Startup School 2018 - Curriculum

by Geoff Ralston8/7/2018

Two weeks ago we announced Startup School 2018. Our free, online course will kick off in just three weeks, on August 28th. We also let founders know that 100 of the companies that complete the course will receive $10,000 in equity-free funding from YC.

This year’s course will feature revamped software and all new material which will be added to the extraordinary library of startup content YC has collected over the past two years of Startup School and the many years of working with and writing about startups. This work is being collected at

Startup School 2018 classes may be viewed by anyone, but we do have to limit the number of companies who will be assigned an advisor and expected to participate every week. The application for Startup School 2018 is currently still open, but will close on August 13th.

This year’s curriculum is listed below. We’re excited for the course to begin and hope you are too. You can listen to the course organizers, myself and Adora Cheung, discuss the course with our podcaster extraordinaire Craig Cannon here.


  • Sam Altman (YC) – Why Start a Startup
  • Kirsty Nathoo and Carolynn Levy (YC) – Startup Mechanics
  • Paul Graham (YC) – Startup Wisdom
  • Michael Seibel (YC) – Building Products
  • David Rusenko (Weebly) – Finding Product Market Fit
  • Suhail Doshi (Mixpanel) – How to Measure Your Product
  • Garry Tan (Initialized) – Product Design and Prototyping
  • Gustaf Alströmer (YC) – How to Get Users and Grow
  • Kat Manalac (YC) – Communications for Growth
  • Tyler Bosmeny (Clever) – Sales From $0 to $1 Million
  • Harj Taggar & Ammon Bartram (TripleByte) – Building an Engineering Team
  • Dalton Caldwell (YC) – How to Apply and Succeed at YC
  • Adora Cheung (YC) – Running Your Startup
  • Jared Friedman (YC) – CTO Advice
  • Geoff Ralston (YC) – Fundraising Fundamentals
  • Jon Levy (YC) – Safes, Notes, Equity
  • Aaron Harris (YC) – Meeting Investors and Convincing Them to Invest
  • Paul Buchheit (YC) – The Path to $100B
  • Daniel Gross (YC) – Life as a Founder


  • Geoff Ralston

    Geoff Ralston is the former President of Y Combinator and has been with YC since 2011. Prior to YC, he built one of the first web mail services, RocketMail which became Yahoo Mail in 1997.