Spring | Engineering 140A

E140A – Leadership of Technology Ventures

Key Course Information

Course Objectives
To learn leadership and management skills for the successful growth of emerging technology companies by creating a fast-paced and effective learning environment. To complete the initial phase of the Mayfield Fellows Program and prepare for the upcoming summer work assignment.
Limited to Mayfield Fellows selected for the current year. Others should visit the STVP site for other courses on entrepreneurship.
4 units

Course Description

Leadership of Technology Ventures is focused on developing an understanding of the issues and techniques for growing emerging technology companies. This distinguishes the course from those which focus on business plan writing and the actual formation of a venture. The course takes participants through a range of issues faced by management in building a new enterprise. These include product and market strategy, venture financing and cash flow management, culture and team building, innovation and creativity, ethical decision making, and the overall challenges of managing growth and handling adversity.

The intellectual basis for E140A is grounded in key strategic decisions faced by emerging ventures involving products, markets, cash flow management, and organizational development. Entrepreneurial leadership cases provide special opportunities to integrate the material. Additional models and analysis tools are introduced throughout the quarter to highlight particular aspects of technology entrepreneurship. For example, the course includes Steve Blank’s lean startup methods and Geoff Moore’s “Crossing The Chasm” model.


There are no prerequisites.


All students requesting admission to E140A must be previously selected Mayfield Fellows. Please see the MFP site for more information. Sorry, no auditors can be accommodated in E140A.