Founders Parade

Purpose

Do you have what it takes to be a learning technologies entrepreneur?  The purpose of this activity is to get beyond speculation by walking in the shoes of a real entrepreneur.

You will select a learning technologies venture and find out who its leader is, making sure they are also a founder of the company. For-profit, non-profit, social enterprise and intrapreneurial ventures are all fine subjects. You might start your search with a product, service, company or emerging technology area that interests you, or browse through a list of learning technologies ventures such as those exhibiting at a major convention:

2020 CUE Conference Exhibitors (peruse the alphabetical list of exhibitors)

and companies seeking funding online:

AngelList Education Startups

Instructions

  1. Author: Select a learning technologies venture of interest to you and find out who its leader is. If the current leader is not a founder (usually this is apparent in their online bio), select a different venture.
  2. Introduce us to the founder-leader by posting a brief entrepreneurial biography using the  Forum “Founders Parade” category of our course blog.  As this will be curated content, please make sure that you’ve also got the Pulses and Ratings activated, and the discussion Comments deactivated, for your post.  The biography should include most of the following information:
    • founder-leader name, title & photograph
    • venture name
    • a single paragraph description of the venture, its primary products or services, and its original value proposition.
    • a short bio of the founder-leader focusing on a critical analysis of their background, skills and motivation relative to the prospective and prescribed attributes of successful entrepreneurs.  Comment also on the apparent quality of their team, and their board and advisors. Remember that these are real people and your analysis will be visible online, so be professional.
    • any personal reflections this analysis has inspired regarding your own entrepreneurial potential.
  3. Beyond your own Forum Post, please Rate and Review at least three (3) of the Posts contributed by your peers. The objective of your Rating and Review should not be about whether the Post was right or wrong, or good or bad, but about whether the subject of the Post – the Founder – represents a strong role model for would-be entrepreneurs.

Deadline

All founder Postings, Ratings and Reviews should be in place by the end of week 4.  In order for your Post to be responded to, it would be best to post it a few days ahead of the deadline if possible.