How to Start a Startup
Sam Altman and the folks from Y Combinator offer up this amazing course from Standford University.
This course includes lectures from:
Patrick & John Collison
With Sam Altman & Guests
Sam Altman & Dustin Moskovitz - Introduction to the Course, "How to Start a Startup"
Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, and Dustin Moskovitz, Cofounder of Facebook, Asana, and Good Ventures, kick off the course. Sam covers the first two out of four key features a startup needs:
And Dustin discusses why to start a startup.
Paul Graham - Before the Startup
You'll learn about the counterintuitive parts of startups. Graham also discusses how to have ideas. He delivers an informative (and highly amusing) talk.
Peter Thiel - Competition is for Losers
Peter Thiel, founder of Paypal and Palantir, discusses business strategy and monopoly theory in this episode.
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.
Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, & 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.
John Collison, Patrick Collison, & Ben Silberman - Hiring and Culture
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 this lesson.
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. Especially on how to be a great founder.
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.
Hosain Rahman - How to Design Hardware Products
Hosain Rahman, CEO and Founder of Jawbone, covers the design process for building hardware products users love.
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.
Sam Altman - Later-Stage Advice
Sam caps off this podcast course with the things you should ignore when you start, that become important a year in (after product-market fit).
Sam Altman - Team & Execution
Sam teaches about the last two of the four areas a startup needs:
He also covers tips on finding co-founders, hiring and firing, and how to execute.
Adora Cheung - Building Product, Talking to Users, & Growing
So you have an idea. How do you go from zero users to many?
Adora Cheung, founder of Homejoy, covers:
Talking to Users
Alex Scultz - Growth
Alex Schultz gives an overview of Growth for startups, speaking from a position of authority as the VP of Growth at Facebook.
How to Get Started, Doing Things that Don't Scale, Press
This lecture features three speakers:
Stanley Tang, Founder of Doordash, who covers getting started
Walker Williams, Founder of Teespring, who covers doing things that don't scale
Justin Kan, Founder of TwitchTV and Partner at Y Combinator, who covers press