How To Start A Startup - A YC Course

Y-Combinator 在斯坦福的公开课 — 李笑来

How to Start a Startup

-- A YC and Stanford Course

Everything we know about how to start a startup, for free, from some of the world experts.

  • The Course is FREE, and available at:
  • Lecture Videos also available at youtube.
  • iTunes Podcast available here.


Sam Altman and the folks from Y Combinator offer up an amazing course in "How To Start A Startup" at Stanford. Course includes lectures from: Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Adora Cheung, Peter Thiel, Alex Schultz, Kevin Hale, Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Ben Silbermann, Alfred Lin, Patrick and John Collison, Aaron Levie, Reid Hoffman, Keith Rabois, Ben Horowitz, Marissa Mayer, Hosian Rahman, Kirsty Nathoo, Carolynn Levy, and more.

The trasncript was taken from I created this book for those who prefer reading over watching for the sake of efficiency.

xiaolai's Notes

I wrote numerous notes in Chinese here:

A letter from Sam Altman, President at YCombinator about the course:

CS183B is a class we're teaching at Stanford. It's designed to be a sort of one-class business course for people who want to start startups.

Videos of the lectures, associated reading materials, and assignments will all be available here. There will be 20 videos, some with a speaker or two and some with a small panel. It'll be 1,000 minutes of content if you watch it all.

We'll cover how to come up with ideas and evaluate them, how to get users and grow, how to do sales and marketing, how to hire, how to raise money, company culture, operations and management, business strategy, and more.

You can't teach everything necessary to succeed in starting a company, but I suspect we can teach a surprising amount. We've tried to take some of the best speakers from the past 9 years of Y Combinator dinners and arrange them in a way that will hopefully make sense.

We're doing this because we believe helping a lot of people be better at starting companies will be good for everyone. It will hopefully be valuable even for people who don't want to start startups. Talks like these have really helped Y Combinator founders create their companies. We hope you find it helpful too!


Table of Content

How to Start a Startup by Sam Altman
Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution Part II by Sam Altman
Counterintuitive Parts of Startups, and How to Have Ideas by Paul Graham
Building Product, Talking to Users, and Growing by Adora Cheung
Business Strategy and Monopoly Theory by Peter Thiel
Growth by Alex Schultz
How to Build Products Users Love, Part I by Kevin Hale
Doing Things That Don't Scale, PR, and How to Get Started by Walker Williams
How to Raise Money by Marc Andreessen
Company Culture and Building a Team, Part I by Alfred Lin
Company Culture and Building a Team, Part II by Patrick Collison
Sales and Marketing by Aaron
How To Be A Great Founder by Reid Hoffman
How to Operate by Keith Rabois
How to Manage by B Horowitz
How to Run a User Interview by Emmett Shear
How to Build Products Users Love, Part II by Hosain Rahman
Mechanics--Legal, Finance, HR, etc. by Kirsty Nathoo
Sales and Marketing, How to Pitch, and Investor Meeting Roleplaying by Tyler Bosmeny
Closing Thoughts and Later-Stage Advice by Sam Altman