Reid Hoffman is a venture capitalist and Greylock parter who has either founded or invested in some of the fastest growing companies in Silicon Valley, including both Facebook and LinkedIn and now he wants to teach others how to create the next Facebook.
Hoffman will partner with former Mozilla CEO John Lilly, LinkedIn co-founder Allen Blue, and entrepreneur Chris Yeh to teach a course called “technology-enabled blitz-scaling.” The class will teach Stanford undergraduate and graduate computer science students how to create the next Facebook or “scape-ups,” or technology companies that are capable of growing at incredible speeds. Building these companies requires more than just a mobile app and a venture capital investment.
The team will educate the future generation on how to initiate the same growth that Facebook had. Class curriculum will cover a range of topics, including how much money to raise, how to handle competitors, and how to expand to international markets. The course will start with “household” or one-man startups, move to “village” companies with a staff of under 50 people, and eventually cover “nation” startups that have thousands of employees and millions of users. A stellar panel of guest speakers is already lined up – Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, and SurveyMonkey COO Selina Tobaccowala.
Future entrepreneurs who take the course will gain the skills necessary to be a founder of a great company. They’ll get a glimpse of what to avoid, learn to recognize patterns, and discover how to grow a customer base.