Free Stanford Online Fall Class – Startup Boards: Advanced Entrepreneurship

This is an advanced entrepreneurship class, designed for teams who have already started a company or are seriously thinking about starting a company. So, don’t think just anyone will be accepted to this high-powered but free class. They encourage teams to take this class together, since much of the work will be focused on working with your board to make real progress on the most important issues in your startup.For each startup team, a board will be created comprised of your peers based on your needs, their skills, and everyone’s engagement. In addition, one of the early assignments will be for each team to find one or two domain experts to serve on their board for the duration of the class.One of the requirements in this class is also to serve on another team’s board. Board membership may be changed as the class progresses, based on peer reviews and demonstrated effort. The class will be optimized for entrepreneurs willing to invest the time and energy to help themselves and others.After the completion of this course, students:

  1. will understand the crucial role boards play in launching successful startups,
  2. be able to identify and recruit effective board members,
  3. be able to manage a board meeting, eliciting useful guidance and making important decisions, and
  4. will have made meaningful progress building your startup.

This class will be interactive and team based. We will use videos and readings to convey board best practices. However, most of the learning in this class will take place from applying these best practices to your board with the goal of making meaningful progress on your startup.

The Instructor

Clint Korver is an adjunct professor in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program where he teaches Startup Boards, an advanced entrepreneurship class. He is the co-founder and partner at Ulu Ventures, a venture capital firm that has made over 40 early stage investments.

Clint is also a Kauffman Fellow, a venture partner at Crescendo Ventures, and a mentor at StartX. He is also a co-founder and co-president of Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs. Prior to becoming an investor, he founded and led two software startups, a training company, and a consulting company and co-authored the book Ethics for the Real World.

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