About the course
Builders of successful startups never stop thinking about new ways to innovate and improve their businesses. It's just as important that they never stop learning about entrepreneurship. This course will introduce you to Silicon Valley CEOs, advisors, and investors, and will zero in on ways in which these experts have guided startups to success. Guest speakers and experiential exercises will guide you through fundamental questions that a new company must address as it proceeds from launch to more advanced stages: What are the pros and cons of applying to an accelerator, and how can a startup increase its chances of being accepted? As a startup grows, what new skills must a founder develop and master? How do the initial and later stages of fundraising differ? How can a startup enhance the likelihood of raising Series A and subsequent rounds of financing? How can founders work best with advisors and directors? How can mergers and acquisitions be employed both to grow more rapidly and to secure an exit more readily? Once a startup achieves a sufficient level of success and decides to be acquired, how can it best position itself for a successful acquisition? Drawing on the experience of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, students will be able to take actionable ideas away from this course and use them to build and improve their startups.
WHAT MAKES OUR ONLINE COURSES UNIQUE:
Course sizes are limited.
You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 50 participants.
Frequent interaction with the instructor.
You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.
Study with a vibrant peer group.
Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.
Direct feedback from the instructor.
Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.
Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.
John Kelley co-founded OnRisk, which provides software services to the commercial insurance industry. Earlier, he founded 399 Innovation, which advises firms on invention and innovation strategy. He received a JD from Stanford, where he pursued an independent research track in artificial intellig...
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Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.