Ten years. That’s how long it took the world’s biggest and most successful startup accelerator programme, Y Combinator (YC), to find the first Indian startup which would make it to its coveted classrooms in California. The year was 2014 and the Indian company was tax filing startup, Cleartax*. If that was to be the year YC would belatedly start paying attention to the Indian startup opportunity, it could not have picked a better one. Because 2014 and 2015 would turn out to be the most exuberant years for Indian startups.
But that was not to be. YC would only end up admitting that one startup in all of 2014 (it runs two accelerator batches each year, Summer and Winter).