Entrepreneurs like Mitch Kapor (YC'71), founder of Lotus and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, are inspirations. Now a whole new generation of tech companies are being founded by Yale graduates.

Pinterest is a social bookmarking site with a virtual pinboard interface that visually showcases the user's interests. Founded by Ben Silbermann (YC'03) and Paul Sciarra (YC'03).

Pinterest is a social bookmarking site with a virtual pinboard interface that visually showcases the user's interests. Founded by Ben Silbermann (YC'03) and Paul Sciarra (YC'03).

Thumbtack is a consumer service that helps people accomplish their personal projects by hiring experienced professionals. Founded by Jonathan Swanson (YC'06) and Sander Daniels (YC'05, JD'09).

Thumbtack is a consumer service that helps people accomplish their personal projects by hiring experienced professionals. Founded by Jonathan Swanson (YC'06) and Sander Daniels (YC'05, JD'09).

Gilt Groupe is an online shopping website that provides instant insider access to top designer labels. Founded by Kevin Ryan (YC'85).

Gilt Groupe is an online shopping website that provides instant insider access to top designer labels. Founded by Kevin Ryan (YC'85).

Handspring was a pioneer in personal digital assistants. It was founded by Donna Dubinsky (YC'77), Ed Colligan Jeff Hawkins in 1998 and merged with Palm's hardware division to form palmOne in 2003.

Twitch is a social video platform for gamers. Acquired by Amazon for $970MM in 2014. Founded by Emmett Shear (YC'05) and Justin Kan (YC'05).

Twitch is a social video platform for gamers. Acquired by Amazon for $970MM in 2014. Founded by Emmett Shear (YC'05) and Justin Kan (YC'05).

Meebo is an advertising-supported embedded social media platform, developing products for enhancing user engagement across the web. Acquired by Google for $100MM. Founded by Seth Sternberg (YC'01).

Meebo is an advertising-supported embedded social media platform, developing products for enhancing user engagement across the web. Acquired by Google for $100MM. Founded by Seth Sternberg (YC'01).

RealNetworks, Inc. is a provider of Internet streaming media delivery software and services. RealNetworks is publicly listed on NASDAQ. Founded by Robert Glaser (YC'83).

RealNetworks, Inc. is a provider of Internet streaming media delivery software and services. RealNetworks is publicly listed on NASDAQ. Founded by Robert Glaser (YC'83).

General Assembly is a new kind of educational institution and global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love, offering full-time immersive programs, courses, and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century – from web development and user experience design, to business fundamentals, to data science, to product management and digital marketing. Founded by Matthew Brimer (YC'08), Brad Hargreaves (YC'09) and Jake Schwartz (YC'00).

General Assembly is a new kind of educational institution and global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love, offering full-time immersive programs, courses, and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century – from web development and user experience design, to business fundamentals, to data science, to product management and digital marketing. Founded by Matthew Brimer (YC'08), Brad Hargreaves (YC'09) and Jake Schwartz (YC'00).