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Startup Boards: Advanced Entrepreneurship

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Monday, October 15, 2012 to Thursday, December 20, 2012
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This is an advanced entrepreneurship class, designed for teams who have already started a company or are seriously thinking about starting a company. We encourage teams to take this class together as 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, we will create a board 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 to serve on another team’s board. As we go, we will refine board membership based on peer reviews and demonstrated effort. We will optimize this class 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.

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Workload 
10 hours per week.

Technical Requirements 
You need a computer that allows you to watch the video lectures, and the ability to upload your assignments which will be reports and powerpoint/video presentations.

Statement of Accomplishment 
Subject to satisfactory performance and course completion, you will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by the instructor. This statement will not stand in the place of a course taken at Stanford or an accredited institution.

Instructor(s)

Clint Korver

Adjunct Professor, Stanford Technology Ventures Program

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.