How to Get into Y Combinator – the No BS Approach

I’m David Chen, CEO of Strikingly. We applied to YC twice, and got in the second time. If you’re interested in the full story of our startup journey, you can check out this Forbes article.

Since Strikingly graduated from Y Combinator in 2013, I’ve frequently been asked by our users and friends on how to get into Y Combinator. And I’ve been fortunate enough to have helped a few amazing teams with their successful applications.

So as YC opens up applications for the Summer 2016 funding cycle, I’ve summarized my recommendations and included excerpts from our application to Read the rest

2016 Web Design Trends You Can’t Ignore

2016 Web Design Trends You Can't IgnoreWeb design is fickle. Even the hottest web design trends of 2015 may not survive into 2016– a sobering fact that we’ll call the circle of life. Disney said there’d be days like this.

The good news is that the Internet is still developing and evolving. Fresh, innovative ideas are popping up all around us. If you’d like to take a sneak peek at the newest 2016 web design trends, today we’re going to let you in on what to expect.

Motion Animation

Am I going crazy, or did that still photo just move? No need to get your eyes Read the rest

Launch Your Online Store with Strikingly. Simple Store is Here.

“Overall, the web is pretty sloppy – but an online store can’t afford to be.” – Paul Graham, YC

After months in the making, we’re incredibly excited to bring you Simple Store Beta – the easiest and fastest way to launch a beautiful online store. Based on countless requests from you guys, we’ve poured our best into building an eCommerce solution for everyone – burgeoning startups, makers and artisans, mom and pops, all of you. An online store represents the power to reach the world with your unique story, passion, and products. Now, that power is yours.

This isn’t your … Read the rest

Updating to Strikingly 4

Today, we’re releasing Strikingly 4, the biggest update to our editor in years. The Strikingly 4 editor has been rebuilt using the latest technology for a smoother, faster editing and viewing experience. Along with the tech upgrade, we’ve added features and functionalities so you can build a more powerful site and customizable site.

Available to all Strikingly users (Free, Limited, and Pro), here are some of the highlights in the new editor:

Template Switcher

The [Change Template] button under the Style panel allows you to try different templates without losing the work you’ve already put into your site. This means … Read the rest