EGR 495: Special Topics in Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age

The course focuses on the entrepreneurs, professional managers and companies that have defined the global digital economy to date. From Netscape to Microsoft, Amazon to Alibaba, and Adobe to, this class uses case studies, outside readings, guest speakers and the instructor's own work experience to analyze the most important technology trends -- the formation of today's digital ecosystem, the role of the mobile Internet, the rise of cloud computing and the emergence of China as a technology power, among others. For more information, please see the Registrar's page.

Sample Reading List

  • Carol Dweck, Mindset
  • Thomas Eisenmann, Business Model Analysis for Entrepreneurs
  • Clayton Christensen, Why Good Companies Fail to Thrive in Fast-Moving Industries
  • Adam Grant, Originals
  • See instructor for complete list 


Paul Chamberlain

Reading/Writing Assignments

Students will read academic papers or supplemental readings as well as a case study for a total of 40-60 pages per week. Guest speakers and the instructor will also provide their own insights on the cases and the broader business and financial issues they faced. 


  • Take Home Mid term Exam - 20%
  • Quizzes - 15%
  • Class/Precept Participation - 25%
  • Other (See Instructor) - 40%

Other Requirements

Not Open to First Year Undergraduates. 

Prerequisites and Restrictions

Students from all disciplines are welcome, but prior experience and general ease with financial analysis is recommended.

Other Information

The course largely focuses on the technology leaders and trends over the last two decades which explain today's global tech landscape. The companies profiled (and the case studies used) are drawn from the instructor's own work experience as the head of Morgan Stanley's global technology banking group located in Silicon Valley.