How to Start a Startup is a course by Stanford in combination with Y combinator focussed on teaching the greatest lessons to people across the world in Entrepreneurship required for building a successful business.
Lecture 1 – 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.
Lecture 8 – 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 13 – How to be a Great Founder (Reid Hoffman)
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.
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!
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.
Lecture 16 – How to Run a User Interview (Emmett Shear)
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?
Lecture 18 – Legal and Accounting Basics for Startups (Kirsty Nathoo, Carolynn Levy)
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.
Lecture 19 – Sales and Marketing; How to Talk to Investors (Tyler Bosmeny; YC Partners)
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.