40 Tips on Making a Great Online Course
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Free Course: 40 Lessons I wish I knew when I started teaching online. November, 2016 Edition.
4.6 (336 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
9,300 students enrolled
Created by Chris Haroun
Last updated 2/2017
English
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand solutions to 40 common online teaching problems, including advice on:
  • 1: Video Quality Time Savers
  • 2: Audio Quality Time Savers
  • 3: Computer & Editing Software
  • 4: Storage and Backups
  • 5: Preparing to Record Your First Course
  • 6: Re-recording Beats Over-editing
  • 7: What My Video Recording Studio Looks Like
  • 8: Everyone Has A Skill They Love and Can Teach
  • 9: Teaching from Your Heart First
  • 10 How to Know What Course to Teach Next
  • 11: Adding Structure to Your Courses
  • 12: Adding (Even More) Exercises
  • 13: Slide Structure (Less is More)
  • 14: Quality Control
  • 15: Course Image, Name and Trailer
  • 16: Delivery (How You Present)
  • 17: Optimal Voice Strategy
  • 18: Edutainment Works
  • 19: Authenticity
  • 20: Best Udemy Instructor to Use as a Role Model for Production Quality and Delivery
  • 21: Best Udemy Instructor to Use as a Role Model for Creative Genius/Content Delivery
  • 22: Promoting Your Course
  • 23: Monthly Promotion Timing
  • 24: Being Consistent with Your Promotions
  • 25: Advertising Your Courses
  • 26: Customer/Student Communications (The Customer is ALWAYS Right)
  • 27: Dealing with Negative Customer Reviews
  • 28: Automatic (Welcome & Thank You) Messages
  • 29: Answering Questions from Students
  • 30: Legal Issues: Piracy and Monitoring News Stories on Your Courses
  • 31: Copyrighting Your Course (Meaning the Content Can’t be Copied…Not the Name)
  • 32: Trademarking Your Course Name (Meaning Protecting the Name and Not the Content)
  • 33: Teaching on Non-Udemy Platforms: Udemy is Google and Everyone Else is Bing
  • 34: What to Do if Your Course Isn’t Selling
  • 35: Am I Breaking the Rules?
  • 36: Should I Quit My Job and Teach Full Time?
  • 37: Time to Market
  • 38: The Easiest Way Ever to Write a Book Version of Your Courses!!!!
  • 39: It Takes Time…Rome Wasn't Built in a Day
  • 40: Foreign Translation of Courses & Closed Captions
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Requirements
  • Nothing. This free course is for anyone that wants to teach online.
Description

This is a free course to help you save time and money when creating your online courses. Learn from my mistakes. Creating an online course is easier than you think; in this course I will humbly teach you how to work smarter (not harder) by discussing 40 tips/best practices I have learned the hard way teaching online over the past 12 months.

Topics we will cover include:

  • Technology to use to make your online courses
  • What should you teach?
  • Structure of your courses
  • Delivery (how you present/teach)
  • Promoting your course
  • Customer/student communications (the customer is always right)
  • Legal issues (protect your intellectual property)
  • What to do if your course isn’t selling
  • The easiest way ever to write a book version of your course!
  • And much more...


    I will be making an annual free course like this one every November that discusses solutions to problems I encountered during my year of creating courses so that you won't have the same issues that I have had (and therefore you can work smarter and not harder). 

    Thanks!
    Chris

    Who is the target audience?
    • Anyone that wants to teach online. You don't have to be a teacher; all of us have at least one skill that we can teach that can enhance the lives of many.
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    Curriculum For This Course
    45 Lectures
    01:15:14
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    Introduction and Course Overview
    2 Lectures 05:29

    Friends, I have had a blast teaching on Udemy over the past year and I wanted to put together a list of best practices, thoughts and tips I wish I could have given myself when I first started teaching on Udemy last year (as I made a bunch of humbling mistakes that I hope you won’t). Most of these tips are for newer Udemy teachers. Please let me know if you have any questions as we are all in this together and I am always more than happy to offer my humble thoughts. Thanks

    "One child, one teacher, one bookone pen can change the world." -Malala

    Introduction and Course Overview
    05:19

    Welcome to 40 Tips on Making a Great Online Course (Save Time and Money). Please find attached a 9 page PDF containing a description of all 40 tips. If you have any questions, please let me know.

    Thanks! 

