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October 8, 2012 / compassioninpolitics

Free Online Lean Start up and Customer Development Course

Free Lean Start up and Customer Development Course based on the work of Steve Blank and Eric Ries

The following is from Bizdom U’s online startup course which is available at their website free of charge.

MODULE 1: THE CULTURE OF AN ENTREPRENEUR

Culture is defined as the behaviors and beliefs of a particular group of people. Developing the right culture is imperative to business success, so in this module we will explore the typical behaviors and beliefs common among successful entrepreneurs. Participants can complete a personal SWOT analysis to determine the type of business they are best suited for, the skill sets they should have or acquire, and the skill sets founding team members should have.

MODULE 2: CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT

Too often people come up with a great business idea or build a solution without really understanding the problem or need it solves. If it doesn’t solve a compelling problem or need for a specific group of people, nobody will buy it. So before jumping into building that solution, entrepreneurs must get out of the building as Steve Blank would say, and go talk to customers. This module will show you why you need to talk to customers and how to do it.

MODULE 3: TURN YOUR IDEA INTO A BUSINESS MODULE

So, you have a great idea and it solves a compelling problem or need, and you have a distinct value proposition. Now what? Now you need to figure out how your business is going to generate revenue and profit. And how your business will run day to day. Basically, you need to understand your business model. And explore alternatives. In this module, you’ll learn about the components of a business model, review some examples and get started on mapping out your own. This will tell you what assumptions you need to test and validate before moving forward.

Recommended Reading:

The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries
Business Model Generation, by Alexander Osterwalder
The Startup Owner’s Manual – The Step-by Step Guide for Building a Great Company, by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf

You can find the free Biz Dom Lean Startup Course here.

Its also a 4 part mini-syllabus for teachers who might want to teach the learn start up methodology to their entrepreneurship students.

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  1. commpassioninpolitics / Oct 18 2012 2:38 pm

    I would be re-miss to ignore this free lean startup course from Steve Blank:

    http://www.udacity.com/overview/Course/ep245/CourseRev/1

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