Stanford GSB Sloan Study Notes, Week 4 (24), Winter quarter
The relative (& temporary, I’m sure) breather on reading volume this week left some much awaited time to deal with things out of the classroom: we’ve gotten over the home stretch in our core marketing course with some brand audits and presentations, on Tesla Model S. And it was even more fun to work with my MBA-mixed study groups for venture financing and business planning.
My highlight of the week was doubling the Estonian population on campus when Steve came to join our Sloan class for an evening lecture and smaller breakfast to discuss the most inspiring trends he sees as an investor (no separate notes – but see notes from the Science panel at the Intersection Event for a hint on his direction).
And I even got out of campus for a bit: to a fun chat between Eric Ries and Marc Andreessen at A16Z office on the Lean Startup movement and diversity issues in the valley. Highland Capital Partners threw a GSB mixer at the legendary Old Pro. I was also lucky to have two different insightful conversations with a physicist (one turned VC, the other a space entrepreneur, as it is customary here) in one week, on maximising impact. I am grateful for weeks like this.
Covered in this issue:
- State of Space Tourism in 2013
- Risk & Return – was it sensible for Airbus to build the A380?
- Structuring financing deals and more terms sheets
- Building an eCommerce firm in Russia
- Writing a business plan and pitching to VC partner meeting
- Advanced body language tips to presenters
- More guests & speakers from Virgin Galactic, XCOR Aerospace, Mohr Davidov Ventures, Wikimart, DeRemate, Wealthfront, Exploramed, Bare Escentuals…
Stanford GSB Sloan Study Notes, Week 1 (21), Winter quarter
The pace of the new year has been just mindblowing, and not just compared to the Christmas break down time but to almost any of the school weeks from previous quarters. I guess this is what happens when you can almost fully customize your class schedule. And you want to get out of GSB to “across the street” schools for a bit. And you get accepted to this year’s LOWKeynotes speaker series, with dozens of hours scheduled for prep-work and coaching before the big stage. And…
I’m saying “almost in control,” because I have had close to no time to spend with family, sleep over 6 hours or socialize these last five days. And I do intend to do those things this quarter too. Exhausted, happy, but realizing this kickoff pace will not be quite sustainable as is. Let’s see what next week brings with its reading volume and booting up several project groups.
Covered in this issue:
- Finance basics: free cash flow, annuities, perpetuities & NPV calculations
- Business planning: financial business modelling, life time value of customers, Dropbox freemium example
- Venture Capital: industry history and sizing, how VCs think, how they move money and get paid
- Marketing: stories, stories, stories – creating and delivering them (videos)
- Strategy: Grabber-Holder model explaining disruptive tech innovation via ultimate nothingness from Taosim and Yin-Yang cycle
- Space entrepreneurship: an inspiring event on synthetic life with the Student Space Flight club
- Guest speakers throughout the week: Vinod Khosla, Nancy Duarte, Craig Hanson and John Cumbers