Hackers / Founders' Co-op

Next applications open roughly: April 25, 2014

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Answer 5 questions about your startup

Receive feedback from other founders on your startup as well as your score

Top 10 to 20 startups get office hours with some of Silicon Valley's best investors

If the investors recommend you, you can join our incubator, the Co-op

Otherwise, iterate and improve your startup. Repeat process in 8 weeks.

What investors?

Investors from Greylock, Andreessen Horowitz, Floodgate, Mohr Davidow, Kapor Capital, Felicis Ventures, O'Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures, CMEA, WinFunding, SV Angel, and others have agreed to provide office hours for us.

What does this cost?

Everything except for our incubator, the Co-op is free. If you get invited to the Co-op, we ask for a 2% equity stake.

An Incubator?

It's called Co-op, and it's 3 months of gut level talks, insider stories, away trips workshops given by kick ass investors and serial entrepreneurs.

We produce a pitch video for you, hold "No Demo Day" cocktail parties and Scotch tastings and invite investors to attend. Of course, we push out to Angel List.

Best of all, work along other amazing founders, learn from each other and grow as founders together.

Where is it?

We're working on finding a permanent space. As of now, we're holding our dinners, sessions and workshops in San Francisco and Palo Alto.

As many of the founders as possible should plan on being in Silicon Valley for the 3 months of the program.

Do you invest?

Nope. We'd have to charge you 6% to 10% of your equity if we did. We think that's too much for a tiny bit of cash.

Instead, we ask for a small 2% advisory stake, and we work our tails off to ensure Co-op startups raise funding. To date, all our Co-op startups have secured funding.

Does it work?

Our first 6 Co-op startups have raised several million dollars this past year. Two of the six startups were acquired in the past 3 months. Feel free to reach out to any of them: Zerply, VidCaster, Tripping, CodeEval, Browserling, Pieceable.


Co-op sessions begin approximately every 8 weeks, and last for three months. The next application dates are:

SessionApplications openApplications close
14.1.2 April 25, 2014 May 9, 2014