BUS 23 — Early Stage Investing for Investors
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 sessions
Date(s): Jul 6—Jul 29
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 8
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Instructor(s): SC Moatti
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Running a business is very different from 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 how 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 course 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 will combine lectures and Q&A sessions with guest speakers. Students will be encouraged to bring their own case studies.
This course is designed for beginning and experienced investors (please, no entrepreneurs).
SC Moatti leads venture capital investments in early growth companies that transform business and life at scale, and she serves on the boards of both public and private companies. She also founded one of the largest networks of product managers in the world. She received an MBA from Stanford.
Founder and Managing Partner, Mighty Capital; Founder, Products That Count
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.