Intro to Outsourcing: Understand the context, what it's good for, and getting started
- 1x (Normal)
Welcome to the class!1:48
First thing to do1:05
What is outsourcing?6:19
What you should outsource and what you should not12:01
Where to find outsourcing firms and freelancers7:26
Country profiles and how to pick your ideal combination18:23
The class project3:02
Keep the learning going1:50
About This Class
If you haven't been living under a rock for the last 20 years, you've heard of outsourcing. Outsourcing disrupted the way large companies worked 10 years ago, and today it's disrupting how freelancers, entrepreneurs, and lean startup teams build and grow their businesses.
Outsourcing is a world of high risk, and even higher potential returns. Wading into the outsourcing abyss can be scary if you don't have the requisite experience.
In order to fully harness the power of outsourcing, you first have to understand it. How it works, what it's good for, what makes it tick, and its' potential pitfalls.
In this class, we're going to jump into the world of outsourcing and learn everything we can without actually outsourcing. This class is for those of you who are interested in outsourcing but need to learn the basics before trying to get into your first attempts at outsourcing your own projects.
What you'll learn:
- What is outsourcing and the key differentiators it has with other methods of contracting.
- What you should outsource and what you should under no circumstances outsource.
- Where to go to find a variety of different outsourced vendors and the best ways of understanding their relative merits.
- How to think critically of geographic zones and how their relative advantages and disadvantages relate to your project.
What you'll do:
At the end of the class, you'll get to play the role of Project Manager. For your project you'll be given a product idea (or you can use your own) and you'll have to decide IF it should be outsourced, WHY it should or should not be outsourced, and WHERE It should be outsourced to.
Class Projects 1 See All
5 of 5 students recommendSee All
It's a very good class for beginners, like I was. It provides the minimum amount of information people should be aware of when thinking about outsourcing.
Hi, I'm Evan Kimbrell.
Thanks for checking out my classes.
Currently, I'm the Founder, Director of Sprintkick, a referral-based full service digital agency based out of San Francisco. Over the past 4 years, I've overseen the development and launch of over 100 web and mobile apps. Clients range from 1-2 man startups bootstrapping their initial idea to multibillion dollar Fortune 100's like Wal-Mart, Dick's Sporting Goods, & GNC.
Prior to Sprintkick, I worked as a VC for a firm called Juvo Capital, based out of L.A. I spearheaded the firm's expansion into the Silicon Valley deal flow and into the Consumer Web tech category.
Before working for Juvo, in the long, long ago, I was a co-founder for an educational software startup called ScholarPRO that raised a ton of money and then spectacularly blew up (in the bad way). Before it exploded like the Death Star, I went through 5 tech incubators (yes 5) with Tech Stars, Excelerate Labs, MassChallenge, Babson Venture Program, and Sparkseed.
That's enough about me. Hope you enjoy my class!