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

How This Blind Man Turned His Job Interviewers’ Heads

Having interned at UBS and Goldman Sachs, Walter works as a marketing executive at a German logistics firm. But his story is far from conventional: he has around ten percent of a normal person’s vision, just about enough to read one word if it filled up a computer screen.

“For a while my mother doubted whether if I would go on to university, or find work after ninth grade.” However, excelling at school, he was roused by the opportunity of a professional career. Graduating first in the business track of his high-school class, he then majored in economics at the … Read the rest

Strikingly Stories: The Videographer’s Guide

Today, we’re picking the brain of Trevz, a Brooklyn-born filmmaker who started traditional filmmaking in 2005, and is now recognised as a “Next 100” video blog pioneer. We’re curious about how he got here, where he’s going, and how Strikingly fits in with other mediums — his book and video series.

Trevz edits his Strikingly website,, by the pool.

Q: Tell us your story. How did you get started shooting video in NYC?

A: I initially started shooting artists I met on Myspace back when Myspace was a big deal.  Quickly I started documenting the story and struggle Read the rest

Strikingly Stories: Dan Rubin


Today, we’re with Dan Rubin, a designer, photographer, and creative director based in London, England. Dan wears many hats – co-founder of The Photographic Journal; speaker and workshopist; consultant for RedBull, Starwood Hotels, and more. Here’s Dan’s story!

1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

My story could fill a book, so I’m told, so the shortest version is that I’ve been a designer — print, identity, interaction, and product — for 20 years, always working independently, including running a small studio with my talented brother, Alex. Somewhere in there I’ve also managed to spend 24 years … Read the rest