Sixty is a Fully-Managed Freelancer Marketplace for SaaS Companies (YC S17)

Sixty gives SaaS companies an experts.[domain].com that their users can go to for do-it-for-me help from specialist freelancers. They source, vet, and manage the experts. They’ve also built software to connect users and experts together via screenshare for on-demand sessions. Learn more on Product Hunt and Hacker News.

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Making Music and Art Through Machine Learning – Doug Eck of Magenta

Doug Eck is a research scientist at Google and he’s working on Magenta, a project making music and art through machine learning. If you want to learn more you can check out Magenta.Tensorflow.org.

Growth Guide: How to Set Up, Staff and Scale a Growth Program

“Growth hacks” can be extremely helpful in driving viral growth early in a product’s path to product market fit. However, sustaining long-term growth and reaching hundreds of millions of users requires a scientific approach to growth. In fact, growth experts resoundingly say that “growth hacking” isn’t in their vocabulary or something they relate to their work. “Hacking” implies a haphazard / gut-driven approach, and the reality is quite the opposite. Startups that have seen amazing growth have developed teams and processes that are intentional, exceedingly metrics-driven, and thrive on experimentation. We talked to 25 of the experts who have driven this growth programs and have included their advice in this guide.

Why Should I Start a Startup?

A lot of people ask themselves why they should start a startup. My answer to why you should start a startup is simple: there is a certain type of person who only works at their peak capacity when there is no predictable path to follow, the odds of success are low, and they have to take personal responsibility for failure (the opposite of most jobs at a large company).

Get Automated Leads from a Database of 70 Million People with Slik (YC S17)

Slik automates prospecting and lead generation. They’ve built up a database of over 70 million people and created a simple way to filter through that database so that salespeople can save time and automate their process of gathering leads and figuring out who to reach out to.

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Blockchain Investing with Olaf Carlson-Wee and Aaron Harris

Olaf Carlson-Wee is the founder and CEO of Polychain Capital, a blockchain investing hedge fund. Aaron Harris is a Partner at YC.

Feather Rents Furniture to People and Businesses on the Move (YC S17)

Feather is a furniture rental company, setting out to provide stylish, affordable furniture to people and startups that move frequently. You can learn more on: Hacker News, Product Hunt, TechCrunch, and The Verge.

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