Blitzscaling

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, Greylock partner and former Mozilla CEO John Lilly, LinkedIn co-founder Allen Blue, and Reid’s co-author of the book The Alliance Chris Yeh have started teaching a class at Stanford called Technoloy-enabled Blitzscaling. Basically, the class shares how to grow a startup at a very fast pace to outmaneuver competition while also balancing the need for the company to have a strong sustainable foundation in areas like team, product, and distribution.

From Reid’s post describing the class, here are some of the questions that the class will answer:

• What is the role of the founder?
• What is the role of the CEO?
• What is the best approach to hiring an executive team?
• What is the proper role of middle management in the organization?
• What is the function of the Board of Directors and investors?
• What is the state of the product?
• What is the work that needs to be done on product-market fit?
• What are the roles of sustaining and disruptive innovation?
• How should you deal with competition?
• What is the appropriate financing strategy?
• How should the company make decisions about capital allocation?
• How should you think about marketing and branding?
• How do companies scale up customer acquisition?
• How do different sales models change as the business grows?
• How should you handle hiring and company culture?
• What are the major threats to the firm?
• What are the key decisions and questions?
• What role do analytics and dashboards play?
• When and how should you worry about globalization?
• How do you get the most out of partnerships and business development?
• How should your technology strategy change over time?

Chris McCann, community lead at Greylock, is sharing his notes from each class. You can follow him on Medium here and read his notes from the first class here. The class sessions are also being recorded on video and made available to the public although I couldn’t find the first class’ recording yet.

From the notes of the first class, it looks like the course is going to share a treasure trove of knowledge. I really like the approach of most people in the tech sector who share their knowledge so that we can progress faster as humanity rather than protecting it in an attempt to retain a competitive advantage.