Y Combinator’s new Gambit is the ultimate founder dating & recruiting manna

There’s been quite an array of reactions to the new move by Y Combinator when they announced the application for startup entrepreneurs sans the idea of a Business or a Product. As a ‘Startup Entrepreneur’, my spontaneous reaction, wrapped in a tweet was, “any entrepreneur or founder eager to do a Startup will be brimming with ideas.”

Oh! Yes, I don’t hesitate calling myself a Startup Entrepreneur these days as I’ve failed quite a few times to have experienced and know a thing or two about Startups and Entrepreneurship.

However, on a second look at YC’s initiative, I realized this is a brilliant gambit – YC is ready to take a much bigger albeit calculated risk for a long term winning move. Here’s why.

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How to Hire a Great Web Designer

Garry Tan, designer-in-residence for YCombinator, shares some insights on how to hire Great Web Designers for your Startup/Company.

For startups on the Web, design is often a fundamental differentiator. It’s important to have a design leader in the company as early as possible—and he should be given say over schedules, deadlines and product strategy.

The one thing that really stood is how non-technical or non-designer managers should deal with designers. “There’s a reason why people should be managed by people who have done the work before—they have a clear way to evaluate talent and performance. My advice would be to ask a friend or colleague whom you trust to evaluate the output and determine if it comes to fairly qualitative measures of aesthetics, fitting your brand, etc.”

So, even if you got a good designer and a talented one, the one interacting with him or her have not clue of the design trends or at-least a common sense of what’s happening around the Internet, it will totally be counter-productive and harm the company brand and reputation.

The article is a good read — How to Hire a Great Web Designer, With YCombinator’s Garry Tan. And if you’re looking on enlisting at the directory of Designers mentioned in the article — Y Combinator Designer Directory.

Founder Institute opens Global Admissions, expands to more cities

Founder Institute

If you’re starting a new company or planning to start one, Founder Institute, may be just the right one for you. In short, Founder Institute will help you cross your t’s and dot your i’s to help reduce the cost and increase the quality of starting an enduring and meaningful technology company.

Founder Institute announced the opening admissions for 13 locations worldwide, including three new chapters in Bogota (Colombia), Santiago (Chile) and San Francisco.

Applications are currently open for the 2011 Spring and Summer semester. Apply before the Early Admissions deadlines and you may be able to take the predictive Admissions Test for free, and also have a better chance of being accepted into the program.

Six Apart got a $12 million funding!

Six Apart, the MovableType Company seem to have got their third round of VC funding, a sum of $12 million. It looks like the Internet Technology is going great guns and is on a much steady move this time. Every circle seem to have some sorta funding or the other, companies being bought, millions of dollars pumped in again.

I don’t really recollect where I heard/read that but somebody said something cool – Have you seen/heard about VC fundings and Angel Fundings in the other areas save the Bay area, the valley, that is where the moolah is. Maybe, he was right.