    Chris

    Please find Attached a PDF of all 40 Tips
    00:10
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    Technology to Use to Make Your Online Courses
    7 Lectures 11:55

    Video Quality Time Saver: If you plan on making more than 5% of your annual income on Udemy, I recommend paying a professional $100-$200 to come to your house and set up your camera, lights and audio. 

    There is a science to this process and video is much much harder than photography. I wasted a few months trying to get it right and then I caved in and hired someone, which saved me a lot of time. The expert videographer that I hired spent literally 5 hours just getting the light perfect as you can’t have 2 different shades of light (new to me)! 

    Let your videographer look at your video camera and let them tell you if it is good enough (or ask them for a suggestion on the right video camera to consider buying). Also, the audio can be a nightmare if there are echoes and you might need to hang blankets on the walls to get it right (no joke)! Ask the videographer to help you out. Call your local camera store for names of reputable videographers that can help you.

    Video Quality Time Saver
    02:07

    Audio Quality Time Saver: I went through literally 8 microphones until I realized that the only one we should all buy is the Blue Yeti model:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N1YPXW2/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 .

    Also buy a ‘pop' for your microphone for better sound quality at this link:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008AOH1O6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 .

    Audio Quality Time Saver
    01:12

    Computer & Editing Software: Using a Mac is easiest. Start with iMovie, which is bundled for free on all Macs as it is super easy to use. Then by your 5th or so Udemy course, buy Final Cut Pro X, which is basically a higher end version of iMovie and easy to learn once you have edited a few Udemy courses using iMovie (and it’s super fun to use and saves you a lot of time). You can try Final Cut Pro X for 30 days fore free. 

    Computer & Editing Software
    01:51

    Storage and Backups. I save all of my Udemy video files on this external Western Digital Drive, which is incredibly fast and robust: 

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W8XXRPM/ref=twister_B01IU9UMVY?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 . Make multiple backups (these video files are enormous).

    Storage and Backups
    01:56

    Preparing to Record Your First Course: Keep sending Udemy your test video/audio file over and over and over again until they say it’s perfect (they are awesome in helping out). 

    Preparing to Record Your First Course
    00:42

    Re-recording Beats Over-editing: When you record yourself, if it doesn’t feel perfect, don’t just say to yourself that you will edit out the less perfect parts…always immediately re-record as over-editing takes much more time to do versus a simple re-record.

    Re-recording Beats Over-editing
    00:25

    In this video I show my recording studio/setup.

    What Does My Video Recording Studio Look Like?
    03:42
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    What Should You Teach?
    3 Lectures 08:59

    Everyone Has A Skill That They Love and Can Teach: It's true; whether your skill is academic, practical, hands-on, sports-oriented, a cool recipe, extracurricular related, or just a novel way to do something in a more productive way, we all have at least 1 skill to share with others that can enhance their lives. 

    Everyone Has A Skill They Love and Can Teach
    06:24

    Teach from your heart first as you are helping people improve their lives by teaching them what you love to do. If you are creating a course and it feels like work, consider scrapping it and making a different course that you actually enjoy making. Obviously be mindful that you need to target as large of a total addressable market as possible…but also make sure you have fun making the course and don’t see it as work or it won’t be awesome. Think of it this way: if a music company forced your favorite musician to create a certain type of album, it would be inauthentic, not from the heart and not a best seller. You be you.

    Teach from Your Heart First
    01:15

    How Do You Know What Course to Teach Next? The best/only way is to ask your students (who better to ask!). You can sign up for www.SurveyMonkey.com for free. Then for one of your 4 monthly educational messages send (over Udemy) your students this script which has helped me out a lot (check out the link I included below):

    Subject Line: “Please Let Me Know What Courses to Teach Next. Thanks!”

    Message Contents:

    “Hope all is well. 6 months ago I sent out a survey asking what courses students would like me to teach next. The responses were to create a comprehensive course on getting your dream job and a course on hedge funds, finance & accounting, which I published over the past few months.

    Please take this 1 question survey to let me know what courses you would like me to create over the next few months at this link:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HarounVentures

    Thanks a lot! 
    Chris"

    How Do You Know What Course to Teach Next?
    01:20
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    Structure of Your Courses
    7 Lectures 11:55

    Add Structure to Sections. In the first lecture of each section, explain What your students will learn in this section, Why we are learning this and How we will learn this (usually through an exercise at the end of the section).

