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249.3 sec. 001 - Selected Topics in Venture Capital (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Herbert Fockler  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Mark Reinstra  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    Tu 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
    Location: Law 170
    From January 14, 2020
    To April 24, 2020

Course Start: January 14, 2020
Course End: April 24, 2020
Class Number: 32181

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 27
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 45
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

This is a practice-oriented course on advising technology and emerging growth companies. It is designed to provide students with an understanding of the legal, business, financial and practical issues that arise in advising startup ventures. We will follow the life-cycle of a startup, starting with advising an entrepreneur considering starting a business and running through choices and details in forming a business entity, venture capital financings, corporate governance and incentivizing employees, culminating in an acquisition or IPO. In each case we will emphasize practical solutions and business realities. We will place special focus on what makes a good startup venture, how an entrepreneur attracts investment and the pros and cons of different types, and how founders and investors interact to allocate rewards of the venture between them. The course is not a theoretical discussion, but rather a nuts-and-bolts approach to advising founders, companies and investors in the start-up ecosystem, with a goal of providing a window into the daily life of a typical Silicon Valley corporate attorney.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Course Category: Business Law

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Required Books are in blue

  • Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist
    Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    ISBN: 9781119594826
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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