Grubwithus, the Y Combinator startup that lets you book group meals with strangers, has opened registration for its second round of get-to-know-you meals featuring successful alumni of the startup accelerator. The meals, which will take place in November, are happening in seven cities across the U.S., and spots are selling out fast.
“Last time we did it, they sold out so quickly, we didn’t have enough,” Sen Sugano, director of business development at Grubwithus, told VentureBeat. He says that his team is actively working to add more seats to keep up with demand. The dinners will take place in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Seattle and Washington D.C.
The roster of recent Y Combinator graduates includes top companies like Reddit, Dropbox, Airbnb and dozens more, making it one of the most dynamic networks of entrepreneurs anywhere on the planet.
The Y Combinator alumni meals are an ideal venue for up-and-coming entrepreneurs to meet with the founders of today’s hottest startups, and to get advice on how they too can get their company into the next batch at the Mountain View, CA accelerator program. This is the second time GrubWithUs has hosted an event for potential Y Combinator applicants.
The get-to-know you meals could serve more than one purpose for a wry entrepreneur. While the application tips and mentorship opportunities could prove invaluable for getting your company accepted into the next class at Y Combinator, if you’re crafty enough, you may land a new customer for your product or service, or score a future employer.
Grubwithus has played a variety of matchmaker roles the past. The company hosted an HR and recruiting meal in San Francisco for Zynga, and Sugano told VentureBeat that one of their top grubbers in Chicago took a job with someone whom she met at a meal.
Alumni from Picplum, Earbits, Paperlinks, Tutorspree, CrowdBooster, Aisle50, and GraffitiGeo are just some of the many participants in this year’s meals.
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