Interesting Article by a Female Founder via Y-Combinator
I ran across this story via Twitter. It’s about a Julia Kurnia’s experience at Y Combinator as a female founder(you can read the full article here). The article was posted on Huffington Post, by Julia Kurnia herself, founder of Zidshia, a microlending community that directly connects lenders and entrepreneurs. Her post, was a response to an earlier article that was posted via FastCompany — see article here. In the article, it goes over Julia’s hardships in dealing with her then, 2 year old son, and having to try to work towards her goal of Zidshia as an accepted member of Y Combinator’s incubator during her time in Silicon Valley.
I read both FastCompany’s article and Julia’s response. Both seemed to be similar in that her tenure during her at Y Combinator was tough on both her and her family, and that she had to make many adjustments in order to finish the program. However, one thing that caught my attention that stood out was Julia’s sincerety. In her post, she never once criticizes Y Combinator for not “offering” her enough help. Instead, she lists out several examples of how Y Combinator helped her, and how she gained valuable mentorship and experience from her time spent there. You can read the list of examples from link I included above.
When I decided to join YC, one of the attractions was that they respected founders’ independence and refrained from interfering with their living and working decisions. Startup founders tend to dislike hand-holding, and women with kids are no exception. — Julia Kurnia
From reading her post, it seemed to me that she was prepared for the tough road ahead, and was thankful for the opportunity she was given. As many founders and entrepreneurs would probably agree, starting a business or platform that you believe in is no easy task. There are bound to be difficult scenarios and adversities that will arise. Overcoming these situations can be very satisfying. I’m sure that Julia probably felt even more passionate about her company from her experience at Y Combinator. Getting into Y Combinator is no easy task, and I really admire her courage for pushing forward. I believe there is a lot we could learn from her time and experience there.
Overall, it was a great post and I thought it would be beneficial to share.