Startup Engineering

Learn the engineering skills needed to build a technology startup from the ground up.

About The Course

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I get a certificate after completing this class?
    Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate signed by the instructor.

  • What audiences will benefit most from this class?
    The class will be particularly useful for CS undergrads, grad students or alumni in other STEM disciplines, people looking to found or join a startup, and new startup hires.

  • What resources will I need for this class?
    You will need an internet connection and the ability to sign up for free Amazon Web Services and Github accounts. This may require a credit card or prepaid credit card.

  • What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class?
    You will learn how to turn knowledge into power.

Recommended Background

Familiarity with basic programming at the level of Stanford's CS106B is required. Some exposure to HTML, CSS, and Javascript will also be helpful.