Graham announced this event via twitter, of course;
For the first time I agreed to be on a board of directors: @watsi‘s.
— Paul Graham (@paulg) April 19, 2013
As reported on the pages of TechCrunch,
Y Combinator founder Paul Graham is a father figure to countless startups he’s helped accelerate, but had never taken a board of directors seat until now. Today he announced he’s accepted board seat with Watsi, a site that lets people donate money to pay the medical bills of needy people. Watsi came out of this season’s Winter 2013 Y Combinator class and is the first non-profit it’s ever backed.
Watsi is a global site that aids people around the world people who are dying of treatable illnesses but they can’t afford basic medical care. Watsi connects donors with patients in need of low-cost medical care creating an environment which can be impactful for treating illness.