The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's Most Exclusive School for Startups

  • 8h 49m 28s
  • Randall Stross
  • The Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • 2012

Twice a year in the heart of Silicon Valley, a small investment firm called Y Combinator selects an elite group of young entrepreneurs from around the world for three months of intense work and instruction. Their brand-new two- or three-person start-ups are given a seemingly impossible challenge: to turn a raw idea into a viable business, fast.

Randall Stross is the first journalist to have fly-on-the-wall access to Y Combinator. He tells the full story of how Paul Graham started this ultra exclusive institution, how it chooses among hundreds of aspiring Mark Zuckerbergs, and how it teaches them to go from concept to profitability in record time.

In this Audiobook

  • 1 YOUNGER
  • 2 OLDER
  • 3 GRAD SCHOOL
  • 4 MALE
  • 5 CRAZY BUT NORMAL
  • 6 UNSEXY
  • 7 GENIUS
  • 8 ANGELS
  • 9 ALWAYS BE CLOSING
  • 10 CLONE MYSELF
  • 11 WHAT'S UP?
  • 12 HACKATHON
  • 13 NEW IDEAS
  • 14 RISK
  • 15 MARRIED
  • 16 FEARSOME
  • 17 PAY ATTENTION
  • 18 GROWTH
  • 19 FIND A DROPBOX
  • 20 DON'T QUIT
  • 21 SOFTWARE IS EATING THE WORLD
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