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BUS 274 — Disrupting Legally: Law and Regulatory Considerations for Tech and Venture-Backed Companies

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Feb 2—Mar 16
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Feb 4
Unit: 1
Tuition: $530
Instructor(s): Cecilia Ziniti
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Feb 2—Mar 16
7 weeks
Refund Date
Feb 4
1 Unit
Cecilia Ziniti
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Whether you’re working within a disruptive industry, have just secured venture money, or are simply aiming to meet your investors’ lofty expectations, building an understanding of relevant legal, regulatory, and policy considerations is a strategic advantage. This course will explore the legal issues that growing companies face and give you the strategies you’ll need to address the many concerns along the way.

Each week, this course will concentrate on a different topic: contracts and deals, intellectual property, regulatory frameworks, consumer protection, and employment law. The class will work together to choose the final topic we explore. During the course, students will conduct small-group interactive “issue spotter” exercises and will also construct a model board meeting to simulate real-world business considerations. We’ll examine recent lawsuits and decisions in cases like Twitter v. Musk, the JEDI contract suit, and Epic v. Apple. We will look at successful business concepts (like Uber) and those that failed (like Napster), while learning practical, professional tips students can apply right away.

This lively course will provide you with tools and frameworks to help decision-making on issues that matter to your company, and you’ll leave with a clearer sense of relevant legal considerations and when to seek counsel.

This course does not provide legal advice.


Cecilia Ziniti is general counsel and head of business development at Replit, an A16z-backed tech company. She has been in-house counsel at Amazon and Cruise Automation and general counsel for two other venture-backed companies. Earlier, she was a litigator at Morrison & Foerster. Ziniti received a JD from UC Berkeley.

Textbooks for this course:

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