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BUS 23 — Early Stage Investing For Investors

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tues/Thurs
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jun 26—Aug 2
Time: See below
Drop Deadline: Jul 9
Units: 2
Tuition: $785
Instructor(s): SC Moatti
Limit: 30
Status: Closed
Please Note: Class sessions: 2 Tuesdays, June 26 and July 31, 7:00 - 9:00 pm 5 Thursdays, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26, and August 2, 7:00 – 9:00 pm Off-campus field trips: 3 Tuesdays, July 10, July 17, and July 24, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Summer
On-campus
Tues/Thurs
See below
Date(s)
Jun 26—Aug 2
5 weeks
Drop By
Jul 9
2 Units
Fees
$785
Instructor(s):
SC Moatti
Limit
30
Closed
Please Note: Class sessions: 2 Tuesdays, June 26 and July 31, 7:00 - 9:00 pm 5 Thursdays, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26, and August 2, 7:00 – 9:00 pm Off-campus field trips: 3 Tuesdays, July 10, July 17, and July 24, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Running a business is very different than investing in one. So how do you make money from investing in early stage startups? What sets successful Silicon Valley investors apart? Should you pick your own investments, or rely on a professional? How do you increase the probability that your early stage investments will generate outsized returns? In this course, students will learn to source quality deal flow, ask the right questions before making an investment (due diligence), conduct negotiations, support portfolio companies through the lifecycle, and enable highly profitable liquidity events. Beyond these critical pre-investment topics, the class sessions will cover post-investment topics including governance, fundraising, and exit. Students will also learn to recognize different segments of investors and their sometimes conflicting interests. The course combines lectures, guest speakers, and private field trips to some of the most prominent accelerators of Silicon Valley. The true learning will largely take place during the field trips and with real-life scenarios, so class participants are encouraged to bring their own case study. Beginning and experienced investors (please, no entrepreneurs) are invited to enroll.

Grade restriction: No letter grade

SC Moatti, Managing Partner, Mighty Capital

SC Moatti has been an early stage investor for over a decade. Her firm also leads Products That Count, one of the largest networks of early adopters in the world. Previously, she built products at Facebook, Nokia, and Electronic Arts that billions of people use. She received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Textbooks for this course:

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