Startup Engineering

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Learn the engineering skills needed to build a technology startup from the ground up.
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 10 reviews
  • 5 completed
5 years, 11 months ago
This is quite a curious case of online course. It's totally unconventional, it's one of the worst and also one of the best. But after all it's definitely worth taking, provided it's offered again. Let me explain why, starting from cons: Cons: The course isn't really well organized. Lecture videos always arrive after their promised release time. What's more unbelievable is the other promised lecturer didn't show up at all. In the end the amount of people who did the final project(which doesn't affect the completion of the course) was shoddy. Pros: Regardless of the video lecture quality, all the resources provided by the lecturer as a seasoned Silicon Valley insider is top-notch. After going through all the readings + course notes you'll have a much much better and more systematic idea of what a startup is about, and, without exaggeration, much deeper insight on the whole world. To gain invaluable insight, experience and information i... This is quite a curious case of online course. It's totally unconventional, it's one of the worst and also one of the best. But after all it's definitely worth taking, provided it's offered again. Let me explain why, starting from cons: Cons: The course isn't really well organized. Lecture videos always arrive after their promised release time. What's more unbelievable is the other promised lecturer didn't show up at all. In the end the amount of people who did the final project(which doesn't affect the completion of the course) was shoddy. Pros: Regardless of the video lecture quality, all the resources provided by the lecturer as a seasoned Silicon Valley insider is top-notch. After going through all the readings + course notes you'll have a much much better and more systematic idea of what a startup is about, and, without exaggeration, much deeper insight on the whole world. To gain invaluable insight, experience and information in an organized form from a seasoned and quite successful startup guy is wonderful and will help you form correct notions about many things in the beginning, helping you save unnecessary wasted time. Also the skills he taught are quite useful as well. The cons are probably because the lecturer was just too busy. After all he is not a pure professor, but also the boss of a startup company. So I actually doubt whether this course will get offered again. But for all the resources it's definitely worthy to do.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 7 months ago
This course took me a lot of time and effort. But the professor, Balaji S. Srinivasan, is very clear. He actually tells you everything you need to know to accomplish the assignments. You won't come out of this course and be able to start a startup business, but you have your ass covered about a lot of things you do need to know if you do anything at this realm. especially from the tech side. I see some concepts from this course returning. And I do like tutorials. Not less important, I have less patience than most people for things that bore me. I cannot for example complete networking classes when they delved into concepts which can be summed very quickly. This class is very straight-forward given you are willing to put the effort and get the most of it. I don't think you should know Linux to well, I knew it very basically. I recommend this class to anyone who is interested about CS or Startup Engineering (Technically I thought it wo... This course took me a lot of time and effort. But the professor, Balaji S. Srinivasan, is very clear. He actually tells you everything you need to know to accomplish the assignments. You won't come out of this course and be able to start a startup business, but you have your ass covered about a lot of things you do need to know if you do anything at this realm. especially from the tech side. I see some concepts from this course returning. And I do like tutorials. Not less important, I have less patience than most people for things that bore me. I cannot for example complete networking classes when they delved into concepts which can be summed very quickly. This class is very straight-forward given you are willing to put the effort and get the most of it. I don't think you should know Linux to well, I knew it very basically. I recommend this class to anyone who is interested about CS or Startup Engineering (Technically I thought it would be harder you should at-least have one preliminary intro to computing course the best one is MIT's edx 6..00 and Udacity's one is pretty fun also. So I recommend trying it without per- conceptualizations of what it should be like and get the most - try if it works for you
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7/10 starsCompleted
  • 4 reviews
  • 4 completed
5 years, 8 months ago
Content-wise, the course was quite interesting, combining a general introduction to startups and their economics with some technical backgrounds about how to bootstrap it and create a first concept. The course was also done very good, I enjoyed the main teacher and it was good organized. For a software developer, the concepts were not too new and generally a bit too easy. Probably it is more targeted for non-technical or less-technical startupers-willing-to.
