Y Combinator, thank you for the easy let down.

Shrugging it off

So we have been waiting anxiously for the response to come in from Y Combinator for a couple of days now.

Finally at approximately 8:00pm April 11th, 2016 the email comes in.

Subject: Your Y Combinator Application

Thanks for applying to Y Combinator. We’re sorry to say that your startup was not selected to interview for the upcoming Y Combinator batch. Please don’t take it personally. We carefully reviewed thousands of applications and since there’s a limit on the number of startups we can interview in person, we had to turn away a lot of promising companies.

Unfortunately we can’t give you individual feedback about your application. This page explains why.

We’re always trying to get better at this. It’s alarming how often the last group to make it over the interview threshold ends up getting accepted to YC. That means there are surely other good groups that fall just below the threshold.

It’s practically certain that groups we rejected will go on to create successful startups. If you do, we’d sincerely appreciate it if you’d send us an email telling us about it; we very much want to learn from our mistakes.

We hope you reapply for the next batch. In fact, we encourage it. Applying multiple times in no way counts against you and a surprisingly large number of companies are funded after applying more than once.

Best of luck,


While we were hoping for the best and it is unfortunate I can still say it was a fun and good learning experience to apply to YC and this email is definitely not going to stop us. We are on track and in a couple more weeks will be launching our first cities :)!

In the words of C.G. Jung, “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”, the same holds true for “Let’s”.


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