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Critical Skills for Entrepreneurs


Critical Skills for Entrepreneurs

Critical Skills for Entrepreneurs

Learn about the critical skills needed by entrepreneurs.


Students: 3,557
Course Description

Jerry Kaplan is widely known in the computer industry as a serial entrepreneur, executive, technical innovator and author. In this free online course he explains what the best qualities of serial entrepreneurs are and the five biggest mistakes that entrepreneurs make.
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He discusses the five critical skills that entrepreneurs need: leadership, communication, decision-making, being a team player and the ability to telescope. He explains the vital importance of sales skills and recruiting people to sell for you. 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. He also talks about how roles change within a company when there is a transition away from R&D. 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.

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Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes: - 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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Module Title
Module 1: Critical Skills Needed by Entrepreneurs
Module 2: Critical Skills Assessment

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Course Title Critical Skills for Entrepreneurs
Course # 399
Course Publisher Stanford
Course Category 9
Content Origin
Course Description  Jerry Kaplan is widely known in the computer industry as a serial entrepreneur, executive, technical innovator and author. In this free online course he explains what the best qualities of serial entrepreneurs are and the five biggest mistakes that entrepreneurs make. He discusses the five critical skills that entrepreneurs need: leadership, communication, decision-making, being a team player and the ability to telescope. He explains the vital importance of sales skills and recruiting people to sell for you. 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. He also talks about how roles change within a company when there is a transition away from R&D. 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.
License  This course is available from Stanford OpenCourseWare through the following Creative Commons licence:
Creative Commons License
Release Date 09 November 2012
   
Content  
Course Duration (Avg Learner) 1-2 Hours
Video/Audio High
Audio Only None
Animation None
Assessments Yes
 
Education Level
Age appropriateness 18+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level Higher High Secondary School
 
Validation Level 5
ALISON Testing Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download Yes
Parchment Yes
Framed Certification Yes
   
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  • Jennifer Manwaring Trinidad and Tobago The course was very basic but informative. 2014-12-13 18:12:27
  • Jimmie Martin United States of America This is a great learning experience. YES! 2014-12-11 01:12:26
  • Emmanuel Enilolobo South Africa This course will be an interesting course so an keenly interested to participate.....cant wait to start. Thank you Alison for the opportunity. 2014-11-21 04:11:33
  • Maria Mason United States of America It was a good course to learn about having your own business, and what to except from it. 2014-11-16 23:11:34
  • Maria Mason United States of America I liked what I learned in order to have your own business 2014-11-16 15:11:14
  • Ige Omoluakhe Urowayino Greece It is quite educative as it has helped me to really understand the area where l failed in my previous business. 2014-11-13 21:11:23
  • Titilayo Efe-Mukoro Nigeria I was inspired to take this course after i read the introduction. This course has taught me how to avoid mistakes as an entrepreneur and imparted in me the understanding of the necessary skills that i must cultivate. I look forward in studying more of being a successful entrepreneur. Thank you 2014-10-21 09:10:12
  • Kassim Felke Ethiopia It is a course that helps learner to be effective to make difference on their business. 2014-08-11 18:08:30
  • CAROLYN SMITH United States of America It helped me to understand that timing is everything. 2014-08-08 17:08:53
  • Edward Berko Appau Ghana tutorial must sometimes be written especially key points in the modules. thank you. 2014-07-31 14:07:04
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