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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.

Startup School by Y Combinator Startup School by Y Combinator

    • Education

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.

    Parting Advice by Geoff Ralston

    Parting Advice by Geoff Ralston

    YC President Geoff Ralston concludes Startup School this year with some parting advice, as founders continue on their journey to make something people want.

    • 15 min
    Startup School 2019 by the Numbers by Kevin Hale and Adora Cheung

    Startup School 2019 by the Numbers by Kevin Hale and Adora Cheung

    YC Partners Adora Cheung and Kevin Hale reflect on Startup School 2019 and share some of our learnings from this year's program.

    • 24 min
    How to Lead by Ali Rowghani

    How to Lead by Ali Rowghani

    To succeed in building a big company in the long-term, founders must become good at leading, motivating, and retaining great people. Ali Rowghani, YC Partner and CEO of the YC Continuity Fund, takes from his experience working with great leaders to share his three observations on leadership. 

    • 17 min
    Advice for Hard-tech and Biotech Founders by Jared Friedman

    Advice for Hard-tech and Biotech Founders by Jared Friedman

    YC Partner Jared Friedman covers hard-tech companies and why founders should consider starting one. He also covers a couple of the most common problems hard-tech companies face and how to solve them, with examples from seven YC companies.

    • 24 min
    Modern Startup Financing by Carolynn Levy

    Modern Startup Financing by Carolynn Levy

    YC Partner and GC Carolynn Levy details the basics of startup financing and how modern early stage rounds of financing are done using convertible securities, like the SAFE.

    • 28 min
    Evaluating Startup Ideas Pt. 2 by Kevin Hale

    Evaluating Startup Ideas Pt. 2 by Kevin Hale

    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.

    • 41 min

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