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Starting a Business

One of the more frequent questions I get asked about entrepreneurship is ‘how does one start?’

I have made a couple posts, here for example, on some materials that would help give any person interested a general understanding of the variety of ways to enter the world of business and commerce. The material today continues the installment with a step-by-step guide to initiation, raising money, building a culture, and managing a company: whether it be a product or service venture. While having the right information is necessary, I believe the real ‘trick’ to winning is found in cultivating the right mindset for the daunting journey of owning or running a business: mostly around principle and character. With effort and practice, anyone can develop his or herself over time.

The materials covered today adds to that foundation. It’s a public offering by Stanford with various presentations from several business people, some of them notably successful. I believe the series does a good job in both outlining and discussing the most crucial topics around starting a business. Whether or not you plan to own your own business someday, becoming familiar with materials as these will be an advantage even in your current workplace.

Our world is increasingly becoming a world run by entrepreneurs of all kinds and trade. More often than ever before, these emerging leaders are no longer distant names. They are members of our families, close friends, colleagues, neighbors, and so on. By equipping ourselves with startups knowledge, we can also better support and encourage their voyage.

For more resources and accompanying materials with these lectures, visit http://startupclass.samaltman.com For now, here are just the videos.

Lecture 1 - How to Start a Startup


Lecture 2 - Team and Execution


Lecture 3 - Before the Startup

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


Lecture 5 - Competition is for Losers


Lecture 6 - Growth


Lecture 7 - How to Build Products Users Love


Lecture 8 - How to Get Started, Doing Things that Don't Scale, Press


Lecture 9 - How to Raise Money


Lecture 10 - Culture


Lecture 11 - Hiring and Culture, Part 2


Lecture 12 - Building for the Enterprise


Lecture 13 - How to be a Great Founder


Lecture 14 - How to Operate


Lecture 15 - How to Manage


Lecture 16 - How to Run a User Interview


Lecture 17 - How to Design Hardware Products


Lecture 18 - Legal and Accounting Basics for Startups


Lecture 19 - Sales and Marketing; How to Talk to Investors


Lecture 20 - Later-stage Advice


 

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