What Y Combinator’s Michael Seibel Looks for in a Founder

Meet Urban Tech Connect // Forward speaker Michael Seibel. He isn’t just group partner and managing director of the startup accelerator Y Combinator. He’s also a well-known VC investor, advisor, and entrepreneur who co-founded the Twitch forerunner Justin.tv and the social-video startup Socialcam.

Last year Seibel became the first Black member on Reddit’s board, replacing co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and was named to Fortune’s 2020 list of 40 under 40. Seibel has been credited with throwing Airbnb a lifeline through Y Combinator when the founders were living on cereal.

At Urban Tech Connect // Forward next week, Seibel talks with Plug In South LA founder Derek Smith about the best entrepreneurship advice he’s been given, the emerging startup trends he’s spotting, and what Y Combinator is doing to nurture diverse founders.

Seibel also shares what he’s looking for in promising founders who apply to the accelerator. Early-stage startup founders will want to check out this session during the three-day virtual conference.

Learn more about this illuminating conversation and the rest of our full lineup here.

If you haven’t picked up a ticket yet, you can still get one. This year’s Urban Tech Connect could change your entire trajectory.

Photo: Michael Seibel is group partner and managing director of Y Combinator. Credit: MichaelSeibel.com

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