Paul Graham has funded so many startups through Y Combinator that he can't go to San Francisco without running into somebody he's given money to.
"There are so many YC founders around now. It’s a small world: If I go to San Francisco and walk down the street for a few blocks, I will run into someone we funded," Graham told Fast Company .
His point: this gives startups the kind of access to expertise that is normally found in big companies -- but "without all the restrictions of a big company."
The current class can reach out to any one of the 317 founders who went through the program.
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