YC index S22
YC S22 vs W23 -- and which trend grew the fastest
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Y Combinator investments in the S22 batch
Last week, we took a look at the W23 batch. This week, we’re analyzing the S22 batch which took place almost a year ago.
Here is the list of investment categories from a year ago from Y Combinator.
I compared the year-old batch to the most recent batch to see what has changed and the results were crazy!
The fastest-growing trend was not AI but customer success.
In the S22 batch, only one company was building in that space (0.16% of all companies). A year later that number grew to 1.36% - a whopping 750% increase.
Crypto / Web3 is down. But that’s pretty obvious.
Same with AI being up. Shit’s trendy right now.
What I found super interesting is how fast the open source, developer tools, and collaboration categories have grown. I think the overarching trend could be remote work and the need for deeper collaboration.
What do you think? Is remote work a trend to rule them all?
PS. here is the link to all the data if you’re interested
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