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BUS 40 — Breaking into the Venture Industry

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jan 25—Feb 22
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 27
Unit: 1
Tuition: $470
Instructor(s): Lu Zhang
Limit: 40
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jan 25—Feb 22
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 27
1 Unit
Lu Zhang
Venture capital occupies a unique and critical role in the global economy. To many, the VC industry is alluring for its potential to uncover the next unicorn startup, offer substantial returns on investment, and play a pivotal role in shaping the future of technology, health, and myriad other sectors. However, the industry is also known for being highly competitive and challenging for outsiders to access.

Silicon Valley investor and Stanford alum Lu Zhang created this course to decode the mysteries of the venture industry. The course will consist of two main sections, beginning with an introduction to the industry’s fundamental components, including deal sourcing, due diligence, portfolio management, and portfolio construction. In the second section, students will learn a comprehensive framework for evaluating risk, including market and timing, founder, and competitive risks. Taken together, the sections will help guide students’ investment thesis (i.e., a written proposal or research-based analysis of why investors or companies should pursue an investment) and provide a fresh perspective on approaching business plan creation. Upon completing the course, students will clearly understand a typical VC investment process, possess strategies for developing their own deal-sourcing pipeline and network, and have a simple framework for independently conducting due diligence on a startup.

Founder and Managing Partner, Fusion Fund

Lu Zhang is a Silicon Valley investor and a serial entrepreneur. Coming from a scientific research background, she has over 10 years of experience in bringing a broad range of technologies to market and is especially experienced in materials science, AI in healthcare, enterprise networks, edge computing, and data privacy. She has advised multiple IPOs and M&As for the companies she invested in. In 2015, Zhang founded Fusion Fund, which supports early-stage entrepreneurs who build disruptive technology to drive systemic changes in healthcare, enterprise AI, and industrial automation. She received an MS in materials science and engineering from Stanford.