My name is Ryan Deiss, and I launched my very first "course business" from my college dorm room way back in 1999. (Yeah, I'm old.)
Since that first product (which was an ebook on "How to make your baby food") my partners and I have launched hundreds of products and dozens of media/publishing startups in niches such as:
I've seen the good times, the bad times, and experienced my fair share of ugliness (including almost going bankrupt not once by twice).
I'm happy to spend a little time today sharing what I know about launching and scaling "course businesses" or just online businesses in general.