Startup CEO: The Online Course Part II
Startup CEO the online course offered by the Kauffman Fellows Academy is back this fall starting September 15! As many of you know, the course is based on my book Startp CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Your Business.
When the course first ran earlier this year, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Hundreds of students from six continents signed up, all eager to learn as much as they could about entrepreneurship and how to develop their startups. The students worked together in teams to develop their startup ideas on the unique online educational platform NovoEd. I was amazed at the enthusiasm of students who dove into lectures and the book and then exchanged ideas in the forums. It was very powerful to see cohorts of students from all over the world sharing their experiences together, almost like the CEO peer group that I write about in the book.
The real power of it really hit me when I was in Brazil this last spring at a dinner and one of the attendees approached me and told me he was one of the Startup CEO students and how much he was enjoying the course.
To bring the class to life, we began holding Google hangouts moderated by KFA VP and former CNN correspondent Rusty Dornin. The students could write in questions live during the hangout or watch the recorded version later. The hangouts were not only informative but fun.
Here are a few comments from students in the winter course:
“The lectures and the hangouts were incredibly insightful. I’m sure I’ll avoid a good number of mistakes I would have surely made without taking this class!
“I enjoyed the high quality of the lecturers and their very practical experience and guidance. This included the excellent visiting lecturers and whilst I was unable to join the hangouts in real time (I’m in Australia) I was able to watch the recordings”
In addition, Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson’s course Venture Deals based on their popular book Venture Deals: Be Smarter than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist will begin September 29th. Brad Feld and other celebrated investors will also be featured in hangouts for the course and Brad loves to dive into the forums.
I am looking forward to this next round and our global discussion of how to create and manage successful startups.