Startup Essentials for Software Entrepreneurship
Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
See the Moodle class Web page at
This is the revised syllabus with a more up-to-date timeline. The original syllabus is here
Purpose: In this class, you will learn basic principles about
software entrepreneurship and acquire skills to aid you in starting
up a software company. You
will go through the process of building your own software IT
startup, beginning with the creation of the core idea/vision
behind your startup, followed by team formation, identifying the business model hypotheses behind your startup, validating these
the essential features in your minimum viable product, building your
software prototype, and all the while
obtaining feedback from customers and
iterating and pivoting based on that feedback.
You will pitch your final startup
conception and be evaluated on product/market fit.
& Location: Mon, Wed, Fri 3-3:50 pm, ATLAS 104
Course number: CSCI 4830/7000. See also the registrar's Web site.
Prerequisites: Basic Computer Science programming and/or consent of the instructor.
Instructors: Professor Rick Han, http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~rhan, and Zach Nies, CTO Rally.
Office (Prof. Han): ECCR 1B05F
Office Hours (Prof. Han): Tuesdays 2-3 pm and Wednesdays 4-5 pm either in ECCR 1B09 (next door to my office) or in my office (knock on the door to systems lab or call Prof. Han's number below). Additional appointments as needed.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
The Kindle electronic version of The Startup Owner's Manual, Steve Blank and Bob Dorf, K&S Ranch, Inc. Publishers, 2012.
Other very useful references:
See the Moodle class Web page at http://moodle.cs.colorado.edu. Assignments, lecture slides, and announcements can be found there. The moodle has a variety of useful features, including a forum for posting questions. Each student should establish an account on the moodle and then subscribe to our class on the moodle using the special enrollment key given out in class.
see moodle for revised up-to-date timeline
60% Demos in class
30% Final presentation on team venture's status and progress
10% Class participation
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