How to Think Like an Entrepreneur: The Unspoken Rules for Thriving in the Workplace of the Future

ENGIN 183C (Formerly INDENG 185) · Challenge Lab · 4 Units

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The workplace is changing—and changing rapidly. What separates those who will get ahead in this uncertain future from those who get left behind? Individuals with the ability to think like an entrepreneur and navigate the unspoken rules of innovation in both work and life will have a competitive advantage in a future where change will be the only constant, and success will be determined by the ability to quickly learn and adapt to new environments. 

Workplace transformation has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and companies are rapidly adopting emerging technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence and blockchain to gain an edge. Meanwhile, the massive competition for talent in fields such as cybersecurity and data science will decide which individuals and companies will succeed in the future – and which will fail. What will the future workplace look like? How can companies compete for talent by creating innovative workplaces that prioritize workers' happiness by empowering them with autonomy, the ability to master skills, and purpose to make an impact in their field?

In this course, taught by award-winning Silicon Valley venture investor Shuo Chen and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Gorick Ng, you will learn about the hottest—and most under-looked—trends in the workplace that will shape your future, meet distinguished guest speakers who are leading transformation in their firms, and develop practical professional skills that will help you go further, faster in your career.


<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Shuo Chen, General Partner at IOVC | Faculty at UC Berkeley</a>

Shuo Chen is a General Partner at IOVC (formerly Agile VC), and Faculty at UC Berkeley and Singularity University. In her venture role, Shuo has also helped 50+ startups globalize and expand into new markets, including startups that provide software for clients including Amazon, Apple, Google, Mercedes-Benz, NASA and Unilever, as well as startups that are now acquired by Binance, Caterpillar, Dialpad, Ford and Goldman Sachs. Prior, Shuo worked at Goldman Sachs in investment banking and PwC in advisory, where she worked on deals including Alibaba’s $25 billion IPO (largest in US history), Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola and LinkedIn’s $119 million acquisition of SlideShare. Shuo has also co-authored a book on financial regulations published by Cambridge University Press in 2019.


Gorick Ng is the Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right. Gorick Ng is a career adviser at Harvard College, specializing in coaching first-generation, low-income students. He has worked in management consulting at Boston Consulting Group, investment banking at Credit Suisse, and research with the Managing the Future of Work project at Harvard Business School. He has been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalFast CompanyThe Financial Times, the New York PostCNBC, and more. He was also named one of the top 30 thinkers to watch in 2022 by Thinkers50. Gorick Ng, a first-generation college student, is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

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