Do you have what it takes to run a startup? Get the inside story of how to build, fund, and grow a startup, plus common mistakes that cause startups to fail. Through a series of short video interviews, you’ll get tips and advice directly from founders, lawyers, investors, and venture capitalists on how to run your business. This course is a brief, yet comprehensive, introduction to startups both in Silicon Valley and beyond. The instructor welcomes follow-up questions after the course.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • understand the reality of seed startups
  • know where to focus your attention when planning a startup
  • describe the roles and limits of the founder, co-founders, and advisors
  • identify the three stages of a startup, and what to do and not do at each stage
  • understand the value of incorporating and know when not to incorporate
  • decide how much stock to give to co-founders, advisors, and investors
  • identify different kinds of stock and the implications of each
  • discern why to use vesting and how it works
  • know what to expect from lawyers who work with startups
  • define types of investors and funding options

Who Will Benefit:

Anyone thinking of starting their own business, those advising startups, or investors interested in a broader understanding of how startups operate.