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Startup Playbook

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  320 ratings  ·  31 reviews
We 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 companies.

Then we thought we should just give it to everyone.

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Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Краткий конспект лекций YC о том, как сделать успешный стартап
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Condensed business, startup wisdom

I ended up highlighting a good chunk of the text. So many things to embrace. Very useful now that I'm hunting for no.1 Great Idea and soon 2. Great Team
Mikhail Kulakov
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, top-business
Очень рекомендую книгу всем, кто делает свой ИТ продукт. Это как поговорить с хорошим ментором, убедиться, что вы все делаете правильно!
Erikas Mališauskas
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really valuable quick 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.
Nguyễn Chiến
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ngắn gọn chứa nhiều thông tin cơ bản về khỏi nghiệp, may mắn tìm được bản dịch tiếng việt, các bạn có thể tải về tại đây
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Condensed primer
Adam McNamara
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To have a successful startup, you need: a great idea (including a great market), a great team, a great product, and great execution.

Y 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.
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick 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.
Jose Papo
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 new(or even if already experienced) to the subject!
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short but a great read!

Companies 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.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
A condensed course on almost everything one needs to consider when choosing and creating a startup venture. Written in an easily consumed format with the sound of one who has walked these steps personally. There is a lot of valuable information and resources included in this book.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

If you have have no idea where to start, this is a good overview. It would have gotten one star but there are a few golden nuggets of quotable advice in here worth knowing and remembering.
Yuma Maris
Useful pithy nuggets of wisdom and guidance

A concise distillation of startup experience knowledge by Y Combinator. Read this together with expanded thoughts from Paul Graham. Thank you for this.
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good introduction

Starting a business is like having your first language vet interest: everything is fabulous until you realize he/she needs constant work and attention. This book gives pointers to make that task easier to accomplish.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a quick and concise read on just about everything you need to know to start your business. Obviously, it's a bullet-point model; so you would do well to research further. There are nuggets for everyone in this book.
Wawrzyniec Gilewski
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simple, clear, yet powerful and actionable nuggets of wisdom from the minds behind Y Combinator.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

This small Playbook is a great start for the entrepreneur. When combined with all the videos - it’s more then enough resource to get you started!
Henry Cooksley
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Practical advice for startups.
Madhur Bhargava
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the simplest, clear and most thoughtful advise on starting up. This book cuts through all the clutter and provides with a bare bones framework on starting a startup.
Kenneth Kinyanjui
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: entrepreneurship
Great insight to the tools and resources you need to consider when starting up. If you are a newbie to the Startup or Entrepreneurship game this is definitely something to dive into .
Gregory Koberger
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great illustrations
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-view
An interesting and quick read on startup dynamics. Found myself highlighting a few points for (hopeful) future use!
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book includes nice points and good suggestions.
Iago Seleme
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is so short that it's barely a book, it's a nice little pamphlet with useful advice for first-time founders of startups.
Freddy Kwok
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good and short read

A good read to remind us what makes a good company, good product/service, good team, good execution, recommended to all new entrepreneurs
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book if you need a crash course on what VC's expect of a startup.
This is a quick read but to the point.
Timothy Nichols
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-goals
Quick, hard-hitting, and very useful. Nobody grasps start-up dynamics better than the folks at YC.
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Al grano, rápido de leer (una media mañana) y con mucha información fácil de recordar y aplicar. Nada de fanfarria literaria en esta lectura, solo consejos honestos sobre lo que ellos creen firmemente que funciona (donde "ellos" son YC Combinator).
Tathagat Varma
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
A nice, crisp booklet on some of the key dos and don'ts for first-time entrepreneurs. There is a ton of guidance packed in there, and pretty sure, most entrepreneurs will still commit those mistakes, and hence having good guidance is valuable.
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“A successful startup takes a very long time—certainly much longer than most founders think at the outset. You cannot treat it as an all-nighter. You have to eat well, sleep well, and exercise. You have to spend time with your family and friends. You also need to work in an area you’re actually passionate about—nothing else will sustain you for ten years.” 2 likes
“So all you need is a great idea, a great team, a great product, and great execution. So easy! ;)” 1 likes
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