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#46 What happened at Y Combinator – Daniel Dinh

Daniel Dinh is the CEO and co-founder of Laserfocus.io, a software that increases sales productivity. Before that, he was at Delivery Hero, where he was responsible for the international markets and CEO of Delivery Hero Austria, then COO at Lemoncat (now Caterwings). He co-founded Laserfocus in 2019 and joined the Y Combinator program for Winter 2020. He will take us through the application process and share his experience with us at Y Combinator.

Insights:

• Getting to know Daniel
• Understanding Y Combinator
• The application process for Y Combinator
• What impressed Daniel most about Y Combinator?
• The main difference between the Berlin start-ups community and to the Silicon Valley start-ups
• Daniel’s plans for his start-up
• How to know if a product is ready for the market
• Daniel’s Favorite books
• Daniel’s message to his 18 years old self

Key Discussion Points:

[00:07] Getting to know Daniel

[00:56] Understanding Y Combinator

[02: 16] The application process to Y Combinator

[08:31] What is it like to work Y Combinator?

[11:42] What impressed Daniel the most about Y Combinator?

[14:15]What did Daniel learn from Y Combinator?

[17:02] Does Daniel still contact the mentors?

[20:19] How did Daniel go about the legalization part of the US company?

[22:27] The main difference between the Berlin start-ups community and to the Silicon Valley start-ups

[26:17] Daniel’s future plans for his start-up

[27:17] How do you know when a product is ready for the market?

[30:59] Daniel’s favorite books

[33:44] Daniel’s message to his 18 years old self

Interesting Quotes:

“The program was brought into life because they wanted to make the playing field even.”

“The most important thing is to build something that people want.”

“Everything will go fine. Enjoy what you are doing, and don’t become a cynic.”

“Your customer needs value. So it is always good to focus on the value.”

Book Recommendations:

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Norah Harari
The Art of Thinking Clearly – Rolf Dobelli

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