No, I am not talking about a bad Rodney Dangerfield movie, rather this week I’ve returned to my role as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and teaching a class on venture capital. 🙂
Last year was my first attempt at teaching a full class. I was extremely fortunate to enlist Brad Bernthal, who is a real professor at CU, to teach it with me. We had a blast and our student reviews seemed to indicate that they appreciated our efforts. We call our class "VC 360" and try to teach a cradle to grave course on everything in the VC ecosystem, including from the eyes of the entrepreneur, which we do by including guess lectures from local CEOs.
We tried to not only teach about how the startup ecosystem worked, but get them all involved in the community through outreach events, seminars and Boulder-based events. Our goal was to put what we taught in real life context.
This years class is an even more diverse group of law and business students. Perhaps more interesting (with no slight intended toward folks paying tuition) is that we have three Computer Science instructors auditing our class.
Today was class number two and I’m already excited for lecture number three. It’s highly rewarding to see so many people interested in startup culture and hope that our class, in a small way, can be additive to the Boulder community.
Thanks to past and present students – you give back more than I put into the process and I’m very thankful. I’m looking forward to another rewarding semester.