The Start-Up School.. This Weekend


Paul Graham brings his Start-Up School to Stanford this weekend. The event is free, but I am told that they have standing room only.

Where: Kresge Auditorium, Stanford University.
When: 29 April 2006, 9:00 am. [Schedule] The Speakers are here

* Caterina Fake, Co-Founder, Flickr
* Mark Fletcher, Founder, Bloglines; Founder, ONElist
* Paul Graham, Partner, Y Combinator; Co-founder, Viaweb
* Joe Kraus, Co-founder, JotSpot; Co-founder, Excite
* Page Mailliard, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
* Om Malik, Senior Writer, Business 2.0
* Tim O’Reilly, Founder and CEO, O’Reilly Media
* Chris Sacca, Head of Special Initiatives, Google
* Joshua Schachter, Founder,
* George Willman, Associate, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
* Ann Winblad, Founding Partner, Hummer Winblad

See you tomorrow, and if you want me to address some specific questions, drop a note in the comments section.

PS: Blog post slowdown will continue today as well! Duty calls!


skibare would be MY question====Model of Video Downloading vs Pay to watch type of VIDEOS=======how will YAHOO and GOOGLE combat the MANIA????????? Special PLUG for a small marketing company KNOCKING the VOIP ball out of the park===Broadgen!


As an A-list blogger you probably get emails/blurbs from multiple startups that hope to get mentioned on GigaOM. How do you decide which ones you’re going to blog about? Understanding how bloggers choose their material has become especially important for early stage ventures given that you guys are the new fourth estate.

Shawn McCollum

I’d like to know the path one should take to go from a single person company to the level of a start-up. Say they don’t know anyone and they have a day job but they have a good idea and they want to do more with it. :)


Om, I’ll be there tomorrow. If possible I’d like you to address how Web 2.0 compares to the previous incarnation of startups. It seems that we’re back to monetizing eyeballs, and despite some really innovative services being around, no one really has a new model to get money from these services. MySpace is still stuck with a 7-cent CPM despite the “largesse” of its traffic. It’s still a model around getting as many eyeballs as possible through services, which differs little from the previous iteration of the bubble. So how is it different? And if I can squeeze another question in it’s this: Are Google and Yahoo the winners of Web 2.0, since so many of these services are still using AdSense or Overture for their advertising? Seems like they’re on a win-win situation in the contest for eyeballs.
Looking forward to tomorrow!



James MacAonghus

If you think you can get specific answers rather than the usual vague stuff about 20% time, it would be interesting to know from the Yahoo/Google people what are their best practices for innovation (and implicitly for maintaining a startup culture). They both go on about it a lot, especially Google, but other than the usual vague stuff about 20% time and how small guys have created all the big products etc, we haven’t had much detail.

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