    Adding Structure to Sections
    01:33

    Add Even More Exercises: The more exercises that you have that are not just multiple choice, the more students will appreciate it. Try to be innovative too. I found that by including workbooks and spreadsheets to complete, my student engagement (and feedback scores) increased a lot.

    Add (Even More) Exercises
    00:43

    Less is More. Please don’t include more than a few bullet points on each slide. I show my in class MBA students this video from Steve Jobs’ iPhone release on the simplicity of his presentation/slides: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7qPAY9JqE4 .

    After each point in a script or for each bullet point, ask yourself “so what” – as less is always more. Pretend that it costs you $100 for each word on a slide.

    Slide Structure (Less is More)
    01:42

    Quality. Never sacrifice course quality in order to meet a deadline. Delay the release. I am paranoid about this as it can take years to build a huge following and just one course to damage a reputation.

    Quality Control
    00:49

    This Most Fun Part is Crucial… Spend a lot of time on the course image, the title and the trailer…I love this part the most as you get to be really creative with it. The trailer is the last thing you should make given the fact that you might use some video footage from the course. Watch movie trailers and get ideas of how to make your trailer (no joke)! I told you this part was fun!

    Course Image, Name and Trailer
    05:19

    Attachments. Give your students options; if you have downloads in Microsoft Word format, also include PDF versions. 

    Including Attachments
    00:55

    Best Udemy Instructor to Use as a Role Model for Course Structure and Consistency: Check out Rob Percival’s courses at this link: www.udemy.com/user/robpercival/ .

    Best Udemy Instructor to Use as a Role Model for Course Structure & Consistency
    00:54
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    Delivery (How You Present/Teach)
    6 Lectures 08:14

    Use the News: When you watch TV news, movies etc, pay attention to who the most engaging speakers are and their techniques. I found that some of the more entertaining Oscar award speeches are helpful as actors are often brilliant at communicating (use their communication best practices when you teach on Udemy). 

    Use the News
    01:46

    Voice: Drink Gatorade while recording and avoid too much coffee. However, please make sure the Gatorade is clear and not blue or green as you can see in the first half of one of my courses that my mouth is green and in the second half my mouth is blue! My kids teased me when they saw me by saying “what the heck dad...did you eat a smurf?”

    Voice
    01:50

    Edutainment Works. Be creative and artistic with the process of creating courses as edutainment works best.

    Edutainment Works
    01:41

    Authenticity. Be authentic and self deprecating so that students can learn from my failures and not just our successes. Be personal too. Engage your audience. You are you and not a commodity. Open up and give examples from your life. It’s more fun for them and for you this way.

    Authenticity
    01:29

    Best Udemy Instructor to Use as a Role Model for Production Quality: Check out Jimmy Naraine’s courses at this link: https://www.udemy.com/courses/search/?q=naraine&src=ukw&lang=en .

    Best Udemy Instructor to Use as a Role Model for Production Quality and Delivery
    00:50

    Best Udemy Instructor to Use as a Role Model for Creative Genius of Content Delivery: Check out Evan Kimbrell’s courses at this link: www.udemy.com/user/evankimbrell/ .

    Best Udemy Instructor to Use as Role Model for Creative Genius/Content Delivery
    00:38
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    Promoting Your Course
    4 Lectures 04:26

    Less is more in promotions. Try to use bullet points and try not to ever have more than 3 sentences in each paragraph (this is how my editor trained me for my Inc. column).

    Less is More in Promotions
    01:24

    Monthly Promotion Timing: Time your monthly promotion messages appropriately. I try to do mine at 10 am Pacific Time as my US east coast students are just coming back from lunch and many of my overseas students are still awake. Side note…when determining how many coupons to create for your promotions, I bet you are a dreamer just like me as you add many extra zeroes even though you and I know that only 1% of the coupons will be used ; ) 

    Monthly Promotion Timing
    00:49

    Be Consistent with Your Promotions. Once you come up with an established routine for the release timing of your courses, be consistent. For example, Rob Percival (the top Udemy instructor and a great dude) releases all of his courses on Thursdays with a message to his students and then he sends another message 24 hours before the promotion is done on Monday. 

    I am getting a bit better at this…the key is to send one message saying that the sale of the course is for a certain amount of time (for example 48 hours) and then send another message 24 hours before the promotion period is finished in order to have a sense of urgency / call to action (optional). 

