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Startups Unplugged: 4 session Course
Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 7:00 PM - Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 8:30 PM (EDT)
New York, United States
Only around 2% of applicants get into great programs like TechStars or Y Combinator. This is for the rest of you, who are just as devoted. You’ll also gain a group of startup contacts you can continue to work with. Looking forward to another great group.
Four in-person sessions and two video Sessions based on data on what makes successful startups. The 4 in-person Sessions are 90 minutes each, every two weeks, so you can apply what you learn:
Thursday October 6th, 7 - 8:30pm
Thursday October 20th, 7 - 8:30pm
Thursday November 3rd, 7 - 8:30pm
Thursday November 17th, 7 - 8:30pm
If you can't make one of the sessions just contact Paul for a make up.
The Sessions are for startup people who want structure that comes from sticking to a process, learning over time and getting support from others going through the same thing. The syllabus includes customer discovery work, build-measure-learn methodology, diving into your business problems and experiments you can run. Tech and business people are both welcome, but the subject matter is focused on business questions.
When you sign up, make sure you also tell me what you’re working on and record a brief video of yourself pitching your startup here: http://bit.ly/rf5Glh. This helps make the class really active and focused. I will use the info to adjust the syllabus and start to give you feedback before the first session.
The 2 video sessions are for you to practice your pitch and then get feedback to improve it. Deliverables are due at each session. This is for active participants who will work on their startups over the time we meet.
About the Instructor
Paul Orlando has worked in media and technology since 1996. He started his career in telecom, where in the days before Skype he innovated and sold several new Voice Over IP products and led international business development with telecom carriers in Asia/Pac and Europe. In 2009 he joined Chatfe, a new media startup which helps transform the way online community members communicate with each other, and serves as Co-founder & CEO. In this role, he generated revenue from business users, was awarded “Best Business Viability” by Microsoft BizSpark and was written up in the New York Times. Paul has presented at events including DorkBot, BizSpark, the Levin Institute, Disrupt Hackathon, Columbia, Web2NewYork and other Meetups.
Why I'm teaching Startups Unplugged
After being in the NYC startup scene for a couple years, I kept hearing other entrepreneurs say the community would benefit from learning alongside other startup people and those who have been around a bit longer and made mistakes already. So, I decided to start this off. Everyone talks about methodologies like customer development but few really apply this -- and one-off events don't do enough to help people really change the way they work. I'm teaching Startups Unplugged to share my experience (making mistakes and figuring things out) with entrepreneurs and to help your startup learn and achieve faster than I did. Plus, by participating in the sessions, you'll come away with a bunch of startup friends that you can continue to work with.
When & Where
No one masters self employment without help from others. As more and more people pursue independent careers, the need for structure, education, and shared accountability grows accordingly. Just as industries have risen to accommodate the needs of a white collar employed workforce, so too will new services be built for the new independent workforce.
To this end, we provide a platform that allows participants to to create programs that are geared toward this goal. These efforts take the forms of classes, workshops, coworking sessions, mentorships, speaker series, and more. The program is driven by a core belief that each participant has something to teach and something to learn from everyone else.
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