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7/10 starsCompleted
  • 25 reviews
  • 24 completed
5 years, 10 months ago
Good, frantic paced introduction to getting a startup going, but I think it should be either longer or split into 2 courses, as there are 2 main areas: \- Technical side is great and goes into the detailed tasks of building a site \- Business side - which covers (some of) the marketing, funding. I completed the technical assignments but did not have a project ready to market and try and get investors.
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 2 reviews
  • 2 completed
6 years ago
Content was pure gold, the execution of the course was a bit weak at some points but I enjoyed this thoroughly.
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6/10 starsTaking Now
  • 116 reviews
  • 107 completed
4 years, 5 months ago
This class claims no prerequisites other than an intro-level knowledge of CS, but you'll have a much easier time if you come into it knowing certain things like the Linux command line and emacs. The entire course is structured around using a specific set of tools (Amazon Web Services, linux, emacs, node.js heroku, GitHub) and following along with very long sets of instructions to get a basic crowdsourcing site online using those tools. In the early goings, the course can be pretty frustrating if you don't already have some familiarity with linux, screen, Git and emacs. Otherwise, you'll have to spend a significant amount of effort learning simple keyboard commands to get anywhere. Once you learn those basic nut and bolts, the rest of the course is mostly a matter of following a series of simple steps that are mostly spoon fed to you. Startup Engineering is probably a bit overly ambitious and tries to introduce too man... This class claims no prerequisites other than an intro-level knowledge of CS, but you'll have a much easier time if you come into it knowing certain things like the Linux command line and emacs. The entire course is structured around using a specific set of tools (Amazon Web Services, linux, emacs, node.js heroku, GitHub) and following along with very long sets of instructions to get a basic crowdsourcing site online using those tools. In the early goings, the course can be pretty frustrating if you don't already have some familiarity with linux, screen, Git and emacs. Otherwise, you'll have to spend a significant amount of effort learning simple keyboard commands to get anywhere. Once you learn those basic nut and bolts, the rest of the course is mostly a matter of following a series of simple steps that are mostly spoon fed to you. Startup Engineering is probably a bit overly ambitious and tries to introduce too many different topics all at once, which can leave students scratching their heads and following along with instructions to complete homeworks without necessarily knowing what they are actually doing. I think the main issue people are having is that the course plays out more like an extended tutorial or series of resources than an actual course. The video lectures are extremely brief and not particularly insightful: all they do is go through the lecture PDFs which are 30-50 page, detailed info dumps on various topics related to the tech stack they are using and business start- ups. They are a useful resources, but they take an enormous amount of time to go through in detail, since they have links to other resources that themselves take hours and hours to look through. It also seems that the main lecturer is likely too busy to make comprehensive video lectures, since they are so short and usually late. In short, there is a ton of useful material here for a motivated self-learner to sift through, but it lacks focus and engaging video lectures. I give this course 2.5 out of 5 stars: below average.
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3/10 starsCompleted
  • 30 reviews
  • 18 completed
6 years, 1 month ago
I think this class may have bitten off more than it can chew. It tries to cover everything from awk and sed to the yearly revenue of biotech companies, but it doesn't really succeed in teaching any of it. I've had to go elsewhere to learn how to create a website or start a business. The lecture videos were late and sporadic, so I ended up stumbling through each homework assignment without feeling like I actually understood it. The lecture notes should be in the dictionary under the term 'infodump'. They're filled with lots of great info, but they're in giant PDF files and not structured in a way that allows students to easily digest the material. Concepts should be introduced one at a time, allowing students to master each before moving on. If that means there's not enough time to cover everything, then either make more clear prerequisites, or split some material into its own course. There's a lot of potential here for a great class,... I think this class may have bitten off more than it can chew. It tries to cover everything from awk and sed to the yearly revenue of biotech companies, but it doesn't really succeed in teaching any of it. I've had to go elsewhere to learn how to create a website or start a business. The lecture videos were late and sporadic, so I ended up stumbling through each homework assignment without feeling like I actually understood it. The lecture notes should be in the dictionary under the term 'infodump'. They're filled with lots of great info, but they're in giant PDF files and not structured in a way that allows students to easily digest the material. Concepts should be introduced one at a time, allowing students to master each before moving on. If that means there's not enough time to cover everything, then either make more clear prerequisites, or split some material into its own course. There's a lot of potential here for a great class, but in its first run, it failed to capitalize.
