In the summer of 2009, I wrote a paper called “Copying Y Combinator: a framework for developing seed accelerator programmes” and posted it here with links to all the background research and data that I had compiled.
Ever since I’ve received a lot of requests to share various spreadsheets, questions about the paper, and comments from people involved or interested in seed accelerators. I’ve come to realize that while it was fine having things scattered about on my blog and in various Google Docs, it wasn’t ideal.
Today, I’m happy to announce a few things:
First, I’ve created a “Seed Accelerator knowledge base” site. Everything I’ve written or compiled on Y Combinator and other seed accelerators can be found there. It’s very bare-bones right now, but hope to flesh it out in the coming weeks/months.
Second, I’m starting a newsletter on seed accelerators. (Sign up at the bottom of this post.) I promise it will be low traffic (about 1 email/month) and high signal/noise ratio.
(I’ve also created a page on this site to make sure visitors can always find their way to anything I’ve done related to seed accelerators)
What the future holds
Eventually I’d like to turn the knowledge base into a webapp of sorts, probably tied into Crunchbase. This will allow for better analysis of the data over the long-term. If entrepreneurs and the people that fund them have access to key signals (1st tier – #/value of exits, 2nd tier – # still operating/alive, 3rd tier – #/value fundraised) then everyone will be able to make better choices.
If you have any comments or recommendations, please let me know!