By Laura Lorek
Publisher of Silicon Hills News
Building a startup is like riding a runway of emotions for most founders.
Monday, it was a particularly difficult trip for more than 1
The Mountain View, Calif. -Based accelerator created a free online startup school to connect startup with advisors, and those participating in the 10-week program will continue to compete for $ 10,000 scholarships.
Early Monday, about 11,000 startups received worldwide email notifications that they had been accepted in the program. Another 4,000 received rejection messages.
Those who were accepted at the startup school shared happy news with spouses, investors, team members and many who were posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media about the good news.
Then two hours later, the 11,000 startups received rejection messages from Y-Combinator with a non-email address.
"We're sorry to send this email, but unfortunately there was an error in the software that triggered acceptance email. The approval email was sent to you if we are unfortunately unable to include you in the Startup Advisor Track.
Even though you are not in Advisor Track, you have actually been accepted to review the startup school and will have access to all content as soon as it is made available.
Again, we're sorry to have made this mistake and Increase your expectations unnecessarily. We hope you continue to work on startup and that the startup school is a great help, "according to Y-Combinator rejection email.
They were destroyed.
In Austin, several startups were listed in the Female Founders ATX Facebook Group about their pleasure to be accepted into the program, only later to uncover the offer and they received a cancellation email.
Several startups were posted on a thread in Hacker News about the event. They made jokes, Slack channels created to give feedback to each other, wrote words of encouragement and commiserated about the bad news.
"I think you can use this as a learning moment for the course. Lesson 10: When a launch goes wrong – YC Startup School Story" – ModernMech published on Hacker News.
"Pretty sure I mistakenly received" Oops, you do not have an e-mail actually "Please confirm this error. My company is basically a unicorn" – HelloJebus on Hacker News.
"My co-founder and I were happy for our acceptance one hour ago, and now we're talking about this y-combinator screw-we're not accepted after all!" Callend6 wrote on Hacker News. "For all the other founders and teams who had the instant confidence in external amplification – remember how unstoppable and brave you felt at the moment! The glow need not go away with a withdrawal email. Keep on feeling. Go doing good things make a difference. "
To add the confusion, the 4000 startups were originally rejected, actually accepted in the program. They were busy, but still in shock and disbelief. The Y staff members responded to posts on Hacker News, and asked those who were in doubt to send them an email and sent a correct email. The Y-Combinator staff apologized for the technical error.
And Monday evening, Y-Combinator decided to accept all the launches that were applied to the program, over 15,000, to the boot school.
Y-Combinator wrote a blog post "Startup School: All applicants are now accepted."
"We broke up and sent acceptance messages to many startup school applicants we did not previously have room for," according to the post. "We've decided to use this mistake as an opportunity to try something new: We will drop in all companies that have used Startup School."
"Many apologies for back and forth – to be ready: you are in."
The startups that are accepted in the program will access all the course materials, the private community forum where advisors and YC partners will also participate , and they will be able to compete for one of $ 10,000 share-free grants if they complete the qualification requirements.
"The most important thing is that you want a group of founder members to connect so you can support each other," according to the post. "Unfortunately, we are still limited by the number of advisors who volunteer to lead each group, which means your group does not have an adviser. But having peers in a party is what the founders tell us is really special about YC. you instructions on how to organize the group yourself and get almost the same experience. "
Y-Combinator is a very selective startup that accepts a small percentage of companies that apply to its two-year housing program. The investments include Dropbox, Airbnb, Coinbase, Stripe, Reddit, Instacart, Twitch, Cruise Automation and many others.