Four years ago, I was working as a marketing coordinator at a company called
One day, I was having lunch with my friend John. John was a successful entrepreneur who had started his first company at the age of 17 while working a summer job at a parking garage. It was a stupid little site called Four Loko Stories where people could post stories of things that happened to them after drinking Four Loko (a now illegal beverage – it was a mix of too much caffeine and alcohol).
Anyway, John went on to do bigger and better things, and now he was running a successful startup. He was traveling the world – he lived in upstate New York but took trips to new places every few weeks – and best of all he didn’t have a boss or anyone else to report to.
But I wasn’t like John.
I did have an idea for a company (something I had thought about a while back), but I honestly didn’t have any idea where to start.
The whole process seemed so confusing to me. I did a little bit of research online and just ended up with more questions: Should I start an LLC or a C-Corporation? Where should I be incorporated? How do I make sure no one steals my idea? Do I need an NDA? Where do I find a co-founder? How can I make sure a developer doesn’t take all my money?
Fast forward to today and I’m running a successful ten-person company with over $1.5 million in sales, $2.5 million in investments raised. We even got accepted into the exclusive Y Combinator startup accelerator program – what Huffington Post famously called, “The Harvard of Silicon Valley.”
So how did I get here?
Well, for one
I’ll be honest—starting a company is hard work—but it shouldn’t be as hard as it is.
When I went through Y Combinator they told us a lot of the things we wish we had known before — what to do and what not to do. I learned from them and from other investors and entrepreneurs things that would have saved me thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of wasted effort.
If you’re thinking of starting a startup, why wouldn’t you take this class? Do you not want to succeed? What is
Anyone with an idea who really wants to try to start something should be able to.
I don’t buy into the idea that, “it’s hard because that’s how you separate the people who really want it.” What a bunch of baloney. It’s hard because no one’s ever tried to make it easy.
But I know how magical it is to inspire someone to create
It’s made for total beginners – don’t worry if you just have an idea!
This is for people ready to jump in and start a company—a startup—right away. You probably have a business idea, an MVP, or an early test of it ready. You might even have an early prototype of your product, or you have your cofounder, but you haven't tested your idea yet. There are many places you can be where you feel like you don't have all the puzzle pieces sorted out just yet.
What you don’t have is a company… and you’re ready to start one.
I’ve advised and helped hundreds of founders and dozens of startups on their launch, many of whom have gone on to become successful entrepreneurs and build successful products.
I also personally respond to any questions my students have, so there's no worry about getting stuck or not knowing what to do. So sign up now!
In this real, actual first lesson, we dive right into the nuts and bolts and bills and paperwork of starting a company. But don't worry. It all becomes much less intimidating through Clerky,
In this lesson, we go through the setup on a Clerky Account, and how to generate all the incorporation documents you need. Prepare to check All. The. Boxes.
Why Delaware? We cover why most corporations happen to be based in Delaware, and why it's advantageous to register your startup there.
Mattan Griffel is a co-founder of One Month, and a professor at Columbia Business School. He was selected as one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Education in 2015. Mattan teaches and advises on growth hacking, online education, and learning to code. He has advised companies like Pepsico, Bloomberg, GM, NYSE, and JPMorgan, and has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek, MIT Technology Review, Huffington Post, Mashable and The Next Web.