The Y Combinator Database 2.0

Everything you ever wanted to know about YC companies

#2 Product of the WeekDecember 05, 2018
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The most comprehensive and up-to-date public dataset on Y Combinator companies, with all batches from 2005 to 2018. Maintained by Snappr.

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Hi hunters! Matt from Snappr here. We launched YCDB 1.0 just over a year ago and were so happy with how much the PH community enjoyed it. So we kept working on it as a side project, rebuilding it from scratch with a totally new tech stack and the addition of many of the features that were suggested by the Product Hunt community last year. It is still the most comprehensive, up-to-date public dataset on YC companies, but we hope this new version is a much more useful tool! For those following at home, here's what's new: - The metrics we track on each company has gone from 6 to 14. - You can now create your own custom scoring to rank companies. - Cool new metrics charting tools. - Snappy new search with Algolia. - Visual comparison of YC batches by funding and fate. - Instant company table filtering and search. - See what a company's website looked like at the time of their YC demo day. - Companies from the most recent batch have been added. - Our stack is now Node+Express with Handlebars and a Postgres DB. - It is now hosted at ycdb.co instead of on snappr.co. - Plus much more that you'll have to discover for yourself :) Thanks to those hunters who suggested features and changes: @nathan_milham @rrhoover @kushagrpathak @fan_andy @guillaume_ @rafyasarmatta @paulsputer We want to keep making YCDB even better, so please keep the feature suggestions coming 😃
@mdschiller how about something with HQ location? Would love to see where these companies are based.
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@dhulser you can see the HQ location for most companies (our best guess based on the available data) by going to individual company pages, e.g. https://www.ycdb.co/company/snappr (in the right panel under 'Details'). It would be cool to add aggregate pages in future (e.g. all companies from location X in a list). Another cool resource is YC World, which shows where founders came from as opposed to current HQ location: http://world.ycombinator.com/
I see Product Hunt ranks #1 for most tweets. Perhaps not the greatest achievement, but I'll take it. 😆 What's been the biggest surprise you've found from this data, @mdschiller?
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@rrhoover Product Hunt also took out the #1 spot for fastest growing... https://www.ycdb.co/top-companie... 🏆 One of bigger surprises things was that the 'survival rate' (non-dead status) of YC companies after 5 years is really high, much higher than startups generally (check out the chart on the homepage). Also, although it shouldn't be so surprising, the charting tool really highlighted how just how dramatic the 'power law' is for YC companies - we had to apply log scales to the data to even be able to see most of the metrics 😆 e.g. https://www.ycdb.co/comparison-c...
The "Take me to the random company" is a gr8 feature, but it is not working. It is always choosing the same two companies: lithit and vayable :-) When I switch to "incognito mode" its choose something else but stuck as before.
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@_fones thanks for spotting this bug! (We introduced it at the last minute by putting YCDB behind a new CDN). It should be fixed now 😄
@mdschiller Thanks for creating this! I’m curious by what process you decided to prioritize this over Snappr product features. It’s a nice resource but I do have one request: Would it be possible to separate the true exits (IPOs and large acquisitions) from acquihires, where the product is shut down and never integrated? In my opinion, these nominal “exits” actually belong in the “dead” category (or a category of their own). I’d argue an exit should only count if the company is acquired for at least the amount they raised. This can be tricky to calculate if the acquirer is private and the acquisition is made with stock, but it’s usually pretty obvious whether an acquisition was net positive for the acquired company. I think the percentage of true exits is quite small, but your chart makes it look much larger. According to https://www.ycombinator.com/topc..., there have only been 12 YC exits at $100 million or greater as of October 2018.
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Thanks @sferik 😃 I like love the idea of segmenting the exits (could be quite sobering for us founders!) Because we already have funding data in YCDB, we could just apply the test of "is exit value greater than funding amount" to do a rough cut along the lines you suggested. As for time spent on YCDB, it is roughly proportional to the amount of awareness it generates for Snappr, and the bulk of it was me on my Sunday afternoons 😄
Awesome tool! It wasn't posted on HN, my friend just did it :P https://news.ycombinator.com/ite...