Neal Sales-Griffin

Neal is the co-founder and CEO of The Starter League. He facilitates the Starter School curriculum and leads product development for Lantern.



What are you most excited about teaching?

I'm excited to share the lessons I've learned while building products and starting companies. Students can look forward to learning more about how to apply many of the ideas shared in the book Getting Real by the creators of Basecamp. I've tested and implemented many of those ideas myself with the Basecamp team's guidance over the past two years. I'll be using that resource as a primary reference throughout the program.

What expectations will you have of your students?

To be ravenous about problem solving and learning everything necessary to build their products.

What's something that you're super passionate about?

At Starter School we don’t just teach you how to design, or how to code. We weave the two together with product management and entrepreneurship. It’s the alchemy of those pieces that lead to innovative solutions for people through software. I'm passionate about empowering people to be product alchemists. I want more people to build software that makes the world a better place.



Tuition for Starter School is $12,000 per quarter, excluding housing, materials, and personal expenses. A refundable deposit of $3,000 will be required in order to confirm your acceptance. One week before the start of each quarter a payment of $12,000 must be made. For example, the Winter quarter begins on January 6, so a payment of $12,000 would be due no later than December 30.

Cost Breakdown
Fall quarter -$12,000
Winter quarter $12,000
Spring quarter $12,000
Total $24,000

Do you offer loans and scholarships?

Currenty we don't offer loans or financial aid. However, we are actively working with loan providers and the government to make Starter School more affordable. In the meantime, please reach out to us at so we can learn more about your situation.

How have other students financed their tuition?

Our students have creatively raised funds for Starter School in numberous ways. They've sourced online donations, secured company sponsorship, created friends and family loans, and even sold their cars. The students who have given up the most tend to get the most out of the program. They treat it like a serious, life-changing investment— which is exactly what it is.

A New Way to Pay For Starter School

We are excited to announce a partnership with Upstart, a platform that allows individuals to get financial investment to pursue their dream careers. This partnership allows current students and future Starter School students to raise funding for Starter School tuition.

Here are the requirements to qualify for Upstart:

  1. You must be a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident currently living in the US
  2. Be at least 18 years old;
  3. Have a valid e-mail account;
  4. Have a verifiable name, date of birth, and social security number
  5. Have graduated from a 4-year (bachelor's degree) accredited college in 1995 or later or be accepted by and soon to enroll in a 4-year accredited (bachelor's degree) college;
  6. Have an account at a U.S. financial institution with a routing transit number; and
  7. Meet our minimum credit requirements.