Y Combinator – seed funding provider for startups, is initiating a Startup School event as an open online course (MOOC) with free registration. Beginning today, you can register to view various lectures by industrialists and entrepreneurs throughout this 10-week course. To establish an open environment, members will be provided a slack-powered community to interact with other classmates.
Final exams will be conducted as a virtual demo day when the students would present what they’ve learned in front of the entire class. Fortunately, Y Combinator is providing all this to general public, globally, for free.
What is Startup School?
Startup School, an annual event managed by Y Combinator is an open online institute for entrepreneurs and students. Various technology industrialists and accelerator program graduates deliver lectures at the online event. Phil Libin, former Evernote CEO; Jack Dorsey, Twitter chief executive; Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder; Watsi’s Chase Adam, and Ben Silbermann, Pinterest CEO are among the former speakers at the annual event.
In a blog statement, President Sam Altman said that this online course program came without the desire to “replicate much of the YC experience.”
Speakers at the Online Event
Various guest speakers for the inaugural course include CEO Steve Huffman, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum, Stripe CEO Patrick Collision, Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo, Facebook vice president of growth Alex Schultz, Vinod Khosla, SaaStr founder and VC Jason Lemkin, and a variety of Y Combinator’s partners. Almost 40% classes will be “recorded advice sessions with startups,” which Altman quoted as “some of our most helpful content.” Topics such as brainstorming, product development, culture, growth and more would be recorded from Stanford University.
Event will be a three-way interaction, which will allow students to seek advice from the guest speakers and Y Combinator. Potentially, a few thousand students in the class can provide feedback during the online advice sessions each week. Graduates of the Y Combinator program, including Experiment’s Cindy Wu, Boosted Boards’ Sanjay Dastoor, and Cruise’s Daniel Kan will lead the advisory session.
Efforts to Share Knowledge
Y Combinator has been working on MOOC for a long time now. In 2014, Altman offered a course about startups at Stanford. Through this program, he planned to launch an in-house version in the form of bootcamp. Imagine K12, an education tech accelerator, is likely to leverage the startup program to support the event.
It may be surprising to see these resources being offered to entrepreneurs that are not graduates of the Y Combinators main program. Actually it is an objective of the mission Y Combinator planned out a decade ago. Jessica Livingston, Y Combinator’s partner once said:
“We wanted to help startups at whatever stage they’re in become billion-dollar companies”
Altman introduced video interviews in his efforts to share knowledge with the collaboration of people like Zuckerberg, Livingston, Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and investor Peter Thiel.
To register for Y Combinators’s Startup School, click here.
Source: VentureBeat / Image Courtesy: YCombinator