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BUS 204 — Angel Investing for the Serious Investor: An Introduction

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tues/Thurs
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jun 27—Aug 1
Time: 6:45—8:45 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 5
Units: 2
Tuition: $525
Instructor(s): Carol Sands, Sophie-Charlotte Moatti
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on July 4
Summer
On-campus course
Tues/Thurs
6:45—8:45 pm
Date(s)
Jun 27—Aug 1
5 weeks
Drop By
Jul 5
2 Units
Fees
$525
Instructor(s):
Carol Sands, Sophie-Charlotte Moatti
Open
Please Note: No class on July 4
Making an investment in an early stage startup is fun and easy to do, but the focus of this course is how to make a profit from this type of investment. Students will learn how to increase the probability of success by modifying the initial selection process, proactively monitoring the investment’s progress, and monetizing their investment at the right point.

In addition to the traditional topics of deal-flow generation, deal screening, due diligence, and investment terms, the course will also cover portfolio management, techniques for identifying financially successful investments, and alternative exit points that are typically available only to early stage investors. Since the real work of an investor starts after the check has been written, we will cover how to handle difficult situations from a minority shareholder’s perspective. Although class sessions will have a lecture component, along with guest speakers, class participants are encouraged to bring real investment problems into the discussion (e.g., leadership issues, finding funding, raiding of the management team by competitors, and exit strategies). Beginning and experienced investors (no entrepreneurs, please) are invited to enroll.

This course may not be taken for a Letter Grade.

Carol Sands, Founder and Managing Partner, The Angels’ Forum and The Halo Funds

Carol Sands founded The Angels’ Forum, a group of professional private equity investors, in 1997. The Halo Funds, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund, raised its first fund in 2000 and is currently investing from Halo III.

Sophie-Charlotte Moatti, Founder and CEO, Products That Count

Sophie-Charlotte Moatti is a venture capital investor and the author of Mobilized: An Insider’s Guide to the Business and Future of Connected Technology. She lectures at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she received an MBA.

Textbooks for this course:

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