Question Company name: Company url, if any: Phone number(s): Please enter the Posterous url of a 1 minute video
introducing the founders. (Instructions.) YC usernames of all founders, including you, wesleyzhao, separated by spaces. YC usernames of all founders, including you, wesleyzhao, who will live in the Bay Area January through March if we fund you. (Again, that's usernames, not given names.)
Wesley Answers AthleteNet
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wesleyzhao ajaymehta A website builder for sports teams/leagues. The first feature we will build is an about.me for athletes. We will focus on on the experience of creating and viewing individual athlete profiles and use the data collected from profiles to help coaches better manage teams.
What is your company going to make? If this application is a response to a YC RFS, which one? For each founder, please list: YC username; name; age; year of graduation, school, degree and subject for each degree; email address; personal url, github url, facebook id, twitter id; employer and title (if any). Put unfinished degrees in parens. List the main contact first. Separate founders with blank lines. Put an asterisk before the name of anyone not able to move to the Bay Area.
wesleyzhao;Wesley Zhao;19;(Currently taking leave, The Wharton School, B.S. in Economics & Minor in Computer Science);email@example.com;wesleyzhao.com/blog,github.com/wesleyzhao,wesleyzhao, wesleyzhao \n\n ajaymehta; Ajay Mehta; 19; (2014, NYU Stern, B.S. in Business & Political Economy); firstname.lastname@example.org; http://ajayumehta.com,,ajaymehta,ajaymehta
After 7 months I went from knowing nothing about web development (started using php on GoDaddy) to building sites on a Python/Nginx/Linux stack and learning enough sysadmin skills to manage our own ec2 instances, and being offered year-long salaried positions as a developer. Over those 7 months I've helped build and manage sites that have totaled over 200K users and utilized several API's (Facebook, Twitter, Twilio, LinkedIn, Mailgun, Amazon, iTunes, and Yipit - which I built my own wrapper for and open sourced). Bonus: I also got into Wharton after a suspension for selling weed sophomore year. \n\n At 17, worked my way into a full-time paid position at Zillow where I was in charge of developing their successful marketing and social Please tell us in one or two sentences about the strategy through blogs/FB/Twitter/etc as well as assembling a team to start a 500+ person technology most impressive thing other than this startup that education conference for real estate agents in Seattle, garnering 20+ sponsorship deals and kickstarting each founder has built or achieved. similar events in the region. We used a comedy twitter account to get meetings with tech superstars who wouldn't have returned our emails. In the week before our YC interview, we started @YC_Y_U_NO as a joke with the tech community Please tell us about the time you, wesleyzhao, and ended up featured on TechCrunch -- and more importantly (coupled with serendipitously meeting Fred most successfully hacked some (non-computer) Wilson at the airport, who tweeted out Readstream) used cold DM's to build relationships with brilliant startup system to your advantage. people, angel investors, and VCs (along with more than a few YC alums/Garry and Harj). We've worked on many projects together that have gone viral and plugged on TechCrunch, Mashable, Time, Geekwire, and even an interview on the Seattle evening news. Our business this summer was AvantCard, an exchangeable branded gift card that we billed as a better alternative to your everyday gift card for most gift card givers: http://getavantcard.com. Our API-hacky projects are numerous and got tons of attention: http: //readstreamapp.com http://grimtweeper.com http://wheremyfriends.be http://tasteplug.com
Please tell us about an interesting project, preferably outside of class or work, that two or more of you created together. Include urls if possible.
How long have the founders known one another Ajay and I have been best friends since 4th grade after our parents fortunately put us in the same 'gifted and how did you meet? Have any of the education' program in Bellevue (suburb of Seattle). We bonded over nerd stuff, got into tech together in high founders not met in person? school, and have worked on all our projects together. We picked this idea because my sister (a high-school softball star) told me the issues she was having with her online athletic recruitment profile and asked me to make her a better one. Then I discovered that millions of other athletes all have the same problem because their teams were using technology from 1998. I have played Why did you pick this idea to work on? Do you club Baseball and Football since 3rd grade, and recently just finished a year of 2 D1 Varsity sports (Sprint have domain expertise in this area? How do you Football and Pole Vaulting). I know people need what we're making because 2MM teams use eTeamz (direct know people need what you're making? competitor), 2MM athletes use BeRecruited, and we've spoken to many coaches, parents, and athletes. What's new about our product is that we plan to build in social and viral mechanics from the very beginning and focus on maintaining a search-friendly database for athlete data. Older and existing solutions would be much more useful (and more easily monetized) if the data they collected was searchable and organized. Also current website-builders for teams do not allow athletes to create their own profile without a team - we will allow for that and make it extremely easy and beautiful. Along with using eTeamz, coaches currently send forms to players for profile information, get the information emailed back to them, then enter the data into MS Word templates, convert those into PDF's, upload each of them to the web, and manually link a player's name to the URL of the PDF. Competitors: eTeamz, TeamSnap, LeagueLineup. Potential competitors: BeRecruited, Takkle, MaxPreps, Rivals, Scout, Weplay. Who we fear most: BeRecruited. Athlete profiles are the most important feature because it interests the largest amount of parties and the data collected from a large number of profiles can be valuable to many people. Perfecting profiles can bring in money from coaches (for converting to a full team site), parents (for recruiting exposure), and recruiters (for access to search the data). As students and athletes, we get the user's point of view: they want a beautiful page of basic stats that they can show to recruiters and look professional. As a 3-sport athlete in high school, and a 2-sport D1 varsity athlete in college, I would have wanted this product for myself. So we're building it now.
