The average adult makes around 35,000 decisions every day. Most of these decisions carry little to no weight, like what to eat for breakfast. However, a select few of these decisions have the power to change your life, company, or even the world. When making these significant decisions, more often than not you are given inadequate information to make a clear, obvious choice. One of the most effective ways to navigate these difficult situations is to rely on your principles and values.
This program will challenge entrepreneurs to think critically about how their personal values and principles inform the difficult decisions they will face as they grow their business. You will leave the course more prepared to navigate difficult decisions that you may encounter. It is our belief that through adopting and internalizing a broad set of values and principles, you will make better decisions and have better outcomes.
Students apply individually and will form teams after the first session of class. We encourage you to look for potential teammembers early.
We accept students with a variety of experiences. We believe that this leads to multiple points of view and stimulates engaging discussions.
Admission for this class is competitive. Last year there were more qualified candidates than spots. Apply early to improve your chances.
The Teaching Team
Jack has been teaching at Stanford for over 7 years. He is an Operating Partner at Blackhorn Ventures and board member and advisor of, among others, Motiv and Aperia.
Managing General Partner @ NEA
#16 on The Midas List in 2018, Scott has been with New Enterprise Associates for more than 20 years. His most notable exits include Workday, Tableau, Mulesoft, Uber, and Coursera.
Entrepreneurship Professor MS&E
Tom has been teaching at Stanford for 24 years and has been a Faculty Director, since inception, of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP). He received Stanford University's Gores Award.