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BUS 248 — Venture Startup Formation: From Inception to Seed Funding

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Virtual
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jun 24—Jul 29
Time: 5:00—6:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Jul 7
Unit: 1
Tuition: $470
Instructor(s): Shawn Kung
Limit: 50
Status: Open
Please Note: This course has a different meeting time than what appears in the print catalogue. The course will meet over 6 Wednesdays, June 24 - July 29, from 5:00 - 6:50 pm (PT). Note: This is a virtual course. Click here for more information about our course formats, including FAQs.
Summer
Virtual
Wednesdays
5:00—6:50 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Jun 24—Jul 29
6 weeks
Drop By
Jul 7
1 Unit
Fees
$470
Instructor(s):
Shawn Kung
Limit
50
Open
Please Note: This course has a different meeting time than what appears in the print catalogue. The course will meet over 6 Wednesdays, June 24 - July 29, from 5:00 - 6:50 pm (PT). Note: This is a virtual course. Click here for more information about our course formats, including FAQs.
So you’ve decided to be a startup founder—congratulations! Modern software development provides a unique opportunity to build lean startups that rapidly iterate on innovation at a low cost. But it’s no secret that early-stage inception is the most volatile, high-risk phase for startups. From team formation to first funding, countless hurdles exist to create a viable venture-backed software business. This course addresses common questions such as: What should I look for in co-founders? How do I successfully build a minimum viable product (MVP) and achieve product/market fit? What do customer traction and go-to-market really mean? How do I structure my pitch deck to raise VC funding? Using lectures, case studies, short videos, class exercises, supplemental readings, and guest speakers, we will cover key building blocks of forming a new software venture. Topics to be covered include inception (team roles, mindset), discovery (MVP problem/solution fit), business model (pricing/revenue model), go-to-market (early traction, sales strategy), and fundraising (pitch deck, term sheet). To provide a hands-on experience, students will be encouraged to form teams and present a new venture startup pitch as a final capstone project. Aspiring entrepreneurs (pre-formation) and early-stage founders (pre-seed and seed) are the target audience for this course.

Shawn Kung, Founding Partner, LucidCloud Advisors

Shawn Kung is a startup advisor and serial entrepreneur who has led products for successful startups including Aster Data Systems ($300 million acquisition) and Tenable ($3 billion Nasdaq IPO). He is an angel investor/mentor at Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and Alchemist Accelerator, a venture partner at AV8 Ventures, and has screened hundreds of pitches. He received an MS in management science and engineering from Stanford and a certificate with honors from Harvard Business School’s HBX program.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.
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