This week on the TechCrunch Podcast, we spoke with Natasha about the Y Combinator Demo Day for the Summer 2022 cohort; the ups, the downs, the new direction, and whether the more person-focused accelerator helps or hinders its more distant participants. Then, still a crypto-skeptic at heart, I was thrilled to have the chance to speak with Anita about the upcoming Ethereum blockchain merge.
First, the YC Demo Day. “What has stood out to me so far is that this is a more Bay Area based program. YC has announced that approximately 30% of the cohort has moved to the area Bay Area during the accelerator and about 23% were already in the Bay Area when they applied,” Natasha said. “We see a bifurcation being created between people who could (or have already) living in the Bay Area and the international orientation of YC. To me, that’s an interesting tension that we see playing out a bit in the batch metrics.
On the blockchain side, I was curious if the proverbial wheels would come off. Anita didn’t seem too worried. “All the engineers I’ve spoken to don’t seem too worried. This has been a talking point since 2016; it has been discussed, debated and tested a lot of times. Someone compared it to the moon landing,” Anita said (and explains the analogy in the podcast episode). “It’s a huge and risky thing. It seems like a really big deal. But so much practice and preparation has gone into this process that I personally wouldn’t expect anything big to happen. wrong in the process itself.
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