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Stanford Online Classes Disappeared
30 points by ricksta on Feb 7, 2012 | hide | past | web | favorite | 8 comments
If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, a few courses like Lean Startup, Tech Entrepreneurship are no longer there.


You're right. They seem to have disappeared. I recently received 2 very similar emails from two of the Stanford classes. Both emails stated that a tremendous amount of people have signed up for the class (over 50,000) but that the classes would be delayed in launching.

I'm curious if some of the delays in launch are to allow some of the instructors to hastily cobble together the textbooks that they are using for these classes. For example, the Stanford SAAS class starting this February is taking a "customer development" approach to the class textbook. The SAAS class is testing the textbook on a Berkeley class and then testing it on the 50,000 people signed up. But they aren't just "testing" it, they are selling it at a reduced rate ($9.99 on Kindle) for the early adopters who use the alpha electronic version in the class. They are also launching an iPad and print version. Such a brilliant way to craft an excellent book with user driven errata reporting and feedback while making a great profit on a first class of over 50,000 people. This free class business model is going to make a pretty penny. Here's a link to the SAAS book: http://beta.saasbook.info/

Thats quite a good business model. Offer free course, earn money on textbook. I think the economic of scale here can give world class educators good incentives to teach good courses, and affordable enough for the masses to get the education.

Too bad the Lean Launchpad and Tech Entrepreneurship class seem to be gone. I was really looking forward to those.

Update, the Lean Launchpad course is not gone. Steve Blank just sent out an email notifying students that the class is delayed but will launch in the next 60 days.

I thought my hypotheses may have been incorrect because Steve Blank already has a book that he could use in the class (4 steps to the epiphany). However, looks like he is double timing it to release a new book for the Lean Launchpad class.

Snippets of the email from Steve Blank:

"First the bad news: I wanted to update you that the start of my upcoming online Lean LaunchPad will be delayed. But the good news is that, I will indeed be launching an online LaunchPad course. It will be offered within the next 60 days.   Why the delay? I am revamping the Lean LaunchPad class to base the new course on my new book, The Startup Owner's Manual (The book that is just what its subtitle says:  the step-by-step guide to building a great company). This book replaces its 10-year-old predecessor, The Four Steps to the Epiphany.  So the course and The Startup Owner's Manual will both provide you with ten years of real-world learning amassed since The Four Steps to the Epiphany was first published.

The Lean LaunchPad course will be in modules you can take asynchronously and digest at your leisure, ideally with your fellow startup team members.  If you want to get a head start, you can buy the recommended text, The Startup Owner's Manual. (The book is recommended, but not required, for course participants.)"

Maybe Stanford is pissed about instructors using all this as a lean launchpad for some tech entrepreneurship.

Just to confirm: even the Lean Launchpad site is now down http://www.launchpad-class.org/ I had been wondering when it would start since it was supposed to start this month.

According to this http://steveblank.com/2012/02/09/two-giant-steps-forward-for... class is being updated for new material and will be offered in 60 days.

(Read to the end of the link)

Anatomy course had to start in January. They emailed me that it will start in February. And now I got an email that they start in March. What's going on?! I thought Stanford is one of quality Universities in the world.

This is pretty disappointing. I hope the lack of an update means it will just be delayed, or maybe this is just wishful thinking.

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