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Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Approx. 10 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Company Structure & The Foundation: Financial Statements and Projections

4 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 29 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes
6 videos
Overview of Key Financial Statements5m
The Income Statement: Terminology & Structure7m
The Balance Sheet: Terminology & Structure5m
The Cash Flow Statement: Terminology & Structure5m
Financial Projections - Predicting the Unknown4m
4 readings
Investopedia: Definition of Income Statement10m
Investopedia: Balance Sheet Definition10m
Investopedia: Definition of Cash Flow Statement10m
Explore Projected Income Statements10m
3 practice exercises
Income Statements10m
Balance Sheet10m
Cash Flow Statement10m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

The Frame: Forming the Legal Entity

3 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 14 min)
2 videos
C-Corps vs. LLCs: What's the Difference?10m
1 practice exercise
C-Corps vs. LLC's20m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

The Features: Intellectual Property

1 hour to complete
4 videos (Total 12 min)
4 videos
Patents: Form & Function2m
Copyrights: Form & Function2m
Trademarks: Form & Function4m
3 practice exercises
Patents10m
Copyrights10m
Trademarks10m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

The Finish: Building the Team

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 14 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
Why Your Team Matters4m
How to Build a Great Team5m
1 reading
"The Mechanics of Mafia" by Blake Masters (transcribed from Peter Thiel)10m

About the How to Start Your Own Business Specialization

This specialization is a guide to creating your own business. We will cover a progression of topics necessary for successful business creation including: mindset, ideation, planning, action and strategy. Rather than just describing what to do, the focus will be on guiding you through the process of actualy doing it. The Capstone course will bring all of the tools and lessons discussed together for you to launch your business. It may not be the business of your dreams, but it will be a functional business giving you the execution capability to start something you are passionate about....
How to Start Your Own Business

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