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Raising Money for Startups

I just finished going through the course “Raising money for startups” and thought is was spot on in helping me to better understand at least on an introductory level, how to navigate the world of Angel and Venture investment considering the fact that I’ve already worked to secure significant angel funding for at least 2 start-ups already. Taking the course offers one a sense of confidence to talk the talk and walk the walk when dealing with people who call this world their home, the course consist of 7 lectures including powerpoint course materials and should lay the foundation for a greater understanding of this world should you decide to pursue venture funding for your startup business

The 7 lecturers from the course are listed below and for the most part were fantastic with the exception of maybe one (will let you decide which)

Naval Ravikant – Before you Raise Money

Naval Ravikant is an entrepreneur and angel investor, a co-author of Venture Hacks, a blog that helps entrepreneurs raise capital, and AngelList, which helps connect entrepreneurs with angel capital.

Gagan Biyani – Meeting Angels and VCs

Gagan is co-founder of Udemy. Within 1 year of deciding he wanted to start a company, he met over 90 angel investors and VC’s (yes, really, we counted) and raised $1M from a syndicate of investors who’s pedigree included Yelp, YouTube, LinkedIn, Zynga, Playdom, Mint.com, SlideShare, and more.

Dave McClure – The Investor’s Perspective

Dave is the Founder of 500 Startups, the most prolific angel investment firm in 2010 (even though it only began operations in August). Previously Dave managed early-stage investments for Founders Fund and ran Facebook’s fbFund REV.

Jay Jamison – Constructing a Killer Pitchdeck

Jay is a Venture Partner at Blue Run Ventures and a top-rated mentor at the Founder Institute. Previously, as CEO of Moonshoot, he helped the company raise over $8 million in VC.

Yokum Taku – Legal Aspects of Fundraising

Yokum is a corporate and securities partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He represents startup companies seeking venture backing, private companies that have raised money, and public companies. Yokum has seen over 50 angel and venture financings in the last year alone.

Jude Gomila – Nailing the Pitch Meeting

Jude Gomila is currently co founder of Heyzap (Union Square Ventures and Y Combinator funded in 2009). Heyzap has raised over $4M in financing from some of the best investors in the US.


Adeo Ressi – Closing the Funding Round

Adeo also runs the Founder Institute, a mentoring program that helps entrepreneurs launch hundreds of world-class companies each year. The Institute is the eighth start-up that Adeo has founded or built, four of which were acquired and three of which are still operating. The Institute is on track to become the largest technology startup incubator on the planet.

If you’re ready to take the plunge into the world of Angels & VC’s then this is the course for you Click here to begin your journey, it’s well worth the $19


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