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!
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
Raj Dhawan 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.
Harshil Lodhicompleted 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.