Using iTunes U to Learn About Entrepreneurship
When most people think about iTunes, they think about downloading the newest songs and movies to put on their phones, tablets, or other devices for entertainment. However, the iTunes U section of iTunes is an educational repository that allows users free, 24/7 access to lectures, videos, and podcasts from some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Anyone who wants to learn about entrepreneurship or owning a small business can find useful information within iTunes U. In this blog post, I will highlight some of what we at Arkansas SourceLink feel are the best small business/entrepreneurship collections within iTunes U.
The first collection we recommend is the “Duke Entrepreneurship Education Series” (DEES). The DEES is a comprehensive program designed to introduce key concepts necessary for a future in entrepreneurship or venture capital. The videos in this collection include Financing 101, Entrepreneurship 101, Building Your Team 101, and Business Plans 101 among others. These videos give entrepreneurs a baseline to being the journey to gaining entrepreneurial knowledge!
The next collections come from the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. Everyone knows that pitching your business idea to potential investors is a huge part of getting your business off the ground. The first collection is titled “Elevator Pitch Best Practices”. It includes videos that address the overall purpose of an elevator pitch, organizing your thoughts, and making the deal. The other collection from the University of Arizona is titled “Presentation Skills for New Ventures”. The main idea of this collection of videos is making effective presentations. It includes videos with tips on all facets of giving presentations, from PowerPoint to body posture.
The last collection that we recommend comes from Stanford University. This collection is not necessarily for educating oneself on topics related to starting your own business, but rather about what is going on in the broad world of entrepreneurship. The collections are called “Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders” and are split up by season and year. Each collection contains discussions on a number of topics such as technology, social entrepreneurship, and other related fields.
While these are some of our favorites, the amount of excellent content on iTunes U seems almost endless. If you find these interesting, we suggest you go check it out!
Content contributed by Aaron Harris, ARKSourceLink,
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