Startup School 2018

Y Combinator’s free online course for startups

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Startup School 2018 - from Y Combinator is a free online course for startups.

  • Sarah Hum
    Sarah HumFounder at Canny

    We met several other cool founders and had a great mentor. The advice is super valuable.


    20+ teams to 1 mentor is a bit much.

    We were in the first batch. The weekly syncs were great because we could ask a bunch of questions and get feedback. They also kept us accountable to driving out metrics week/week. We also keep in touch with our mentor, a year later. A few teams, including ours, got to participate in live office hours with Sam Altman. It was a great opportunity to practice speaking and get some exposure. We wrote about our experience here:

    Sarah Hum has used this product for one month.
  • Kunal Bhatia
    Kunal BhatiaCo-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp

    The mentors (mostly YC alum) and small group sessions with other founders are so valuable.



    You'll be surprised with what you can accomplish in 10 weeks. I wrote about my experience in last year's Startup School here:

    Kunal Bhatia has used this product for one year.
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Ramon Recuero
Ramon RecueroMakerPro@ramonrecuero · All crypto | Previously@ YC, Zynga, Moz
Hi everyone, Startup School course is back! Startup School is a free, 10-week, online course. It’s designed for any startup founder who would like to get help through the earliest, most difficult challenges of starting a company. The course will begin on August 27, 2018 and applications are now open at For the first time ever we are going to give $10,000 in equity-free funding to 100 of the most promising companies that join and complete the course. You can check the full announcement here: Any feedback is appreciated! Thank you
Vivan Jayant
Vivan Jayant@vivan · London based technology person.
@ramonrecuero Ooh, the website has been completely redone since yesterday! I was signed up for the mailing list for when registrations opened, but never got a notification. I guess PH is a better source of info!
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · No-coder 👉
@ramonrecuero applied and finally Im working on something thats full time and generating revenue! Looking forward to it! Will the course have the same lessons as previously? How will the program actually work?
Ramon Recuero
Ramon RecueroMakerPro@ramonrecuero · All crypto | Previously@ YC, Zynga, Moz
Thanks @bentossell. The course will have completely new lessons. You can also head to the content library to check past material.
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · No-coder 👉
@ramonrecuero oh great, have seen the past material so was just checking! :)
Ramon Recuero
Ramon RecueroMakerPro@ramonrecuero · All crypto | Previously@ YC, Zynga, Moz
@vivan Yep, we completely redesigned the site ;) We just published it today Notifications will kick in once we near the application deadlines
Andrew Rasmussen
Andrew RasmussenHiring@a13n · Founder of Canny
Wow! Can we do it again? (serious question) I wrote a blog post about our experience from last year's Startup School. Might be worth a read if you're considering it!
Steven Pham
Steven PhamMaker@svkpham · Director of Startup School
@a13n Hi Andrew! Yes, of course you can! You'll just need to fill out the form again :)
A.Fairiz@cleavatron · Founder, Recite Lab
@a13n @svkpham Seriously, we can do it again?
Anfernee Chansamooth
Anfernee Chansamooth@anferneec · Content Strategist | Writer | Podcaster
@a13n good writeup. Completely agree that 1 mentor to 20 startups is not ideal.
Wasim Ullah
Wasim Ullah@wasim_ullah · Marketer
@nolimits @gralston Received a confirmation email for advisor track. A few minutes later, says apologies and confirms audit track. Is the second confirmed or a software error again?
Osman Erdi Balcıoğlu
Osman Erdi Balcıoğlu@nicetr · Founder, Juphy
Juphy has been selected 🎉 Thank You to @ramonrecuero @svkpham @nolimits
Spencer Bratman
Spencer Bratman@spencerbratman · Co-Founder
@ramonrecuero this looks awesome, I can see a lot more progress has been made since the last startup school from a website point of view. Here's some feedback/idea. Have a 5/10 multiple choice survey that people can fill out which tells them if they're ready for startup school. It will help you weed out who to focus on, as well as inform you the type of people interested in startup school, as well as give prospective startups a good idea if they're a good fit for the program. Hope that helps.
Ramon Recuero
Ramon RecueroMakerPro@ramonrecuero · All crypto | Previously@ YC, Zynga, Moz
@spencerbratman thank you. We have definitely thought about automating the selection process. However it is really difficult to mark a clear line. As you know, with startups things are not black and white. We ended up just defaulting to a simple one: If you are already working on an idea, sign up to get access to mentors, chance to get equity free funding and thousands of dollars in cloud credits + Stripe. Otherwise, you can get to enjoy all the startup content anyway :)