Course Description

Hacking 4 Recovery Course Description

Hacking 4 Recovery is a team-based experiential course – not a typical lecture class.  You will form a team with 3 others from the Stanford Community to work on an idea to create a business for the recovery.

These free, online-only classes are each 5 days long – meeting Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM PDT.  During the day, students are working with teammates, meeting with mentors and instructors, and conducting customer discovery interviews.  Each evening, students will listen to a lecture and more importantly present their findings for the day to the class.

Based on the successful Lean LaunchPad course curriculum, Hacking 4 Recovery provides real world, hands-on learning on what it’s like to actually start a high-tech company.  This class is not about how to write a business plan.  This is a practical class – essentially a lab, not a theory or “book” class.  Our goal, within the constraints of an online classroom and a limited amount of time, is to create an entrepreneurial experience for you with all of the pressures and demands of the real world in an early stage start up.

This course is team-based, thus working and studying will be done exclusively in teams.  Although there is no grading and no course credit, you are expected to attend all online classes (4:00 – 7:00 PM, Mon.-Fri.) as your teammates are counting on you.  Join this class and help restart our economy!

Information Sessions

Join our mailing list and attend our online information sessions to meet the instructors and learn more about the class.  Find out how to apply as a team or apply as an individual.  Attend team formation mixers where individuals can find a team to join, and teams can find additional teammates. Click here for ZOOM link to all info sessions and team mixers.

July 2  12:00 PM PDT  Info Session / Team mixer / Q&A  Click here for ZOOM link

July 9  10:00 AM PDT  Info Session / Team mixer / Q&A  Click here for ZOOM link

Watch for new dates to be added!

Online Class Sessions

5-day pop-up classes meet every day Monday – Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM PDT

Session I:  June 29 th — July 3 rd
Session II:  July 20 th — July 24 th
Session III:  August 3 rd — August 7 th

Teams will be expected to conduct 10-15 customer interviews each day and present their findings to the class.


Rolling admission for teams of 4 from the Stanford Community (students, faculty, staff and alumni).  Visiting Summer Session students may join if enrolled in at least one 3-unit Summer Session class.  Individuals from the Stanford Community and Summer Session students may also apply and find a team to join, or be placed onto a team before the first day of class.

Applications for Session II are due July 13th.

Teaching Team

H4R 2020 TAs

Mentors & Advisors

 – Todd Basche and a large number of Mentors will help coach teams and Advisors with domain expertise will be available to support students during the class.