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What Startup School Is All About

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 or if you don’t understand what I’m saying, call me (at 650-283-8008) and I’ll try to work on my writing. Remember, I studied engineering and my brain is BUSTING OUT AT THE SEEMS

You. You are interested in entrepreneurship. You are interested in my method to “hack YC” and optimize and reverse engineer Stanford University’s Startup School. It’s coming up Oct 26

#1 best technique I’d do:

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: 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

If they 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

#3 best technique I’d do:

I would show up to a lot of places socially anxious 

It “is” Stanford.

You should be socially anxious. Especially if you go to the University of Illinois. Like me.

Well, I’d oust that social anxiety 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”

When I first went, I had a copy of Paul Graham’s book and a HUGE bag of bagels from House of Bagels.

#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.

Yes, that includes Startup School

Think it’s a coincidence that Stanford University is the solo school for 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 diplomas are on costs 2 hundred grand”

#5 best technique I’d do:

Read my mentors book.

#6 best technique I’d do:

Read and research previous Startup School speakers.

Every startup school speaker since 2007 had legit content that all still “applies. I use the words “every” and ‘all’  because every preso “

#7 best technique I’d do:

Start an LCMCC

An LC MCC, mini company concept moves you to the right on the entrepreneur bell curve 

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