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2/10 starsDropped
  • 7 reviews
  • 4 completed
6 years, 3 months ago
I'm a software developer who enrolled in this course to get a taste of an unfamiliar technology stack. I am dropping this course even though I've successfully completed other MOOCs and was more excited about this one than any others. We are in week 6 of the course. All the homework was released close to on schedule, but we have only had 2 weeks of videos and 2 weeks where the lectures were released in pdf form. The schedule has been slipped by a week to fix this but I am very doubtful that 4 weeks of video are going to spring up in the next 4 days getting us back on track. The lecture content that has been presented has been good, not very consistent in its granularity, but worth watching/reading. The assignments are what concerns me that this course may not be good even in its second run. I use assignments in MOOCs to hack my brain into thinking it's under pressure to learn stuff. Even though I'm fully aware your grade in MOOCs is m... I'm a software developer who enrolled in this course to get a taste of an unfamiliar technology stack. I am dropping this course even though I've successfully completed other MOOCs and was more excited about this one than any others. We are in week 6 of the course. All the homework was released close to on schedule, but we have only had 2 weeks of videos and 2 weeks where the lectures were released in pdf form. The schedule has been slipped by a week to fix this but I am very doubtful that 4 weeks of video are going to spring up in the next 4 days getting us back on track. The lecture content that has been presented has been good, not very consistent in its granularity, but worth watching/reading. The assignments are what concerns me that this course may not be good even in its second run. I use assignments in MOOCs to hack my brain into thinking it's under pressure to learn stuff. Even though I'm fully aware your grade in MOOCs is meaningless, it gamifies the situtation enough to motivate me. Unfortunately most of the assignments in this course are just walkthroughs. You don't need to understand what you're doing to complete them. And then at the end, all you submit is a permalink to the github commit of your work. You get the marks as long as what you submit looks like a github permalink. It's possible they're going to actually run tests on that stuff down the track, but that gives people no chance to improve if it turns out they made mistakes. So much for Coursera's "mastery learning"! The whole thing is very demotivating. Contrast with EdX's SAAS course, where I just did the assignment for the week on rails. You are told to make some changes to an app you are given, but not how to make them. Then you submit a link to a heroku app you have deployed. Automated tests are run against the app and you are told which ones failed so you know what you still need to work on. That actually involves learning something, and gives a feeling of achievement when you get the marks. You may say this course is designed for self-motivated learners, well sure, if you go off on your own bat and learn node and bootstrap and what have you, you will learn heaps. But you don't need to enroll in the course to do that! I will probably enroll in the second iteration of this course, if there is one, to see whether it's improved enough to bother with. If it has, I will update this review!
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 2 reviews
  • 1 completed
6 years, 1 month ago
This course is a introduction to some web startup concepts, cover a lot of topics, with the right depth. Of course it's not a completed how-to-do guide of anything, but in my opinion, a MS-platform web developer, it opened my mind to a lot of new and nice concepts and was reallly worth. The course is new, a-changing, and improving with time.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
  • 2 reviews
  • 0 completed
6 years, 2 months ago
Do not trust the recommended background from the course description page - "Familiarity with basic programming at the level of Stanford's CS106B is required". I had basic familiarity with Linux/Git/Web(HTML/CSS/JS), but this course was difficult. You really have to invest quite a lot of time to even grasp the basics of the lecture videos. Overall, it is still a great course I would want to re-take later when I am much more skilled in CS.
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7/10 starsCompleted
  • 25 reviews
  • 25 completed
6 years, 2 months ago
This is a very ambitious course but I think it tries to do too much. If you are interested in Startup Engineering you will probably need to invest more than 12 weeks. An alternative route would be to take the following classes: Technology Entrepreneurship by Cuck Eesley on NovoEd HCI by Scott Klemmer on Coursera SaaS I & II by Armando Fox & Dave Patterson on edX That said, I have enjoyed this class and have learnt, on a nuts and bolts level, a lot about web development.
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