Michael Seibel is 33 years old and has lived and worked in the Bay Area for the past 8 years, currently serving as CEO of YC Core, which has been called "the world's most powerful start-up incubator" by Fast Company.

Previously, Michael was co-founder and CEO of Justin.tv from 2007 - 2011 and co-founder and CEO of Socialcam in 2012. During 2012, Socialcam participated in Y Combinator, raised angel financing from a group of amazing investors, and sold to Autodesk Inc. for $60m (link). In 2014 Justin.tv became Twitch Interactive and under the leadership of Emmett Shear and Kevin Lin sold to Amazon for $970m.  Before getting into tech, Michael spent a year as the finance director for a US Senate campaign after graduated from Yale University with a degree in political science. 

In part 1 of the episode we chat about:

  • His east coast roots, getting into Yale (and subsequently being asked to leave)
  • Political aspirations & heading finance for a campaign (and getting beaten badly)
  • Transitioning college buddies into cofounders & the road trip that started it all
  • Evaluating the tradeoffs of co-founding a startup 

Be sure to check out Part 2 of the episode and follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIN or via email at Email: michael @ ycombinator.com.