Who Hosts the Y Combinator Startups?

Every couple of months I re-evaluate my hosting choices to ensure they still makes sense in terms of cost, stability and service. Curious as to what choices other technology companies are making, I decided to conduct an independent survey of who hosts the Y Combinator-funded startups. Armed with only this spreadsheet listing the over 300 websites, my terminal and nslookup, I compiled this graph:

Graph of Y Combinator Startup Hosts

In all, I found 289 websites that weren’t dead or merged into another company’s website. Almost 3/4 of all sites were hosted by Amazon, Rackspace, Softlayer or Linode.

  • http://twitter.com/0fa8af Tema Bolsahkov

    CloudFlare isn’t a hosting. It’s a caching solution

  • http://taylorbrooks.org/ Taylor Brooks

    I guess Heroku is included in the EC2 group?

  • http://www.improvely.com/ Dan Grossman

    Yes, since it just went by who owns the IP address serving the website, and Heroku/EC2 are indistinguishable that way.

  • DigitalOcean

    Can you update this to include DigitalOcean? 🙂

  • http://www.improvely.com/ Dan Grossman

    0 of the companies hosted with you. You weren’t excluded.

  • DigitalOcean

    Ok – totally understand. Thanks!

  • Quinn Slack

    I’m shocked that no YC companies use Digital Ocean. I find that difficult to believe. Are you sure that’s correct? (We (sourcegraph.com) use Digital Ocean and love it.)

  • http://www.improvely.com/ Dan Grossman

    I’m sure there are some now. Much like your site, they didn’t exist in September 2012 when this was posted.

  • Quinn Slack

    Oh, sorry, I didn’t see it was from a while ago.

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