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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

Customer Reviews

Why is this in audio?? The class is recorded in video.

There are many podcasts that are in video format. I was excited for the podcast because, since the classes are recorded and uploaded to YouTube, I naturally assumed that the podcast would be in video format, and I was looking forward to storing the classes in a central place for later reference, and of course, having it auto download so I can watch the video. If most people are able to use YouTube, the value of an audio podcast is almost non-existant (at least I would think).

Amazing Advice

This is a must listen for any founder.

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.

How to Start a Startup
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  • Category: Business News
  • Language: English

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