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257.8 sec. 001 - Governance in Venture Capital (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Scott Kupor  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1

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


    Th 6:25 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Law 140
    From April 02, 2020
    To April 09, 2020

    F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Law 140
    From April 03, 2020
    To April 10, 2020

    F 3:10 PM - 5:10 PM
    Location: Law 140
    From April 03, 2020
    To April 10, 2020

Course Start: April 02, 2020
Course End: April 10, 2020
Class Number: 32184

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 74
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 76
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

This course is geared toward students who are interested in being legal practitioners in venture capital firms, venture-backed companies or in law firms that cater to venture capital transactions. We will begin with the role of venture capital in the broader US economy, who the players are in the ecosystem and how venture capital funds are raised and managed. We will then have a series of modules through which we’ll understand how venture capitalists evaluate companies, make decisions and structure deals (including a full understanding of the economic and governance issues associated with a term sheet). We will explore the lifecycle of venture-backed companies, from inception through development/scaling and ultimately through to exit via IPO, M&A or wind-down. Throughout this lifecycle, we’ll cover the role of the entrepreneur and venture capitalist as well as other constituents (e.g., employees and shareholders). At each stage, we'll pay particular attention to the role of corporate governance in venture-backed companies and the special issues that arise when venture capitalists face the dual fiduciary problem in representing their firms and their companies as board members.

Dates and times of class:
Thursdays April 2nd & 9th 6:25pm -9:00pm and Fridays April 3rd & 10th 10:00am-12:00pm plus 3:10pm-5:10pm

Scott Kupor is the managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where he is responsible for all aspects of running the firm. He has been with the firm since its inception in 2009 and has overseen the rapid growth in at Andreessen Horowitz, from 3 employees to 130 and from $300 million in assets under management to $5 billion.

Scott previously worked as vice president and general manager, Global Customer Support & Software-as-a-Service at Hewlett Packard. Scott joined HP in 2007 as part of the $1.6 billion acquisition of Opsware (previously Loudcloud), where he was senior vice president of Customer Solutions. Scott joined Opsware shortly after the company’s founding and held numerous executive management positions including vice president, financial planning and vice president, corporate development.

Prior to Opsware, Scott represented software companies in both financing and mergers and acquisitions transactions at Credit Suisse First Boston and Lehman Brothers.

Scott graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in public policy. He also graduated from Stanford Law School and is a member of the California Bar Association.

Scott is chair-elect of the National Venture Capital Association, chairman of the board of Genesys Works, co-director of the Stanford Venture Capital Director’s College and Executive in Residence at Haas School of Business. Scott also serves on the investment committees of St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Hospital, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Lick Wilmerding High School.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Business Law

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  • Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It
    Scott Kupor
    Publisher: Penguin
    ISBN: 9780593083598
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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