BUS 92 — The Business of Venture Capital
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jul 26—Aug 23
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 28
Instructor(s): Wendy Kok
Class Recording Available: Yes
Venture capital has been the backbone of entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley for more than fifty years. A positive relationship between the entrepreneur and venture capitalists is significant, even crucial, to maximizing business value. This course is designed to help entrepreneurs understand the inner workings of venture capital firms and how they manage to fund the most successful entrepreneurs. Students will learn the inside dynamics of venture capital funds: how they meet their investors’ expectations; how they design their investment process to balance risk, return, and governance; how they decide on investment stages and allocate capital; their expectations of entrepreneurs and how this translates into the term sheet; and why fund organization structure matters to entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs will learn how to see entrepreneurship from the perspective of the investor. Whether you are an experienced or a would-be entrepreneur, or an entrepreneur aspiring to be a venture capitalist, this course will help you connect the dots between venture capital operations and the entrepreneurship journey.
This course does not include a pitching session.
Wendy Kok has more than twenty years of experience in private equity, venture capital, corporate structuring, and angel investment. Earlier, Kok was an investment partner and head of investment management at Omidyar Network and chief financial officer at Sequoia Capital China. She has also served as a private equity expert witness in financial litigation.
Co-Founder and Partner, Hanawa Group
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.