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Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree

Build a Business Around Your App

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  • Nanodegree via Udacity and Google
  • $200/month for 4-7 months
  • 1:1 feedback - Rigorous, timely project and code reviews
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Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree
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The tech entrepreneur nanodegree teaches you how to build a sustainable business around your web or mobile app idea.
Credential Type
Minimum 10hrs/week
4-7 months

Our Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree program teaches you the skills you need to build your very own business, from ideation to marketing to monetization. Creating a new product is an amazing first step, but how do you then transform it into a stable operation that attracts customers, employees, and investors? Successful Silicon Valley startups like Optimizely and Y Combinator know, because they’ve done it, and that’s why we interviewed them -- and many other significant authors, influencers and venture capitalists -- when we designed this curriculum. Built in close partnership with Google, the Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree program mixes theory and practice to teach students how to transform their ideas into market-ready products and to how to build sustainable, revenue-generating businesses around those products. Learning to succeed means studying success, and through your coursework and projects you’ll: * Validate your ideas using Google’s Design Sprint process * Evaluate and implement the most effective monetization strategies * Apply design methodologies to build an interactive, data-backed prototype * Create a marketing plan unique to your value proposition * Develop a polished story for your business in a pitch deck, landing page, or video ...And much more As you progress through your Nanodegree program, you’ll learn from expert instructors, benefit from interactive peer discussions, and receive detailed feedback from reviewers every step of the way. If you think starting your own business seems impossible, too difficult, or something only risk-taking, nothing-to-lose visionaries accomplish, think again. It’s all about learning real skills, building real projects, and gaining real experience. That’s how dreams are built, and it starts here.

Why Take This Nanodegree?

Being a successful tech entrepreneur means having many tools at your disposal. You need to understand everything from design and monetization, to prototyping and marketing. Fortunately, these are learnable skills, and the Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree program teaches them all. Whether students are focused on design, monetization, or marketing, or business, these skills form an important core of their learning cycle. The feedback and review students continually receive as they learn to communicate both technology and strategy encourages clarity and concision; skills relevant to virtually any career in technology, and are especially critical to entrepreneurial success. By partnering with Google, and a shortlist of successful, innovative, and influential startups, we have ensured the curriculum focuses exactly on those skills you need to build your own successful business. Succeeding as an entrepreneur is often made to seem like winning the lottery, but the real story is always one of tenacity, focus and discipline, and the work is invariably done by individuals who bring real skills to the table. Skills exactly like what you’ll master in the Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree program. The certification you receive at the completion of this program is testament to your readiness for the remarkable journey ahead!

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General Requirements: * You are self-driven and motivated to learn. Participation in this program requires consistently meeting deadlines and devoting at least 10 hours per week to your work. * You can communicate fluently and professionally in written and spoken English. * Collaboration with peers and interactive feedback are critical to the success of the program. You must be a committed and contributing participant of the community. You do not need to have any prior programming experience to enroll in this Nanodegree program.

★★★★☆ (7) 8 weeks Self paced
<p>There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. This course is designed to help you materialize your game-changing idea and transform it into a product that you can build a business around. Product Design blends theory and practice to teach you product validation, UI/UX practices, Google’s Design Sprint and the process for setting and tracking actionable metrics.</p><br/><br/><b>Why Take This Course?</b><br/><p>Over the years, Silicon Valley startups have developed a series of frameworks and best practices for product design. Through startup case studies and interviews with industry experts, we want to bring you the best of Silicon Valley with lessons you can apply to influence the design of your mobile or web app.</p><p>By the end of the course, you will know how to perform a Google Design Sprint (developed at Google Ventures and exclusively taught in this course) to design, prototype and test your ideas. You will also learn to design low fidelity mockups for your product and capture appropriate metrics.</p>
★★★★☆ (1) 4 weeks Self paced
<p>There is no higher form of user validation than having customers support your product with their wallets. However, the path to a profitable business is not necessarily an easy one. This course blends instruction with real life examples to help you effectively develop, implement, and measure your monetization strategy, iterating on the model as appropriate.</p><p>This course is part of our Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree Program, click <a href="/tech-entrepreneur">here to learn more</a>.</p><br/><br/><b>Why Take This Course?</b><br/><p>Google Developer Relations has worked with thousands of developers in hundreds of startups to help them build successful apps. Along the way, they’ve identified common themes that contribute to successful monetization strategies.</p><p>This course combines this expertise with insights from leading startups in multiple industries. From ecommerce to games, this course will guide you through the best practices and principles for monetizing your app. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:</p><ul><li>Choose &amp; implement a monetization strategy relevant to your product</li><li>Set performance metrics &amp; monitor the success of a strategy</li><li>Know when it might be time to change methods</li></ul>
★★★☆☆ (1) 3 weeks Self paced
<p>Prototyping allows you to spend ten minutes — instead of ten hours — finding an amazing design for your product. This course will guide you through the iterative process of prototyping an app and conducting user research. You will start by making a low fidelity paper prototype, conducting research with users, and using that research to inform your next iteration. Together with InVision we’ll guide you through creating interactive prototypes. This means you don’t have to code an app before putting it in front of users! Along the way, you’ll learn how and where prototyping fits into your app design process and how you can use prototyping to become a better entrepreneur.</p><br/><br/><b>Why Take This Course?</b><br/><p>Prototyping is an art that exists to save you time and money in the app development process. It allows you to identify design flaws quickly so you waste as little time as possible building a phenomenal app. By learning this art, you’ll create quality apps faster and have confidence in the viability of your products. </p><p>By the end of the course, you’ll be comfortable with the prototyping process, be able to get quality user feedback, and use the feedback to create great apps.</p>

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