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How to Start a Startup – videos from Stanford CS183B

There are numerous methods to learn more about what it takes to start a startup. From podcasts to blogs, incubators, classroom courses and videos.

If you live anywhere outside of Silicon Valley, are not a college student at Stanford University or currently working a “9-5’er”, there is another helpful option that can fit into anyone’s busy daily schedule. Also, it is free!

In 2014, the partners at Y Combinator, organized by Sam Altman, recorded a series of 20 lectures from some of the most infamous founders in the startup ecosystem. The series lectures are raw, unedited and provide viewers key information and advice for every stage of a startup. I recommend starting a lecture 1 and viewing in order.

  • Lecture 1 – How to Start a Startup (Sam Altman)
  • Lecture 2 – Team and Execution (Sam Altman & Dustin Moskovitz)
  • Lecture 3 – Before the Startup (Paul Graham) *
  • Lecture 4 – Building Product, Talking to Users and Growing (Adora Cheung)
  • Lecture 5 – Competition is for Losers (Peter Thiel)
  • Lecture 6 – Growth (Alex Schultz)
  • Lecture 7 – How to Build Products Users Love (Kevin Hale)
  • Lecture 8 – How to Get Started, Doing Things that Don’t Scale
  • Lecture 9 – How to Raise Money (Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Parker Conrad)
  • Lecture 10 – Culture (Brian Chesky, Alfred Lin)
  • Lecture 11 – Hiring and Culture Pt. 2 (Patrick and John Collison, Ben Silbermann)
  • Lecture 12 – Building for the Love of Enterprise (Aaron Levie) *
  • Lecture 13 – How to be a Great Founder (Reid Hoffman)
  • Lecture 14 – How to Operate (Keith Rabois)
  • Lecture 15 – How to Manage (Ben Horowitz)
  • Lecture 16 – How to Run a User Interview (Emmett Shear)
  • Lecture 17 – How to Design Hardware Products (Hosain Rahman)
  • Lecture 18 – Legal and Accounting Basics for Startups (Kirsty Nathoo, Carolynn Levy)
  • Lecture 19 – Sales and Marketing, How to Talk to Investors (Tyler Bosmeny, YC Partners)
  • Lecture 20 – Later Stage Advice (Sam Altman)

The lectures with * are my favorites. Great topics but also the presenters are very funny.

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