3: Creativity & Improvisation

Monday, April 5, 2010
*Reminder: this class will be held 1:30-3pm in the Old Union Clubhouse Ballroom on Monday.  We will also meet on our regular time on Tues. April 6th from 10-11:50am for Startup.com and team project meetings.

Every entrepreneur faces endless challenges along the way. These problems never have one right answer, and often they have never been solved before. The only way for an entrepreneur to succeed is to view each challenge as an opportunity for a creative solution. The best entrepreneurs seek out challenges. The bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunity! In this class we will focus on stirring up your creative juices so that you can tackle the challenges ahead. You will be given several interactive projects that have no right answer. You will be encouraged to work creatively with your team, to stretch your imagination, and to take some risks.

Quotes of the Day
  • Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.Victor Kiam
  • When I was young I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work. Bernard Shaw
  • Creativity requires breaking established patterns in order to look at thinks in a different way. Edward de Bono
  • Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.Scott Adams

Guests (Click for Bios)
Tina Seelig, Stanford

Study Questions (Policy on Study Questions.)
  • When have you felt most creative?
  • What are your obstacles to being creative?
  • Please visit the OTL website before the session and come prepared with any questions you have on OTL and the Tech Finder feature in particular.
  • Prior to coming to the session, your team should determine a "Team Color" and/or "Team Dress Code or Item". For example, one team may decide to wear all green or to dress with ties and jackets. Please come to consensus on this issue, and come to class wearing your team color/dress/item.
Online Assignment (Policy on Online Assignments.)
Please see Term Projects page for further instructions.

Required Readings (Policy on Required Readings.)
  • Technology Ventures (Byers, Dorf, and Nelson): Ch 4.1-4.87, 5.3-5.5, 16-17 (Highlights)
Watch the following short video clips:

Recommended Readings (Policy on Recommended Readings)