This past Saturday, Y Combinator hosted their 5th Annual Startup School at Stanford. Featuring speakers such as Mark Zuckerberg, Reid Hoffman and Andrew Mason, the all day event was a first hand account of the ups and downs of creating a new company. Thankfully for those of us that couldn’t attend in person, the entire event was streamed on Justin.tv. While all of the videos are a great watch for anyone in the world of digital marketing, I found the afternoon to be particularly interesting. The below video captures a two hour block that included:
- Ron Conway, Partner – SV Angels (starts at 0:01:10)
- Adam D’Angelo, Founder – Quora (starts at 0:40:00)
- Dalton Caldwell, Founder – Picplz & Founder – Imeem (starts at 1:08:00)
I found Dalton’s talk on why music start-ups are so difficult to be particularly interesting given how many companies are launched to revolutionize the entertainment industry. D’Angelo’s was also a great peak into what might just be the hottest start-up at the moment. And of course, Conway’s insight is always interesting given that he’s the world’s leading Angel investor.