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255.11S sec. 001 - Venture Capital in Practice (Summer 2024)

Instructor: Herbert Paul 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
Location: Law 244
From May 14, 2024
To May 28, 2024

Summer Quarter: 1
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Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 13
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 34
As of: 05/20 07:33 AM

It's been said that Silicon Valley is the source of the greatest creation of wealth in history. This course will focus on legal and business matters encountered in the day-to-day life of corporate attorneys in Silicon Valley and elsewhere in the U.S. who advise technology and emerging growth startup companies. The course will touch on key issues and events in the life-cycle of a startup, including:

+ Things entrepreneurs should 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 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 entrepreneurs should seek investment and the pros and cons of different sources of capital; and how founders and investors interact to allocate control of their venture and the risks and rewards from it between them. The course will be taught using many examples taken from real life.

Remote + Summer Students PLEASE NOTE: You cannot take Venture Capital in the fall semester if you take it in the summer.

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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
    Price: $49.95
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Law-school Bookstore prices are unavailable at this time.

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