First we asked what is the top most program (duh!!) but by how much and who are next in the list and so on.
Like most Data scientists who believe in the power of simple bar graphs we used our first "chart weapon" of choice and here it is what it rendered.
Y Combinator is freaking huge like a dinasaur, infact very much resembles the grass eating Sauropods. In fact we had to create a chart that was 3000 pixels wide just to accommodate all.
See the resemblance between the chart and the Sauropod?
To get better perspective we rendered it in a Treemap as shown
Looking at the treemap, Y Combinator occupies more than the sum total of all the remaining accelerators. That is super amazing but the problem our charts were not coming up beautiful. YC is clearly the outlier and was causing us difficulty to understand the remainder startup ecosystem.
We said, lets cut off the head to dig deeper.
The moment we filtered out YC from our analysis, all of the regions became colorful and that was certainly a visual treat.
Now we could clearly see what are the other accelerators/programs that are roughly the same size.
TechStars Boulder and AngelPad are roughly the same
TechStars NYC, TechStars Boston and 500Startups are in the same club
Similarly DreamIT, fbFund and Mucker Lab share the same color.
Now let us try to see from the location angle
So we re-established that YC is freaking huge and having them on a chart with other accelerators does not create beautiful visualizations.