How to Start a Startup

By Y Combinator and Stanford University: Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Adora Cheung, Peter Thiel, Alex Schultz, Kevin Hale, Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Ben Silbermann, Alfred Lin, Patrick and John Collison, Aaron Levie, Reid Hoffman & more

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Sam Altman and the folks from Y Combinator offer up an amazing course in "How To Start A Startup" at Stanford. Course includes lectures from: Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Adora Cheung, Peter Thiel, Alex Schultz, Kevin Hale, Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Ben Silbermann, Alfred Lin, Patrick and John Collison, Aaron Levie, Reid Hoffman, Keith Rabois, Ben Horowitz, Marissa Mayer, Hosian Rahman, Kirsty Nathoo, Carolynn Levy, and more

Episode Date
20 - Sam Altman - Later-Stage Advice
48:29

Sam caps off the How to Start a Startup series with things you should ignore when you start, but become important a year in (after product-market fit). Thanks for watching How to Start a Startup. Hope you learned a ton!

From YC Startup Class - How to Start a Startup - Stanford CS183B

Lecture Transcript: tech.genius.com/Sam-altman-lecture-20-closing-thoughts-and-later-stage-advice-annotated

See the slides at startupclass.samaltman.com/courses/lec20/

Discuss this lecture: startupclass.co/courses/how-to-start-a-startup/lectures/64049

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Jan 06, 2016
19 - Sales And Marketing, How To Talk To Investors
48:50

Three segments in this lecture:

Tyler Bosmeny, founder and CEO of Clever, starts off today's lecture with an overview of the Sales Funnel, and how to get to your first $1 Million.

Michael Seibel, founder of Justin.tv and Socialcam and Partner at Y Combinator, then goes over how to talk to investors - the pitch.

Dalton Caldwell, founder of imeem and App.net and Partner at Y Combiantor, and Qasar Younis, founder of Talkbin and Partner at Y Combinator, then perform an investor meeting roleplay to give you a taste of how it actually might look behind the scenes.

From YC Startup Class - How to Start a Startup - Stanford CS183B

Lecture Transcript: genius.com/Tyler-bosmeny-lecture-19-sales-and-marketing-how-to-pitch-and-investor-meeting-roleplaying-annotated

See the slides and readings at startupclass.samaltman.com/courses/lec19/

Discuss this lecture: startupclass.co/courses/how-to-start-a-startup/lectures/64048

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Jan 06, 2016
18 - Legal and Accounting Basics for Startups
48:19

There's a lot that goes behind the scenes in running a startup. Getting the legal, finance (equity allocation, vesting), accounting, and other overhead right will save you a lot of pain in the long run. Kirsty Nathoo, CFO at Y Combinator, and Carolynn Levy, General Counsel at Y Combinator, cover these very important topics in this lecture.

From YC Startup Class - How to Start a Startup - Stanford CS183B

Lecture Transcript: genius.com/Kirsty-nathoo-lecture-18-mechanics-legal-finance-hr-etc-annotated

See the slides and readings at startupclass.samaltman.com/courses/lec18/

Discuss this lecture: startupclass.co/courses/how-to-start-a-startup/lectures/64047

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Jan 06, 2016
17 - Hosain Rahman - How to Design Hardware Products
47:16

Hosain Rahman, CEO and Founder of Jawbone, covers the design process for building hardware products users love.

Lecture Transcript: tech.genius.com/Hosain-rahman-lecture-17-how-to-build-products-users-love-part-ii-annotated

See the readings at startupclass.samaltman.com/courses/lec17/

Discuss this lecture: startupclass.co/courses/how-to-start-a-startup/lectures/64046

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Jan 06, 2016
16 - Emmett Shear - How to Run a User Interview
46:27

Building product, and talking to users. In the early stages of your startup, those are the two things you should focus on.

In this lecture, Emmett Shear, Founder and CEO of Justin.tv and Twitch, covers the latter. What can you learn by talking to users that you can’t learn by looking at data? What questions should you ask? How can user interviews define or redefine your product goals?

From YC Startup Class - How to Start a Startup - Stanford CS183B

Lecture Transcript: tech.genius.com/Emmett-shear-lecture-16-how-to-run-a-user-interview-annotated

See the slides and readings at startupclass.samaltman.com/courses/lec16/

Discuss this lecture: startupclass.co/courses/how-to-start-a-startup/lectures/64045

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Jan 06, 2016
15 - Ben Horowitz - How To Manage
49:43

You are not the only one whom your decisions impact. Ben Horowitz, founder of Andreessen Horowitz and Opsware, discusses this important management perspective that founders miss, with, of course, the gratuitous rap lyric or two sprinkled in.

From YC Startup Class - How to Start a Startup - Stanford CS183B

Lecture Transcript: tech.genius.com/B-horowitz-lecture-15-how-to-manage-annotated

See the slides and readings at startupclass.samaltman.com/courses/lec15/

Discuss this lecture: startupclass.co/courses/how-to-start-a-startup/lectures/64044

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Jan 06, 2016
14 - Keith Rabois - How to Operate
46:39

What should the CEO be doing on a day to day basis? How do you make sure the company is moving in the right direction?

Keith Rabois, Partner at Khosla Ventures and former COO of Square, tackles the nitty gritty - How to Operate. Lots of actionable takeaways from this lecture!

Lecture Transcript: tech.genius.com/Keith-rabois-lecture-14-how-to-operate-annotated

See the slides and readings at startupclass.samaltman.com/courses/lec14/

Discuss this lecture: startupclass.co/courses/how-to-start-a-startup/lectures/64043

From YC Startup Class - How to Start a Startup - Stanford CS183B

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Jan 06, 2016
13 - Reid Hoffman - How to be a Great Founder
49:46

So you've learned how to get started, how to raise money, how to build products, and how to grow. Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn and Partner at Greylock Ventures, addresses many of the questions and confusions that might be cropping up - How to be a Great Founder.

From YC Startup Class - How to Start a Startup

Lecture Transcript: genius.com/Reid-hoffman-lecture-13-how-to-be-a-great-founder-annotated

See the slides and readings at startupclass.samaltman.com/courses/lec13/

Discuss this lecture: startupclass.co/courses/how-to-start-a-startup/lectures/64042

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Jan 06, 2016
12 - Aaron Levie - Building For The Enterprise
46:20

Aaron Levie - founder of Box, enterprise master, Twitter comedic genius. In this lecture, he'll convince you to Build for the Enterprise.

Lecture Transcript: tech.genius.com/Aaron-levie-lecture-12-sales-and-marketing-annotated

See the slides and readings at startupclass.samaltman.com/courses/lec12/

Discuss this lecture: startupclass.co/courses/how-to-start-a-startup/lectures/64041

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Jan 06, 2016
11 - John Collison, Patrick Collison and Ben Silberman - Hiring and Culture, Part 2
50:37

Stripe and Pinterest - two companies well known for their strong cultures. The founders - John Collison, Patrick Collison, and Ben Silberman - take Q&A from Sam in part 2 of Hiring and Culture.

Lecture Transcript: tech.genius.com/Patrick-collison-lecture-11-company-culture-and-building-a-team-part-ii-annotated

See the readings at startupclass.samaltman.com/courses/lec11/

Discuss this lecture: startupclass.co/courses/how-to-start-a-startup/lectures/64040

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Jan 06, 2016