Economics of Entrepreneurship is a course taught at Duke that aims to teach students how to analyze the development of large companies. We primarily looked back at public corporations today and analyzed their history and the path that they took to become public corporations.

Some of the companies we studied included Amazon, eBay, Zipcar, and Google. The companies were all traced from the founding to their IPOs and any significant events after IPO, such as acquisition. The goal was to learn about the different financing mechanisms that are in place and the different financing options that startups have at their disposal. Ranging from seed stages to IPOs.

In addition to the financial aspects, we discussed competition and various strategies for dealing with competition. Throughout the course, the path towards learning was similar in that we would take a subject, read about it and then study companies that displayed the application of that subject. I thought this to be very effective in learning about the entrepreneurial process and extremely useful for my entrepreneurial ventures from then on out. As well as my ability to study investment opportunities.

Overall, this was one of the best courses I took at Duke. It was informational and the structure was inspiring. It made me want to pursue entrepreneurship more than any course I had taken before.

Here is a copy of my final paper for the course:

Insurance Automation