How to Start a Startup – by Sam Altman

Lecture 1 – How to Start a Startup (Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz)

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Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, and Dustin Moskovitz, Cofounder of Facebook, Asana, and Good Ventures, kick off the How to Start a Startup Course. Sam covers the first 2 of the 4 Key Areas: Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution; and Dustin discusses Why to Start a Startup.

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Lecture 2 – Team and Execution (Sam Altman)

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Sam Altman finishes up “Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution” by covering Team and Execution, in Lecture 2 of How to Start a Startup.

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Lecture 3 – Before the Startup (Paul Graham)

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Paul Graham delivers an informative (and highly amusing) talk, addressing counterintuitive parts of startups, in Lecture 3 of How to Start a Startup.

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Lecture 4 – Building Product, Talking to Users, and Growing (Adora Cheung)

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So you have an idea. How do you go from zero users to many users?Adora Cheung, Founder of Homejoy, covers Building Product, Talking to Users, and Growing, in Lecture 4 of How to Start a Startup.

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Lecture 5 – Competition is for Losers (Peter Thiel)

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Peter Thiel, founder of Paypal and Palantir, discusses business strategy and monopoly theory in “Competition is For Losers”.

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Lecture 6 – Growth (Alex Schultz)

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Alex Schultz gives an overview of Growth for startups, speaking from a position of authority as the VP of Growth at Facebook.

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Lecture 7 – How to Build Products Users Love (Kevin Hale)
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Kevin Hale, Founder of Wufoo and Partner at Y Combinator, explains how to build products that create a passionate user base invested in your startup’s success.

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