If you're just starting out, then just slip the clutch for a little longer and you'll get smoother. You're not going to kill the clutch from a one second duration slip. Especially at low rpm's (2,000 is nice).
I've been driving MT's for 20 years and when I'm driving with passengers in the car, I still slip the clutch a little longer. For one, the extra weight makes a difference on a light car like this with low torque. And passengers generally don't appreciate being tossed around with rapid launches.