What's new about what you're making? What substitutes do people resort to because it doesn't exist yet (or they don't know about it)? Who are your competitors, and who might become competitors? Who do you fear most?
What do you understand about your business that other companies in it just don't get?
A furniture shopping comparison engine. what is your monthly growth rate (in users or revenue or both)? We plan to have a beta by January 2012. $2B/yr for player profiles. (Answering yes doesn't disqualify you.
Do any founders have commitments in the future (e. Red Robin is one of many companies who don't realize gmail users can add a period (". A web-based video chat client focused on scheduling meetings (great for office hours). how can you safely use it? (Open source is ok of course.' gmail users can get several free appetizers and a free burger every month of the year (I am 6 down.) ***** (college athlete recruiting consultant of 11 years) 1%. charging players/parents $10/mo or $60/yr for premium features/storage on profiles. If you have an online demo. high-end HD camcorders).
No. One may be something we've been waiting for. please list the percent of the company you plan to give each founder. (d) One or more founders will keep their current jobs. how much? If you're launched. In addition. The company would be based in San Francisco after YC. An API for product data from all retailers with an online presence. It's just to remind us to check. A Zappos for sports equipment. and if so what? We both plan to get our degrees at some point. going to grad school). and 6 to-go).) If you've already started working on it. we will offer a superior product and implement viral mechanics/incentives similar to Kicksend. how much. how will you overcome that? If you're already incorporated.3B/yr ($300MM/yr from team sites. Where do you live now. and where would the company be based after YC? Are any of the founders covered by noncompetes or intellectual property agreements that overlap with your project? Will any be working as employees or consultants for anyone else? Was any of your code written by someone who is not one of your founders? If so. we have a database of 600K teams we scraped from eTeamz and can use that to email current unhappy customers. and photo equipment (e. A Birchbox for organic dried food. an ad network). at what valuation(s)?
We are not incorporated and have not taken funding. startup founder) 1%. (e) None of the founders are programmers. an athlete could pay for more video or just get one friend to sign up. DSLR lenses. a marketplace.g.) To get teams to sign up for websites.
How far along are you? Do you have a beta yet? If not. sound mixers.Question How do or will you make money? How much could you make? (We realize you can't know precisely. (The answer need not be related to your project. We'll also have consistent email and blog tips about dealing with recruiters and marketing yourself as an athlete that will be availably only to teams/athletes with pages. And because Red Robin now offers new loyalty club members one free appetizer and a free burger every year on the month of their 'birthday. ***** to. finishing college. (This question is as much for you as us. and $2MM from recruiters). no other jobs) on this project for the next year? All of us. video. but give your best estimate. what's the url? (Please don't password protect it. For founders who can't.
If you had any other ideas you considered applying with.
If you're not incorporated yet.
No. why not? What level of commitment are they willing to make? Do any founders have other commitments between January and March 2012 inclusive?
No. and anyone else you plan to give stock Ajay (ajaymehta) 49%. We can make about $2. To get players to host their profiles on our site.
How will you get users? If your idea is the type that faces a chicken-and-egg problem in the sense that it won't be attractive to users till it has a lot of users (e. (b) You are a student who may return to school when the next term starts. when were you? Who are the shareholders and what percent does each own? If you've had funding. (c) Half or more of your group can't move to the Bay Area.
Please tell us something surprising or amusing that one of you has discovered.) Are any of the following true? (a) You are the only founder. just use an obscure url.g. Often when we fund people it's to do something they list here and not in the main application. Wesley (wesleyzhao) 49%. how long have you been working and how many lines of code (if applicable) have you written?
Wesley Answers We will use a freemium model and make money by charging coaches/organizers $10/mo or $60/yr for premium team sites.") anywhere in their email address and it lands in the same inbox. and charging recruiters $100 for unlimited queries to our database. we will get players to have their profiles hosted on our site.)
Flower delivery business for spontaneous romance and home/office subscriptions. An exchangeable gift card. a dating site. An AirBnB for audio. but Ajay is currently in London for school. If we fund you. ***** ***** (Wharton Professor. how many users do you have? Do you have revenue? If so.) We both live in Seattle. please list them. when will you? Are you launched? If so.g. For instance. which of the founders will commit to working exclusively (no school.
We have not started building yet.