    Be Consistent with Your Promotions
    01:20

    Advertising Your Course: Don’t bother advertising your course outside of Udemy unless you already have an email list as Facebook, Twitter, Google and LinkedIn advertising is a waste of money (I tried them all many times). The beauty of Udemy versus other education platforms is that Udemy is not just an education platform, they are a big data analytics and marketing machine as they have over 100 engineers focused on getting you customers. Don’t bother re-inventing the wheel and wasting money advertising outside of the Udemy ecosystem (again unless you already have a following or an email subscriber list). 

    Advertising Your Course
    00:53
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    Customer/Student Communications (The Customer is ALWAYS Right)
    3 Lectures 02:31

    Dealing with Negative Customer Reviews: 2 data points make a trend. If you get two or more negative comments in reviews about a certain aspect of your course, then make the change if you can and then reply to the reviews. The customer is always right.

    Dealing with Negative Customer Reviews
    00:58

    Automatic (Welcome & Thank You) Messages: Please don’t forget to set these up as they are a nice touch when you publish your course. 

    Here is a Sample of One of My Welcome Messages:

    “Welcome to the 30 Day Challenge to a More Productive and Much Happier You! I want to thank you for your time and commitment to this course. 

    Please complete the entire course and all of the 30 exercises as I promise you that it will significantly help you to be much more productive as well as more focused, more successful and much happier too! My goal is to humbly inspire you to pursue your dream goals in life so that you can live life on your terms. 

    Thanks - let's do this! : )
    Chris"

    Automatic (Welcome & Thank You) Messages
    00:55

    Answering Questions: Answer all questions in the course from your students as thoroughly as possible as they are indexed and students will search them before asking a question. Because of this, I rarely get the same questions asked twice in a course.

    Answering Questions from Students
    00:38
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    Legal Issues (Protect Your Intellectual Property)
    3 Lectures 05:38

    Piracy and Monitoring News Stories on Your Courses: Set up Google key word searches to update you daily if there are any news stories or comments on your courses or if there is a piracy breach. Set up the alerts at this link: https://www.google.com/alerts .

    I get alerts a few times each month of piracy breaches on my books and other media….and the first time this happens, don’t worry because I promise you that 90%+ of the time, when you click on the pirated link in order to download your book or course, they then ask you to enter your credit card….which means it is a scam and they almost definitely don’t have your I.P.

    Piracy and Monitoring News Stories on Your Courses
    01:30

    * Copyrighting Your Course (meaning the content can’t be copied…not the name): You can copyright protect your course for only $35 in the US at this website: http://www.copyright.gov/ - you need to mail them DVDs of your course or you can hire www.legalzoom.com for $200 and they will do all the paperwork and you just send your large video files to them over Dropbox. 

    * Please note that for international (non US) copyrighting and trademarking, www.legalzoom.com might be able to recommend who you should speak with. By the way, Legal Zoom is awesome – I pay $35 a month for access to talk to lawyers and get all the advice I need. I only pay for the months that I need to speak to the lawyers. 

    Copyrighting Your Course (Meaning the Content Can’t be Copied…Not the Name)
    01:50

    * Trademarking Your Course Name (meaning protecting the name and not the content of the course). You can do this at this website in the US: https://www.uspto.gov/ for a minimal fee or just use www.legalzoom.com for $200. 

    Also, there is something called the Madrid Protocol, which was created at a meeting years ago in Madrid by the leaders of most countries in order to come up with a way to honor each other’s copyright and trademark laws. Ask a legal advisor about this if you want to protect your course in most or in many countries. I did a call to do this several months ago and the only region where you can’t get copyright or trademark advice is the U.K. (temporarily) given the near term uncertainty of Brexit. 

    * Please note that for international (non US) copyrighting and trademarking, www.legalzoom.com might be able to recommend who you should speak with. By the way, Legal Zoom is awesome – I pay $35 a month for access to talk to lawyers and get all the advice I need. I only pay for the months that I need to speak to the lawyers.

    Trademarking Your Course Name (Meaning Protecting the Name and Not the Content)
    02:18
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    Additional Topics
    9 Lectures 16:03

    Teaching on Non-Udemy Platforms: Udemy is Google and everyone else is Bing. The cool thing about the Udemy ecosystem is that it’s not just a platform, it's a big data analytics and marketing machine. Other platforms won’t market your courses and your courses sit there idle; the loneliest place in the world is page 2 of Google search rankings! I have wasted too much time on other sites – largely because they kept calling me to do so. Don’t bother. 

