Yes. We will only share your application draft with the reviewer that you match you. Before signing them up, we ask every reviewer to sign an agreement that every application must be treated “for their eyes only“.
We built this based on two core beliefs: (a) early, honest feedback is key to any startup’s success and (b) most entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and beyond are open to give back to the community.
At this point, we personally invite them to volunteer as reviewers. We may add more verification steps such as Twitter and/or AngelList account linking in the near future.
The main person behind YC Review is Alex, with a few others helping out with the execution. Our main goal is to selflessly give back to the community, by making it easier to get access to early feedback by experts.
Not at this point. We want to keep this community just for YC prospects and alumni. We may eventually allow qualified angel and other early-stage investors to come onboard as reviewers.
The short answer is maybe. You can drop us a line and we’ll take it from there. We’ll never share anyone’s application without their consent.
In short, you won’t know who reviewed your application and the reviewer won’t know who you are (at least not explicitly). It’s up to you how much personal information you include in what you submit.
Nope. We are startup founders trying to help out other fellow founders who are in our shoes. We are not affiliated with Y Combinator or any other investment firm.