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It schedules meetings of about a half-hour each at the closed, investor demo days.

Several investors, who declined to be named for this story, lamented the competition for meetings with the most intriguing tech ventures there, and for great deals in general.

Valuations, they said, can spike over the course of 48 hours as start-ups realize the extent of investors' demand and raise their prices accordingly. Its pioneering accelerator and venture fund gave rise to Airbnb, Dropbox, Reddit and Stripe, all companies valued over $1 billion at this point.

YC invites press, investors and other select partners to its general purpose demo days. YC even controls who is allowed to watch demo days on a livestream online.

But in the last couple of years, YC began hosting separate demo days for investors only, which are generally closed to press.

Some lesser-known funds and angel investors failed to score any meetings with companies that piqued their interest.

That's despite the fact there were plenty of tech start-ups to choose from: 124 graduated from the YC Spring 2017 batch.

One sign: the sheer number of investors who turned up for investors' demo days hosted this week by Y Combinator (YC), Silicon Valley's premiere start-up factory.