The venerable Kauffman Foundation has jumped on the Lean Startup bandwagon. They just launched the Kauffman Founders School, “an online educational resource dedicated to entrepreneurship.”
The school is organized as a series of topics, each presented by an expert in a handful of short videos. First topic is Startups, presented by Steve Blank. If you’ve already seen a talk by Steve then you won’t find much that’s new here – except that the presentation is more polished.
Since I love what Steve has to say, I had high hopes for the rest of the series. The second topic is Founder’s Dilemmas by Noah Wasserman, HBS professor and author of The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup. I haven’t read his book and personally, I find the short-clip format to be distracting. The videos in this topic are selected sections of Noah’s speaking to his HBS classes. Unfortunately it comes off as a teaser or trailer for some other video that has the real content.
Fortunately the rest of the topics contain well-produced videos – each with an important point or insight, and I would recommend them for new founders.
- Powerful Presentations by Nathan Gold an expert communication coach.
- Intellectual Property by Peter McDermott, IP Lawyer
- Entrepreneurial Selling by Craig Wortmann, Entrepreneur and University of Chicago professor.
And two more topics coming soon:
- Surviving the Entrepreneurial Life
- The Lean Approach