YC does a Product Hunt, Product Hunt does an a16z, a16z does a YC – TechCrunch
Technological innovation is a cycleespecially in the character-driven world of startup venture capital and the copycat nature of startups.
The last proof? Y Combinator this week announced Launch YC, a platform where people can sort accelerator startups by industry, batch, and launch date to discover new products. The famous accelerator, which has seeded Instacart, Coinbase, OpenSea and Dropbox, invites users to vote for newly launched startups “to help them climb the rankings, try product demos and learn more about the founding team” , he said in a blog post.
If that sounds familiar, it’s because – in my opinion – Y Combinator takes a not-so-subtle swipe at Product Hunta nearly decade-old platform that is synonymous with new startup launches and feature announcements.
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Y Combinator doesn’t necessarily agree with this characterization: Accelerator communications manager Lindsay Amos told me via email that “we encourage YC founders to launch on many platforms – from YC Directory to Product Hunt to Hacker News to launch YC – to reach clients, investors and candidates.
The overlap is not isolated. While Y Combinator does a product hunt, Product Hunt does an Andreessen Horowitz. Meanwhile, a16z is making its own Y Combinator. Not to mention that Product Hunt has an investment capital of a16z and previously went through the Y Combinator accelerator.