti Computing have offered to help out with machine & equipment needs.  And we’ll be working on many more deals for YC hardware startups in the coming months; please get in touch with if you can help our startups make better hardware faster.

Third, we’re building a mini-electronics prototyping shop in Mountain View, to supplement the much larger Pier 9 lab on the Embarcadero.  This way, hardware startups can do some quick PCB rework as needed, or make a 3D print anytime during the week. Read more: http://snip.ly/gQq2


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How To Build An Uncool Startup...On Purpose

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Social media startups have been vacuuming up the world’s venture capital and media mindshare. But what about all the other startups? You know, the “uncool” ones?

There’s been a giant sucking sound the last few years.  You’ve probably heard it.  It’s the sound of social media startups vacuuming up the world’s venture capital and media mindshare.  But what about all the other startups?  You know, the “uncool” ones?

Startups that make tangible things seem to have fallen out of favor in recent years.  Think about new companies tackling big challenges like life-saving therapies, food security, or sustainable energy.  They seem to have disappeared in the popular media.  Steve Blank describes this as Facebook killing Silicon Valley.  Fortunately, popular buzz is not the same as startup reality.  You might not hear much about the uncool companies, but they are out there, like ants diligently building their colonies.  Even during these heady social media years, many thousands of uncool startups have continued to hack away at uncool problems and make progress.  That’s fortunate for the world.

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The cool startups won't go away, but the entrepreneurs building companies with real solutions for consumers are still plugging along. Good to know, for all of you who are in this position. Don't give up, bubbles burst, but the real thing always survives.

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