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Teaching Entrepreneurship

The first book I remember reading about starting a new tech venture was High-Tech Ventures: The Guide for Entrepreneurial Success. It is a book that was written about entrepreneurial ventures in the mid to late 1980s. Surprisingly much of the advice and particularly the venture economics remains valid. However, much of the manufacturing and marketing advice doesn’t apply 18 years later. The good news is that there are a ton of online resources that are available to round out the education for entrepreneurs.

It’s great to see that Velocity, SIFE and Impact are making it easier for students to learn about entrepreneurship as a career path. Maybe I need to put some effort into adding content to StartupSchool.ca to make a valuable resource for entrepreneurs and students.

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  1. Anything we can do to encourage students to learn about entrepreneurship is a plus, even though “book learning” is probably not the best way to go about it. The Standford resources tend to be the best because they’re developed by people who build companies for a living. You may not be aware but http://www.leadtowin.ca (though only in Ottawa right now) is actually an Open Source educational initiative. All of the course materials are free, in both sense of the word. It might be worth talking to Tony Bailetti about using their platform for a broader Startup School.

  2. Anything we can do to encourage students to learn about entrepreneurship is a plus, even though “book learning” is probably not the best way to go about it. The Standford resources tend to be the best because they're developed by people who build companies for a living. You may not be aware but http://www.leadtowin.ca (though only in Ottawa right now) is actually an Open Source educational initiative. All of the course materials are free, in both sense of the word. It might be worth talking to Tony Bailetti about using their platform for a broader Startup School.

  3. This started in my head as what is the PersonalMBA for would be entrepreneurs http://personalmba.com/.

    The High-Tech Ventures book was my introduction to the business of early-stage technology product development. While many of the lessons are still valid, there are other resources.

  4. This started in my head as what is the PersonalMBA for would be entrepreneurs http://personalmba.com/.

    The High-Tech Ventures book was my introduction to the business of early-stage technology product development. While many of the lessons are still valid, there are other resources.

  5. Worth noting here that the top entrepreneurship school for a masters program is Babson College in Boston. Small school, but great program (and my alma mater). It’s also home of the Arthur Blank Centre for Entrepreneurship Research and The Lewis Institute for Social Entrepreneurship.

  6. Worth noting here that the top entrepreneurship school for a masters program is Babson College in Boston. Small school, but great program (and my alma mater). It's also home of the Arthur Blank Centre for Entrepreneurship Research and The Lewis Institute for Social Entrepreneurship.

  7. Babson was always an extremely well regarded MBA program focused around entrepreneurship. http://www3.babson.edu/eship/

    I’ve never been able to find any materials from Babson. Which when talking about where to go as an entrepreneur for educational materials (different than going their for an MBA) puts it way behind Stanford, MIT and CMU in the mindshare department.

  8. Babson was always an extremely well regarded MBA program focused around entrepreneurship. http://www3.babson.edu/eship/

    I've never been able to find any materials from Babson. Which when talking about where to go as an entrepreneur for educational materials (different than going their for an MBA) puts it way behind Stanford, MIT and CMU in the mindshare department.

  9. I’d actually agree with you there. They have an extensive research library and case studies and are one of the key schools behind the GEM report, but, ya, their marketing has something to be desired!

  10. I'd actually agree with you there. They have an extensive research library and case studies and are one of the key schools behind the GEM report, but, ya, their marketing has something to be desired!

  11. When and where are these courses?
    Do I have to pay or is it free?

  12. @Raymond Luk,

    agreed. There’s some things you can’t learn in books (just as there’s some things you have to learn by failing). More power to those that provide their students with experience and expertise, especially if they’re an Open Source initiative.

  13. @Raymond Luk,

    agreed. There's some things you can't learn in books (just as there's some things you have to learn by failing). More power to those that provide their students with experience and expertise, especially if they're an Open Source initiative.

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