Professor : Sameer Maskey, PhD
Teaching Asst :
- Neelam Brar - neelam.brar at gmail.com
- Nate Brennand - natebrennand at gmail.com
- Anna Prokofieva - prokofieva at cs.columbia.edu
- Polina Viro - pv2221 at columbia.edu
Time : 4:10 – 6pm, Mondays
Location : URIS 142 ( Note Jan 27 Lecture in 633 Mudd )
Office Hours : 2-4pm Wednesdays, 457 CSB Building
Mentors/Advisors : 20+ Mentors - Members from this group http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smaskey/dste/mentors-advisors-spring-2014/
This course will pair up MBA students from Columbia Business School with Seniors/Master's/PhD students from Computer Science department to form teams of two (or more) who will be guided through an entrepreneurial experience of building a technology startup. The course will be very hands on! The course will also have a team of 20+ Industry Advisors/Mentors (CEOs, CTOs and VC Partners of various firms) who will engage with students to help them convert their idea into a sustainable technology business.
The course is primarily focused on building a technology startup. Student teams (composed of CS/Engineering and Business students) will test feasibility of the idea/innovation, build the product, develop customers, study sales channels and try to raise capital during the span of 4 months. Industry mentors will critique the student teams and their ideas through various stages of the startup implementation addressing such questions related to feasibility, market attractiveness, customer acquisition, metrics, launch strategy and more. The students will be able to interact with CEOs for business mentorship, CTOs for technical mentorship and VC firm partners for advice on the capital raising process.
NOTE to CS students - This is primarily geared towards Master's/PhD students. If you are senior undergraduates with experience in building web or mobile application you can join the class.
Industry Advisors/Mentors :
One of the important aspects of the course will be a selected group of successful CEOs, CTOs of various technology companies and Partners of VC firms who have had experience in building startups. Their experience will be vital in helping shape the startups the students will propose for the course. We have 21 mentors/advisors who have already signed up to mentor students.Most of the previous semester's mentors have agreed to be mentors/advisors again. They can be found here http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smaskey/dste/mentors-advisors
Teams from Last Class That are Doing It Full Time - Real Startups
- Soldthru - http://www.soldthru.com/
- Fitronix - www.fitronix.io , http://innovatehealthtechnyc.challengepost.com/submissions/15231-fitronix
- BuzztheBar - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/buzzthebar/id519806792?mt=8
Grading:This is a hands-on course! You as a team (CS and Business student together) are expected to take an idea and work towards launching a startup. You will be graded on the progress you make towards this goal. Deliverables include report on 5 sets of labs/exercises.
- Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise, 3rd edition By Thomas Byers, Richard Dorf, Andrew Nelson
Other Recommended readings:
- The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company By Steve Blank and Bob Dorf