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Immad Akhund – Heyzap

Immad Akhund is the co-founder of Heyzap, which allows any website or blog to take the most exciting flash games and put them into their website. This results in the website/blog having increased traffic, user time of site and engagement.

Here are the notes.


Heyzap

  • Heyzap is an online game distributor, they distribute games to blogs and websites
  • it also lets game developers add tools inside their games, like analytics, virtual goods, social tools, etc.

Y Combinator

  • Heyzap is a Y Combinator backed company
  • Y Combinator is a seed venture firm and program, founded by Paul Graham, that helps entrepreneurs launch and grow their startups in return for equity

Getting Into Y Combinator

  • 1st step is to apply and exhibit your technical background; you don’t presently need an idea
  • next is, if they like your application, they give you 2 weeks to build a prototype and present it at an in-person interview
  • if they like you and your team, and sense that you all are competent, then you’re in

Why Y Combinator

  • Y Combinator’s Alumni Network: a network of previous and current Y Combinator companies that includes 170+ startups and 300+ founders, to help startups as advisors and with introductions to other advisors, speakers, and mentors; you can bounce ideas off of other founders in the network and get valuable feedback
  • instant credibility: everybody respects Y Combinator backed companies
  • structure: Y Combinator helps you provide structure to your startup
  • presenting the product: Y Combinator has you get your first iteration out quickly and in front of 200+ potential investors
  • market positioning: the founder of Y Combinator has many connections, he can call up any of the large blogs, like TechCrunch, and get the startup featured
  • accountability: Y Combinator keeps you accountable and steadily progressing; 3 months after you product launches they do a Demo Day throughout the network to get you feedback
  • rave reviews: 10/10 founders they contacted about Y Combinator gave positive reviews

Working With Y Combinator

  • originally Heyzap was just supposed to be a site with collaborative algorithms, to suggests which games you might like based off the games you were playing
  • Paul Graham helped them tweak their idea to what it is today

Heyzap’s Future

  • Immad wants Heyzap to serve the majority of the games on the internet
  • they will continually build and add new features

Advice

  • You can’t build something just for somebody to acquire it, you have to build it as a real business.”

Side Notes

  • Immad was previously with Y Combinator for 2.5 years on another startup
  • he feels that Heyzap is more like a personal relationship to Y Combinator, rather than just a business that they are backing
  • Paul Graham told Immad and his team that he isn’t really in to games but he like their team so they should join Y Combinator

Connect With Immad

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  1. Johnny Meeks
    March 30, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Not very consice…IMO

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