255.11S sec. 001 - Venture Capital in Practice (Summer 2023)
Instructor: Herbert Fockler (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
TuTh 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
From May 16, 2023
To May 30, 2023
It's been said that Silicon Valley is the source of the greatest creation of wealth in the history. This course will focus on legal and business matters encountered in the day-to-day life of corporate attorneys who advise technology and emerging growth startup companies. The course will touch on key issues and events in the life-cycle of a startup:
+ Things entrepreneurs consider in starting a technology-based business.
+ Choices in forming an entity to hold that business.
+ The typical corporate ownership and governance structure of a startup that intends to seek venture capital funding.
+ Seeking early stage, pre-VC funding.
+ Incentivizing engineers and other key contributors.
+ The process of actually obtaining venture capital.
+ The fundamental concepts and basic mechanics of a venture capital financing.
In each case, the emphasis will be on business realities and practical solutions, such as what makes for a good business to attract venture capital; how should entrepreneurs seek investment and the pros and cons of different sources of capital; and how founders and investors interact to allocate rewards of the venture between them. The course will be taught using many examples taken from real life.
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Required Books are in blue
- Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist
Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson
Edition: Fourth Edition (2019)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
e-Book Available: unknown
Copyright Date: To Be Determined
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