This Russian Model Is Headed To Y Combinator

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While Mark Zuckerberg’s little sister did not get into Y Combinator, at least two other New York companies will be joining Daily Muse on the west coast.

Two Dogpatch Labs NYC companies are on their way to Y Combinator. Authy already left, and Shoptiques’ founder will be moving to the west coast while her team stays put.

Shoptiques was founded by former model and Harvard Business school graduate Olga Vidisheva.

It’s an e-commerce site that snags inventory from local boutiques and sells it on its site. Unlike Gilt Groupe, Shoptiques doesn’t own the inventory. It’s owned by the boutiques but photographed by Shoptiques to keep the right look and feel for the site.

“At 17, I left Russia speaking no English to join my musician mother in Los Alamos, New Mexico,” Vidisheva says in a Q&A on her site. “InĀ  2007 I graduated Wellesley College with Phi Beta Kappa with Economics degree and maths minor. After spending two great years at Goldman Sachs and realising that media and fashion will converge long-term, I continued my education at Harvard Business School. I interned at Chanel last summer. And now starting has just been an extreme journey for me.”

Authy was cofounded by Gleb Chuvpilo and Daniel Palacio. It’s a solution for easy two-factor authentication — whatever that means. The site is locked down for now.

That makes at least two female-founded startups in the upcoming Y Combinator class. It seems Paul Graham is making a serious attempt to “change the ratio.” As Rachel Sklar pointed out, “Out of the 316 companies that have gone through the program over the years, the rate of women founders funded by Y Combinator has hovered around just 4%”

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