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.

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Videos

How to Raise Money, and How to Succeed Long-Term - Jess Lee, Aaron Harris, & Ali Rowghani

Jess Lee (Partner at Sequoia Capital) and Aaron Harris (Partner at YC) discuss raising money as an early stage company, and how to think about the fundraising process. Ali Rowghani (CEO of YC Continuity, previously CFO, COO @ Twitter, CFO @ Pixar) shares his thoughts on how to be a great leader and succeed long-term.

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Live Office Hours with Kevin Hale and Dalton Caldwell

Kevin Hale, Partner at Y Combinator, and Dalton Caldwell, Director of Admissions and Partner at Y Combinator, join us today to hold office hours with three startups: HubHaus, Lambda Intelligence, and Commaful.

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How to Build and Manage Teams - Vinod Khosla & Anu Hariharan

Anu Hariharan, Partner at YC Continuity, sits down with Vinod Khosla, Founder of Khosla Ventures and previously the founding CEO and co-founder of Sun Microsystems, to talk about belief systems around hiring, and how to manage your company’s growth internally.

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The Art, Science, and Labor of Recruiting
Gene Pool Engineering for Entrepreneurs
Company Building (Vinod's talk at KV Summit)
Personal and Company Vision

Diversity & Inclusion at Early Stage Startups

Kat Manalac, Partner and Director of Outreach at YC, hosts a panel with Makinde Adeagbo (dev/color), Cat Perez (HealthSherpa), Jennifer Kim (Lever), Ashu Desai (Make School), Mitchell Lee (Penny) and Cristina Cordova (Stripe) to discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workforce for early stage companies.

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Startup School D&I Resources

How to Think About PR - Sharon Pope

Sharon Pope, Head of Programs and Marketing at YC Continuity, walks through how to think about PR and the best practices for working with the press. Featuring Q&A with veteran journalist, Steven Levy, editor of Backchannel and alum of WIRED and Newsweek.

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How to Find Product Market Fit - Peter Reinhardt

Peter Reinhardt, co-founder and CEO of Segment, shares his story on building different products and eventually finding product market fit.

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How to Invent the Future II - Alan Kay

One of the pioneers of personal computing, Alan Kay thought of laptops and graphical interfaces years before they were realized. At XeroxPARC, Apple, HP and Disney, he has developed tools for improving the mind. This is part two of his lecture.

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The Power of The Context
The Computer As A Communications Device

How to Invent the Future I - Alan Kay

One of the pioneers of personal computing, Alan Kay thought of laptops and graphical interfaces years before they were realized. At XeroxPARC, Apple, HP and Disney, he has developed tools for improving the mind. In these two lectures, Alan shares his story and how to think about building for the future.

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The Power of The Context
The Computer As A Communications Device

Live Office Hours with Adora Cheung and Avichal Garg

In this session of Live Office Hours, Adora Cheung, YC Partner, and Avichal Garg, previously Director of Product Management at Facebook and now an Expert at YC, sit down with three startups: Edmission, Yembo.ai, and Almabase.

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How to Get Users and Grow - Alex Schultz

How to Build a Product IV - Jan Koum

In the fourth and final episode of How to Build a Product, Jan Koum shares his journey as the CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp.

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How to Build a Product III - Jason Lemkin, Solomon Hykes, Tracy Young & Harry Zhang

Jason Lemkin, of SaaStr, sits down with Solomon Hykes, CEO and co-founder of Docker, Tracy Young, CEO and co-founder of Plangrid, and Harry Zhang, co-founder of Lob, to discuss their experience building products in our third installment of How to Build a Product.

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How to Build a Product II - Aaron Levie

For our second talk on How to Build a Product, we are joined by Aaron Levie, CEO and co-founder of Box.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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