With Y Combinator’s biannual Demo Day coming up on August 19, the startup accelerator has a pressing matter on its mind: preventing sexual harassment between investors and founders.
In a blog post titled “A Reminder to Investors” published earlier this afternoon, founding partner Jessica Livingston warned that “inappropriate sexual or romantic behavior from investors toward founders” would lead to Y Combinator “not [continuing] to work with you.”
Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian hosted a talk at NYU last night featuring a slew of fellow Y Combinator grads. The Rap Genius guys were all there, as was Shoptiques founder Olga Vidisheva, and Tutorspree founders Aaron Harris and Josh Abrams. The conversation mostly revolved around all of their transitions from the business world to the tech scene, but the night got interesting when Mr. Ohanian urged the panel to hate on Silicon Valley.
“We were hating on the Bay Area,” he said. “And I think we should do that a little more.”
Today was Y Combinator Demo Day. While Paul Graham-approved crème de la crème were inside, pitching their racing hearts out, Peter Sullivan was outside, slapping fake tickets that proclaimed, “You have illegally been subjected to make a big investment decision based on a two-minute demo pitch” on the cars outside.
Mr. Sullivan is the CEO of the social travel startup Tripl, conveniently available for download via a QR code on the ticket.
We can only hope for Mr. Sullivan’s sake that Silicon Valley investors pay more attention to pesky parking tickets than many a wealthy driver.