Drawing upon Steve Blank's new book, The Startup Owner's Manual, this class will arm you with the basic knowledge and resources to launch that startup you're always thinking about.
We'll touch on the following topics in this introductory session:
This class is designed as a workshop and requires active participation from each student. You'll spend the bulk of the time applying these ideas to your specific business idea and interacting with other students.
It's geared toward first-time founders, especially college students, recent graduates, and working professionals who would like to transition to working on their own startup full-time.
You'll leave this class having already launched your startup, with a roadmap of where to go next.
Afterward I'll offer a discount code to students interested in a 5-week summer program in which we'll convene once a week to share the lessons learned from ongoing Customer Development efforts. It's a condensed version of the Lean Launchpad curriculum that Steve Blank teaches at Stanford, Berkeley, and Columbia.
I run business development for Forbes.com and came to Forbes via True/Slant, the startup it acquired in June 2010.
In my current role, I'm using these methods to launch a joint venture to be announced later this year.
I started my career as a management consultant at Bain & Company, where I consulted on a wide range of projects for clients in a variety of industries.
I also co-founded a Washington DC-based political consulting firm that generated >$1MM in revenue during its first year in operation.
From pre-revenue startups to Fortune 10 companies, I've seen it all.