Complementary characters

Jessica Livingston is Y Combinator founder Paul Graham‘s wife. What few people know is that she’s also a founder of Y Combinator herself.

Although Paul received most of the media attention at Y Combinator (at least until he stepped down in early 2014 when Sam Altman took over), Paul admits that Jessica is a better judge of character. Being able to understand someone’s motivations matters a lot when investing in early stage startups.

You can watch Bloomberg’s interview with Paul and Jessica here. It’s the first time that the couple is featured together in an interview. It’s also a great example of the coincidental nature of how great things get started, and the complementary characters and skill sets that are necessary to make any startup (accelerators and investment funds were also once startups) successful.


Also published on Medium.