background preloader

Startup school

Facebook Twitter

Sequoia’s Greg McAdoo On The Opportunities Of A. Are you a student or shut-in?

Sequoia’s Greg McAdoo On The Opportunities Of A

Are you a fan of electronic devices? Have you ever spent time in a Turkish prison? If you answered yes to all or two of these questions, have we got an offer for you. CrunchGear needs a Fall intern to help out on the site, attend swanky press events, and make coffee and prepare the editor’s shots of HGH. Wired Editor Chris Anderson On Freemium Business. Wired Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson is now speaking at Y Combinator’s Startup School about Freemium Business Models.

Wired Editor Chris Anderson On Freemium Business

Anderson likened freemium to handing out muffins on the street to entice people to start eating your muffins. But with muffins there’s a significant cost to giving away each muffin. With digital goods, you can give away 90% of your product for free, without any cost for those goods. He says ‘free users’ aren’t free loaders, and that it’s okay to let the minority (paid users) subsidize the majority. Because the free users will recommend to friends, it’s a great form of marketing. Anderson says that for Wired, the magazine is sold in various forms (news stand, subscriber, digital form online). Anderson than started talking about the very popular game Club Pengiun, which is free to play. What will people pay for? Anderson then outlined some of the models he’s seen for Freemium models. Time Limited Easy to do. Ev Williams And Biz Stone Admit Even Twitter Tho.

Ev Williams and Biz Stone have just taken the stage at Startup School, where they’ll be taking many questions form the audience.

Ev Williams And Biz Stone Admit Even Twitter Tho

You can submit questions by tweeting a question like this “@poll _________” (where the blank is your question). I’ll be liveblogging the session. Q: What was the original motivation behind Twitter? Biz: We should start with Odeo. We were working at Odeo, we weren’t as passionate about the podcasting service as we should have been. Biz: We (Jack Dorsey and Stone) did a thing where we had two weeks to build something and demo. Q: How long did the first version take to build? Q: What about scaling, was that a problem?

Q: How did you estimate the size of the market? Mark Pincus Talks About Becoming A Great CEO, Wi. Zynga founder Mark Pincus is the final speaker at Y Combinator Startup School 2009.

Mark Pincus Talks About Becoming A Great CEO, Wi

My notes on his talk are below. Pincus kicked off his talk by asking the audience how many wanted to become great entrepreneurs (much of the room raised their hand). But fewer raised their hand about becoming a world class CEO, which is something Pincus says they need to address. Out of college, Pincus says he went into banking and then business school, after which he worked in major corporations. He says that sometimes entrepreneurs are born after finding that nothing lese works for them, explaining “I got kicked out of some of the best companies in America”. Pincus’s first lesson: You should set a goal for what you want to accomplish. Pincus said that after selling FreeLoader, he had some downtime — “And then you get a new group of friends… A ghetto version of the show Entourage” — friends go out on Monday night at 1:30. Pincus then started another company, called Support.com. Second Thing. An Interview With Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken the stage at Startup School, where Y Combinator’s Jessica Livingston is interviewing him.

An Interview With Mark Zuckerberg

I’m liveblogging the interview below. Mark Zuckerberg: “I love being here. These are like, my people.” Q: I want to go way back, before Facebook. What did you learn from those experiences? Q: How were the first users using Facebook? Q: Tell us all the dumb things you did. Q: But that’s a problem for startups — it’s not valuable til people start using it (chicken/egg problem).

Q: Who were your first investors. 37 Signals has some lessons for European st.