30 May 2013

Biggest pivot in YC history

The biggest pivot in YC history. This post outlines our story up to now and encourages all startups to never die. . . .(source infra)

Soylent: " . . . The original project phased out in November. Our roommates were part of Imagine K12 and ran out of money around the same time. One of our co-founders went back to finish his degree and another of our roommates went off to grad school. We were able to recruit the other roommate (John) to join Rob and me on hacking up anything and everything. To cut our burn rate, the three of us moved from a five bed house in Sunnyvale to a cheaper apartment in San Francisco. John, our new recruit, sleeps in the living room of our two bedroom Tenderloin apartment. By the start of 2013, we were working on a handful of projects. Sometimes collectively, sometimes independently. One day, Rob said, “There must be a more efficient way to eat.” He researched the human nutritional needs and was frustrated to find that nutrition is not quite a hard science right now. Regardless, he identified the essential ingredients the body needs to thrive and, a few days later, began constructing his alternative diet using supplements purchased on Amazon. Pleased with initial testing, he committed to his newly invented diet for 30 days. . . ."

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