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Entrepreneur for Free – Curricula

October 3, 2015

There are many free resources and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) from well known universities available.

Having been an entrepreneur myself and having helped others to become intra- and entrepreneurs there is one thing most of us including myself get wrong. You see a problem, an opportunity and you come up with a solution. You implement your solution and you are surprised that there are not enough people who want to pay for your offer or even consider your solution at all.
And it just doesn’t happen to the “stupid” entrepreneurs it also happened to well-known and well-respected entrepreneurs and experts in this field. Peter Thiel for example first designed “Paypal” for making money transfers between PalmPilots and found out that nobody had any use for that product. It was voted by journalist to be one of the 10 worst business ideas of 1999. Peter Thiel is now one the most admired entrepreneurs and investors.

Another example was given by James Green. James Green teaches the most successful MOOC on entrepreneurship which is also the most attended MOOC in 2014. He started a service company to pick up laundry from students apartments and return it later cleaned against a small fee. He had everything in place name cards, company registered, and advertising only to find out that no one wanted his service.

So before you think business model and business plan or before you think how to implement your business idea and fill out all the wonderful templates on value proposition, market size, etc. I would first advise you to take the MOOC “Design Thinking for Business Innovation” before anything else. It is a MOOC for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. Then take the MOOC by Sam Altman from Stanford and then by James Green.

Community building around your idea is more important than a business model. Think about the most recent examples. Neither Google nor Facebook had a business model in place when they started. They knew how or were lucky to build a community quickly around their idea. And as they went along they learned what business model works for them.

  1. Design Thinking for Business Innovation by Jeanne Liedtka
  2. How to Start a Startup by Sam Altman Stanford (watch the first three lectures at least)
  3. Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship by James Green
  4. Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace
  5. New enture Finance: Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs
  6. Entrepreneurship Capstone Project

List of Free Online Education

January 9, 2012

Update No. 9: 12. January.2015

An excellent overview of more than 800 MOOC from various providers can be found at

Stanford:  (Certificate of attendance from professors but not Stanford). Additional certification with credits at German university ( Prof. Wolfram Burgard at the University of Freiburg! many international Universities accept such a certificate)
Other free classes at Stanford Engineering.
This course is now offered via udacity:

Free Courses from worldclass universities by Coursera –

Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT: (Certificate of attendance not from MIT) EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

FutureLearn: 23 British Universities will offer free online MOOCs

Academic Earth:

Khan Academy: (K12 Education)

Salman Khan actually inspired the Udacity founders to offer a MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) in 2010.


The Open University Learning space (600 free courses also with credits): See Credit Accumulation and Transfer  scheme (CATS): (Remark: Can be transfered into ECTS)

Udemy: (free courses available not all) – I have started a free course myself:

Skillshare is a similar to Udemy. Most courses charge enrollment fees:

Lore is another type of plattform to create free online courses. The focus of this plattform is on the community and the social networking between students.

Coursites by Blackboard is another free web-based course platform to attend courses or setup your own.

YouTube Edu:
Video Lectures online from reknown universities and other sources such as BBC.

Ted- Ideas Worth Spreading:
The latest in key research projects, findings and insights in less than 20 Minutes introduced in a compelling speech supported by presentations and media. Great resource to learn new things in any academic field.

Free online learning resources:

Open Learning Initiative:

Learning English Video Lectures:

Online College Classes:

Alison (Over 300 Free Online classes at Certificate or Diploma Level:

Any other university, organisation, instititution offering free education ?

A very well structured and very extinsive list at – Hacking your Education by Dale J. Stephens:

Recommended Further Reading:
How Free Online Courses Are Changing the Tradional Liberal Arts Education

Learning should be your top 2013 new years resolution

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The Fastest Ways To Learn Any New Language

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