A mini-kerfuffle erupted overnight at Hacker News about the supposed “plagiarism” of the Y Combinator application by the local Founder’s Co-op team of Andy Sack and Chris DeVore. This morning Chris has apologized for any problems, and writes that he intended to use the YC application as a starting point because “it was great”. It’s not the first time that the YC crowd has accused someone else of plagiarism – they called out TechStars last year as well.
Frankly, this is more about the cult-like following that YC has in certain quarters, and the knee-jerk reaction those people have to anything that they think threatens YC. These guys remind me of certain EPL fans, for whom anyone supporting the opposing team is automatically subhuman.
Let’s lighten up and return to doing the important stuff, shall we?