1. Lecture 6 - "How to Build Products Users Love, Part I"

    This talk, given by Kevin, it's the best one I've seen so far and enjoyed the most. I strongy recommend you to see it, not just because Kevin is fun explaining things, but because it gives a lot of examples that must be seen and cannot be copyed to a blogpost.

    Here is the link of the video and of the transcript

    Kevin thinks that growth is a really easy concept to mesure, is the interaction of two concepts, conversion rate and churn; churn being the percentatge of ...


  2. Lecture 6 - "Growth"

    Alex Schultz talks about the way he started doing SEO; at first is was dead easy to be on top of Altavista's first page; just by putting a footer in your page with a lot of words repeated it would do the trick.

    Then Google and Page Rank appeared and you needed to have backlinks to your site. At that moment that mean a single link from Yahoo directory and DUMP! you were on the top result page. Then AdWorks appeared and the started buying adds of Google and ...


  3. Lecture 5 - "Business Strategy and Monopoly Theory"

    This lecture is given by Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and he is also an investor in a lot of companies in Sillicon Valley.

    He thinks that you always want to aim for monopoly. Something unique and very difficult to replicate by your competitors. If you have a valuable bussiness two things are true.

    Number one: your bussiness creates "X" dollars of value for the world.
    Number two: you capture "Y" percent of "X".
    

    Is important no note that "X" and "Y" are independant variables. So the concept of a ...


  4. Lecture 4 - "Building Product, Talking to Users, and Growing"

    The forth lecture is about building product, taking to users and growing. Adora Cheung gives the talk and I haven't liked that much. I think is because the style or the way they express things rather that the content itself, so lets get the main points of the talk but no going deep down on them. The discussions on HN are nothing compared with the other lectures.

    You can watch the video yourself if you are curious but I strongly recommend you to read the transcript instead becasue is ...


  5. Guy Kawasaki - Top ten mistakes of entrepeneurs

    Guy Kawasaki is a guy who worked in Apple with Steve Jobs, has been an entrepeneur, has founded and advised companies and he has detected 10 mistakes that entrepreneurs do. In my opinion is worth knowing that a person like Guy think that these are really important mistakes just to try to avoid them.

    I must say that he is a great guy giving speches and you should definitively watch its video on Youtube. Because the video is almost one and a half hour long, I'll summarize all the ...


  6. Lecture 3 - "Before the startup"

    This is the third lecture given by Paul Graham. I was really looking forward to listen an speech of PG himself and I haven't been disappointed.

    He will talk about some counter intuitive things about being an entrepreneur and on how to start a startup.

    The first counterintuitive point is: you don't need expertise on how to create startups to create one yourself, but to deeply know your users and build a product for them. The majority of big startups have been founded by people that learn the ...


  7. Lecture 2 - "Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution Part II"

    In this second part of the lecture Sam Altman focuses on Teams and Execution.

    Teams

    Before addressing how to create a team and hire people, he focuses on cofounders and how important is expend time on finding the right persons. It must be somebody you know and you trust and not somebody random that you meet that was willing to start a company as you and you both decided to do it together. That is advocate to doomed to failure.

    If you don't know anybody you still can go ...


  8. Lecture 1.2 - "Why to start a startup"

    This is the continuation of the first lecture of YCombinator. There is Dustin Moskovitz that talks about the WHY you should create an startup.

    Common reasons

    There are different common reasons why somebody wants to create an startup:

    It is glamurous: It is not. Entrepreneurship has been romanticized. In fact, is hard work. A lot of hours a day, focused on solving problems, doing sales, fixing bugs, etc. Starting a company is extremely hard and one of the reasons is because you accumulate stress: fear to fail, press, bad opinions ...


  9. Lecture 1 - "Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution Part I"

    This is the first of a series of posts about the YCombinator lectures about how to create a startup. I'm following them and found them very interesting. Hope You like it too.

    The first lesson of YCombinator is called "Welcome, and Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution Part I" given by Sam Altman the President of Y Combinator. Here is the annotated transcript

    Sam explains whats is the goal of the course: "the goal is hyper growth and eventually building a very large company". By "very large company" he means ...


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