Startup Playbook

by Sam Altman11/6/2015

We thought it might help us scale Y Combinator if we could distill the most generalizable parts of this advice into a sort of playbook we could give our companies.

Then we thought we should just give it to everyone. This is meant for people new to the world of startups. Most of this will not be new to people who have read a lot of what YC partners have written—the goal is to get it into one place.


The IdeaA Great TeamA Great ProductGreat ExecutionGrowthFocus & IntensityJobs of the CEOHiring & ManagingCompetitorsMaking MoneyFundraisingClosing Thought


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  • Sam Altman

    Sam Altman is the CEO of OpenAI. He was the president of YC from 2014-2019. He studied computer science at Stanford, and while there, worked in the AI lab.