Read the application 2 founders who bootstrapped their business used to get into Y Combinator, the startup accelerator that launched Airbnb and Dropbox

August 13, 2019

Prolific founders

Y Combinator is a startup accelerator that’s launched successful companies such as Airbnb and Dropbox.
Prolific is a company that helps researchers find quality data sources. They’re part of Y Combinator’s summer 2019 batch.
Here’s Prolific’s successful application to Y Combinator.
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During the first year of her PhD program, in 2013, Ekaterina Damer began to question scientific research standards.

Damer was studying social psychology at the University of Sheffield, in the United Kingdom, and she noticed that behavioral and psychological scientists were increasingly conducting their research online. In particular, many relied on Amazon Mechanical Turk, a crowdsourcing platform where workers can complete short tasks like surveys.

But Damer was troubled by the fact that MTurk workers received a median wage of just $2 an hour (according to a 2017 working paper), as if they were in an online “sweatshop,” she told Business Insider. What’s more, it could be hard to tell if bots — not humans — were actually completing the experiments, meaning results weren’t reliable.

So Damer and her cofounder Phelim Bradley, who has a PhD in genomic medicine and statistics from Oxford University, started a side project: a service that would “democratize access to behavioral data.”

Today, Damer and Bradley are the founders of Prolific. It’s a startup that helps researchers collect high-quality data by connecting them with the appropriate pool of participants (say, females between ages 30 and 35). Prolific says it takes multiple precautions to ensure that participants are trustworthy — and paying attention during experiments.

Prolific is currently enrolled in the summer 2019 batch at Y Combinator, the famed startup accelerator that’s launched the likes of Dropbox, Airbnb, and Stripe.

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Source:: Business Insider

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