Jeff and I have been working hard on our Y Combinator application. It's due tomorrow night. For those who haven't heard of it, YC is the world's best startup accelerator program. They give money and resources to companies like Readup, in exchange for a chunk of ownership in the business.
It would be a huge deal if we get accepted. It would change Readup forever, namely by helping us to grow really fast right now. We've applied twice, and we're hoping that third time's a charm. Cross your fingers for us!
Y Combinator is looking for startups that are just on the verge of growing like crazy. Conveniently, yet again, we just had our best day and best week ever.
We can trace a lot of our growth to Twitter, my newsletter, and a few other sources, but we also think that the coronavirus has given us a bump. During times of crisis (both real and imagined) people feel an increased need to seek out high-quality, reliable information. In general, a good rule of thumb is this: go to where the readers are.
Here are the coronavirus stories that won AOTD on Readup. Ya'll know I love drinking my own Kool-Aid, but I still want to say this: I genuinely believe that this is the best coronavirus reading list you'll find anywhere. After all, these are the articles that people are actually, really reading:
- Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now
- I have the coronavirus. So far, it isn’t that bad.
- Man Might Have Infected an Entire College Party
- You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus
- Q&A: James Hamblin, MD on Why You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus
Feel free to copy/paste those links and email them to others. Or even just forward this email. And remember: if you want to know what's going on, you have to work (read) for it!
P.S. If you want to read more about Y Combinator, I seriously loved "Sam Altman's Manifest Destiny," a profile from The New Yorker on former YC president Sam Altman. It's a few years old and aging very well! :)