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Michael Seibel

Michael Seibel

Michael Seibel is the CEO of Y combinator, investor and Founder of SocialCam.

Michael Seibel has lived and worked in the Bay Area since 2006. Since January 2013, he has worked at Y Combinator as a full-time partner and CEO of the YC startup accelerator program.

Previously, he was a co-founder and CEO of Justin.tv from 2007 - 2011 and the co-founder and CEO of Socialcam in 2012. During 2012, Socialcam participated in Y Combinator, raised angel financing from a group of investors, and sold to Autodesk Inc. for $60m. In 2014, Justin.tv became Twitch Interactive and under the leadership of Emmett Shear and Kevin Lin sold to Amazon for $970m.

Before entering the tech world, he spent a year as the finance director for a US Senate campaign and before that, graduated from Yale University with a bachelor's degree in political science.

As of 2020, he lives in San Francisco, CA with his wife Sarah and their son Jonathan.

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October 7, 1982
Michael Seibel was born.

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Michael Seibel - Building Product

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Justin Kan
January 8, 2021
Business Insider
Seibel, a first investor in hundreds of startups and a board member of Reddit and Dropbox, has known Kan since their Yale days.
Megan Rose Dickey
August 28, 2020
TechCrunch
Welcome back to Human Capital, where we break down the latest in labor, and diversity and inclusion in tech. This week, we're looking at the launch of the Diversity Riders initiative in venture capital and how it can go further, Instacart's labor practices and some alternative, more inclusive approaches to running a startup. Also, Y [...]
Anthony Ha
August 27, 2020
TechCrunch
In the aftermath of George Floyd's death and widespread protests for racial justice, a number of venture capitalists made public statements about wanting to improve diversity in the tech industry -- and more specifically to fund more diverse founders. Their comments are certainly worth applauding, but actual change is a lot harder. And if it [...]
Anthony Ha
June 10, 2020
TechCrunch
Uber stocks tumble after reports that it will lose out on acquiring Grubhub, Reddit appoints a new board member and Republican senators question the legal protections of large social media platforms. Here's your Daily Crunch for June 10, 2020. 1. Uber shares tumble 5% as reports indicate it will lose Grubhub deal to European rival [...]
Brian Heater
June 10, 2020
TechCrunch
On June 5, Alexis Ohanian announced he was stepping down from Reddit's board of directors. "I believe resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now," the site's founder and former CEO announced. "To everyone fighting to fix our broken nation: do not stop." The move came as communities across [...]
Reuters Editorial
June 10, 2020
U.S.
Social network company Reddit on Wednesday named venture capital investor Michael Seibel to its board, days after co-founder and former director Alexis Ohanian resigned and called for the company to replace him with a black candidate.
Arielle Pardes
March 27, 2020
Wired
Accelerators like Y-Combinator have had online programs, but the pandemic might force even its elite core program to go entirely remote for the first time.
Natasha Mascarenhas
March 17, 2020
TechCrunch
Y Combinator's Demo Day has historically drawn crowds of investors and journalists into a big warehouse to watch hundreds of startups come out to the public for the first time ever. Think two minute pitches, a big audience, and tons of networking opportunities after. This year, citing COVID-19 concerns, the accelerator canceled its in-person Demo [...]
Kate Clark
August 22, 2019
TechCrunch
YC's Michael Seibel joins us on a special episode of Equity, TechCrunch's venture-capital-focused podcast. Given that we had Seibel to chat with at YC Demo Day, we decided to drop the regular format and riff interview-style about what the accelerator program is up to.
Kate Clark
August 20, 2019
TechCrunch
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.
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