The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's Most Exclusive School for Startups.
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For the project, I took a two-semester DIP leave and acted as an ethnographer, closely observing a group of software entrepreneurs as they were selected for seed funding and then worked on their products under the supervision of partners at Y Combinator, a seed fund in Mountain View. The resulting narrative presents an inside view of the process of angel investing on a large scale---there were 64 startups that were funded simultaneously----and of startup creation at the heart of Silicon Valley.
Stross, Randall, "The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's Most Exclusive School for Startups." (2012). Books Authored by SJSU Faculty. Book 33.