How can 5000 entrepreneurs meet remotely?

Michael Moe is an investor, entrepreneur and author. He has invested privately in game-changing businesses such as Facebook, Twitter, Coursera, Snap, Lyft, Chegg, and Spotify. Michael has co-founded numerous successful enterprises including ThinkEquity, GSV Labs, and the ASU GSV Summit, which convenes over 5000 leaders from around the world to discuss accelerating innovation in education technology.

Michael is the author of Finding the Next Starbucks, which is published in six languages and in its third printing. He is a board member of Coursera, OZY Media, The Center of Education Reform, ASU Enterprise Partners, SharesPost, Whittle Schools, LEAP Innovations, and Asia Society Northern California.

A written syllabus with nowhere to go

The syllabus was already written when Global Silicon Valley (GSV)—an investment firm specializing in fast growing, dynamic companies—partnered with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) to launch a free program, GSV Startup Bootcamp, designed to help the unemployed or underemployed share startup visions. But, academic programing was far from the most important thing to Michael Moe, CEO and founder of GSV.

More beers, please

Moe says the most important part of business school happened after class, over Friday afternoon beers. “It was literally part of their program. They went down to the bar and had beers and they talked about all the different things that they were working on. That was a differentiator for them,” he says. “How do you facilitate meeting people, having real dialogue, developing communities, and creating relationships that are life lasting?” With the continual rise of COVID-19 in the Bay Area, GSV and the NFTE knew this had to be a remote bootcamp. How could he integrate social features into a programmed syllabus?

Knowledge, not college

After learning about Run The World’s Cocktail Party through some friends, Moe asked Run The Word to host his GSV Bootcamp, emphasizing the social aspects of the platform. Besides utilizing Run The World’s Cocktail Party, Mr. Moe loved the idea of generating discourse through live, virtual talks. “Education is about knowledge, not college,” he says. “That’s precisely why Run The World is a tremendous tool facilitator to enable that.”

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Beyond the mega trend

On July 20, 2020, thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs joined their first GSV Startup Bootcamp, where they were immersed in virtual entrepreneurship training experiences for seven weeks. The program consisted of multiple weekday sessions and office hours on Friday where students were encouraged to share the stage, grab the mic, and ask questions. The final week was all about pitching to investors for “Demo Day.”

“What’s amazing is connecting people and sharing their stories and finding relationships that can benefit not only during the bootcamp, but for life,” he says.

Moe will be using Run The World for all of his social components at GSV moving forward.

“What you’re doing is you’re removing friction from this mega trend of globalization and looking at how the mindset of innovation and entrepreneurship is spreading throughout the world,” he says. For example he typically has an in-person San Diego event in the spring that would bring over 5,000 people, with only 15 percent from outside the United States.

“Well, when you think about the United States is four percent of the world’s population and you’re talking about global issues with a global community, something’s kind of out of sync there,” he says.

With Run The World, attendees can join from anywhere. Moe has leveraged his global outreach by launching several local chapters of GSV through remote networking on Run The World.

“I’m just amazed by participation from all over the world and that’s exactly what we want and that’s exactly how you get to a experience that I think is way more valuable than it would be if you had this kind of limitation of physical cost and time.” he says.