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A look at life inside Y Combinator from a two-time alumnus (video)

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Y Combinator‘s Demo Days this year featured a crush of innovation and excitement. After 63 startups presented to a room full of reporters, VCs and other influencers, we were all exhausted — none more than the belles of this particular ball, the founders themselves.

So we gave the bright young men of Parse a day to recuperate before we asked them to drop into the VentureBeat studio in downtown San Francisco to talk about their experiences and their product.

The Parse team includes one former YC alum, Tikhon Bernstam, who had previously worked on Scribd in the 2006 class.

We chatted about what the team learned from Y Combinator founder Paul Graham, how they liked working with the organization’s new designer-in-residence, Garry Tan, and whether they thought the highly controversial equity split was fair.

We also learned a bit about Parse itself. The product is a complete backend for mobile applications, designed to let mobile developers concentrate on their areas of expertise and never touch server code. We’ll have more on Parse in the near future.

Stay tuned for ongoing coverage of new Y Combinator comanies from the 2011 class.

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