    For the new Udemy teachers out there, you will get plenty of inbound messages about hosting your courses on other platforms. I tried a few and it is a brutal time suck. If you get approached, ask them if they have over 1 million users (vs Udemy at close to 14 million) and you will see that they will either say no or they will find a way to not answer the question. If they do answer the question, then follow up with – do they do any marketing at all of courses. If they say yes (unlikely), then ask them how much the #5-#10 teachers on their website make per year. If they don’t answer the question, then you know it’s a waste of your time bothering to put your courses on their site.

    Please don’t think that I am trying to be biased as I am posting this on a Udemy course, I just want to be honest and transparent as always and save you a lot of time.

    Teaching on Non-Udemy Platforms: Udemy is Google and Everyone Else is Bing
    03:28

    What if Your Course Isn’t Selling? Try one of the following: 

    i. Change the title of the course and see if it comes up in Udemy searches. 

    (As a side note, I have to be honest and say that I always screw up the titles of my lectures as I often forget that certain words like “the” and “or” etc. are not capitalized…copy and paste your title into this website and it will fix it for you: http://titlecapitalization.com/

    ii. Change the course image (brighter colors like orange and green resonate well).

    iii. Ask your students for feedback. 

    iv. Ask yourself if there is a call to action or enough activities in the course so that the student walks away knowing that they learned a core tangible skill that they can immediately put to work upon completion of your course. If not, consider adding more relevant activities. 

    v. Are the first 5 lectures engaging and edutaining enough? If you see that students only watch the first few lessons (using the Udemy teacher analytics tool), then try jazzing up the first few lectures. Have fun with it too!

    What to Do if Your Course Isn’t Selling
    02:45

    Am I Breaking Rules? For new teachers (myself included), if I am not sure if I am allowed to do something (like links to external resources etc), then I check online at Udemy.com and then I send an email to trust@udemy.com and ask for guidance. They are awesome with responding.

    Am I Breaking the Rules?
    00:37

    Revenue: Don’t annualize one month of sales : )  - always take a 3 month trailing average for personal budgeting (and don’t include November, which is Udemy’s Black Friday sale month). 

    Should I Quit My Job and Teach Full Time?
    00:50

    Time to Market. You will be amazed how much faster you will make your courses once you get the first 5 or so courses under your belt. In fact, your 6th through 15th courses might take you less time to create and be of much higher quality than your first 5 courses. The more courses you make the faster you make them. You will look back on your first few courses and think gosh my production quality has improved a lot (just like comparing the Beatle’s early albums to Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper). 

    Time to Market
    01:03

    The Easiest Way Ever to Write a Book Version of Your Courses!!!! 

    Step 1: Get your course closed captioned at www.rev.com .

    Step 2: At www.rev.com you can select an unlimited number of formats for your closed caption files at no extra cost. Udemy uses a format called VTT. However, you can also get the TXT or text files of all of your lectures at no extra cost, which you can include in the free version of your book that you include in your course (with minor editing). 

    Step 3: For all of my 6 by 9 inch books, please use my template, which is attached to this lecture. This template will explain the incredibly easy way to publish your book in print, on Kindle and on Audible.com and the cost is literally $0! Use my template please because it works. All you need to do is pay someone at www.fiverr.com to make the cover of your book for $10-$20.

    Here is the guy I always use and he is awesome: https://www.fiverr.com/ultrakhan22 .

    The Easiest Way Ever to Write a Book Version of Your Courses!!!!
    03:00

    It Takes Time… Rome wasn’t built in a day. Don’t worry if you don’t get many sales in the first few months...just keep cranking out quality content and you will succeed. There are so many incredible success stories of those that created content that nobody cared about for ages, including J K Rowling, Jay Z, Agatha Christie…and pretty much every rock star ever! If you are passionate about what you are doing, then you will be incredibly successful (please keep at it). 

    Enjoy the process because edutainment and being creative is not a job, it’s a passion; have fun creating courses in incredibly unique ways that the world has never seen before and have fun putting a dent in the universe doing it! If you change a handful of lives through your awesome courses, then it is completely worth it  : ) 

    “It always seems impossible until it's done.” -Nelson Mandela

    It Takes Time…
    01:40

    Foreign Translation of Courses: I am still trying to figure this out. I have translated my flagship course into several languages and I added subtitles myself (using a Final Cut Pro X plug in called Sugarfx) and I have had another instructor translate one and teach it without me and we do a revenue share (he is great). 

