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How to Start a Startup: From Idea to Innovation

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Curious about starting a startup? Join Union Square Ventures Managing Partner Albert Wenger for a comprehensive, introductory primer into everything you need to know!

This one-hour class is a perfect introduction to the world of startups—giving you insights, frameworks, and tips so you can navigate one of today’s fastest-growing business sectors with confidence.

Where do great ideas come from? Why are MVPs so important? Why do so many startups fail? Drawing on Albert’s years of experience investing and advising hundreds of companies, lessons cover all this and more.

You’ll learn:
• 4 ways to find your idea
• Pros and cons for selecting co-founders
• What makes a great MVP (and how to test it)
• How to know if your startup is working
• Considerations for growth and hiring

Plus, Albert lays out many of the complexities around why so many startups fail, giving you frameworks to set yourself up for success.

These lessons will be especially useful for aspiring entrepreneurs, founders, and enthusiasts curious about how innovation comes into the world today. Get ready to make your idea happen!

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Albert Wenger – Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

Albert Wenger is a partner at Union Square Ventures (USV), a New York-based early stage VC firm focused on investing in disruptive networks. USV portfolio companies include: Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Etsy, Kickstarter, Shapeways, and Skillshare.

Before joining USV, Albert was the president of del.icio.us through the company’s sale to Yahoo. He previously founded or co-founded five companies, including a management consulting firm (in Germany), a hosted data analytics company, a technology subsidiary for Telebanc (now E*Tradebank), an early stage investment firm, and most recently (with his wife), DailyLit, a service for reading books by email or RSS.

Albert graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in economics and computer science and holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT.

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