Female founders explain what it takes to start your own company

Kimberly BryantScreenshotBlack Girls Code’s Kimberly Bryant.

In February, Y Combinator hosted its second annual Female Founders Conference. Women who have helped found companies that Y Combinator has backed were invited to come and speak about their experiences founding a startup.

After the conference, Gregory Koberger, the founder of developer hub ReadMe.io and Kim Pham, who’s currently Head of Platform for the Ireland-based VC firm Frontline Ventures, created a book of elaborate doodle notes based on the advice of each founder who spoke at YC’s event.

We’ve compiled those notes of advice here.

Danielle Morrill, CEO and cofounder of startup intelligence platform Mattermark

Olga Vidisheva, founder and CEO of e-commerce website Shoptiques

Tracy Young, cofounder of construction app PlanGrid

Jessica Livingston, founding partner at seed stage venture firm Y Combinator

Ruchi Sanghvi, Facebook's first female engineer and the founder of collaboration startup Cove

Kimberly Bryant, founder of programming initiative Black Girls Code

Grace Garey, founder of crowdfunding healthcare startup Watsi

Adora Cheung, cofounder and CEO of cleaning startup Homejoy

YC's female founders fundraising panel, featuring Mattermark's Danielle Morrill, Clara Labs' Maran Nelson, Apptimize's Nancy Hua, Front's Mathilde Collin, and Susan Johnson, formerly of Facebook

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