Critical skills for entrepreneurs

This is the name of a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) delivered by Jerry Kaplan and Stanford University on the Alison learning platform.

The course is self-paced, which means you can start to learn at any time. This can be very convenient for some people that are too busy or are having lots of free time.

The course itself comprises two modules. The first module is composed of 13 topics delivered as short videos. When you are viewing a course video, you may open a Study Note space for you to type in your own notes that you may download afterwards. You may also write them down in a more classic way, i.e. with paper and pencil. The second module is the end-of-course assessment. Learners need to score 80% in each assessment to pass.

The course is free of charge and as such you will be exposed to advertisements for at least 5 seconds, unless you decide to pay to remove them (something like 50 euros for one year of Adsfree courses). If you want to formalize your education you will have the possibility to purchase a certificate.

According to the course description on Alison, learners would invest 1-2 hours time of work to complete the course. It also says that:

This course will show you how the timing of an idea is very important and why it is very difficult to call. Kaplan shares his advice on the types of risks that companies face when they start off and how the trick is to get the risk out as soon as possible. He discusses the best time to start a business, why he admires and respects business leaders such as Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos and how to establish culture and values in a company early on.

This course will be of great interest to business professionals, entrepreneurs, business students and anyone with a general interest in gaining a better knowledge and understanding of the critical skills needed by entrepreneurs to create successful businesses.

Here are the learning outcomes, according to the course description:

  • Describe the five biggest mistakes that entrepreneurs make;
  • What are the best qualities of successful entrepreneurs;
  • Explain the five critical skills that entrepreneurs need;
  • Why companies have personalities that reflect the personalities of the founders;
  • How every idea is repeatedly proposed therefore timing of an idea is very important;
  • What are the different kinds of risks that an entrepreneur faces when starting a company;
  • When is the best time to start a company;
  • Who are Jerry Kaplan’s top leaders;
  • Why an entrepreneur should establish culture and values early on;
  • How roles change within a company when a transition from R&D happens;

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