Kauffman Fellows Academy Online

Startup CEO

Instructors:
Matt Blumberg, CEO of Return Path
Clint Korver, COO of NovoEd
You can take this course for $199.00.
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The Course

Improve Your Management and Leadership Skills Quickly

Instead of learning from the school of hard knocks, let experienced startup founders guide you to being a successful first-time CEO. In addition to explaining the most critical responsibilities of a startup CEO, Matt Blumberg, Founder/CEO of Return Path and author of Startup CEO and Clint Korver, successful serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and Stanford University adjunct professor, will provide you with an operating system that will help increase the chances of your startup’s success, while saving you time and reducing stress.

You’ll learn how systems thinking can help you build and scale a successful company. Many first-time CEOs focus on problem solving. However, encountering a problem, solving it and moving on to the next one is inherently limited and frustrating. Building a scalable business requires designing and implementing systems that prevent problems or at least make them easier to solve.

You will have the unique opportunity to directly engage Matt Blumberg and other celebrated entrepreneurs in live chats held weekly during the seven week course, where you can ask your startup questions.

You’ll also learn from fellow online students—startup CEOs from around the world— helping you to build your network and gain a broader perspective on your company’s strengths and weaknesses.

 

A How-To Guide for the First-Time CEO

This online course focuses on the areas of responsibility unique to the CEO such as communicating the vision, building the company’s human capital, driving execution, building and leading a board of directors and managing yourself.

You’ll learn about a variety of systems--from those that help you manage your own time and priorities to those that drive the most important activities in your company.

Fundamentally this class describes how to create an operating system for managing yourself and your company.

This course will enable you to:

  • Engage Matt Blumberg and other startup CEO’s in live chats
  • Emulate what a successful Startup CEO really does
  • Grasp the power of story telling and how to communicate your vision to all stakeholders
  • Collaborate with fellow classmates and entrepreneurs from around the world
  • Learn how to recruit, hire and retain the very best talent
  • Learn to marshal financial resources and use them wisely through disciplined execution
  • Build and lead a board of directors that will drive your company to success
  • Learn how to manage your time and your priorities so you can effectively manage others

Working in virtual teams, you will learn by doing in this online course. You’ll gain leadership skills you can apply to your own startup or work situation in real-time. Designed by entrepreneurs for new and aspiring entrepreneurs, the seven-week curriculum will both improve your interpersonal skills and help you create an operating system for managing yourself and your company.

Our team-based exercises allow for substantial interaction with other students and the opportunity to build a network of fellow startup CEOs from around the world.

Here’s what past Startup CEO students have to say about the course:

“The lectures and the hangouts were incredibly insightful. I’m sure I’ll avoid a good number of mistakes I would have surely made without taking this class!”

“The video lectures and the topics you don’t find in most cookie cutter business books”

More Information

Workload: 2 - 4 hours / week, for seven weeks

Prerequisites: This is an introductory course and there are no prerequisites.

Technical Requirements: You need a computer that allows you to watch the video lectures, and the ability to upload your assignments, which will include text reports and images or video.

Statement of Accomplishment: Subject to satisfactory performance and course completion, you will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by the instructor.

Syllabus:

Week 1: Storytelling - Defining and testing the story of your startup

Week 2: Create Your Personal Operating System

Week 3: Hiring the Right Team/Building a Company’s Human Capital

Week 4: How to Develop Your Team

Week 5: Developing the Company's Operating System/What to do if it's not working

Week 6: Ensuring the Flow of Capital

Week 7: Building and leading a Board of Directors

Week 8 (Optional) Managing Yourself so you Can Manage Others