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Michael Seibel

Michael Seibel is a managing director at Y Combinator. He co-founded the pioneering live video streaming platform Justin.tv, which became Twitch, and also the video sharing app Socialcam.

“The most common question I ask is, “Why are we talking about this? Why is this essential right now at all?” As opposed to, “What’s the right decision to make?””

— Michael Seibel
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Michael Seibel, guest
June 29, 2021

The ability to ask the right questions at the right times of the right people is an essential skill for every entrepreneur. For Michael Seibel, managing director at Y Combinator, action sometimes needs to take a back seat to asking: “Is this working?” Michael learned early on that by stopping to ask the counterintuitive question, he gained the wisdom – and avoided time lost to big mistakes – that ultimately propelled him forward.