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Stanford University Startup School Preparation for October 19, 2013

by Larry Chiang on September 3, 2013

By Larry Chiang

It is nice to meet you via my blog post!!

I am guessing you currently go to engineering school. I will also go out on a limb and guess that either your professor or a classmate told you about me and this li’l blog post.

Well, I humbly hope to live up to whatever you heard! If this blog post sucks to you or if you don’t understand what I’m saying, call me (650-283-8008 cell. Text me 650-283-8008 or try my office 650-566-9600 or my direct line 650-566-9696) and I’ll try to work on my writing. Remember, I studied engineering and my brain is BUSTING OUT AT THE SEEMS.


You are interested in entrepreneurship. You are interested in my method to “hack YC” and optimize and reverse engineer Stanford University’s Startup School. Its Oct 19.

#1 best technique I would do before Startup School:

If I were you, the undergrad, I’d email the speakers of Startup School BEFORE STARTUP SCHOOL.

Studies show 2-9% of people in the audience email people after they hear people speak. Studies show less than 0.5% of student entrepreneurs email speakers before speakers speak.

Similarly, YC admits only 2-9% of applicants.

Similarly, 0.5% of VC funded entities will IPO.


My number one “hack” is to email the speakers BEFORE THEY SPEAK

QUESTION: how do I do that?!
Larry Chiang Answer: Read my post: “how to close a deal over email even when you don’t have their email”.

Oh, and cc me on the email My email is c-h-i-a-n-g- 9 @duck9 (no spaces and it ends with dot com as in my last name, 9 no space at my company dot com. Everyone’s email is first name at company dot com. For example Levie at Err For example Drew at Excuse me for sounding silly but I seriously get those guys mixed up. One is the poster child for MIT CS and the other USC CS)

If they (the people you email) don’t respond inside of 24 hours, I, Larry Chiang, will call them

#2 best technique I’d do:

Before applying to YC’s Startup School, I’d email 2-5 partners at YC

Do You See a Pattern Developing Here.

They, the YC partners, are seriously just sitting around waiting for the next crop of Drew Houston‘s and Aaron Levie’s to email them

#3 best technique I’d do if I were an undergrad engineer wanting to be a legendary entrepreneur

I’d show up to a lot of places socially anxious.

It “is” Stanford.

You should be socially anxious at the school that rejected you… Especially if you go to the University of Illinois. #Illini

Well, I’d oust that social anxiety and kick aside those stomach butterflies by preparing super well.

Google every speaker.
Read 2-7 articles about every speaker.
Email every speaker 2-10 times (and cc me EVERYTIME. “no wonder Larry Chiang was successful. Look at all he did”

#4 best technique I’d do

I’d counter intuitively realize that you should really really like Stanfurdh.


Stanford University is an open campus and it allows you to learn here for frees. Free’s is the plural of free because it is SUPER FREE HERE AND SUPER AWESOME.

You can learn whatever you want.

I am going to repeat that: You can learn whatever you want here.

Think it’s a coincidence that Stanford University is the solo school hosting the “Startup School“???!? It is not coincidence. It is by purpose, on purpose. To quote a business school professor, “Larry, the education here is free. The MBA paper your diploma is on cost 2 hundred grand”

#5 best technique I’d do

Read my mentors book. My mentor is Mark McCormack.

When I was an undergrad, Mr McCormack taught me how to be street smart. My college tuition came to be a negative $400k. If you can’t make your engineering degree cost a negative 400k with the tools you have… If you can’t make your tuition (-400k) with all the blog posts I have written… If you cant make your tuition negative four hundred thousand dollars with all these articles I have written about YC, Y-combinator and Startup School, then, well i tried (little i since I am worthless)

I read my mentors book and altered ENGR145 appx 1%

My Stanford Engineering video boils down 20,000 hours and moves you to the right on the entrepreneur bell curve

#6 best technique I’d do: (FAR AND AWAY THE BEST TIP)

Yes, I saved the best for last.

Yes, I would learn what they teach at Startup School before they keynote it at Startup School.

My mentor taught me to get the knowledge of business school before business school. My Stanford engineering mentor picked up on my tenacity for learning and offered me a teaching position. For baby jesus sake, learn the stuff that they teach before you show up on Oct 19 at Dinkelspiel Auditorium (next to Tresider)

“What They Will NEVER Teach You at Stanford Business School” comes out 11-11-14

52 Cards. Two Jokers. What They DO Teach You at Stanford Engineering (product credit: Ryan Shea, ENGR145 student and alum of Stanford Engineering class on Tech Entreprneurship for engineers)

This is me cutting deal with an engineering student, Class of 2023. LOL Yes He Is 9 years old
Hahahahahahaha I am #hiLarryAss

Duck9 is part of UCMS Inc.

More on #ENGR145’s SHIFTING right on the entrepreneur bell curve

a li’l easter egg bonus since you have read and scrolled.

I did another sequel to a book I read a time too many and came up with “Crossing the Innovation Chasm From the Right“. Gawd, I am so hahaahaa hiLarryAss

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