Geoff Ralston – Parting Advice

  • September 30, 2019
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YC President Geoff Ralston concludes Startup School this year with some parting advice, as founders continue on their journey to make something people want.

Transcript and lecture slides here:

This lecture is part of YC’s Startup School, a free online program and global community of founders. Register and join the community at

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00:00:00 Introduction
00:00:46 There is no one path – Things to think about in the next phase of your company
00:03:28 – Find your path and make it yours
00:03:35 – – Focus on what matters
00:04:20 Startups are hard
00:04:52 – Things will go wrong
00:05:17 – Geoff experience
00:07:07 – – La La Media
00:08:14 Important quality of a startup founder – Overcoming adversity with determination
00:08:26 – Examples – YC companies
00:10:32 – When in difficult situation – Default to action (write code and talk to users)
00:11:31 – Keep control of your own destiny
00:11:40 Think about the kind of company you are building
00:11:51 – Paul Graham quote and essay on ‘Be good’ –
00:12:23 – Being good
00:12:28 – – Good and kind to yourself
00:12:39 – – Be good to your co-founders
00:12:57 – – – Founder communication (
00:13:03 – – Be good to your employees
00:13:27 – – Be good to your customers
00:13:38 – – Be good to your investors
00:13:59 – – Be good for the world
00:14:06 Summary
00:15:03 End

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