Founding & Leading Enduring Startups

ASCJ 420, Section 21930R
*** 7 Weeks: 10/16 – 12/1 ***

Thursdays, 3:30-6:50pm
Students looking to build new media and transformational startups post-graduation should consider taking this class. It will be an interdisciplinary, third-space course designed for both undergrads and graduate students to bring together quantitative principals with a macro understanding of the shifts in the media and tech landscape and the skills, tools, and leaderships necessary to build compelling startups from the ground up. The course starts with a quantitative focus but broadens into both the hard and soft skills necessary to execute on building an enduring startup from the ground up. Students are encouraged to be familiar with Excel or basic spreadsheet calculations before taking this course in order to reduce the learning curve. A basic foundation in accounting is helpful, but not required. There are no Annenberg or Marshall prerequisites to take this course other than an open mind and a dogged willingness to learn.

Dinesh Moorjani is an Executive-in-Residence at Warburg Pincus, a private equity firm that has invested more than $50 billion in over 720 companies globally. He was the Founder & CEO of Hatch Labs, a startup incubator where Dinesh co-founded and led over 10 mobile businesses from ground-up since 2010, including Tinder. Dinesh serves as a Board Director and active Advisor to over a dozen companies, including American Express OPEN. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California (USC), and remains an active mentor and guest speaker in the tech startup community. Dinesh earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.