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Critical Skills for Entrepreneurs


Critical Skills for Entrepreneurs
Critical Skills for 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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Module Title
Module 1: Critical Skills Needed by Entrepreneurs
Module 2: Critical Skills Assessment

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Course Rating (By Learners): 4 stars based on 67 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
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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    Leanne Baker United Kingdom This is a very informative course, I have learnt a lot and I will use this information everyday in work. 2015-05-16 16:05:02
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    Stephen Tsatsu Anyigba Ghana The program has enable me develop critical skills in managing my own small start up 2015-05-15 10:05:31
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    Hilary Jackson United Kingdom Very interesting course, short, but informative. 2015-05-11 16:05:55
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    JACQUELINE BOYD_VASSELL Jamaica In my opinion, this is an excellent beginner's course for an up coming entrepreneur. It is a solid foundation course with the major ingredients that you will find in all literature indicating what the young entrepreneur should and should not do. In a time when the job market is drying up and many of people will need to survive by setting up their own business ventures I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Alison for providing a source of inspiration to the unemployed and creating a vision for them to buy into and become self employed citizens. 2015-04-02 13:04:29
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    Arfan Ahmed Pakistan A presentation along with the presenter would be useful to make points more clear and emphatic.... 2015-03-23 09:03:37
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    SANDRA BENNETT United States of America Well put together teach things you will need to know. 2015-03-20 17:03:27
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    Juliana Harry-walker Ghana I have learnt useful skills and points that I can apply in my business ventures. 2015-02-04 18:02:29
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    Abdulhamid Suleiman Nigeria It's really awesome, learned a lot 2015-02-01 07:02:13
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    Richard Giltner United States of America It is a good overview course, not in how to be an entrepreneur or even whether to be one. It is an opportunity to see how the entrepreneur should and does think about the venture, and what some of the critical issues are. It is a very good starting point for people considering entrepreneurship. 2015-01-30 05:01:25
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    Diana Davies United States of America Great Lesson about leadership 2015-01-30 05:01:53
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