Going Virtual Allowed this Curalate Alum-Founded Startup to Join Y Combinator’s Summer Cohort

SaaS startup Reflect, cofounded by Curalate alumni Todd McNeal and Fitz Nowlan, is a member of Y Combinator’s summer 2020 cohort. But thanks to some extremely 2020 circumstances, the Villanova company didn’t need to travel to Silicon Valley to participate in the famed accelerator that’s propelled the likes of Instacart, AirBnB, Doordash and Dropbox.

NcNeal and Nowlan launched Reflect, which makes a tool that automates website and web application testing, in the fall. They’ve spent the last several months building the product, but realized it was time to start building a business, McNeal told Technical.ly.

Reflect is now about halfway through the 12-week program. Both McNeal and Nowlan — who both previously led Curalate’s engineering team — are fathers to young children, and a move to Mountain View for three months was not in the cards. But when the coronavirus pandemic forced the program to go totally remote, they applied on a long shot, McNeal said, as the applications for the summer 2020 cohort had closed.