List of lectures

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Pilot Project
1Aug 31Welcome!GeneralIntroductions, how the course will run, logistics1) Read PG Article and entrepreneurship article; post pdf to latte 2) Read Learning article. Bring to class your list of behaviors
2Sep 5Lean StartupHypothesesLearn basics of Lean Startup; Begin term product discussion1) Read LS Ch 1,2,3. Respond to warmups; 2) Read about the Inventor who ave away his idea. Write reflection.
3Sep 7HypothesesHypothesesHow we use a scientific method to determine product/market fit; first round of product brainstorming1) Read LS Ch 4,5. Submit warmup exercise to Latte; 2) Read Buid Measure Learn; 3) Pilot teams meet and begin drafting report
4Sep 12Working on TeamsskillsWe discuss and experience some of the keys to being effective on a team1) Read "Management Time" and write a reflection; 2) Read the Working In Teams page and write reflection
5Sep 14MVPHypothesesHypotheses and the Minimum Viable Product; Term project brainstorm1) Read Lean Startup Ch 6, submit warmup questions; 2) Pilot Team Meetings; 4) Propose and research one product idea of your own for term project
6Sep 19Guest Lecture: StartingstartupsGuest Lecture: Getting ideas, figuring out the good idea, ditching the bad1) "Read How to start a startup" and answer warmups; 2) Pilot teamas perform some out of the building experiments
7Sep 26Pilot Project ConclusionProjectReview of the Pilot Project reports, and prepare for the term project; Third round Term project brainstorm1) Pilot teams complete Pilot Reports and prepare for ; 2) Write Peer and self assessment for Pilot project
Term Project: Startup
8Sep 28Welcome to Term Projects!ProjectGetting ready to start the term projects; Choose projects and teams1) Read and understand how term projects work; 2) Watch and comment on episode of Shark Tank, write your reactions in a post on Latte; 3) Develop one of the product ideas further.
9Oct 3Build Measure LearnMVPMore work on the projects. Start looking at metrics.1) Read Lean Startup Chapter 7, complete warmup quiz term project Product concepts.
10Oct 10Project PlanningSkillsHow to think about estimation and project planning1) Read LS Chapter 9, do warmups; 2) Read and do estimation homework
11Oct 12The PivotMVPThe role of the pivot in Lean Startup1) Read LS Chap 8, do warmup quiz; 2) Read articles, prepare for class discussion; 3) Submit iteration retrospective
12Oct 17Guest Lecture: Growth HackingRevenueCase studies in real world growth hacking1) Various readings about growth hacking; 2) prepare for discussions; 3) teams continue working
13Oct 19Lab DayMVPTeams can meet in classTBD
14Oct 24Quant and Qual TestingMVPOn the importance of testing your assumption. Scientific method when applied to marketing?1) Compose email question to test a hypothesis; 2) Go out of the building for the first time and report experience.
Term Project: Product
15Oct 26Testing TechniquesMVPPractical, real world ways of creating and testing MVPs.1) Write up one or two effective MVPs for your product; 2) Answer questions about Indiehackers
16Oct 31The Engine of GrowthRevenueWe conclude looking at the "lean startup" by digging into the engine of growth1) Read Chapter 10 and respond to warmups; 3) Reflection on Lean Startup
17Nov 2Guest Lecturer: MarketingProjectFrancois Gossieaux will give his views about how Marketing works in the modern world of SaaS and consumer products and services.""comming soon!
18Nov 7Business ModelsRevenueIntro to the business model canvas1) Complete Stage 2, on to Stage 3; 2) Learn the business model canvas apply to your project
19Nov 9Pricing ModelsRevenueDesigning the business modelpublished
20Nov 14Finance for GeeksEntrepreneurshipFundamentals of the financial planTBD
Term Project: Business
21Nov 16Guest Lecture: Go to marketSkillsBarry Rudistsky on the real world of business, selling, pricing, and going to marketcomming soon!
22Nov 21Founding a companyEntrepreneurshipHow does a company get founded?1) Interview a real entrepreneur; 2) Read about compnay founding2) Continue to work on final deliverables
23Nov 28Intellectual PropertyEntrepreneurshipIntro to IP for Software Entrepreneurs1) Read and answer warmups.
24Nov 30Guest Lecture: PresentationsSkillsGuest Lecturer Bill Wittenberg shows us why he's among the top tech presenters out there!1) Answer speaker's warmup questions; 2) Iteration retrospective
25Dec 5Real World Survival KitSkillsInterviewing, Networking, Choosing a career1) Reflection work; 2) Read articles and answer warmups
26Dec 7Last day converstationGeneralDiscussion, dry runs and practice1) Reflection homework