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2014 Could Be The ‘Tipping Point’ For Female Founders, Says Y Combinator’s Jessica Livingston at the Female Founders Conference

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Colleen Taylor summarizes Jessica Livingston's speech:

Y Combinator held its first ever Female Founders Conference Saturday afternoon at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. In opening remarks, Y Combinator co-founderJessica Livingston said that the sold-out gathering is “the most over-subscribed event” in the famed startup accelerator’s history.

For an organization whose biannual Demo Days have become known as one of the hottest tickets in Silicon Valley, that is no small feat — and it could signal a sea change in the entrepreneurial landscape.

“Because YC invests so early and is so focused on funding outliers, we tend to see trends first. So when we see that 25 percent of startups in the current Y Combinator batch have female founders, I’m certain something is going on here,” Livingston said. “In any big change there’s always a moment when people think it is a tipping point. I wouldn’t be surprised if in five years, we feel like 2014 was the tipping point for female founders.”

One of her top 3 pieces of advice to women founders is learn to code yourself. 

Alexia adds:

The schedule has already kicked off and Y Combinator founder Jessica Livingston and Homejoy founder Adora Cheung have already taken the stage, imparting such apropos insights as “If you’re not the technical founder, then your job is everything that’s not technical” and ”It’s best if you’re a user of the solution your startup offers. That way you can have a conversation with your users just by thinking.”

Not sure what makes this advice for female founders. Sounds like advice for all founders.

34.5% of the female YCombinator founders have their significant others as co-founders.

That's... Significant.

how many startups have friends as a co-founders?  perhaps it is more about trust rather than sex?

Most, and it's entirely possible it's about trust, but then again, don't half of marriages end in divorce?

doesn't over 50% of startups end with a breakup too?

Way way way way more than 50% of startups end with a breakup and death.

I'm certain the number is higher than 90%. Startups are almost certain death.

so why is 34.5% significant then for spouse startups?

Because percent wise WAY fewer of the millions of American businesses are started by spouses.



Why is YCombinator statistically biased toward women who start companies with their significant others?

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