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Critical Skills for Entrepreneurs Course


Critical Skills for Entrepreneurs
Critical Skills for Entrepreneurs

Learn about the critical skills needed by entrepreneurs.


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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.

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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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Course Rating (By Learners): 4 stars based on 79 votes
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:
Validation: Level 5
ALISON Testing: Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download: Yes
Parchment: Yes
Framed Certification: Yes

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  • Dalglynn wright
    Dalglynn wright United States of America I never thought that I could learn so much, in so little time. wow! 2016-01-22 16:01:07
  • Jamila Heshima
    Jamila Heshima United States of America I enjoyed the quick snippets of information in the videos. The speaker was interesting and knowledgeable. 2016-01-07 03:01:54
  • Chris Abias
    Chris Abias Ireland Critical skills that Entrepreneur need is;Leadership,communication,decision making,being a team player and the ability to telescope,and recruit people sale for you. 2015-12-07 13:12:54
  • Michelle Maphosa
    Michelle Maphosa Zimbabwe Very interesting course. Learnt skills I will definitely apply 2015-11-08 13:11:12
  • David Coote
    David Coote United Kingdom Interesting course 2015-11-06 02:11:53
  • Andile Thabede
    Andile Thabede South Africa I found the information within the course to be relevant and accurate. Thank you to the ALISON Team. 2015-11-03 21:11:56
  • Mambiyea Wounuah
    Mambiyea Wounuah Liberia This has been a really good learning experience for me. I liked the video presentation of the various topics. Thank you Allison for this. 2015-09-15 14:09:49
  • Fernando Contreras
    Fernando Contreras Venezuela It was a good course but I would really liked the transcript or script of all the videos because as a non native English Speaker I missed some words that are really difficult to undestand. 2015-09-02 19:09:50
  • Charlene Kamineth
    Charlene Kamineth South Africa Fantastic site 2015-08-25 12:08:17
  • Theodor Moolman
    Theodor Moolman South Africa It was a really good and informative course 2015-08-20 11:08:00
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