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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 92 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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  • Chinenye Ikeije
    Chinenye Ikeije Nigeria Excellent skill is pivotal in all facets of life. Its paramount role is incomparable both in business and office sectors. Skills produce effort that generates work values and thereby make reward available. It is very obvious that skill keeps the entrepreneur in business and without it, there is a growth challenge. An entrepreneur develops a driving force to stay in business daily. This in no small measure creates a more elaborate and successful business environment. Awakened skill, I believe, collaborates with talent. It also creates human drive to achieving a goal. In other words, I see it as a goal-getter. It technically positions either an individual or a business in a better position to strike successfully. Critical skill cannot be shadowed. It is essentially required for productivity. 2016-07-25 18:07:54
  • Eugen Krassitschkow
    Eugen Krassitschkow Brazil Very well explained and very useful course. Thank you. 2016-07-17 05:07:21
  • Malkias Taziwa Magosi
    Malkias Taziwa Magosi Zimbabwe I suggest that more presenters are also taken on board. print scripts are also ideal to cover us those who are not very familiar with presenter's tone or accent. 2016-07-15 15:07:29
  • Sunny Kagaruki
    Sunny Kagaruki United States of America The course was so interesting as it touches all the aspects of entrepreneurs and gives the clear picture 2016-06-22 10:06:10
  • Hiba Sa'adeh
    Hiba Sa'adeh Jordan Dear Alison Team I appreciate your taking on your shoulder learning and training many people at their home a lot of useful courses, these courses are easy to learn and easy to understood, with no wasting time in nothing every day. I look forward to take more and more courses with Alison. Thank you very much Hiba Sa'adeh 2016-05-16 09:05:43
  • Sonia Silvera
    Sonia Silvera Democratic Republic of the Congo The overall presentation, content and delivery of Critical Skills for Entrepreneur course was first-class and very informative, relating trends and examples in the industry that is current and relevant to the present. 2016-05-11 18:05:44
  • Karen Chmara
    Karen Chmara Canada Informative and interesting with many point of entry for further investigation. Definitely worth the time before continuing into further development in the field. 2016-05-11 16:05:37
  • Rajeshkumar Singh
    Rajeshkumar Singh South Africa Great course some very interesting insights. Easy to do in a short space of time. Great work. 2016-05-02 19:05:23
  • Adade Richard
    Adade Richard [[]] Good 2016-04-27 16:04:37
  • William Spurka
    William Spurka United States of America Good information, very good speaker with insight, good job 2016-03-07 20:03:05
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