29 November 2016 - Two NUS Computing alumni won the Y Combinator (YC) Fellowship, which gave them the opportunity to work with Y Combinator at Silicon Valley for two months (June to July) this year to refine their startup and refine their pitch to investors.
Y Combinator is a startup accelerator that identifies promising startups and provides seed money, advice, and connections to the industry.
Inian Parameshwaran (Computer Science, Class of 2014) Murali Ramanujam (Computer Engineering, Class of 2014) are both co-founders of Dexecure, a startup that helps developers speed up websites by developing advanced algorithms using cutting edge technologies. Inian said that websites are becoming slower over the years and businesses lose money every time their websites load slowly; Dexecure would like to change this by fulfilling its mission of making websites load in an instant.
Inian and Murali applied for the Y Combinator Fellowship with this startup idea and were accepted into its third batch. Inian said that they were challenged every day to develop their technical and business management skills. “We had to keep finding innovative ways of speeding up websites. We were also working with cutting-edge browser technologies which had only been around for a few months,” he explained. “I had very little experience engaging in business-to-business sales but there were many people who helped me get started. I also tapped on my advantage of being a programmer to automate most of the sales.”
After the Y Combinator program ended, Inian and Murali were selected to work with Entrepreneur First, a London-based startup accelerator, in order to take their startup to the next level.