Founders · Professional development

Where do founders and/or aspiring founders go for in-person workshops?

Deborah Chang

July 29th, 2013

I have a class/workshop that I would love to test with entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs because:
1) I believe that the skills I have to share are valuable to founders and aspiring founders
2) I believe that founders would be willing to pay to learn these skills
3) I'd like to test if beliefs #1 and #2 are true and to what extent.

Therefore, my question is, where do founders and/or aspiring founders go for in-person workshops? I've already applied to teach at General Assembly, which offers many workshops and classes to aspiring founders and am curious where else I should look. 

Thank you in advance for your suggestions!

Justin Williams Digital Marketer and Data Analyst

July 29th, 2013

I've taught many courses at General Assembly and highly recommend it.

Jean Barmash Engineering Program Manager at Tradeshift

July 29th, 2013

Another place to try would be SkillShare. 

General Assembly offers more formal classes, but SkillShare is more open to anybody who has something to teach.  Many people who teach at GA also teach at SkillShare.  

Additionally, to jump start the workshop, you could try to give it at local co-working spaces or accelerators, or to find a meetup that aligns nicely with your topic and speak there. 

Would be helpful to know what your workshop would be about to give you more contextual advice.   From your profile it seems like you are in NY are, is that correct?  


Ryan Liu Technical Lead at OnDeck

July 29th, 2013

Have you tried meetup.com? You can either start a new meetup group or join an existing group and discuss your ideas with the founders. I can see quite a few meetup group would welcome such workshop, like NYC/NJ Tech Meetup. Thanks, Ryan

Ilene Fischer Partner, Mark Kamin and Associates

July 29th, 2013

If you live in the Boston area there are tones of workshops at the Mass Challenge, through the Capital Network and at the CIC. Also MIT has a great 8 week evening class for entrepreneurs called smart start.

Deborah Chang

July 29th, 2013

My proposed class/workshop is called Crucial Conversations for the Startup Founder. In my experience, I've seen too many startups fail, not because their idea was bad, but because their team imploded. Furthermore, startup founders become founders often because they are great at product or great performers, not necessarily because they know how to lead and manage others. As a result, when they need to have a crucial conversation (such as disagreeing with a cofounder, needing to improve an underperforming employee, or answering a customer complaint), they either avoid it or botch it, leading to misaligned expectations, poor decisions, and/or lack of accountability for follow-up performance. 

My proposed workshop is geared towards helping startup founders gain the skills and confidence needed to have those crucial conversations and build honest and productive relationships. 

I have experience coaching people individually as well as leading and teaching in general. I'm located in NYC.

@Justin, thanks for the recommendation. I'd like to follow up off-line to talk more about what your experience was like, how you pitched your workshop, and what recommendations you have for making your workshop valuable for the participants.

@Jean, thank you for the tip, I'll check out SkillShare.

@Ryan, I haven't tried meetup.com, yet. I'll go ahead and contact organizers of meet-ups that fit. If you know any, I would welcome an introduction!


Deborah Chang

July 29th, 2013

@Ilene, thanks for the tip! I'll be sure to check those out when I'm in Boston.

Justin Williams Digital Marketer and Data Analyst

July 29th, 2013

Please feel free to reach out Deborah. I can discuss with you and set you up with the right people at GA

Shahab Layeghi Software Professional

July 30th, 2013

Parisoma in San Francisco offers some classes: http://www.parisoma.com/classes/