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Professor Metcalfe Talks with Michael Dell

A preview of Thursday’s talk with Michael Dell. Watch Professor Metcalfe interview Michael Dell live at the UT SAC auditorium at 6 PM on Thursday:

http://www.engr.utexas.edu/metcalfe/blog/dellstartups

What we’ve learned

It’s getting close to the end of the first semester of 1 Semester Startup and it’s time to be thinking about what we’ve learned and how we will do things differently in the Spring.

If there is one big lesson we’ve learned, it is that we want to attract undergraduate students that are already working on startups. This class isn’t for students who are curious about startups or want to learn the basics of entrepreneurship. This is for students who are going to build a successful startup with or without this class. We’re going to help them do it bigger, faster and smarter and by bringing them resources, mentors and inspiration.

You can submit your team application here.

The second thing we learned is that we want to accept teams and not individuals to the class. We will select from the teams, and any eligible students on that team will be allowed (but not required) to take the class. We will not be doing any speed dating events after class starts – we want you to join teams before the first day of classes. If we accept a team, and then that team accepts you (before the add/drop date), then you will be allowed to join the class.

The last thing we learned is that it’s hard to give 20 startups as much attention as we would like. Next semester we expect to fewer startups. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to accept every team that applies.

What does this mean if you’re not working on a startup right now but you want to take the class? It means that you either need to join an existing team or start your own company ASAP!

Come talk to us! Bob Metcalfe and Joshua Baer both hold regular office hours and want to meet you. If you’re not sure, we can help you think about it. If you need to build a team, we may be able to help you.  You can sign up for Josh’s office hours here or schedule with Bob by contacting his assistant Amadeo.

How to apply for 1 Semester Startup Spring 2012

If you’re interested in taking this class in the Spring, here is how it works:

  1. The course is listed as INTERDISCIPLNRY ENTREPRENRSHP
  2. The course has 3 different course numbers, you can take whichever works best for you
    CS 378   MAN 337   ES 377
  3. You should register for the course now, even though you won’t know for sure if you are accepted
  4. You should also fill out the application form.
  5. You should have another course lined up as a backup in case you aren’t accepted to this one
  6. It is possible to take this course more than once
  7. We will review the applications and accept teams on a rolling basis

Teams will be accepted to the class, not individuals. In order to take this class, you must be on a team that has been accepted. It is up to the team whether or not to accept you. We will host events to try and help match up teams.

This Week: Startup Metrics with Jason Cohen + BBQ Networking

Small tweak to this week’s lecture. Our guest speaker will be Jason Cohen, an Austin entrepreneur who has founded four companies. His blog can be found at http://blog.asmartbear.com/. See you Thursday!

Also, we’ll be getting together at Rudy’s at 360 South this Saturday at 6 PM for some BBQ and general networking. Check out the Facebook group for more info and to RSVP. Hope to see you there.

Lecture Swap for Next Week: Ash Maurya

Next week, Ash Maurya will be lecturing on the principles of the Lean Startup methodology. Josh Baer’s talk on Startup Metrics has been swapped to October 13th.