Info Request Site Map   
Jim Morris's Thought of the Week (or month, or year, ...)

Monday, August 21, 2006

Silicon Valley 101

This week, I have a question.

Many people come to Silicon Valley to learn the magic of entrepreneurship and innovation. If we hosted a person here for a period of time, what could we do to maximize his or her learning and the likelihood that he or she would absorb the “magic”?

  • Have the students work in a start-up
  • Have successful entrepreneurs speak
  • Have venture capitalists speak
  • Listen to a business plan pitch
  • Have students attend public seminars such as the:
    • SD Forum
    • Churchill Club
    • Computer History Museum
    • PARC
  • Take a course in entrepreneurship from a well-respected university
  • Read Tom Byer’s book, Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise
  • Learn from fellow students
  • Provide company visits
  • Provide networking opportunities with individuals working at small companies

How would we select the best applicants to the program?

  • Previous start-up experience
  • Academic performance
  • A written statement
  • A proposal for a new enterprise
  • Extracurricular activities in college

How short or long should such a course be?

Can a simulated start-up experience be created that is as effective as a real one?

posted by Jim Morris @ 2:09 PM 

Blogger Jim Morris said...

Simply Googling "Silicon Valley 101" reveals some interesting material, including one from the Stanford Technology Ventures program.

3:05 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home

Previous Posts
Apply Online
Info Request
Masters Programs
Professional Development Center

Carnegie Mellon West - (866) 401-WEST (9378)
Building 23
Moffett Field, California 94035
Contact Us

©2006 Carnegie Mellon University. All Rights Reserved.