The course meets twice a week. The first class of the week will feature an entrepreneur to share their experiences and knowledge in a particular area of building a startup. The second class of the week will tie that content into an emerging field that has high potential for disruption or introduce students to a startup resource on campus.
Assignments will include preparing well-drafted and insightful questions for each speaker on a weekly basis. Each homework will be worth 1 point and in order to pass the class, you must have at least 7 points by the end of the semester. There will also be a short paper (2 pages) at the end of the semester based on student’s comprehension of articles (i.e. Paul Graham’s Essays)
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 4 absences will be failed.
Grading will be based on attendance (30%), assignments (50%), course evaluation (10%), and paper (10%). Students must receive above 70% in the class in order to receive a Pass.
The class will have required articles for reading (will be disbursed later). These articles will be used to complete the written paper.
Outside of articles for the paper, there is no required reading in this class. We do have a couple of recommended books:
- Zero to One (Peter Thiel)
- The Hard Things about Hard Things (Ben Horowitz)
- Hackers and Painters (Paul Graham)
A computer with internet access is required to complete assignment. If a student is unable to access a computer we will also take assignments on paper on a case by case basis.