How to Start a Startup

How to Start a Startup

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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

Episodes

20 - Sam Altman - Later-Stage Advice  

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

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19 - Sales And Marketing, How To Talk To Investors  

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

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18 - Legal and Accounting Basics for Startups  

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

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17 - Hosain Rahman - How to Design Hardware Products  

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/

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16 - Emmett Shear - How to Run a User Interview  

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/

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15 - Ben Horowitz - How To Manage  

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

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14 - Keith Rabois - How to Operate  

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/

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13 - Reid Hoffman - How to be a Great Founder  

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

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12 - Aaron Levie - Building For The Enterprise  

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/

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11 - John Collison, Patrick Collison and Ben Silberman - Hiring and Culture, Part 2  

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/

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10 - Brian Chesky and Alfred Lin - Culture  

Brian Chesky, Founder of Airbnb, and Alfred Lin, Former COO of Zappos and Partner at Sequoia Capital discuss how to build a great company culture.

Lecture 10 from YC Startup Class - How to Start a Startup

Lecture Transcript: tech.genius.com/Alfred-lin-lecture-10-company-culture-and-building-a-team-part-i-annotated

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09 - Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway and  Parker Conrad - How to Raise Money  

Sam leads a panel Q&A on fundraising in this lecture with Marc Andreessen, Founder of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz, Ron Conway, Founder of SV Angel, and Parker Conrad, Founder of Zenefits.

Lecture Transcript: tech.genius.com/Marc-andreessen-lecture-9-how-to-raise-money-annotated

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08 - How to Get Started, Doing Things that Don't Scale, Press  

Lecture 8 features 3 speakers:

Stanley Tang, Founder of Doordash, covers How to Get Started.

Walker Williams, Founder of Teespring, covers Doing things that Don't Scale.

Justin Kan, Founder of TwitchTV and Partner at Y Combinator, covers Press.

Lecture Transcript: tech.genius.com/William-sydney-walker-lecture-8-doing-things-that-dont-scale-pr-and-how-to-get-started-annotated

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07 - Kevin Hale - How to Build Products Users Love  

Kevin Hale, Founder of Wufoo and Partner at Y Combinator, explains how to build products that create a passionate user base invested in your startup's success.

This is lecture 7 from startupclass.co

Links:

Transcript of this speech on genius.com

Slides and readings

TechCrunch: WuFoo Exits For $35 Million, After Raising Only $118,000

Kevin Hale on twitter: @ilikevests

Discussion page on startupclass.co

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06 - Alex Schultz - Growth  

Alex Schultz gives an overview of Growth for startups, speaking from a position of authority as the VP of Growth at Facebook.

Lecture Transcript: tech.genius.com/Alex-schultz-lecture-6-growth-annotated

View the readings Alex refers to, his slide deck, at startupclass.samaltman.com/courses/lec06/

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05 - Peter Thiel - Competition is for Losers  

Business Strategy and Monopoly Theory

Peter Thiel, founder of Paypal and Palantir, discusses business strategy and monopoly theory in "Competition is For Losers".

Lecture Transcript: tech.genius.com/Peter-thiel-lecture-5-business-strategy-and-monopoly-theory-annotated

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04 - Adora Cheung - Building Product, Talking to Users, and Growing  

So you have an idea. How do you go from zero users to many users?Adora Cheung, Founder of Homejoy, covers Building Product, Talking to Users, and Growing, in Lecture 4 of How to Start a Startup.

Lecture Transcript: tech.genius.com/Adora-cheung-lecture-4-building-product-talking-to-users-and-growing-annotated

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03 - Paul Graham - Before the Startup  

Counterintuitive Parts of Startups, and How to Have Ideas

Paul Graham delivers an informative (and highly amusing) talk, addressing counterintuitive parts of startups, in Lecture 3 of How to Start a Startup.

Lecture Transcript: tech.genius.com/Paul-graham-lecture-3-counterintuitive-parts-of-startups-and-how-to-have-ideas-annotated

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02 - Sam Altman - Team and Execution  

Sam Altman finishes up "Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution" by covering Team and Execution, in Lecture 2 of How to Start a Startup.

Links:

Blog post: Stupid Apps and Changing the World by Sam Altman

Blog post: Do things that don't scale by Paul Graham

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01 - Sam Altman and Dustin Moskovitz - Intro to the course, "How to Start a Startup"  

Lecture Transcript: tech.genius.com/Sam-altman-lecture-1-how-to-start-a-startup-annotated

Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, and Dustin Moskovitz, Cofounder of Facebook, Asana, and Good Ventures, kick off the How to Start a Startup Course. Sam covers the first 2 of the 4 Key Areas: Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution; and Dustin discusses Why to Start a Startup.

See the slides and readings at startupclass.samaltman.com/courses/lec01/

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