On 26th September 2011 the Y Combinator team left Mountain View and travelled to New York for a meetup that gave start-ups there the chance to ask questions and talk about ideas with YC partners and the founders of companies they have funded.
The Y Combinator team clearly saw some value in scouting for talent outside The Valley. Should the YC team come to London to find awesome start-ups? I (@mstafford) thought so and so did a lot of start-ups in London!
After seeing YCNYC I wanted to do something and try to make this happen.
In no way was it an 'official' YC event but after a couple of weeks of tweets and emails Harj Taggar, YC Partner, agreed to come to the HN London event on Thursday 29th September.
A capacity 500 people signed up for the event in less than a week. #HNLondon hashtag and below is a selection of the best:
- "thanks @mstafford @dmitrigrabov for organizing #hnlondon. had a great time, excited for ldn! thanks everyone who came, hope it was useful!" @Harjeet
- "Just got kudos from the random kid on the train for having been to #hnlondon maybe nerds really are cool..." @MartinGSaunders
- "@harjeet - great talk last night at #hnlondon. Very inspiring, and very nice/refreshing to hear it told straight, humbly + honestly :)" @terseguy
- "Well deserved, u rock! >RT @mstafford :avg 4.94/5 rating for #hnLondon last night - http://j.mp/pMt4vW - thanks all! cc @dmitrigrabov" @Christinasdiary
- "#hnlondon was great. Fun and inspiring talks by @Harjeet @giniji and @kzhu. Kudos to @mstafford @dmitrigrabov for organising the event!" @deepakprab
- "So far, "29 ratings for an average of 4.93 out of 5". Somebody didn't give 5 stars?! #shocked #HNLondon http://bit.ly/nKMYK4" @tim_iles
- "Excellent meetup at #HNLondon last night - by far the most inspiring yet! Props to @dmitrigrabov et al. 233% more hackers; 1000% more beer…" @tim_iles
- "Tonight's #HNLondon was a cracker. Well done @dmitrigrabov, and esp @Harjeet, who travelled from Cali and delivered an eloquent, candid talk" @chrisbeach
- "#HNLondon was awesome. Particularly have to say what an eloquent and inspiring individual @Harjeet is." @jamiemill
- "No amount of coffee can give me the buzz i'm feeling after tonight's #HNLondon meet up. Coding till dawn baby!!" @AmarettoAndCode