Founders Of Posterous, Heyzap And Etacts On Getting Funded By Y Combinator – with Sachin, Immad and Howie

I tried something new in this program. To help me understand how the seed venture firm Y Combinator helps entrepreneurs launch and grow their startups, I invited not one guest as I usually do, but three founders of three different companies. Each entrepreneur talked about how he got into Y Combinator, how the program helped launch his startup and what it did for him after he left the program.

The FULL program

About The Startups

Sachin Agarwal is co-founder of Posterous, the dead simple place to post everything. All you have to do is email it.

Immad Akhund is the co-founder of Heyzap, which allows any website or blog to take the most exciting flash games and put them into their website. This results in the website/blog having increased traffic, user time of site and engagement.

Howie Liu is co-founder of Etacts, your relationship-centered communications portal.

This program was sponsored by

Wufoo- The easy way to add elegant forms and surveys to your site. (I use them on my site’s contact page. When we got married Olivia and I used Wufoo on our wedding web site to collect RSVPs because their forms are beautiful.)

Shopify – Thousands of stores are built using Shopify because it’s easy to set up and manage. Tim Ferriss recently announced a contest that offers $100,000 prize for the highest grossing store. Go start your store now.

Grasshopper – Entrepreneurs (like me) love and use Grasshopper because it offers all the features of the big, expensive phone systems (like multiple extensions, music on hold and call forwarding) but it works with any phone and starts at only $9.95 a month.

[Thank you Dru Wynings for helping me do this program!]


  • daphneho

    Andrew I'm impressed by your energy!!! wow…how do you manage to put up one interview a day? I'm impressed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Paul L'Acosta

    This is great Andrew. Looking forward to share this with some colleagues on a strategy meeting tomorrow. From all the podcasts I download through iTunes, yours is always the first one I click on to watch. Keep it up and be careful in, Patagonia? Later!

  • Casey Allen

    So the first time around you tried tinychat. What did you use this time, Andrew? All in all, considering the foursome, lag was very good.

  • Andrew Warner

    TinyChat again. Last time my office had Internet trouble. No one else
    noticed because they don't need much bandwith. It was fixed by today.

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  • Felix Kitaka

    No transcript this time? My bandwidth can't let me watch the video.

  • grantgrant

    very very very insightful!! Thanks!

  • NIL808

    Technical difficulties aside, these videos are getting better and better.

    Selfishly, I hope you don't get too famous. I love the raw, intimate feel of the interviews. Each interview feels like an accidental run-in with a superstar. You know, the kind your friends will never believe. They are so inspirational! I can see why you said “this is the site I wish I had.”

    What you are doing is literally changing lives and quite possibly the world. Good job.

  • Bigsunshinenr1

    Now we are talking, Mixergy suddenly got interesting, good work Andrew ;)

  • Andrew Warner

    Thanks. What part of this excited you?

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  • Bigsunshinenr1

    Well , the concept to interview 3 at the same time, which could lead to a small talkshow.
    Its like Jay Leno interviewing 3 stars and we are the audience.

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  • Giang Biscan

    Actually, Andrew did 2 interviews that day. This one was straight after his interview with Howard Lindzon – which I am sure he will be posting soon. And he was (still is) sick that day. That is to say it took a lot of determination and sweat in startups, and Andrew is a true entrepreneur.

  • jeremy widdup

    This is a nice intro into finding finance and help for the start up idea – each journey is slightly different, but broadly fits the same need for credibility, determination and sustainability.

  • juanchaparro

    Andrew…great stuff!…Im actually applying to YC so this came in handy.

  • tf

    cool interview on the inside workings of Y combinator.

  • tf

    cool interview on the inside workings of Y combinator.