Y Combinator @ University of Chicago
Join us for a talk with Y Combinator (YC) managing director Michael Seibel and Tovala founders David Rabie and Bryan Wilcox. Before YC, Michael was the cofounder and CEO of Justin.tv (which later became Twitch and sold to Amazon for $1B), and Socialcam. Michael will cover some of the myths that exist around starting startups, what you should do while you’re still in school if you want to start a company, and he’ll talk about how YC can help you get started.
David Rabie and Bryan Wilcox are the founders of Tovala. Tovala is a Chicago-based food-tech company with a smart, countertop steam oven that is paired with a weekly meal delivery service. David and Bryan will talk about their startup journey and YC experience. Michael, David, and Bryan will also spend time answering questions.
Y Combinator is a startup fund based in Mountain View, CA. Twice a year YC invests a small amount of money in a large number of startups. The YC partners work closely with each company to get them into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors. Each batch culminates in Demo Day, when the startups present their companies to a carefully selected audience of investors. Y Combinator has invested in over 2,500 companies including Stripe, Airbnb, Instacart, Dropbox, Reddit, Coinbase and Ginkgo Bioworks. The combined valuation of YC companies is over $150B.