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How to build a Start Up

These series of tutorials is provided by Y Combinator. Y Combinator is an American seed accelerator, started in March 2005. The courses will tech you the most important skills on how to successfully launch your own Start Up.

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  • Course 1
  • How and why to start a startup

    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.

    Teacher: Sam Altman & Dustin Moskovitz

    Skill-Level: Beginner

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    Release year: 2017

  • Course 2
  • Startup mechanics

    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.

    Teacher: Kirsty Nathoo

    Skill-Level: Beginner

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    Release year: 2017

  • Course 3
  • How to Get Ideas and How to Measure

    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.

    Teacher: Stewart Butterfield & Adam D'Angelo

    Skill-Level: Beginner

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    Release year: 2017

  • Course 4
  • How to Build a Product I

    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.

    Teacher: Michael Seibel, Emmett Shear & Steve Huffman

    Skill-Level: Beginner

    Technology you learn in the course:

    Release year: 2017

  • Course 4
  • How to Build a Product II

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

    Teacher: Aaron Levie

    Skill-Level: Beginner

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    Release year: 2017

  • Course 5
  • How to Build a Product III

    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.

    Teacher: Jason Lemkin, Solomon Hykes, Tracy Young & Harry Zhang

    Skill-Level: Beginner

    Technology you learn in the course:

    Release year: 2017

  • Course 6
  • How to Build a Product IV

    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.

    Teacher: Jan Koum

    Skill-Level: Beginner

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    Release year: 2017

  • Course 7
  • How to Get Users and Grow

    Alex Schultz, VP of Growth at Facebook, shares with us how to get users, how to grow, and how to measure growth.

    Teacher: Alex Schultz

    Skill-Level: Beginner

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    Release year: 2017

  • Course 8
  • How to Invent the Future I

    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.

    Teacher: Alan Kay

    Skill-Level: Beginner

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    Release year: 2017

  • Course 9
  • How to Invent the Future II

    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.

    Teacher: Alan Kay

    Skill-Level: Beginner

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    Release year: 2017

  • Course 10
  • 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.

    Teacher: Kat Manalac

    Skill-Level: Beginner

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    Release year: 2017

  • Course 11
  • How to Build and Manage Teams

    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.

    Teacher: Vinod Khosla & Anu Hariharan

    Skill-Level: Beginner

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    Release year: 2017

  • Course 12
  • How to Raise Money, and How to Succeed Long-Term

    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.

    Teacher: Jess Lee, Aaron Harris, & Ali Rowghani

    Skill-Level: Beginner

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    Release year: 2017

  • Course 13
  • How to Find Product Market Fit

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

    Teacher: Peter Reinhardt

    Skill-Level: Beginner

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    Release year: 2017

  • Course 14
  • How to Think About PR

    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.

    Teacher: Sharon Pope

    Skill-Level: Beginner

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    Release year: 2017

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