TechCrunch March 26, 2014
While today saw Paul Graham physically pass the reins to new Y Combinator president Sam Altman, the bigger buzz at Demo Day was about how most investors thought this was the best YC class yet. There were unsexy startups in industries ripe for disruption, deep B2B specialization to meet the needs of specific companies, and several non-profits out to make the world better, not themselves richer.
After Graham was awarded a pair of khaki shorts signed by the whole class, 68 startups took the stage at the Mountain View Computer History Museum. 55 presented on the record, and you can read about all of them in our overviews of Batch 1, Batch 2, and Batches 3 and 4.
Once the dust settled, TechCrunch’s team queried top investors in attendance and huddled together to choose our picks from this season. With fewer inane social apps and no-one-needs-this service startups, it was especially tough this time around, but here’s our selection:
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