5. Bringing clients to class. Students at DePaul University can go to Twitter for lecture notes in the Entrepreneurial Strategy course, led by Patrick J. Murphy, the associate professor.
During the course, students aid and consult entrepreneurs as they attempt to grow local businesses. With lecture notes available on Twitter for students—and the public—to view, students are able to better connect with the business community and even develop relationships, Murphy says.
"I've found clients through [Twitter]," notes Murphy. "They hear what [the class] is talking about and then they reach out to me. They may not have found [our class] if it hadn't been for this medium."
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Students have bought into Murphy's practice of using Twitter to connect their classroom with business professionals, says Rajiv Nathan, a graduating senior and student in the course. "I honestly think this class has so much more value now than if we had taken this before Twitter [existed]."
The power of this public forum has given Nathan and his peers a voice and an opportunity for more experience before graduation. "We don't know yet what entrepreneurs or clients are seeing our work that'll want to come and work with our class in the future," Nathan notes. "It all happens through Twitter."
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