We believe the barrier to entry for people to start a startup is still too high. We want to make it easier for people to start a company, regardless of who or where you are, so we're starting by sharing what we've learned, through Startup School.

Startup School is a free 10-week massively open online course (MOOC). The course will begin on April 5th, 2017. Lectures will be posted here weekly.


How to Build a Product I - Michael Seibel, Emmett Shear & Steve Huffman

In the first of four lectures on How to Build a Product, Michael Seibel, CEO of Y Combinator, interviews Steve Huffman and Emmett Shear on how they built their products as founder-CEO's of Reddit and Twitch, respectively.

Live Office Hours with Yuri Sagalov & Sam Altman

Yuri Sagalov, CEO of Amium, and Sam Altman hold Live Office Hours with three startups: MoonlightWork, Canny and Tuml. They'll discuss their ideas and their thought processes around building their companies.

Office Hours Transcript

How to Get Ideas and How to Measure - Stewart Butterfield & Adam D'Angelo

In today's lecture, we're joined by Stewart Butterfield, founder and CEO of Slack, and Adam D'Angelo, founder and CEO of Quora. Sam and Stewart will explore the process of getting an idea, followed by Adam on tracking metrics for your company.

Lecture Transcript
Adam's Lecture Slides

Startup Mechanics - Kirsty Nathoo

Kirsty Nathoo is a Partner and the CFO at Y Combinator. She has worked with thousands of companies through all stages of their life; from incorporation to hiring to fundraising. In this lecture, Kirsty will talk about Startup Mechanics.

Lecture Transcript
Kirsty's Lecture Slides
Clerky - Formation, Hiring, Fundraising platform
Gusto - Payroll service provider
Stripe Atlas - Formation help to accept payments through Stripe
Y Combinator SAFEs and primer

How and Why to Start A Startup - Sam Altman & Dustin Moskovitz

Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, and Dustin Moskovitz, Cofounder of Facebook and Asana, kick off the How to Start a Startup Course. Dustin discusses Why to Start a Startup and Sam introduces the 4 key components of Starting a Startup: Idea, Product, Team and Execution.

Lecture Transcript
Dustin's Lecture Slides
Sam's Lecture Slides

Some materials in this MOOC are derived from content of a course offered at Stanford University, and this MOOC does not reflect the complete course offering at Stanford. This MOOC is offered solely by Y Combinator, and your participation in this MOOC does not establish any relationship between you and Stanford University.

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