07/12/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Y Combinator's Paul Graham Wants To Mass Produce Start-ups

Paul Graham's company, Y Combinator, is a hybrid venture capital fund and business school that invests in, advises, and, literally, feeds 40 or so early-stage businesses a year. Investments are small -- less than $25,000 per company -- but Graham supplements the money with smart advice, introductions to later-stage investors, technical help, and a sense of community. The model has produced many promising companies, a few sizable acquisitions, and copycat funds in cities across the country and around the world.

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