CS198: Build the Future

Find us @ Leconte Hall Rm. 3

Tues and Thurs, 6:30PM-8:00PM

Sponsored by:

Speakers

Sept

18

Cameron Baradar

The House

Founder

Sep

25

Ryan Peterson

Flexport

Founder and CEO

Oct

2

Elizabeth Iorns

CEO @Science Exchange

Part-time partner @ YC

Oct

9

Matthew Prince

CloudFlare

CEO and Cofounder

Oct

16

Nagraj Kashyap

Microsoft Ventures

Corporate Vice President

Oct

23

Andrew Kortina

Venmo

Co-founder

Oct

30

Patrick Lee

Cofounder @Hobo Labs

CEO @Rotten Tomatoes

Nov

1

Pejman Nozad

Pear VC

Founding Managing Partner

Nov

6

Ben Herman

Jumpstart

Founder and CEO

Nov

15

TBD

Build the Future

Speaker

Nov

27

Chad Rigetti

Rigetti Quantum Computing

Founder and CEO

Nov

29

TBA

Build the Future

Speaker

Assignments

Name
Unit
Due date
Submission

Form a team and a venture idea

Ideation
9/25
HW01
Conduct 50 customer interviews with potential users
Validation
TBA
TBA
Create a minimal viable product and test it
Prototype
TBA
TBA
Create some simple marketing materials
Sell
TBA
TBA
Make a 1 minute pitch
Pitch
TBA
TBA
Make a 5 minute pitch
Pitch
TBA
TBA

About

There’s no better place to explore building a startup than during your time as a student at UC Berkeley. Surrounded by ambitious and talented people and industry-leading professors, there’s endless potential to create the next big thing. This course is designed to teach and inspire students to use their knowledge to build startups, and also to hear industry leaders come and talk to you about their process and journey, as well as answer any of your own questions.

We will be going over the basic building blocks of a successful startup and connect this knowledge to emerging fields. Over the course of the semester, you will get into groups and go through the actual process of ideating and creating a startup idea that is intriguing to investors, culminating in a pitch to real venture capitalists! In addition, we will be providing an overview of the startup scene at Berkeley, pointing out resources ready to help students get a head start.

The course meets twice a week, Tuesdays & Thursdays. The class will have speaker classes which will feature entrepreneurs who share their experiences and knowledge in a particular area of building a startup. It will also feature guest professors and introduce you to resources on campus to help you build your venture. In addition, there are also curriculum classes where you will be working with your team to develop a startup idea with a demo and slide deck that you will be building over the course of the semester [2 units].

Sponsors

Press

Staff

Questions about the decal? Email [email protected]

Advisors: Jimmy Liu, Zuhayeer Musa, Gurshaan Madan, Cameron Baradar

Faculty advisor: Scott Shenker

Policies

Attendance is mandatory and will be taken every class period. In the case of an absence, please notify us ahead of time; you can also keep up with the speaker series online as we’ll likely record them. Students with more than a total of 2 absences will be failed.

Grading will be based on attendance (30%), assignments (50%), course evaluation (10%), and final paper (10%). Students must receive above 70% in the class in order to receive a Pass.