Y Combinator names partner Qasar Younis as its first COO

Y Combinator has named partner Qasar Younis as its inaugural chief operating officer. In this role, he’ll be responsible for managing the day-to-day affairs of the program, including demo days, Startup School, the Female Founders conference, and more.

Younis has been a partner at the program since July 2014, but has been associated with it for much longer. In July 2010, he started TalkBin, a messaging tool to connect consumers to businesses through text and mobile apps. That company went through Y Combinator’s program and subsequently was acquired by Google in April 2011. Following that, he went on to lead business-facing products inside of Google Maps.