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How to Start a Startup

20 EpisodesProduced 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 & moreWebsite

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, Patri… read more

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20 - Sam Altman - Later-Stage Advice

January 6th, 2016


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 …

19 - Sales And Marketing, How To Talk To Investors

January 6th, 2016


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 and …

18 - Legal and Accounting Basics for Startups

January 6th, 2016


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, …

17 - Hosain Rahman - How to Design Hardware Products

January 6th, 2016


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

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16 - Emmett Shear - How to Run a User Interview

January 6th, 2016


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 …

15 - Ben Horowitz - How To Manage

January 6th, 2016


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 …

14 - Keith Rabois - How to Operate

January 6th, 2016


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 …

13 - Reid Hoffman - How to be a Great Founder

January 6th, 2016


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 …

12 - Aaron Levie - Building For The Enterprise

January 6th, 2016


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

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

January 6th, 2016


Stripe and Pinterest - two companies well known for their strong cultures. The founders - John Collison, Patrick Collison, and Ben Silberman - take …

10 - Brian Chesky and Alfred Lin - Culture

January 6th, 2016


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.

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

January 6th, 2016


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.

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

January 6th, 2016


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 …

07 - Kevin Hale - How to Build Products Users Love

January 6th, 2016


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.

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06 - Alex Schultz - Growth

January 6th, 2016


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

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05 - Peter Thiel - Competition is for Losers

January 6th, 2016


Business Strategy and Monopoly Theory

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

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

January 6th, 2016


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.

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03 - Paul Graham - Before the Startup

January 6th, 2016


Counterintuitive Parts of Startups, and How to Have Ideas

Paul Graham delivers an informative (and highly amusing) talk, addressing counterintuitive …

02 - Sam Altman - Team and Execution

January 6th, 2016


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


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

January 6th, 2016


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Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, and Dustin Moskovitz, Cofounder of Facebook, Asana, and Good Ventures, kick off the How to …

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