How to Start a Startup
By Y Combinator and Stanford University: Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Adora Cheung, Peter Thiel, Alex Schultz, Kevin Hale, Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Ben Silbermann, Alfred Lin, Patrick and John Collison, Aaron Levie, Reid Hoffman & more
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Sam Altman and the folks from Y Combinator offer up an amazing course in "How To Start A Startup" at Stanford. Course includes lectures from: Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Adora Cheung, Peter Thiel, Alex Schultz, Kevin Hale, Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Ben Silbermann, Alfred Lin, Patrick and John Collison, Aaron Levie, Reid Hoffman, Keith Rabois, Ben Horowitz, Marissa Mayer, Hosian Rahman, Kirsty Nathoo, Carolynn Levy, and more
||Explicit20 - Sam Altman - Later-Stage Advice||Concluding lecture to YC/Stanford course CS183B||1/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit19 - Sales And Marketing, How To Talk To Investors||Tyler Bosmeny, Michael Seibel, Qasar Younis, and Dalton Caldwell||1/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit18 - Legal and Accounting Basics for Startups||Kirsty Nathoo, CFO at Y Combinator, and Carolynn Levy, General Counsel at Y Combinator||1/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit17 - Hosain Rahman - How to Design Hardware Products||CEO and Founder of Jawbone - How to Start a Startup||1/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit16 - Emmett Shear - How to Run a User Interview||Emmett Shear, Founder and CEO of Justin.tv and Twitch||1/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit15 - Ben Horowitz - How To Manage||From YC Startup class, "How to Start a Startup"||1/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit14 - Keith Rabois - How to Operate||Keith Rabois, Partner at Khosla Ventures and former COO of Square||1/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit13 - Reid Hoffman - How to be a Great Founder||Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn and Partner at Greylock Ventures||1/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12 - Aaron Levie - Building For The Enterprise||YC Startup Class - How to Start a Startup||1/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11 - John Collison, Patrick Collison and Ben Silberman - Hiring and Culture, Part 2||Second lecture on culture from YC Startup Class - How to Start a Startup||1/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
It’s missing the first 10 episodes
How are people to listen to this when the first ten episodes are not available?
Irresponsible methods, hidden agendas.
Despite the clarity of presentation this class (and podcast) highlights the pitfalls of attempting to follow the business advice as proscribed.
Notable is the outright dodge of the pertinent question (first question asked on episode two) at the center of any potential enterprise, “how do you identify a scalable market?” The response is not just deflating for the listener, as surely it was for the student asking, it was grossly irresponsible.
Having been involved in school related entrepreneurship I am repeatedly dismayed by the lack of prescient understanding of what life is like away from the high charged world of Venture Capital. It’s to the point of willful ignorance.
These are the methods and practices that have worked spectacularly for a narrow range companies. The truth is simply that the ship has sailed and we are living in the wake of “innovation”. Any company that follows in such an environment is best ignoring most of the now-university advice.
There is plenty of good general advice here from lots of accomplished individuals however the wrapper is mislabeled. The second star is for being the only “entrepreneurship” play I’ve heard that openly acknowledges the parasitic co-dependence on Venture Capital.
Theranos, Uber and the fake it till you make it ethos, as WAS the story of so many internet and social companies, and what you’re served here, is simply old news and not something to trifle with unless you are much more a truly accomplished business person than student.
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