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 StartupSchool.org.
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: https://blog.ycombinator.com/announcing-startup-school-2018/
Any feedback is appreciated!
@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!
@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?
Thanks @bentossell. The course will have completely new lessons. You can also head to the content library to check past material.
@ramonrecuero oh great, have seen the past material so was just checking! :)
@vivan Yep, we completely redesigned the site ;) We just published it today Notifications will kick in once we near the application deadlines
@ramonrecuero Signed up! I met someone who is part of SS at the Indie Hackers meetup a few weeks back which got me super interested in it. Look forward to it!
@ramonrecuero @bentossell There will be completely new lessons, with some deeper-dives into a few things we covered briefly last year. We'll share the curriculum soon!
@ramonrecuero also applied, we're launched and have some user tested the product. Seems that by the 20th will have first paying users
@ramonrecuero Applied :) thanks for sharing.
@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.
@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 :)
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! https://canny.io/blog/what-youll-get-out-of-y-combinators-startup-school/
@a13n Hi Andrew! Yes, of course you can! You'll just need to fill out the form again :)
@a13n @svkpham Seriously, we can do it again?
As someone who has subscribed to the podcast and Youtube playlist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoqgAy3h4OM&list=PLQ-uHSnFig5MiLRb-l6yiCBGyqfVyVf17
How much of the video course will be new vs old content/lecturer/strategies? Thank you!
@randomor 100% new. We will post the new curriculum in the next couple weeks
This looks great! One problem, the character counts for the application questions are really small. The What/Why answer boxes are alright but the How Far Along Are You question only allows for 60 characters.
@legionof7 Thank you. We increased the limits. Feel free to edit your answers under Settings
@legionof7 @ramonrecuero It still has the 60 characters limit.
Why don't you allow access to forum for "audit users" as well? It might be valuable for people that want to start working on a startup.
This is great, just signed up and gives me plenty of time to flesh out an idea I have been working on.
Applied! Really excited!
@svkpham I was interested to read that last year over 13,000 companies applied to participate in Startup School, and 95 YC alumni volunteered their time to advise over 2,800 of those companies. Are you able to provide any background on how you decide which applications make it through the pairing process?
@ramonrecuero I submitted my application last night but edited some of my answers to the questions this morning. Will you see the latest version when you review my app?
@lmgj99 Yes, you can edit your application as much as you want until August 13th
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Applied. Waiting for August 20!
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?