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Show HN: YC's startup advice, organized and searchable: 32

Hi HN,

We are YC rejects (I made it to the interview once!) but have benefited greatly from everything YC has put out to help founders like us. Since YCombinator has shared so much helpful content over the years in all sorts of areas, we decided to put some order around it for everyone’s benefit. The process looked like:

- We collected everything YC has put out scattered across different channels (and developed a system to keep it updated)

- Categorized it using a hybrid NLP-human approach to uncover key macro and micro categories along with identifying the people behind the advice. The goal was to 1. Aid exploration 2. Be able to quickly find the most relevant advice in any given situation.

- Our company (Polymer Search) specializes in converting a spreadsheet (or any structured data set) into a search and insights engine automatically. That was a huge part of why we decided to tackle this. We used our own beta stack to create YCAdvice.com. The spreadsheet is linked from the site in case anyone wants access to the underlying data (free to use).

Would love any feedback and happy to answer any questions. - nyrulez 2 months ago


Are you saying that all the YCAdvice data is sitting in a spreadsheet? Other than the effort to categorize all the content, aren't there many tools that let you use a spreadsheet as a database? What am I missing here? - trisomy21 2 months ago


Great tool to generate slick wikis quickly. So, if I connect a sheet to polymer then what's the output? the whole website is generated by Polymer which is then connected to a custom domain? A video demo of your tool/dashboard would clear some doubts.

Also, in the no-code tools area, people use Airtable with integromat/zapier, Webflow to make websites. So, in case you do generate the website, then I think it would be make sense to market/target this as a no-code tool too, it would gather interest from the no-code community quickly . - sharcerer 2 months ago


I didn't know YC had so many resources and topics in general. This looks like a pretty well laid out interface for that. If you don't mind, what did the categorization process look like? - cesa714 2 months ago


This is dope! Slick design and tool! How many dimensions of data does it support? I visit the website with nothing particular in my mind and think it would be cool to have a sort by popularity type of thing to help me sort things through. This way I know which resource is most valuable to people and most liken by people and encourage me to check it out. - xitang 2 months ago


Thanks! What a great tool. One talk about product market fit changed greatly what I prioritize in my start up. - mvind 2 months ago


Whoa, this is great. Thanks for putting this together!

Could you do something similar to PG's and Sam Altmans essays? - markfer 2 months ago


Congrats on this launch -- very cool use of the Polymer tech to create something of value to the whole community. Thanks! - gjbadros 2 months ago


Really cool tool. Would be great if there can some kind of sorting based on time line. like more recent articles etc - gjsingh2013 2 months ago


Design is slick and mobile friendly.

I specifically like that I can select topics and share that as a link. - yihlamur 2 months ago


Looks great, would love to play with your technology for other data sources! - muratny 2 months ago


Looks great. Would be helpful to filter The Who’s hiring threads as well - pretzelboi 2 months ago


Really easy to use and definitely a helpful resource. Thanks! - tejchilli 2 months ago


Really slick. Love the resulting UI. +1 for Polymer - twirlybirdstogo 2 months ago


Looks good, what are you using for search? - throw432098 2 months ago


Polymer is a game changer for big data. - petehorvath 2 months ago


this is an incredible resource - sprsimplestuff 2 months ago


...great job structuring data! - alex_vid 2 months ago


This is super cool! - sercanesen 2 months ago