What Successful Entrepreneurs Know

Founders at companies like Tesla, Paypal, and Airbnb all have traits in common. Learn what six skills they share.

Leading the Growing Business

Professor Eric Flamholtz says new leadership is needed as start-ups mature.

Marc Andreessen at Startup School 2016

In his conversation with YC Partner and COO Qasar Younis, Marc outlined two tests investors run on entrepreneurs before working with them. Later in the conversation Qasar asked Marc who he looks up to.

How to Build the Future: Jessica Livingston

Sam Altman interviews Jessica Livingston, co-founder of Y Combinator. Topics include the history of Y Combinator itself and some interesting anecdotes about AirBNB.

Kathryn Minshew: 7 Classic Startup Founder Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

Daily Muse co-founder and startup advisor Kathryn Minshew has started several startups and has the battle scars to prove it. In this 99U talk, Minshew shares common mistakes made by startup founders, and reveals the remedies to each. Chief among them? The “Gollum Syndrome” where founders treat their companies as “their precious.” Just launch and iterate, says Minshew, because “an ugly baby is better than … [ Read more ]

Crash Course with Jason Mendelson and Brad Bernthal on Venture Capital

Although many startups hope to become venture capital-backed companies, few understand how the venture capital industry works. In this Crash Course, Jason Mendelson and Brad Bernthal will attempt to illuminate what many consider the venture capital black box. They will explain how venture capitalists think, how they raise their funds, and how they decide to invest their money. If you are a startup looking to … [ Read more ]

John Doerr: What To Look For When Joining a Company

John Doerr, general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, discusses what one should look for when joining a company.

Jesper Sørensen: Startups vs. Big Business

Jesper Sørensen reveals the competitive advantages and disadvantages that startups and established companies can exploit as they compete for customers in new markets

Embrace Uncertainty

Thuuz Co-Founder and CEO Warren Packard appreciates how uncertainty is a constant force in the lives of entrepreneurs. Sharing stories from his career as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Packard captures how life is a series of decisions made without complete information. He also addresses how his current venture approaches issues of funding and strategic partnerships.


Run by Stanford University, Ecorner offers more than 2,000 free videos and podcasts, many with a Silicon Valley vibe. The videos range from practical topics such as “What to Avoid in Term Sheets,” by Altirah Capital’s David Frankel to more esoteric ones, like “The Five Whys,” in which lean startup guru Eric Ries offers tips on discerning the reasons for technology glitches.

The Art of Teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Stanford Technology Ventures Program’s Executive Director Tina Seelig shares rich insights in creative thinking and the entrepreneurial mindset. Her talk, based on her 2009 book, What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, cites numerous classroom successes of applied problem-solving and the lessons of failure.

A conversation with entrepreneur and software engineer Marc Andreessen

A conversation with Marc Andreessen, co-founder and chairman of Ning and an investor in several startups including Digg, Plazes, and Twitter. Best known as co-author of Mosaic, and founder of Netscape. He is on the Board of Directors of Facebook and eBay.

A Firsthand Look at Search Funds

Search funds allow an aspiring entrepreneur to raise money to fund them while they look for a company to buy. Four experienced entrepreneurs offer firsthand view of search funds. [Video 1hr:14]

Video: V.C. Funding 101

Venture capital is the lifeblood of a start-up company. Paul Holland of Foundation Capital runs through the gauntlet of steps a prospective company typically goes through to get funded, and explains what capital investors are looking for.