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Time for Founders School

By Steve Blank

Having a film crew in your living room for two days is something you want to put on your bucket list.

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With a ~$2 billion endowment the Kauffman Foundation is the largest non-profit focused on entrepreneurship in the world. Giving away $80 million to every year (~$25 million to entrepreneurial causes)makes Kauffmanthe dominant player in the entrepreneurship space.

Kauffman just launched Founders School -a new education series to help entrepreneurs develop their businesses during the startup stage by highlighting how startups are different from big companies. After weeks honing the script and days of filming, Im honored to present the Startups section of Founders School.

And Im in good company also in the series is Noam Wasserman of Harvard teaching Founders Dilemmas,Craig Wortmann University of Chicago covering Entrepreneurial Selling,Peter McDermott helping understand Intellectual Property, and Nathan Gold offering how to give Powerful Presentations.

These videos are not only great tutorials for founders but also provide educators another source of well produced and curated resources.

These Startup videos are a great general purpose companion to my How to Build a Startup lectures on Udacity.

And you get a tour of my living room

Startups introduction is here

Module 1, What We Know About Startups

  • 0:17: A Startup is not a smaller version of a large company
  • 0:45: The definition of a startup
  • 1:53: Types of Startups
  • 2:18: Startups in an Existing Market
  • 3:10: Startups in a New Market
  • 4:31: Startups in a Resegmented Market
  • 5:28: Startups in a Clone Market
  • Module 2, Startups Versus Big Companies

    • 0:43: Business Plans versus Business Models
    • 1:46: The Differences: Accounting, Engineering & Sales
    • 2:21: Accounting Metrics in a Large Company vs. Metrics that Matter in a Startup
    • 3:35: Job Titles in a Large Company can Sink a Startup
    • 6:07: Engineering: Waterfall Development in a Large Company vs. Minimum Viable Product in a Startup
    • Module 3, The Lean Method

      • 0:50: There are No Facts Inside Your Building Get Outside
      • 1:28: Using the Business Model Canvas
      • 1:49: Use Customer Development to Test Your Hypotheses
      • 2:44: What is a Pivot?
      • 4:24: No Business Plan Survives First Contact with Customers
      • Module 4, Building Your Startup

        • 0:41: Dont outsource Customer Discovery
        • 1:33: How to build your startup
        • 2:48: How to building your team
        • 3:15: Look for overlapping skill sets and complementary temperaments
        • Module 5, Pivot or Proceed, How to Decide

          • 0:33: Is there Product-Market Fit?
          • 1:00: Most startups fail
          • 1:20: Adopt a mindset of learning
          • 1:27: Proceed, pivot or restart
          • The second half of the Startups series is coming in March.

            Go watch Founders School now.