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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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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


TuTh 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
From May 16, 2023
To May 30, 2023

Summer Quarter: 1
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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.

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
    Edition: Fourth Edition (2019)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    ISBN: 9781119594826
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $49.95
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Law-school Bookstore prices are unavailable at this time.

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