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How to Start a Startup: Part II (Teams and Execution) – A Lecture By Sam Altman

Check out the Podcast Notes for Part I of this lecture.

Sam Altman (@sama) is the former president of Y Combinator and current CEO of OpenAI. In this lecture at Stanford University, Sam discusses how to pick co-founders, hiring frameworks, how to maintain focus, and TONS more startup advice.

Key Takeaways

  • Momentum and growth are the lifeblood of startups—preserve them above all else

Table of Contents

  • I. Every Startup Needs a Great Team
    • A. How to Pick Co-founders
    • B. What makes for an ideal co-founder?
    • C. How to Hire
      • Step #1: Try Not To
      • When You Decide to Starting Hiring…
      • Don’t Compromise
      • Sam’s Hiring Framework
      • Utilize References
      • Final Thoughts
    • D. How to Retain Your Employees
    • E. Fire Fast
    • F. Audience Questions
  • II. Every Startup Needs Good Execution
    • A. Intro
    • B. The 5 Jobs of a Startup CEO
    • C. To Get Stuff Done, You Need Focus
    • D. Growth and Momentum Above All Else
    • E. To Get Stuff Done, You Need Intensity

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