Welcome to the ENGR 145 (E145) course website for Autumn 2014.

This course examines the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship as practiced in Silicon Valley and similar innovation regions around the globe. All undergraduate students at Stanford University of any major are encouraged to join us (no graduate students please). This particular website is intended only for Engineering 145 (E145) at Stanford University to be given by Professor Tom Byers with special guests in the Autumn Quarter term of 2014. E145 is also given in other quarters of the coming academic year by a wonderful set of instructors.

View an overview of this syllabus as a PDF and details of class sessions via the menu on the left side of this home page.
E145 meets in Littlefield 107 on the Stanford campus. Please note required class sessions take place only on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8AM-9:50AM (no class on Mondays).

Due to room capacity, this course has a limited enrollment of 40 students. It is necessary to sign up on Axess beforehand and attend the first official class in person on Wednesday, September 24th at 8AM. We will then post the admit and waiting list (if necessary) on Thursday and finalize admission matters at the start of class on Friday, September 26th.

Students interested in learning more about entrepreneurship should consider enrolling in or auditing the one-unit MS&E 472, Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar, which features a different speaker each week of the term.

Course Description:

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? By engaging in a mentor-guided project focused on developing their own startup ideas, students are immersed in the nuances of innovation and early-stage entrepreneurship. This course also provides students with case studies on management challenges, research on entrepreneurial leadership, and the opportunity to network with some of 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 startups in areas such as information, energy, medical and consumer technologies. Students will learn useful critical thinking skills and knowledge of processes vital to the success of entrepreneurial and innovation enterprises.

Moreover, 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., Apple, 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 the USA. 

No prerequisites are necessary. For undergraduate students only. The course is based upon a textbook
by Byers, Dorf & Nelson, Technology Ventures (McGraw-Hill, Fourth Edition, 2014, ISBN 978-0073523422). Please refer to Axess to officially register for the course as a Stanford student.

Students with Documented Disabilities:

Students who may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability must initiate the request with the Office of Accessible Education (OAE). Professional staff will evaluate the request with required documentation, recommend reasonable accommodations, and prepare an Accommodation Letter for faculty dated in the current quarter in which the request is made. Students should contact the OAE as soon as possible since timely notice is needed to coordinate accommodations. The OAE is located at 563 Salvatierra Walk (phone: 650-723-1066, web: http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/oae.