Welcome! Alex here from Straight Up. The video below is an episode of the Dream Course Experiment. You can catch a description of the project and index to all of the episodes here » While we’re designing, you can eavesdrop on our next design conversation here »  You can always check and and steal from the full hour-by-hour syllabus here »  And you can go under the hood on all the topics by in our Educator’s Hub » Thanks for being here!

Here’s a table of contents to jump to the highlights:

  • 0:00 – Good morning!
  • 1:29 – Three things for today’s webinar
  • 4:20 – Putting this course into context: From Napkin to Revenue (Building people who can build amazing Stage 1, 2, and 3 ventures)
  • 9:23 – Common prototypes of the opportunity: Idea Napkins, Idea Models, Lean Canvas, Business Model Canvas, Business Plan, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan
  • 10:17 – Common prototypes of the offering: Pretendotypes, pretotypes, and prototypes
  • 17:39 – Other stuff going on around us a this stage of venture development
  • 18:58 – The journey from the Learning Zone to the Really Big Value Zone
  • 22:06 – So what’s the first week going to look like? And what do you send out before the first class?
  • 27:46 – The correlation between the first day and your teaching evaluations, and providing value right out of the gate
  • 28:30 – The logistics of the homework, handouts, and course schedule
  • 31:27 – Let’s look under the hood at each component of the first week
  • 31:50 – The classroom space
  • 33:55 – The first things we send and say to a class full of students
  • 40:40 – Some opening stage setting and storytelling
  • 45:56 – The importance of being passionate and building trust in the opening moments of a course like this
  • 47:00 – Switching gears with an ideation warm up + ice breaker
  • 48:58 – Why I ask my students “Who hated this activity?!” (It’s about being transparent and deliberate about the purpose of what we do in class.)
  • 52:31 – Using some silly circles to introduce some key pre-ideation concepts and get a start on our broader ideation learning goals
  • 58:45 – Handing out an abridged course outline for discussion next time, handing out the week’s homework, and wrapping up the first day
  • 1:01:01 – The Minefield Activity: Making sure you have a really amazing second class that sets the stage for this kind of course
  • 1:22:49 – The psychology of using a “Mini Badge” to hand things out
  • 1:24:35 – A little bit on getting feedback and encouraging reflection on the learning experiences
  • Some questions and comments from people watching the webinar:
    • 1:28:19 – Do your students have to pay for their own pretotyping and prototyping?
    • 1:31:56 – How to you encourage and reward failure while seeking and rewarding big value, and structure and assess for that?
    • 1:34:39 – FYI re the Disposable Startup + what about the income replacement business vs. big value goal tension?
    • 1:36:50 – Where can I find your courses and content?
    • 1:37:01 – I love the Minefield Activity!
    • 1:37:07 – On getting it right in the first course + working with international students + setting the tone in the first hour with a ‘triple your $50 in 6 hours’
  • 1:38:43 – Until next time!