Instructors

Dawn Song Haseeb Qureshi
Dawn Song Haseeb Qureshi
Professor, UC Berkeley Managing Partner, Dragonfly

Class Time

Synchronous lecture: 4:00 PM-5:59 PM PT Tue, starting Sep 6.

Syllabus

Date Topic Speaker
Sep 6
Lec 1
Orientation & Entrepreneurship 101 [Video] [Slide] Dawn Song & Haseeb Qureshi
Sep 13
Lec 2
Web3 landscape (I): L1/L2 / infrastructure, DeFi, CeFi, Service providers [Video] [Slide] Dan Robinson
Sep 20
Lec 3
Web3 landscape (II): NFTs, GameFi [Video] [Slide] Yat Siu
Sep 27
Lec 4
How to find a good idea [Video] [Slide] Haseeb Qureshi
Oct 4
Lec 5
Web3 landscape (III): DAOs, Decentralized web & future applications Balaji Srinivasan
Oct 11
Lec 6
Pitching [Video] [Slide] Haseeb Qureshi
Oct 18
Lec 7
N/A  
Oct 25
Lec 8
Product [Video] [Slide] Avichal Garg
Nov 1
Lec 9
CESC (no lecture)  
Nov 8
Lec 10
Legal / Regulatory Jake Chervinsky
Nov 15
Lec 11
Incentive Design & Tokenomics Tim Roughgarden
Nov 22
Lec 12
Community & Growth Stani Kulechov

Meet the Guest Speakers

Meet the Mentors

Course Completion NFTs

MOOC students are expected to finish a pitch deck and make a 3-min presentation about their project ideas in Web3. Students are also encouraged to write about the course content and their experience. Please use this form to submit your final presentation and this form to submit your blog articles. The submission should be completed by Jan 8, 2023.

Students are expected to write blog articles about relevant topics covered in this course or your experience of the course posted online, and tweet about the article. For example, a blog article on

The quality of the article needs to be at least 6 marks to be satisfactory; the criteria are listed below:

Also please link to the course website, http://web3-startups.org/ , in your article.

We will distribute NFTs for the completion of the course. Below are the rules for different tiers (subject to change):

Honorary Tier: Instructors, guest speakers, TAs, and the most supportive students who help others on Discord will be rewarded with special NFTs.

Legendary Tier: Students who submit a project pitch (including a presentation video) that is highly ranked, write an article posted online, and tweet about the article.

Ninja Tier: Students who submit a project pitch (including a presentation video), write an article posted online, and tweet about the article.

TrailBlazer Tier: Students must write at least 3 articles about relevant topics covered in this course or your experience of the course posted online, and tweet about the articles.

Course Description

Attention on web3 has exploded in recent years. Web3 provides better incentive models and control to users over the networks they use, through powerful abstractions like smart contracts, NFTs, and DAOs. Replacing centralized platforms in web2 with open protocols and autonomous governance, web3 encourages community participation and has the potential to be the future of the Internet.

Web3 has not only pushed forward cutting-edge research topics, but has also attracted great attention from capital markets. According to metrics reported by Forbes, “VCs deployed $30B+ globally in 2021 into crypto startups. “ and “There are 65+ crypto unicorns, with over 40 of them created in 2021. There were close to 50 crypto startups that raised over $100M in 2021.”

With any technology breakthrough comes great opportunities for entrepreneurship. Our goal in this course is to help students understand the new space of Web3 and learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship in web3. Through the exposure to successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, as well as an overview of open challenges in the industry, we hope to equip students to understand the challenges and opportunities of building a startup in web3 and get hands-on experience through the course.