Welcome to the ENGR 145 (E145) course website by Professor Tom Byers.
The class examines the fundamentals of technology
entrepreneurship as practiced in Silicon Valley and similar innovation
regions around the globe. This website is under construction for the course Engineering 145 at Stanford University to be given by Professor Tom Byers in the autumn quarter of 2014 (Tom is on sabbatical in 2013). E145 is also given in other quarters of 2013 and 2014 by a collection of wonderful instructors.
How do you create a successful start-up? What is entrepreneurial
leadership in a large firm? What are the differences between an idea
and true opportunity? How does an entrepreneur form a team and gather
the resources necessary to create a great enterprise? This class mixes team projects, in-depth case studies, research on the
entrepreneurial process, and the opportunity to learn from Silicon Valley's top entrepreneurs and venture
capitalists. It is intended for undergraduates of all majors who seek to understand
the formation and growth of high-impact start-ups in areas such as
information, green/clean, medical and consumer products and technologies.
the course examines the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship
because technology is a good proxy for any high-potential, scalable
enterprise. We illustrate the concepts with examples from the early
stages of Silicon Valley technology firms (e.g., HP, Intel, Google,
Facebook, and Genentech) and similar firms around the globe. How did these successful companies develop enterprises that have
had such positive impact, sustainable performance, and longevity? In
fact, the course's major principles are applicable to any
growth-oriented, high-potential venture, including nonprofit enterprises
such as the World Economic Forum in Geneva and the Gates Foundation in
prerequisites are necessary. For information on registering for the
course, please refer to Axess.
See the following video clips from some of the course instructors and guests: