BUS 45 W — Building Successful Startups: Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Share Ideas for Next-Stage Growth
Guest contributors include: Michael Anderson (co-founder and CEO, Stache); Neerav Berry (co-founder and co-CEO, Payplant); Tom Kemp (co-founder and former CEO, Centrify; investor); Randy Komisar (partner and advisor, Kleiner Perkins; co-author of Straight Talk for Startups); John Jarve (partner emeritus, Menlo Ventures); Ambarish Malpani (former CTO and vice president of engineering, Edmodo); Mary McDougall (vice president, Astia; former president and CEO, Survox); Camilla Olson (CEO, Savitude); Diana Peterson (principal product manager, Khan Academy); Thane Plambeck (co-founder, Counterwave); and Rob Reis (founder and CEO, Higher Ground).
BUS 45 W builds upon the lessons learned in BUS 11 W: "How to Build Successful Startups: Learn Lessons Straight from Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs," but a student may take BUS 45 W either before or after BUS 11 W. BUS 45 W will cover ten weeks of content in an accelerated, three-week format. Students should expect to spend at least eight to ten hours per week on this course.
John Kelley, Co-Founder and COO, OnRiskJohn Kelley co-founded OnRisk, which provides software services to the commercial insurance industry. Earlier, he founded 399 Innovation, which advises ﬁrms on invention and innovation strategy. He received a JD from Stanford, where he pursued an independent research track in artiﬁcial intelligence and law. Kelley also studied at Sorø Akademi in Denmark on an American Field Service Fellowship.
Textbooks for this course:
(Recommended) William H. Draper III, The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs (ISBN 0230339948)
(Recommended) Randall Stross, The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's Most Exclusive School for Startups (ISBN 1591845297)
(Recommended) William F. Miller et al., The Silicon Valley Edge: A Habitat for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ISBN 0804740631)
(Recommended) Randy Komisar, The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living (ISBN 1578516447)