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Startup School by Y Combinator

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.

49:49 | Aug 14th

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.

52:52 | Sep 19th, 2018

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

41:14 | Sep 12th

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.

27:20 | Sep 12th

YC Partner Adora Cheung shares her framework for how founders can efficiently make use of their time. She covers ways to identify and prioritize tasks, in addition to how you can measure their impact on your company.

19:32 | Sep 6th

YC Partner Kevin Hale goes over the fundamentals of pricing and monetization, how it affects your customer acquisition strategy, and how to optimize it through a few rules of thumb.

18:37 | Sep 4th

YC Partner Kevin Hale covers the first principles of conversion, one of the main drivers of growth for your startup, and how you can improve it starting with your landing page.

38:32 | Aug 29th

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.

18:00 | Aug 29th

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.

47:08 | Aug 22nd

YC Partner Kevin Hale talks about the importance of building a successful working relationship with your cofounders, and setting up processes to optimize for the strengths of your team.

28:57 | Aug 22nd

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

26:03 | Aug 14th

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

38:01 | Aug 7th

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

34:07 | Aug 7th

YC Continuity Partner Anu Hariharan breaks down the important metrics we look for when we’re evaluating a startup’s business model and common mistakes to avoid when measuring them.

20:56 | Aug 1st

Ilya Volodarsky, co-founder of Segment, presents his tactics for setting up analytics to build your MVP and measure your metrics.

28:59 | Aug 1st

YC Partner Adora Cheung covers the importance of defining and tracking KPIs to understand how effectively your startup is reaching your goals.

25:21 | Aug 1st

YC CEO and Partner Michael Seibel shares his approach to building an MVP and getting your first users as a pre-launch startup.

31:34 | Jul 25th

YC Partner Eric Migicovsky outlines a framework for asking questions and collecting feedback from your users.

26:35 | Jul 25th

YC Partner Kevin Hale walks us through the process of evaluating ideas and how founders should think about their startups.

56:26 | Nov 11th, 2018

Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon, joins YC Software Engineer Kyle Corbitt to share his experience and insights on technology and startups.Video LinkVideo Transcript

47:47 | Oct 24th, 2018

Daniel Gross, former YC Partner and founder shares his wisdom of how to survive and thrive as a startup founder.Lecture SlidesLecture TranscriptVideo Link

54:57 | Oct 24th, 2018

Mathilde Collin, founder of YC alumnus Front, describes what she learned as she scaled Front to 1000s of paying customers.Video LinkTranscript

54:42 | Oct 24th, 2018

YC Partner and the creator of Gmail, Paul Buchheit in conversation with Geoff describes how he thinks about companies that manage to scale to the ultimate level.TranscriptVideo Link

53:27 | Oct 18th, 2018

Serial entrepreneur and angel investor Elad Gil sits down with YC Partner Geoff Ralston to discuss startups.TranscriptVideo Link

47:44 | Oct 17th, 2018

YC Partner Aaron Harris gives invaluable advice for how to most effectively and strategically meet with investors.Lecture SlidesLecture TranscriptVideo Link

50:03 | Oct 17th, 2018

YC CFO and Partner Kirsty Nathoo gives the lowdown on several different ways to capitalize your company and how those impact founder equity and cap tables overall.Lecture SlidesLecture TranscriptVideo Link

1:01:02 | Oct 12th, 2018

YC Partner Adora Cheung talks to YC Partner Eric Migicovsky, previously founder and CEO of Pebble, about his experience as a hard tech startup founder.Video LinkTranscript

52:42 | Oct 10th, 2018

YC Partner Geoff Ralston gives an introduction to the key concepts to keep in mind once you enter a fundraising process.Lecture SlidesLecture TranscriptVideo Link

59:54 | Oct 10th, 2018

YC Partner Jared Friedman joins founders Lillian Chou (COO, Second Measure), Diana Hu (CTO, Escher Reality), Calvin French-Owen (CTO, Segment) and Ralph Gootee (CTO, PlanGrid), to talk about what can go right and wrong building technology.Video Link

55:10 | Oct 3rd, 2018

YC Partner Adora Cheung talks to Science Exchange Co-Founder and CEO Elizabeth Iorns about her experience as a biotech startup founder.TranscriptVideo Link

57:14 | Oct 3rd, 2018

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

44:04 | Sep 28th, 2018

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 ...Show More

1:11:40 | Sep 26th, 2018

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 ...Show More

52:32 | Sep 26th, 2018

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

1:00:33 | Sep 21st, 2018

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

19:32 | Sep 19th, 2018

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

1:06:44 | Sep 19th, 2018

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

1:07:32 | Sep 14th, 2018

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

59:02 | Sep 12th, 2018

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

1:04:14 | Sep 12th, 2018

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

16:13 | Sep 12th, 2018

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

56:02 | Sep 12th, 2018

YC Partner Adora Cheung talks to Gobble founder and CEO Ooshma Garg.TranscriptVideo Link

58:36 | Sep 12th, 2018

David Rusenko from YC alumus Weebly details the story of how Weebly developed one of the most popular website creation and hosting sites on the web today.TranscriptLecture SlidesVideo Link

59:05 | Sep 12th, 2018

YC CEO Michael Seibel outlines how successful startups think about building something people want.What problem are you solving? Who is your Customer? How to set up metrics Product Development Pivot vs. Iterate?TranscriptLecture SlidesVideo Link

1:03:09 | Sep 12th, 2018

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

57:44 | Sep 12th, 2018

YC Partners Carolynn Levy, Jon Levy, and YC General Counsel Jason Kwon recap on legal mechanics for startups, in addition to common mistakes and problems.TranscriptLecture SlidesVideo Link

40:16 | Sep 12th, 2018

YC Partners Adora Cheung and Geoff Ralston introduce Startup School 2018.Geoff's SlidesAdora's SlidesTranscriptVideo Link