CS183B: How to Start a Startup / Fall 2014

Sam Altman, Y Combinator

Everything we know about how to start a startup, for free, from some of the world experts.

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!

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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  • 23 September 2014, 10 weeks
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  • Language: English Gb

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