How to Start a Startup


Sam Altman recently announced the ‘How to Start a Startup’ class. It’s being taught at Stanford and is easily going to be the single, best resource for starting a Startup ever created. And it’s free.

It runs from Sept 23. 2014 through to Dec 4. 2014. There will be twenty lectures, each one being released as a video for anyone to watch (released the afternoon it was taught).

The guest speaker list is EPIC. Every guest speaker has been involved in the creation of a billion plus dollar company. Many of them are deep in the trenches themselves today.

Check out the very awesome guest speaker list:

Marc Andreessen (Founder, Andreessen Horowitz and Founder, Netscape)
Peter Thiel (Founder, Paypal & Palantir, and Partner, Founders Fund)
Marissa Mayer (CEO, Yahoo)
Ben Horowitz (Founder, Andreessen Horowitz, and Founder, and Opsware)
Paul Graham (Founder, Y Combinator)
Sam Altman (President, Y Combinator).
Dustin Moskovitz (Cofounder, Facebook, Cofounder, Asana, Cofounder, Good Ventures)
Adora Cheung (Founder, Homejoy)
Alex Schultz (VP Growth, Facebook)
Kevin Hale (Founder, Wufoo and Partner, Y Combinator)
Ron Conway (Founder, SV Angel)
Ben Silbermann (Founder & CEO, Pinterest)
Alfred Lin (Former COO, Zappos and Partner, Sequoia Capital)
Brian Chesky (Founder, Airbnb)
Aaron Levie (Founder, Box)
Reid Hoffman (Partner, Greylock Ventures and Founder, LinkedIn)
Keith Rabois (Partner, Khosla Ventures)
Hosain Rahman (Founder, Jawbone)
Kirsty Nathoo and Carolynn Levy (Partners, Y Combinator)

Here are the videos from the first two lectures. They are really, really awesome:

Lecture 1: Welcome, and Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution Part I & Why to Start a Startup:

Lecture 2: Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution Part II:

You can follow the rest of the lectures and watch the videos here. (be sure to check out the recommended ‘readings’ at the bottom of each lecture page too). I can’t wait for Paul Graham tomorrow.

This is a great example of how the internet is disrupting learning and education. To be able to get this level of learning, from such esteemed people, for free and from anywhere in the world is almost unheard of. We’re very lucky to be part of the generation benefiting from it.


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