This was a whirlwind year for me. I passed my mid tenure review and was reappointed for another 3 years up to the tenure decision. After teaching E145 I went to Chile for a week of teaching 80 student entrepreneurs on the water around cape Horn and Patagonia. Then I did a 3-day workshop in the Dominican Republic.
This fall I was a visiting scholar at Stanford's center at Beijing university for two months which included side trips to Tsingdao, Malaysia, and Hong Kong to give talks.
In November I gave a talk at HBS and caught up with my cousin in Boston.
I published a paper on founding team composition and venture performance.
This December I did a startup workshop in Jordan for my first trip to the middle East and highlights included Petra and the Dead Sea.
Amongst it all I fit in a lot of bike rides up to Skyline!
Great experience today, I was giving a presentation for Startup Chile in Santiago and two of the teams in this year's batch were in my first online course! The photo is of the founder of Terafold Biologics who is a Stanford alum and met his two cofounders via Venture Lab!
TeraFold Biologics Inc.: TeraFold is a biotechnology startup aiming to revolutionize the design and engineering of protein scaffolds for therapeutic applications. Scaffolds are expected to supercede antibodies in multiple areas. The founding team combines expertise in biochemistry, protein engineering, computational biophysics, molecular design, pharmacokinetics modeling, machine learning, software engineering, and high-performance scientific computing.
This course introduces the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship, pioneered in Silicon Valley and now spreading across the world. You will learn the process technology entrepreneurs use to start companies. It involves taking a technology idea and finding a high-potential commercial opportunity, gathering resources such as talent and capital, figuring out how to sell and market the idea, and managing rapid growth. To gain practical experience alongside the theory, students form teams and work on startup projects in those teams.
This is the second offering of the class. Last time, nearly 40,000 students from around the world participated and worked in teams together. The top teams were matched with Silicon Valley mentors, and the best teams at the end of the class pitched their ideas to investors. Many of the alumni of the last class are continuing to build their startups and will be mentoring teams this time.
By the conclusion of the course, it is our hope that you understand how to:
Articulate a process for taking a technology idea and finding a high-potential commercial opportunity (high performing students will be able to discuss the pros and cons of alternative theoretical models).
Create and verify a plan for gathering resources such as talent and capital.
Create and verify a business model for how to sell and market an entrepreneurial idea.
Generalize this process to an entrepreneurial mindset of turning problems into opportunities that can be used in larger companies and other settings.
Chuck Eesley is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E). His research and teaching interests focus on strategy and technology entrepreneurship. In the broadest sense, Chuck is interested in the "ideas sector" of the economy. He wants to find out which individual attributes, strategies and institutional arrangements optimally drive the rate of innovation, high growth entrepreneurship, and ultimately economic growth.
Chuck received the 2010 Best Dissertation Award in the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management and is a recipient of the 2007 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Dissertation Fellowship award.
Schedule The course runs from Oct 15 - Dec 20, 2012.
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.