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Stanford University

Startup Engineering

Stanford University via Coursera

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Spiritual sequel to Peter Thiel's CS183 course on startups. Bridges the gap between academic computer science and production software engineering. Fast-paced introduction to key tools and techniques (command line, dotfiles, text editor, distributed version control, debugging, testing, documentation, reading code, deployments), featuring guest appearances by senior engineers from successful startups and large-scale academic projects. Over the course of the class, students will build a command line application, expose it as a web service, and then link other students' applications and services together to build an HTML5 mobile app. General principles are illustrated through modern Javascript and the latest web technologies, including Node, Backbone, Coffeescript, Bootstrap, Git, and Github. 


The syllabus is optimized to enable students to iterate on their final projects as soon as possible, with technical material in the first half of the class and entrepreneurial considerations in the second half.

  • Introduction and Quickstart
  • Tools: VMs, IAAS/PAAS, Unix Command Line, Text Editors, DCVS
  • Frontend: HTML/CSS/JS, Wireframing, Market Research
  • Backend: SSJS, Databases, Frameworks, Data Pipelines
  • APIs: Client-side templating, HTTP, SOA/REST/JSON, API as BizDev
  • Devops: Testing, Deployment, CI, Monitoring, Performance
  • Dev Scaling: DRY, Reading/Reviewing/Documenting Code, Parallelizing
  • Founding: Conception, Composition, Capitalization
  • Business Scaling: Promotion, CAC/LTV/Funnel, Regulation, Accounting
  • Summary and Demo Week

Taught by

Balaji S. Srinivasan and Vijay Pande


4.6 rating, based on 8 Class Central reviews

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  • Life is Study
    Startup Engineering is probably a bit overly ambitious and tries to introduce too many different topics all at once, which can leave students scratching their heads and following along with instructions to complete homework assignments without neces…
  • Anonymous
    Solid course from Stanford where by the end of the course you will have complete crowdfunding app.

    To do so you'll use Node.js, Twitter Bootstrap, Github, AWS, HTML5, CSS, Coffeescript etc. in the process of the development, debugging, and deployment.
  • Anonymous
    the whole course was the best free course i ever experienced
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