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spend a lot of time advising startups Though one on one advice will always be crucial 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 YC and YC Fellowship companiesThen we thought we should just give it to everyoneThis 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 placeThere may be a part II on how to scale a startup later—this mostly covers how to start one


10 thoughts on “Startup Playbook

  1. says:

    Condensed business startup wisdomI ended up highlighting a good chunk of the text So many things to embrace Very useful now that I'm hunting for no1 Great Idea and soon 2 Great Team


  2. says:

    Really valuable uick read Everyone who's thinking about a startup has to read it as it takes only few hours but gives great picture of how a startup works


  3. says:

    To have a successful startup you need a great idea including a great market a great team a great product and great executionY Combinator has graciously distilled their advice on these areas into their Startup Playbook For me it's the definitive document that someone interested in starting a startup should read It's short easy to read and most importantly it makes sense


  4. says:

    uick read with a lot of actionable info This book is a condensed version of his How To Start A Startup class at Stanford Lots of great advice without the fluff and ego stories Highly recommended


  5. says:

    A great and very fast read This book from Y Combinator's Sam Altman condenses his class How To Start A Startup at Stanford Read it if you are newor even if already experienced to the subject


  6. says:

    Short but a great readCompanies of any size can benefit from much of the information given Sad it was such a short read but it was delightful and insightful nonetheless


  7. says:

    It contains brief lessons about startups I liked the matter of fact tone and no non sense advice The biggest takeaways for me are below1 Building something customers love should be the primary aim of every startup Without building such a product or service you can't achieve success All the successful companies are the ones that are loved by their customersmost if not all2 Hiring is the most important thing once you have achieved product market fit Great companies are built by great people So if you can hire the best talent you are setting yourself up for success3 Doing things that don't scale ie trying to really understand the problem customers are facing If it means physically sitting in their office so be it You have to understand the problem inside out4 Have clear answers to what you are doing and why you are doing it This shows clarity of purpose5 Fast execution is a necessary condition for success There have been no slow execution success stories Maybe this might need re reading after a few months or years But a good starting book


  8. says:

    Great way to start for sure a lot of valuable pointers It also references some useful articles to complement your learningOne thing that did disappoint me though is the lack of a bibliography He certainly has a big one but why not share it? This would have probably been the most valuable good of this book I almost gave 4 or 3 stars because of it what saved my rating is that the cost benefit is very highAnother factor to consider is that this is a great summary of what is discussed in countless hours of lectures in Y Combinator's website and YouTube channel


  9. says:

    Six StarsThis is the best uick read on startups management and being a CEO I’ve read in a long time It hits home with direct no BS suggestions and focused actions to take People and Product are the key to success coupled with focused and relentless execution A great read A must read


  10. says:

    Good introductionStarting a business is like having your first language vet interest everything is fabulous until you realize heshe needs constant work and attention This book gives pointers to make that task easier to accomplish