Why Smart People Have Bad Ideas How to get Startup Ideas Ideas for Startups How to Invent the Future I (SUS 2017) How to Invent the Future II (SUS 2017) Anne Wojcicki on How to Build the Future Drew Houston on How to Build the Future Sam Altman on How to Build the Future Elon Musk on How to Build the Future Mark Zuckerberg on How to Build the Future How to Get Ideas (SUS 2017) Request for Startups The Idea (Startup Playbook) Why Toys? Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution Part II (SUS 2014) Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution Part I (SUS 2014) Toy Markets How to Get and Test Ideas
How and Why to Start A Startup (SUS 2017) Before the Startup Do Things That Don’t Scale A Student’s Guide to Startups One Order of Operations for Starting a Startup Three Paths in the Tech Industry: Founder, Executive, or Employee Why Should I Start a Startup? A Letter to College Students Grow The Puzzle Around You YC’s Essential Startup Advice How to Succeed with a Startup (SUS 2018) Doing Things That Don’t Scale (SUS 2014) A Conversation with Paul Graham (SUS 2018) Diane Greene’s Advice for Founders What Makes Founders Succeed Founders at Work (Book) The Path to $100B (SUS 2018) A Conversation with Elad Gil (SUS 2018) What to Do with Too Much Advice I’m a Cofounder of Gusto, Here’s the Advice I Give Every Startup Founder Advice for First Time Founders How to Create Luck
Finding a Co-founder in College Turning a Best Friend into a Co-founder How to Split Equity Among Co-Founders Technical Co-founder How Much Equity to Give Your Cofounders? How to Find a Cofounder
Startup = Growth How to Get Users and Grow (SUS 2017) Network Effects Growth Guide: How to Set Up, Staff and Scale a Growth Program Growth (Startup Playbook) On Growing: 7 Lessons from WeChat Growth (SUS 2014) Laying The Foundation for Sustainable Growth How to Get Users and Grow (SUS 2018) How to Monetize a Freemium Business SEO Advice from SurveyMonkey Director of SEO and Growth 9 Ways to Build Virality into your Product After PMF: People, Customers, Sales (SUS 2018) SEO Advice from SurveyMonkey Director of SEO and Growth Advice from the High Growth Handbook, a Guide to Scaling Startups Scaling Growth How SketchDeck Went Back to Basics on Growth
Sales & Marketing
Big Deals Content Marketing Tips from Experts Sales and Marketing (SUS 2014) Why Startups Need to Focus on Sales, Not Marketing How to Sell (SUS 2018) Sales Advice for Technical Founders The Delicate Balance of B2B Sales The Counter-Intuitive Pricing of Enterprise Sales YC Sales Agreement Template Most Startups Are Undercharging
How to Think About PR (SUS 2017) Getting Press for Your Startup PR and Content for Growth (SUS 2018)
Jobs of the CEO (Startup Playbook) What’s the Second Job of a Startup CEO? How Do You Measure Leadership How to be a Great Founder (SUS 2014) Running Your Startup (SUS 2018) A Conversation with Werner Vogels (SUS 2018)
People & Culture
How to Create an Employee Handbook A Guide to Employee Equity Hiring and Culture (SUS 2014) Culture (SUS 2014) How to Hire A Great Team (Startup Playbook) Hiring and Managing (Startup Playbook) Building an Inclusive Company Culture Making Culture a Tangile Metric Diversity & Inclusion at Early Stage Startups Scaling Culture How to Hire Your First Engineer Convincing Engineers to Join Your Team GitLab’s Secret to Managing 160 Employees in 160 Locations Creating Good Company Culture (and Sticking to It) Building an Engineering Team (SUS 2018) A Conversation with Aileen Lee (SUS 2018) Hiring Tips from Pebble Watch Founder Eric Migicovsky Startup Hiring Advice
How to Measure (SUS 2017) How to Build a Product I (SUS 2017) How to Build a Product II (SUS 2017) How to Build a Product III (SUS 2017) How to Build a Product IV (SUS 2017) How to Find Product Market Fit (SUS 2017) A Great Product (Startup Playbook) The Customization Curve Scaling Product at Airbnb Before You Grow Product Development Cycle Fundamentals A Minimum Viable Product Is Not a Product, It’s a Process The Real Product Market Fit Practical Design: MVP Spec Practical Design: Design Brief Practical Design: Pitching Practical Design: Messaging Practical Design: User Observation The Art of Shipping Early and Often Be Wary of Solving a Small, Rare Problem How to Run a User Interview (SUS 2014) How to Build Products Users Love (SUS 2014) Building Product, Talking to Users and Growing (SUS 2014) Startup Priorities If your product is Great, it doesn’t need to be Good Finding Product Market Fit How to Find Product-Market Fit (SUS 2018) Building Product (SUS 2018) How to Measure Your Product (SUS 2018) Finding Product-Market Fit in the Education Industry Startup Technology – Technical Founder Advice (SUS 2018) Design for Startups, Part 1 (SUS 2018) Design for Startups, Part 2 (SUS 2018) Building a Startup is Not About Building a Product, It’s About Solving a Problem The More You Communicate with Users, the Higher Chance You’ll Build Something They Want Product and Design Process for Remote Teams Should I Use a Dev Shop?
