If you ever speak to anyone who has been through Y-combinator, they all ask, "How can I help?". While I appreciate that founder, investors, and other advisors have limited time, one should be respectful and clear of one's asks.
I find myself having a weird response to this setup in meetings (especially if I have sent agenda points/ asks upfront). Weirdly, it feels rote and inauthentic?
I was wondering is this is a script that gets taught at YC? Or is the "How can I help?" a case of Silicon/YC social contagion?
I'm wondering what other people think/feel/have experienced?
I'm having mixed feelings and can't seem to research/retrieve the origin story of this on the internet!