Startup School


Throughout the 10 weeks, we aim to accomplish the following:

  1. Encourage and inspire people to consider starting a company as a way to positively impact the world
  2. Teach people about how to start a startup, and equip them with the resources and tools to help prepare them now and in the future
  3. Build a community of entrepreneurs who can encourage and teach each other



Lectures will be taught by a diverse group of entrepreneurs and industry leaders.

Week 1: How and Why to Start A Startup
By Sam Altman (YC), Dustin Moskovitz (Asana)

Week 1: Startup Mechanics
By Kirsty Nathoo (YC)

Week 2: How to Get Ideas and How to Measure
By Stewart Butterfield (Slack) and Adam D’Angelo (Quora)

Week 2: Office hours with Yuri Sagalov (Amium)

Week 3: How to Build a Great Product I
By Emmett Shear (Twitch) Steve Huffman (Reddit), Michael Seibel (YC)

Week 3: How to Build a Great Product II
By Aaron Levie (Box)

Week 4: How to Build a Great Product III
By Tracy Young (PlanGrid), Jason Lemkin (SaaStr), Harry Zhang (Lob), Solomon Hykes (Docker)

Week 4: How to Build a Great Product IV
By Jan Koum (WhatsApp)

Week 5: How to Get Users and Grow
By Alex Schultz (Facebook)

Week 5: Office hours with Adora Cheung (YC)

Week 6: How to Invent the Future I
By Alan Kay

Week 6: How to Invent the Future II
By Alan Kay

Week 7: How to Execute
By Anne Wojcicki (23andMe)

Week 7: TBD

Week 8: How to Build a Good Culture
By Dalton Caldwell (YC), Patrick Collison (Stripe)

Week 8: Diversity + Inclusion at Early Stage Startups
By Kat Manalac (YC)

Week 9: How to Build and Manage Teams
By Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)

Week 9: Office hours with Kevin Hale

Week 10: How to Raise Money, and How to Succeed Long-Term
By Ali Rowghani (YC) Jess Lee (Sequoia), Aaron Harris (YC)

Week 10: Closing thoughts
By Ron Conway (SV Angel)