Information for Fall 2012
This is a two unit graded course offered jointly by the College of Letters and Sciences and the Haas School of Business.
Course Objective: Our goal is to disrupt your day, and with any luck, maybe your life. Through this course, we want you to reflect on what entrepreneurship may mean towards your college and post collegiate aspirations. In order to get there, we want you to create your own, personalized view of entrepreneurship, by engaging with invited speakers, by interviewing an entrepreneur of your choosing, and by creating a novel idea for a product or service.
“….if your life was to end suddenly and unexpectedly tomorrow, would you be able to say you’ve been doing what you truly care about today? What would you be willing to do for the rest of your life? What would it take to do it right now?” The Monk and the Riddle, p. 156.
Class Introduction, Professors Jennifer Walske & Ajay Bam
September 3 - Labor Day, no class
Charles Huang, founder, Guitar Hero
September 17: Opportunity
Roger Sippl, founder Informix
September 24: Young Entrepreneur Panel
Panel of Entrepreneurs, Professor Ajay Bam Moderates
October 1: Team
John Scharffenberger, founder of Scharffen Berger Chocolate
October 8: Resources
Jeff Drezner, founder, Clinical Care Solutions
October 15: Resources
Rob Chandra, partner, Bessemer Ventures
October 22: IDEAtion Exercise
IDEO Idea Generation Exercise; Professor Bam discsuses his own ideation process.
October 29: Special Topic: Corporate Entrepreneurship
David Wadhwani, SVP and GM, Adobe Digital Media Business Unit
November 5: Special Topic - Social Entrepreneurship
Chris Balme, founder, Sparke and Anne Marie Burgoyne, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
November 12: Veteran's Day - no class
November 19: Special Topic - The Private Company (Small Business)
Lisa Lucheta, Torani Syrups
Stuart Moore, Stuart Moore Jewelers
November 26: Launching your new venture
Fred Reid, founder of Virgin America
December 3: IDEAFest!
SemiFinalists Present Their Ideas!