How to Convince Investors How to Raise Money How to Talk to Investors The Venture Capital Squeeze A Fundraising Survival Guide The Equity Equation How to Present to Investors The Hacker’s Guide to Investors How to Fund a Startup When to raise a Series A Process and Leverage in Fundraising How to Raise Money (SUS 2017) Fundraising Advice from Female Founders A Guide to Seed Fundraising Raising Money Online Advice for Startups Dilution How to Design a Better Pitch Deck Advice on Pitching How to Pitch Your Company A Guide to Demo Day Pitches How to Email Early Stage Investors Why Does Your Company Deserve More Money? Founders of Science Exchange, Goldbely, and The Flex Company Discuss Fundraising Fundraising (Startup Playbook) How to Raise Money (SUS 2014) How to Get Meetings with Investors and Raise Money (SUS 2018) Fundraising Fundamentals (SUS 2018) Scaling and Fundraising Don’t Over Optimize Fundraising A Guide to Preemptive Funding Offers Tips on Formation and Fundraising How Investors Think About Ideas How Pitching Investors is Different Than Pitching Customers
YC’s Series A Diligence Checklist YC Seed Deck Angelcalc Conversion Tool Example Proforma with Safes Converting Pre-round Safes are not bad for entrepreneurs SAFE Financing Documents Understanding SAFEs and Priced Equity Rounds (SUS 2018)
Legal & Finance
Startup Mechanics (SUS 2017) Legal and Accounting Basics for Startups (SUS 2014) Startup Legal Mechanics (SUS 2018) The Founder’s Guide to Selling Your Startup Company Startup Advisor Equity?
The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups How Not to Fail Be Relentlessly Resourceful The Hardest Lessons for Starups to Learn How Not to Die Default Alive or Default Dead Why VCs sometimes push companies to burn too fast Advice for Companies With Less Than 1 Year of Runway A Conversation with Ooshma Garg (SUS 2018) How to Win (SUS 2018) On Shutting Down
Later Stage Advice for Startups How to Succeed Long-term (SUS 2017) The Two Most Common Mistakes Growth Stage Founders Make Later-stage Advice (SUS 2014) Subtle Mid-Stage Startup Pitfalls
The Why and How of Angel Investing (IS 2018) Investing Fundamentals (IS 2018) Founder Meetings (IS 2018) Everything I Know About Picking Startups (IS 2018) Overtime (IS 2018) I Angelic Advice Part I (IS 2018) Angelic Advice Part II (IS 2018) Overtime (IS 2018) II Early Stage Investing: Past Present and Future (IS 2018) How To Be A Good Investor (IS 2018) Overtime (IS 2018) III The Ronco Principle Transparency in Startup Investing What Founder Friendly Actually Means
Applying to YC
Frequently Asked Questions From YC Applicants Common Misconceptions About Applying to YC Applying to YC How to Apply to YC YC Application Advice from African Startups Early Decision for College and Grad Students The Application Video How to Apply and Succeed at Y Combinator (SUS 2018) Does YC Fund Solo Founders? When is the Right Time to Apply to Y Combinator?
Five Ways Non-profits Can Think Like Startups What Y Combinator Looks for in Nonprofits Founder Stories: Detroit Water Project’s Tiffani Ashley Bell Founder Stories: Grace Garey, Founder of Watsi (YC W13)
Hardware, Less Hard Hardware Founders: (When) Should You Try To Raise VC Money? How to Design Hardware Products (SUS 2014) What working on Pebble taught me about building hardware
How Scientists Can Thrive in the Startup World Biotech Companies in YC Athelas: Our Road From Hack To Product Founder Stories: Ambika Bumb, Founder of Bikanta (YC S14) Founder Stories: Jessica Richman, Founder of uBiome (YC S14) Advice for Biotech Founders (SUS 2018)
Quantum Computing Founder Stories: Blake Scholl of Boom Technology A Conversation on Hard Tech (SUS 2018)