Welcome to the ENGR 145 course website for Autumn Quarter 2017 at Stanford University




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 led by Professor Tom Byers with the expert help and intense involvement of special guest speaker Chi-Hua Chien in the autumn quarter term of 2017. E145 is also offered in other quarters of the coming academic year by these wonderful instructors: Chuck Eesley in winter quarter of 2018 and Rebeca Hwang/Tom Kosnik in summer quarter of 2018.

Please feel free to view this syllabus as a one-page grid and comprehensive details of each of the 20 session via the menu on the left side of this home page. Also the 3-minute video shown above for an overview of the course. It introduces some of the people involved in teaching the course as well as students who took the course in the past.

E145 meets in Room 110 Thornton Hall on the Stanford campus. Please note class sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30AM-10:20AM. This course has a limited enrollment, so preference will be given to juniors and seniors if over-subscribed. In order to be considered for E145 in Autumn 2017, you must register on Axess and attend the first day of class on Tuesday, September 26th at 8:30AM. We aim to then notify each applicant of their status (admitted, waitlisted, or not admitted) as soon as possible. We will clear the waitlist at the beginning of class (8:30AM) on Thursday, September 28th.

Students interested in learning more about entrepreneurship should consider enrolling in any of the other courses listed on the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) website including MS&E 472, Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar, which is a one-unit course featuring a different speaker each week of the term and welcomes auditors.

Expanded Course Description from Axess:

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 term project focused on analyzing their own startup ideas, student teams 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, high-growth 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. 4 units credit. The course is based upon a textbook
by Byers, Dorf & Nelson, Technology Ventures (McGraw-Hill, Fourth Edition, 2015, ISBN 978-1259252754).

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).