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Laks Srini is the cofounder and CTO of ZeroDown. Before that he was the cofounder and CTO of Zenefits.

You can find him on Twitter at @laks_srini.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.

Y Combinator invests a small amount of money ($150k) in a large number of startups (recently 200), twice a year.

Learn more about YC and apply for funding here:



00:00 - Intro

00:30 - What is ZeroDown?

1:50 - How did they test the idea?

3:50 - What did they learn from companies that failed in the space?

8:00 - Breaking down the product

11:25 - ZeroDown's customers

13:35 - Expanding to other markets

15:50 - What if a downturn happens?

17:10 - ZeroDown's hiring strategy

20:10 - What are their hardest technical challenges?

22:05 - ZeroDown's breadth and product strategy

26:40 - Customer interviews

28:35 - Should everyone own a house?

29:50 - Home ownership in the future

32:45 - Build something you really want to see in the world

34:40 - Working with his cofounders was the most important consideration


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