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Describe what your company does in 50 characters or less.

How 12 YC companies answered the "Describe what your company does in 50 characters or less." question from the YCombinator Application.

12 answers / 6 words on average
It is a place for your one-liner pitch. Tell YC partners what you do and who are your customers in one sentence. Be as concise as possible. "Uber for X" formula works well here.

"Describe what your company does in 50 characters or less." — 12 answers


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In-app notification center for web & mobile apps


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Superhuman for note taking


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A virtual classroom builder


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Quickly find research participants you can trust.


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Enterprise all in one event marketing SaaS


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Phone system meets CRM built for small businesses


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The first note app designed for teams


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Student Loan Repayment as an Employee Benefit.

Simple Habit(W17)

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5-minute meditation app. Spotify for meditation.


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Payroll-deductible loans, offline to online

The Flex Company(S16)

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We make FLEX, a more comfortable alternative to tampons


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APIs and tools to enable merchants accept payments in African Markets

"Describe what your company does in 50 characters or less." — advice from YC partners

Aditya Agarwalla (Founder at Kisan Network, YC alum)


Most important thing to remember for this question is to stick to the character limit. That is a must. As an international applicant, try and use some US based reference that makes it easier for the partners to understand. For example, Uber for X, Stripe for Y etc. This may not be possible for every company. In that case, just keep it as simple as possible and don’t over think it.

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