Berkeley’s Computer Science curriculum and Business curriculum trains many graduate and undergraduate students with a high level of technical and theoretical ability. However, UC Berkeley is only ranked 4th by the number of founders who raised more than $1M based on a report from Crunchbase.
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University of California, Berkeley | Class of 2022
D.S. Data Science
Decode Silicon Valley Startup Success bridges the gap.
We teach startup intelligence. Our curriculum consists of guest speakers from top entrepreneurs and investors in Bay area and also hands-on assignments and projects to help students build their portfolio. By the end of our course, students will be able to:
Learn the fundamentals of starting a new venture
Identify, define, and characterize problems
Spot opportunities for innovation
Segment and analyze opportunities
Evaluate and choose innovation diffusion pathways
Evaluate and choose models of new ventures
Conduct customer and market research both qualitatively and quantitatively
Design customer journey
Establish foundation of product development
Evaluate and choose market strategy
Develop an in depth understanding of your customer
Identify and quantify sources of value
Map and influence customer decision making process
As a result, this course will prepare students for starting up their own company or joining an early-stage start-up. However, students can enroll in the course even if they aren’t planning on starting up. Lots of concepts and skills about entrepreneurship are highly transferable to other aspects of career development.
There are no prerequisites for this course. We're working really hard to make the material accessible for all backgrounds.
The course will be offered for 2 units, P/NP. The class is 6:30-8:30 PM PDT on Thursday, consisting of an introduction of the topic, guest speaker, Q&A, and group discussion.
There will be weekly assignments released on Thursdays after the lecture and due the following Thursday at the beginning of the class.
Projects are graded on effort. Every last 30 minutes of class is the group discussion for the weekly group project assignment. The idea is that students will discuss among the group in their approach to the problems, and the staff will facilitate this discussion.
Your grade in this course will be calculated on a 1000-point scale.
Semester Project (350 points)
Attendance (350 points)
Weekly Assignment (300 points)
You will need 700 points to pass the course, which roughly corresponds to doing all the problem sets and coming to all the classes. As this is a new course, we reserve the right to adjust this boundary and the point system as a whole as the course progresses, but we want everyone to succeed in this class and learn.
The semester project consists of 1-6 people per group and will simulate growing start-ups.
Think of it as a business game where your team has to decide which type of start-up you are founding, what problems you want to solve, how you will make a profit, etc. The project will be closely related to each class, and at the end of the semester, your group will present your result. Each weekly assignment will be worth 50 points and will be graded on effort. The pitch will be 250 points. The best 10 groups or so will be selected to present in front of the angel investors and advisors.
The weekly assignments will be announced during lectures each week. Each assignment will be turned in on bCourses at 11:59 PM PST. Each assignment will be worth 30 points and will be graded on effort.
Primary reading material：
Steve Blank, Bob Dorf: The Start-up Owner's Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company
Alexander Osterwalder: Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
Optional reading material:
Each week we will assign a book that is recommended either by our guest speakers or an expert within the domain of knowledge. We understand the busy schedule of students (especially in Berkeley) so these readings will not be mandatory. It is aimed to be used as supplementary material for further understanding of the topic of the lecture.
We will try our best to post recordings of the weekly lectures, but this depends on the preference of the guest speaker.
We will be using bCourses for course announcements. You can also email the course staff email@example.com. Based on interests, we could potentially use Piazza for class discussion. More details will be announced later.
This class will count toward the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Certificate. More information regarding the Certificate may be found here.
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Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Please contact course staff as soon as possible if you need special accommodations, and we will work out the necessary arrangements.
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