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Zillabyte scrapes the YC companies sites for a look at the tools they use most often.

They are:


  1. Cloudfront

  2. Optimizely

  3. AWS S3

  4. Cloudflare

  5. New Relic


See how they ran the scrape in the post.

  • JG

    Jim Gray

    over 4 years ago #

    This is a cool trick, but let me unpack the results:

    Web hosting
    YC-affiliated A/B testing tool
    Web hosting
    Web hosting
    Tool to monitor web hosting

    I'm not sure there's really much of a takeaway from that analysis. Also note that 4 out of 5 of those feature a free tier or a free usage plan, while the last is within the YC network.

    • MB

      Morgan Brown

      over 4 years ago #

      The list of perks that YC companies get is insane. They also create instant early traction for other YC companies as new batches come through.

      There must be a "Crossing the YC Chasm" moment when you go from YC companies using your service for free to actually needing real world customers to buy in...

  • AC

    Alex Cook

    over 4 years ago #

    Cool scraping example. Will have to check out zillabyte closer.

    Most of these are more like infrastructure/web technologies, not growth tools (besides Optimizely). That said, still interesting to see the standards being used. I wonder what the next 10 most used tools are.

    • MB

      Morgan Brown

      over 4 years ago #

      Hey @aacook agree that the title was a little off, I gave it a pass b/c I liked the scraping thought process. I would also toss New Relic in the data for growth field. While they started out w/just stack/app performance metrics they're doing more insights now, too.

    • MC

      Michael Chiang

      over 4 years ago #

      Also, one of the reasons YC companies will use Optimizely is because Optimizely is part of the YC family (YC W10). So YC companies will get a discount on their services.

  • AB

    Avishai Sam Bitton

    over 4 years ago #

    All names worth mentioning

  • AC

    Alex Cook

    over 4 years ago #

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