Just curious about the experiences people had in the 11 week startup school program by YC.
I have a software startup and was in SS in 2017 with an assigned mentor and a second time in 2018 but without an assigned mentor. The 2017 SS experience was a lot better because of two things: 1. My cohort of startups was quite involved in meetings and forum discussions 2. our mentor has an agenda for weekly group meetings and gave every group a chance to talk about their progress. It comes down to these two things -- cohort and mentor -- and YC picks them for you, so YMMV.
It keeps you focus on the one thing that matters: improving your (single) core metric. It’s good because you’re in a group of other people very committed. Personally, I’m doing it for the 3rd time and I’d do it even with just a side project.
Side question on this topic: has anyone running a non-tech startup attended this, and if so how useful was it? And what was the experience like?