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Y Combinator-Backed Startup MentalHappy Is Creating Safe Spaces For Men's Mental Health

It’s time to change the conversation around mental health being too taboo of a subject for men to talk about. With resources like social network platform MentalHappy, it’s quite possible to reimagine what safe spaces look like for men to achieve a healthy mental state. MentalHappy — a first-of-its-kind safe, online mental health platform that provides positive peer support groups led by health and wellness professionals — is actively working to support the mental health needs of all – particularly for people of color and men. According to a poll conducted by researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), nearly one in ten American men reported experiencing some form of depression or anxiety, but less than half of those men actually sought out treatment for their conditions. For Black men in this country those numbers are even lower, which is why mental health remains an under-recognized and under-treated problem among them. “The most common misconception about...

May 26, 2021

Y Combinator's New Directory Wants to Be a Resource For Black Founders Seeking Funding

Minority founders are getting a special kind of support from one of the most successful startup accelerators in Silicon Valley. Y Combinator — a business accelerator — has launched a new feature on its website called the YC Directory to help investors, customers, and prospective founders discover all Y Combinator-backed companies created by Black founders. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Y Combinator (@ycombinator) According to a company blog post , the directory lists over 2,000 publicly launched startup companies from the accelerator with three new built-in filters to highlight Black-founded companies, Latinx-founded companies, and women-founded companies. Courtesy Photo The idea for the new directory was inspired by internal conversations during the aftermath of the recent Black Lives Matter protests, according to the blog post. The consensus from the community was to then create landing pages to amplify Black, Latinx, and women founders in the Y Combinator fixture....

Sep 22, 2020

Y Combinator CEO Michael Seibel Replaces Alexis Ohanian on Reddit Board of Directors

On Wednesday, Reddit announced the appointment of Y Combinator CEO Michael Seibel as Reddit’s new board member. The news comes just one week after co-founder Alexis Ohanian resigned amid global protests against racial injustice. Ohanian stepped down as “an act of leadership from people in power” and requested that he be replaced by a Black candidate. “I want to thank Steve, Alexis, and the entire Reddit board for this opportunity. I’ve known Steve and Alexis since 2007 and have been a Reddit user ever since,” Seibel said in a statement. “Over this period of time I’ve watched Reddit become part of the core fabric of the internet and I’m excited to help provide advice and guidance as Reddit continues to grow and tackle the challenges of bringing community and belonging to a broader audience.” Welcome to the Reddit family, @mwseibel ! Joining as our newest Board member, Michael brings an extensive background in growing social tech companies and is passionate about increasing diversity...

Jun 10, 2020

More Students to Attend Y Combinator’s Startup School in 2020

Y Combinator , a California-based investor that provides initial funding to startups, is offering a new schedule for the new year. According to TechCrunch, Y Combinator’s modified calendar will reflect updates to the once annual Startup School, which will now be offered several times per year . The move has the potential to push more startups through the investor’s online training process, which ultimately grooms them for Y Combinator’s accelerator program. Startup School is true to its name, offering startups video chats, lectures from industry leaders and company staff, access to other founders, and the ability to network with other startups. School culminates with a founder project demonstration, attended by investors and media representatives. Program alumni benefit not only from tutelage they receive, but also from their ability to apply to Y Combinator’s grant program. The program, which is currently being reassessed, has recently offered founders grants of $15K. Y Combinator...

Dec 11, 2019