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Startup School by Y Combinator

Learn how to start a startup with YC’s free 10-week course. A series of lectures and conversations with YC Partners, startup founders, and experts on how to start a successful company.

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A Conversation with Paul Graham

YC Partner Geoff Ralston talks with Paul Graham, one of the founders of YC, and tries to draw out as much startup wisdom as possible in 1/2 hour of conversation.TranscriptVideo Link

1hr 3mins

12 Sep 2018

Rank #1

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How to Succeed with a Startup by Sam Altman

Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, shares his thoughts on how you can succeed as a startup.TranscriptLecture SlidesVideo Link

16mins

12 Sep 2018

Rank #2

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How to Launch (Again and Again) by Kat Manalac

YC Partner Kat Manalac presents on how startups should think about launching and why you should do it repeatedly.

26mins

14 Aug 2019

Rank #3

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Startup Finance Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them by Kirsty Nathoo

YC Partner and CFO Kirsty Nathoo shares the most common mistakes startups make with their finances and how they can prevent them.

28mins

22 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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Running Your Startup by Patrick Collison

YC Partner Adora Cheung, along with Patrick Collison, the founder of well known YC alumnus Stripe, discuss how to most effectively run a startup company towards success.TranscriptVideo Link

57mins

3 Oct 2018

Rank #5

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How Investors Measure Startups Q&A by Anu Hariharan and Adora Cheung

YC Partners Anu Hariharan and Adora Cheung answer questions from Startup School founders on how investors measure startups.

38mins

7 Aug 2019

Rank #6

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Growth for Startups by Gustaf Alstromer

YC Partner and growth expert Gustaf Alstromer talks about how to measure product market fit, how to decide on a growth channel, metrics that lie about PMF and other mechanics of growth for startups.

49mins

14 Aug 2019

Rank #7

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How to Get Users and Grow by Gustaf Alströmer

YC Partner Gustaf Alströmer, who was most recently a growth expert at AirBnb describes strategies for scaling your user base.Lecture SlidesLecture TranscriptVideo Link

1hr 4mins

12 Sep 2018

Rank #8

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Design for Startups (Part 1) by Garry Tan

Former YC partner Garry Tan, the cofounder of Initialized Capital and a design expert describes how to effectively integrate design into a product development process.Lecture SlidesLecture TranscriptVideo Link

1hr 6mins

19 Sep 2018

Rank #9

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How to Sell by Tyler Bosmeny

Tyler Bosmeny from YC alumnus Clever shares his expertise on how an early stage company should think about sales and about building an enterprise sales team.Lecture SlidesLecture TranscriptVideo Link

52mins

26 Sep 2018

Rank #10

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Building Culture by Tim Brady

YC Partner Tim Brady covers the importance of building a strong and coherent culture early and shares six things that you can do now to help you create a solid foundation for your startup.

18mins

29 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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How to Measure Your Product by Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi, founder of YC alumnus Mixpanel and a world-class expert on measurement details how startups should think about discovering the important facts about how their product is used.Lecture SlidesLecture TranscriptVideo Link

59mins

12 Sep 2018

Rank #12

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Building an Engineering Team - by Ammon Bartram and Harj Taggar

Former YC Partner and founder of TripleByte Harj Taggar, along with his cofounder Ammon Bartram discuss a topic startups often struggle with most: finding and hiring the key engineers who will build your product.Lecture SlidesLecture TranscriptVideo Link

1hr 11mins

26 Sep 2018

Rank #13

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How to Apply and Succeed at Y Combinator by Dalton Caldwell

YC Partner Dalton Caldwell gives insight into how YC admissions works and what makes for a successful YC experience.Clarification on the Application video: Founders can splice together a video if they're not all in the same place; you do not need to be in same place to do the video.Lecture SlidesLecture TranscriptVideo Link

44mins

28 Sep 2018

Rank #14

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PR + Content for Growth by Kat Mañalac and Craig Cannon

YC Partner Kat Mañalac and Director of Marketing Craig Cannon describe the most effective ways to use PR and content to help your companies brand and to find more users.Lecture SlidesLecture TranscriptVideo Link

52mins

19 Sep 2018

Rank #15

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A Conversation with Aileen Lee

YC Partner Geoff Ralston talks to Cowboy Ventures Founder Aileen Lee.TranscriptVideo Link

1hr

21 Sep 2018

Rank #16

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Evaluating Startup Ideas Pt. 2 by Kevin Hale

In this lecture, YC Partner Kevin Hale goes over how to package up your idea and communicate it to an investor. He shares his tips on how to craft your pitch in a clear and concise way that effectively grabs your audience's attention.

41mins

12 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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A Conversation About Crypto-currencies and ICOs with Andy Bromberg

YC Partner Geoff Ralston talks to CoinList Co-Founder and President Andy Bromberg.TranscriptVideo Link

1hr 7mins

14 Sep 2018

Rank #18

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Design for Startups (Part 2) by Garry Tan

Former YC partner Garry Tan, the founder of Initialized Capital and a design expert describes how to effectively integrate design into a product development process.Lecture SlidesLecture TranscriptVideo Link

19mins

19 Sep 2018

Rank #19

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All About Pivoting by Dalton Caldwell

YC Partner and Head of Admissions Dalton Caldwell talks about pivoting for startups and shares his advice on when and how founders should consider it for their companies.

38mins

29 Aug 2019

Rank #20