How will you respond if you don't get into YC?

Andrew Tye
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Many makers also apply to YC - but there isn't room for everyone. This can obviously be super frustrating. But it can also be motivating! Curious to hear how you will respond!
I will be extra motivated 💪🏼
I will be discouraged but eventually move on 😟
I will quit my project and do something else ✈

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Trying to make things people want
Also, please share the alternative resources that can support people who don't get in!
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Founder & CEO, Hustle Crew
"If at first you don't succeed..." best way to respond to rejection is learn from it. As @anthilemoon said in a recent article about Imposter Syndrome, fail like a scientist! Keep trying, keep learning from those attempts, and keep tweaking.
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Trying to make things people want
@anthilemoon @abadesi never heard that before, but fail like a scientist is a great way to look at it!
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Freelance Software Developer
Just gotta keep trucking! Plus I've heard from so many successful people who don't get in until their second try anyway. And AvoToast has very little traction yet, so I won't blame them if I don't get in :)
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Trying to make things people want
@servercobra hey that's a great way to look at it!
Freelance Software Developer
@awt I was just listening to an Indie Hackers podcast about how optimism is so helpful in startups, and the founder's optimism was infectious. I'm extra optimistic today! https://www.indiehackers.com/pod...
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Trying to make things people want
@servercobra that's the way to be! hard to get very far as a maker or founder with any other attitude. doesn't mean it's always easy to be optimistic, but generally worth the effort.
Co-creator of Ionic
When I didn't get into YC (one of many times), it really was the best decision to quit the project and do something else. My next company was way more successful and if it's not working for whatever reason (team/product/etc.) there's no badge of honor just for sticking it out. Also I didn't do YC with that other company because we also never got in. Don't place too high of value on YC or any accelerator. The opinion that matters the most is the opinion of your users and customers, and traction will drive every success you have going forward.
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Trying to make things people want
@maxlynch i have heard similar stories so many times...good reminder to everyone that things can work out great (or better) even without a YC interview..