Computer Science 448
Course description. Course teaches engineering students about issues tackled by leading Chief Technology Officers: the technical visionaries and/or managers who innovate at the boundaries of technology and business by understanding both deeply, and who are true partners to the CEO, not just implementers of business goals. Focus will be on thinking like a CTO (of a startup and a large company) from technology and business perspectives, and on software and Internet-based businesses. Industry-leading guest speakers provide perspectives too.
Lectures meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00am - 12:20pm on Zoom
Required reading list.
Students will be required to create a write-up for each book on the required reading list. Information on the book write-ups can be found on the write-ups page.
Recommended reading list.
There will be a write-up due for each guest lecturer. Information on the guest lecturer write-ups can be found on the write-ups page.
Past speakers have included J. Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and CEO of Square; M. Whitman, CEO of Ebay and now HP; F. Wilson, of Union Square Ventures; P. Graham, of Y!Combinator; S. Altman, of Y!Combinator; J. Hennessy, President of Stanford University; J. Yang, co-founder of Yahoo!; D. Greene, co-founder and CEO of VMWare; J. Clark, co-founder of Netscape and Silicon Graphics; T. Siebel, founder and CEO of Siebel Systems; and C. Dickerson, CEO of Etsy.
Grading. The grading is structured as follows:
Important due dates.
All write-ups and papers should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline. Please send a PDF with the file name format COS448_Lastname_Firstname_FileDescription.pdf.
Late Policy. You will not get any credit for late submissions. We will grant extensions only in the case of illness (with a doctor's note) or extraordinary circumstances. Extracurricular activities and heavy workloads in other classes don't count as "extraordinary", no matter how unexpected or important or time-consuming. Please let us know ahead of time if illness or an extraordinary circumstance will cause you to submit a writeup or paper late, then you should discuss the matter with your instructor as soon as possible.
Staff, Office Hours and Other Help.
Jaswinder P. Singh - jps at cs dot princeton dot edu
Office: Computer Science 423
Office Hours: Monday 12:30-2:00PM
Robert Fish - rfish at cs dot princeton dot edu
Office: Corwin Hall 37
Office Hours: Tuesday 4:30-6:00PM, Wednesday 1:30-3:00PM
Ben Kaiser - bkaiser at princeton dot edu
Location: 3rd floor Sherrerd Hall
Office Hours: Available for appointments daily. Email to schedule.