I have been given the opportunity to prepare a workshop for the General Assembly team in London. General Assembly is geared towards education of entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs and have been very successful in New York, now expanding to London. The workshops are 90 minutes long, and usually gather anywhere from 15 to 35 people who have paid to attend.
While I considered doing something on concrete coding skills, I think by far the superior alternative (for myself and the audience) is to do a crash course on cognitive bias as it relates to startups, maybe throw in some other topics on rationality in a similar context. I am fairly confident that startups are an excellent testing ground for extreme rationality as they require exceptionally quick assimilation of new skills and knowledge, as well as demand rapid decisions with incomplete information.
So, as part of the brainstorming for this, here are my questions for you:
1.Do you think educating startup founders on cognitive bias/rationality will help them improve their outcomes?
2.Which biases would especially affect startups? Which of these can be mitigated (either by knowing about them or by utilising explicit strategies)?
3.What is a good way to use 90 minutes to get this information across?
4.What prior material exists to introduce rationality in a fast-paced manner? What prior material exists that relates startups to rationality?
5.Other relevant thoughts welcome
Should I go ahead with this, I will of course make the deck available for any others who may want to do similar presentations elsewhere.