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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: StartingGeneralGuest 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; 2) Have team alignment meeting and write initial report.
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, respond to warmups
12Oct 17Intellectual PropertyEntrepreneurshipCase studies in real world growth hacking1) Various readings about growth hacking; 2) prepare for discussions; 3) teams continue working
13Oct 19Presentation Day RehearsalMVPAll teams give a presentation about their products so far1) Prepare presentation
14Oct 24The Engine of GrowthMVPWe conclude looking at the "lean startup" by digging into the engine of growth1) Read Chapter 10 and respond to warmups; 2) Complete and submit deliverables for Stage 1
Term Project: Product
15Oct 26Mockups & PrototypesMVPBasics of designing attractive and usable interfaces1) Read article about clean design, and write up two examples of violations; 3) Design sample of two key screens; 3) More out of the building testing
16Oct 31Testing TechniquesMVPHow do we test our assumptions?1) Read 4 UI articles, prep to be called on; 2) Try 5 second test and post results of your experiment; 3) Meet with your term project team and continue moving forward
17Nov 2Product Market FitMVPWhat is Product Market Fit and how to get tehrecomming soon!
18Nov 7Growth HackingMVPOn 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.
19Nov 9Business ModelsRevenueIntro to the business model canvas1) Learn the business model canvas apply to your project
20Nov 14Pricing ModelsRevenueWe get into what a pricing model is and how to think about one.1) Read and comment on two articles
Term Project: Business
21Nov 16Guest Lecture: Go to marketRevenueBarry Ruditsky on the real world of business, selling, pricing, and going to market1) Submit Stage 2 deliverables
22Nov 21Finance for GeeksEntrepreneurshipFundamentals of the financial plan1) Spreadsheet work
23Nov 28Founding a companyEntrepreneurshipHow does a company get founded?1) Interview a real entrepreneur; 2) Read about compnay founding2) Continue to work on final deliverables
24Nov 30Real World Survival KitSkillsInterviewing, Networking, Choosing a career1) Reflection work; 2) Read articles and answer warmups
25Dec 5How startups get financedEntrepreneurshipWhere does the money come from? How does Venture Capital, Angel Investment, etc work?
26Dec 7Last day converstationGeneralDiscussion, dry runs and practice1) Reflection homework
27Dec 12Guest Lecture: PresentationsSkillsEach team gets 30 minutes face to face coaching from Bill Wittenberg!Be super ready with your presentations