Investor School

Startup Investor School is a free, 4-day course designed to educate early stage investors interested in investing in startups. We'll cover the fundamentals of investing, from investing instruments to legal and accounting basics to evaluating startups and managing deal flow. Our hope is that more people, from a wide range of backgrounds will consider investing in startups and that those who do will be better at it.

The course will run from March 5th, 2018 through March 8th, 2018.

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Introduction
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Welcome to Startup Investor School!

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Instructors: Geoff Ralston

Geoff's Presentation Slides
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Going Deeper
The Why and How of Angel Investing
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  • Why you should invest in startups
  • How to invest in startups
  • How to find startups to invest in
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Instructors: Sam Altman

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Investing Fundamentals
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The SAFE
  • Simple Agreement for Future Equity
  • A convertible security
  • Give money now, get stock later
  • This is NOT DEBT
Conversion
  • Valuation Cap
  • Conversion
  • Ownership
Other Events
  • Merger / Aquisition
  • Dissolution
  • No Event
Process
  • Handshake Protocol
  • Platforms
  • Signing and Wiring
  • Conversion
Our Advice
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Instructors: Kirsty Nathoo and Carolynn Levy

Basics of Investing - Documents, Investing Vehicles, Handshake Protocol, Cap Tables, etc.

Kirsty & Carolynn's Presentation Slides
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Going Deeper
Founder Meetings
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1st Principles
  • Get a process
  • Organize your funnel
  • Take face to face meetings
Making Decisions
  • How to make decisions
  • What are your criteria?
  • Personal Conviction matters!
Meetings
  • Scheduling meetings.
  • What to ask in the meeting.
  • What to ask after the meeting.
Decisions and Communications
  • How to say "no".
  • How to say "yes".
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Instructor: Dalton Caldwell

Dalton's Presentation Slides
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Everything I Know About Picking Startups
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  • Don't limit yourself to "good ideas"
  • Find your betters
  • Investing mistakes
  • Great Founder Checklist
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Instructor: Paul Buchheit

Insightful advice from one of the most prolific and successful startup investors.

Paul's Presentation Slides
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Going Deeper
Overtime with Michael Seibel
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  • Michael's Investing Advice
  • YC Demo Day Advice
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Instructor: Michael Seibel

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Angelic Advice Part I
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  • Finding Billion Dollar Companies
  • How to help companies
  • How to behave
  • From outsider to insider - the magic of Persian Tea
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Instructors: Elad Gil, Pejman Nozad

Elad's Presentation Slides
Pejman's Presentation Slides
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Angelic Advice Part II
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  • Portfolio Construction and Asset Allocation
  • How to get started in startup investing
  • How to build your personal brand - XGV as an example
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Instructors: Jeff Clavier and Andrea Zurek

Andrea's Presentation Slides
Jeff's Presentation Slides
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Overtime with Ali Partovi
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Instructor: Ali Partovi

Geoff talks with Ali Partovi, a serial entrepreneur and very successful angel investor.

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Early Stage Investing: Past Present and Future
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Key Trends in Seed Investing
  • Decreasing Cost to Start companies and to invest
  • Increasing speed to liquidity
Early Days - 1940-1980
  • First VC firms
  • Early Angels
Middle Ages - 1980-2000
  • VC comes into its own
  • 10x increase in VC capital ##### Recent History - 2000-2010
  • Accelerators
  • Angels and super angels
  • Convertible notes
  • Platforms (AngelList, KickStarter, ...)
Today
  • JOBS Act
  • Emergence of safe alternative to convertible note
  • ICOs
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Instructor Andy Bromberg

A short history of startup investing culminating in an exploration the startup investing world today and how it is changing even as we speak.

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How To Be A Good Investor
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Dumb Money vs. Smart Money

The stages of investor <--> company interaction

  • Before you Invest
  • During conversations and negotiations
  • After you do (or don't) invest

Advising

Intros

Bad Behavior

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Instructor: Aaron Harris

YC Partner Aaron Harris details how good investors work with their companies to help them be successful.

Aaron's Presentation Slides
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Going Deeper
Overtime with Ron Conway and Course Closing
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Instructors: Geoff Ralston and Ron Conway

A discussion with one of the most famous angel investors of all time. And then Geoff will bring the course to a close.

Geoff's Presentation Slides
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Going Deeper

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