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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 74 reviews
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
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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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  • 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
  • Amoke Onitiju
    Amoke Onitiju Nigeria A good basic foundation course for beginners.Short and precise for people like me. I didnt have to do an MBA for 2 years to learn these simple but key principles for starting a business 2015-07-12 22:07:11
  • Kay Wilbanks
    Kay Wilbanks United States of America Very interesting. Great reminder of things we may know and also helpful to identify weaknesses that could be harmful to productivity and the longevity of a company. 2015-06-19 17:06:24
  • Kay Wilbanks
    Kay Wilbanks United States of America Really important to have a business mindset for business and not a social mindset. It would be natural to look to bring people into your company that you would enjoy being around but proble 2015-06-19 16:06:29
  • Etienne Bronkhorst
    Etienne Bronkhorst South Africa Great course to get you going. My suggestion is to print it all and always refer to it continously. 2015-06-03 07:06:34
  • Kristina Miknyte
    Kristina Miknyte United Kingdom It is very interesting, and a perfect chance to learn something new or even just to remind of the simple things which we seem to forget. 2015-06-01 16:06:41
  • INGO BURKS
    INGO BURKS United States of America This is an excellent course with a wealth of knowledge 2015-05-30 18:05:58
  • Petal-Dawn Loubert
    Petal-Dawn Loubert United States of America Critical Skills For Entrepreneurs Course gives me the necessary tools I need to start my business. 2015-05-26 16:05:25
  • Elizabeth Jackson
    Elizabeth Jackson United States of America The information contained in this course was enlightening. It demonstrated the characteristics of a successful person and teh importance of critical thinking. 2015-05-24 06:05:25
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