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How to Start a Startup

Stanford University and Y Combinator

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Overview

CS183B is a class we’re teaching at Stanford. It’s designed to be a sort of one-class business course for people who want to start startups.

Videos of the lectures, associated reading materials, and assignments will all be available here. There will be 20 videos, some with a speaker or two and some with a small panel. It’ll be 1,000 minutes of content if you watch it all.

We’ll cover how to come up with ideas and evaluate them, how to get users and grow, how to do sales and marketing, how to hire, how to raise money, company culture, operations and management, business strategy, and more.

You can’t teach everything necessary to succeed in starting a company, but I suspect we can teach a surprising amount. We’ve tried to take some of the best speakers from the past 9 years of Y Combinator dinners and arrange them in a way that will hopefully make sense.

We’re doing this because we believe helping a lot of people be better at starting companies will be good for everyone. It will hopefully be valuable even for people who don’t want to start startups.

Talks like these have really helped Y Combinator founders create their companies. We hope you find it helpful too!

Syllabus

Date Speaker Topic
9/23/14 Sam Altman, President, Y Combinator  Welcome, and Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution Part I
9/25/14 Sam Altman, President, Y Combinator  Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution Part II
9/30/14 Paul Graham, Founder, Y Combinator  How to Have Ideas and How to Get Started
10/2/14 Adora Cheung, Founder, Homejoy  Building Product, Talking to Users, and Growing
10/7/14 Peter Thiel, Founder, Paypal & Palantir, and Partner, Founders Fund  Business Strategy and Monopoly Theory
10/9/14 Alex Schultz, VP Growth, Facebook  Growth
10/14/14 Kevin Hale, Founder, Wufoo and Partner, Y Combinator  How to Build Products Users Love, Part I
10/16/14 TBA   
10/21/14 Marc Andreessen, Founder, Andreessen Horowitz and Founder, Netscape 
Ron Conway, Founder, SV Angel 
Ben Silbermann, Founder & CEO, Pinterest 
How to Raise Money
10/23/14 Alfred Lin, Former COO, Zappos and Partner, Sequoia Capital  Company Culture and Buliding a Team, Part I
10/28/14 Patrick and John Collison,Founders, Stripe  Company Culture and Building a Team, Part II
10/30/14 Aaron Levie, Founder, Box  Sales and Marketing
11/4/14 Reid Hoffman, Partner, Greylock Ventures and Founder, LinkedIn  TBA
11/6/14 Keith Rabois, Partner, Khosla Ventures  How to Operate
11/11/14 Ben Horowitz, Founder, Andreessen Horowitz, and Founder, and Opsware  How to Manage
11/13/14 Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo  TBA
11/18/14 Hosain Rahman, Founder, Jawbone  How to Build Products Users Love, Part II
11/20/14 Kirsty Nathoo and Carolynn Levy, Partners, Y Combinator  Mechanics--Legal, Finance, HR, etc.
12/2/14 TBA   
12/4/14 Sam Altman, President, Y Combinator  Closing Thoughts and Later-Stage Advice

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Raj D
5.0 3 years ago
by Raj is taking this course right now, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Absolutely am loving this course, primarily because it is based on the real world, all the speakers are businessmen who own and run startups, and no professors so far. I am currently on Video#7 of 20, and am finding it to be fascinating. Every speaker has his own unique take on what a start up is, and yet I can see them agreeing with each other. Starting a StartUp is really tough business, primarily because the payoff for a successful startup is so bloody huge.
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Harshil L
5.0 3 years ago
by Harshil completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is the only MOOC course in which I didn't feel the need to motivate myself to complete the course. It is very interesting and relates very easily to real life. And the people giving their opinions are ones who have created real business value worth Billions of Dollars.

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Rick R
5.0 2 years ago
Rick completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Extraordinary guidelines and advice to chart your course and set the agenda and approach for your development and launch cycles.
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Ogunsanwo O
5.0 a month ago
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I have been loving it so far. The teachers are cool and fun, relating the lessons in the simplest ways ever. I would take more courses from this institution. Thanks for being a blessing guys.
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Connie C
5.0 4 months ago
Connie completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Completed this course

Very useful for new start up

And good sharing to new entrepreneurs

Thanks for the sharing

I will share it to my student Incase

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Zadhit Z
4.0 3 years ago
Zadhit dropped this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
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