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Frequently Asked Questions



Each of our workshops and the altMBA have different purposes, approaches and policies. Check each workshop’s FAQ page for specifics about each workshop.

When does the seminar start?

Check the workshops page for a full listing of important dates and deadlines. Click on the workshop you're interested in to see the details.

How much content is there?

It differs from workshop to workshop. The altMBA has no videos and is entirely project and group based. The work you do with each other and the feedback you give and get transforms the experience. The altMBA is staffed with alumni coaches in a ratio of six students for each coach.

In our other workshops, there are videos from the instructor to kick off each of the lessons. There are a few coaches to help with the structure, but the daily engagements are up to you.

Every lesson comes with a set of questions that challenge you to explore how the lesson applies to your own work, and a call-to-action: to share your answers and insights on the discussion board.

That's the secret. Hundreds of people sharing their work, generously, repeatedly, with confidence.

The workshops revolve around your sharing, your commenting and your insights. Our 24/7 discussion boards are a hotbed of connection and wisdom.

It's called a workshop because this is where the real work happens. You'll soon discover just how much you have in common with others on this journey, even if they live in a different country, serve a difference audience and have access to different resources. This diversity is hard to find anywhere else.

How often is the content updated?

The altMBA launches a new project every three days with schedule interactions throughout.

The other workshops have new lessons unlocked frequently, but you go at your own pace through them.

Mostly, the cohort provides forward motion, with new content being contributed every minute or two throughout the day for the entirety of a workshop. It’s not unusual for a typical participant to give and get more than 500 pieces of feedback in a month.

How do the discussion boards work?

We're using a heavily customized installation of Discourse, a platform that supports group discussions and one-on-one conversation.

The platform is divided into categories, each built around a lesson or group.

In each category, everyone will be able to create more specific topics of discussion, and to respond to the posts of others. These boards are open 24/7, providing a secure place to have conversations within the workshop community with peers from all over the world, from different industries and with different backgrounds. We work in all time zones, but all of our work is in English.

Each workshop has a dedicated team of coaches who help focus discussions and address concerns (or inappropriate behavior). But there is no moderator or grading rubric—you'll be in charge of when and how generously you interact with others.

In the altMBA, all the work unfolds in sync. There’s a weekly schedule and regular group meetings. You’ll regularly be in contact with the same cohort. The other workshops are asynchronous and you can do them at your own pace.

Once a workshop ends, the work you’ve done and the connections you’ve made with others are likely to have enough momentum to keep moving. Many students form mastermind groups or have other ways of continuing to support each other. To help with that, we invite all of our alumni to join Forward Link, a free, members-only discussion board.

We've seen the informal connections among our alumni last for years, with people getting on airplanes to meet in person. We'll provide guidance on maintaining these connections when each workshop ends.

How do you get started?

After payment, you'll see a "welcome" screen that confirms your payment and includes a link to the discussion platform we'll use for that workshop. Click that link and you'll have access to your workshop.

Should I consider Seth's Udemy courses?

Seth has six top-rated courses on Udemy, each of which has been taken by thousands of people. There are reasonably priced courses on Leadership, Freelancing, Bootstrapping, Modern Marketing, Presentations and Value Creation. We know that the peer to peer engagement and day by day approach we take in our workshops is the most effective way to learn, but you might find that the low cost of entry to the video-only courses makes them worth your time. Up to you.

Are the workshops accredited?

Proudly, no.

Accreditation makes sense for a certain kind of institution delivering a certain kind of education. But we're not willing to build a test-and-measure culture, not willing to embrace an ancient-yet-standard curriculum, and mostly, we're not willing to distrust our students.

We'll be delighted to offer you a certificate of completion when the workshop is successfully completed, and even better, we encourage you to find a cohort in the workshop who will personally vouch for your contributions.

More than 40% of our students have their enrollment costs covered by their employer. Check the individual workshop page for more information about how to ask for reimbursement.

Reach us at hello@akimbo.com

Is there a special rate for groups?

Often, there is. Check the specific workshop for details. Then drop us a note at hello@akimbo.com

Are there exams?

We're delighted to say no. And no grades, either. We feel really strongly that a test-and-measure culture is ruining education. More on this here.

Can I get a certificate at the end?

Every workshop attendee receives a certificate as a PDF, suitable for printing and framing.

Can I post confidential materials on the discussion board?

The rules of our discussion board are:

  • Contribute more than you ask for.
  • Be kind.
  • What is said here, stays here.

With that said, please use your best judgment. If it's not something you can happily post online, best to disguise the details before you post it here.

Will Seth answer all of my questions?

Definitely not. And the good news is that you don't need him to. The workshops are designed to give you a compass and a template, not a map. The map, the details of your particular situation… that's all up to you. Seth isn’t active in any of the workshops as they run, but you will be. We hope the workshops will help empower your decisions along the way.

Is there an affiliate program?

There isn't. We're hoping that if you find it useful, you'll happily spread the word to your friends and colleagues.

What sort of jacket does Cayce Pollard wear?

Yes, you can have one too.

How much experience do I need to take a workshop?

None. These workshops don’t require prerequisites or prior knowledge. Bring your curiosity and generosity and that’s more than enough.

How do I contact you to ask a question about the program?

hello@akimbo.com