In this video Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator and Dustin Moskovitz, Co-founder of Facebook, Asana, and Good Ventures, talks on how to start a startup.  Dustin discusses “Why to Start a Startup” and Sam covers the first 2 of the 4 Key Areas: Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution.

They talk also focuses on stress of starting a startup, media’s perception  about the startups and what it actually is. The ugly side of being the founder, flexibility, financial reward and impact.

About Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator,

At age 19, Altman was a co-founder and CEO of Loopt, a location-based social networking mobile application. Loopt was acquired in 2012 by Green Dot Corporation for $43.4 million.

In 2014, Altman was named president of Y Combinator the most commercially successful seed-stage accelerator.

About Dustin Moskovitz, Co-founder of Facebook

Four people, three of whom were roommates — Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Chris Hughes, and Dustin Moskovitz — founded Facebook in their Harvard University dorm room in February 2004.

On October 3, 2008, Moskovitz announced that he was leaving Facebook to form a new company called Asana with Justin Rosenstein, an engineering manager at Facebook.


This video is a part of a series of lectures on ‘How to Start a Startup’, collated by Sam Altman.

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Biplab Ghosh

Biplab lives his life around technology and is particularly keen to explore the intersection of technology and human behaviour. Always looking for new ideas, and ways that can make things simpler. He is a geek with the flair for travel and has great passion for music and theatres.

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