In a thread on Hacker News, Y Combinator founder Paul Graham said that companies who support the Stop Online Piracy Act will no longer be welcome at the incubator’s demo days.
Graham wrote “Several of those companies send people to Demo Day, and when I saw the list I thought: we should stop inviting them. So yes, we’ll remove anyone from those companies from the Demo Day invite list.”
He later confirmed with TechCrunch that he was including companies with venture arms, and said that he would encourage Y Combinator startups to “boycott” those venture backers.
Comcast moved its venture arm to San Francisco earlier this year to be closer to the startup action. Comcast Ventures’ portfolio includes at least one Y Combinator startup, CarWoo, which provides car quotes online. (CarWoo’s CEO Tommy Clung wrote us to let us know he completely supports Graham and is against SOPA, and has let his investor partner at Comcast Ventures know his position.)
The list also includes several other companies that have been tech investors in the past, including CBS, Disney, GoDaddy, News Corp., Sony, Time-Warner, and Visa.