    I don’t know if our customers pay for the content first or for the delivery first…I bring this up as many movies have subtitles for a reason. For example, Star Wars has subtitles…but making a localized non-English version of Star Wars without Harrison Ford as Han Solo wouldn’t be as successful. Tough call as there are exceptions to aforementioned logic. In my next version of this course (will which be out in November of next year), I will provide an update on this topic (work in progress). 

    Foreign Translation of Courses & Closed Captions
    01:52

    End Note…. The next time you watch a movie and see the ridiculous number of credits at the end of the movie…remind yourself that what you are doing by creating a course all by yourself that is potentially longer than that movie is damn near heroic and that you alone are making a difference by helping so many of your students!

    “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  -Nelson Mandela

    End Note…
    00:48
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    Resources
    1 Lecture 00:05

    For official Udemy course creation advice, please see this link: https://teach.udemy.com/ and this link: https://www.udemy.com/user/udemymanager/ .

    Thanks, 
    Chris

    For Official Udemy Course Creation Advice, Please See the Links in this Lecture
    00:05
    About the Instructor
    Chris Haroun
    4.5 Average rating
    19,330 Reviews
    153,790 Students
    40 Courses
    Award Winning MBA Professor, Venture Capitalist and Author.

    ** Chris teaches full-time on Udemy; he is the author of the #1 best selling business course on Udemy called "An Entire MBA in 1 Course," which has been purchased by more than 120,000 students in 11 languages in 196 countries.**  He has also published 29 other courses on Udemy.

    ** According to Business Insider  "Haroun is one of the highest rated professors on Udemy, so you can expect to be in good hands through the course of your education." **

    Chris is also the author of the book "101 Crucial Lessons They Don't Teach You in Business School," which Business Insider wrote is "the most popular book of 2016 according to Business Insider readers." In 2015 Forbes called this book "1 of 6 books that all entrepreneurs must read right now."

    Chris is also the founder and CEO of Haroun Education Ventures, which has 3 areas of focus: 

    1: Online Business Education & Self Development Courses through his subsidiary Udemy publishing platform called "Complete Business Education," 

    2: Education Charities and 

    3: Edtech Venture Capital.

    In addition he is an award winning business school professor, MBA graduate from Columbia University and former Goldman Sachs employee. He has raised/managed over $1bn in his career.

    Chris is passionate about educational charities and he is on the board of directors of several tech companies and ‘The Lemo Foundation’, which offers scholarships and mentoring to East Palo Alto students where the high school graduation rate is only 40%. He is also on the board of Providing Opportunities for Women (P.O.W.) which was founded by a few of his business school students. 

    He also has work experience at hedge fund giant Citadel, consulting firm Accenture & several firms that he has started, including an investment firm that had a venture capital investment in Facebook several years before the Facebook IPO.

    He is a frequent lecturer at several Bay Area business schools including Berkeley, Stanford, The Hult International School of Business and San Francisco State University. Chris also has an undergraduate degree with a major in Management Information Systems and International Business from McGill University where he is a McGill University Dobson Fellow (awarded for his work mentoring McGill students with venture capital start up business models).

    Chris has written numerous articles and has been interviewed or profiled in Forbes, Business Insider, Entrepreneur Magazine, VentureBeat, Wired Magazine, AlleyWatch and several television, podcast and radio interviews, including one with Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) which is Hong Kong's oldest and sole public service broadcaster. He has his own entrepreneurship column in Inc. magazine.

    Chris Haroun's goals are:

    1: Access: To help make education accessible and affordable to every person in every country (and without firewalls) by investing in disruptive edTech companies through his company (Haroun Education Ventures).

    2: Give: If you work for a charity, Chris is more than happy to give you all of his online business and self development courses for free to every employee at every charity in the world; simply send him a LinkedIn message and he will send you coupons for all of his courses at 100% off. Please include your charity email address in the LinkedIn message (for example, name@charity.org).

    3: Edutainment: His passion is to "make business education impactful and entertaining with no boring theory; edutainment works!"

    Chris is very passionate about education, education related charities and edTech start-ups/companies as he believes that all problems in the world can be solved via education; please see his recent TEDx Talk on this topic. He lives in Hillsborough, California with his wife Christine and 3 sons who are also passionate about baseball…especially the Toronto Blue Jays! : )